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Ok, drumroll please……… after nine months of work, I’ve FINALLY, finally finally finally finally, gotten a APW-worthy sane wedding elf photographer in Texas. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I know you Texans might be surprised to hear it, but there are a LOT of Team Practical members in Texas. You’re the 5th biggest APW-reader state, as a matter of fact. And, up till now I’ve had no one to recommend for photography. But that changes today. I’m proud to introduce Zachary Hunt Photography. Zachary is based in Austin, but shoots in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and all places in between with no travel fees (and will haul around the rest of Texas with a little discussion.)
I found out about Zach through Lauren McGlynn, APW photographer extraordinaire. When Lauren was still living in Austin (before she moved to the UK) Zach was her friend, one of her artistic supports, and eventually her second shooter. She loves him, and she is amazing. So when she asked me if I’d be interested in taking on one of her best friends and favorite artists, I believe the words out of my mouth were, “H*ll yeah.”
First, Zachary Hunt Photography has pretty unsustainably low prices. This is rad. This is also something you should not take for granted. There is zero chance they are going to stay this low, given his talent. So, as always, all you Team Practical members are getting a first crack at amazing wedding photography before the price shoots up to, you know, something like market price. Nab this. I am not joking.
Looking through Zach’s portfolio, what really strikes me is the artistry of it. I mean, the man is versatile. He can shoot of-the-moment hip, and he can shoot traditional. But there the real essence of his work, the fundamental tone, is something I’ve literally never seen in a wedding photography portfolio. He shoots with a quality of emotion, and of longing, that you normally only see in museum photography. His shots are beautiful, but that’s not really the core of them. They capture a tone, a moment. They capture the grittiness of a wedding day, the honesty of it, the life-laid-bare aspect that you almost never see in wedding photographs. And that is astounding and brave. He’s asking you to meet him where he is, he’s not dumbing it down for you. And I love that.
Plus, when I asked him what his philosophy was, he said something AWESOME and articulate, “The photographs are always so much more interesting when a couple lets the wedding just happen, celebrating in the midst of friends and family. More often than not, the bride seems to treat the occasion as a tense and hectic situation. I know that your main purpose of APW is grounded in the concept that someone’s wedding shouldn’t be this way. That’s why I really respect your voice in the wedding blog world, and I’m coming to you first rather than a super commercial place.”
As if all this were not enough, Zach has teamed up with a partner to offer you affordable Super 8 and HD videography options. And man, if I’d had access to Super 8 video at this price, I might have caved and done it. I mean, it’s so beautiful.
Oh, and finally, get this. He wanted to attend the APW Austin meetup but he had a wedding. I totally hope he makes the next meetup, because we need more male voices up in this joint, am I right?
No go, already. Browse. Enjoy.