Describe your business in 1-3 short sentences.
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY ROOTED IN INTUITION + FOCUSING ON REAL MOMENTS
We are a team of badass babes that fight for love and equality, and will be your personal wedding day champions.
We are passionate about photographing kind-hearted folks who are unapologetically themselves.
Our favorite couples to work with believe in giving back to their communities, that #BlackLivesMatter, that climate change is you know...real, and choose to embrace their own unique quirks and talents.
Why do you want to work with APW Couples?
So many incredible folks have found us through APW (YES to feminist weddings!). We are humbled to have so many clients turned friends, and can't wait to work with more wonderful couples just like you!
Describe your artistic approach to weddings?
You want to look amazing, but also like yourself.
We've got you covered.
We won't overly direct you, interrupt what is naturally happening, or put you in weird awkward poses. We'll give you games to play together, and little fun tasks to keep you more in tune with each other and less focused on the fact that there is a camera in your face.
In the end, you'll look like yourself but also like you walked off the pages of a magazine.
What are your non-work-related hobbies?
When I'm not photographing rad folks in love, you can find me: exploring the world with friends and checking off a new destination on my travel list, photographing badass babes in my body positive boudoir studio, playing D&D and getting real nerdy, or cuddling with all my loves around the fireplace and watching Netflix. I love a good audiobook (hello Harry Potter!) and am always looking for an excuse to throw an elaborate themed party.
What’s your favorite book?
Hands down, the Harry Potter audiobook series. If I ever need a pick me up, it always does the trick.
If you could have a one minute dance party at your desk, what song would you pick?
Lizzo - Good as hell or Robyn-Dancing on my own
4 reviews on “Shawnee Custalow”
I have nothing but great things to say about Shawnee. She is so deeply talented. She's every where all day but is never in the way. She caught so many special moments from our wedding day that I revisit constantly to relive it. Her eye is incredible. She has creative ideas and can make ANYONE feel comfortable in front of the camera. I told her recently that I am never so vain as when I get a new folder of photos from her. She makes me look great! She is so fun and funny and doesn't get frustrated when you ask her for something specific. She is all around the GREATEST!!! I recommend her to any and everybody. You will not be disappointed!
Amanda + JessPros
Shawnee was absolutely amazing! We can't say enough about her professionalism, warm spirit, and artistic ability. She captured some amazing moments - even in the dead of a rainy winter day. The photos are stunning, and we had a great time goofing off with Shawnee. She put us both at ease. She's definitely the bamf you need taking your wedding photos. We can't wait to work with her again!Cons
None. Not one.
Shawnee was beyond fabulous for our wedding and a post-wedding family reception (two months later, way out on Long Island). She took so many gorgeous photos, and I'm literally tearing up right now thinking about the emotion in so many of them (example: a longtime friend of both me and my husband gave a perfect, emotional speech at our reception, and she managed to get photos that perfectly captured both him as he spoke and our reactions). Plus she is an absolute joy to have around - super fun, willing to put up with silly photo requests from friends and get some great shots out of them, a low-key and comforting presence when relatives are being difficult or just the volume of people around gets overwhelming... I cannot recommend Shawnee strongly enough.Cons
It took a couple weeks longer than we were told to get back the finished photos (but we literally didn't care at all because they were completely perfect).
Lex + JessPros
Shawnee is absolutely amazing. However she manages to capture the essence of us - goofy, sweet, ridiculous and tender - she does so with a special perspective even we couldn’t imagine. She instantly makes you feel comfortable, confident, and beautiful. Throughout the process - both before, during, and after - she coached us patiently, was happy to explain what was going on, and had a beautiful, artistic vision for all the weird ass places we dragged her around to. Thank you for being with us during Just Another Day and freezing such perfect moments in time that we can truly treasure forever. We're actively looking for future opportunities to work with her again!Cons
We only got to spend six hours with her (we would have liked her to just stay and hang for as long as she wants... or just move to Fort Worth so we can be friends!).