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Who: Christina and Brian Shaw of Shaw Photography Co.
Why: I’m going to skip the small talk and get right to the point: Christina and Brian Shaw of Shaw Photography are the kinds of artists you hire when photography is one of the top priorities for your wedding. They are really good at their job. And while it’s exciting to find folks this good anywhere, it’s extra exciting when you find them outside of the usual suspects (aka San Francisco, New York, DC, and LA). Normally based out of Buffalo, Shaw Photography is taking their show on the road for the next six months in their 1970s camper (!!!), and they want to make your wedding part of the adventure. But don’t confuse this couple’s artful eye and wanderlust for anything less than total professionalism, because with Shaw Photography not only do you get incredible photos, but you also get them back in just six weeks (which, for the uninitiated, is pretty damn amazing for art like this).
Where/how much: These guys are based in New York, but in October 2015 they’re packing up their two dogs and just the essentials to travel the United States in their 1977 camper. They’re headed to Kentucky first, and booking weddings and portraits anywhere north or west of Kentucky as they continue their travels. Which means if you thought you were in one of those areas where getting an incredible wedding photographer would mean doubling your budget just for travel alone, then your luck has turned! Plus, Shaw Photography is offering an exclusive APW special of $450 off any collection if you mention this post (valid for weddings between November 2015 and October 2016). Wedding coverage normally begins at $3500 for six hours of continuous coverage with one photographer, a USB drive of the edited high-res images, and a personal reproduction release for printing at home, or you can get both Christina and Brian for $4,000. Elopements start at $1,850 and linen-wrapped albums begin at $850.
I’ve been to weddings where the wedding photographer only did the bare minimum of what they were hired to do. They shot the important moments. They photographed the details. But the rest of the time they just kind of looked bored. Shaw Photography is the opposite of that. You can tell just by looking at some of their recent weddings that these guys get up in the action. Like on the ground, climbing mountains, almost getting hit by the piñata up in it:
But the thing I love most about Christina and Brian’s artistic philosophy is that they don’t phone anything in. There’s no script, no shot list, no pre-determined route for how they’re going to tackle your wedding. So they can roll with more formal weddings like this, and then turn around and kick ass at a mountaintop elopement like this. And as for engagement sessions, instead of holding hands and looking angry in a field, you get something like this:
Which is why Shaw Photography gets client raves that go like this:
So, needless to say, we are so so happy with [the pictures]! You are true artists, and you really captured the moments that we wanted to see (I love the one of my grandma sitting on the couch talking to me). We are totally obsessed with the pictures. You two are amazing and, without taking anything away from any of our other vendors, hands down the best decision we made for the wedding (other than deciding to marry each other, of course!).
While Shaw Photography is normally based out of Buffalo, New York (and happily booking 2016 weddings on their home turf), for those of you getting married in the next six months, you’ve got the good fortune of photographers on wheels (and since their car is also their home, that means no travel fees). You can keep up with Christina and Brian’s travel schedule here, and the pair will be updating subscribers via Instagram and a newsletter. Or better yet, you can just hire them for your wedding and then you’ll know exactly where they’ll be at.
Shaw Photography Co. is offering APW readers $450 toward any collection if you’re getting married between November 2015 and October 2016. Click HERE to make that happen! (And don’t forget to mention this post when you do.)