A warm, SnapKnot welcome to Scott and Laura of Wallflower Photography. These Tacoma, Washington wedding photographers have won awards for their documentary wedding photography, and spend the bulk of the weddings they shoot capturing faces and moments that are unscripted and unposed.
“As our name suggests, we like to be low-key, doing our best to fade into the background; to disappear in plain site. When people forget we’re there, they are free to be themselves and enjoy the day, and that’s what we want to capture in our photos.”
In the beginning, Scott and his wife were both aspiring landscape photographers. However, it only took one wedding for the pair to get hooked, and Wallflower Photography was soon born into existence. That was back in 2002, and Scott an Laura have been perfecting their particular style of photographing weddings ever since.
In the past few months they have been named “Best Wedding Photographers in Washington State” by mywedding.com, won a “Bride’s Choice Award” on weddingwire.com, and had a wedding ceremony photo place 2nd in a recent contest of the Artistic Guild of the international Wedding Photojournalist Association.
They now work out of a historic home in Tacoma, Washington, where they live with their three little boys and their golden retriever.
“There is a thrill in knowing that we’re counted on to act smartly and instinctively to capture fleeting moments and beautiful scenes, ultimately creating family heirlooms that will resonate for generations.”
Great wedding photographers must have varied skill sets, more than any other type of photographer, and Scott and Laura love being able to flex their creative muscles to create so many different kinds of images. They love that every wedding is a unique and a little unpredictable, and even after more than a decade of photographing weddings, it doesn’t get old for them.
Photojournalism has always been a natural strength for Scott and Laura, and they’ve had to work hard over the years to become equally skilled at portrait photography- particularly in posing and making use of available lighting. Today, they are adept at both styles of photography, and have won photography awards for both candids and portraits.
Scott and Laura became wedding photographers back when the stylistic revolution was beginning. Being near the forefront of that wave, they really had to pioneer their own style more than today’s newbies do. Therefore, they aren’t big followers of other photographers, although there are definitely a few who’s work they admire deeply, including Jerry Ghionis and Ben Chrisman.
One of their largest inspirations is the landscape photography that led them to pick up the camera in the first place. They love for their wedding photos to have a real sense of place, incorporating the best features of the venues at which they take place.
Scott and Laura are all about “state-of-the-art” when it comes to camera equipment, and haven’t touched a roll of film since 2003. Their Canon 1D and 5D camera bodies are what they consider to be “truly amazing machines”, especially when paired with pro lenses and flash units.
They place a high emphasis on “digital polishing” (individualized fine-tuning each photo in Lightroom and Photoshop), but generally don’t go too heavy on the actions and effects. The look that they’ve developed for their studio is best described as “high-definition”- sharp details, bright, vibrant colors, and crisp, contrasty black and whites.
“Searching for the perfect wedding photographer is different than shopping for just about anything else. Looking for the ‘best deal’ might work when shopping for a car, but taking that approach with wedding photographers is likely to end poorly. A better comparison is house shopping- while price is important, so too are personality, quality, and overall fit.”
They also encourage couples to remember that wedding photography is truly an investment, as it’s one of the very few wedding expenses that you will be able to enjoy beyond the wedding day, and helps you to remember all the things that don’t.
A few fun facts about our Tacoma, Washington wedding photographers? When Scott and Laura aren’t shooting weddings, you will most likely find them photographing babies instead. Wallflower Photography is a wedding photography studio, and the only other service offered is casual couples portraits (like engagement portraits, though also open to married couples).
But three years ago, Scott and Laura launched a serparate maternity, baby and children’s portrait studio, Bump & Bambino (www.bumpandbambino.com). Their wedding clients appreciate that they can continue to photograph their growing family long after the wedding is past, and receive lifetime discounts to bump & Bambino. Laura handles all of the maternity and baby sessions while Scott takes over once the little ones start toddling.
Their time away from the camera or computer is typically spent working on restoring their “creaky and character-filled” Victorian home, digging around in the garden, or entertaining their three fun and funny young boys in their “soggy, gorgeous state” they call home!
To see more documentary wedding photography from Scott and Laura, visit Wallflower Photography.