This story originally appeared in the 2015 Kitsap Wedding Guide.
They’re been to fields and farms. And churches and castles. And even to Alaska and the East Coast.
That’s just a few of the places Hannah and Tyler Scholle, of Tyler and Hannah Photography in Silverdale, have been to photograph a wedding.
“We love to travel,” Hannah said. “We have lots of great venues right here in Kitsap County. But we’ve had friends ask us along on their destination weddings to Alaska, the East Coast and the Midwest.
The married couple began their wedding photography business about three years ago. They both come from families that made photography important as they were growing up.
“Tyler’s father is a nature and wildlife photographer,” Hannah said. “And both my parents have had an interest in photography since they were young and did it in 4H. Tyler started out in real estate photography and he began photographing friends’ weddings. I was helping him with that and eventually we just decided to make it our full time business.”
While they’ve been working out of their home, they are in the process of opening a studio in the Old Town district in Silverdale. Weddings make up 80 percent of their business, but they also photograph babies, families and do senior portraits.
“We’re really trying to focus on weddings,” she said. “We do about 20 to 30 a year.”
In fact, their August is already booked.
She suggests that brides and grooms begin looking for a photographer as soon as they set their wedding date. Some summer weekends book a year in advance. August and September are the busiest months in this area, Scholle said.
Venues are up to the bride and groom, she said, but she and her husband like to shoot outdoors.
“Nothing’s better than natural light,” she said. “Often, we’ll take the bride and groom outdoors to shoot portraits, even after they’ve had an indoor church wedding.”
Rain doesn’t even ruin outdoor weddings. “We can work with that,” she said. “We can make the rain drops look almost like glitter.”
One of the most unusual weddings they’ve had was in Thornewood Castle in Tacoma.
“Everything was very elegant,” she said. “The dresses were big ballroom styles. And the high ceilings gave a unique look in the photos.”
They’ve done quite a few weddings at Red Cedar Farm in Poulsbo.
“Weddings there are simple,” she said. “They’re really relaxed and rustic.”
The average wedding photography runs from $3,100 to $4,500, but includes meeting with the bride and groom throughout the planning stages. It also includes actual photographs.
“With some photographers, they’ll shoot the wedding and then just hand over a disc or a thumb drive,” she said. “We like to present the whole story in an album.”
They also download some photos taken during the wedding and show them on a large screen during the reception.
And they can help couples with wall art — large photos on fabric that couples like to have to show in their homes.
Two popular things that brides and grooms are opting for lately are “first-look” photos and “day-after” photo shoots.
First look photos are the shot of the bride and groom when they first see each other on their wedding day, Scholle said. They also do that with brides and fathers of the brides.
Day after photo shoots are not usually done on the day after the wedding, Scholle said, but more like a few weeks later.
“The bride and groom get dressed again in their wedding attire and we take them to locales to shoot that they didn’t have time to do on their actual wedding day,” she said.
“Sometimes it’s Snoqualmie Pass, or with the Seattle skyline in the background, or somewhere that’s special to the couple,” she said. “Sunsets also are popular, if we weren’t able to do that on their wedding day.”
Couples still like to have formal family shots too.
“We do just what the bride and groom wants,” she said. “Usually it’s the moms who want to make sure there are some of the traditional shots.”
The most important thing in selecting a wedding photographer is to look at their work.
“Study their portfolio,” Scholle said. “And ask to see more if you’re not sure. Make sure the photographer is someone who will shoot what you want. And meet with them in person to know that you are comfortable with them.”
Because, as she’ll tell you, the photos of your wedding are the one thing that will last forever.