At first glance, you might be wondering how a pair of punky kids found themselves photographing weddings all over the country. We always joke that we feel like the black sheep of the wedding industry, and that isn't a bad thing at all- we are passionate about what we do because we have an inescapable, innate desire to capture images that really mean something. Our couples don't give a shit about following the rules and copying what everyone else is doing, and that's why they give us full permission to unapologetically document their wedding celebration the only way we know how: real, unposed, and unconcerned with curating a facade of perfection. Our work is truly a collaboration with each of our couples' unique individual lives and stories- and as artists, we wouldn't have it any other way.
We call a small Kentucky town just north of Nashville our home. When we're not photographing our incredible couples, you'll find Portugal on a skateboard and Shelley curating playlists for every possible mood.
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WE'RE SHELLEY AND PORTUGAL, WIFE-and-HUSBAND WEDDING photographers who believe YOUR WEDDING DAY DESERVES A PHOTOJOURNALISTIC APPROACH.
The caterers are cleaning up the empty plates and the wedding coordinator is loading up the centerpieces, but the dance floor is still raging. The couple in the center of it all is surrounded by their family and friends as they have been all day, with unrestrained joy on their faces as they scream along to the music. It’s a celebration worthy of dirtying a white dress and dancing barefoot until your feet hurt. It’s happy tears, long hugs, and a sacred reverence for the joining of two souls. Maybe it's the only day ever where people from all the corners of your lives are gathered together in one place for such a happy reason. And when you look back at your wedding album one day far in the future, you won't be thinking twice about the double-chin laughs or flyaway hairs- you'll be thinking about how glad you are to have chosen photographers who understood what was most important to you, and who spent the entire day chasing those moments down to preserve them for the years to come.
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Our approach to photography is based in documentary storytelling with real, honest images that take you right back to how the moment felt. Click below to see our work.
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If you've got that feeling in your gut and you know you want us on board, then don't hesitate to get in touch! We take a limited number of weddings every year in order to wholly invest our care, attention, & excitement into your day. To reserve your date, follow the link below and tell us about yourselves.
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Incredible images happen when you're having an incredible experience. More than anything, we want your photography experience to feel fun, natural, and true to who you are. Click below to read about the experience of working together.
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We believe that in order to get totally unique & "you" inspired images, you need to have an amazing experience. Our couples always love their photos, but often make a point to tell us how much they appreciated how we made them feel- completely taken care of & relaxed enough to actually enjoy their day. We don't plan your wedding day around photos, rather we plan your photo experience
around your wedding day. Our #1 priority is that you have an amazing day with each other and all your guests. That's why we arrive as friends who already have your trust so we can document the celebration from the inside out.
"They are freaking rockstars at what they do... capturing all the moments we didn't know we needed."