I arrived to Beth’s family property near Cat Spring, Texas to the sound of gunshots and laughter echoing through the fields.  When I spent time with Beth and Carter before the wedding they always stuck to the notion that the wedding day was going to be about them, their friends, and their family.  Very quickly, I realized how accurate they were.

From clay shooting to playing frisbee football the day went exactly how they planned; with their friends; with their family.  Side by side.  Together.

This has been one of the most important stories I have had the chance to tell.  I only hope I did it justice.  Thank you to Melissa Fitzgerald for you immense talent on this day, and to Justin Swidel for bustin’ your ass the second you showed up.

Thank you Beth and Carter.

 

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  • These are delightful. The photos are so personal and romantic. Joseph, you really have a gift! Next time I get married to my husband I will call you to shoot my wedding :-)

  • Such a beautiful wedding, such beautiful images.

  • AMAZING documentary work! and what an incredible location!

  • This looks like a wedding guest’s dream! I wish I attended this wedding! I love all the hanging out and playing games pics. So fun!

  • Killer wedding, amazing control of the light

  • Love your style man!

  • So so so good. From beginning to end. Seriously, so well done.

  • Epic work!!! Loving the darker moody feel to your images.

  • Really digging your style, these are awesome!

  • you have captured this wedding beautifully

  • Such a beautiful wedding. Love all the emotions you captured and your portraits are fantastic!

  • Joseph, I really enjoy your black and white photos! I am a big fan of B&W photography and your pics really resonates with me! Thanks for sharing!

A year ago the creator of The Serial Box Presents texted me on a Friday night, “Want to come shoot some Joseph West Black and Whites for a Serial Box tonight?”  I said yes, showed up..and then was blown away.  Unfortunately, I had no idea who Johnnyswim was at that moment.  From first meeting Abner and Amanda they both were incredibly nice while I was shooting “behind the scenes” during setup.

Then shit got real.  Everyone went quiet to begin the first take.  Complete silence, and Abner bellowed out the beginning of “Home”.  Those next 4 minutes and 32 seconds are forever seared into my brain.  If you listen..we actually applauded them.  They were moving.  Their voices seemed to compliment each other in a way I’ve never seen in person.  And then there was the chemistry between them..the adorable, ridiculous chemistry that made the music feel even more.  Something I’ve never heard nor seen; mostly in a small coffee shop off of Washington.

I’ll finish up.  I was able to spend about 20 minutes after grabbing a few photos of them together.  Thankfully, my experience spending time with couples in absolute love served me well.  I asked the hard hitting questions..and they answered with light in their eyes.  In love.  Completely.  Making lovely music.  Let’s not forget, they are both fing gorgeous people.

Check out the video here.  Serial Box Present here.  Check out Johnnyswim here.  They are amazing.  Trust me.  They have a new album.  Buy it.

photographys of johnnyswim
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