The Schultzes ~ Charlotte, NC

The Schultzes images have always had a way of captivating us. Their bright and clean aesthetic teamed with their creative and artistic nature always results in the most beautiful blending of romantic and interesting imagery. Inspired by the couple's they work with and their love stories, they treat every wedding or session as a brand new experience with a fresh perspective and desire to create memorable moments for their clients that truly reflect their personalities. Their work has appeared on Completely Unveiled regularly and in the pages of Weddings Unveiled in some of the most beautiful and unique real wedding features. Read on to learn more about Cheyenne and Geoff Schultz, the talented husband and wife duo behind the lenses of The Schultzes.

The Schultzes are based in Charlotte, NC. To contact The Schultzes, visit their website.

Weddings Unveiled: Tell us a little bit about The Schultzes.

Cheyenne and Geoff: We are Cheyenne and Geoff – a husband and a wife who are photographers based out of Charlotte, NC. We live here in the cutest little neighborhood with the cutest little baby boy - Boone (he’s currently 6 months old and has the BIGGEST and most HILARIOUS smile ever). We also have managed to acquire three crazy (but very sweet) dogs -
Ellen, Jazzy, and Frank.

In addition to assisting Cheyenne in running the business and raising up the most adorable child to ever walk the face of the earth, Geoff is a motion graphics designer. He works full time for our church – Elevation Church – and does quite a bit of freelance work.

We love: taking walks to our neighborhood Starbucks, to laugh….hard, road trip dance parties, sleeping in, exploring new cities, and eating out.

We dislike: 6am baby wake up calls on weekends, barking dogs that wake up said baby, and meatballs (okay, that last one is just Cheyenne’s dislike).

WU: How did you become a wedding photographer?

C&G: Randomly!

After seeing a few pictures Cheyenne had taken of her own engagement ring in the grass, some friends of ours asked if we would shoot their engagement session for them. Ummmm….sure?

Armed with a bottom of the line DSLR camera that we ran out and quickly bought, Cheyenne shot the session alongside her trusty second shooter Geoff, who shot with a Fugi FinePix point and shoot. Ahhhh….humble beginnings!. Not our finest work, we’ll admit. It didn’t matter….after that session, we were hooked.

The next year was spent shooting any and everything to gain experience….from dogs to promo shots for HazMat…..seriously, we shot it all. Soon, we realized that wedding photography was where our hearts were and decided to focus all of our attention and efforts in that area.

WU: Digital or film or both? Why?

C&G: We shoot digital…why? Patience isn’t Cheyenne’s strong suit….the instant gratification that digital offers is a must in her life.

Plus, we shoot a lot on a wedding day. Like, a really lot. A shameful lot. Digital lets us shoot our little hearts out without worry that we will run out of film or how much it will cost us to develop it all.

WU: Describe your wedding photography style.

Soft and romantic. Fun. Emotional. Interesting. Bright and clean. True. Creative. Artistic.

With a hint of quirk for good measure. ☺

WU: Show us your favorite wedding image and tell us why it represents who you are as a wedding photographer.

C&G: Oh, how we LOVE this image. A couple hopelessly in love on their wedding day…..on a gorgeous lake….and a ton of negative space. Good stuff, for sure.

WU: What inspires you?

my husband’s heart and selfless nature, my sweet baby boy’s joyous smile, the drive and creativity of our church and the cinematography of this guy -
Geoff: I am most inspired by people. Their uniqueness, their stories, their smiles, their laughs, their passions, their interests, their talents. I am continually blown away by all the different people that God has allowed me to come into contact with and try my best to absorb as much as I can from those around me.

WU: What inspires your photography?

Great light. Love. Color. Symmetry. Negative Space. Personality.

WU: How do you keep your wedding photography fresh?

We try our best to treat each and every wedding/session as one-of-a-kind….even if it’s a location we’ve already shot at numerous times. We actually really enjoy this challenge and get excited to create unique work from wedding to wedding.

It also really helps to make rest a priority. Feeling burned out has never helped anything on the creative front.

WU: Do you do non-wedding photography work? If so, how does it influence your wedding photography?

We actually just started shooting some portrait work here and there. We are big proponents of only shooting what we love to shoot – otherwise, it then becomes work….and work isn’t always fun. The majority of our work remains wedding related, but we have recently shot a few maternity and newborn baby sessions.

Cheyenne also shoots quite a bit for our church, which has helped her learn the art of shooting in low/changing light conditions.

WU: What makes you different from other wedding photographers?

C&G: This answer isn’t incredibly original, but it’s true…being US is what makes us different from other photographers in this industry. No one can replicate our chemistry and how it drives our approach toward our business and art.

WU: What would be your ideal wedding assignment?

75 degree weather; clear skies. Ceremony at the edge of a mountain top with insane, soft backlight. The send-off would be at sunset….in a hot air balloon.

And strawberries…..incredible amounts of chocolate covered strawberries that are available to the photographer at any given point.

Geoff: Great weather. Location would probably be some sort of "ruins" or old historic small country town in Europe with rolling green hills. Outdoor ceremony and reception. 1 hour with the bride and groom for photos before the ceremony. Unique bridal party attire. Hand-made details. People who love to have a good time and enjoy being around each other. A couple who is madly in love and expresses it without a care in the world.

WU: Tell us three things you can't live without.

Cheyenne: Obvious answer – God, Geoff, Boone. Non-obvious answer - Pumpkin Spice Lattes, chocolate (Godiva or Sees…either will do just fine, thank you very much), and (shamefully) Twitter.

Geoff: Starbucks. Creating Art. Cheyenne.

WU: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

C&G: In relation to seeking and following a vision for your life, it would be the following three things:

1. Expose people to something at the level in which you want to lead them.
2. Ask yourself what you need to do to reach the level you want to reach.
3. Ask yourself how can you creatively inspire those in your circle of influence.

WU: What is the best advice you can give to an engaged couple?

C&G: On wedding planning – hire vendors that you trust and are excited about! Then, get out of their way and let them do the job that you are paying them to do. ☺ We feel like we are most creative on a wedding/shoot when we have been given 100% license to do our job the way we enjoy doing it.

On marriage – Marriage is not all about you. Don't go into it with the mentality of "what can I get out of this" but with the mentality of "what can I put into this." The more selfless you learn to be toward your spouse, the more fulfilling your marriage will become.


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