Great Gatsby Glam in North Carolina, by Hartman Outdoor Photography [RF Wedding of the Week]

By // June 23, 2016 // Posted in Photography, Wedding, Wedding of the Week

Josh and Shelley Hartman are a husband and wife team (high school sweethearts, actually!) who live in “a tiny fiberglass egg camper and travel the country following the weddings” they book, they say, through their photo business, Hartman Outdoor Photography. Their clients are as outdoorsy as the Hartmans, who photographed around Washington State, Oregon, South Carolina, Michigan and Iceland this year.

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All photos © Hartman Outdoor Photography

The Hartmans also went to North Carolina, where they photographed the wedding of Kate and Adam. “Adam is studying physics and Kate is a talented illustrative artist,” the duo explains. “Their wedding plans at the Carolina Inn were going to be a blend of tradition and artistic glamour, and we just loved the sound of it. We photographed their engagement session in Charlotte, North Carolina, then went out for a few drinks afterward. It was a great way to get to know each other a bit before the wedding day in a very informal way.”

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IN THE GEAR BAG

Cameras: Canon 5D Mark IIIs (two each) 
Lenses:
35mm and 85mm prime (Josh), 24-70mm and 70-200mm (Shelley)
Lighting:
600EX-RT flash (during reception), on-camera and external Flashpoint BP 160 lights

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Libby Peterson is the Features Editor of Rangefinder. A Minneapolis native, she moved to New York after graduating from Indiana University’s School of Journalism in 2013, starting off as the magazine's editorial intern.

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