Cottonwood Studios is an international wedding photography studio specializing in destination weddings and elopements. They are a husband & wife duo who always work as a team in order to capture every aspect and moment of each wedding day. They focus on immortalizing the emotions of the wedding day rather than simply documenting the events. It's this focus on emotion that sets Kari and Caleb apart from other photographers. Whether they're photographing weddings in Paris or New York or capturing engagement sessions in Amsterdam or Arkansas, they bring their excitement for life and their passion for photography to every new adventure. They currently only book 20-25 weddings per year in order to give proper attention to every client.
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When my wife and her friend were searching online for wedding photographers ~1 year before our wedding date, they stumbled upon Cottonwood Studios' Instagram. My wife, who has even higher standards for photographers than she has for a husband, was extremely impressed, and she made it clear that we HAD to get Cottonwood at all costs - even if it meant moving our wedding date if Cottonwood was unavailable!
Starting with the engagement shoot, it couldn't have been easier working out a shooting day with Cottonwood. FYI, Caleb and Kari live outside the U.S. and work events all over the world, so it is good to discuss with them when they will be in your region. Fortunately for us, they were in NYC already when we wanted to have our engagement shoot, so we coordinated a shoot in Brooklyn. Speaking of that shoot in Brooklyn, we were able to leverage Caleb and Kari's expertise - they had shot in that location years ago and still remembered some really cool areas to shoot. The whole evening/night, they were extremely personable and we had a lot of fun. They helped us carry around some 2nd outfits which we changed into and they didn't seem tired even though we put a few miles on our feet that night. So recap, they were accessible and helpful during the shoot and were great at suggesting poses, positioning us, and getting some great, natural reactions out of us. (skipping wedding paragraph due to word limit).
One of the neat things I noticed was how excited Caleb and Kari were immediately after they took great photos. Caleb or Kari would show each other thumbnails on the camera, and they would both get so excited - which got me and my wife very excited, too! Then they would show us, and we could see first-hand how their vision would pay-off and that we would get the same type of great pictures we saw on Instagram months earlier but with us in the pictures this time! Couldn't be more satisfied with Cottonwoods' work!
Mike & Grace
Kari and Caleb are the best wedding photographers!!! You can't beat this wife and husband duo! We cannot recommend them highly enough. From our engagement shoot to our wedding day, they were so accommodating and easy to get along with. They truly care about the clients' experience and happiness with their photos. During our engagement photo shoot, they had us check out the photos throughout the shoot to make sure they were what we envisioned. They were prepared with what shots they had in mind, but were also flexible to what we had in mind as well.
Something we couldn't stop raving over was they were so helpful in making our wedding day run smoothly. They knew the shots we wanted and they made that happen. For our wedding ceremony, it was crucial to stay on time. Kari and Caleb were prompt and captured all the family photos we wanted in the short amount of time we had with style, grace, and smiles on their faces :)
When my husband and I had our photos done while our guests were at the cocktail hour, Kari and Caleb had an emergency kit together for us with touch-up make up, deodorant, mints, tissues, water, etc in their rental car. What other wedding photographers have the bride and groom's backs in that way?! They are WAY more than regular wedding photographers; they are super-people. They truly care about you as people - THAT is the best part about them (not to mention the best photos ever). The photos were delivered ahead of time and the quality was superb.
Since they are a wife and husband team, they know how each other works and they have a game plan coming into every event - tight and wide shots, bride's and groom's reaction. You will have timeless photos captured with artistry.
If you're looking for the right wedding photographers, look no further. You've found them
Maria + Lawrence
Kari and Caleb are amazing! We liked them from the moment we met them, and the photos came out absolutely beautiful. Neither my husband or I like having our picture taken but they made us very comfortable. They were always quick to respond and they definitely have their shit together. On top of the photography, they were both very helpful during the getting ready process for both of us and throughout the day. They are clearly wedding pros! We couldn't be happier with how the photos came out either! Would highly recommend them to anyone!
Trudy + Adam
Kari and Caleb were absolutely the best photographers we could have asked for. From the first time we met, through our engagement photoshoot, and of course, through the wedding, they made us feel comfortable, relaxed, and kept smiles on our faces. My husband is a little shy around the camera usually, but Caleb kept him loose and laughing. Also...WE HAVE AMAZING PHOTOS. The two of us and our guests are all blown away. They have incredible skill and instinct, have a knack for capturing the love in a room, and just are a pleasure to work with. My entire bridal party, if they can, would choose the two of them for all the future weddings in our group. So glad to have met this pair!
Carin + PJ
From our first meeting to the final product, I am so happy we chose Kari and Caleb as our wedding photographers. Throughout the entire process, we communicated easily and effectively...but, most importantly, I felt comfortable with Kari and Caleb from the first time I met them. They are so kind and make you feel truly at ease throughout your day! And the best part is, now I have beautiful pictures at the end of this amazing process that really captured all of the important moments and every feeling and emotion we felt throughout the day! Kari and Caleb felt like old friends sharing our wedding day with us.
Ashley and John