About the Team
Rusty Wright, owner & photographer
To answer a commonly asked question, Waldron is the tiny town in Arkansas in which my grandma was raised; I called her Gram, and her story can be found right here.
I grew up intrigued by photography, always carrying a camera and constantly researching the latest gear. When I used my photographs as a platform on which to travel to Guatemala in 2009, I found myself confronted by the possibility of making photographs professionally. A hobby I loved, over time, had transformed into a career than I now find myself adoring more and more.
I get the biggest kick out of being able to spend the majority of my weekends celebrating alongside couples in love. I’m terribly grateful for folks who entrust me with the special task of documenting such a time in their lives. I understand, first and foremost, that a wedding day isn’t about pictures, or even about a wedding – it’s about a marriage and the beginning of a story. So, truly, thank you for considering me in such a capacity.
On a more personal note, my other loves include my wife Lizzie, our son Linden, our pup Huck, country music, grilled cheese sandwiches, the mountains and good pie.
Stephen Shireman, associate photographer
My love for photography started before I owned a camera. As a kid I studied the pages of action sports magazines, captivated by the ever-changing perspectives. I began making photos as a means to get into my musically-inclined friends’ performances, but soon found that with a camera in my hands, the best people were being placed in my path.
Having no formal training, I learn every day. I still frequent Barnes & Noble to sit with a cup of coffee and a fresh issue of Transworld Surf to keep me grounded and inspired. I did not start making photos in hopes of making money, but rather to capture and interpret the story of people about whom I care. Photographing weddings has become a passion as a result.
The story of every marriage is unique and special. It is a blessing to document the beginning of a life-long bond and join in the celebration of such a powerful day.