Wes Shinn has a passion for serving and caring for others. This mentality is a moving force behind his artistry and it shows. His photos are a creation of the pursuit of honoring others. Wes is a wedding photographer based in Virginia and goes above and beyond for all of his couples regardless of the venue or location. His portfolio speaks for itself and earned him a spot as a Visual Flow Ambassador. With over 16 years in the industry, Wes shares the challenges, inspiration, and work ethic that got him to where he is today. In this interview, he shares what differentiates him from other photographers and how our Visual Flow Preset system has helped streamline this Lightroom workflow.
How long have you been a photographer? What got you started?
“Professionally I’ve been a photographer and filmmaker for16 years. For 10 years I was a military photojournalist. For about the last three and a half years I have had the honor in capturing weddings.”
How did you establish and define your shooting and editing style?
“To be honest, I really love nature and landscapes. So I’ve learned to combine my passion to capture landscapes into my wedding photography work. My work derives from sunrise and sunset colors. There’s nothing more satisfying than combining intimate moments with couples mixed with vibrant colors.”
How do you differentiate yourself from the photographer down the street?
“Being creative and unique is what I love to work toward. I don’t think there’s another photographer in my area that can relate to my style because it’s very creative. I have a relentless pursuit in capturing the most creative, epic and beautiful moments. I always tell couples, if you want something that captures your unique love for each other, then look no further.”
How has the Visual Flow Preset system changed your workflow?
“We can get to our desired looks through one-click more often than not using the Visual Flow Presets. From a time standpoint, it’s crazy fast. We’ll still pull in local adjustments, but even those are easier to deal with because of the number of choices that we have for literally every situation. The tool pack alone is worth the money!”
What is the most challenging part of being a photographer?
“Being creative enough for my couples but also capturing the “must have” photos. I think couples who book me love my creative work, but it’s also finding the balance in ensuring I capture every detail of the day, even if the timeline is off. Another challenge is articulating the most creative work is always challenging for couples and clients that aren’t familiar with creative media. I try to do my best to show examples of my work in a way that captures their interest.”