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  • Donna Irene Photography


    Donna Irene Photography

    I was one of those kids that was always in need of a creative outlet, whether it be doodling all over my homework or making my own Myspace layouts. When I started high school, I discovered that my school had a photography club and I thought it would be fun to try. I instantly fell in love with the way I could freeze a moment in time with my camera. And so it started a wonderful journey.


    I started out taking lots of self portraits in my backyard, because I had no one else to shoot more than anything. But there was something magical about the solitude of those beginning years, and they truly helped me grow as an artist. I did a 365 project during high school where I took a unique photo every day for a year. That was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but it's because of that year that I am the photographer I am today.

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    My style has changed so much since I started shooting eight years ago. Today my favorite work to shoot is lifestyle and adventure; I love to photograph my travels and my friends out having fun in beautiful places. I crave to see the world and photograph people enjoying its beauty. But I would say my greatest passion is storytelling, and I aim to always tell stories that matter, no matter what I am creating.

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    I think that photography should stir us towards a deeper appreciation for the world around us and the people in it. Their is so much beauty to be seen, and my goal as an artist is to help others see more of it.

    RELATIONSHIP: Basic Invite Partner COMPANY: Donna Irene Photography WEBSITE: SOCIAL: facebookvimeo, blog, pinterest, flickr, 500px

  • Nathan Shute Photography


    Nathan Shute Photography

    Nathan Shute Photography is a husband/wife wedding photography team loving life here in sunny southern California. We couldn’t ask for a better life together, and we absolutely love our jobs as wedding photographers!

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    Nathan and I met in 2006 in Seattle, Washington. We were married in 2010, and in 2011 Nathan was injured and medically discharged from the US Army. We were both at a crossroads in our lives trying to decide which direction our lives would go next. One day, Nathan decided to pick up a camera and start learning. He taught himself everything he knows, and the business was formed!

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    In the end of 2012 we moved to southern California to expand the business to service two states. Fast forward 2 years and we are now running Nathan Shute Photography shooting weddings and engagements full time in Washington and California.

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    I can not believe that it has been almost 10 years working side by side with my best friend and I am so excited to see what the world will bring next! I think one of the reasons we love wedding photography so much is that it reminds us how special it is to have someone beside you in life. We get to be part of someone’s most cherished memory of their lives, and knowing that we can help preserve those memories for generations to come makes us both really happy!

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    The wedding featured was a simple backyard wedding in 2014 in Riverside, CA and remains one of my favorites!


    The engagement featured was a beautiful session at Irvine Regional Park in Orange, California with an awesome couple!

    RELATIONSHIP: Basic Invite Partner COMPANY: Nathan Shute Photography WEBSITE: SOCIAL: facebooktwitter, blog, pinterest


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