James Christianson and Otto Schulze have spent the past 20 years chasing experiences. From photographing weddings on the Great Wall of China to quiet nuptials on top of a mountain peak, weddings for celebrities such as the Ralph Lauren family in New York, to intimate gatherings in the Bahamas. Each a unique experience, primed for exploration.
Our approach is simple; explore, experience, create. We believe that our unique worldview and ability to connect with people is what allows us to create imagery that stands alone, work that is emotional and connected and nuanced; art. Your wedding is deserving of the work of a master photographer, an artist with their own vision and the willingness to explore and experience your wedding, creating art as it unfolds. James + Schulze stands on the foundation of quality in artistry and love in exploration, with two exceptionall photographers joined together to fulfill that mission.
Raised in the north woods of Washington State with extensive travel under his belt at a young age, James has been an explorer from the start. His upbringing and time living abroad eventually lead him to live in Micronesia to partake in teaching and personal missionary work. It’s these human experiences that have had the greatest influence on his images. Curiosity and a love for meeting people are what drive James to create soulful portraits and photos infused with personality. James currently lives in Colorado with the love of his life and their three boys but can most often be found in an Airstream trailer, exploring this great country when above sea level, and scuba diving when below it.
Born and raised in South Africa Otto has traveled the globe in pursuit of the "decisive moment". His caring eye is one with a worldly view. His background working as a documentary photographer is what most influences his photographs. Drawn to dramatic light, Otto creates images that need to be framed and hung. His award winning photographs have been published and exhibited around the globe and he holds the prestigious title of Sony Artisan of Imagery, representing the camera and technology brand in the wedding industry. He lives with his wife and three girls in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies and travels the globe in search of new experiences to share.
Based on the needs of your event, a photographer or team will be recommended. For the ultimate coverage, founders, James and Schulze, together offer two award-winning lead photographers who shoot side-by-side, with one unparalleled creative voice. This dynamic voice is one that is at the same time, disparate and complementary, simple and dramatic, captures beauty and emotion, the smallest of details and sweeping landscapes. Blending styles of documentary fine art and editorial work, weddings are shot both digitally and on film and allow for a richness in imagery, in experience, and in exploration that is truly one-of-a-kind.