Behind the Lens: TJ Getz of GetzCreative Photography
Welcome to another Behind the Lens post where I interview a talented wedding photographer whom I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with. Every photographer has their own distinct style so the purpose of this series is to help you choose a photographer whose style best represents you. Thus I want you to meet them not as “vendors” but as potential friends who just so happen to have the skills to creatively chronicle your special day in pictures.
Meet Photographer TJ Getz
I’m pretty much an advocate of natural light wedding photography but ever since South Carolina-based GetzCreative Photography sent me Rachel & Jake’s Magic the Gathering, Anime and Steampunk Engagement Session, I realized that filtered or color-edited photos — when done well and when the effect suits the photo’s context or subject matter — can be fantastic too! Since then I have been publishing TJ Getz’ fun, artistic, and very creative sessions one after another (see them all here) because they totally embody the funky non-cookie cutter shoots I have been encouraging you to do since day 1! Therefore today I’m delighted to introduce you to the talented photographer behind the awesome work. (Special thanks to the lovely Moe for pinning the insanely busy TJ down especially for this q&a!)
* All photos on this page are copyright GetzCreative Photography *
Hello TJ! Please tell us more about yourself and your wedding photography business.
I have been shooting weddings for 8 years now! I started out as a graphic designer, but got into photography and started the business with my wife Michelle out of our home. We continued to grow and grow (we have two beautiful sons, Asher and Aiden, who continued to grow, too!) so we took the plunge and rented a studio space. We’ve been in here for three years this past July! We are located in Greenville, South Carolina — a small city showing a lot of growth nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We’ve got a studio manager named Moe who keeps us sane! She loves small creative businesses and is a great addition to the GetzCreative Team. We shoot mostly portraits (engagements, day afters, boudoir, etc.) and commercial photography, but we love weddings and try to do around 15 a year.
The quirkiest wedding you’ve photographed?
We have a new wedding concept called our “Innovation Wedding”, and we unveiled it with our clients Chelsea and Iain in June! This is definitely the quirkiest wedding we’ve shot in a while. The groomsmen and groom wore kilts, of course there were bagpipes, and we shot for a sort of “Catch Me If You Can” storyline. There was a scavenger hunt that the bride put together that the groom had to participate in — it was so much fun and something very different from the usual wedding day photography schedule!!
The most unusual or unexpected location you’ve shot a wedding at?
We shot a wedding in Scottsdale, Arizona in a large pueblo Estate. There were less than 50 people, and the service was in a courtyard overlooking the mountains, with a beautiful xeriscaped garden and fountain.
A wedding photography fad you will never follow?
Totally natural light photography. Don’t get me wrong, as a professional photographer, of course I LOVE natural light, and I use it to the best of my abilities. But my SB 800s and AlienBees can do some pretty cool things too, and I use them whenever possible!!!
Can you tell us what your wedding was like?
My wedding was at a church with a bagpiper. The reception was at a castle called Stokesay, with a chalet! It was honestly pretty normal. There was no dancing or drinks, but everyone had fun talking. In fact, our limo driver almost left us because we were so late chatting with all of our family and friends!!!
Barring budget, logic or reality, what would your dream wedding (to shoot) be like?
The wedding would be at dusk, in the center of the forest. The aisle would be made of trees with twinkling lights twined throughout the branches. There would only be about 50-100 people, and the guests would be seated in hammock chairs hung from the branches of the forest around them. The groom would have a trench coat, a sword and a ponytail. The bride would wear a red dress with very long bell sleeves. It would be a very mystical, intimate service, and the reception would be in another clearing with lots of choreographed dancing and floating orbs. 🙂
A book, movie or tv show you’d love to base a styled shoot on?
Which celebrity or fictional couple’s wedding do you think would be a blast to photograph if you could?
Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson
Quick, name 5 favorite songs off the top of your head!
Fields of Gold- Sting
Some Nights – Fun.
King And Lionheart – Of Monsters and Men
Better Half of Me – Dash Berlin
Pink Moon- Nick Drake
If you weren’t a photographer now, what would you be?
Something creative — I think I’d die if I was unable to create. Probably a teacher. My father is a teacher, and he has influenced me greatly. In another life, I’d be a professional mountain biker!
I hope you all enjoyed meeting the awesome TJ. The totally creative images on this page are just a taste of what he and his team can offer!
If you want more info on this talented photographer, please visit the following pages:
* See all our previously featured weddings & shoots by GetzCreative Photography
* Meet other featured photographers in our Behind the Lens interview series
* While you’re at it, do check out the site map to browse our real wedding/engagement/styled shoot features by photographer and by location.