Brett Wise is a self-taught photographer and graduate student of biblical studies at Lee University. He is known for his passionate and often short-lived enthusiasm for various hobbies (he was a wine connoisseur for roughly two months, before moving on to hot tea).
His affinity for making art out of the photographic image, though, has not evaporated, since his early teenage years, when Brett received his father’s old film camera.Traversing the woods of his home in rural Arkansas, Brett took photos of rusted chains and gnarled stumps. Nothing was too trivial or lowly to become art through the lens of his new found medium. He left the woods of Arkansas for college in Tennessee, but his camera-craze stayed with him.
From nights spent prowling the streets of Cleveland snapping cracks in the sidewalk and friends in crumbling laundromats, to evenings spent in downtown Chattanooga capturing newly engaged couples stroll across a bridge over the Tennessee River, Brett has refined his style and gained experience shooting a wide range of subjects. He enjoys photographing weddings, but is also happy roaming a new city, viewing it from behind his camera lens.
Brett plans to pursue photojournalism in the future and wants to travel the world taking pictures of people and change lives for the better. He lives in Cleveland, TN.
What was your favorite wedding photo?
Actually, there are too many to count. Brett also did our engagement photo shoot, and they all turned out incredible.
How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits?
He was very good at staying out of the way, but still was able to get those incredible shots you always hope for- I have some incredible candid shots from the rehearsal that mean a ton to me, and the portraits of the wedding party and us were incredible. He was even able to capture details we didn't think about, like the food we had at the rehearsal dinner, and the flowers as they were being put together. He captured everything, even us dancing at a party after the rehearsal dinner at my house.
What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers?
In our wedding package, he did engagement pictures, rehearsal, reahearsal dinner, rehearsal afterparty, wedding day preparations for both of us, the pre-ceremony and ceremony, photo session afterwards, and then the reception, and we got DVD's of all the photos.
How did the photographer make you and family comfortable?
Incredibly non-intrusive, he got to know all of us and our likes and dislikes and preferences before he got started, and there are pictures to please every person.