The photo on the left was taken of my gorgeous grandmother, donning her green dress on her wedding day. She married a talented photographer. I guess you can say being "offbeat" and photography runs in my blood.
Hello, my name is Carly and I make beautiful photos. Chemistry is my favorite thing to photograph. A lopsided look, a belly laugh, a face-smashing kiss… That's what I look for and that's what I capture. I photograph weddings and love stories with my husband and sometimes my friends. We love it and man alive, we're pretty dang great at it.
When I asked my 2012 Offbeat bride, Lisa, what she loved about planning her wedding, she replied, "Carly, we didn't want to buy a wedding. We wanted to make a wedding!" These words have stayed with me since I first heard them and it's the attitude that separates the knock-your-socks-off weddings from the seemingly forgettable ones. Weddings that are made as perfect reflections of two people in love. Their story, their humor, their passions — all of it combined to create a unique, emotionally vibrant, and unforgettable story.
Whoever you are — quirky geek chic, retro funk, bohemian country, or tattooed rock-n-roll — I want to know you and tell your story like no one else can. Because like you, I make wedding photos, I don't just take them.
I'm based in Seattle but travel often for destination weddings. I've gone from Washington to California to New York and back again! I'll go wherever your story wants to take me. Special offers available for 2013 couples getting married outside the U.S. Please inquire to learn more.
"For the record, we could not have picked a better photography team for our wedding. Our entire day was perfect and so much fun. Carly and George captured the best moments and now we’ll have photos forever. Thank you SO much! Sean and I are both so grateful." -Dianna
How I cater to Offbeat Brides
I have a different approach to weddings and it starts with the relationship I develop with my couples. So much so, by the time your wedding day arrives, your guests assume you simply asked your really good friend to photograph your day. And that's how I like it. I like to call myself a "photo ninja assassin", capturing moments before anyone even realizes I was there to capture it! Meanwhile, I'm with you the whole day, your photographer and your friend. Because if I'm going to be your "shadow", I'm going to foster our relationship from the moment you hit "send" on that first email.
My Offbeat couples are artists, even if it may not be their "day job". Each decision they make for their wedding is a personal and artistic reflection of who they are. Tea length dresses, suspenders and bow ties, Marie Antoinette themed Pinterest boards… Those are just a few examples of what my couples bring to the wedding table.
I support all lifestyles and complexes. Wild, crazy, friendly, weird, spontaneous, stupendous, adventurous — I truly love you all.
Examples of my work
Previously featured on Offbeat Bride…
- A sunny picnic wedding with lawn games and love (you've probably seen it on Pinterest!)
- Seattle's Carly Bish Photography will risk life & (tree?) limb for your wedding photos
- Lisa & Kevin's garden party comfort food wedding
Chaitra+Ryan: A crafty DIY garden party wedding with hot air balloons.
Rachel+Sven-Erik: A small, intimate restaurant wedding at Pike Place Market with a charcoal wedding dress and a paper lantern send off.
Krista+Justin: A mountain-inspired, fairy-tale ceremony with a guest appearance from Sasquatch himself!
Promotions for Offbeat Brides
10% off their package total (up to $350) OR add an engagement session to your package for FREE (a $350 value).
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