Welcome to White Black Photography! We are Joel and Leah Martinson, Williamsburg's principal natural-light, wedding photographers. As an artist I believe that in every day life there is beauty to behold and there is joy to be remembered, and there is life to be celebrated and transformed into extraordinary works of art. This is my why. I delight to help others capture those moments of life, joy and beauty that is uniquely theirs. - Leah
Originally from the West Coast of Oregon and California, we've been blessed to call Colonial Williamsburg our home since 2013. We are lovers of history so it is more than a delight to walk the old streets of CW and visit the array of museums in Virginia. We primarily serve clients from D.C. to parts of North Carolina, although we are fond of adventure and are available to fly to any destination wedding around the globe.
Joel and I started White Black Photography in 2015, after Joel finished his degree in cinematography. Driven by my lifelong passion for capturing life on film, (I studied photography in high school and in some college classes) we decided to make our dreams real. Being married 17 years and counting has great advantages as we know each other's thoughts and movements, making working together at a wedding a very smooth and enjoyable experience. We actually like to call it a date! It has all the ingredients for a perfect date…dressing up in nice clothes, doing something we love to do together, witnessing a sweet new love story, all while getting to spend the entire day by each other's side.
When we aren't behind the camera, you can usually find Joel playing the piano or relaxing by OCD cleaning (With a large family, I am so thankful he finds this relaxing!:)). And I am usually in the kitchen baking a treat (aka: making a mess that Joel will eventually have to clean up, but he says the yumminess of the treat makes it all worth while) or reading up on photography in my latest magazine subscription.
Five things Joel loves are a clean house, the personalities of toddlers, working with his wife, writing music and watching films of course! My top five are first my amazing husband and kiddos that I absolutely adore, family weekends in Chincoteague, a vase full of fresh cut flowers, reading biographies of missionaries, and coffee and dark chocolate... I can't let a day pass without them!
Although our main focus are weddings, we still enjoy serving our clients with several different styles of indoor and outdoor photography, including: Wedding, Family, Maternity, Newborn, Children, and Fashion. There is nothing sweeter than the candid and pure expression of a child! We are very dedicated to our clients, creating a positive and engaging experience, and producing high-end, artistic, and natural-light photography and video. Our primary focus is natural-light photography, although we will occasional use studio quality LED lights for indoor and outdoor applications. We look forward to getting to know you and capturing your every day moments as well as those monumental ones in life! Please check out our two portfolios in the tab above.
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