I have cultivated an immense admiration for the art of wedding photography. To capture "the day" takes special talent. Precision, quick reflexes and technical perfection are needed to archive the most important moments in a couple's life. Any photographer with these propensities would command my respect, though they would not necessarily inspire me. Erika and Lanny of Two Mann Studios (TMS) have more than the necessary skill set. They have vision, an inherent attribute that elevates the pair from photographers to artists.
Without fail, the Manns capture stunning documentary work on the wedding day. However my interest in TMS is solidified by the shots that are captured far from the alter with a retracted zoom. TMS pairs their subjects with fitting scenery, showing other photographers (and clients alike) that there is just as much impact with wide portraiture as there is tight. To highlight a couple within a massive environmental scene proves that the Two Mann duo can perceive something larger, more Gestalt in the union of their clients.
Through TMS's blog, one can easily identify why the photographic team is, and will continue to be in high demand. Slowly scrolling their blog feels like a gallery walk, confirming that it isn't just potential clients who should pay attention to their work. Fellow photographers will truly benefit from a deep study of Erika and Lanny's ability to feature their subjects within a greater context. Even with practice, I would be surprised if other shooters could readily match the apparent vision that the Mann's possess.
Want to learn Two Mann's secrets? Study their work at Twomann.com. Better yet, learn directly from the Mann's during their Balls Out! Workshop Series.
All images are used with permission and are under copyright by Two Mann Studios.
Award winning photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. Specializing in portrait photography, he shoots a variety of portraiture, editorial, and event, and commercial photography assignments. Andy is a husband, father, and lover of fried food.