The Shalom Imaginative are an inclusive wedding photography collective documenting weddings on film, digital, and video. Based in Los Angeles, California the team specialises in capturing candid, real moments in a documentary style. The Shalom Imaginative often work in North America and have photographed weddings worldwide, including in Hong Kong, Scotland and Paris.
Tell us about your business!
We are a team of artists documenting weddings on film, digital, and video. Our wedding studio has 13 years of experience capturing weddings in a documentary style. Many of the couples we work with are also artists, and we love the creative collaboration that makes each wedding unique.
What would you like couples to know about you?
Our highest priority is to create a safe space for everyone. We want couples to be able to see themselves in our portfolio. We welcome every culture, gender identity and expression, age, color, sexual orientation, and belief.
Where are you based?
We are based in Los Angeles.
Do you travel for weddings?
Yes! We often document weddings all across North America. We also have traveled all over the globe documenting wedding celebrations. Some past favorites include Mexico City, Paris, Hong Kong, Loch Lomond Scotland, the English countryside and San Miguel De Allende.
How would you describe your style?
Documentary with a hint of editorial, emotive, real, relaxed, timeless, and fun.
What is your most memorable career moment?
Traveling to Hong Kong to document a local wedding in the heart of the city.
What inspires you?
The Californian landscape, human emotions, and consuming other art forms such as music, films, literature or interior design.
What motivates you to do what you do?
Getting to tell meaningful stories, experience traditions from other cultures, and crossing paths with beautiful souls from all different walks of life.
How would you describe your working style?
Chill, fun, creative and connecting.
Do you shoot digitally, on film or both?
Do you have custom packages according to individual needs?
Yes, everything we offer is customizable and a collaboration with our couples.
What is a favourite service that you offer and why?
Analogue film - nothing beats the tones, the gritty imperfection, and nostalgic essence that film brings to our coverage.
Where would you love to travel for work?
Oaxaca or Portugal.
Who is your dream client?
Creative couples who throw out tradition for the sake of tradition; however, keep the sacred and meaningful ones. Couples who add unique and totally weird personal touches that make the day feel completely them.
How do you select music to your films?
We want the entire process of the films we offer to feel like a creative collaboration with our couples. We have many ways for couples to be involved and provide feedback as we compose the final film, one of those ways is giving couples the option of selecting their song(s).
What is your advice to couples getting married?
There are no rules, be weird, have fun!