Eastlyn & Joshua Photography (formerly Eastlyn Bright)

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We're Eastlyn and Joshua, a husband & wife team for travel lifestyle & weddings. Eastlyn likes to describe herself as a writer, feeler, and hiker with constant messy hair. Joshua likes to describe himself as craving more adventure than is safe for him. So if you're all about that wild wind-blown hair and you're not afraid to get a little dirty from a long hike or wet from waterfall mist, then we know we'd be the perfect match for your love adventure. However, more than we love drama of nature, we believe in story.

Photography tends to have a reputation of being the least artistic form of art because of its process and realistic depiction of what's captured...and we somewhat agree with that. Although intuitively creative, not all photographers are artists. But art is a language that has always been close to our hearts, and through this journey, we’re learning to translate what it means to us. As photographers, there is a richness that far exceeds just creating pretty pictures. We believe that we have an incredible opportunity to take part in the imperative art form of visual storytelling. It takes sincerity and a mind that is present, because before we can tell a story honestly, we need to first become "storylisteners." Storylistening goes beyond asking your subjects the right questions and listening to their verbal narration. It also means being in tune to their inflections, actions and emotions—like the way they move their hands when they talk, what makes them smile & what makes them them teary-eyed. During weddings, when a person's family and closest friends are all together in one day, we can see how our subject relates to the characters in their epic—their mom, dad, sister, uncle Bill, and their grandma Sharon; by paying attention to expressions & mannerisms, we can see bonds of closeness, tension, and strains in relationship. When we first started photography, we were so concerned about being technically perfect in sharpness and clarity, believing that's what makes an image beautiful, that we didn't realize we was missing the point. We weren't being an authentic storytellers (or artists). We've learned that there is more truth and feeling in the motion and in the slightly out of focus because life isn't altogether, perfectly in focus or clear. It's messy, soulful and mysterious—and that's what makes it so beautifully precious. Lights glow so much more brightly in the darkness—so we pray that our work is a light; beaming whispers of hope that the zillion imperfections are just as breathtaking as the fleeting flawless moment.