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About
Pattengale


IF YOU DARE
TO LINGER, YOU'LL HEAR STORIES AND HEARTBEATS IN EVERY PHOTOGRAPH

Our Inspiration

We met in high school - at summer camp

For 3 years, we traveled 1,100 miles every 6 weeks just to see each other.

@toriwatsonphoto

Stephen proposed on a surprise visit.

We're newlyweds. Uptown Funk was our wedding song.

@toriwatsonphoto

We live wherever the moment takes us. Currently: St. Louis

We love to cook gourmet comfort food. Mac & Cheese anyone?

We love to travel. Our goal is to shoot a wedding on every continent.

Tara quit her desk job to road-trip across America for 6 months - launching Pattengale Photography.

With degrees in Econ & Poli Sci, Stephen is just as comfortable wih the WSJ
as he is with a camera. And if you really want to get him going, mention anything sports.

Our Inspiration

Placing the album on the kitchen table, she quickly shooed away a bit of dust.
“It was different back then,” she explained 
somewhat sheepishly, referring to the lack of photos. In total, the book holds ten.

Here in this moment, as we poured over their gorgeous wedding photos
trying to envision the story of that day, 60 years prior, our perspective shifted forever. 

It's the moment that serves as our photographic inspiration.

“OH! That one!” Gram beams, stopping us from turning the page. 
“Right before that picture, your papa leaned over and whispered a little something in my ear…”

We sat in disbelief - realizing that their album contained more than just pictures.

In that moment, Gram and Papa transported us back 60 years to feelings and moments - 
just as potent in the present as the day they were made. 

Let me show you...

We think that's a pretty big deal.

And we think that's a pretty big deal.

Seeing these photos instantly makes
Gram & Papa feel something. 

Now, over 60 years later, they invite us into those feelings of their newly-wed life. Into a day we could never have the chance of experiencing ourselves. 

There’s a legacy of love within those photos. 
And that perspective shakes us to our core. 

Together, we don’t just take your pictures. 
No, it’s much bigger than that. 

...Gram said as she glanced at Papa who winked back with an amused smile.
Her hands, wrinkled yet beautiful, held their wedding album. 

We tell your story & the emotions that embody who you are as a couple today. 

Because, your love story has the power to transcend time & generations. 

About
Pattengale

We're Newlyweds
who met in High school
 at Summer Camp.
she was from Indiana
and he, Missouri.

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For Three years, we traveled 1,100 miles every 6 weeks just see each other.

Stephen Proposed on a surprise visit.

uptown Funk was our Wedding Theme Song.

We live wherever the moment takes us. Currently: St. Louis.

We love to cook gourmet comfort food. Mac & cheese anyone?

We love to travel. Our goal is to shoot a wedding on every continent.

Tara quit her desk job to road trip across America for 6 months - Launching Pattengale Photography.

With degrees in Economics & Political science, Stephen is just as comfortable with the WSJ as he is with a camera. and if you really want to get him going, mention anything about sports.

Hands down the best!! From the start Tara was sweet, organized and attentive. THEN to top it off her style is on point! She makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera and takes the most amazing shots. Her pictures and way with words makes her blog post breathtaking. Worth every penny spent!! It’s been 6 months and I am constantly being complimented on my wedding photos. Those people make a point to say, “ Who was your photographer? Her work is great!” – Alyssa T.

“Pattengale Photography is the BEST! What a godsend Tara & Stephen were. My now husband and I have said it time and time again, Pattengale Photography was by far the best money we spent on our wedding and the most wonderful vendor to work with. So organized, friendly, professional and beyond talented. I would have been lost without Pattengale Photography founder/photographer Tara. She and her husband, Stephen, were a DREAM to work with throughout the process and especially on our big day. If you're looking for a fantastic photographer you've found it in Pattengale Photography! – Ashley S.

“I am especially thankful to Pattengale Photography for their help in our wedding. Tara and Stephen's hard work, attention to detail, perspective, and contributions to the wedding allowed the whole process to go smoothly, without any stress for my wife and I. I am also thankful for how diligent they have been to partner with us, especially towards the legacy that our wedding will bring to our family and future children. This dynamic duo is top notch, and I couldn't imagine anyone else taking such good care of us.” – Ryan H.

“There are not enough kind words to express how amazing Tara Pattengale is!! She is easy to talk to, understands a bride’s vision, gives excellent expertise, loves to tell your love story, genuinely cares, and loves what she does. Our engagement shoot was so fun, with ease Tara had us laughing and comfortable in front of the camera…she made ‘being us’ so easy! Throughout wedding planning she was there for all the crazyyyy random bridal questions! On our wedding day, Tara got all the special and beautiful moments…and beyond…more than I ever could have imagined!” – Lisa B.

“EPICALLY B-E-A-UTIFUL! Couldn’t ask for a more personable, kind, hardworking photographer who knows how to capture natural beauty in everything from the surroundings to the expression on grandma’s face. Love how everyone turned out on the photos, especially my beautiful wife. Much love...” – David G.

Tara did an amazing job as the photographer at my wedding. I don't think my wife and I would have been able to plan things out and have a perfect night without Tara and her husband's help and guidance. Everything from the planning, engagement, and of course to the wedding photos, Tara and Stephen were there doing a phenomenal job. Their skills go way beyond the camera and the photos they take, they're just all around amazing people. I wouldn't think twice about hiring them again if I had to do it all over again.
– Cody B.

Tara and Stephen did a bridal session for us, and it made us feel even more in love (and let me tell you, the photos show it)! They kept us so comfortable and helped our session feel like it was about celebrating our relationship, and now I'm just drooling over the timeless photos we have to enjoy. Thank you, Pattengale Photography!  - Jess C.

Rumor Has It...

ALL. THE. DEETS.

Average spent on wedding coverage & album

$4500

All wedding collections include a complimentary engagement session

#Fiancé

Average number of wedding day images delivered

700+

Your experience starts here 

Read more 

Seven Steps

Your Experience

1.) Let's be Friends

While there are fun wedding trends and personality types to geek out over, we believe that there’s no cookie-cutter bride and groom and therefore wedding. It’s not a situation where you’re happily engaged and we’re happily photographers that makes us a match made in heaven. We work very, very closely with each bride & groom – and treasure and care for that relationship immensely! It is invaluable to us that we have great relationships with our couples.

Because of this, the Pattengale Couple understands that they need more than just pictures. They need an unforgettable experience. An experience that makes them feel even more in love than when they first began. That’s what we’re about. The first step in working with us is determining if we are a good fit. After getting to know you online, coffee is in order (in person or over skype, depending where you are in the world). From there we’ll decide if we have
that special jive and move toward the booking process. Yay!

Save the date

ALL. THE. DEETS.

2.) Save the Date


YAY! You two were made to be a Pattengale Couple!

But before we can get to alllll the happy dances, let’s secure your wedding date for good!
We will send you a customized proposal where you can review your wedding day collection, sign the agreement, and pay the deposit online and boom, it’s official!

Let the adventure truly begin!
*Mimosas all around!*

Your engagement session

Let's be friends

Your Experience

3.) Your engagement session

Soon after you book, we’ll go ahead and schedule your engagement session! We’ll help you figure out the perfect location & what to wear (hullo we love style). Together, we'll coach you two throughout the entire session and help you feel confident & natural together! Can we tell you a secret? We have never once worked with a professional model. Nearly every couple you see on our website had no prior experiences in front of the camera before. So there's literally nothing to worry about, we’ll show you the ropes. After the first 20 minutes you will basically be pros. SERIOUSLY. We have never had a couple walk away from their engagement session saying they didn’t feel comfortable. In fact, even our I’m-not-a-fan-of-pictures-grooms have told us time and again, “Hey, that was fun! I feel like we can do this and that wasn’t hard at all.” Why? Because we aren’t interested in overly posing you. We show you what to do and then let you move & be yourselves! And everyone said amen. After your session, you’ll have a chance of being featured on The Journal and then receive a beautiful online photo gallery in which to download & share your images however you wish!

Timeline talk

Save the date

Your Experience

4.) Timeline Talk

About 8 weeks out, we’ll start making sure we’re prepared & ready for your wedding day! We love creating customized timelines for our couples – based upon their special details – so that you don’t miss out on having those perfect, dreamed-of, wedding photos! You know all those pretty detail pictures of the bouquet & shoes, the romantic, emotion-filled portraits of you as HUSBAND AND WIFE, & then those lively shots of your best friends out on the dance floor that all look straight out of a magazine? Well yeah. We work hard with each of our couples in arranging their day so that they can have those types of photos of THEIR OWN. After years of event planning & now photographing (+ being in 13 weddings ourselves) weddings, we know just how to make & execute a photo-friendly, wedding day experience! We’ll also collaborate with your wedding planner / coordinator to ensure that your photography related details are covered AND overall timeline is a smooth as possible. We’ll also reach out & introduce ourselves to all of your vendors. So on your big day,
you’ll basically just have a professional team of friends around you making it happen.

One month out call

Your engagement session

Your Experience

5.) One month out call

By now, we know a lot about each other!
We’ve probably sent some long emails & texts back and forth (all within office hours….usually).
We’ve probably even used emojis. *disco dancer guy here*

It’s now 4-5 weeks out from the wedding and it’s time to confirm, confirm, confirm!
We’ll take an hour to catch up, go over any final details to make sure we’re on the same page, go deep on any unresolved tasks / relational things, and most importantly, talk about YOU TWO. Not the wedding. But about your approaching marriage. How you’re doing. What the highs & lows have been. What your wedding day priorities are.

After that, we’ll send you over a final timeline to confirm & any meeting “notes.”
 Now all that’s left to do is get to the church (or mountain, backyard, whatever) on time!

Wedding day

Timeline talk

Your Experience

6.) Wedding day

Your job is to literally just enjoy yourself. It’s here!
The day where you say hullo to forever.
No more goodbyes. Just hullos.
How fantastic is that? It’s time for you to celebrate, relax, and let us do the work! We believe in telling your full wedding day story and as such, we never shoot less than 8 hours.* This day has the tendency to be a blur, so we prioritize getting all the traditional shots every bride & groom need (hullo first kiss!) while also capturing all those in between moments in a creative and artistic way. More than anything else, our favorite parts of the day are when we get to document your first look / first touch and our portrait time together later in the day in creating magic of you as newlyweds. Seriously. Chills. That and meeting all your friends & family on the dance floor, am I right? After the wedding day, you’ll be featured on the Pattengale Journal. But since no one likes to wait while they’re still on cloud nine, you can expect a lot of sneaks to show up on your phone. ;)

*hours may differ for elopements.

Design: Gallery & Album Design

One month out call

Your Experience

7.) Design: Gallery & Album Design

Just like you did for your engagement session, after your wedding you’ll receive a full, online gallery of memories. Only this time, there will literally be hundreds!!

We fangirl over them maybe as much as you do and encourage our Pattengale Couples to curl up on the couch together with a glass of wine the day their gallery goes live and enjoy reliving the day together. Trust us, it’s a super special thing.

Soon after your gallery is delivered, you will receive your album design (if you ordered an album!) and can then begin the customization process of your very first family heirloom!!
Our design team is incredible, and we’ll help you through perfecting your album and preserving your legacy for generations to come!

ALL. THE. DEETS.

Wedding day

Your Experience

           

Confirm

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INQUIRE

Average spent on wedding day coverage & album

$4500

All wedding collections include a complimentary engagement session

#Fiancé

Average number of wedding day images delivered

700+

Your experience starts here

Seven Steps

ALL. THE. DEETS.

Read More

While there are fun wedding trends and personality types to geek out over, we believe that there’s no cookie-cutter bride and groom, and therefore wedding. It’s not a situation where you’re happily engaged and we’re happily photographers that makes us a match made in heaven. We work very, very closely with each bride & groom – and treasure and care for that relationship immensely! It invaluable to us that we have great relationships with our couples.

Because of this, the Pattengale Couple understands that they need more than just pictures. They need an unforgettable experience. An experience that makes them feel even more in love than when they first began. That’s what we’re about. The first step in working with us is determining if we are a good fit. After getting to know you online, coffee is in order (in person or over skype, depending where you are in the world). From there we’ll decide if we have
that special jive and move toward the booking process. Yay!

01.

Your Experience

Let's be Friends

While there are fun wedding trends and personality types to geek out over, we believe that there’s no cookie-cutter bride and groom, and therefore wedding. It’s not a situation where you’re happily engaged and we’re happily photographers that makes us a match made in heaven. We work very, very closely with each bride & groom – and treasure and care for that relationship immensely! It is invaluable to us that we have great relationships with our couples.

Because of this, the Pattengale Couple understands that they need more than just pictures. They need an unforgettable experience. An experience that makes them feel even more in love than when they first began. That’s what we’re about. The first step in working with us is determining if we are a good fit. After getting to know you online, coffee is in order (in person or over skype, depending where you are in the world). From there we’ll decide if we have
that special jive and move toward the booking process. Yay!

02.

Save the Date


YAY! You two were made to be a Pattengale Couple! 

But before we can get to alllll the happy dances, let’s secure your wedding date for good!
 
We will send you a customized proposal where you can review your wedding day collection, sign the agreement, and pay the deposit online and boom, it’s official! 

Let the adventure truly begin! 
*Mimosas all around!*

Your Experience

03.

Engagements

Soon after you book, we’ll go ahead and schedule your engagement session! We’ll help you figure out the perfect location & what to wear (hullo we love style). Together, we'll coach you two throughout the entire session and help you feel confident & natural together! Can we tell you a secret? We have never once worked with a professional model. Nearly every couple you see on our website had no prior experiences in front of the camera before. So there's literally nothing to worry about, we’ll show you the ropes.

After the first 20 minutes you will basically be pros. SERIOUSLY. We have never had a couple walk away from their engagement session saying they didn’t feel comfortable. In fact, even our I’m-not-a-fan-of-pictures-grooms have told us time and again, “Hey, that was fun! I feel like we can do this and that wasn’t hard at all.” Why? Because we aren’t interested in overly posing you. We show you what to do and then let you move & be yourselves! And everyone said amen. After your session, you’ll have a chance of being featured on The Journal and then receive a beautiful online photo gallery in which to download & share your images however you wish!

Your Experience

04.

Timeline Talk

About 8 weeks out, we’ll start making sure we’re prepared & ready for your wedding day! We love creating customized timelines for our couples – based upon their special details – so that you don’t miss out on having those perfect, dreamed-of, wedding photos! You know all those pretty detail pictures of the bouquet & shoes, the romantic, emotion-filled portraits of you as HUSBAND AND WIFE, & then those lively shots of your best friends out on the dance floor that all look straight out of a magazine? Well yeah. We work hard with each of our couples in arranging their day so that they can have those types of photos of THEIR OWN. After years of event planning & now photographing (+ being in 13 weddings ourselves) weddings,
we know just how to make &
execute a photo-friendly, wedding day experience!

We’ll also collaborate with your wedding planner / coordinator to ensure that your photography related details are covered AND overall timeline is as smooth as possible. We’ll reach out & introduce ourselves to all of your vendors, too. So on your big day, you’ll basically just have a professional team of friends around you making it happen.

Your Experience

05.

One Month Out Call

By now, we know a lot about each other! We’ve probably sent some long emails & texts back and forth (all within office hours….usually). 

We’ve probably even used emojis. *disco dancer guy here* 

It’s now 4-5 weeks out from the wedding and it’s time to confirm, confirm, confirm! 

We’ll take an hour to catch up, go over any final details to make sure we’re on the same page, go deep on any unresolved tasks / relational things, and most importantly, talk about YOU TWO. Not the wedding. But about your approaching marriage. How you’re doing. What the highs & lows have been. What your wedding day priorities are. 

After that, we’ll send you over a final timeline to confirm & any meeting “notes.” Now all that’s left to do is get to the church (or mountain, backyard, whatever) on time!

Your Experience

06.

Wedding Day

Your job is to literally just enjoy yourself. It’s here! 
The day where you say hullo to forever. No more goodbyes. Just hullos. How fantastic is that?

It’s time for you to celebrate, relax, and let us do the work! We believe in telling your full wedding day story and as such, we never shoot less than 8 hours.* This day has the tendency to be a blur, so we prioritize getting all the traditional shots every bride & groom need (hullo first kiss!) while also capturing all those in between moments in a creative and artistic way. More than anything else, our favorite parts of the day are when we get to document your first look / first touch and our portrait time together later in the day in creating magic of you as newlyweds. Seriously. Chills. That and meeting all your friends & family on the dance floor, am I right?

After the wedding day, you’ll be featured on the Pattengale Journal. But since no one likes to wait while they’re still on cloud nine, you can expect a lot of sneaks to show up on your phone. ;) 
*hours may differ for elopements.

Your Experience

07.

Design: Gallery & Album

Just like you did for your engagement session, after your wedding you’ll receive a full, online gallery of memories. Only this time, there will literally be hundreds!! 

We fangirl over them maybe as much as you do and encourage our Pattengale Couples to curl up on the couch together with a glass of wine the day their gallery goes live and enjoy reliving the day together. Trust us, it’s a super special thing. 

Soon after your gallery is delivered, you will receive your album design (if you ordered an album!) and can then begin the customization process of your very first family heirloom!! 

Our design team is incredible, and we’ll help you through perfecting your album and preserving your legacy for generations to come! 

Your Experience

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