Vendor Highlight | Cadence & Eli
These two. Husband and wife dream team to say the least and photographers extraordinaire. Looking at their work just puts me in a state of meditation and inspiration all at the same time. Is that possible?
Read on my friends, and obsess over their works of art.
Give us a little bit of background on how you two met and came to be husband and wife!
We met 10 years ago when we were out dancing with mutual friends at First Ave. Both of us were too shy to talk to each other (and you know, it was super loud) that night. For the next four weeks Eli kept going back to First Ave every Saturday hoping to run into me, meanwhile, I kept finding things to do with our mutual friends, hinting that they should feel free to invite anyone--so we kept missing each other! Finally, on the 5th week, we ran into each other at a party thrown by the now-defunct Metro Magazine and that was that. We got married two years later at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel and had our reception at Uppercut Boxing Gym. It was incredibly personal and pretty quirky----we had tacos, a drumline, an aerialist, and burlesque performer. We really wanted a big party for our family and friends and it was really the best time. Today, we’ve been married for 8 years, working together for 7 and this fall we welcomed a baby boy, Solomon.
Was your journey to become photographers one that took place together or separately and then joined forces?
Eli and I had separate interests in photography--when we met we were both hobbyists and I was just beginning to shoot weddings. In those early years, Eli would shoot destination weddings with me. We didn’t know it at the time but we were definitely laying the framework for what would later become our full-time gigs. I quit my full-time corporate job 7 years ago and then Eli joined me a few months later.
Describe your wedding photography style in less than 6 adjectives.
Bold, Striking, Dramatic, Fun, Emotive, Unique, Creative
Where do you find your inspiration when it comes to growing as photographers?
Art, movies, and graphic design definitely inspire us. When we look at photography, we look at photographers in different genres--street, architecture, fashion...there’s so much good work out there!
What is it you two would like to do more of in the photography world?
This is a hard one! We’re constantly talking about what we want to do next and there’s so much! We’re going to be expanding into more commercial and editorial work. We’re huge fans of architecture so we want to work more in that field as well. I’d love to further grow my boudoir brand (Minx) and Eli’s really interested in doing more video work.
What makes you give yourself a mental high five?
Anytime we get to problem solve! That sounds so nerdy, right? But seriously, a lot of people are scared of the unknown but we kind of thrive on making game-time decisions. Bad light? Rainy weather? Wanna ride a roller coaster with your wedding party? We’ll figure out how to get photos for you.
What do you enjoy about living and working in Minnesota?
Where do we start??? The people, the art, the music, the restaurants, the shops! There are so many people doing amazing things and it’s all just right in our backyard. We truly have the best big little city ever.
A tip or two for couples who are looking for their perfect wedding photographer?
Look at a full gallery and get a feel for how a photographer approaches the full day, not just the pretty photos you see on Instagram or their blog.
Personal connection is paramount to anything else. If you like your photographer you’re going to feel more comfortable with them which results in more honest, beautiful photos. And, you know, it’s a drag to spend a hugely important day with a person you just feel “meh” about.
Also, never underestimate the power of an engagement session--it truly helps you get comfortable being in the spotlight!
Best advice you’ve ever received about being an artist?
Surround yourself with people who inspire you.
Best advice you’ve ever received about being a business person?
A graphic designer friend gave us this gem once: When you’re swamped and have a lot of business that’s when you should be hustling your hardest because that lull in business is right around the corner.