We are delighted to introduce two of the most recent additions to the SnapKnot family, Laurie Wilson-Kearney and Stacey Millet-Shay of Gather West. These two close friends created their photography and art studio, and are now based out of San Francisco and Santa Barbara. They specialize in natural wedding photography, and are both Native Californians, Virgos, and happily married to musicians.
This talented pair offers photography for weddings, engagement, and boudoir, and get this- they even make custom photo booths for all occasions and have a small collection of paperie. While they shoot digital, this unique duo also loves film and Polaroid, Holgas, Lomos, and Leicas.
“With our photographs we try to preserve what matters by capturing natural beauty, thoughtful little details, honest moments, and the people who surround a couple in love.”
Taking their name literally, Laurie and Stacey have “gathered” all the things they love in this world into their photography. They both love nature, simplistic life (like farm living and growing a garden), handmade art, great food, music, and fashion.
“With the things we love comes a style that evokes a love for real moments, lots of detail and a great party. We are also inspired by editorial magazines like Frankie, Folk, and Kinfolk and of course Anthropologie.”
Laurie and Stacey met years ago, while both working in L.A. and remained friends when Laurie moved to San Francisco. They created Gather West because it made “so much sense to work together.” Their friendship has evolved throughout the course of this adventure that they lovingly call Gather West.
Laurie grew up in the Bay Area, and now lives in San Francisco’s “Nopa” neighborhood with her husband, Tim, and her two cats, Smith & Luka, whom she rescued from the streets of L.A. (though she’s allergic to them). She studied photography at SFAI and graduated from Art Center in Pasadena.
Stacey grew up living the farm life in the Central Valley and currently resides in Ventura. She studied journalism and photography at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara and is now married to her best friend, Richard, a happy-go-lucky drummer and artist.
Both girls adore their work. They love to be creative and have been taking pictures since they were young kids.
“Weddings were a natural progression in our career, as we both started to understand love and experience love we wanted to celebrate and cherish it with our talent.”
Laurie and Stacey love surprises at weddings. In one of their most recent, the groom surprised the bride with two giant ice sculptures of their beloved cats, since they could not be at the wedding. The bride was moved to tears that her husband was able to pull off a surprise for her.
Another groom had every one dabbing their eyes when he surprised the bride by arranging for her grandma to make it to the wedding. It was a two-hour journey that they they weren’t sure she would be able to make, due to her health. The bride truly didn’t believe her beloved grandmother would be in attendance, but as she walked down the aisle, she got the sweetest surprise. Her Grandma was there and ended up performing half of the service!
To more natural wedding photography from these talented ladies, visit Gather West.