We’re Emily & Bobby (aka The Oberports) and we’re WV wedding photographers. We love cats, cartoons & rap tunes.
Born & raised in the
West Virginia is part of who we are. This might be why so many of our couples have a connection to WV, even when we’re shooting out of state in Columbus, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, and beyond. That mountaineer connection runs deep. We love showing off this beautiful state. From the New River Gorge, to the Greenbrier Resort, to Dolly Sods, to downtown Charleston, we excel at using West Virginia as a backdrop to tell love stories.
What We're About
we live for the real shit
Inspired by beautiful light, genuine emotions, and old films. Our goal is to unobtrusively document your big day, but we also strive to make the day go as smoothly as possible. We let the day unfold naturally and focus on moments, but we do give guidance during portraits (how else will you know what to do with your hands?). We just want to blend in and capture all the real moments and people that make each wedding day so special.
As we shoot we love to show the natural connections between people. It's also important for us to create a sense of scene. We don't just want to show what happened, we want to show where it happened! We're constantly watching and thinking as we shoot, and collaborate with each other throughout the day. Your final set of images will be a more complete story of the day since we are different people with our own artistic points of view.
The Oberports are amazing photographers, and fun people. They are always super responsive, quick with advice, & calm in a crazy moment. When my dress zipper broke an hour before the ceremony, Emily was positive and calming and did what she could to help my mom sew over the zipper. They aren't just photographers- they end up being a 2nd and 3rd pair of hands, confidants, and general bad ass, assertive kinda folks. They will make sure your grandparents are minimally inconvenienced for family photos and somehow are take-charge but also very sweet while doing so. The Oberports are the real deal!
We couldn't be happier with the Oberports. They were incredibly responsive both in planning and during the day. We had a huge snafu with our ceremony (officiant did not show up), and it hung like a black cloud in the weeks after the wedding. Then they sent along our wedding slideshow and, I was overwhelmed. I could finally see the day as I had wanted it to be. They have an incredible gift. It's like their lens knew us, despite meeting for the first time on the morning of the wedding. They captured so many gestures and faces and moments of our family that are so etched in my bones.
I don’t know if there are enough good things to say about The Oberports.
They are personable, flexible, responsive, and most importantly, a lot of fun to have around. They never pressured us to take shots we didn’t want and found ways to work in challenging situations. Bobby & Emily are true artists. They managed to capture so many intimate moments of not only the two of us, but of our guests and the multitude of details that made our special day what it was. They’re storytellers and visionaries, and it was an honor to have our day documented by these two brilliant photographers.
What I learned throughout the whole process with Emily & Bobby is that their professionalism is much more than just a beautiful end product. Their experience and personalities made the formal photos fun and easy. They have a way of putting everyone at ease, which had a very calming influence on many of us before the ceremony when nervous energy was flying. Basically, they are wedding whisperers as well as artists. Logistics such as booking, payment, and ordering was all clear, professional and seamlessly done online.
I was an admirer of The Oberports' work before I was ever a client. The photos they captured of our rehearsal dinner and wedding day in Washington, DC are truly my greatest treasures. And rain on your wedding day must really bring good luck because the unplanned photos that came as a result of the weather are some of my most favorites and underscore their flexibility and skill. I hope life's adventure brings another opportunity to work with The Oberports - talented, professional and wonderful people.
but wait, there's more
We're also available for engagement, family, headshot & senior portrait photography. We call Charleston our home but we love creating unique images in Fayetteville, Huntington, Lewisburg, Morgantown & all over the beautiful state of West Virginia! If you're looking to make art with award-winning WV photographers, we're your people.