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About us

we are the oberports

SHORT AND SWEET

We are Bobby OBERlander and Emily PORTer, and we’re a full time husband-and-wife photography team based in Charleston, West Virginia. We work collaboratively to document weddings and create portraits. While our focus is weddings & engagement portraits, we also shoot documentary newborn/family sessions, headshots, and high school senior portraits.

We’ve had the pleasure of documenting nearly 300 weddings together over the last 8+ years. In addition to shooting weddings all over the great state of West Virginia, we’ve also shot in Italy, Mexico, and 18+ different states. Whether your wedding is local in West Virginia (in Charleston, Fayetteville, Lewisburg, Morgantown, Wheeling, White Sulphur Springs, Huntington or beyond) or a destination wedding far away, we would love to talk to you!

BOBBY + EMILY

Even though Bobby is only 18 days older than me (Emily), and we grew up less than 10 miles apart, we didn’t meet until after college while working at a small internet startup company. I was the creative director and Bobby was the marketing director. We shared a small office space for 40 hours a week and quickly discovered a mutual love of dark humor, obscure music, and writing. We quickly became good friends and genuinely enjoyed collaborating together on our work projects. A few years later, we started dating, and in the spring of 2011, we got married.

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EMILY PORTER PHOTOGRAPHY

I started taking photos obsessively in high school and spent years shooting tons of slide film on my Nikon. Embarrassingly, tons of film was wasted on terrible self-portraits — I was really getting ahead of the whole selfie movement! I still swear by one of the first lenses I ever bought, a Nikon 35mm f/2. It stays in my camera bag and I’ll definitely be pourin’ some out for it if/when it bites the dust. Anyway, I studied visual communications (web design) at Ohio University because I worried that studying photography would zap the spontaneity and fun out of my passion. It wasn’t until I worked at a local pro photo lab that I was inspired to take senior photos professionally. Not long after, the girl who once swore she would never shoot a wedding started booking and shooting weddings all over West Virginia & beyond.

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THE OBERPORTS

In 2010, I gave Bobby a backup camera at a friend’s wedding in New York. Bobby had no training or interest in photography before that day, but as of early 2016, he’s photographed nearly 180 weddings with me. Not long after getting married in 2011, the “Oberports” – a combination of both of our last names – came about as an affectionate nickname for us. It took a few years to convince Bobby to actually make the name change, but eventually it became a necessity. We are a team in every facet of our business – responding to emails, shooting on location, blogging, designing albums, the list goes on. Emily Porter Photography only told one part of the story. Bobby’s business management background along with his passion for classic films/cinematography has positively impacted our business both administratively and artistically. We are proud to be the only full time husband-and-wife wedding photography team in West Virginia.

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In our spare time we enjoy cooking, spoiling our two cats, drinking a variety of beers, cheering for the Red Sox, and watching old movies on TCM. We also both love video games (Emily is a die hard Zelda/Donkey Kong gal and Bobby loves everything from Dark Souls to MegaMan).

 

First photo by Rebecca Kiger, all others by Sam Hurd