Vendor Feature: Studio 306

Established in 1997, Studio 306 head-honchos, Marc Andrew and Leda Zych, are no strangers to the photography world. Whether they are capturing a wedding, event, person or space, Studio 306 is dedicated to providing one-of-a-kind photography with a unique and artistic twist. Our weddings team loves working with this dynamic duo and let us tell you, they are pure talents! Check out this exclusive Q/A featuring these talented photo gurus {and their fabulous work}! How did Studio 306 start? We (Marc & Leda) met in art school, adopted a dog, and started making photographs.  Studio 306 began in 1997 out of a love for photography and art.  We embraced photojournalism as a way to document people’s lives in an authentic and meaningful way.

Where do you go for creative inspiration? We find inspiration in films, literature, politics, architecture, science, painting, sculpture, and light - everywhere!  We draw from all our experiences to make purposeful photographs.

Where can we see your work featured? Besides our site, our photographs can be viewed in local and national magazines and blogs including Grace Ormonde, Brides, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, and Minnesota Bride.

How would you describe your signature style? Real moments coupled with stylized portraits and exquisite details.  We’re attracted to authenticity and love anything playful, quirky, or mysterious.

What makes Studio 306 unique? We're completely fanatical about making photographs.  This is not a job for us.  It's a way of life.  We make no distinction between work and play and have been photographing together as a team for 15 years.  When clients and their families commission our services they receive two distinct photographers.  As a team, we sketch out ideas and concepts for unique photographs based on our client’s aesthetic choices and individual personalities.

What are the current trends right now in photography? Is there a style/approach you want/like to experiment with? There are always trends. Most fade away. We prefer style and vision.

We’re currently experimenting with offering wet plate collodion to our clients. Large format tintypes!  This is the original form of instant photography from the 1850s made with large format cameras that weigh 20 pounds.  They are quite beautiful to see in person.  Each 8x10 metal plate is one-of-a-kind with no negative or digital file.  They are special - an edition of one.  A precious art object.

What is your #1 piece of advice for couples searching for their photographer? Photography grows with value over time and is worth the upfront investment.  Take your time and find a photographer whose work resonates with you.