About Scott Whitworth Photography (Wedding, Portrait, & Event)
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Hi there, my name is Scott. I first started taking photographs while a junior at Sturgis High School, and I quickly fell in love with the darkroom and film photography. I also began to work with digital photography alongside my film photography, and after winning multiple regional and national awards during my last two years of high school I was awarded a competitive scholarship to attend Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, MI. After studying the many aspects of the photographic medium, I graduated with my BFA in photography from Kendall. I decided to spend my life doing what I love, which is taking photographs of anything and everything. I started my own business, Scott Whitworth Photography, and now I am able to bring my love for photography into my work, into each and every one of my photographs, for each and every one of my clients. I also continue to display my photographs in galleries, museums, and local businesses.
I now enjoy working with my wife and second shooter Alyssa. Alyssa has also had formal training in the field of photography. She is a very warm and outgoing person, you'll love her! We pride ourselves on our quick turnaround time. Our style of photography is mixed, with a posed deadpan approach placed alongside a journalistic approach. For wedding and event photography what this means is that we like to photograph a few posed portraits, and then become keen observers who capture the unplanned moments unfolding before them, the intricacies of everyday life and of human interaction.
We love photography, we love people, and we'd love to work with you soon!
Past Photography Galleries
of wedding, portrait, travel, street, landscape, and everything else.
Light Gallery & Studio Grand Opening
Here are some photographs tha captured at the soft and grand openings of Light Gallery & Studio in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. I had five large monotype image transfer up for display, ranging in size from 22.5"x30" to 39"x49". I had a great time talking to the many people who came through about my artwork. Thank you to Matthew Provoast and Erika Townsley for hanging my art and putting on a great show!
Image Transfer Demo at Sturgis High School
I had a great time teaching the 25 students in the class of Stephen Erts how to create an image transfer using hand sanitizer and transfer film. The students had a great time and loved using the transfer technique. Not all of the transfers came out perfect, but that is half of the fun! Here are a few photos from the demo.
Art Hop, Kalamazoo, MI
Here are some photos I took while at Art Hop on December 2nd. I had photographs of mine from South Africa on display as well as image transfers in another area of Mercantile Bank's large lobby. The wine, popcorn, and live music were great!
Honeymoon in Chicago 120 Film (Shot on a Seagull TLR)
I captured these photographs on 120 film with a Seagull twin lens reflex camera while my wife Alyssa and I were on our honeymoon in Chicago, IL.
Honeymoon in Chicago 35mm Film (shot with a Diana Mini)
Cooking a Lasagna Dinner for Alyssa's Birthday
Cambodia & Thailand
Here are just a handful of photographs that I captured during my time in Southeast Asia.
Paige's Senior Portraits (2 Sessions)
Alyssa and I had a great time taking photographs with Paige! During a summer session we were followed by a stray dog who didn't want to stay out of the photos and were plagued with rain, but we managed to hit the perfect window of time for some rain-free portraits. In a fall session we braved the cold October early morning around the grape farm for some more fantastic lighting!
Recovered FP-100c Negatives in South Africa
Of all the images I have photographed in the last couple years these were some of the most fun from capture to finished print. I love the painterly quality that results from the volatile process of bleaching the waste products from Fuji-film FP 100-c instant film. Aside from the bleaching, these negatives have been exposed to the red African dust, blistering African sun, and a cross-continent journey of smashing and scraping against one another in a flimsy paper bag. I have chosen to display these beautiful landscapes on 39"x50" Reeves BFK paper, using an image transfer process that furthers the aesthetic feel of the image.
The Ketelhut Wedding
120 B&W Film and 35mm Color Film on Diana F+ and Diana Mini Toy Cameras
Fife Lake Weekend
Street Photography (on 3200 speed 35mm film)
Most of the photographs from my street photography are shot on the now out-of-production 35mm Kodak Tmax 3200 speed film, which is why the photographs appear so grainy. The film was meant for use in low light shooting scenarios. I love(d) the low-light capabilities of the film as well as the blown-out grain quality. I often photograph much of my street photography from the hip (not looking through the viewfinder) with a cable release so as to avoid any potential impact on my photography subject's demeanor as I captured their image. The photographs were mostly shot in Chicago and New York City during 2007/08 while I was a senior in high school. Below is a small selection of the many photographs I captured on 35mm film during this period, and I will upload more as I continue to archive the negatives.
South Africa 2016
Here are just a few of the MANY digital images I captured with my Canon 6D while in South Africa this past year. I also enjoyed capturing photographs with my 35mm film camera, 120 film camera, and my Polaroid land camera.
120 film shot in 2016
Train Tracks, Sturgis, and Grand Rapids, MI
Family Reunion at Camp Fort Hill
During my visit to Cambodia (12/2014-1/2015) I was able to photograph many beautiful scenes, including the awe-inspiring ancient ruins of the country. It is always humbling to visit another country whose culture is different from that of my own, and I look forward to the next opportunity to learn more about our world!
The Wedding of Nick and Kristal
Alyssa and I had a great time capturing Nick and Kristal's wedding day! There was plenty of dancing and tons of energy to go around. What a gorgeous day for an outdoor ceremony!
The Wedding of Ryan and Mary Franks
These photographs were taken in beautiful South Africa at the Kikuyu Game Lodge on December 30th, 2015. The wedding ceremony was under 15 minutes, and some delicious food was served after the ceremony along with champaign. What a fantastic day for Ryan, Mary, and all of their guests!
The Reception of Ryan and Mary Franks
Ryan and Mary's reception was great! The evening was filled with plenty of dancing, food, and drinks. Pink was a big hit with the children, as were the cupcakes!
Mackenzie's First Birthday Party
Mackenzie celebrated her first birthday yesterday surrounded by friends, family, and a whole lot of cake! She had a blast seeing all of her favorite people brought together in one place. It was wonderful to experience these families joined together by such a sweet little lady. Thank you to Nicole and Eric for letting me capture such a fun and exciting day!
Family Reunion at Camp Fort Hill
The Wedding of Joshua and Shawna
Mackenzie and Lady
Both Mackenzie and Lady had a great time seeing each other!
Eric, Nicole, and Mackenzie
What a nice family! This trio braved a chilly fall day along Lake Michigan for their family photos, and the results were well worth it!
Lake Michigan Fall
These photos might make it look like a warm sunny day, but as the old saying goes pictures can be deceiving! This Lake Michigan fall day felt more like the Arctic winter! Cold wind was blowing from off of the lake, thank goodness for gloves and hats!
Pink and Lady
These two pals had a great time playing outside on an amazing spring day. Lady tested Pink's patience a bit at times, but overall they got along just fine. Thankfully I brought my camera along and was able to capture a plethera of imagery between games of fetch that shows off the natural beauty of these two beasts. Enjoy!
This series of images depicts a cicada larvae molting. The whole process only took about two hours from start to finish, which is pretty amazing!
I captured these photographs during my 10-day stay in South Africa (12/2015-1/2016). Elephants and giraffe, mountains and valleys, oceans and rivers - 10 days just wasn't enough time to capture all of the natural beauty and wildlife there, but I had an amazing time trying!
I saved up for and purchased my first DSLR camera during my junior year in high school. I made a trip out to Colorado with my father and sister that summer, and I had a great time taking photographs with my first digital camera (with only 10 megapixels!). Here are a few of the highlights from our trip.
Sturgis Depot Project
The Sturgis Historical Museum and Scott Whitworth Photography are pleased to offer photographic prints available for purchase as part of a project set to capture the vibrant city of Sturgis at present. Alongside these are also being included photographs of train yards, depots, and scenery from the Sturgis area as well as Southwest Mchigan.
Prints and postcards are available for purchase at the Sturgis Historical Museum (old train depot). Photographs are also available in an online photo gallery @ https://order.unitprints.com/album.php?ID=137566. Here are some examples of what is available as part of this ongoing project.
FP-100C in South Africa
What fun these were! All taken during my time in South Africa, these polaroids were a blast. Although they are time consuming and they don't always turn out perfect, it was well worth it! Visit my blog tab at the top of the page for more details about the photographic capture process.
Jason and Sharon's 4 year Anniversary
Taken on an amazingly sunny spring day at Blanford Nature Center in Grand Rapids, MI, these photographs were taken for Jason and Sharon's four year anniversary. Sharon loved the camera a lot more than Jason did, but both had a good time.
Alyssa and Lady
Alyssa and Lady were both great models on this cold spring day.
These photographs were taken in Lawton, Michigan, in one of the many beautiful vineyards that surround the small town. I had a great time taking portraits of the young and beautiful Alyssa, who also happens to be my amazing girlfriend!
Viola's First Birthday Celebration
Opening gifts, eating cake, and petting a puppy. All of this was perfect for Viola to thoroughly enjoy her first birthday celebration last Saturday. She loves her new toy shopping cart, and had a blast crawling around in her caterpillar tunnel. The cake was very messy, but that didn't ruin a great party for Viola and Ryan!
The Franks Family
Taken at the Kikuyu Game Lodge in South Africa overlooking the valley. It was over 90 degrees out that day, quite the scortcher!
Taken on a cold and windy day, these photos were captured in the northern part of Michigan's lower peninsula along beautiful Lake Leelanau.
Lawton High School Graduation Portrait Order Form
Click below to download a digital file of the Lawton High School Graduation Portrait order form