Happy Friday, friends! Today, on our #FollowFriday series, we had the chance to talk to yet another amazing wedding vendor that is using her profession to give back.
Raven Shutley is an Atlanta-based photographer who is doing everything she can to minimize her business’s impact on our planet. Not only does she almost exclusively use eco-friendly and recycled materials, she is also an active supporter of charities such as Stand for Trees, a global grassroots organization that is intervening to halt deforestation.
How did you get started as a photographer? Was it something you always wanted to do?
I’ve always had a strong drive to be an artist. I grew up obsessed with art in various forms – theatre, drawing, design, coloring, and then came editing and photography. Starting out as a photo editor in college landed me a job at Medieval Times in the photography department, and the love of actual photography just grew from there. I definitely never saw myself taking this path which is usually how love works, you know? It surprises you and yet feels like what you’ve been working towards it the whole time.
Tell us more about how you keep your business green!
Most everything I do is digital. If I can keep from using paper, I will. This is a personal choice that lends itself easily to my business, as well, as I tend to do all of my notes, contracts, and correspondence online. All of the products that I offer were carefully chosen; I prefer smaller companies that have sustainable practices and offer heirloom quality products, and choose recycled goods whenever possible!
What inspired you to be a charitable vendor?
It was never something I set out to be but instead grew out of the things I’m passionate about. I’ve always been a fan of giving back whenever possible, and have donated to a number of different charities over the years. I’ve always had a passion for making the world a better place in whatever way I can, so it makes complete sense to me that I ended up being a charitable vendor.
What do you do to give back? What type of charities do you support?
The number one organization I support is Stand For Trees, and choosing this charity was a really easy choice considering my constant effort to live and run my business as green and eco-friendly as possible. When I found it, I knew I’d found something I wanted to actively support for the rest of my life. I do what I can with other charities as well – various ones depending on the project – and also just started including clutches from The Tote Project in all of my client welcome gifts! I’m so excited to be adding that in; ending human trafficking is another cause that’s really close to my heart.
What are your favorite wedding photos to shoot?
My favorite wedding photos are the ones that involve adventure or raw emotion – or, in a perfect world, both! I’m all about capturing who people really are and what their love looks like, and if we can be somewhere breathtaking, especially when it involves nature and the outdoors, it’s the perfect mix.
Know a charitable wedding vendor who’s using their business to give back? Let us know in the comments and we might feature them next week!