Meet the Team: Five Questions with Tyler Phenes

We have another team introduction today, and this one is with Tyler Phenes. Tyler began working for Sam a few years back, and he quickly has become a staple of the SSP team. His shots are consistent and beautiful, and our team is lucky to have him. Get to know him better below!

1. Where are you from?

I’m from a small town in Upstate NY called Corning.

2. How did you begin working for Sam?

A friend from college told me I should meet a legend named Mitchell who shot weddings with an amazing photo team. I ended up getting coffee with him, and he later mentioned he’d like to introduce me to Sam. A few weeks later, I met Sam and ended up shooting my first wedding with the SSP team. That was 2016. Now, in 2019, I’m regularly shooting with the team and (cue the sappy part) have made some great friends with the folks on our team. I’m endlessly grateful for the opportunity and am so stoked to continue creating better, more consistent work for the clients we serve.

3. What is your favorite part about shooting weddings/engagements?

The moments we capture are going to live in wedding books, prints, memories, and be shared with families for generations to come. We get to capture a massive milestone in someone’s legacy, and that’s such a gift. I love that we are able to document the start of a new family and be a part of the happiest day in our client’s lives.

4. If you could travel anywhere to shoot a wedding/engagement, where would you go?

This is not an easy one to answer, so I’ll give three.

  • Japan

  • A small town in Italy

  • The Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah

5. How do you stay fueled up for a wedding day?

Coffee, breakfast, and vitamins in the morning and multiple Cliff bars in my camera bag whenever I’m slowing down in the middle of the day.