Black, White and Raw Photography is the collaboration of photographers Lori Foxworth and Paul Cofield, based in Philadelphia, Pa.  Although our primary focus, is unique, interesting, and non traditional weddings and lifestyle photography in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, we also love traditional and destination weddings in any amazing locations that our fabulous couples choose to share with us.

Philly Elopement

Philadelphia alley bride and groom

Angela and Vojtech’s super cool Philly elopement was everything a non-traditional wedding photographer with a street photography background could dream of.  The two were married at one of my favorite venues for small weddings and Philly elopements, the Philadelphia Wedding Chapel.  It’s such a sweet space, and Stacey does a beautiful job with every single couple that walks through her door. Angela and V are planning to have a bigger celebration next year, but wanted to have a super private wedding in advance just for the two of them. They booked me for 2 hours and wanted to go to Broad Street for the big City Hall shot.  Angela was so good at communicating her vision of what she wanted from the photos, it emboldened me to try some shots with them in a nearby alley.  I’m absolutely obsessed with the alley shots.  The two cuddled and laughed and had a joy and ease about them that was truly infectious.  Angela was absolutely radiant in a gorgeous sparkly gold dress and their relaxed attitude was perfect against the gritty Philly alley.  While Angela and V were hoping to keep their private wedding a secret, they were so excited they quickly let the cat out of the bag. Congratulations, guys! Thanks SO much for letting me photograph you.

Are you having a Philly elopement at The Philadelphia Wedding Chapel? Please take a look at our special pricing for weddings there! 

Merchant's Exchange Building

Bride and groom at the Mechant’s Exchange Building

Nothing says classic Philly quite like a Ballroom at the Ben wedding! Natasha and Julian’s stunning day had one amazing surprise for the guests at their reception…Belly Dancers!  Such a beautiful wedding, so many smiles and laughs and pure joy. It was an honor to be part of such an amazing celebration of love.

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Bridal Prep

Bridal Prep

Loews Philadelphia Hotel was the prep location for the bride and bridesmaids.  I was thrilled to once again work with Jenn Haines of Gloss Philly, one of our favorite hair and makeup artists. She’s honestly amazing. I never have to fix facial imperfections when Jenn does the makeup. She’s honestly that good. An elegant gown from Love Couture Bridal and flowers from Jennifer Designs made for a truly elegant look.

Ceremony

Old Saint James is the oldest Catholic church in Philadelphia. It has lots of old wood and beautiful gold and artwork.  I’ve been fortunate to photograph it several times.  You can feel the history of the building just by being there. It’s a very special place. I love that Natasha and Julian left the ceremony to go to our photo stop in a classic Chevy. SO romantic!

Photo Stop

The Merchant’s Exchange Building in Old City is a classic for wedding photos.  I joined the bridal party there for a some beautiful photos after the ceremony. I love the bride and groom portraits we took that day. Definitely make sure you get a permit for this location, so you can shoot undisturbed for a bit.

Reception

Ballroom at the Ben is always a perfect choice for classic Philly weddings. The staff is amazing and the building is stunning. Natasha and Julian surprised their guests with Belly Dancers! The performance was absolutely amazing. They were truly beautiful performers.

Photographed by Lori Foxworth for George Street Photo and Video