Iwen Exposures is a modern boutique studio that specializes in creative editorial photography, cinematic video, and custom design. We are all curious, thoughtful photographers, as well as artistic visual storytellers that capture once-in-a-lifetime moments in unique and delightful ways. We whole-heartedly believe in doing things a little differently and we have collections designed to fit most budgets. We are based in the middle of America in Omaha, Nebraska. We love the pace and attitude of the Midwest, but we also love to travel. Destination weddings? You betcha. We love visiting Costa Rica, Mexico, the American North West, and basically anywhere that has barns, mountains, and rivers.
Our 2000 sq foot Midtown studio (just a few blocks west of Midtown Crossing at 3925 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68131) is truly a unique environment. We bought the building in 2009 and spent 7 love-filled months renovating every inch to transform the century-old building into a photography studio, client meeting space, gallery, and photo and video editing suite. Favorite details? The completely restored 110 year-old tin ceiling, the antler chandelier imported from way up north across the border, and the coolest trash can you’ve ever seen in your life. Seriously.
What do we shoot? Weddings, portraits, fun people, dogs, life…We also do a lot of commercial still and video work, write and direct, and most importantly, enjoy life. Simply put, we love what we do and we’re confident that you will too.
Iwen Exposures is a team of dedicated, professional Omaha wedding photographers and videographers. Every member of the Iwen Exposures team is an artist, but there’s a lot more to it than that. We are all educated, formally trained, and have spent years honing our craft and developing a unique style that makes our studio stand out from the crowd. Every member brings something unique and amazing to the table. Craftsmanship is a very important word around our studio. Our ultimate goal is to produce amazing work and make every one of our clients smile. We’re talking about a super huge infectious ear-to-ear smile…You’ll be treated like an old friend the minute you walk into our studio.
Brad Iwen [photographer, cinematographer, director of things]
The addiction began in high school- 3 hours a day, 5 days a week in a darkroom. Shooting as much film as his part time job could support. The pursuit of higher education took him west- to Brooks Institute in California and the Art Institute in Colorado. Brad has lived and worked as a commercial photographer all over the western United States. From Ventura on the west coast up to the big skies of Montana and back down to the high country of Colorado, all of these incredible places have offered unique opportunities for artistic and cultural development that is easily recognizable in his style and personality. In 2007, Brad and his wife, Joey, moved back to Omaha from Denver to be closer to family and to rediscover their wonderful midwestern roots. In addition to running day-to-day operations at Iwen Exposures, Brad also hunts down vintage treasures at estate sales, writes and directs films, and loves to chef it up.
Curio: Brad once had a bike race with a deer in the mountains. Brad came in second.
Matt Pekula [photographer, cinematographer]
Matt works with a lot of different artistic mediums, but his roots in photography are very similar to that of Brad’s- high school. Creighton University came next where he studied fine arts and continued his work with photography. Matt has never slowed down in his quest for artistic development and stylistic refinement. His years working as a photojournalist trained him to feel and anticipate real moments, which is one of the qualities that makes him an integral part of the Iwen Exposures brand. Matt began working for Iwen Exposures in 2007- he is truly a wedding photojournalist with a unique editorial style.
Curio: Matt once nursed a wounded bat back to health before releasing it back into the wild.
Kyle Gilbertson [photographer, cinematographer, production assistant]
What’s not to love? His gorgeous red hair is a highly sought after Montanan export. Kyle is an essential member of the Iwen Exposures crew for the following reasons (not necessarily in this order):
• he is a skilled photographer with a keen eye and cat-like reflexes
• he is a witty conversationalist
• he is a self-proclaimed maker of delicious sandwiches
• he can do all of the above at the same time. With a smile.
Joey Iwen [Business Manager]
Roots in Omaha. Heart in Colorado. Joey packed up her truck after college and headed west where she lived, worked, and played for 7 years. She is an integral force behind the scenes here at Iwen Exposures. With over 10 years of sales and marketing experience under her belt, she brings an extremely keen skill set to the table. She oozes positivity and absolutely has the number one best sneeze on the planet.
Curio: Joey once rode her bike across Alaska for charity. Her favorite part? Holding a baby otter.