“Why do you shoot film?!” This is one of the first questions I’m always asked. It always makes me smile, because honestly for a long time, I wasn’t sure. I began photographing weddings in 2009, after learning the trade from other professional photographers willing to teach. After four years, I began feeling like a robot. I had over fifty weddings under my belt, but stopped looking forward to the next one. It became a job. It stopped being fun. A couple of photographer friends of mine convinced me to pick up a film camera and see what it did for me. It made me angry! My first roll wasn’t very good, and I was disheartened to say the least. But, with a lot of learning to go and a desire to master my craft, I stuck with it. It took me over 100 rolls of film and several thousand dollars before I got the hang of it. I learned the different films, different skin tones they produced, and when to use what and how. It was technically challenging, and my love for photography quickly made a comeback. Now, I shoot a Hasselblad H1 and H2, and they are my go-to camera systems. Loading the film, planning what’s coming, and hearing the whirl as the film advances to the next frame has become a staple in my photography. I shoot as much film as I can today. It has reinvigorated my love for photography, and constantly challenges me to this day. Not being able to see the image after I take it, and paying attention to every precise detail in the camera before I click the shutter has not only made me a better photographer, but a more patient person all around.
Hi. My name is Jared, and my wife is Jessica. We are both creative people, musicians and artists, and have been photographing most of our lives. Jessica picked up her first digital camera in 2007, and took some phenomenal photos on her trip to Europe. I used to shoot film on an old Minolta 35mm that I stole from my dad, but being twelve years old and unable to buy more film, I always had to confess my thievery when I needed more film or had a roll that needed developing. Dad didn’t mind too much I guess, as I never got in a lot of trouble for it. Some of the photos turned out really good! Others, I forgot the lens cap was on, and, well, hey. I was twelve.
I picked up the guitar in 2001, and still photographed every once in a while, but kind of traded out one creative outlet for another. I still play guitar today, but I’m far more into photography than anything else. Jessica is amazing. I have all this technical knowledge, and she is 100% natural. I will photograph an engagement shoot most of the way, and she’ll just walk up and say, “Move this here” or “Put your arm there” and just kills it. I love it. We’ve been married since June 27th, 2009, and she can still surprise me.
I personally, was drawn to weddings after our own, which made me choose them as my specialty in photography. I took photography lessons from a guy who wouldn’t shoot a wedding for a million bucks. He said they were too busy, you had to multitask, and you had to constantly be on your game. As soon as he told me that, I knew it was what I wanted. I had an absolute blast at my own wedding, and wanted to just be around them again. I seriously fell in love with it. I’ve been photographing weddings now for years, and remember every single bride and groom, and almost every detail of their wedding. We take on about eight weddings per year, and never turn down a referral. Half of our weddings each year come from referrals, and it’s seriously one of the greatest compliments we get.
I’d love to meet you and your fiancé. And I don’t mean at a coffee shop downtown with a MacBook on my lap and a triple frappa-mocha-whatever on the table. I mean, come to my home, meet me and my wife (and probably my sons Alexander and Nicholas), and check out our work in person. Let’s have a glass of wine, or a cup of coffee (always black for me), and tell me how you got engaged. What’s your favorite music? Where did you go to school? How did you meet? I’m not looking just to book another wedding, and how soon can you pay me, and get in and get out. My wife and I want to know you, so when it comes time for your wedding day, I’m personally photographing, a personal wedding. It’s not a job. It’s a goal. An achievement. And more often than not, when it comes time to say your vows, I will have tears in my eyes as I’m looking through the viewfinders of my cameras. I’m not afraid to say it: I love photographing weddings. And I’m excited to hear all about yours.