#everoursafterhours serves as a learn the “why” behind their work, to get to know photographers and videographers that are the game changers or ones that in their tiny little corner of the earth are just getting it done. i have always, ALWAYS, prided myself on the that community that i have the fortunate experience of knowing and featuring. for the past five years, i have surrounded myself with such a beautifully talented community of wedding photographers and videographers. so i’m just going to build on that this year and give them the spotlight they deserve. i’ll be highlighting photographers almost every week. but obviously if i have the time, i’ll be featuring more but it’s all dependent on the photographers who have the time to answer too. it’ll be up on Sundays and it’ll just be a chance for photographers to kick back after shooting a wedding, grab a coffee, and have a lazy Sunday read.
today’s #everoursafterhours is brought to you by
now, truth be told, i have yet to meet this one in person. but if i ever did, i’d shower her with confetti because her work is totally beyond. her wedding storytelling is killer and her images will just make you feel. that’s all, just make you FEEL. ok without further ado. kick back and get to know Jess from Daring Wanderer.
How did you get your start in wedding photography?
I always had a passion for the creative arts. In high school, I took a film photography course and only ever shot film until I graduated from university, when my parents gifted me with my first DSLR. As I was finished up my masters in neuroscience and contemplating doing my PhD I had a yearning for something more artistic, something that moved and evoked me in ways academics did not. In an attempt to fulfill my own desires rather than expectations others had of me I withdrew my acceptance to complete my PhD and decided to pursue photography. I accepted a position as a researcher at a hospital for 9 months, just enough time for me to grow my business to where I could go full time and I haven’t looked back since.
What is unique about your style of shooting?
My style of shooting focuses on organic, in-between moments. I don’t force anything and wait for the right moment, even if that means we sit and talk about life and love and photography for an hour until the light is just right. Connecting with my clients on a very personal level has allowed me to get to know them and to see an intimate side to their relationship.
Include one of your images that is your most recent favorite and explain why you love it.
I love this image because it encompasses everything that I strive for in photography: adventure, spontaneity & connection. The wedding reception was in a sailcloth tent atop a hill overlooking Nicasio Valley in California. As the sun was setting we noticed the clouds parting. The bride and groom were excited and suggested we all go out there in the howling wind to watch it together. As they stood there, just before the sun disappeared beyond the horizon, the bride and groom were completely in their own element. They relished in the fact that they were married and surrounded by absolutely everyone that they loved and completely oblivious to us. Being able to witness let along photograph this was such an honour.
What do you struggle with the most? Business or shooting wise.
There are often new struggles that emerge and as I strive to tackle one, another will present itself. One particular aspect of photography that I am currently struggling with is staying true to my artistic self while fulfilling my service obligation to clients. Often times I know there are expectations on images that clients will receive. Although they aren’t necessarily high up on my list of images to create on a wedding day, I know that I need to capture these moments for them. After all, we are in the service industry and making my clients happy is my top priority.
Where do you see wedding photography heading next? Where you would like to see it go?
We are already seeing a trend where weddings are more than a long-winded shot list and heavily decorated hall. People are taking the opportunity to create something meaningful to them, whether it’s an intimate backyard wedding or an adventurous elopement in the mountains. This is where I hope wedding photography continues: that couples stay true to themselves and let photographers do what they do best without trying to recreate work of others.
If you could send one message to the wedding photography world, what would it be?
Trust your gut. Always strive to be a better version of yourself both in life and in photography and don’t let others put you down. The world is a mean place and the best way to deal with a bully is to pick yourself up and be better than them.
What drives you as a person and as a wedding photographer?
Waking up every morning and being happy to be alive and to absolutely love my job is the driving force behind Daring Wanderer. Realizing that I left an opportunity that so many people would fight for so that I could stay true to myself is something that I am proud of and something that helps push me to create powerful and meaningful images for others.
What makes you throw confetti at the end of the day?
I get to work with some amazing couples to create artistic and heartfelt images that they will look back on in 50+ years and cherish. Yet, the best part of my job is after that: the lasting connections I make and the couples who become dear friends.
massive amount of thanks to Jess for taking the time to answer these. while Jess is Canada based, she’s available to travel worldwide to capture these beautiful love stories. check out more on HER SITE and HER BLOG. also she just eloped in ICELAND. so congrats JESS AND MATT!! *THROWS CONFETTI*
i think this estate alone would be fantastic not only for bridal showers, but small intimate weddings as well.
thanks to Ryanne Hollies of
for sending this Estates of Sunnybrook bridal shower.
“Lindsay wanted something different for her bridal portraits (always music to my ears!) We shot these in the city they were having their wedding, Burlington, North Carolina. She trusted me to just find some randomness around the small town and her only request was that we do something unique to show off the sparkles of her dress! I think we accomplished it, especially as the sun was going down and we were able to get some fun backlit shots, specifically aimed at showing off the detail in the dress.”
and of course,
killing it again with her photography talent.
Ariel never ceases to amaze me with what she captures and comes up with absolute magic as evident above.
thanks always to Ariel for sending this one over to share.
showcased a little something different today.
“This bridal shower was inspired by the brides love for polka dots, bows, and a few of her favorite things. This girlie kate spade inspired fete was pulled together using gorgeous polka dot linens, a dreamy vanity vignette, and the perfect invitation suite in shades of blush, mint, and gold! Including a few of her favorite things was a must – so a dessert spread filled with nutella hazelnut cupcakes, chocolate espresso cupcakes, chocolate milanos, chocolate chip cookies… and a cake with a glittery bow was the perfect way to satisfy this brides sweet tooth. On top of it all it wouldn’t be a spread of her favorite things if a coffee bar with humorous coffee inspired quotes were not included! Guests wrote wishes and provided recipes for a happy marriage for the bride to be, and were sent off with favors filled with her favorite chocolates. All in all, the lush flowers sprinkled on each table in a mix of vintage milk glass and clear bottles plus the draping of white fabric under the pergola with a beautiful chandelier hung in center all added to the beautiful day where we all gathered to celebrate a dear friend.”
many many thanks to dear friend,
for sending this one over share.
have always loved her work from day one of this blog. it’s been amazing to see where this journey has taken her.
head on over HERE for more of Caroline’s work. trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
also excited to showcase the work of another dear friend, Wilmarose Orleans, of LOVELY JUBILEE.
other vendors involved included: