Mar
02
2015

{ENGAGEMENT} LOVE IN THE MARIN HEADLANDS…

that view of san francisco never gets old.  neither do black and white photographs and my obsession with shadows.  hence why i love this engagement session sent over to share by

DUSTIN CANTRELL

head on over HERE for more of Dustin’s latest work.  there’s much more solid gold over there.

Feb
25
2015

{ENGAGEMENT} LOVE IN JUNEAU, ALASKA…

immensely grateful to

DON BARRINGTON PHOTOGRAPHY

for sending this beautiful Alaska engagement session over.

Don & Julia, the talented duo behind the lens, have much more up their sleeves that you will want to see for yourself.  so head on over to THEIR BLOG.

Feb
24
2015

{ENGAGEMENT} A SNOWY KIND OF LOVE…

thrilled to be able to feature the work of

WILLIAM YATES

y’all need to check out what this guy is doing in his corner of the world because it’s absolutely beautiful.  head on over HERE…seriously, guys.

Feb
22
2015

{EVER OURS AFTER HOURS} HEATHER JOWETT…

 just a reminder that i’m going to take this blog on a slightly different direction this year.  still featuring the most beautiful wedding photography there is out there, but hoping to gear it to wedding photographers.  so it won’t be just a place for you to be wow’d by their work, but to learn the “why” behind their work, to get to know photographers that are the game changers or ones that in their tiny little corner of the earth are just getting it done.  ii have always, ALWAYS, prided myself on the wedding photographers that i have the fortunate experience of knowing and featuring and for the past five years, i have surrounded myself with a beautifully talented community of wedding photographers.  so i’m just going to build on that this year.  and one of the first things is to highlight a photographer every month.  my aim is to start with once a month, but obviously if i have the time, i’ll obviously be featuring more and it’s all dependent too on the photographers who have the time to answer.  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.

so welcome to Ever Ours After Hours with

HEATHER JOWETT

i think i’ve only known Heather for almost two years.  but you know those people where you just connect because you share the same values or have the same sense of quirky humor.  or rather, the bottom line is, you admire her admiration for Bill Murray and just a tad jealous of the Bill Murray art piece she has in her living room.  i love Heather’s heart and how much of it goes into her work and her no nonsense attitude.  meet Heather for yourself and you’ll agree.

How did you get your start in wedding photography?

Completely and totally by accident. It’s not a stretch to say my first wedding fell into my lap, as the old adage goes.  At 18, I bought myself my first SLR, and shortly thereafter I had it with me as I was walking around a local festival in the town where I live.  Suddenly, a friend of a friend’s dad we had run into saw me with my camera and asked me if I wanted to shoot his daughter’s wedding in 2 weeks for $200. I was 18, that was the most money I had ever heard of, and before I could think I was saying yes.

What is unique about your style of shooting?

Psychology was my intended career path before photography butted in, and that education and drive to understand the behaviors and motivations of other’s is a huge motivator for me. Simply put, if a wedding wasn’t an environment in which I was captivated by the human behavior and emotion I was witnessing, I wouldn’t be doing what I do.  Luckily for myself (and my clients), weddings are a treasure trove of emotion and interesting behaviors to observe and anticipate.

As a lover of human behavior, If I’ve done my job correctly, the resulting photograph is going to say way more about the people in it than it will ever say about me or what makes my style unique. For me, what matters is taking images that tell the truth about the subjects in them, my style is about giving the couple the space to show me who they are.  And symmetry.  Symmetry makes the happy neurons in my visual cortex light up.

Include one of your images that is your most recent favorite and explain why you love it.

Hopefully it’s okay that this one isn’t a wedding image, but in order for me to really love a photograph, it helps if I really love the person in it.  This is a humble iphone photo I took of my nephew Grayson this summer at my in-law’s cabin.  He’s about to jump in the water for one last swim.  He’s wearing his angry bird undies because his swim trunks were wet from earlier in the day and he doesn’t like putting wet swim trunks back on. This summer was the first summer he really showed an interest in swimming, and this picture perfectly encapsulates the time my husband and I spent in the water with him this summer.  To me, the photograph just says a lot about the kind of kid he’s becoming (a totally radical badass who jumps in, albeit, he jumps in feet first) and has the magical element that all photographs I truly love have. It makes me laugh.

What do you struggle with the most? Business wise or shooting wise.

Doing the not fun stuff.  If it’s an element of business that involves spreadsheets or legalese, I hate it.  I probably leave a lot of money on the table at tax time just from being inefficient when it comes to keeping track of deductions.  I love that I’ve built a successful business that’s been profitable.  That’s a major source of satisfaction for me, but all the boring stuff I had to do to get to this point isn’t so loveable.  Next time you come across a self-employed person with a glazed over look in their eyes, give them a hug.  They’ve likely just spent the first half of their day elbow deep in Microsoft Excel.

Where do you see wedding photography heading next? Where would like to see it go?

I don’t know and I don’t care.  I don’t consume a lot of wedding photography.  I keep my eyes down and focused on my own paper for the most part.  From what I have seen though, the bar gets raised, and bent, and broken, and welded back together, and raised back up again so often that making predictions and hoping for anything is pointless, because the surprise of where it will go is probably going to be way more amazing than your expectations. 

If you could send one message to the wedding photography world, what would it be? (Basically, your life motto)

Wear your own damn metaphorical shoes; don’t spend your life trying to fit into someone else’s.  They’ll probably just end up cutting off circulation to your toes and giving you a blister on the back of your heel any way.  Or maybe the shoes will be too big and you’ll end up tripping and falling on your face and breaking your nose.  There’s a chance I may have taken  this shoe metaphor too far.

What drives you as a person and as a wedding photographer?

Understanding behaviors as a photographer.  As a person, knowing there are people around me who care if I wake up the next morning: from my husband, to my family, my amazing friends (many of whom I wouldn’t know if it weren’t for wedding photography), all the way down to my two dogs and my grumpy pet rabbit.

What makes you confetti throw at the end of the day?

If it’s a day where I’ve made another human being laugh, hard, then it’s been a good day. Drinking a cold diet coke in a warm bath isn’t too bad either.

Heather Jowett is based in Michigan, but travels worldwide and photographs emotions perfectly.  see for yourself on HER SITE.

 

Feb
16
2015

{ENGAGEMENT} LOVE IN DOWNTOWN TORONTO…

if you aren’t familiar with

DEREK HUI

you need to be.  his wedding work is one thing, but his editorial is killing it too.

head on over HERE to see much more of Derek’s work.  talent is flowing with this one.

Feb
10
2015

{ENGAGEMENT} LOVE AT TOPANGA CANYON PARK AND EL MATADOR BEACH…

excited to have the work of

JODEE DEBES

on the blog for the first time with this engagement session.

she really knows how to capture those LA sunsets.  head on over HERE for more of her work…which you most definitely want to see for yourself.

Feb
09
2015

{ENGAGEMENT} LOVE AT THE LAST BOOKSTORE…

The Last Bookstore is undoubtedly a treasured landmark of downtown Los Angeles.  love that place.

YES, DEAR STUDIO

captured it perfectly with this sweet couple who then went on to Griffith Park to catch the sunset. see more for yourself over HERE

then mosey around THEIR BLOG to see their latest work.  definitely some of the best storytelling there is.