@jessicarosephoto Takeover Day 1: When I first started in photography, I was a sucker for emotional shots, tender touches and loving embraces. Don’t get me wrong, they are still some of my favorite moments, and hold an important place in a photo session, but I have learned that capturing knockout portraits of your couple looking into your lens is just as important.
Over the years, I’ve developed a process to get these knockout shots, and I do it by waiting until nearly the end of our portrait session on the wedding day. By this time, a couple has had the chance to relax from the nerves of the day and to connect with one another alone, often for the first time since their day began. Finally, through my encouragement and guidance, they have started to feel like rockstars in front of the camera, so after one of their last embraces, as the fading light hits them with its perfect softness, I ask them to turn toward me with those big beautiful smiles . . . and then a moment like this happens, and the real storytelling begins.
It’s not simple to be yourself in front of a camera, so when I see my couples 100% relaxed and radiant in who they are, I’m pretty much the happiest girl in the world because THOSE are the shots I know they’ll treasure for the rest of their lives. 💛
@jessicarosephoto Takeover Day 1: Authenticity to yourself is just as important as learning the skills to help your clients be themselves in front of you.
For me, helping others show their true selves was very natural, but determining my own artistic self was a much harder journey. I stumbled upon the art world later than most (age 22 was my first real exposure and attempt at art) when I was required to take one art course in university. I chose a painting class, and I remember hesitantly asking the art professor before I signed up, “What if I just can’t do it? What if I absolutely suck at this?” I remember he smiled, and said if I just did my best, it didn’t matter what it looked like. So, I did just that, and it turned out I could paint—pretty well, actually. Heck, it turned out I LOVED to paint. A few years later, something very similar happened with photography, and here I am, years later, so pumped to share that no matter where you are starting in your journey, it is EXACTLY where you need to be, and if you just keep taking the next best step, you WILL arrive where you need to go.
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@jessicarosephoto Takeover Day 1: Early on in my photography career, I was so quick to look around at what other photographers were doing and then would attempt to create my own version of that. Deep down, I knew I wanted to create work that was true to me, but I would quickly overthink myself into a corner and become paralyzed. Eventually, I found the key wasn’t to force authenticity, but to just TRY things, trust myself in the moment and listen to my gut. In many ways, my journey was trial and error, which often was scary and sometimes risky. The wonderful part was that I did learn to trust myself more and more with each attempt.
Today, I actually spend very little time looking at other photographers’ work, other than supporting and loving my amazing friends in the industry, because I truly believe my best work comes from within me. When I relax. When I stop hustling to prove myself. When I take time to be present and meet the beautiful people I’m photographing exactly where they are at.
This shoot down in San Francisco was the perfect example of that. We had a great team, but as shoots (and life) always go, there were complications and delays, but I chose to embrace the moment, to go with the flow, to capture who and what was in front of me, and not worry about who and what wasn’t. That’s where beauty met me—and because I was present, I was able to see it and capture it, in all its glory. ✨
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@jessicarosephoto Takeover Day 1: Simplify. I am one to easily become overwhelmed with all of the things I’d like to do/capture/create. In shoots (as in life), I’m learning that my favorite shots are the ones I simplify. I step closer, cut things out, hone in and focus on a few key aspects of the scene in front of me that are important.
This image is the perfect example of that, because there was so much beauty to capture, but this simple shot became one of my favorites from the session. The model was stunning with incredible makeup & hair done by @ashleyreadings and @sweetwoodruff had created a beautiful arrangement of flowers set up beside her. Yet as I stood there, looking at the scene, what I REALLY liked about the moment was the shape of the model’s arm holding her wrist, the angle of the branch she was holding and the way the color palette was almost completely green and white with lights and shadows playing over it. 🌿
I use to think simple was boring (just give me MORE of everything, please!) but now I’m learning simple *IS* everything and through it, I can tell the story of beauty with greater truth.
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