Hi Jayme! Tell us a little about how you ‘fell into’ the photography business?
I'm super thankful for the opportunities I had when I was first starting out. What started as a hobby, quickly snowballed into a very obvious career path for me. I started taking photos for friends & family and was starting to get a little attention. I was asked by a well known Vancouver band if I could take some portraits of them & those photos actually got published in a few magazines & from there my name started getting passed around. I met some really influential photographers who taught me a lot in my early years & through those experiences my business started.
Photographing is a very personal matter, and are often unique because of the photographer, and how he or she sees it – what does Jayme Anne Photography believe wedding photography should be about?
For me wedding photography is all about documenting people who are happy & excited about getting married. I love working with couples who are just so pumped to be together. Honestly, for me that’s what is all about... Not really the flowers, or the dress, or the décor (although all those details are amazing too), its just about the celebration of love, and getting to photograph human connection.
I loved your Project Motherhood! But when it comes to client work, has the process of creating your own unique style, been a lot of compromise, or have you always held on to your beliefs in your art?
Thank you! Project Motherhood was born out of the need to create something a little different that my usual work! I do believe that every photographer has their own unique style & it's so important to stay true to that style. There have been times that I have felt like I have had to shoot like someone else, and in those times I haven't been happy with my work because it hasn’t really been my own. I don’t feel like I do much compromising when it comes to my images – I hope that people will ask me to photograph them because they like what they see on my website & will give me the creative freedom to create images that are true to my style.
Your website notes showcases that all the genres of photography you dabble in, but when did you decide to do weddings – and was there ever a question not to shoot weddings?
I decided I wanted to photograph weddings after the first wedding I shot – It was a small wedding & I honestly had no idea what I was doing, but after that I was hooked. I don’t think I have questioned shooting weddings as a whole, but over the years I have definitely figured out the kind of weddings I like to document & the ones that maybe aren't the best fit for me.
Do you have a preference on shooting film vs. digital?
All my images are shot digitally!
Everyone brings something unique to the table, what do you think makes you stand out?
Photographing candid & natural moments is something that is very important to me. I'm not huge into posing or creating "fake" moments. I want all my images to tell a story & I want people to look back at their photos and remember that day exactly as it was. I would hope that my documentary/ journalistic style and my use of natural light would stand out in people minds when they think of my work.
What is your favorite moment during a wedding? Is it the same as when you’re just attending as a guest?
Honestly, I have not attended a wedding as a guest in years!! But, as a photographer, one of my favorite moments is after the "I do's" when the couple walks (and occasionally runs) back down the isle together. The look of excitement that bursts from their faces is just the best to me. I'm also a huge fan of those quiet moments, the ones that other might not see – The subtle hand holding, or touches. The smirks and gazes that other might not notice. Those moments are pretty high on my list!
Which moment do you think is the most ‘valuable moment’ to capture during a wedding day?
Oh gosh, that’s a hard one. All of it? I can't imagine a wedding day without the entire day being captured. Each moment is so valuable to me.
We all know weddings are such a special occasion. Do you ever get emotional shooting a wedding?
I have definitely had my moments where I get choked up at a wedding. But I can pretty much put money on the fact that I will be tearing up during the Father of the bride speech. I don’t even know why, but that always gets me. Also, oddly enough, the slide shows get me too. I have two little girls at home, and the slide shows are just a reminder of how fast time goes & before I know it my two little babies will be grown up and getting married... I kind of can't handle those slide shows! Haha.
Is there something you take away from each wedding you shoot?
Definitely. I learn something and take away something from every wedding that I attend. Whether is something about myself, or my work, or even different values from different families. I definitely walk away with something that sticks with me.
What is your ambition and your goals for Jayme Anne Photography in the long run?
My goals are to just keep going, keep growing & learning as an artist. To keep being intentional with my images, and to continue to work with families and couples that have the same love of genuine imagery that I have.
The website and the design tell a lot about the photographer we think. Your website is bold yet beautifully minimalistic why is that important to you?
Minimalism is something that’s pretty important in my home, my life, and my work. I'm a pretty firm believer that less is always more. That simplicity and a clean esthetic is more attractive to me than a cluttered and Busy one. When people go to my website I don’t want them to feel overwhelmed by images & information, but feel like they can take the time to go through my portfolio & focus on what's in front of them.
I can tell being a mother means a lot to you, so much so you’ve brought a lot of that into your photos. What has your experience as a mother taught you that you bring into your photography career?
Being a mother has (obviously) changed my life, and really changed who I am in pretty much every area of my life. Motherhood has taught me a patience and softness that I maybe didn’t have before. Being a mom has also taught me to slow down, to not rush in and out, but to be present and take my time. Something that I really bring into my work – a new focus, and a new way of looking at things in a slower way. I feel like being a mom has taught me to let kids be kids – to not go into a session with a huge expectation or a specific vision, but to let children lead & enjoy their direction.
What’s something you pull a lot of inspiration from in both your personal and professional life?
A lot of my inspiration comes from light. These last few years I have tried to be more intentional with my lighting. Spending more time looking around & being aware of what's going on around me, rather than just racing through. Aesthetics and interior design are also something that I am inspired by daily. I love clean & simple design, white walls, sharp angles. I pull a lot of inspiration from Scandinavian & mid century design. I love to look at modern design and try and bring that into my work – Keeping it simple & clean, Looking for lines & symmetry.
In your experience, how important is marketing in photography?
Marketing is everything. I think your brand & how you present yourself/your company is the first thing people see, it’s the first thing that either draws people in or turns them away. Spending time on marketing & branding is a top priority.
Have you ever hosted a workshop? If no, would you?
I haven't. But If the opportunity ever arises I would definitely be interested & willing.
Lastly, is there any advice you’d like to give to those looking to get into the photography business?
I think I would say to others to be true to yourself. To pursue what brings you joy & document life & moments the way you see it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, or to learn from others. Grab inspiration from wherever you can, and keep pushing through the hard/frustrating times.
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