A warm, SnapKnot welcome to Jenna Leigh, the owner and lead photographer of Jenna Leigh Photography. Jenna is an Austin wedding photographer, although she also services Central Texas. She considers her style to be timeless and strives to capture moments as they happen, with a little bit of creative flair.
“There are moments during a wedding when I am a fly on the wall, an observer, a photo journalist if you will. And there are other times where I am like a conductor, taking charge of the imagery and directing my clients into natural moments. I love romance and love capturing couples in love or just plain having fun.”
Jenna has been a creative person since she can remember. Growing up, art, music and photography were essential in her life. She initially went to college to study music and become an opera singer, but ended up graduating with a degree in English and business. She muses at the irony of ending up right back where she started- in the world of photography.
“This is my passion and my life. I can’t imagine doing anything else other than capturing amazing moments in the most special day of my couple’s lives.”
Jenna originally fell in love with photography in high school when her father came home with a Pentax K1000 film camera. She adored it and started taking classes at school. When she met her husband, she was so excited to find out that his parents were wedding photographers and videographers. She spent some time learning from them and others in the area but didn’t officially launch her own business until early 2009. Here she is, four years later, and is excited to announce that she has never been more in love with a career.
“Most of what we do comes from within, but we have to keep learning and growing in our art form, and sometimes that means looking at different photographer’s work and seeing what speaks to you.”
Jenna has so many photographers who inspire her that she feels it would be difficult to list; however, her absolute favorite is Susan Stripling, who Jenna believes sees the world in such a unique way. Every time she views Stripling’s work, she learns new things about how she can better improve her craft.
Jenna is insanely in love with weddings. With all of her weddings. She is always honored to be a part of someone’s special day, and her favorite part of the day are the toasts. It is in these moments that she gets to find out unique things about the family or the couples that she didn’t know before.
“I am always touched by the love between family members and the happiness that is shared between everyone in the room. It’s my favorite part of each wedding and I hold all of their stories near and dear to my heart.”
Jenna recommends that couples just starting their search for a wedding photographer leave enough room in their budget for a good one. All too often, she believes, people think of the venue, the dress, the flowers, the food. All of that is amazing in the moment, but your pictures last a lifetime and you want to choose someone who can capture that in the best way possible for you. Jenna believes that connecting with your photographer is also a must.
“Your wedding photographer is someone who is by your side throughout most of the day. They laugh with you, cry with you, and they are there for all of the big moments. Make sure you choose someone who can not only deliver great images but you you jive with.”
A fun fact about our Austin wedding photographer? Jenna can bend her body in crazy ways and can still do back flips at the age of 29! She can also still sing Opera…very loudly in her shower when nobody’s home.
To learn more, visit Jenna Leigh Photography.