LA wedding photographer Jess Robertson recently launched a brand new website and also announced her Spring Collection. It was the perfect opportunity for us to ask her a few questions about her background and how she got started in wedding photography. She’s been on SnapKnot since late last year and we had the pleasure of meeting her in person at WPPI this February in Las Vegas. Read on to learn more about Jess!
Hi Jess! Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m from SoCal…born & raised. I did what my family called the “college tour” and attended several colleges, but still haven’t finished my bachelor’s. I’m married to the love of my life! I have a four-legged son, a Boxer named Chandler. Yes, that’s after Chandler from “Friends” :) I love to travel and wish I could do more of it. I’m addicted to Chai Tea Lattes. I love food…specifically, dessert…more specifically, red velvet or chocolate desserts. When I’m not home, you can find me in a bookstore or coffee shop. My brother and sister are two of my best friends. One of my favorite quotes is from Henri Cartier Bresson – “Photography is nothing…it’s life that interests me.”
Why did you choose to become a photographer?
Even though I’ve been taking pictures since I was a little kid (with my awesome 110 film camera!), I specifically fell in love with photography while backpacking across Europe in 2007. I spent so much time just watching people and became fascinated with capturing these moments that were happening all around me. When I got home, I purchased a few books on photography and shared my experience with people, but life got in the way :) It wasn’t until October of 2009 that photography came back into the picture (no pun intended…hehe). My husband got the Canon 5D at work and brought it home for my birthday weekend. We took a little road trip and stopped at spots along the way so that I could practice. A few months later, I attended a Me Ra Koh workshop and had the “a-ha” moment I had been waiting for my whole life…
How long have you been a photographer?
Amateur? Since I was about 8 :) Professional? Just over a year!
How would you classify your style of photography?
I thought it was simply photojournalistic, until I recently heard Jim Garner talking about “experiential” photography and thought, “that’s my style!” I’m just glad to finally have a name for it :) My focus is on the client experience, and making sure that first and foremost they ENJOY themselves. When I have a client tell me how wonderful their experience was, that means even more to me than when they tell me how much they love their images.
Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level?
My dad is a major personal influence. He has worked in the entertainment industry his whole life, and he has so much drive and passion. I couldn’t admire him more for all that he has accomplished regardless of people telling him he couldn’t do it. On a professional level, I admire Me Ra Koh so much! Her photography is amazing, yes, but her mission to help women find their voice & confidence is so inspirational. I also look up to Chase Jarvis, Zack Arias & Jasmine Star, among others. And wouldn’t be here without my awesome support group of other photographers that other people may not know of yet, but will be hearing about soon :)
What’s your preferred type of camera equipment?
Canon baby!! I shoot with the Canon 5D MK II and my fave lens is the 50mm 1.2.
What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer?
I cannot stress how important it is that you like the photographer’s personality as much as their work. This is who you will be spending most of your day with, so you better like them! Also, don’t hire a friend or family member because you feel obligated to. At the end of the day, the cake is gone, the food has been devoured, the flowers will die….and all you really have left to remember one of the most important days of your life are the photos, so it’s just not worth it. If they’re a professional photographer and you really like their work, that’s one thing. Otherwise, you will regret it, and this is not a part of your day that you want to regret.
Any fun personal facts we should know about you?
Before starting my photography business, I actually started & ran a non-profit organization for 5 years that brought movies while they were still in theaters to children’s hospitals across the country. I was featured on CBS and in People Magazine. I still LOVE working with non-profit organizations and do so whenever possible!
We are currently offering 15% off all of our collections (when you book your wedding with us by May 1, 2011) to celebrate the launch of our newest product, The Promise magazine!
Check out this fun promo video from Jess:
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