Jesse La Plante Photography produces fine art wedding photography and is one of SnapKnot’s newest photographers to the Denver, Colorado area! For Jesse photography has always been in his family, so get to know him a little better…and don’t miss out on his special offer at the end!!
Tell us a bit about yourself. Why did you choose to become a photographer? How long have you been a photographer?
My name is Jesse La Plante and I’ve worked as a professional photographer since 2007. I grew up in a family of traveling artists. My father was a fine art photographer, so it’s an art form that was instilled in me from a very young age.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in photojournalism from Central Michigan University in the spring of 2007 and began working full time as a newspaper photographer shortly thereafter.
Over the next year or so, I started shooting weddings for close friends and family on the weekends – something that would eventually evolve into a complete career change for me.
In 2008, my wife, Moira, and I moved to Boulder, Colorado, where I began photographing weddings professionally. With Moira at my side as my second shooter, I have since been fortunate to have the opportunity to photograph weddings in some of the most beautiful and iconic venues in Colorado, from the untamed Wild Basin Lodge to the urbane Denver Art Museum.
How would you classify your style of photography?
My formal training is in photojournalism, so my approach to wedding photography is naturally photojournalistic in style. I use a “fly on the wall” method for capturing all the candid moments that make each wedding unique. In addition, having a deep-rooted background in fine art, I understand the importance of crafting light to create the highest quality images possible.
Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level?
My most important photography influence was my father, who, throughout my young life, provided me with a supportive environment that bolstered and celebrated creativity. Other influences include Kent Miller, my primary photojournalism professor at CMU, who taught me the intricacies of and most effective techniques for capturing quality candid photographs; J. Scott Park, the photo editor at my first newspaper, who helped me adjust to life in the fast-paced world of business; and my wife, Moira for always being enthusiastic about my work and supporting me unconditionally in every aspect of my professional and personal life.
Do you have any good wedding stories?
One of my favorite wedding memories is from a wedding I shot a couple years ago just outside of Boulder at the top of Flagstaff Mountain. The bride and groom were motorcycle enthusiasts and wanted to ride their bike from their ceremony location (at the top of the mountain) down the winding road to their reception location in the city. When I heard what they intended to do, I knew I had to capture it on film. Luckily, I owned a Firebird at the time, with a hatchback trunk. As the couple prepared to make their descent, I grabbed my camera, popped open my hatchback, and hopped in the trunk. Moira got behind the wheel and began driving the Firebird down the side of the mountain in front of the bride and groom on their motorcycle. The ride was a bit scary (Moira nearly hit a deer in the middle of the road) and shooting was difficult due to all the hair-pin turns, but I came out with some nice images. Thoughout the reception, I overheard several wedding guests laughing about the photographer who road down the mountain in his trunk. The best part was that the couple really enjoyed the photos and thanked me profusely for going to such lengths to capture that special moment on film.
What’s your preferred type of camera equipment?
I’ve always shot with Nikon equipment. My father owned a plethora of Nikon film cameras and lenses, so it’s a company that I became comfortable with at a very young age. I shoot digitally now and own several Nikon DSLRs and an assortment of Nikkor lenses. Also, I light primarily with off-camera flash and use a variety of Nikon speedlights during weddings; wall outlets are usually inconvenient to access.
What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer?
The best advice I can give to a couple looking for a wedding photographer is to find a photographer who is willing to take the time to get to know you to ensure that your photos will reflect who you are. Don’t be concerned with what types of photos “most people” have taken at their weddings. Collaborate with your photographer. Bounce your ideas off him or her and vice versa. Make sure you find a photographer who is flexible and creative and capable of thinking outside the box to create images that are uniquely your own.
Any fun personal facts we should know about you?
In addition to photographing, I love to travel. I’ve been to 49 United States (Alaska, here I come!) and 14 foreign countries. Whenever possible, I try to book long distance weddings (at no extra cost) just to give myself a good excuse to explore another part of the country. I have yet to photograph a wedding outside the United States, but one day hope to do so on a regular basis.
Anything else to add about yourself, the wedding industry, photography, brides, grooms, etc?
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