Meet Jana and Michele of Magnolia Design & Photography, a pair of talented wedding photographers based out of Greenville, North Carolina. This duo met while attending East Carolina University and working together at a local design firm. They love to travel and subsequently spend a lot of time in the Wilmington, Outer Banks and Myrtle Beach areas. They have a slightly photo-journalistic approach to photography, using both natural and posed styling that results in fresh, modern wedding images.
“A lot of brides want a photo journalistic style, but also want to look their best. We do pose our brides and grooms at certain times and our poses always look natural and generally by the end of an engagement session, the couple needs very little direction from us. Our style tends to be more photojournalistic while the bridal parties are getting ready and during the reception.”
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Jana is originally from the Wilmington area, and has a love for letterpress, her dog, Minnie Pearl, and vintage cameras. Her counterpart, Michele, hails from Ithaca, New York and loves to go to the beach, spending time with her 3 dogs, and fishing with her husband.
Both girls grew up with a love for photography. They each had cameras starting at an early age and essentially never put them down.
“When it came to working together there was never really question about whether we should start our own wedding photography business. It was always just how and when.”
Michele and Jana spend a lot of time reading photographer blogs, forums and magazines and also network with other local photographers and wedding professionals. They discover new artists and techniques that influence them almost every day. On top of all of their photography-related influences, they also visit galleries and fine art events whenever possible.
Michele and Jana recommend that couples just starting their search for a wedding photographer do their research. They advise brides to meet in person (if possible) with at least 3 different wedding photographers.
“You need to be 100% comfortable with the photographer you choose. You will be spending more time with your photographer on your wedding day that anyone else (including your husband/wife!!)“
Michele and Jana are such a fun-loving, personable pair that by the time your wedding rolls around, you will feel like they’re part of your family. They get involved with their brides and grooms through the entire planning process and treat each wedding like it’s their own.
“We WILL make fools of ourselves on the dance floor during your reception, it’s only to encourage everyone else to do the same…and this is where that photo of your Grandma gettin’ down to Michael Jackson comes from.”
Magnolia Design & Photography would like to offer a free engagement, bridal or trash the dress session to all brides who book with them directly through SnapKnot ($250 value).
To see more fresh, modern wedding images from this talented duo, visit Magnolia Design & Photography.