Albion Fit Swim Launch | Thailand photo shoot | Jessica Janae

Albion Fit’s new collection launched tonight!!!!!! https://www.albionfit.com/collections/swims

I feel beyond lucky to be able to work with them. What an incredibly kind and talented company holy heavens.

This year we went to Thailand to shoot the look books for all their new suits. There are over 100!!!!! so watch out. Thailand was the most incredible place I’ve ever been to. You feel like your in a different world. We kept saying it felt like a dinosaur was going to walk out at any moment. Crystal clear water, neon fish, boating at sunrise from island to island, having every beach to ourselves…. Actual heaven on earth…

We had cut feet,
sea urchins in the feet,
a monkey attack,
rabies shots,
jumping off boats,
ripped off toe nails,
swimming with fish and sharks,
getting bit by fish,
falling off tree bridges,
crashed my scooter,
sun burns,
hellish hikes,
pad thai for days,
mango sticky rice up to our eyeballs
and laughing all night every night till we couldn’t speak.
Thank you thank you thank you Albion. Love you guys more than you know. I will never forget this incredible life changing trip with all my favorite people on earth!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now go watch this insane vid made by Brad Devine https://www.somewheredevine.com/ of our whole trip and check out the first of many pics to come !!!

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Neel and Ayushi | New Orleans Wedding | Indian Wedding

Its been a year since I was in New Orleans shooting this incredible wedding of my very own real life Aladdin and Jasmine!! How has it been that long already??

This wedding was 4 days long. We were on our feet sun up to sun down. Some of the nights when we got back at like 2 am I would sit there and think, wait how did I get here? Was I even coherent today? Did I even take photos? hahaha. All I can say is that this family knows how to throw a party. The music was so loud that I couldn’t hear myself for a whole day after I got home! haha But the Punjabi music is also like my fave music ever now… I downloaded all the songs we danced too the second I got back to Utah. best dance music on the planet.

This family totally opened their arms to us. They were so fun and so sweet. Also, hi? Are they the most beautiful couple that ever lived or what?? I remember being so sad to leave. Like I couldn’t believe I wouldn’t see Neel and Ayushi the next day. I genuinely missed them!! I guess thats what happens when you spend every waking moment for 4 days in close close contact with 2 people… haha. Anyways, the entire wedding was just beautiful, extremely bright and colorful, her dresses were unlike anything I’d ever seen, everything held at the gorgeous Ritz Carleton New Orleans, right down a block from Bourbon Street. I mean come on?! how much better can you get??

Also, fun fact, a couple months after this wedding I shot the grooms Twin brothers wedding in New Orleans as well… so keep your eyes out for that coming up!

enjoy….

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Jared and Kat | Bridal Shoot | Puerto Rico

Now that these beauties are finally married, wooooooo!!!!!,  here is the second half of the images of Jared and Kat!!! the bridals and my personal favorites…

If you haven’t already, go read the previous post that explains all about this beautiful couple and the little journey we took to Puerto Rico!!!

These photos just have my heart. I can feel them.. The wind, the heat and humidity, the mist from the ocean the sounds of the rain forrest all of it…. I hope that you can too.

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Jared and Kat | Engagement Shoot | Puerto Rico

Oh where do I begin with these amazing creatures.

I have been friends with Jared since I was 16. He is the most talented human.. Like so much talent I just cant. He looks at light and shadows and angles and scenes unlike anyone else I’ve ever met. Totally makes me want to push my work further and further. He’s my most favorite person to work with ever!!! side note- he is also a complete insane freak of nature.

check out his work here : https://vimeo.com/jaredfadel

When I first met Kat (whom Jared calls Bambi…haha) I thought:

A. Shes a tiny beautiful creature

B. Her and Jared would make beautiful babies if they got married

C. She’s so weird omg she’s perfect for Jared hahaha

So Jared and Kat asked me to come with them to Puerto Rico to shoot their engagements and bridals. I died and then came back to life and then said YES.

So I brought along my best friend Makell who also has known Jared since high school and who did Kats gorgeous hair and makeup!

We just had a great big insane photoshoot vacation/ friend time and cried laughing every second, ate the most amazing puerto rico food, adventured around the whole island through Old San Juan and the Rainforrest, Salsa danced and ate more amazing food, sweated to death, slept on the most uncomfortable wood bed of all time, ran around the streets at night, almost got killed in a scary part of town,  jumped off waterfalls, and took pictures everywhere that was beautiful which was everywhere. It was possibly the best trip ever.  Tears forever and all the organisms….

I am going to split this shoot up into two blog posts because there are so many pictures!!! this first one is the engagements! enjoy.

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Anna and Adams Timeless Affair | Utah Wedding | Jessica Janae

Anna and Adam’s summer wedding, featured in the 2016 Utah Valley Bride Magazine, was a classy, timeless affair.

Everything little detail of this wedding was perfection.. Anna looks to me like a porcelain doll I would have had on my shelf when I was young. Dainty and perfect. Her style is impeccable! I loved shooting them …

Anna wore an Anne Barge dress with a peter pan collar, paired with red Valentino heels, while the groom wore a classic black tux and a bow tie.

The colors throughout the entire wedding were nothing I’ve ever seen before. I would have never thought to combine them all! They are all Anna’s favorite summer colors: vibrant red and yellow, with blush pink and light blue.

There was vintage furniture scattered outside the capitol where guests could chill and drink lemonade. The wooden lemonade stand was hand-made by Anna’s uncle. I remember this day to be one of the hottest days I have ever shot a wedding. I even had to call my aunt who was nearby to bring me a different shirt cuz I was sweating so bad and was way embarassed haha!! So that Lemonade was a complete lifesaver!

The whole day looked like an18th century vintage picnic outside a massive estate on the english countryside. I can now scratch my Pride and Prejudice wedding off the bucket list! LOVE LOVE LOVEd being a part of your day!

 

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Roslyn and Bill Grand Teton Wedding | Jackson Hole, Wyoming | Whitney

Roslyn and Bill’s wedding was by far my FAVORITE wedding I have shot to date!  Obviously the bride is stunning, the location is incredible, and the decor at the wedding is so unique and amazing, but Roslyn and Bill were so incredibly fun to work with!  Roslyn is one of those people that everyone likes.  You could tell by the way she treated each all her family and guests!  People were drawn to her constantly smiling face and laid back nature.  Bill’s personality was equally as great!  Bill was energetic, fun, and incredibly accepting!  Roslyn and Bill made me and my husband feel like guests at their wedding and not like the hired help :).  The day after the wedding we even got to go on a river rafting trip with Roslyn, Bill and their families!

Luckily Roslyn is a photographer so she made sure we had plenty of time to do photos after the ceremony.  We had the BEST time shooting photos!  I did not even feel as if I was working.  We were just a couple of friends hanging out.  Roslyn also had her close, interior designer, friend do all the decorating at the reception and had NO idea what anything even looked like.  That is some serious trust and perfectly describes Roslyn’s nature.  Don’t miss out on those details shots because the decor was truly like not other wedding I have ever seen before!

This wedding definitely made for an incredible weekend in Jackson Hole!  I hope you enjoy it, because I know I did!

Whitney <3

 

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Swathi and Jay New Orleans Wedding | Indian Wedding | Destination Wedding Photographer

 

 

Where do I even begin….

It has now been over a year since I shot this wedding. It has been published in Town and Country Magazine and Harpers Bazaar India So I’ve had to patiently wait to post it on my own.

To start off the story Swathi contacted me around 9 months before her wedding. Right at the exact time I found out I was pregnant. When she went into detail about her 4 day wedding plans and about why she needed me I was just praying that her wedding fell nowhere near my due date. But low and behold the wedding was the week before my due date yikes haha. Luckily, my doctor cleared me to fly at 9 MONTH PREGNANT. I was terrified. But with my previous baby I didn’t dilate at all, and had to have a c-section after waiting and entire day, and my mom was the same way with all her kids so my doctor thought I would be fine. That didn’t stop me from crying the whole plane ride haha.

To help with the craziness I brought along my awesome 2nd shooter Amanda Rumsey in case I went into labor haha, and my husband for moral support!

The first night was right in Baton Rouge where they had what I would say is kind of like a bridal shower. All the girls were in their bright saris and doing henna on each other, there were heaps of incredible indian food, which is mine and my husbands favorite food on earth so I was good to go. Then everyone gathered and shared kind words about the couple.

The next night was called the Sangeet. Its a pre-wedding party to get everyone pumped for the wedding! It was held in Swathis parents backyard which is right on a big river. It was beautiful. More amazing food, so many beautiful saris, people and deliciously cute children. But most of all there was DANCING!!!

Then the Wedding Day. The most beautiful thing I have ever witnessed. It was held on a massive plantation. The trees looked fake they were so gigantic, with moss hanging from every limb. Everything was just covered in lush green. I want to go back to that place so badly I think I could just explode. There were bright gorgeous saris, purple flowers, gold decor and more flowers!!! The wedding ceremony was over an hour and consisted of lots of beautiful things I didn’t understand haha, an outfit change, games, rice being thrown at each other, putting flower leis on each other etc. It made my wedding look like a pebble under that weddings shoe hahah. Side note, by this point my baby was due in 7 days, my feet looked like loaves of bread and it was humid beyond belief. I sat down maybe once that day, I had to dig deep and just zone out of my body to make this day happen. But boy I’m glad I did.

That night our team drove to New Orleans. We stayed right in the heart of the city in a big old amazing hotel which was right across the street from where the reception was held. I just remember every building was a different bright color, and the streets were old and dirty but fabulous! The reception was held in an old shipping building. We had literally 10 minutes to shoot the couple before the reception, so we just pulled them over in front of a bright building quickly. I wish we would have had 3 hours!! There were lights strung everywhere, orange flowers, an oyster bar and incredible appetizers. The family gave speeches, Jay gave the best speech about Swathi I’ve ever heard a groom give it started with “Im gonna give you guys 3 reasons why I love Swathi” it was hilarious. There was more food and more crazy dancing and then the night ended in a tradition called the “second line” where the band played the wedding party out of the reception to the song ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’ in a typical, New Orleans fashion!

I didn’t sit down the entire night. I don’t remember a time in my life where I felt more exhausted. I hobbled, literally hobbled, hunched down to a 90 degree angle across the street, My husband pretty much carried me the rest of the way to my room, a laid on my bed and cried for the next hour. hahaha. I cried mostly because I couldn’t believe the whirlwind that had just happened, and I was so amazed that I had actually done it. Im so happy I did. I was the best shooting experience thus far in my life. And I am so grateful Swathi chose me to capture it.

This week Swathi emailed me and told me her father had passed away due to complications in a heart surgery. Both her parents were doctors, actually the entire extended family were also doctors. I was completely shocked and my heart goes out to them for their loss. He was the absolute sweetest guy. He was so kind to us. He pulled me aside at one point at the reception and said not to worry if I go into labor because everyone there was a doctor haha. I hope their family is ok and am praying for them.

xoxo

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All Images shot by Jessica Janae and Amanda Rumsey

Almost all the Saris at the wedding were from Swathi’s own gorgeous clothing line https://luxemi.com/

 

Ivy and Ara Wedding | Oahu, Hawaii | Destination wedding photographer

Its weddings like these that really remind me how incredibly lucky I have this job. That I have this passion for photography. What other job could have ever been able to take me to all these amazing places? I was so grateful to be able to shoot Ivy and Ara’s wedding in Oahu over Thanksgiving with my husband! It was one of the most amazing vacations I’ve ever been on.

They were married at the Laie temple on a warm overcast day. Ivy looked like a model I chose specifically for some amazing styled shoot she was so insanely perfect!!!

After the temple we had some down time so of course and me and my husband went to get a mixed plate. The best mixed plate I have ever eaten in my life!!!!! my mouth still waters thinking about the food there. crying.

Then we headed down a windy road through really thick tropical plants to the cute little green beach house where their reception was held. It had a private beach with the most amazing view I had seen on the island yet. The rest of the night was just good food, tons of speeches and songs and laughter. Then of course the Haka! Which is where all the men gather together and do is super amazing loud power dance that they used to do ages ago to scare off enemies. Its the most incredible thing to watch!

Ivy and Ara then snuck away to their car. Didn’t even tell anyone, luckily I snuck a quick shot of them escaping into the jungle.

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Kenady and Jordan Wedding| Nauvoo, Illinois and Bentonville, Arkansas |Jessica Janae

Where to begin.

This wedding was an incredible experience for me.

Myself, Willa (my newborn baby), Bethany (my best friend) and my dad (also my business manager) flew to Chicago to start this trip. I had a fashion shoot in Chicago and we explored the city for 2 days it was amazing. My new favorite city!

From there we drove to Nauvoo for the wedding. It was the most gorgeous temple. And the history there is just amazing. They had a little luncheon in an old old home that was so cool! It had a super beautiful and freaky cellar under the house that we got some rad shots in.

Then right after the luncheon we drove all night to Bentonville, Arkansas for their reception that evening! Bentonville, Arkansas is where Walmart started! So we stopped to see the very first tiny Walmart on the old main street there haha. Sam Walton who started Walmart had a daughter who used her money to build a billion dollar art gallery. Yes billion dollar art gallery. And ‘ where the reception was held. It was the most amazing building I have ever seen. The art there is unbelievable!! I almost cried when I was walking through the galleries, some of the pieces are so famous and old and everything is an original. And if any of you know me I have been into art since I was 2 years old. Art has been a part of my life long before photography ever was. I wish we were allowed to photograph the artwork area so you could all see.

Anyways, It was quite the trip, especially with a new baby who was still nursing!  hence why I brought people to help! But It was so worth it, I love seeing things outside my little bubble here in Utah.

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Top 10 Mistakes in Choosing a Wedding Photographer

 

How do I choose a photographer?!

How do I choose a photographer?!

Hi!  As the business manager with Jessica Janae Photography and years of being in the photography business you won’t be surprised to hear I’ve developed a few opinions about this industry.  I will be sharing a few of these opinions, observations, and stories in future articles for photographers and clients alike.  We’ll explore what’s going on in the photography business and share some of the funny and educational things that we all experience in this world.  Hopefully we can all learn something.  If not, maybe we can laugh enough to take a bit of the stress out of staring into the abyss of a 20 straight hour of color correction session.

Top 10 Mistakes in Choosing a Wedding Photographer

  1. Shopping solely based on price.
  • Those that choose photographers based solely on the least expensive choice are almost always disappointed.  Photography is an art form and has much more to do with the person than the camera.  The least expensive choice is usually the photographer who bought a nice camera then claimed they were a professional photographer.  Cameras can be so complex that one of these “Fauxtographers” may shoot all day, get back home, and realize that they had a setting wrong and all the photos are ruined or not even there.  I can tell you from experience that some of the saddest inquiries that come to us are those asking for us to re-shoot because their photos were all ruined or lost.  Don’t take chances with your memories.  As professional photographers we take very seriously the memories you’ve entrusted to us.
  1. Family or friends shooting your wedding.
  • Even the best-intentioned friend and family photographers will miss many shots as they try to be part of the events instead of capturing them.  While they visit with their good friends and family members they inevitably miss things.  The second reason is the potential for permanently damaged relationships.  We’ve seen lifelong friends that a bride and groom never speak to again because they didn’t like the photos or their photos were lost or damaged.  This is especially painful when it comes to family members.
  1. Not considering photographer’s personality
  • The best shots are taken by someone you’re comfortable with.  Many shots that look too posed or unnatural have less to do with skill, but more with your relationship with your photographer.  Someone you can laugh, cry, and be silly with will capture real moments instead of artificial, uncomfortable poses. We’ve all been to that wedding where there’s somebody with a camera creeping around the edges of the event and you’re not really sure if they’re supposed to be there or just some guy who walked off the street and started taking pictures.
  1. Not in love with photographer’s work/style. 
  • There are many different styles of photography.  Make sure you really love the photographer’s style and editing.  Look closely through a photographer’s portfolio and look at the types of shots they get and the story they tell.  Next, check the artistic style found in the editing.  Is the skin too edited, causing it to look plastic or unnaturally smooth?  Are the colors natural and complimentary?  Can the photographer capture those heirloom shots you want to hang on your wall forever?
  1. No clear idea of the style you like as a bride.
  • If you don’t have a good idea of your style and what you like you’ll find yourself unhappy even with great shots.  Come to your photographer with an idea of what you want, then a good photographer will be able to guide you in the best way to capture you’re vision.
  1. Waiting too long to book your photographer.
  • Wait too long and your photographer you will most likely be unavailable for your chosen date.  Do this and you won’t have time to get photos back for reception prints and invitation photos.  Plan ahead by deciding when you want invitations to go out and whether you want prints to be done before the reception.  Take those dates and realize that a shoot will need to be done 3 to 4 weeks in advance of those dates
  1. Not prepared to discuss wants and needs when sitting down with photographer.
  • The meeting with your photographer should be about you sharing your vision.  Save pictures that you love on your phone or bring magazines to show your ideas.  Your photographer will be able to take that vision and show you how to make that vision uniquely yours.
  1. Not a clear understanding of the work that goes into excellent photography.
  • Art is not quick or easy.  Capturing a picture is just the first step in a much longer process.  It takes only a second to push that button but many hours to turn those memories into art.  After the shoot, a photographer goes through and sifts out all the shots with closed eyes or weird light or the many other things that can go wrong with a picture.  Next, those photos are edited for color saturation, balance, skin tone, and a thousand other things, all of which takes time.  Much of the frustration after a shoot can be alleviated by understanding the time it takes to prepare your memories for you.
  1. Groom on the fence.
  • Grooms…either be a team player or let the bride get what she wants!  We know that most grooms don’t spend time looking at wedding albums or dreaming of the perfect wedding.  Your bride has almost certainly done this for years and has her perfect day in mind so support your bride’s vision.  If you have spent time thinking of these things then you can be a great help and together the two of you can create a perfect vision.  Finally, be supportive and cooperative during the shoot.  Don’t be that guy who announces several times during the shoot that this is stupid and you hate having your picture taken.  Remember, you love your bride and for her this is incredibly important.
  1. No prepared budget.
  • You will most likely have an idea of how much you can spend on your wedding.  It’s best to decide how much of that budget will be spent on photography before deciding on a photographer.  One of the most common things heard from couples after everything is over with is that they wish they had spent more of their budget on photography.  Photography is the single most important thing you’ll spend your budget on.  Flowers fade, dresses hang in a closet but these photos will adorn your walls for generations to come.