Carissa and Timmy Wedding | Wilmington, North Carolina | international wedding photographer

I don’t even know how to start this post. Maybe I’ll start with, I was actually sad to the point of getting emotional to get on the plane and leave this amazing family and place.

My favorite part about shooting weddings is how you are instantly emerged into the couples world. Their cities, their homes their family members, the food they eat, the places they hang out, I see it all and take part in it all. I LOVE to see how different everyone is. And this wedding was just that.

The second I stepped off the plane they were so kind, and the genuine kind of kind. The bride was STUNNING. The most beautiful bronze skin and this smiley face that just lit up the room. Everyone had an accent and said the funniest things. They were all so real. Didn’t just do things so that other people could see. They said what they wanted and did what they wanted.

I stayed right in the brides house which was on the ocean… I went with her and her friends boating, to hang out at the beach, we did boudoir photos on this little secluded beach, I ate breakfast and lunch with them, went to the rehearsal and the dinner. Walked down their little old main street, I sat on their porch at night watching the boats and lights on the ocean breathing in the humidity. I loved EVERYTHING about their world. north carolina wedding photographer| jessica janae photography | destination wedding north carolina wedding photographer| jessica janae photography | destination wedding north carolina wedding photographer| jessica janae photography | destination wedding
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Dress- Lovers & Friends

Suit- Calvin Klein

Shoes- Joie

Makeup- Maari Wohlhueter

Hair- Hannah Milo

Ceremony venue- Mt. Lebanon Chapel

Reception Venue- Brides house

Makenna and Aaron Wedding day | Utah State Capitol | SLC, Utah

Its no secret that I am in love with these people. Makenna and her family will forever be some of my best friends!!

and Aaron… I mean like could a girl even dream up a more perfect guy? He is so kind and handsome and just in love with her! it is darling.

This wedding day started off in Vivian’s office getting Makenna all dolled up. Her mom was there doing her hair so we were getting emotional the whole time haha.

Then they were married in the Salt Lake City temple which I was able to go in and witness. It was so special! I love that temple.

Then the night started at the Utah State Capitol! The wedding party did a grand entrance down the staricase to the song “im gonna be (500 miles)” which was so fun and so unique! It totally kicked off the night cuz from then on everyone was dancing and partying ALL NIGHT LONG.

xoxo love you beautiful people.

Thank you to my wonderful amazing handsome second shooter Tyson French!! http://tysonfrench.com/

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WEDDING DRESS// Designer: Modern Trousseau from Alta Moda Bridal (veil, earrings, and belt also from Alta Moda Bridal)// MUA: Vivian Johnson

AARON’S SUIT: Custom made by True Gentleman// SHOES: Allen Edmonds

BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Light In The Box

GROOMSMEN TIES: Zara// SOCKS: Stance

RECEPTION VENUE: Utah State Capitol

CATERERS: Blue Lemon

RENTALS: Hoopes Weddings

CAKE: Granite Bakery

VIDEOGRAPHER: Jared Fadel

VINTAGE CAR RENTAL: Something Vintage Something Blue

PHOTO BOOTH: Excel Rentals

FLORIST: Melissa Muncy Designs

Erin and David Engagements | Salt Lake City, UT | Whitney Kofford

Not only are these people beautiful, but they were also so fun!  They recently moved from the South and wanted something iconic to Utah.  Unfortunately the mountains didn’t have any snow yet, so I suggested the famous Great Salt Lake.  They loved the idea and I am so glad they did!  That place is nothing short of incredible!  We had a great time shooting and we could not believe the warm December weather that made things so easy for Erin in her dress.  It was just another fantastic day with fantastic clients!

Much Love,

Whitney

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Bell Family Shoot | Salt Lake City, Utah | Whitney

After this cute dads battle with cancer, his wife’s only request was to capture some fun moments with their dad.  When Megan called me and explained that the last family photos they had taken were when her husband was very sick and in chemotherapy, I was so flattered that she picked me to capture this now joyous time.  I can’t even imagine how cherished these photos will be to them.

Their cute little family was so fun to photograph!  The girls were darling and had such personality.  After about 30 minutes of shooting the weather started getting CRAZY, but made for some pretty awesome clouds.  We all had a great time (until the cold came in and the little girls were freezing), but all in all a great photoshoot with incredible people!  Thanks Bell family.

Whitney

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Megan & Greg Bridals| Amanda Rumsey| Sundance Utah

Hello everyone! It’s Amanda again. Well. I don’t know if anyone noticed, but I’ve been a little MIA from the blog recently. I promise I have a good excuse.

Exhibit   A:

Sundance 19

 

This is how my day shooting in the mountains began. Yes. Extremely Cold.

On the left, you see the boot I wear every time I shoot from the month of October till about May. The perfect, reliable, durable shooting boot. But on the right-you see a different kind of boot. The clunky, ugly medical kind that has no kind of reliability whatsoever. The kind you wear when you break your foot. Which I did, 3 weeks ago-making it pretty hard to scale mountains and chase families with my camera. Alas-I’m back in the game and these photos were worth scaling hillsides (and possibly getting frostbite) for. :)

 

Now, on to the good stuff. When I first met Megan and Greg for their engagements in park city, there were the most down to earth, fun and easy to shoot people I’d probably ever met. Because of that, their engagements ended up being brilliant and extremely popular in their circle of friends and family. They tell me I’m amazing-I tell them it’s just because of how awesome they are. :) These two love birds have been married for 2 months now and can I just say that shooting their bridals after they were already married was my FAVORITE part of this shoot. Why? It’s simple. Her dress. We could spend our time doing whatever we wanted and not have to be so overly worried about her dress every step we took. I highly recommend this route to my future brides. ;) I don’t think I could have asked for a more perfect photo shoot from these two. The weather was perfect, Sundance is absolutely breath taking and they are just two beautiful people. The perfect recipe for amazing photos.

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And by the way- here’s what the end of my shooting day in the mountains looked like. still haven’t figured out how to get all these out.

Worth it.

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Cheers everyone!

 

-Amanda

Natasha and Tanner Engagements | Park City, Utah Photographer

So I had a first with this shoot. I drove from Bountiful to the mouth of the Parleys canyon and realized I forgot my camera bag. Photographer’s worst night mare ! haha I was FREAKING out. So embarrassed. and really there was nothing to do but to turn around and get it then meet my couple almost 40 min late cuz of course its rush hour. Luckily this couple was way chill so they didn’t mind at all. phew.

We went around some pretty fields in park city, and then to main street. The light was so beautiful and the sky looked so pretty. Walking around with them just doing whatevs and being weird was perfect for their pics.

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Skeen Family Mini Shoot|Whitney Kofford|Bountiful, UT

Although these babies only last about 15 minutes in the hot sun, I still had such a great time photographing the Skeens!  Getting two almost 1-year-olds to both look at the camera at the same time is no easy task.  With a little bit of baby talk and some key shaking, I was able to catch their glimpses only a few times.   Seriously though, how cute are these boy girl twins and how gorgeous are their parents?  I’m so happy I was able to photograph this cute family and capture this special time in their babies lives!

 

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Chris Cahoon Field Shoot|Amanda Rumsey-JJ Photography|Farmington, Utah

Hey guys, Amanda again.  

Friends are your chosen family. I’m sure most of us have heard that at one point or another in our lives, and I personally believe that to be true. The same goes for my work family of friends. Think about it. What’s a family made up of? People who love, respect and support one another, who want to kill each other on occasion and spend a huge chunk of time together. Yep. Sounds like our team is a family alright. So when our marketing man Chris and I started to talk about doing this awesome photo shoot of him, I was super excited to get to do it for him. (little does the rest of my team know I will be doing this to the rest of them very soon, willingly or not.)

When Jessica called me almost a year ago and told me she wanted to talk business with me, I honestly had no idea what it would be about. We had always had a working friendship as far as helping out with weddings, taking shoots for one another when something came up, shooting each other when needed, etc. So for her to want to talk the “business” of photography was different for me. Of course I wanted to talk to her, so I showed up to the address she gave me in down town Salt Lake City and was ready to talk, even though I had no clue what about. We sat upstairs in her studio and talked about how jealous I was of her new place for a minute while we waited for her manager to join us. (By the way, this is when I found out Jessica was pregnant with Willa. I was SO excited.) The first thing I noticed about Chris was how ambitious he is and how much of a team player he is. In the short time I sat with him and talked over his and Jessica’s plans to grow and expand their photography business, I could tell how dedicated he was to making this work for her and anyone else that was to be involved. As we talked about where we wanted to grow as photographers and as a company-and as Chris briefly talked to me about his own adventures in photography, company start ups, entrepreneurship and marketing-I knew this guy was legit. That day, I joined the Jessica Janae Photography team.

Fast forward to late February of this year. As a team, we went down to WPPI in Las Vegas together. We all went to grow as photographers, learn more of the business and marketing end, and check out amazing equipment. The funny thing is however we not only left with all of that-but as a closer team and friends. On the way down to Vegas, we talked about TV shows, movies we’d seen, how messed up Game Of Thrones is and music. Chris was just legit till he started to play Eddie Vedder on the way down. Then he became cool. Every time I see Chris now at a team meeting or photo shoot, I ask if he knows any crazy cool band I throw at him-and he does. Like Jessica and I became friends over modeling, shoots and babies, and John with sarcasm and skinny jokes, Chris and I have definitely found our friendship through music. Last week, we were talking about Jon Mayer’s new album and how awesome the photo he used for his album cover was. So, in our attempt to be as cool as John Mayer, we did a shoot of our own-Chris style. Chris Cahoon is a pretty stylish dude. Who else can throw a blanket over their shoulder in a field and make it look this cool? Later, he told me that even though he’s a photographer, videographer, knows amazing people and has awesome connections-this was the first photo shoot of himself he’d ever done. So thanks for letting me shoot you, Chris and for everything else that you do.

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers!

-Amanda

 

 

 

 

 

Naomi test shoot | Los Angeles, California

We went down to California to shoot for Albion Fit and decided to go ahead and do a creative model test shoot while we were there.  Vivian Make Up Artist agreed to come on the shoot with me.  She did so much more than make up that trip!  I wouldn’t have been able to pull this shoot off without her help between driving us all over, making sure I didn’t fall over a cliff seeing as I was super pregnant on the top of a very scary cliff over the ocean.

So I always have a vision in my head of what I want a shoot to look like including the clothing. I first wanted to do a bridal feel and then a more fashion feel.  I brought some clothing with me but when I arrived this amazingly beautiful model Naomi from Newmark Model Mgnt was so petite none of the clothes I brought fit!  After a few seconds of panic I rushed over to a local store and bought some clothes off their clearance racks that I made into some cool outfits.

After the hair and makeup was finished we headed off to the beaches, which were way farther away than we thought and we already didn’t have as much time in the sun as we wanted.  Add to that the crazy clothing search and we were in danger of not having the sunset that I wanted.  We had a few minutes of sunset then it was gone over the horizon.  As seems to happen so often the potential disaster turned into something beautiful.  With the sun down the light was  really unique and pink which was gorgeous with the sequins and the color of the water.. I was pretty happy with the end result

hair and makeup cred- http://www.vivianmakeupartist.com/

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WELCOME WHITNEY! Newest member of the Jessica Janae team

We are so excited to announce a new photographer to our team, Whitney Kofford!

She has been shooting for almost 10 years, the past few years in California working with Mi Belle Photographers.

She has such a natural eye and is a master with post processing.

Whitney specializes in Family, newborn and wedding photography!

In honor of Whitney’s first week here we want to give anyone who books with us this week $100 off a family or newborn shoot and $300 off any wedding package!! Mention this post about Whitney when you email us!

check out a few of my faves from her portfolio!

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