Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Jay of JC Page Photography, based in San Francisco!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
Well, I’m a San Francisco based Wedding Photographer with a British Accent! I came here ten years ago after college, met the love of my life and ended up staying. Now we have three beautiful kids – six and under – our home is busy and lots of fun! We adapt a story-telling approach to wedding photography, combined with relaxed fine art style portraiture to provide our clients with a well rounded set of images.
How did you get into Wedding Photography?
I took a few snaps of some moments at a friend’s wedding a few years ago and really loved the emotion in the images. A light turned on in my heart, a passion for capturing more of those moments grew inside of me, one thing led to another and my business gradually grew into what it is today.
What is your favorite part of the Wedding day to capture?
I love impromptu moments that capture the emotional heart of the day – I’m especially concentrated on capturing the things that the bride and groom may miss during their wedding. I want them to be able to see the whole story of their day when they receive their images. Also, I love taking portraits with the couple as I have the chance to inject some of myself into the images and place the couple in ideal lighting situations. Portraits of the couple are usually a good opportunity for them to spend a few moments away from all the hustle and bustle of the wedding and take time just being alone together – the images that are created during this time are often really special.
What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced whilst on the job?
At a wedding a couple of years ago I was a guest as well as the Wedding Photographer. I knew everyone at the event intimately – the event staff didn’t know this. When I asked for my vendor meal, the venue manager was *really rude to me in front of all my friends and family, who, in turn, became very upset with the manager! – It kind of made for an awkward moment!
What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?
One of our destination weddings this year was at the Home Ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. I’ve never tasted Fillet Mignon like theirs in my life – it was pure melt-in-your-mouth goodness!
What is your favorite venue and why?
Home Ranch in Colorado is like a fairytale. It’s secluded, private and the staff are out of this world wonderful. At home in California it would have to be the Wine Country Ranch House – the owner, Laura Stolkin, is a wonderful event host and the venue is spectacular.
Nikon or Canon?
What is your dream location to shoot a Wedding?
I have two – I can’t wait to shoot at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito and I’d like to shoot a wedding up in the Scottish Highlands this next year too.
If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?
Will and Kate.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
Life as a Wedding Photographer is a journey and success doesn’t come overnight. It’s important to spend lots of time learning to do things the right way early on in your career so that you don’t have to go back and fix it later on: Develop a good brand and identity, recognize the importance of supporting other photographers and industry professionals, be generous, know your value and don’t under-price yourself, don’t shoot a wedding alone before you are completely comfortable with the dynamic of a wedding day and are competent with your gear, don’t go into debt to buy gear – rent and save until you can afford to pay cash, take time to discover what type of photography you want to be recognized for and develop a consistent aesthetic that appeals to your target audience. Learn to shoot manual and know your gear inside out and back to front! Most importantly, I’ve learned that who I am on the inside reflects greatly in the images I take of others.
Thanks Jay! For more about JC Page Photography, check out his WeddingPhotoLove profile, or head straight to his website.
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