Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Jennifer Hayward of Jennifer Hayward Photography, based in Springfield, Missouri! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company
My name is Jennifer Hayward and I am the mom of two crazy kids– Paxton who is three and Adalyn who just turned one. Photography allows me to stay home with them during the week and edit and photograph weddings and events on the weekends. I did wedding photography for about 6 years in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area as Living Light Photography. My husband and I just relocated to Springfield, MO and I took it as an opportunity to revamp and re-brand and am now Jennifer Hayward Photography.
Read the full interview after the cut!
My journey with photography began in college when I took a few photography and graphic design classes. I was hooked! I found a local photographer in my area and began as a second shooter at weddings and 6 years later, here I am and I still love photographing weddings more than anything else!
I love to be with Brides every step of the way and capture every moment of the big day! My style is both traditional and photojournalistic. Throughout the whole day, I will be snapping candids of everything that is going on. I love to get all the unique details–the decor, the bouquet, the rings, the shoes, the guys putting on their cufflinks, the bride putting in her veil, everything that you worked so hard putting together and that you will want to remember for a lifetime!
I think my favorite part is actually beforehand. I love capturing all the preparation and anticipation! As well as all the details! It is so fun to be with the bride every step of the way throughout the day and shoot all the emotions that come as the bridesmaids get ready together and exchange gifts, or as the mother puts on the veil, or the dad comes in to see his daughter for the first time that day. I also love doing first looks before the wedding and getting to capture the bride and groom seeing each other for the first time without a big crowd around. The moment is always so intimate and beautiful!
After I had my baby girl, I shot a wedding and wore some black dress pants that had fit great before the baby. Well they were just a little to tight! Photographing a wedding requires bending and kneeling in all sorts of positions, so it was a rough day and I was constantly trying to keep them pulled up in the back when bending over, but I am not sure what other saw!!
I really don’t have a favorite venue, but I love outdoor weddings! I think every photographer is a fan of natural light and I especially just love the outdoors and nature. Shooting at sunset is always amazing too of course!
I currently shoot with Nikons. I think that is just because it is what I started with and once you start getting all the gear with a certain brand, you usually stick with it. However, I have shot Canon many times, and after getting over the initial difference of the feel, I really liked it as well.
I have never shot a wedding overseas! I would love to have the opportunity to do that at some point! I have shot many different cultural weddings in the United States from Greek Orthodox, to Pakistani and Indian, but I would love to shoot a destination wedding in another country!
I think Taylor Swifts wedding in the future would be awesome to shoot. She has her own style and isn’t afraid to do her own thing. I also love Southern style weddings which could be a possible incorporation.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?
It is daunting when you first start out. I was very creative, but not business saavy at first. But, wedding photography is a business. Study up and learn all the ins and outs of running a business. Don’t just expect things to happen, you have to make them happen and work hard.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?
Make sure that you connect with your photographer and feel completely comfortable. They will be the person that is probably around you the most on one of the biggest days of your life!
Wonderful, thanks Jennifer! For more information about Jennifer Hayward Photography, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to her website.
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