It's Tuesday, which means we're doing a little happy dance! We're so excited to introduce you to our newest Vendor Guide Member, Jennifer Larsen Photography! We love this girl so much: she's sweet, ambitious and insanely talented. Jen's blog is by far one of our favorites, and her Instagram feed is always overflowing with gorgeous images and inspiration. We're so excited to share her story!
Tell us a little bit about you, and how you got started!
After a little detour in the Industrial Design program at Montclair State, I found what I was truly passionate about, and changed my major to photography. After testing the waters with a bunch of different kinds of potential photography career paths during college, I started second shooting weddings and completely fell in love! I had never experienced anything like it – I was so inspired by the couples I was photographing and their love for each other. After every wedding my cheeks hurt from smiling all day, and by the end of the night I felt like part of the family. That really lit the fire in my heart to become a wedding photographer, and it's been an amazing journey of growing my business ever since.
What services do you offer and/or what do you specialize in?
I am a wedding and anniversary photographer! I specialize in telling authentic love stories, and serving my couples with my whole heart! :)
What makes your business unique?
I really focus on keeping my business personal and connecting with my couples and their stories. And that continues far beyond the wedding day! It's so important to keep on documenting and telling your story - which is just one reason why I love anniversary sessions!
What is your favorite part of working with couples?
It’s so hard to pick just one!! My favorite thing is creating genuine relationships with my couples, who become friends. Seriously the best! It also makes my heart really happy to be part of their wedding day, and give them photographs that will be cherished by them, their children, and their grandchildren for years to come. For me that's what it's all about - it's something I am so passionate about and feel so honored to do!
One piece of advice for couples?
To quote a Lee Brice song that says it so simply and perfectly, "Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse 'I love you'". :)
Childhood career aspiration?
I had a ton. Haha, I wanted to be astronaut at one point. I was always fascinated by outer space. My dad got me a telescope and all things space-related for my 10th birthday - it was awesome...and still my favorite t-shirt to date! I also really wanted to be a veterinarian for a while because I love animals so much.
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We're always so excited when we get to share a Meet-the-Maker post on the blog, and today is no exception. Jennifer of Magnolia Grace is as talented as a they come, and we're honored to have her as a member of our Vendor Guide. Shooting both digital and film, she is the complete package, and is driven by human connection and emotional moments. We love her work, and are sure you will, too!
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We are so excited to introduce one of our favorite photographers to you today: Olivia Christina Photography! A member of our Red Oak Weddings Vendor Guide, Olivia is both a film and digital photographer, with a big heart for perpetual education, and an even bigger heart for her couples. We love her advice for couples in the midst of planning, and her perspective on documenting the "real moments" of a wedding. Welcome to the Red Oak Weddings family, Olivia!
Hands down, one of our favorite meet-the-maker posts yet, we're so excited to introduce you to Kori of Colly Flowers in Morristown, New Jersey. We're lucky to have worked with Kori personally, and can attest to her sweet disposition and extraordinary talent. Her story, and heart behind her brand is incredibly genuine, and we're honored to have her on the blog today!
Oh friends, we're so excited! Meet-the-maker posts are back, and we're thrilled to kick off the new year with Meghan of Lace & Belle! Supporting local makers and entrepreneurs is a big part of our heart, and we absolutely love getting the opportunity to let you see a different side of the businesses you follow. Meghan wears many hats: stationery designer, hand-letterer and a mom to the cutest boxer on Instagram (seriously). Her designs are a perfect blend of modern and timeless, and her passion for the couples she works with. Get to know Meghan and the heart behind Lace & Belle, below!