We're so excited to introduce you to one of our newest Vendor Guide Members, Jessica Watson Photography! Jessica's passion for photography, and love for story-telling shines through in all she does. We love her style, her real, unobtrusive approach to documenting the most special day of your life, and the way in which she loves her couples. Get to know, and we're sure you'll love her too!
Tell us a little bit about you, and how you got started!
I think my passion for telling stories was always there. When I was little I used to run around the house, snoop on my family and than pretend I was a journalist writing about all the exciting things that happened that day (they were never really exciting!) haha. As I got older, I let life catch up to me...i was working 2 jobs, was a single mom and going to school full time. I didn't feel like I was doing anything for me. At the same time, my boyfriend had bought me a camera for valentine's day. It was a Nikon D3200 and I was absolutely in love the moment I took my first photo. I started using my college electives to take photography classes, jumped into any community I could find and devoured youtube video after video learning everything I could about taking photos!
What services do you offer and/or what do you specialize in?
I specialize in wedding photography and senior portraits. I love telling people's story...whether it's through their wedding day or through their style. My favorite thing to hear when my clients look through their pictures is "I remember that!" or "That is sooo _!". I don't believe in taking pictures of people posed as statues. I want their real personalities to shine through, emotion to be felt when you look at a picture and the memories to swarm over you to the point where you're brought right back to that very instance!
What makes your business unique?
I think that every photographer is unique in their own way, since we all see things differently. I would say my style is more toward a romantic, fun, airy look that makes me a bit more unique. But aside from my photographic skills, I would say that the whole experience I give my brides is unique in itself. Being one of "my brides" means more than me just showing up on your wedding day. I help my couples with choosing their vendors if they need it, I have sat with them to pick out colors for the guys tux's, I've planned elaborate engagement shoots or helped with little wedding day details. My couples text, message and email me whenever they want (yes some at 2am!) and know that I'm there to help them. Stress free wedding day...that's what I am always pushing on my couples. I want them to enjoy their day, celebrate their love and then they'll be able to see that in their pictures for years to come!
What is your favorite part of working with couples?
Just getting to know them. Every wedding is different and every couple is different. I love hearing stories about how they met and fell in love and I always make sure to ask.
One piece of advice for couples?
Don't stress over this day, when it's all said and done in years to come, this really is just a day. The important thing to remember is that your love is always there. So don't sweat the small stuff, don't argue over which cake to chose, just enjoy that you are planning a celebration with the one that you love, and get to start your new life together!
Childhood career aspiration?
Oh that was all over the place!! One day I wanted to be a journalist for the New York Times, than a writer, than on Broadway, maybe an archaeologist who traveled the world, a business owner (I did that yay!) a stay at home mom or whatever else peaked my interest that week. I ended up as an accountant for my career...but hopefully will be able to provide couples with gorgeous images full time soon enough!
Hidden talent? I play piano and sing (yes at the same time). I don't do it for many people, not even friends and family, but it's my quiet, home alone indulgence!