Hey! I’m Jess, A wedding and elopement photographer from Portland, Oregon. Nature and the outdoors has always been a part of my life and an inspiration in my photography.
Of course, when I started shooting weddings in 2015, I instinctively began incorporating those outdoor elements within my shoots.
I like to think my style is very candid and genuine. I shy away from lots of posing and allow my couples to just interact spontaneously with each other.
I want my clients to have fun and be present when they’re getting married without feeling like they are on a photoshoot.
Most of the day I am using this as my “documentary” lens. It’s the perfect ‘catch all’ lens for every part of a wedding day. I use it a lot when I’m shooting over my head or getting lower angles. It’s wide enough to capture the scene without distorting.
Canon 5D Mark III (x2)
I’ve used the 5D MKIII’s from the beginning. I know all of their functions and buttons by heart so I don’t even have to think anymore when using them. I’ll likely be upgrading at least one body soon, but because they are still in great condition and I love the images they deliver, I just can’t bring myself to do it quite yet!
Canon 50mm f/1.2
This is by far my favorite lens. I use it mostly for portraits, but it’s also great for shooting small details and elements that tie the day together. It’s also wonderful at night when I get into those low light situations.
Canon 85mm f/1.2
Typically I use the 85mm during ceremonies and portraits. I rarely take it out of my bag any other time but it’s worth dragging the extra weight around to get those few shots.
Canon 135mm f/2.0
I like using this lens during ceremonies if I want to get some ultra close-ups or if I’m unable to get close to the couple. But my favorite aspect of this lens is the compression! I love that it brings the landscapes right up behind the couple when I’m shooting portraits outdoors.
Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 & 24mm TS-E f/3.5 tilt shift lenses
Admittedly I don’t use these lenses as much as much as I used to. They create a very dreamy effect when shooting portraits. I also like to shoot with them to create interest if I’m shooting with a couple against a solid background.
This flash has not failed me yet and It’s definitely worth the higher price tag. I typically only use it on the dance floor or if I need a little extra fill light.
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Super 8 Cameras
Last year I started shooting Super 8 wedding films with my friends over at Bang Bang Academy. I’ve always been in awe of the nostalgic look of super 8 film and I love getting the footage back from the film lab.
I have a small library of Super 8 cameras stacking up but my two favorites are the Canon 814 & the Braun Nizo 801.