Company: Jess + Nate Studios
Contact: Jessica Johnston
Tell us about yourself and your company.
I started this company with my husband, Nathan 8 years ago. We have grown from 10-15 local small weddings the first year we started out to almost 30 a year now in destinations all over -Detroit, New York, Chicago, Charleston, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. We love that our job takes us local and all over to shoot for some pretty wonderful clients.
How did you get started?
We started in 2003 shooting a friend’s wedding in all black and white on a manual film camera. It was the most nerve racking experience of my life, but I loved every second I spent developing the images and seeing what memories I produced for them. We strove to try to create something new with photography which back then was a feat, since most wedding photography at the time was not very interesting or creative.
What’s the best part about your job?
Getting to work with clients that really “get” the art you are trying to produce from split second moments of their wedding. That makes all the long hours worth it. Also seeing a client tear up or jump for joy the first time they see their images. Nothing is quite like it.
We really try to imitate lighting we see in the movies - a cinematic style of lighting, shooting and composing our images definitely sets us apart.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I wish I had some great ones. I am a good figure skater and an okay skier. Nothing more exciting unfortunately!