1.12.2012

Loco Love :: JMM Photography

If you know anyone that was married roughly 7 or more years ago and someone married recently, you’ll notice that wedding photography has indeed changed.  It has gone from less posed shots, to more candid and emotion capturing moments in time.  I personally prefer candid because it captures raw emotion, and what can I say other than that I'm a sappy girl! I like looking back and experiencing the moment again, not just remembering it. When it’s all said and done, there are few things you have left and images are one, so hopefully they are a true reflection of you wedding day and what better way to do that than having the emotion of it all captured?

Let me intorduce you to Jacalyn, the artist behind JMM Photography. Her images are indeed an amazing artistry.  Like her, they represent a bit of an edge and certainly are not traditional.  She frequently says that she sees the world with “Rose colored glasses”, and I believe her.  I also think it makes any situation she’s presented with, no obstacle.  Thus, some pretty amazing shots.  Don’t be surprised to find her nearly doing the splits to capture just the right angle, or bent in a "Matrix like" move.  As a matter of fact, it’s rather entertaining.  Not sure how she does it, but she rocks!  And if you're lucky she just might be rocking a Faxu Hawk when you meet her because she's just that cool.

As I've admitted before in a previous post here, I'm a little bias about her work.  She's the Camera girl at 915 MonmouthInterested in knowing more about her?  Keep reading!



BEV :
How would you describe your style and do you have a specialty?
JMM :
I am Jacalyn Mains- sole owner of JMM Photography.  Meaning, I am not a wedding photography conglomerate that spits out a mass production of images every single weekend of the year.  I offer a modern and fashionista approach to wedding photography.  No stiff posing stuff over here- PUH-LEASE!  I specialize in wedding and boudoir photography.  What I am not is a photographer that will jump at the chance to photograph absolutely anything.  I’d rather be excellent at one thing than mediocre at many.  I find that I am inspired by the energy surrounding a wedding as well as the essence of a woman celebrating her beauty and thrive on woman power- so I’ve chosen to hone my skills and focus on those two types of photography, wedding and boudoir, because they stimulate my creative juices and keep my job fun! 


BEV :
There are a lot of options when it comes to Photographers, tell us the type of client that’s best suited for your style of photography.
JMM::
I love out of the box thinkers and couples who want pieces of art as the end result of their wedding photographs, not just snap shots.  Brides who are enthusiastic and passionate about my work are, of course, going to be the brides I want to work with!  My very favorite thing to hear from my clients is, “Jacalyn, just do what you do!”  Then I am like, “Hell yeah!  It's on like donkey kong!”  However, I think that many potential clients don’t realize that when we are meeting, I am interviewing them as much as they are interviewing me.  I don’t want to work with just anybody.  For the wedding day to be “the perfect storm” our personalities need to mesh and our thoughts on the day need to be in sync.  For example, if you are a super control freak bride who wants to dictate my every move- you are absolutely not the bride for me.  I want to be trusted in the craft that I do.  I need that trust and I work hard to earn it.  I tell my clients that I am with them all day and, in fact, I usually see the bride more so than she’ll see her own fiancé on her wedding day.  It sounds crazy, but it is true!  So, we need to get along and, in my eyes, we need to be friends.  I am looking for clients that I simply click with and know that in the end, our relationship will extend beyond their wedding day.  Some people think this is strictly business, but for me, it isn’t. It’s personal.


BEV :
If a couple is on a pretty tight budget how can you work with them to meet their needs?
JMM :
Well, how tight is a tight budget? J  We all know it to be true:  facts are facts- you get what you pay for and I've priced my photography services accordingly.  I run specials every now and again (typically around the end of the year), but honestly, I have a minimum price set for what I will photograph a wedding for and stick to it.  To me, it isn't fair to all of my contracted client to be all over the place in pricing- giving deals to this bride and that bride when all of them are paying for the exact same service.  If you asked me for a 25% discount, would you then expect me to give you 25% less effort and quality of product and service?


BEV :
When can a couple expect to see their images after the wedding?
JMM:
OK, so I am not the norm on this.  I usually have Facebook teasers up by the Tuesday after your wedding and all of your images ready to view by the time you get back from your honeymoon.  Typically it takes about 1-2 months for most photographers.  I have a fast return simply because when I photograph weddings, that is ALL I photograph.  I am not cramming in portrait sessions, boudoir, senior session, etc.  My focus is strictly on my couples and that is how I produce the quick results.  I choose to run my business that way as it is less stressful for me and gives my couples the utmost importance that they deserve.


BEV :
What is the one thing you wish all brides new before hiring a photographer? What about on the wedding day?
JMM :
Honestly, and this may sound kind of shallow because it has to do with "the Benjamin’s", but I wish they were better educated on what the actual cost for a good photographer is (in the Cincy area).  I think we, as an industry, have failed our brides in that we haven't properly educated them on what to expect when going in to meet with a photographer and the numbers that they should expect to see.  However, if they've hired a planner to help them, then they would absolutely be educated on that. Yet not all brides are smart enough to figure a wedding coordinator/planner into their budget- that is, until it's too late and they realize they are in over their head J  Now, I will admit, there are a gazillion photographers in the Cincy area, and with that comes a gazillion different price points.  But, on average, I bride should expect to pay between $2500-$4000 for a good, quality photographer. It would be nice if they knew/expected that coming into the planning/hiring process.  Now, on the wedding day, the one thing that I wish brides would understand is that I am in no way a wedding planner/coordinator. Yet, somehow, it is me that always ends up playing that role- I am the go to person for various questions, quandaries, situations, and fix-its.  I love being able to help, but please have a dedicated person to do that so I can get back to photographing! J


BEV :
Your work is frequently featured in print.  Outside of fabulous images what’s the secret to getting your couples featured?
JMM :
This is an easy, no brainer: DETAILS!!!!!!!!  Editors want to see one of a kind (usually hand made- or at least that they look hand made) aspects of your wedding that reflect YOU and the uniqueness of YOU and how you've express that through décor for your wedding.  If you use the centerpieces that come with the hall- forget it- there is no sense it submitting- it won't get printed.  That sounds really harsh, and no offense to the bride that used those centerpieces, but it is the simple truth.  Other brides and magazine editors want to see what YOU picked for florals or what you've conveyed to your uber talented florist so that she can translate that into an amazing display of botanical delight!  They want to see how it seems as if you've worked over the course of your entire engagement to create personalized pieces of pure eye candy for all of your guests to behold.  You may not agree with it, but is the truth people.


BEV:
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, give us the top five words your pictures say.
JMM :
HERE I AM, HEAR ME ROAR! (ok, so I cheated and used 6 words, but in essence my photos scream power, passion, fun, and delirious delight!).


BEV :
What do you love most about what you do?
JMM :
Ive always been a person that loves the energy surrounding a wedding day: the excitement, the mark of a beginning of a journey for two people, the glow surrounding you and your families.  When I first got into photography and decided to turn it into a career instead of a side gig, I said one thing to myself that remains true today.  If I am going to be away from my family, my children, and the ones I love most by working, then it will only be at a “job" that I love, plain and simple.  It isn’t worth it to be absent from what matters most to me to do something that I hate.  So, for me, that is photography.  I know not everybody has that luxury and I thank my lucky stars every day that I do.   I am an artist- you know, one of those creative types that marches to the beat of their own drum.  I am proud of that and think that that is what makes me a unique person and unique artist.  The only way to be fulfilled in my life, as a person who positively contributes as a member of society, is to express my creative nature through the lens.  It is what makes sense to me, it is how I see the world, it is how I capture others. 


BEV:
What do you do in you spare time?
JMM:
Huh?  I don't understand the question: what is spare time???? J  Ha!  No, honestly, when I'm not working, I am spending that time with my family on our family "date" nights or volunteering in my children's classrooms- you know the PTA Mom thing J 

BEV :
Anything else you want to tell us?
JMM :
Thank you for taking time out of your day to read a little bit about what it is like to live in my world J

Thanks for sharing your time with us Jacalyn!
P.S. Yes, she did include her own smiley face emoticons.  Isn't she adorable?!
P.S.S  Of course all of the included images are hers!




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