Jason V

Heather McDaniel

Why I photograph weddings:

There are two reasons why I photograph weddings. One, I love stories, and there are hundreds of stories that are embedded in a single image. Every story that I can remember has a certain image in my head that acts as the place holder of that story. Wedding days are another chapter in the stories that people have together.

The other reason why I photograph weddings because it pushes me to become a better photographer. I love shooting in my studio because it’s a very controlled space. I can take my time, manipulate lighting exactly how I want, and feel like there is no rush. A wedding day is one of the most challenging aspects to capture as a photographer. Oftentimes, the setting is brand new with each session, so photographers need to react and create in an entirely new environment every time they photograph a wedding day. Wedding days challenge me to create and produce brand new work every time I photograph someone’s next chapter in their life.

My favorite quote:

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
– James Baldwin

My favorite dessert:

Oreo Milkshakes (even though I’m lactose intolerant)

My favorite place to visit:

The Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico

My ideal Friday night:

Hanging out with my wife and kids. We’ve got a 3 and a 1 year old that keep us busy.

A little more about me:

My clients say that they love how laid back I am, but I know when to turn it on and get the party going on your wedding day. I’m comfortable directing large groups of people and telling people what they need to do. I’ve had the pleasure of photographing engagements + weddings for the past decade, and I love looking at photos from my early days and seeing the growth that has happened. I’m constantly investing in my craft, whether it’s through how I contact clients, deliver photos, or take classes to better my skills. My goal is to make sure that clients get the best experience on their wedding day.