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You are at the point that you are feeling a little over-whelmed (believe me I was there once too). So first things first grab your favorite food and treat yo' self.

Whats the process of booking?

First things first, we Facetime and talk all about your wedding and the important things in life (aka amazing spots to eat at).  Then I send you custom packages catered to your day. After that a retainer fee of 1,000 dollars and a signed contract is due to secure your date. It all can be done online and its super easy. Then boom you are booked and I'm over here doing a happy dance! 

Will you help us with our timeline?

Of course, I will! When you hire me you are hiring another person who is part of your village. I am here for anything you need leading up to your wedding day!

What counts as an elopement?

Any wedding that has under 15 people in it. Any amount over that will be charged as a regular wedding.

Do you have a fee for travel?

I do my research based off where your wedding is located and how much money it takes for me to go there. Then I add it into my main package price so that it is one less thing for you to worry about.

Do we get All the pictures or aNY  raw IMAGES?

You will get the number of edited photos that are offered in the custom package that you choose. The raw files are not given since you are hiring me for both how I shoot and how I edit. Think of it as asking for the ingredients before its cooked by a chef, I promise it is so much better once it is edited. It is in my contract that I own the rights to the raws so I hold them dear to my heart as any artist would. 

How long until we can make everyone jealous on Instagram with our amazing wedding pictures and film?

So soon! You will get sneak peaks within 12 days for photos. The full photo gallery usually is sent within a month. The film takes about 6-8 weeks to edit. 

What if I have never shot at your venue before?

I have shot weddings for years and many of the venues I shoot at I have never been to since I am a travel wedding photographer. I google everything, instagram stalk your venue for spots and show up early that day to scout out photo locations in person. I got you covered!

What if my partner hates getting their picture taken?

I have to bribe my hubby with pizza for our shoots so I totally get this one! I make it more of an experience than a posed shoot. Its full of me making fun of myself, having you guys do fun poses together (like making ya feed each other food or play tag) and I also feed ya salt water taffy. Hands down almost every session the guys always tell me it was so much more fun than they ever thought a shoot could be.

Let's get to the
good stuff

So you just got engaged and you already have looked at what feels like a million websites.

What is in a session package? What is in a wedding package? 

In a session the package is composed of how long the session will be and how many images you will receive. I do recommend how many outfits would be good in that session time as well. 

For your wedding we only make custom packages. We jump on a face time with the couple and go over what your  day looks like and how we can serve you best. After that we formulate custom packages that are tiered. With each package comes more hours of coverage, more photos and a longer highlight film. In the bigger packages we usually add some add ons to it based upon your specific needs. For example, engagement shoot, second shooter, prints, rehearsal dinner coverage, wedding album, ceremony straight through film, toasts straight through film etc. 

Jana is the sweetest, most thoughtful, talented, photographer you could ever hope to work with!

Chris and I had planned to get married in Sonoma with roughly 200 people. Then COVID happened and we held out hope for a long while and during that time Jana continuously checked in just to let us know she was thinking of us and there if we needed her. Fast forward to June when we made the tough decision to downsize our wedding to 60 guests. I called Jana  and I asked if she was available for a new date and would she travel to Auburn, Ca. Her answer, “YES and how can I help?” We’ll... fast forward yet again when we realized that even a 60 person wedding wasn’t going to happen. Once again, I called Jana and let her know we were canceling plan #2 and would she be available and this time would she be open to traveling to Joshua Tree in Southern California.  Her answer, “YES, of course, how can I help?” She is an amazing photographer but she’s also so much more than JUST a photographer. She listened to me, comforted me, championed me, helped me choose locations AND talked details. She was there every step of the way in so many varies capacities. On the day of our elopement she was so easy to work with. She brought us the sweetest little gift and she never once complained about the heat. She was enthusiastic and just the sweetest, kindest, gem of a human you could hope to have with you on your special day. Within a week I received the photos and a cute little slideshow! The pictures turned out magical!! I think we have looked through them 100 times and shared them with everyone. My friends and family have all commented on how beautifully they turned out and what great shots she captured. We agree! Jana, thank you for going above and beyond and being there every step of the way. We are so happy with our photos and so appreciative of all the wonderful memories you captured!

100% would recommend Jana!

Rachel and Chris

On the day of our elopement she was so easy to work with. She brought us the sweetest little gift and she never once complained about the heat. She was enthusiastic and just the sweetest, kindest, gem of a human you could hope to have with you on your special day. We are so happy with our photos and so appreciative of all the wonderful memories you captured!

The entire shoot was hands down the most fun photoshoot I've ever been a part of.

Echoing what many of these reviews say - look no further for a photographer. Just look for your phone and call Jana to book her!!! My partner and I did a shoot with Jana last weekend and it was utterly amazing. I am smiling ear to ear right now thinking about it. Not only are the photos stunning but the photoshoot itself was SO much fun. My partner and I have been giggling about it for days. We both have never done a photo shoot together so we both didn't really know what to expect. Personally, I have been a deer in headlights when there's a camera in front of me so, I was a little anxious about it too. From the moment Jana and I connected I started to feel at ease, even though via an electronic conversation, a wave of calm washed over me and I started to feel excited instead of nervous.

Liana

Echoing what many of these reviews say - look no further for a photographer. Just look for your phone and call Jana to book her!!! My partner and I did a shoot with Jana last weekend and it was utterly amazing. I am smiling ear to ear right now thinking about it. Not only are the photos stunning but the photoshoot itself was SO much fun.

The photos were absolutely stunning and we have received SO much positive feedback from our friends and families.

Jana was truly the best photographer ever. From her kind and fun personality to her actual talent as a photographer, she went above and beyond our expectations. From the very beginning she was invested like a friend in helping in any aspect of our wedding. Meeting her the day of felt like I had known her for years. The day of she showed up and was so chill and easy going, always wanting to put our needs and wants first. She made us laugh and helped us to feel comfortable getting our pictures taken together. The photos were absolutely stunning and we have received SO much positive feedback from our friends and families. If you want a friend for life and the best photographer ever, you can stop your looking because Jana is 10/10 all around!

Sadie

Jana was truly the best photographer ever. From her kind and fun personality to her actual talent as a photographer, she went above and beyond our expectations. From the very beginning she was invested like a friend in helping in any aspect of our wedding.

 Jana is THE BEST in every way!!!!

She came highly recommended, and absolutely blew us away. She made us feel SO comfortable, supported, and celebrated. We got our gallery back SO fast and both beamed with joy seeing her work and the way she captured us and our day so beautifully. 10/10 human, 10/10 photographer! THANK YOU JANA!!! THE BEST EVER!

McKenna

She came highly recommended, and absolutely blew us away. She made us feel SO comfortable, supported, and celebrated. We got our gallery back SO fast and both beamed with joy seeing her work and the way she captured us and our day so beautifully. 10/10 human, 10/10 photographer! THANK YOU JANA!!! THE BEST EVER!

We have received so many compliments on the photos

My experience with Jana was awesome, so worth it. These photos are priceless. My fiance and I found Jana on Pinterest (she did an amazingly cute baby shoot for her son James Wilder and had a series of engagement shoots we were interested in). From the moment we contacted Jana she was super responsive, scheduled a quick facetime call to get to know one another and our needs, and just as soon we had found a place to have our photos. We had a pre-requisite of being near the beach and cliffs, and Jana instantly offered many options for us to choose from. Ultimately, we did a shoot in Mendocino and had 3 gorgeous locations. Jana was so sweet, made us both comfortable during the shoot and it definitely translated to the best set of photos we have together. We have received so many compliments on the photos and personally love them. Jana got us the photos super quickly after the session, sealing the deal that we would definitely work with Jana again.

Sophia

My experience with Jana was awesome, so worth it. These photos are priceless. Jana was so sweet, made us both comfortable during the shoot and it definitely translated to the best set of photos we have together. We have received so many compliments on the photos and personally love them.

She brings out the true happiness and love in all of the people she photographs!

Let me just begin by saying Jana is the best photographer out there and I’m not just saying that because she took our pictures. She brings out the true happiness and love in all of the people she photographs! If I could, I rate her 100/10. Jana was one of the first vendors we booked and has been AMAZING since day one. She’s super easy to work with, is every prompt, and on her game!! We got married this past Saturday and got our photographs back in 3 days (like WHAT?!). We’ve never had professional pictures taken before and were nervous because we didn’t know what to expect. She made the whole entire process super fun, easy going, seemless, and not awkward in the least bit. She is the person you want to photograph the most special moments in your life. We could not be happier with the way our pictures turned out! We had a small ceremony this past Saturday with our immediate family and are having a big ‘ceremony’/reception next July. Can’t wait for her to photograph part 2 next summer!!

Brianne

She made the whole entire process super fun, easy going, seemless, and not awkward in the least bit. She is the person you want to photograph the most special moments in your life. We could not be happier with the way our pictures turned out!

She totally got us as a couple, made us feel relaxed and took the time to become friends.

Jana has the special ability to capture your essence as a couple. Her photographs have helped me & my husband relive our special weekend. She totally got us as a couple, made us feel relaxed and took the time to become friends. Jana is an incredible choice to capture your special moments. I cannot recommend her enough!!!

Sara and Andrew

Jana captured genuine love in such a gentle, almost etherial, way that I was drawn in and knew I wanted to meet this unicorn. 

Truth be told, I personally am camera shy and uber critical in general so the idea of not only being the center of attention but having a complete stranger be witness to any vulnerabilities made the "say yes" attitude crumble. It wasn't until I took the time to explore her portfolio that I was awestruck by her talent and seemingly kind nature

Destiny G

We feel like the luckiest couple ever to be so well taken care of by someone who became a dear friend!

I couldn't say enough about how blessed and thankful my husband and I were to have Jana as both our engagement and wedding photographer! As a photographer, Jana has such a great eye and passion for her art- she immediately made us feel so comfortable during our engagement session and by our wedding day we felt like trained pros because of how talented and loving and fun she is!

Kimi

Jana was absolutely amazing, and more than we could have ever asked for in a wedding photographer.

It was great that she was able to provide suggestions and help us with our dream wedding, but most importantly, she listened to our vision and was so excited to help it become a reality. We did an engagement shoot with Jana, in which she just made us feel so comfortable and at ease that of course all of our photos turned out perfect. Her professionalism, great eye, and good communication made our big day just as special.

Patrick and Christina

I cannot wait for her to shoot our wedding as well as future photo shoots.

Jana is a gem!!! A good friend recommended her to me, and the second I saw her portfolio I was sold. I was nervous to do a photo shoot as I’ve never done one before, but Jana made my fiancée and I feel so comfortable. I felt like we were hanging out with a friend. She was professional, fast, and super attentive to detail.

Julianna

We are in love with the pictures and can't wait to hang them in our future home!

Jana was so friendly and professional. We are in love with the pictures and can't wait to hang them in our future home! Her unique style is definitely something to grab hold of.

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Kiana:

We shared lots of laughs and she makes you feel so comfortable!

A session with Jana is a dream come true when it comes to doing a couples shoot. We shared lots of laughs and she makes you feel so comfortable! When we got the pictures back we could not believe how beautifully she captured our expressions and love for each other. 

Jess and
Sam:

Working with Jana is a joy! She is sweet, professional, and creates truly beautiful art.

Working with Jana is a joy! She is sweet, professional, and creates truly beautiful art. I have had the pleasure of knowing her for over ten years now, and she continues to impress me with the quality of both her character and her craft" - Jaime Hagmann, Owner at BobbyD & Boyclothes Creative Imaging 

Jaime and Brad:

She has such a skill and Ability to catch raw moments! 

She is not only a great photographer, she is a great friend to all of her couples! You will feel encouraged and loved. She will also make your session amazing and make you feel beautiful too! I am impressed more and more every time I get a session back from Jana. She has such a skill and ability to catch raw moments!

Jacob & Tara

Jana's work clearly speaks for itself! What you don't get to see is what an amazing person jANA IS! 

Jana's work clearly speaks for itself. What you don't get to see is what an amazing person Jana is! She is so great to work with, so fun and makes you feel so confident and comfortable. Its one less detail you have to worry about. You just know, that no matter what chaos comes up, your photos will be stunning! She was punctual, took direction easy, was very aware of what we wanted, and was amazing at time management. She knew exactly how to get the photos we wanted and I loved the flare she brought to my photos. I would highly recommend her to anyone! We will cherish these photos forever!

Hannah and Brady

Jana's Kind and loving personality helped me and my hubby feel comfortable in front of the camera! 

Jana was so fun and easy to work with! Her kind and loving personality helped me and my hubby feel comfortable in front of the camera. She is so talented and we loved every single photo she captured. We will forever cherish them forever. She did an amazing job capturing our love exactly how it is and we had the best time with her! 

Jacy and Dakota 

Jana also communicated so thoroughly from the moment we chose her to be our photographer she sent us a location and outfit guide, helped us coordinate colors and checked up on us several times to make sure everything was set.

Jana is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. She truly loves what she does and it shows in her work. My fiance and I felt a little uncomfortable getting in front of the camera but she has so many little tips and fun ideas to get you to loosen up and enjoy the moment. Jana also communicated so thoroughly from the moment we chose her to be our photographer she sent us a location and outfit guide, helped us coordinate colors and checked up on us several times to make sure everything was set. She made our experience perfect! 

Chelsea and Matti 

When I first got engaged I knew I wanted jANA TO TAKE OUR PICTURES!

When I first got engaged I knew I wanted Jana to take our pictures. We had so much fun at our engagement session but our wedding was so much better! The day was so chaotic at times but Jana was able to calm my nerves about the logistics, get people situated all while getting some beautiful shots of our wedding! She came organized and ready and was the perfect choice for our once in a lifetime day. 

Jennea and Andreas 

I cannot thank Jana enough for having the ability to get people to feel comfortable in front of the camera. By far my favorite shoot of all time! 

Shooting with Jana was one of the most comfortable, fun loving shoots I have every experienced! My boyfriend never being in front of the camera before said he never felt more comfortable l with someone taking his photos of him in such a natural state. The shoot was filled with laughs. I cannot thank Jana enough for having the ability to get people to feel comfortable in front of the camera. By far my favorite shoot of all time! 

Jennifer and Jake 

Shooting with Jana was one of the most comfortable, fun loving shoots I have every experienced! My boyfriend never being in front of the camera before said he never felt more comfortable l with someone taking his photos of him in such a natural state... By far my favorite shoot of all time! 

I'm not sure if this is always supposed to be the case with engagement photographers but I feel like I just got the trifecta of a new best friend who gets just as excited about sol food and Acre coffee shop as I do. 

I'm not sure if this is always supposed to be the case with engagement photographers but I feel like I just got the trifecta of a new best friend who gets just as excited about sol food and Acre coffee shop as I do. She is also a sister who obsesses over Needtobreathe and a magical Santa that makes it feel like an extra Christmas when she delivers her photos. 

Kimi and Janathan

I'm not sure if this is always supposed to be the case with engagement photographers but I feel like I just got the trifecta of a new best friend who gets just as excited about sol food and Acre coffee shop as I do.

Jana's pictures are soooo beautiful!!She Picked the Perfect place to shoot! 

Jana's pictures are sooo beautiful!! This was such a fun photoshoot! She picked an amazing spot to shoot in and definitely made us feel super comfortable in from of the camera and look so natural! 

Emily and Brad

If i could use only  one word to describe our time shooting with Jana it would be joy!

If I could use only one word to describe our time shooting with Jana it would be joy! Jana made us immediately feel right at home so when it came to taking pictures Joe and I could easily be ourselves. Our photos came out spectacular because Jana took the time to make us feel beautiful and loved! 

Joe and Grace

She was so sweet and made us feel so comfortable! 

Jana was AMAZING! She was so sweet and made us feel so comfortable! Not to mention the pictures turned out PERFECT!!

The Elenos's 

Jana was so great to work with! When we got to our destination and the weather was less than ideal, she saw it as an opportunity, and made it work for us. 

Jana was so great to work with! When we got to our destination and the weather was less than ideal, she saw it as an opportunity, and made it work for us. Even my husband, who hates getting his picture taken, said he had a fun time during our shoot with her! The edits were stunning! I would highly recommend her for a couples session!!! 

The Hartsfield's

It was the most amazing experience and honestly really encouraging for our relationship too- there's something fun about being instructed to kiss your spouse all over your home!

Having Jana over for an in home session was such a gift! It was the most amazing experience and honestly really encouraging for our relationship too- there's something fun about being instructed to kiss your spouse all over your home! We had a great time together with her and felt super comfortable and LOVED the photos she gave us! The turnaround was super quick and we are feeling nothing but blessed to have our current season of life captured to look back on. 

Alexis and Rob 

We had a great time together with her and felt super comfortable and LOVED the photos she gave us! The turnaround was super quick and we are feeling nothing but blessed to have our current season of life captured to look back on. 

On my wedding day she not only was my matron of honor, but she also was the photographer. She was able to do both jobs flawlessly! 

I may be biased because Jana is my sister, but she is such an amazing photographer! I don't normally like my photos being taken but she made it so easy. I loved the photos from my wedding day! She has a knack for making people feel comfortable  in front of the camera. She is amazingly talented! 

Kelly and Trey 

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