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First and foremost, we are here to be part of your village. We want to be there to listen to your story, in order to tell it in a way that truly reflects who you both are. We want to be there to serve you guys fully. From mapping out your wedding weekend experiences, to helping encourage you along the way in the planning process, we are here for it all. 

hoW DO YOU APPROACH STORYTELLING? 


We approach storytelling a little differently than most. We study most of our couple's stories for months before the wedding day even arrives and map out a storyboard of how we could tell it. We do this by face timing with our couples, seeing how they interact, asking them intentional  questions on our questionairre and reviewing music they like before the wedding day. We ask questions like who are the MVP's of the day, what brought you guys closer as a couple and so on. We are not here to tell stories that are all the same, but rather stories that document each couple's genuine story. 

Our why for shooting small weddings & Elopements

We love shooting elopements and small weddings because we find that the couples have the freedom to be more unique with their wedding weekend experiences. We have connected with these types of weddings over the past 7 years as we are able to serve our clients fully. We love helping couples come up with ideas for experiences for their wedding weekend and storyboard it as a team. We love having the flexibility and ease in the day for each couple to take it all in. Overall, we just love the ability to tell stories in a documentary style way  and elopements/small weddings give us more freedom in that. 

Why working with us as a photo/video team is key for effective storytelling

Eli and I work as a team to storyboard each wedding. We show up early to shoot B-roll and brainstorm different ways to tell each couples story best. Instead of two businesses coming together for the first time the day of the wedding, we are one business communicating thoroughly for months about  our couples stories. From the start of booking our couple's weddings to the editing process we work seamlessly together to make sure both our photos and films look alike and reflect the same story. 

What the day of the wedding looks like 

Every wedding looks different, but for a lot of our destination wedding elopements and small wedding it looks like this. We show up the day of the wedding early to shoot B-roll- setting the scene and nature shots. Then we walk into the getting ready room to make you feel at ease, check in and shoot detail shots. After that we really are another set of friends at your wedding documenting it in real time as we take a step back to look at all that is unfolding. Of course we will help direct you guys for bride and groom, family and bridal party photos, but the rest of the day we take a look at how the story is unfolding and shoot it through the lens of what we see as artists as well as watching for moments to document from your MVP's of the day. 

What the experience looks  like to book us 

Once you inquire with us through our booking page, we will email you right away to set up a time to face time. We always meet face to face before booking, so that our couples can get to know us and so that we can work up custom proposal's for each client. After that to book it is a contract signed and a retainer fee paid. This means you are officially in our calendar. After that we spend usually a 3-12 months with each couple being there for them as much as they need. 

Let's get to the
good stuff

So you just got engaged and you already have looked at what feels like a million websites. We are here to help and show you what working with us feels like. 

WHAT OUR POST WEDDING PROCESS LOOKS LIKE 

Over the past 4 years we have delivered wedding galleries and films faster than most in the industry. This has always been a surprise to our couples, but over the years it has become part of our brand. While most deliver galleries and films 6-12 weeks post wedding, we aim for 2-3 weeks. We want the excitement of the day to still be there when you see the film and the photos. We want to serve our couples from the initial call all the way up to the final delivery of our work. 

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.

Jana and eli care so much about the client experience! 

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!

Jasmine and Jae 

Jana took photos for our wedding in San Francisco and we absolutely loved working with her and her husband for the video! They went above and beyond by staying a bit longer for us and dealing with all the driving and parking around the city all while having the best energy and mood. The whole shoot just felt so natural and we got all the candid shots that we wanted. :) after our friends and family saw our photos they literally were in awe and shocked on how quick and amazing all the photos were. Jana and Eli really care so much about their clients and their excellence, dedication and hard work really shows all over. Communicating with Jana was so easy and she really made sure to know what we wanted as a couple and was super responsive whenever I had questions. Thank you so so much Jana and Eli! You guys have the biggest hearts and our wedding day was extra special because of you both. ❤️❤️❤️


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.

Jana truly wanted to get to know us as a couple before the wedding day! 

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!!

Gracia and Garrett 

Jana has such a big heart and is a really sweet person. From the very beginning of our wedding planning, I felt so comfortable with her. She’s a great communicator, helped us with any questions we had (non photographer related too), and truly wanted to know us a couple which I think is so important! She even picked up my wedding day earrings that I forgot at my house on my wedding day (thank you again) she goes above and beyond in her work. I recommend Jana 100%! She captured our relationship as a couple and as individuals so clearly on our wedding day. Thank you, Jana!

They did such a great job getting to know us...i FELT LIKE WE GAINED A FRIEND NOT JUST A PHOTOGRAPHER!  

Jana and her husband Eli were so amazing to work with!! They are so friendly and captured our wedding day from beginning to end. From the moment I chose Jana as our wedding photographer she was so involved and excited to come to WA to shoot our elopement wedding at mount rainier. She does a great job of getting to know us and asked tons of questions, i felt like i gained a friend and not just a photographer. Not only this, she made sure to check in with me to make sure I was feeling good with wedding planning the entire way up until the wedding and If I was having a hard time should would send me tips and was so encouraging that it all turns out great.

I love that we were able to do a “in home” style session at the beginning of the day so we can have more personal photos and not just wedding photos. I was worried about the time line and making it to sunset after the ceremony and Jana was so helpful! I am obsessed with all our photos and can’t wait to see the video!!


The Hayes

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

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

she really knew how to make us feel comfortable and natural on our wedding day

I was excited to meet Jana as we share a mutual best friend and because I have heard so many great things about her! Jana truly was a pleasure to work with! She made taking photos so easy and fun, and she really knew how to make us feel comfortable and natural on our wedding day. She was very responsive before as well as after the wedding, and her turnaround for photos was super fast! I really appreciated her attention to detail and care in preparation as well. All to say, Jana exceeded our expectations. She was more than our photographer— she became a friend! All throughout the day, it was clear to me that she truly loves what she does and genuinely cares for her clients! I would highly recommend Jana!!

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Janet

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 

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'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.

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

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

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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