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You saw that picture and you’re excited already, right? Pretttttyyyyy. Mmmm. Ok, focus. Achem. You should probably get more excited… Jennifer of J Wiley Photography is one of our first ever Chicago wedding photographers (wheee!!) But it’s actually much better than that. First, Jennifer is offering $100 off to APW couples, because she loves you. Second, Jennifer could be one of you guys. Seriously, I expect that some of you will meet her, hire her, and then become fast friends.
Jennifer was in the middle of her PhD in sociology, when she realized she wasn’t that happy. Then she realized that making people happy with pictures was really fulfilling. So, since she’s brave, she just quit. Ended with her masters and ran off to do what she loved.
She says, “Thinking about society and how people interact with each other has been ingrained in me, so I bring a lot of that to my photos.” Which… that’s like the inside of my brain, and the insides of your brains, and half of what we talk about around here, but now in wedding pictures. So cool. When we first talked over email I told her how many of you were in graduate school, and she got super exctied. She told me, “I always seem to connect really well with bookworms and nerds like myself.”
J Wiley Photography is not new to Team Practical weddings (of course, right?) One of her favorite brides ever was our own Rebecca, and Rebecca sent her over here so that all of you guys could get to work with Jennifer too. J Wiley Photography wants to work with couples that are fun, young, open-minded, and completely NOT crazy, which, um, is you! Plus she’s not crazy! And smart! And kind! And talented…. man….
Let’s talk about the pictures. I mean, first, they are amazing. She has so many shots that are amazingly composed, and emotional. All her images are so strong and clear. But what I was really struck by when going through her portfolio is how versatile her work is, while still staying true to a really clear vision. There are lots of wedding photographers that do artsy, and there are lots of wedding photographers that do traditional. But it’s somewhat rare to find a photographer who is artsy and fun and exciting, but still does traditional shots fantastically well. And while you might not care about traditional pictures, I bet one of your moms does. And Jennifer’s are beautiful. They are pictures that you’ll be glad to see every time you walk into your mother or you mother in laws house. And trust me, that means something.
PS – And go check out Jennifer’s new collaborative project Free To Be Photography. It’s all about indie weddings and being yourself and the two photographers shooting you being exactly who you are (no blahblahblah you have to hire a makeup artist of I can’t shoot your FACE bullsh*t. Just goodness.)