Today I’m delighted and thrilled to introduce you to one of our newest sponsors, Jessica Schilling Photography, who is located in Los Angeles (where we don’t have a ton of sponsors), and could not be a better fit for Team Practical. Plus, she’s hosting an excellent giveaway.
What I love best about Jessica Schilling’s work is not that she’s talented, with a unique point of view, and takes stellar photos (though all of that’s true). What I love best is that her pictures are infused with a deep sense of love for Los Angeles the place. It’s rare, and lovely. Plus, beyond how awesome she is, her wedding photography runs $1500, which is incredible.
Jessica told me, “If A Practical Wedding had been around when I was planning my 2007 wedding, I would’ve been all about it. My wedding came together with the help of the Indiebride.com forums, which had a really similar philosophy to APW—a focus on the marriage, not just the wedding, and a lot of encouragement to have the kind of wedding that really reflected our values and priorities and ideas for how to make that possible. So my husband and I ended up having a vegetarian, feminist, DIY, budget-conscious, LGBT-friendly wedding that I really loved. After our wedding, I couldn’t stop looking at our amazing photos and reliving the day through all the emotions and moments our photographer captured. Being in awe of that inspired me to pursue photography as more than just a hobby. So when I started my own wedding photography business a few years later, I was really drawn to clients who were approaching their weddings the same way I had approached mine. All of which led me to finding APW as a reader first and then realizing this was the jackpot of cool, smart, funny couples whose weddings I would love to be a part of.”
That’s right, you guys are the jackpot.
Because Jessica is so damn excited about getting to work with you, she’s doing a massive and cool giveaway. Here are the details, “I’d like to give away one engagement/anniversary/couple photo session—two hours of shooting, CD with 25 high-resolution images with personal printing rights, and an online proofing gallery. The photo session should be in Los Angeles county and take place before December 18th, 2011. I like to shoot at locations that really bring out the personalities of the subjects so for the entries, I’d love for people to tell me about their favorite places in Los Angeles, whether it’s somewhere with sentimental value to the couple or just a regular hangout spot.” If you’d like to enter (which you obviously should), leave a comment explaining where you’d like to shoot and why. Jessica will pick a winner in a week. I kind of can’t wait to see the photo shoot already.
But it gets better. Jessica says, “In addition to this giveaway, I’d like to offer any APW readers a free engagement photo session when they book their 2011 or 2012 wedding with me.” Yippie! So get in touch already.
As for what Jessica Schilling Photography is all about, well, you’re going to be excited. She shoots extensively on film, and toy cameras, as well as digital. She says, “I started including a few rolls of film from 35mm and toy cameras in each of my portrait and wedding packages as a bonus. I like that it adds another perspective, one that’s a little quirky and fun and old school.” And I know you guys agree.
Plus, to top it off, Jessica was a literature major in college, and then she was a documentary filmmaker. She says, “These backgrounds have shaped the way I take photos. I’m drawn to candid moments and genuine expressions, and telling the story of relationships with those images. My goal is to truly capture the feeling of that day or that moment so that when you look at the pictures months or years down the road, it’s like being there all over again. I’m a sucker for nostalgia—I love it when photos give me that feeling, and that’s what I’m always trying to give to my couples.”
I’m not even going to get into the fact that she’s a photographer for the Los Angeles Derby Dolls women’s roller derby league, because clearly you love Jessica Schilling Photography already. And make sure you leave a comment to enter the giveaway… I can’t wait to see those pictures!