*This is a paid post from an APW Sponsor*
We all know what the wedding industry’s version of wedding planning looks like: you’ve been thinking about your wedding since the day you were born, silently planning it in every spare minute of your free time, so that by the time you’re actually engaged, it’s just a hop and skip from here to happily ever after with your intended. Yeah, right. In the real world, more than a few APWers are jeans and t-shirt types who have hardly given a second thought to a wedding before now. Sure, maybe you’re thinking of making an exception and wearing a dress this one time. And perhaps there will be flowers involved. But you’re going to strip as many layers of tulle off this thing until it starts to resemble a wedding you can actually see yourself at. And your first step should be hiring San Francisco’s Jeannie Guzis as your wedding photographer.
Tomboy turned wedding photographer
While so much of wedding photography right now is either gauzy and romantic or arty and moody, Jeannie, a self-proclaimed tomboy at heart, balances emotional images with a documentary style that has a sense of humor. She says:
The yin-yang style of my wedding photojournalism comes from within. I grew up with three brothers and a jigsaw-wielding mother. In my daily life I can be found, on the one hand, crafting dainty packaging with tissue paper and twine, and on the other hand, scheming to saw, hammer, and glue my way to upgraded built-in shelving.
I bring that inner tomboy to creating imagery that is dramatic and striking, but also flat out pretty. Traditionally, photography that is compositionally strong with dramatic impact and visual movement has been associated with men. At the other end of the spectrum, the gauzy, romantic imagery focused on pretty things and pretty people that dominates the industry blogs and magazines is supposed to have a primarily a feminine audience. I love both styles of images and incorporate them both in my work. I use strong shadows, contrasty light, dramatic compositions, and black and white toning to bring drama and focus to amazing moments. But I also understand that couples choose details as an expression of their individuality and use them as gestures of love to show how much they appreciate their guests. Above all, I come to the situation with the understanding that this is the clients’ wedding, not my photo shoot. By minimizing disruption, I allow clients to be free to be themselves and have fun, instead of directing their day and trying too hard to make them laugh with awful jokes.
All of which means that on your wedding day, you can look forward to striking wedding photos like this one:
Followed by emotional, evocative ones like this:
And you’re going to get it without having a photographer following you around all day cooing, “Now look romaaaantic.” Because, barf.
This year Jeannie is going green with her business. Jeannie says:
I’m excited to go green with my business this year. I have always practiced green habits in my personal life. I was that crazy woman who brought reusable bags to the grocery store long before they were required by law. I was excited when our garbage company began offering organic waste recycling. The desire for the perfect presentation kept me from being more green when I first started my business. I’m happy to say that I’ve gotten over that, and I’m being true to myself (as APWers are true to themselves!). I have revamped my image delivery—it’s all electronic now. I have an all-new line-up of eco-friendly albums and fine art prints. I reuse shipping boxes to send items to clients without shame.
one size does not fit all
When it comes to her working style and pricing philosophies, Jeannie keeps it simple and intuitive:
My ultimate talent is not actually photography, but rather listening (and by extension, observing). When I work with my clients, I’m truly invested in them. I ask them lots of questions about their vision of their day, and I listen hard to their answers so that I can deliver photography that reflects their values. As such, pricing is a la carte, and couples can hire me for any amount of time from four to twelve hours on weekends and two to twelve hours on weekdays. Couples may make a choice to add a second photographer. I keep options open so that coverage is just right for each couple. Many people come to me with small, fifty- to sixty-guest weddings (I love small weddings!), and generally speaking, two photographers would be both overkill and disruptive to the intimacy of the event. I always talk to each couple and ask about their goals before making a recommendation on how much coverage they need.
While Jeannie’s coverage is offered a la carte, some of her most popular options include:
- $2,250: seven hours of wedding coverage by Jeannie
- $2,750: seven hours of wedding coverage by Jeannie, plus a second photographer
- $700: two hours for an engagement session or City Hall/elopement coverage by Jeannie
All wedding coverage includes edited wedding images delivered electronically, a private online gallery for one year, your choice of in-person ordering or online ordering, no travel fees for any locations within a hundred miles of San Ramon, CA, and all the pre- and post-wedding hand-holding you might need. And since Jeannie is extra excited to be working with APWers this year, she’s offering $150 off any wedding package when you mention this sponsored post.
Go check out Jeannie Guzis in San Francisco, and then make her yours for your wedding day. Because there’s no one better to have on your side than a lady who knows to work a camera AND jigsaw.