Leise Jones Photography
Why do you want to work with APW Couples?
When I got married in 2010, my wife and I planned the wedding WE wanted – and successfully resisted all the craziness of the “Wedding Industry.” The traditions associated with a lot of weddings didn’t speak to us. We wanted a wedding that was different, unique, and personal. So it fits that in my photography business, I want to work with people who are planning unique and fun weddings that are about THEM! I want to work with people whose weddings reflect their values, who are honest and true to themselves, who are brave enough to want a wedding that is different from what the “Wedding Industry” says. APW couples are exactly the clients I am looking for – people who want a wedding day that is about their love, their relationship, and the magic that happens when two lives come together.
Describe your artistic approach to weddings?
I get to know my wedding clients very well, first with an in-person meeting, then an “engagement session” (included with every package), and then plenty of communication before the Big Day. I want to understand your approach to your wedding, what your relationship is like, how you met, what your vision is for your day, and what kinds of pictures you’re attracted to. I believe the most important part of your wedding day is spending time with your family and friends, so my style of photography is non-intrusive and, while I offer suggestions, I don’t dictate the photos we make. I always shoot formal photos if you want them, and am just as happy to float through the party capturing candid moments and memories. During the wedding, I spend most of my time with both of you, following you around, catching the hugs, the laughter and the tears as they happen. My approach to wedding photography is as a storyteller; I am telling the story of two people in love, who have chosen to celebrate their love with a big party!
What are your non-work-related hobbies?
I love to cook and spend lots of time scouring food magazines, blogs and cookbooks for new vegetarian recipes. I have recently become enthralled with canning and preserving, so I am known to spend entire afternoons in the kitchen. I also love to run and I am a committed, year-round bike commuter – often with photography gear in tow. So if you are getting married within a 10-mile radius of my house, I just might show up on my bike!
What’s your favorite book?
In Boston, we have a “One Book, One City” program to encourage reading and discussion. The book this year is “Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern and it is amazing! I truly didn’t want it to end – a bit of magic, romance, history, and mystery all rolled into one. I think it will probably become a movie at some point, but be sure to read the book first – you will fall in love with it.
What’s your favorite movie?
I am a sucker for movies from the 1990s. “The Cutting Edge,” “An American President,” “Billy Madison,” and “What about Bob?” are just a few faves. I enjoy great documentaries, too, but definitely no war or Apocalypse movies. The world is depressing enough!
If you could have a one minute dance party at your desk, what song would you pick?
Right now, “Gangham Style” is pretty much the best song to dance to – especially if it’s only for one-minute.