This is the Photographer You Want for Your LGBTQ Wedding


Jamie Thrower focuses her business on community, and the photos are TO DIE FOR.

by Kate Levy

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When we started working with Jamie Thrower of Studio XIII Photography last year on some body positive shoots, it was legit the start of a true love affair. Jamie Thrower is undeniably one of the warmest, sweetest humans you will ever meet, and yes, we may have a slight crush on her. Her affinity for photography began at a young age, and was nurtured by her parents’ own artistic endeavors and travels. Jamie found that documenting the people and things around her was a way of contributing to not only her own legacy but that of her community. And as a queer woman, photography has naturally become one of her strongest tools of advocacy for social justice.

Jamie has built her wedding and family photography business around her passion for supporting the LGBTQ community and creating more spaces for queer couples’ love to shine. So when you work with Jamie, you’re truly working with a champion for social justice and a believer in love. Her images are powerful and overflowing with joy and emotion. Studio XIII’s wedding coverage typically ranges between $3,500 and $4,500 for 6 to 8 hours, depending on the amount of time booked and if a second shooter is hired. Jamie also includes a complimentary engagement shoot with her wedding packages, and she loves to travel!

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We talked to Jamie about what brought her to this industry, and about her amazing mission statement:

My wedding business was born out of the desire to offer something to my LGBTQ community that I truly specialized in. Not just because I am a passionate photographer, but because as a queer woman, I understand the struggles, triumphs, and labor our community works and lives through every day. I photograph with pure heart and soul—and this comes from a place of literally feeling too much. I’ve found ways to channel this heightened awareness through my photography, which is driven by the desire to make people feel. I want to know my couples intimately, and have them trust me enough to reflect back the beauty and rawness and energy that they possess. When looking at my photos, I want folks to feel like I reached inside their heart and gave it a big squeeze. Those tiny, little, unexpected moments—I want my couples to remember them forever, whether they are conscious of the beauty of them in that moment or not. I spend a lot of time investing my emotional energy in my clients so that when it comes their wedding day, they are family to me, and I photograph them with the same attention, love, and heart that I do when I photograph my own family. When they look at their photos I hope they don’t just remember what that moment looked like, but are able to feel it too—the laughter, the tears, the smiles, the hugs, the quiet moments, and everything in between.

Jamie believes that all couples should be able to have photography that captures their union. But she also understands the hardships that many queer couples face, so she started a scholarship program: Every quarter she offers 50% off wedding coverage to a deserving couple. Couples share their stories with Jamie through an application process. This has allowed her to further connect with the community and help give back. Find out more about her scholarships and full coverage options here.

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It’s easy to understand why Jamie’s couples adore her, too. After spending just a few minutes with her, they find that she’s completely opened her heart to them. She prides herself in making couples feel comfortable, and her images clearly reflect authentic, beautiful moments.

Some recent couples had this to say about working with Jamie:

Jamie is the kind of good-natured, fun person that you want to have around on your wedding day. When we looked at her work we loved the beauty she captures in candid shots from all different moments in a wedding. She worked hard to get us not only great photos, but the photos that we wanted. I have no idea how she got so many pictures during the ceremony because I hardly even noticed she was there. When we got the files from her, we were so happy because she managed to capture in her candid shots so much of the love, laughter, and warmth that we remember from the day.

Working with Jamie is a dream!! I cannot recommend her enough. Our engagement photos are truly some of the best I’ve ever seen. With very little direction, she completely captured what we wanted and US. Our love. She is wildly creative, extremely easy to work with, communicative, generous of spirit, and committed to your happiness as a client. We are so happy we hired her and will absolutely use her for any photo services for as long as she’ll have us! Do not hesitate to work with her. You’ll be thrilled you did!

Jamie makes magic happen in the blink of an eye. When asked what we should do for the photo shoot, her response was, “Just love up on each other,” so we did. Our time with Jamie was more magical than we could have ever imagined. It was a freezing and windy day in January—her attention to detail and remarkable eye captured nothing but love and the shining sun.

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Learn more about Jamie’s social work and her couples on her blog and follow along on Instagram to see all her latest work. You can also check out more of her gorgeous wedding portfolio. (Get your tissues out, y’all, ’cause it is all amazing!)

Studio xiii photography’s 2017 calendar is filling up fast—contact jamie today to tell her all about your love story!

Kate Levy

This Bay Area native built her own business as a wedding hair and makeup artist, before shifting gears to work in marketing. She’s an avid iPhone photographer, loves all forms of social media (especially Instagram, #katesskylog), and makes a really mean chocolate chip cookie. Kate is a collector of spoons, enamel pins, and reusable bags she never actually brings to the store. When not getting sucked into the ASOS app or an Instagram hashtag blackhole, Kate can be found hanging on the Peninsula with her wife, 2 cats and 2 dogs.

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  • Hannah

    These are so pretty, joyful, and powerful. Representation does indeed feel validating! <3

  • JC

    I can’t get over these photos. I keep coming back to them. Every couple is unique, every photo has its own flavor, and yet the exact same joy is pouring out of all of them. What an incredible gift, to capture that essence.

  • Alyssa

    These are amazing! And the one where you can see the tear in one of the bride’s eyes? *swoon*