Jessica Crandlemire believes there is an incredible beauty in the very simplest of things.
Growing up in an artistic family, she first picked up a camera when she was just nine years old. Imagery as a form of expression really started for her when her kids were still quite young and became a way she could communicate with the world, to help articulate the way she saw it. “I love what I do, really, deep down in my bones love it. Imagery has become my first language and that feels natural. The way light hits a subject and makes it dance, the way movement and makes you feel the image like it’s happening right now, unfolding in front of you.”
Jessica loves capturing people and helping them see their truest self. She loves light and all the things that light does, and she genuinely loves people and the interactions they share. She approaches her couples like a conversation and makes sure they are having fun with it, too. Jessica knows that every couple is different, and in her process, she likes to see where her couples find themselves and allow space for their story to direct them, instead of planning everything ahead of time. “It is an honour and a privilege to be asked to provide a record of the most important moments in people’s lives and I take that very seriously. I am emotion and light driven in my work, I react to what I see happening in front of me, and I get really excited about it. Even best laid plans can have some kinks but those are part of the memories you’ll be so thankful for.”
She loves shooting weddings because she falls in love with the couples themselves, a fact that is reflected in her work. She takes a very personal approach to photographing her couples, because she wants them to feel comfortable in front of the camera. All of her packages also include an engagement session so she can get to know them and learn the love they share.
Her style is one of strong emotion, and Jessica strives to make her audience feel something through her photography. She wants you to feel the way you felt when you see a photo of yourself beaming, lathered in light, on one of the most special days of your life.
"I want to tell the story, YOUR story in a lasting way. Beyond the beautiful faces, dresses, and food laboriously planned, I want my clients to remember how they felt. My hope is that when you sit down to lose yourselves in your images from the day, you get immersed again in those feelings. I hope your wedding photos are a little time capsule holding that joy for you." - Jessica Crandlemire