I photographed 41 weddings in 2015, and I shot many other sessions. I made thousands of photos, and I’m excited to share my favorite 10 images from last year.
This is easily my favorite picture I made in 2015. Before Jeanette and I got married on Nov. 13 in Mexico, we made some portraits in my studio. It was ridiculously tough to do — we had the camera on a timer, and we are both tough to please. However, this happy photo made the stress worthwhile:
This next picture was made at the end of the my day with Angela and Ryan (July 18th). I was planning on making a simple sunset photo, but the sun was mostly gone by the time I got the couple outside. So — in an effort to buy time to think — I walked with Angela and Ryan toward the lake at the Crooked Lake House. When Angela said, “I’ll do whatever you want, Jeff,” I didn’t hesitate. I said, “OK, you’re going in the water then!”
Here’s one my favorite wedding reception photos I’ve ever made. It’s from Kara and Steven’s July 24th wedding, and I did not know Steven was going to carry Kara into the ballroom at the Glen Sanders Mansion (I’m not sure the couple even knew what they were going to do). I snapped away as they spun around the room, and I was so excited when I saw what I’d captured. I love the movement and happiness:
At Kate and Erik’s Aug. 8th wedding, as Kate got ready, Erik’s mom was centered on a hotel room couch, surrounded by two grandmas. This image — a very real moment — makes me smile every time I see it:
Sarah and Stephen included a classic car in their Aug. 21st wedding, and I wanted to photograph them with it. However, the car was parked at Congress Park in Saratoga, N.Y., and the park was crowded with other cars and people. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to frame this shot so that distractions were limited, and I was thrilled with how the picture turned out:
I traveled to Colorado in early May to shoot Liz and Heather’s engagement session. We had only met briefly a few months earlier, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was staying at Liz and Heather’s apartment for one night (and shooting the next day) and I just hoped we would all get along. I had no idea that I would walk away from the shoot with new friends. Liz and Heather treated me like family, and we made honest and fun photos. There are many photos that were made with amazing landscapes, but I love this photo because it shows just how much Liz and Heather trusted me. xoxo.
My favorite engagement photo of 2015 just happens to feature someone I love. LOL. I’m shooting my cousin Kelley and Travis’s wedding in 2016, and we made their engagement photos in 2015. It is nice to be able to share what I do with family, and Kelley and Travis had a delicious sunset:
Speaking of love, I love this ridiculous photo of my love. I picked up a water-resistant camera in 2015 (Olympus TG-4) and I used it to play in the ocean in Mexico. The expression on my wife Jeanette’s face here needs no words from me. And it definitely illustrates how strong the waves were:
My wife has worked for years as a model, but 2015 marked the first time we got to collaborate on a work shoot. We teamed up with dress designer Lyn Morgan to make photos (with Jeanette and other models) for an upcoming catalog. I was so impressed with (and proud of) the work Jeanette did on that shoot.
Finally, in 2015, we began the process of training Jeanette to play a role in JFP. It has been a blast watching her learn to use the camera, especially when she makes a great photo. Her happiness fills me up. I also enjoy the teaching process, especially because it provides me with opportunities to photograph my wife.
Here’s to a happy and love-filled 2016, everyone!
2015 was a great year for JFP. We documented 41 weddings (and we did many other sessions — headshots, corporate work, model shoots, etc.). I am appreciative of every couple that shared their wedding day with me. I love taking part in such an intimate event, and — despite shooting more than 250 weddings in my career so far — the day always feels significant to me.
Here, in the order they were married, is one photo from each of my 2015 weddings:
We had another corporate headshot session at the JFP studio today. This time, Jeanette and I photographed Johanna of Monticello, Licensed Real Estate Broker. I’m loving all my studio work lately!
I had a great studio session today with author Peter DeWitt. In addition to his books, Peter (http://www.petermdewitt.com/Home.html) is a former K-5 teacher (11 years) and principal (8 years). He runs workshops around the world and provides keynotes focusing on leadership, fostering inclusive school climates, and connected learning. I can’t wait to share more from this shoot. Thanks to Jeanette Foley for assisting.
Stephen and Sarah left me a shiny new review on WeddingWire last night:
“Jeff was amazing. After our initial interview with him, we new that we had to have him for our wedding. We planned our wedding in Saratoga from Northern California and Jeff made it extremely easy. He was always quick to respond via phone, email, or text. We planned this wedding ourselves and Jeff’s itinerary truly helped to organize our day. When it came to the big day he kept things fun and was very easy to work with. He made beautiful pictures of us that really captured what that day was all about and the way we felt. Looking at those pictures now, over four months later, brings me right back to that day and always puts a smile on my face. From start to finish Jeff was easy to work with, affordable, fun, professional, and a great artist.”
Thanks so much for sharing your wedding day, and your kind words, guys. I appreciate it.
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Thanks to all of the couples who trusted me to document their wedding days, and who helped JFP win this award: “WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® recipients represent the top five percent of wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.”
I spent part of the last day of 2015 doing one of my favorite things in the world — making portraits. Realtor Mary Diehl (of Select Sotheby’s International Realty) hired me to make images she can use for marketing. Thanks for a great shoot, Mary, and Happy New Year! (Mary’s hair and makeup by Cyndy Slyke Personal Stylist.)
I had my last engagement session of 2015 this afternoon, with Erica and Timothy at Saratoga Spa State Park. So much fun! I can’t wait for their 2016 90 State Events wedding. Thanks to Jeanette for assisting.