Beautiful wedding photography made with more than just a camera - Introducing Lisa Jane Photography
We love Lisa Jane Photography for a whole host of reasons - not least because she brought us donuts during setup last year. But that is, all jokes aside, the kind of incredible soul she is. As well as being an insanely talented photographer, she’s super perceptive and sensitive, and totally, irrevocably emotionally connected to her couples, meaning she’s constantly hunting out those moments you can’t explain, but just feel perfect; as well as chasing stunning light to capture portraiture at its finest. We’re chatting to her loveliness on the blog today because we’re thrilled she’s back for A Most Curious Wedding Fair 2019 - we can’t wait for you to meet her and fall head-over-heels in love like we have!
A little about your business and you
I am a London girl born and raised with a huge passion for photography. Give me a camera and an opportunity to tell a story and I am one happy woman. Up until I found photography, I had always felt a little lost and from the moment I developed my first roll of film I new I had found my passion. For a long while photography was just for me and not something I ever really shared, then I photographed a wedding and everything fell into place. I am a hopeless romantic which helps when photographing weddings, it means I am constantly on the search for moments and connections that sometime get lost in what can be a hectic day. My business it all about my couples and ensuring that from the moment they get into contact through to when they receive their gallery and final images that they enjoy every second of it. I hope that my passion and enthusiasm for photography and for weddings is infectious.
The coolest/best moment of your career so far
There are too many best moments. I've been lucky enough to travel the world with my photography which has been pretty amazing and was named one the 30 Rising Stars by Rangefinder which was a massive achievement for me. Last year, I was a part of the photography team for the Rock 'n' Roll Bride book, which was pretty amazing. To see my work published has been such a big thing for me. Ever since photography took over life, my dream was to see my work published. But if I'm honest, I love that fact that couples connect with my work. It feel incredible to be a part of a couples wedding journey and to be able to create memories for them which will last a lifetime. That connection and story telling is what it is all about for me so my favourites moments are when I get feedback from my couples. I put everything I have into my couples and their wedding day so when I get feedback saying I went above and beyond and that their galleries take them right back to that day and those special moments, it means everything to me.
Who or what inspires you
Honestly trying to go anywhere with me is a pain as I will stop every few minutes to photograph something. It can be a patch of light, a texture, a moment between two people or just something very plain and ordinary, but there is inspiration to be found everywhere and in everything.
As a teenager I went to an exhibition and read this quote. It has something that has stuck with me, so much so that I have a print of it which sits above my desk.
'You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.'
To me this is it! This is everything. Whether it’s a film, a book, a song, a lyric, a connection between two people or my own friendships and relationships, all of it inspires me and informs the photographs I take.
What do you love most about your job?
Having couples who whole heartedly trust me to tell their story and give me the freedom to do just that. I get to document that and add to the couple’s memories, turning their memories of their wedding day into a much bigger story, filling in those gaps and transporting them back to that day
What's the most curious thing about your business?
I cry at every wedding. I love what I do and I love my couples which means I am 100% invested in them and their day. I just can't help it, being surrounded by these amazing couples, their family and friends and all that love and support brings out the hopeless romantic in me. Having shot over 200 weddings, you will still find me with tears in my eyes during a ceremony, wet cheeks during speeches and itching to dance after the first dance. Also I am possibly confetti's biggest fan so if anyone ever asks if they have enough confetti, my response will always be 'hell no, there is no such thing as too much confetti.'
What's your top advice for couples getting married?
Wedding planning can be stressful but it doesn't have to be, so try and make every decision about your wedding a fun experience. Take yourselves off to the pub or your favourite coffee shop to talk about your plans, have date nights and make decisions over a bottle of your favourite wine. Let go of the things that are stressing you out and causing headaches and have fun with it because all of the decisions you make result in you spending the day with your favourite people, your cheerleaders, your support network. That in itself is a ready made party because they are all there for you, to be with you and to celebrate the hell out of you!
See, you’ve fallen in love now too haven’t you? If you want to come and meet Lisa in person, grab your tickets for our London fair now! 1st-3rd March 2019, Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch - tickets are in the shop