Category Archives: For My Couples

Never One to Discriminate

When I was debating whether or not to launch my tagline and hashtag “Turning Hoes into Housewives since 2010” (#turninghoesintohousewives) I knew that it would be very polarizing for my business.  I new that it would turn a lot of people AWAY from me and I would lose the opportunity to shoot their wedding.  It was HARD to think that I would lose out on business just because I was choosing to align myself with something that is meant to be a silly nod to my love of gangster rap and my adoration for Dr. Dre and Snoop who I like to think are very large branches in my family tree… or my long lost cousins, in the least!  ha ha ha!

However, what I also knew was that there are two sides of polarization, and while my tagline/hashtag would very easily push people away from using me as their wedding photographer, it would also create a pocket of wonderful clients just waiting to get the chance to be in front of my camera.  Those clients ‘get me’ before they ever even send that first email.  They know that a photography session with me is going to be the opposite of serious, and that a day spent in front of my camera can be a fun experience rather than a chore.  I can happily say that the clients that fit into this J. Anne sweet spot are the epicenter to my business.  They are the heartbeat that keeps J. Anne alive.  They are my people, and I will forever be as loyal to them as they are to me.

But…. with that being said… I am afraid that for the last two years I have been doing something that is NOT fair to my clients.  I have discriminated against my grooms and left them out of all of the fun.  I have focused solely on ‘Hoes before Bros’ instead of excepting the idea of equality in my business relationships.

That ends today.

In light of what is going on with the world in regards to women’s rights, marriage equality, and all of the forms of the civil rights movement…. I bring you J. Anne’s attempt to level the playing field.  My brides will no longer only be the ones receiving the hashtag congratulating them on their graduation from turning from hoe to housewife… my grooms will also be breaking the glass ceiling and being lifted into the highest regard by being bestowed the amazing honor and privilege of being dubbed…. no longer a Boyfriend… but, upon their marriage, a respected and highly distinguished…. Baby Daddy.

From this day forward, let it be known that J. Anne is taking steps towards bride and groom equality.   #TurningHoesIntoHousewives will no longer be the sole focus of my business as my quest to be #TurningBoyfriendsIntoBabyDaddies will be equally sought after.

(Note to Readers):  Please read this blog with a shit ton of humor.  Please don’t take me or this post too seriously.  My intentions are not to degrade men, women, or the institution of marriage.  My intent is simply to have fun.  If you find the need to write a snarky comment, have pause… and while you’re paused… unfollow me.  It’s okay if this offends you.  I won’t be upset.  We don’t have to be friends… although I’d love it if we could be.  xo.  Jodi)

Let’s Do Work, 2017.

I hope that everyone will forgive me for this post being about 28 days late.  The beginning of 2017 started off in a crazy frenzy with Kris and Jessica Bryant’s wedding, so it has taken me a little bit of time to recover and start getting my head on straight for what is about to explode in 2017.  The last few days in my office I have been wrapping up the edit on Kris and Jessica’s wedding, editing Ashley & Jake and Sarah & Matt’s engagement sessions that happened earlier this year, and giving my yearly planner a run for its money as 2017 gets penciled in faster than I could have ever expected!

This coming year I have something BIG happening with the addition of a new photographer to my business.  I haven’t given a formal shout out to Lianna yet, but it is definitely coming!  Lianna spent most of 2016 training with me, and will now be cranking out a full year of weddings on her own for the J. Anne Photography brand.  On top of Lianna being added to the mix, I’ll be shooting my normal 15-20 weddings this year with my trusty side-kick, Janelle, by my side.  Add to that all of the engagement photos, boudoir sessions, and the fact that my three boys are involved in more activities than ever now that they’re getting a bit older…. I imagine that 2016 is going to look like child’s play in regards to the scheduling that is happening for 2017, but I’m ready.

We’re traveling to Santa Barbara twice this year for what are sure to be some amazing weddings, and I will also be hopping  the pond to Paris and down into the South of France later this Spring.  This summer I’ll be heading to San Francisco to shoot at San Francisco City Hall for the first time and I could not be any more thrilled to check that adventure off of my bucket list!!

There are still a large handful of couples who haven’t done their engagement session yet (Ashley & Blake, Jen & James, Jackie & Tony, Halee & Heath, Heather & Nick, Archana & Diego, and Jeanne & Kyle!!)… but of the engagement sessions that have wrapped you guys can see that it’s going to be yet another year of insanely gorgeous people making my Instagram feed look far better than I could ever manage to do on my own!

On the left is Sarah & Matt!  They’re going to knock my socks off with a white on white on white wedding at the International Peace Education Center in April… on the right are Lindsay & Mark who will be married in October on the beautiful grounds of TPC Summerlin!

This adorable couple below are Cole & Alyssa who are also getting married in October, but they’re taking us on a little scenic tour up to the Paiute reservation for their gorgeous wedding!! 

Ashley & Jake are below on the left and they are the next wedding up on my docket for the year!!  Mandarin Oriental will host their black tie affair this coming March and I’m over the moon excited for them!  Ashley and Will are below on the right… and these two babes are taking us up the coast of California as they will be married at Bacara in Santa Barbara in July, and it will basically be everything that my dreams are made of!  Caitlyn & Scott are below on the left and they are seriously the sweetest two people you might ever meet.  They will be having a dreamy lavender wedding at Dragon Ridge this Spring while Olivia and Brad on the right are kicking it old school in September at the classic and amazing Las Vegas Country Club!! I seriously can not wait to see both of these babes walk down the aisle!

Last November Newfly Films came over and made a video for me to show to my ladies during Bridesgiving dinner… in that version of the video I cried like a little baby telling all of my 2016 brides how much they meant to me, and that my business would basically not survive without them… I wasn’t about to let that cry face make the internet, so I asked my guy Stefan over at Newfly to make me a new cut of the video because it  is just too much fun not to share some bits and pieces of my hoes!!

Soo…  let’s fucking do work, 2017!

 

 

Day 7 of 31 :: Las Vegas Engagement Photographer :: Azita & Sean

Twice this year I have found myself in a position of booking a wedding that was less than a month away.  In both situations, something had gone awry with the photographer that was already booked, and the couple felt that their contract needed to be walked away from.  Taking on a new client with such short notice is not really the way that I love to run my business, but I fell in love with both of these couples, and wanted to make sure that they enjoyed this time in their lives.  Even though their weddings were less than a month away, the very first thing that we started talking about was their engagement sessions.   Does that seem backwards to you?  It shouldn’t, and here’s why.

An engagement session has long been viewed as wedding fluff.  It’s a luxury to be had by some; an expense to cut for others.  If you’ve ever booked a wedding with me then you know that an engagement session is not up for negotiation.  The engagement session is built straight into all of my wedding collections as a complimentary add-on, and I will not remove the session in order to reduce the price of the collection.  I require it; end of story.

An engagement session is a practice round.  I do not enjoy showing up for a wedding day and feeling like I’m the hired help.  The token paparazzo.  I need to know my couple.  I need to know how they move with one another, how they look at one another, how comfortable they are with kissing in front of people, which side of their hair swoop looks better in a photo… no, really… the hair swoop is mad important.  I would never expect to show up to a wedding and be able to efficiently direct a couple who had never been in front of my camera before, but it has happened before… once in a blue moon something happens and the engagement session didn’t take place before a wedding… and it shows in my work.  I can tell when I am comfortable with a couple, and when I’m not.

So, as you book your photographer… or know someone who is booking a wedding photographer… make sure that you do a practice round.  And if that practice round doesn’t go fantastic, ask if you can book another one!  Get it right before the wedding day.

(DISCLAIMER:  This does not mean that your photographer should be doing another session just because you don’t like how your hair looked, or that you just want more photos.  What I mean by this is that if the chemistry between photographer and couple isn’t there, or that you left the shoot feeling more awkward than you did going in… then ask about booking another session.  It will be up to your photographer if this is a paid or non-paid session.)

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Azita and Sean are those kids that their parents brag about.  He a police officer, she a nurse.  They are the ones with hearts of gold.  The love each other, and they love to serve their communities at any cost.  The amount of love and respect that I have for people in the service industry can’t really be put into words, but what I can say is that my life is better for having met Azita and Sean.  Azita contacted me through email when she knew that something was amiss with her current wedding photographer.  The way that Azita spoke to me about what she loves about my work really resonated with me… I mean, obviously she was stroking my ego at the same time, but she seemed to be able to define my work in a way that I couldn’t, and I adored how much time she had put into curating that email to me.  After hearing Azita & Sean’s story, I knew that I wanted nothing more than to give them the wedding photography experience they deserved.

Plus, she’s Persian.  And she loves Shahs of Sunset.  So… where’s the contract, and where do I sign?LasVegasEngagementPhotographer _ Azita & Sean_0002 LasVegasEngagementPhotographer _ Azita & Sean_0003 LasVegasEngagementPhotographer _ Azita & Sean_0004 LasVegasEngagementPhotographer _ Azita & Sean_0012LasVegasEngagementPhotographer _ Azita & Sean_0005One of my favorite parts of an engagement session is when the couple just gets to dance with one another.  It teaches me so much about their personalities.   The romantic ones dance slowly… the funny ones crack up at the challenge… but Azita and Sean found a little square of home inside each other’s arms, and their feet moved in synchronization… effortlessly.  It seems like they could have danced in the desert for the rest of their lives together.LasVegasEngagementPhotographer _ Azita & Sean_0006LasVegasEngagementPhotographer _ Azita & Sean_0007LasVegasEngagementPhotographer _ Azita & Sean_0011LasVegasEngagementPhotographer _ Azita & Sean_0008LasVegasEngagementPhotographer _ Azita & Sean_0010LasVegasEngagementPhotographer _ Azita & Sean_0009I‘m going to end with this photo right here, because… WHOA.