Today, we bring you an interview with one of our oldest and dearest friends in the wedding industry, Jennifer Domenick of Love Life Images. Jennifer's photographs have graced the pages (and covers) of practically every wedding magazine in the area, and she also happens to be really nice! You can follow the action at Love Life Images on their blog, they are always posting pictures and contests and all sorts of goodies. Jen, I hope you're ready for this... on to the questions!!
How did you get started in the wedding business? After working in the newspaper business for 10 years, I decided I needed some shelter from the headlines and wanted to photograph happier things. I was also planning a wedding of my own at the time and thus began my obsession with all things wedding.
What do you do when you are not working? Hang out with my three boys and husband. We like to be together as a family and do pretty typical family things- the pool, the park, school functions, neighborhood parties- pretty much I live the typical American family suburban life and LOVE it!
How would you describe your approach to weddings? Documentary, with an emphasis on natural portraiture.
What inspires you in your work? Light. Wherever I can find it and use it to make great images, I am happy. It fills me up.
What do you find the most rewarding about your job? I love that I determine what I do. The freedom of working for myself is amazing!
What's the one thing you wish everyone knew about you or your business? That being a photographer is so much more than just taking pictures. Anyone can take a reasonably exposed and composed picture, but being a photographer with a unique and distinct vision is something that cannot be replicated. Having a unique voice and distinct style is something every photographer strives for in their career and even once it is found, it still takes a lifetime to perfect.
What do you think sets your company apart from other photographers? I formed Love Life Images with my business partner, Mary Gardella, to create a client experience beyond what we could do on our own. We are a group of photographers that work together, help each other, and give our clients wonderful customer service.
What do you love about weddings? I absolutely LOVE the families and people that make up a wedding. I am a constant people observer and my heart is so warmed when I see families in their best moments.
What do you hate about weddings? That a seemingly normal couple will come to us in the beginning of the planning and will turn into a crazed wedding chaos couple toward the end. It's not their fault, though. They've had to make so many insane decisions that they lose sight of what really matters. It's ok, though, because once they get to the reception, they realize that all the people they know and love are in the same room and it reminds them of why they did the whole wedding thing in the first place.
What is the coolest thing you've ever seen at a wedding? In the last 7 years of shooting weddings, I have seen everything including: ice sculptures, casino tables, cathedral-length trains, historical characters in dress, grooms singing songs to brides, a cake made of Krispy Kreme donuts, dresses that were bought for $50, dresses that were bought for $10,000, dance floors replicated from "Beauty and the Beast," the sound of crickets pumped into a ballroom, chocolate fountains, candy tables, brides that jumped into fountains in public, groomsmen that pass out, bridesmaids that break toes, guests that pass out on the dance floor, grandmothers that show us their panties.....I could go on. The coolest thing at a wedding is when the couple is able to completely enjoy the day.
What's the best piece of advice you can give to couples planning a wedding? Hire great vendors and trust them to do their job.
Who is your favorite artist or band? It changes as quickly as the season. Recently, I've been enjoying a mixture of Xavier Rudd, Jem and Beyonce. I appreciate all kinds of music and find much inspiration in it. Lisa Loeb's "Catch the Moon" is one of my all-time favorite children's CD's and every time I listen, I see a picture in every song.
What is the worst song of all time? Sorry if I offend anyone but: "Tattoo" by Jordin Sparks.
[EVAN] Thanks, Jennifer! I don't think you offended anyone with that last answer, I've probably offended way more people with my picks for the 40 Worst Songs of All Time. No worries! Thanks for sharing your advice and experience with us, and we'll see you soon!