First Wedding vs. Today's Wedding

I was reminded this morning by my Timehop App that today marks six years since I began my wedding photography journey. The amazing and talented Jackie Cooper was a friend and photographer here in Wichita back in 2011 (she now in located in Denver, so Colorado people need to check her out!). Jackie so graciously allowed me to second shoot with her at a wedding she had booked. I had never photographed a wedding before so I had no idea what to expect, how everything behind the scenes worked, or really even how to pose a couple. It was amazing to watch Jackie work and see how to help make a wedding day flow smoothly. I'm so thankful to Jackie, along with the couple, Becca and Kirk, for letting me tag along and try out the wedding photography industry.

I obviously fell in love with this type of photography because here I am six years later, primarily focusing on weddings. I love meeting with couples, helping them plan their day, capturing the magic of the wedding day, and [hopefully] continuing a relationship with them afterwards. It's super rewarding to walk through this stage of life with a couple, and then often get to continue photographing them as their family grows!

I thought it'd be fun to compare photos from my very first wedding, to photos that I've taken recently. Sometimes I'm really hard on myself if I feel like a photo doesn't turn out how I hoped, but then I look at these "before/after" photos and am amazed at how far this self taught photographer has come! I also laugh at some of my old photos and say to myself, "woah, I can't believe anyone ever trusted you with taking pictures!" Haha.

So thanks to Jackie Cooper, the Tjaden's, my family and friends, along with every single client over the past six years. You've all challenged me, encouraged me, and believed in me since day one of JWild Photography. Here's to many, many more years ahead (and thousands upon thousands of photos)! Enjoy these comparisons!

Getting ready... out of focus, and when a tilted picture was cool... or because I thought it was cool... 

Getting ready... out of focus, and when a tilted picture was cool... or because I thought it was cool... 

Yep, I definitely put those shoes in a fake plant.

Yep, I definitely put those shoes in a fake plant.

At this point I didn't have Photoshop or Lightroom, obviously. Poor girls look so orange, and they definitiely were not.

At this point I didn't have Photoshop or Lightroom, obviously. Poor girls look so orange, and they definitiely were not.

First look. I was still trying to figure out what angles work and which ones don't.

First look. I was still trying to figure out what angles work and which ones don't.

This one is seriously embarrassing. I totally played with the idea of doing the whole black and white with a touch of color in a photo. NEVER AGAIN.

This one is seriously embarrassing. I totally played with the idea of doing the whole black and white with a touch of color in a photo. NEVER AGAIN.

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