Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! 🥳✨ Now that you’re engaged, I hope you’ve found time to celebrate with your friends and start dreaming up your big day! If I was with you in person right now, I’d pour you a delicious craft brew and we’d have high fives all around! 🍻🙌🏻 I’m Jessica Hunt, and I’ve been photographing weddings for over 8 years. I’ve worked beside a LOT of great vendors and have picked up some awesome tips I’d love to pass along to you to make your wedding planning process as stress-free as possible. 🤗🥰 Trust me when I say this: the vendors you choose can make or break your wedding. 🥴 Don’t let that freak you out! I know it might feel like a lot of pressure, but I’ve picked up plenty of tips along the way to help my couples find the right vendors for their needs, personalities, and budgets. 😇🤩 I’ve put my best recommendations into a simple guide to help you get started on hiring the perfect team for your big day! 💖 You can find an easily link to follow in my bio to download your guide to choosing rockstar vendors and living happily ever after!
“Jess, will you get on a plane to photograph our wedding ceremony in Los Angeles?” Um, YES! Sign me up for ANY kind of travel. I’ll take Brazil, California, Greece, or New York! This South Carolina girl is ready for anything and everything. Just say the word and I’ll pack my bags. 🤩 I LOVE when my clients get married in unique destinations or special locations that are meaningful to them. I don’t just love luxury vacation weddings… I’ll come to WHEREVER you are celebrating. In fact, when an LA couple reached out to me earlier this year, I was stoked to hop on a cross-country flight and made my way to the City of Angels! 🥳 LA is known for its lack of rain, but it surprisingly rained all weekend! My couple was amazing, so trusting, and allowed me to flex my rainy day wedding skills even though I was in a town I was unfamiliar with. The rain made their wedding day even more memorable and their photos were just STUNNING. 😇 If you're looking for gorgeous photos that show your true connection anywhere in the world, I'd love to chat! I happily offer traveling options for anniversaries, engagements, portraits, and wedding days. 💖 You can get in touch with me on my feed @jhuntphotos. And if you’d just like to be friends, I’d love that too! 🤗 Cheers! Jess
Feeling cute, sassy, and hopeful as I get back to work today after almost 3 weeks of break from all of the hustle and bustle of owning a business. 🥰 2019 taught me that rest is really really important to me. Not only do I love to sleep, relax, and play my Switch (understatement of the century), but I’ve learned over the past year in my business that it’s simply impossible for me to pour from an empty cup. 🥴 I am better at my job, I am better at life, and I’m better to the people within my life when I prioritize time off and rest. 😇 This is kind of hard for me to accept because I am the kind of person who just likes to go go go go go go go go go. I often feel ‘lazy’ or ‘worthless’ when I’m not giving my attention and labor to something that is productive or something that brings in revenue to the business. (see: internalized toxic capitalism) 🥴 I read a thread of tweets the other day that really struck me. They were from a medical professional explaining that all high functioning/achieving creative adults have the privilege of downtime or rest in their lives. This downtime and rest allows them to come back to work more productive and allows them to be more successful in the end. ✨ This year I’m going to actively work against the mental barriers that I have against taking time off and try to prioritize in my mind this idea: that one simply cannot be the best that they could be unless they are rested and rejuvenated enough to perform at their best. 💖 So really this is just a really long post to tell you that I learned a really valuable lesson during the busiest year of my business last year. And that lesson is: I need rest, and I deserve rest. The ‘hustle mentality’ or pressure to ‘go-go-go’ isn’t something that works for me, and I would argue it’s probably not working for you either. 🤷♀️ So, I hope that you, like me, are going into 2020 with the permission and freedom to rest, take time off, and do things that you might have otherwise considered to be ‘lazy’ or unproductive in an effort to be the best you that you can be this year. I know I will be doing my best to change my mindset and outlook on rest in 2020; will you?
I’m not a wedding photographer just because I’m in love with the art of photography. I do love this art form, but my passion goes so far beyond that. 🤗 I’m a wedding photographer because I believe that people, and their stories, matter more than anything in this vast expanse of human experience. 💖 This is what I believe to the core. Our purpose for being put on this earth is to enhance the lives of those around us. In my eyes, it’s why I exist and why I’ve been given this incredible opportunity to document love. 😇 Everything that I do as a business owner, a wedding photographer, a friend, a sister, a daughter, and a lover is about other people. Because at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is how we love, serve, and show up for others. ✨ Seeing my couples as they really are, being invited in to witness their love, and creating art that reflects the beauty of their humanity is an honor I just don’t take lightly. It’s the BEST. 🤗 Cheers! Jess @jhuntphotos
Any wedding photographer worth hiring knows how important it is to make their clients feel totally comfortable on camera, so I’ve spent a lot of time making sure my process is comfortable and FUN for all marriers who step in front of my lens. 😘 Basically, hanging out with me is a damn good time! My couples and I joke around, dance, and aren’t afraid to laugh with each other as I guide them through taking photos on their wedding day. As a result, their “picture smiles” fade away and their real smiles come out. 😁 Your wedding day photography experience shouldn’t feel miserable or overshadow all of the other parts of the day. The photographer you choose should *enhance* your wedding day and help you enjoy it even more fully. 🥳 That’s why I stress hiring one who really seems to “get” you and feels like someone you’d want to be friends with. That’s the person you’ll be able to open up with, let your guard down in front of, and trust to see (and capture) you for who you are. 😇 If you’d like to see some of the emotional, REAL shots I’ve taken over the last few months come on over to my feed @jhuntphotos. I regularly post my faves and lots of behind-the-scenes content in my Stories. 💖 Cheers! Jess
Making styled magic with @colorpopevents today at @unionpark.events, and I figured a repost of one of my favorite frames from our last styled shoot together was appropriate. 🥰 Our last styled shoot together was seen nationally in @theknot; I wonder where today’s pretty frames will end up! 🤪 Tune into my stories to see all the good stuff and BTS from our work today! 💖 Venue:@kelloggsnyc Planning and Design:@colorpopevents Photographer: @jhuntphotos Paper: @suitesmith Florals: @bladenewyork Linens: @nuagedesignsinc Cake: @hudsoncakery Cookies:@cookiesforacausenyc Hair and Make-Up: @whitneygreenco Dresses: @renttherunway Confetti Bowl Topper and Cake Topper: @treathouseny Models: @casadefallon - - - - - - - #theknotpro #nycbride #theknotstyledweddings #nycweddings #theknit #nycwedding #newyorkbride #newyorkweddingphotographer #theknot #nyccityhallwedding #newyorkcouplephotographer #nycweddingmakeup #theknotweddings #longislandweddings #nyc #weddingwire #longislandwedding #unionpark #nycevents #events #nycevent #unionwestevents #unionwest #nycgala #ultimateeventspace #nyccorporateevents #unionparkweddings #eventvenuenyc
Cheers to a new year, new beginnings & 366 more chances to kiss someone you love! 💖🥰 Happy New Year, my friends! - - - Vendors: @luckypennycreative @jhuntphotos @southernbleachery @layeredbylex @latiamh @philofloral @theuptowncompany @thesentimentalistatl @ashleyjamesrr @tonyarrobinson @ephemora.co @sheltonmetal @professionalparty @elizabethdye @zara @converse - - - - - - #columbiabrideguide #columbiasc #twobrides #southernweddings #columbiawedding #columbiaweddingphotographer #sodacityweddings #southernbride #southerncharm #carolinabride #columbiaweddingplanning #columbiaweddingplanner #carolinawedding #columbiaweddingvenue #loveislove #mrsandmrs #columbiafloraldesigner #gaywedding #samesexwedding #lovewins #samesexmarriage #gaylove #marriageequality #lgbtwedding #lesbianbrides #twobridesarebetterthanone #southcarolina #sodacity #realcolumbiasc #uofsc
Smiles & kisses from Bria to Nigel to brighten up your #weddingwednesday! 🤗 I love changing up traditional poses on wedding days with my couples. We toss gender roles and traditional posing out the window during their portraits and work to capture real, genuine moments. 🥺 There are no rules for your photos; nothing you *have* to do. These are YOUR photos, so why wouldn’t you join me in throwing rules to the wind on your wedding day and creating images like these??? 😘 - - - - - - - - #weddingdayfirstlook #firstlook #weddingday #weddingplanning #weddingphotographer #weddingdaylook #thatsdarling #weddingfirstlook #radlovestories #firstlookwedding #columbiabrideguide #columbiasc #southernweddings #columbiawedding #columbiaweddingphotographer #sodacityweddings #weddinginspiration #southernbride #weddinginspo #southerncharm #carolinabride #columbiaweddingplanning #weddingphotography #columbiaweddingplanner #carolinawedding #columbiaweddingvenue #columbiafloraldesigner #soloverly #uofsc