“I think we'd both say we just knew, and it was really early into our relationship. I think Haley would say she knew before we started dating. I (Caitlin) was a little skeptical of dating my best friend (who I also had no idea was gay) because I didn't want to lose my best friend. It didn't take long for me to realize I was crazy for hesitating, and I'd found the only person for me. Our love hasn't faltered since.” - Dr. & Dr. Tidwell, married June 22nd 2020 & helping us celebrate #pride with some laughs and love.
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. It is so ordered.” Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion on Obergefell v. Hodges on June 26, 2015
For today’s #pride highlight— Missi, Jessica & the story of two proposals: “Here’s one of the very few and unknown perks of being a lesbian- did you know we get two proposals??!! Missi’s to Jessica: Missi knew by the end of summer 2017 that she would one day marry this woman she had been dating. And she knew the perfect time and place to do it - the day of her law school graduation, on the steps of the State House where the pair shared their very first date. It was the perfect ploy - both families and all their friends would be there for the graduation and Missi could propose with all of their loved ones watching. - “When I transferred to USC, I thought my life was over.” she said. “You’re gonna mess up my make up” “But my life started when I met you. And now that this chapter in my life is over, I am so excited to start this next chapter with you - will you please marry me?” It was exactly as Missi had planned for it to be for over a year. - Jessica’s to Missi: Jessica’s first thought in planning: Well, I guess I have to follow that up! Her second thought: holy shit, I have to find a ring. In 2 months. Jessica, who is a terrible liar, had to find a way to sneak away with her parents to buy the ring while staying in the same house as Missi. Not an easy task. Step one: check. Jessica planned on hiding the ring in a carved out Harry Potter book, but that meant she had to painstakingly carve out a lot of pages. With Missi in Philly, this meant using her breaks during class to sit at a desk with an xacto knife as her classmates concerningly looked on. Step three: The night. Jessica took Missi to an amazing restaurant to celebrate their two year anniversary. While Missi was being wined and dined, Jessica coordinated with her roommate to buy flowers and meet the couple in the park across the street after they ate to present Missi with the flowers and the book and the ring. “Can you please shut up and let me talk for once?” *Missi shut up* “When I met you, I found myself. I love you so much and I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together. Now will you please put that ring on and marry me, too?” Two is always better than one, right? RIGHT.
Another day of winding down #pridemonth, and I wanted to take a moment to celebrate the freedom LGBTQ+ couples have when planning and participating in their wedding day. - When you’re a queer couple, all the heteronormative rules about weddings, marriage, relationships, the whole “what’s normal” narrative falls away. None of those ‘rules’ apply to you, because, honestly many of those traditions are steeped heavily in heteronormative and patriarchal power structures. Power structure & scripts that usually just don’t fit. - One way Andrew & Tavion shook off those ~traditional wedding rules~ was by getting dressed for their wedding day together. No need for a big reveal down the aisle when you helped your partner get into their wedding day attire, right? - I love seeing how each of my couples make their wedding days THEIRS, and I hope all my JHP couples would lean more into shedding the idea that they should do things simply because “that’s the way it’s done”. - Take a hint from JHP’s amazing LGBTQ+ couples and forge your own path while you do this whole wedding thing! And, don’t forget to celebrate those couples who inspired you to do things a differently and their identity when you do it, too! - #Pride is about freedom, celebrating queerness, and forging your own path in this world- which means pride is also about celebrating queer couples having queer af weddings doing non-traditional queer things on their wedding days. - We celebrate THAT kinda #pride🌈 here today & every day. Do you?
5 days until #pridemonth ends, and we’re going to be celebrating these last five days of pride with a different JHP couple each day to celebrate one of the most vibrant and resilient communities on this earth. - Let’s start here and just in case it wasn’t clear before- Myself and the team at JHP are proud to serve the LGBTQ+ community and affirm the love of all people regardless of race, sexuality, gender expression, religion, age or ability. - We celebrate love here, no matter how that looks or who is doing the loving. 🌈💖 - Happy Pride, friends! I’m proud to be your photographer, and I’m beaming with pride every time I get to share your photos.
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
Last week, we spent each weekday here at JHP celebrating #BlackLove and amplifying the stories of some of the most incredible couples I've had the pleasure of photographing. It might have just been one of my most favorite weeks on social media, like, ever. - I couldn't let our intentional highlighting of this community of JHP couples pass by without telling you more about what creating images of #BlackLove (or any love) means to me, as an artist and image creator. AND why I'm so very passionate about it... - I truly believe that representation imagery matters and can change the world. I believe deeply that representation in imagery can save lives, albeit in a roundabout way. - It’s my goal as an imagery creator to create genuine, joyful portraits of every type of couple. Then to have those images published either online or in print to inspire someone who maybe has never seen another person that looks like them & love the way they do be in-love and have love. To remind every person, no matter their culture, ethnicity, or race, that a beautiful wedding and successful partnership is attainable for them. They deserve those moments and that love, just as much as the next couple. - It’s my goal with my work to represent every single type of love story the human experience knows and share that inherent goodness with the world in the hopes of maybe changing a heart or inspiring one. - To me this job and industry is so much more than just pretty things. It’s about humans, the human experience, and how we all share in it. Being a wedding photographer is a passion and calling to create beautiful images while enhancing the lives of those I photograph and the lives of those who see my photographs. - It's more than just pretty photos. As an artist, it's one way of living out my values and truths, actively working to protect the communities that need protection, and highlighting love that needs to be seen, especially right now.
Rounding out this week’s singular focus on #BlackLove here at JHP with some previews I just delivered to Asha & Zane after their wedding day last weekend. - One thing I’ll never forget from their day is just how evident and visual their love for each other is. They way to adoringly make eye contact, laugh together at the camera, move around each other, the whole bit!!! These two LOVE each other, okay!? - Being a wedding vendor, especially a photographer, means that couples invest in and TRUST me to enhance their wedding journey and capture their precious memories. Though that trust each of my couples has in me always feels sacred and special, I am aware that having a Black couple trust me, a white photographer, to move with grace and humanity is something just a little bit different. It’s a different kind of trust- beyond the trust of “oh Jess is a pro, she will take good pics for us” - As my friend @theraquita said, “When Black people are looking for diversity what they are really looking for is someone with the knowledge to be able to move in their wedding and among their family and friends comfortably. Without them having to explain things, and not having to worry about you saying some microaggression or subtitling racist thing. Basically, they want proof YOUVE DONE THE WORK.” - And the work she’s referencing? I’m on that journey, and I’ve been on that journey. Im working towards being more anti-racist every single day. Not only because I want to be a good human (pretty low bar of conduct, if you ask me), but because I also want my couples to see me doing that work, to be able to feel comfortable with me at their event, and trust that they’ve hired a vendor that doesn’t look like them but respects them, their identity, and their humanity above all else. - I absolutely adore being a wedding photographer, and I feel so endlessly honored to be able to feature so many couples who have trusted me with their stories this week. This #BlackLoveBlackout has been one of my favorite weeks EVER on my IG feed. Don’t you agree??