This week on the blog we’re excited to feature the dynamic husband and wife duo Jeff and Jeanette Foley of J Foley Photography!
One look at their gorgeous shots and it’s easy to see why they have hundreds of 5 star reviews on Wedding Wire and thousands of followers on Facebook! Read on for our interview below!
How did you get started in the industry?
Jeff was working as a sports writer, and he picked up a cheap point-and-shoot camera to accompany him on a vacation. He could not put it down (it felt like what he was “supposed to be doing” with his life). He immediately enrolled in film photography classes at Hudson Valley Community College and, within a year, he was freelancing as a photojournalist for newspapers and magazines.
Eventually, he transitioned to wedding photography in part because of the many unique challenges it poses. It is part photojournalism, part portrait photography, part fashion photography, etc. Jeanette, meanwhile, worked for years as a model. When she and Jeff met and got married, she began transitioning to the other side of the camera. The idea of helping people get comfortable while being photographed came natural to her, and she uses her experience as a model to help people look their best for their pictures.
What inspires you?
Love and romance. Light and composition. Mood and emotions.
What style of photography do you specialize in?
Portraits of couples. Photos that illustrate who a couple is together.
What is your favorite part of the job?
Meeting and getting to know new people every week.
For an engaged couple, when is the best time to book the photographer?
ASAP. LOL. It is currently November of 2018 and we are booking well into 2020. If you have your eye on a particular photographer, grab them while you can.
What are some things couples should look for when choosing a photographer for their wedding?
Price, personality and style. All three matter, and all three will impact how you feel about your photographer/photos by the time your wedding is done. Make sure all three pieces work for you. And always keep in mind that wedding photography is a very intimate experience. Your photographer will be there when you walk down the aisle. Make sure you like them personally and that you like the kind of work they do week in and week out.
What advice do you have for couples planning their big day?
Take a deep breath as you plan. Make sure your wedding day is about YOU, and enjoy the process. No matter what gets done (or not), you will be married at the end of the day. And that’s what it’s all about.