Vendor Spotlight: Jay Farrell Photography

Today's spotlight is on Jay Farrell Photography! Jay was so kind to come to our December dinner last year to take photos, which we've shared on an earlier blog post, here. It's not easy to be the only fella in room full of wedding planners but Jay did it splendidly! We recently asked Jay a few questions about his business and this is what he had to say..... How did you get into photography?

I cut my teeth with street photography and photojournalism, and have always enjoyed capturing those decisive moments and natural candid moods in people. Later, I participated in art classes about the female form and fine art photography, as well as various photography workshops. Working with true masters of photography helped me truly focus on capturing the soul of each subject I photograph. I started photographing weddings in 2007, after working as a second and backup photographer for another. I quickly found my place as a journalistic-style wedding photographer, using my native style. And here we are today.


What do you love about photography?

I love having creative control of all aspects of a photograph. It’s important to be to be able to put my personal touch on everything from composition, lighting, capturing that defining moment and mood with my subjects, depth of field, etc. It's rewarding to see the finished product, and even more rewarding to have a happy client. It's a personal service that people trust me to provide, and it's great to see them excited about their photos. There's always something new to do, and it's fun to see visions come to life. Photography has also brought a lot of people in my life that I am so grateful for.

What would you say is your photography style?

Documentary / journalistic style wedding photography, lifestyle / commercial style portraits, and artistic.


Do you shoot digital or film?

Digital primarily, I switched to a Fuji X mirrorless system last year exclusively. In many ways, it mimics film, as far as manual control and layout of the camera. I do occasionally shoot with film, recreationally with my twin lens medium format and 35 mm. It is good for it's unique tonal quality and discipline.


Tell us why brides should choose you to capture their wedding day.

I don't take lightly the fact that wedding photography is a very personal service. It's important that a couple love the photographer's work as well as their personality. I am the service provider the couple spends the most time with. I care about the needs of my clients, and come with energy ready to work for them. It's important to me that it's a fun experience for all of us. I have a unique non-intrusive journalistic style that captures the intimate loving feel of the day. Some other selling points are my unique approach to natural and off camera lighting, overall efficiency and keeping up with demands of the day without setup delays, and high standards for finished product and artistically designed albums.



Some personal questions about Jay:

Mac or PC: Mac all the way!

Tea or Coffee: I’ve never developed the taste for coffee, but do enjoy hot tea in colder weather.

Favorite Social Media Outlet for Sharing Pictures: Facebook and Pinterest.

Favorite Movie Right Now: Some of the best movies are the ones that never made it big in the mainstream, in my opinion. Some recent discoveries I really thought were brilliant are Station Agent, Cashback, and Henry Poole Is Here. Plus longtime favorites like Indy Film, Me And You And Everyone We Know, and Clockwork Orange.