#everoursafterhours serves as a learn the “why” behind their work, to get to know photographers and videographers that are the game changers or ones that in their tiny little corner of the earth are just getting it done.  i have always, ALWAYS, prided myself on the that community that i have the fortunate experience of knowing and featuring.  for the past five years, i have surrounded myself with such a beautifully talented community of wedding photographers and videographers.  so i’m just going to build on that this year and give them the spotlight they deserve.  i’ll be highlighting photographers almost every week.  but obviously if i have the time, i’ll be featuring more but it’s all dependent on the photographers who have the time to answer too.  it’ll be up on Sundays and it’ll just be a chance for photographers to kick back after shooting a wedding, grab a coffee, and have a lazy Sunday read.

this photography team is a power duo.  and they truly are the most genuine and authentic with what they do and what they love.  it shows through their work and everyone who is around them is showered by it.  they don’t just do wedding photography, but fashion and editorial AND own an artisan homegoods shop that helps women in rural India.  i mean what do they NOT do…i suppose hang out with me enough.  anyways, let me introduce you to

WOODNOTE PHOTOGRAPHY

How did you get your start in wedding photography?

Accidentally! We had a travel/personal blog where we shared our photographs, and people started asking if they could hire us to shoot things for them. One day, my friend told me that we were shooting her wedding. There wasn’t really a choice involved. After that wedding, we posted the photos to Facebook and had 8 weddings booked in the coming weeks. Fast forward 5 years and hundreds of weddings, we wouldn’t go back!

What is unique about your style of shooting?

Our style is super personal. We love to get to know our couples before we shoot with them so that they can get used to us + relax before we stick cameras in their faces. We like a balance of moody + colorful, and the biggest factor is mutual trust between us + our couples. Our couples are basically the best, most inspiring humans on earth.

Include one of your images that is your most recent favorite and explain why you love it.

Tee + Jake in Melbourne. This image is the perfect balance of moody + intimate. Beautiful to look at, even if you don’t know the couple, and a true glimpse of who they are at the same time.

What do you struggle with the most? Business wise or shooting wise.

Taxes.  -_-

Where do you see wedding photography heading next? Where would like to see it go?

Continuing down the path of more personalized. More real. More intimate. Less focused on air-brushing and photo shopping, and fore emphasis on authenticity. I’m happy to see it go there, anyway. Maybe I’m trying to will it there.

If you could send one message to the wedding photography world, what would it be? (Basically, your life motto)

Share of yourself, and your dream clients will find you. Be authentic while you’re shooting and your work will be authentic. You get what you give.

What drives you as a person and as a wedding photographer?

Endless love of humans + their stories.

What is it like to work as a team?

It is a dream, really! Jayden has all of the strengths that I only dream of having, and I hope it’s a vice versa scenario. He’s all heart, I’m a lot of head. (That’s what she said.) So I spend a lot of time with the planning/analysis side, and he connects first and worries about details later. I couldn’t ‘team’ with just anyone, but with Jayden, it is right. It hasn’t always been easy, though. For the first 2 years, we nearly killed each other just trying to find that perfect balance of ‘who does what’. If you work with as a couple, take a deep breath + make a list of the strengths that your partner has that you don’t have. Then let them take jobs that relate to those strengths. You’ll enjoy life (and working together) a lot more if you respect the strengths instead of being annoyed at their weaknesses. Real talk.

What makes you confetti throw at the end of the day?

Getting love letters from our clients whose lives have been changed by seeing themselves in our work. It’s the fucking best thing evs.

and there you have it.  i highly encourage you to check out the rest of Jayden and Caroline’s work over on THEIR SITE and THEIR BLOG.  this couple’s passport is full of stamps and they’re ready to go anywhere…which is probably why i hardly see them in LA.  i assure you that you will be missing out if you don’t go check out their work.