Narrative wedding photography Des Moines

Narrative Wedding Photography: How to Tell Your Unique Love Story

If you’ve landed here, chances are you already know I’m all about wedding photography, specifically the storytelling kind. I’m super passionate about capturing the real, unscripted moments of weddings. I’ve got a knack for showing off what makes each couple’s day unique and special. So, let’s dive into the awesome world of narrative wedding photography – it’s been a hit with my Des Moines couples and destination couples as well. Let me capture more moments that you’ll cherish forever instead of manufacturing moments for the sake of it.

The Art of Narrative Wedding Photography in Des Moines and beyond

What Makes It Special

Imagine your wedding album as a storybook, where each picture is a memory, not just a pose. That’s narrative wedding photography for you. It’s about capturing the real, raw, and unscripted moments that make your wedding uniquely yours. Remember the time when Uncle Bob broke into an impromptu dance? That’s the stuff I’m after!

Capturing the Unseen

In my years behind the camera, I’ve learned to anticipate and capture those fleeting moments you might miss in the whirlwind of your big day. It’s the nervous glance you share with your partner before saying “I do,” or the way your flower girl curiously admires your dress. These unposed moments bring your wedding story to life.

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Collaborating with a Narrative Wedding Photographer

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let’s build a connection

One thing I always tell my couples: “Let’s get to know each other!” It’s not just about taking photos; it’s about understanding your story, your quirks, and what makes you tick as a couple. This connection helps me capture photos that are deeply personal and resonate with your personality. One way I love getting to know my couples more before their wedding day is by hanging out during an engagement session. Will we take beautiful photos? Yes. But we will also get to know each other, laugh, and become not only comfortable, but excited for, wedding day photos.

The Journey Begins Before the Wedding

Pre-wedding chats over coffee, or even zoom, are my favorite. We’ll talk about everything – your favorite memories as a couple, your wedding theme, even your favorite music. One way I love getting to know my couples more before their wedding day is by hanging out during an engagement session. Will we take beautiful photos? Yes. But we will also get to know each other, laugh, and become not only comfortable, but excited for, wedding day photos.

Essential Moments to Capture

The Anticipation and Preparation

The morning of the wedding is a goldmine of emotions. Couples are usually most relaxed with their closest friends and family members in the morning. As they begin to get ready for the day, the emotion and excitement builds. This creates moment rich mornings with your loved ones.

The Heart of the Ceremony

Here’s where the magic happens. Capturing a groom who couldn’t hold back his tears (even though he was SO CONFIDENT that he wasn’t going to cry on his wedding day) as he sees his bride walking down the aisle is magical. These genuine reactions are priceless and are what narrative photography is all about.

Celebration and Joy

The reception is where the party starts, but it’s also filled with heartfelt moments. Capturing your grandpa busting a move on the dance floor or your friends toasting to your happiness adds layers to your wedding story and I want to capture all of these chapters for you!

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Beyond the Wedding Day

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Creating Your Album

After the wedding, I encourage all couples to see their photos come to life with wall art and albums. Helping couples select the right images to showcase their wedding day in an album is one of my favorite parts of being a wedding photographer. Your photos will look great on screen, but you won’t believe how much better they look when you’re holding your wedding album.

The Legacy of Memories

Quality prints and albums are the final touch. There’s something magical about holding your wedding story in your hands, flipping through pages, and reliving those moments. Be sure to let me know if you have any questions about your album building experience!

Advice for couples

Be Yourself

I’m able to create the best photos for you when you’re just being you. Whether you’re goofy, emotional, or a bit of both, embrace it. Your authenticity is the most important ingredient of narrative photography. Forget about the camera, and enjoy being present with your partner, your family and your closest friends.

Trust Your Photographer

As a wedding photographer, I’m part storyteller, part artist. Trusting me to capture your day allows for creativity and authenticity. Let me do my thing, and I promise, the results will be worth it!

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As you embark on this exciting journey, remember that your wedding photographs are more than just images; they’re the timeless story of your special day. If you’re looking for narrative wedding photography in Des Moines or anywhere else in the world, let’s chat! I’d love to document your wedding story.

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I’m Jason

Hey There! I’m Jason, a photojournalistic Des Moines wedding photographer who focuses on creative, photojournalistic wedding photography through dynamic and colorful imagery. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel all over the states and world documenting over 700 weddings for couples in love. I’m so excited to learn about you and your fiance and celebrate your wedding day while creating beautiful, lasting memories!

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let’s make

I’d be honored to capture all of the moments for your wedding day, engagement photos, family session and beyond! Fill out this contact form and I’ll send you more information about having me as your photographer!