Jesse La Plante

Denver, CO
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Jesse La Plante

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I've been shooting weddings for 11 years. Before that, I was a professional photojournalist. 
I think most wedding photography is kind of uninspiring, so my brain is constantly churning to figure out how to do things a bit differently. 
Skiing is my favorite pastime. We have two seasons here at J. La Plante Photo: wedding season and ski season. 
If pressed, I could probably eat around 47 tacos. 
I love to travel. I've been to all 50 United States and 16 foreign countries. So far... 
My wife, Moira, and I have been together for over 10 years and not a day goes by that I don't wonder just what in the hell she sees in me.

Where are you located? Do you charge a travel fee for weddings not in your location?

I'm just a few miles east of the beautiful city of Boulder, Colorado.

How long have you been in business? How many weddings have you photographed as the main photographer?

I've been shooting weddings professionally since 2008. I've photographed around 150 weddings as the main photographer.

Describe your "style" of wedding photography.

Great question. The easy answer is to say I'm a photojournalistic wedding photographer. Shooting weddings is very similar to shooting events for newspapers, and much of the technique I developed as a professional photojournalist has carried over to my wedding photography style. I'm also big on doing a handful of editorial-style portraits at every wedding to make for a more balanced shoot. But style is more specific than that. Vibrant lighting, rich color, dramatic angles, genuine emotion and beautiful backdrops all contribute to my style. And putting all of those ingredients together in a unique way that hasn’t been done before is my ultimate goal.

What's the typical wedding coverage package that you offer? What is the price?

My most popular wedding package is $4,999 and includes a full day of coverage (generally 8-10 hours, but I don't limit time), two photographers, a password-protected online gallery, high-res images and the rights to print.

Do you have a studio where we can meet? Do you use Skype?

No physical studio as of yet, but I have dozens of convenient meeting places all around the metro Denver area. Skype works too.

What are your professional degrees, credentials, affiliations? Have you taken any recent educational workshops or classes?

I have a Bachelor's degree in journalism (concentration in photojournalism) from Central Michigan University. 
I'm a long-standing member of the WPJA (Wedding Photojournalist Association) and ISPWP (International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers).  
I took Two Mann Studios' Metanoia Workshop last spring in Kaua'i, which was a wonderful experience. My wife and I recently started teaching our own wedding photography workshops as well. The first one was last month in the beautiful town of Breckenridge, CO and we're currently planning more workshops for 2019.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself?

I frequently spill sh*t on my pants.

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5 Real Recommendations

Kristin + Greg
Jesse & Moira make an amazing photography team. The photos they capture are insane. Their art is so different than other wedding photos and that is what we loved about them. I have gotten so many compliments on our engagement and wedding photos from nearly everyone I know. Not to mention that they are amazing people and so easy to work with. Trustworthy, responsive, helpful. Not only were they our photographers, they helped us find our wedding planner (who was equally as amazing), and have become our friends.
- KRISTIN + GREG - June 21, 2019
Ashley + Mitch
When I tell you my husband doesn't like pictures, I mean I MAYBE get one picture out of him. Two pictures? That's out of the question. Enter J. La Plante Photo. Jesse and Moira make taking pictures FUN! After our Alt session, my (now) husband could not wait to see them again for wedding photos and fun.

Not only do their pictures and talent blow everyone else out of the water, but they are genuinely awesome people who make taking pictures relaxing and entertaining at the same time. My family and friends cannot get enough of them and their pictures, nor can we obviously! They are so unique Read More and captured us and our loved ones so perfectly.

I mean it when I say they are the absolute best, hands down, nothing even comes close. The insane shots and memories you will get from them are something you will cherish forever.

Wedding pictures are a big deal, and having the right photographers can make or break your day. Our wedding would not have been the same without Jesse and Moira, and I could never thank them enough for being who they are as individuals and as a team, and for utilizing their extreme and unique talent to give us the most epic pictures.

If you are lucky enough to book them, rest assured you are in fantastic hands and your wedding events will be one for the books!
- ASHLEY + MITCH - May 17, 2019
Shelby + Brian
There are very few things in life where you want the best photographer and your wedding is one of them! We didn't want same old same old boring group photos we wanted a photographer who thought outside the box, who got to know us and our personalities and what made us happy and laugh! Luckily we found J. La Plante Photo when our friends used them at their wedding. We were blown away by those photos and we were then blown away again by our photos. I don't think words can describe just how amazingly cool these photos are! EVERYONE and I do mean EVERYONE has said the same thing about our Read More photos... that they captured the amazingness of the night! Not only that, but their website is so easy to use making the download and sharing of photos so much easier! And to top all of this off, these two people (Moira and Jesse) are just lovely, kind, smart, sweet, and easy to work with. It is a HUGE WOW! JUST WOW!!!!
- SHELBY + BRIAN - May 11, 2019
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