Jesse La Plante
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 18 foreign countries. So far...
I'm just a few miles east of the beautiful city of Boulder, Colorado.
I've been shooting weddings professionally since 2008. I've photographed around 170 weddings as the main photographer.
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.
My most popular wedding package is $4,999 and includes a full day of coverage (generally 8-12 hours, but I don't limit time), two photographers, a password-protected online gallery, high-res images and the rights to print.
No physical studio as of yet, but I have dozens of convenient meeting places all around the metro Denver area. Skype works too.
I have a bachelor's degree in journalism (concentration in photojournalism) from Central Michigan University.
I'm ranked as one of the top 50 wedding photographers in the world by both the WPJA (Wedding Photojournalist Association) and the 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, Moira, and I also recently started teaching our own wedding photography workshops as well.
I'm an avid reader. I read around 40-50 books per year, fiction and non-fiction alike.
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Moira and Jesse maximized venue scenery with creative perspectives and color brilliance from day and the night. We used glowsticks and bubbles for our Grand Exit and the photos provided the color, the movement, and the energy we all felt the entire day into the night. It makes a big difference to have 2 photographers from different angles.
Moira made it easy Read More to carry on detailed and sincere discussions regarding our interests and questions prior to our event (and even post-wedding); she answered all questions and offered opportunities to provide specific photos to be taken at the wedding. They were able to get the digital photos to us within about a month or so after our wedding and we are extremely happy with the quality and communication.
Additionally, in the process of ordering the prints, Moira immediately communicated and solved an issue on the website and provided an additional day to order our prints—total customer satisfaction. We were extremely pleased with her follow-through in resolving the ordering issue plus her constant availability via verbal and written communication.
Before the wedding date, we met to talk about the types of photos we wanted (I should mention that we met at a cat cafe, which was the best). We received a timeline so we knew when we had to be ready. They were also so helpful on our wedding day. They told us where to go and when, so it was stress-free. They were champions at fielding requests from guests and made sure that we had the kind of photos we wanted. If you've got weird relatives making ludicrous requests, they can handle them like pros. They're 100% on your team.
I literally want to print every picture that we received in our gallery. Everyone keeps talking about how awesome the photos are and that they've never seen anything like them. Reader, you also have not seen photos like these before. Book J. La Plante before someone else gets them before you.