Jesse La Plante

Boulder

J. La Plante Photo
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Jesse La Plante
Fearless since 2016
6 Recent Fearless Awards
11 Lifetime Fearless Awards
3 Honorable Mentions
16 Recommendations
84 Featured Couples

Contact Jesse La Plante

~ I've been shooting weddings for 14 years. Before that, I was a professional photojournalist. 
~ If pressed, I could probably eat around 47 tacos. 
~ Skiing is my favorite pastime. We have two seasons here at J. La Plante Photo: wedding season and ski season. 
~ One of my greatest joys in life is cracking a beer after a long wedding day. 
~ I love to travel. I've been to all 50 United States and 18 foreign countries. So far... 
~ My wife, Moira, and I have been together for 14 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 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 over 200 weddings as the main photographer.

Describe your "style" of wedding photography.

We’re not big on taking standard, posey photos. We specialize in nontraditional wedding photography and everything you see on our website is real. Real weddings. Real couples. Real emotion. Our goal isn’t to simply take pretty pictures, but to create works of art that are unique to you and worthy of hanging above your mantlepiece. We limit our calendar to 20 weddings per year so we can pour every ounce of our blood, sweat and tears into each wedding.

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

Our most popular wedding package is $5,500 and includes a full day of coverage (typically 10-12 hours, but we don't limit time), two photographers, a password-protected online gallery, high-res images with the rights to print, and a photo album.

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. Zoom 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 ranked as one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world by the WPJA (Wedding Photojournalist Association) and top 50 by the ISPWP (International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers).  
 
I took Two Mann Studios' Metanoia Workshop in 2018 in Kaua'i, which was a wonderful experience. My wife, Moira, and I also teach our own workshops, both online and in person.

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

I read 103 books in 2020 (thanks, COVID.)

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16 Recommendations

If you have the privilege to hire Jesse & Moira, do it & consider yourself super lucky. We are incredibly grateful that we were able to work with them! Their portfolio speaks for itself in terms of knowing you’re in the best hands & will end up with phenomenal photos. Somehow even more impressive than that is how amazingly friendly, funny, & personable these two are. We chose them for their insane talent, but what I appreciated even more was their personalities & how seamlessly they fit right in and quickly felt like friends. (Which was comforting & awesome on a day that has the potential to Read More be a bit overwhelming!)

We knew we were going to have jaw droppingly gorgeous photos (based on their past work), but we weren’t sure what to expect or what it’d be like having them at our wedding. We wanted our day captured beautifully, but didn’t want to feel micromanaged or have organic moments interrupted to be posed. Jesse & Moira managed to be everywhere throughout the entire day to capture EVERY important thing, but in a way that was super comfortable and unobtrusive. (Our venue was a large outdoor property at high altitude with rough terrain…I actually have no idea how they covered the ground that they did! We never noticed them running around, but they must have been constantly on the move to capture everything that they did! Incredible!)

They are exactly the people you want to have with you throughout your day, and the end result will blow you away! (Looking at our photos instantly brings me back to the wedding day & I get to re-live everything…including even things that I didn’t get to see firsthand on the day-of, which is pretty magical!) Can’t possibly recommend them enough!
ERIN + KEVIN
When our big wedding venue canceled on JJ and I, we decided it was a blessing in disguise and a chance to do something special for just us. I reached out to Moira and Jesse and it's the best decision I could have made. The stress of everything else was simply gone and they made sure everything was about US on our big day. They asked what we wanted and we gave them what we thought was a ridiculous impossible list and they crossed off every single thing. Even when weather threatened our perfect day, they had instant solutions to give us a magical elopement. We joked all the way up our hike and Read More all the way down. It's like we knew them for years and we were completely comfortable being ourselves. It was an emotional day filled with tears, cake, champagne, laughter, and love and they managed to capture every single thing on camera. We will forever look at our photos and experience the best day of our lives over and over again. I'm glad we never hesitated and hope others won't either! Thank you Jesse and Moira for being the absolute best!
JACKIE + JJ
We were looking for distinctive photography—J. La Plante captured moments of bliss, laughter, movement, and natural beauty. This is more than simple posed photos—their photography exudes excitement, uniqueness, and emotion.

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.
NERISSE + ROB
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