Jesse La Plante


J. La Plante Photo
Jesse La Plante
Fearless since 2016
2 Recent Fearless Awards
7 Lifetime Fearless Awards
5 Honorable Mentions

Contact Jesse La Plante

I've been shooting weddings for 12 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 18 foreign countries. So far...

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 170 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 8-12 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 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.

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

I'm an avid reader. I read around 40-50 books per year, fiction and non-fiction alike.


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If I could give them 10 stars I would! Jesse and Moira are amazing professional photographers who will magically capture your day. Look no further you should absolutely hire them! We are so lucky they agreed to take us as clients! When choosing photographers I wanted artists, I didn’t want regular photos I could snap on my iPhone and this is exactly what their photos are, absolutely beautiful art! With Jesse and Moira you will get stunning photos you can frame in your home for everyone to see! Everyone who has seen my photos have responded with regret of not having photographers of their Read More caliber at their wedding. The wedding day lasts only a day, but photos last a lifetime. Photography is such an important investment on your wedding day and choosing Jesse and Moira was our very best investment!
The photos speak for themselves. If you've found J. La Plante, then you're done. Stop looking for photographers. You already found them. These are the greatest photos we've ever seen. First of all, Moira and Jesse are a delight, and have been so fun to work with. We booked them before we even had a venue or a wedding date because we wanted to work with them so badly. We booked an alt session first, and had a great time. They had a crazy idea involving trampolines and holi powder, and we were like cool cool let's do this. The photos turned out awesome. It was fun to see an idea like that come Read More to fruition.

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.
How do I ever capture in words what an incredible job Jesse and Moira did with our wedding photos!!! They were so easy to work with, from beginning to end. We immediately clicked and my husband and I felt like we had partners who we could trust to capture our wedding day in the best manner. The day of, it felt like we had known them for years, which made it so easy to be authentic and genuine. Their artistry and vision just blows my mind. We did not want our wedding photos to be boring or posed; we wanted something unique, and we wanted to focus on the relationships and emotions of the Read More day. Jesse and Moira were the PERFECT people to do that, and we are thrilled with the results. In looking through the final portfolio, we can relive our day because they captured it so perfectly. The outdoor shots are just pristine and amazing! Plus, now we'll use them for all future photography needs. :)

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