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Jesse La Plante

Denver, CO
5 Fearless Awards
Jesse La Plante

Contact Jesse La Plante

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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