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Jesse La Plante

Denver, CO
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Jesse La Plante

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I've worked as a professional photographer for more than a decade. I have a Bachelor's Degree in photojournalism and started out in the newspaper industry. My time as a photojournalist taught me to be resourceful and to think on my feet, which has proven invaluable for wedding photography. 
 
In 2008, I started shooting weddings on the side and absolutely loved it. I was able to visit new places, meet new people, and was granted a very important and personal role in what was arguably the most joyful day of their lives. Plus, I started getting a ton of compliments on my work and how it was different from typical wedding photography. People would tell me that they could spot one of my photos from a mile away without having to be told who the photographer was - that I was beginning to cultivate a very specific style. So when my wife, Moira, and I moved to Colorado that fall, I decided to make wedding photography my full-time career; we started J. La Plante Photo and never looked back.

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, in Lafayette, Colorado. I love to travel, so there are no added fees. Whether you’re having your wedding in Denver, Aspen, or San Francisco, all travel expenses are included in a flat rate.

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. As of November 2017, I've photographed 126 weddings.

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) and I'm a long-standing member of the WPJA (Wedding Photojournalist Association) and ISPWP (International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers). No recent classes or workshops, but I'm heading to Hawaii in April to attend the Two Mann Studios Metanoia workshop.

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

I love to travel. I've been to 16 foreign countries and all 50 United States.

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