Engagement

A Cowboy Silhouette: Kaitlyn + Cody

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For me, photography is much more than a "means to an end," or a job to be finished. Instead, it's an experience that I'm convinced should be felt and enjoyed.

Anytime I'm talking with perspective couples I always spend far more time emphasizing the passion I have for the people I'm working with - because I feel that my work can't truly capture the connection my couples share if I am not able to connect with them myself. Telling someone's story is vastly different from photographing them.

Being photographed is actually a pretty vulnerable place to put yourself. Most people really don't love photos of themselves, so as a photographer it's deeply important that I'm able to help my couples break down those walls and get right into the middle of who they are - and capture the true essence of who they are when they're together. I've yet to meet a couple that didn't love photos of themselves that were a true representation of who THEY are together. I'm not talking about "pretty photos," I'm talking about photos and images that are 100% in line with telling the story of who THEY are, and why THEY love each other. I know it's cliche, but I swear to you - every love story is different, and I have yet to shoot weddings that were even similar. (I thrive on that, btw!) And that's the key to what I do - and why I do it the way I do!

About the photo:

In my eyes, this specific capture really personifies Cody and Kaitlyn. This was one of the very last photos taken at their engagement session, and it's absolutely one of my favorites!

We were on their farm, shooting in the middle of a field that Cody and his dad have worked countless times... Both of them were dressed in their more casual attire, Cody was wearing his cowboy hat, and the sun was showing off it's colors almost as good as I've ever seen them! Just moments before these photos in the field, Kaitlyn had actually fallen off of her horse and hit her head pretty hard - but she insisted she wanted to push through the pain and catch the moments before the sun left. So that's exactly what we did. Cody cradled his fiancee in his arms as the sun set, and Kaitlyn's mom watched from behind us in the distance. It truly was a pretty awesome moment, and being able to be a small part of that was something I'll always remember. 

I love that this capture is a silhouette, because not only is the sky on fire, but the outlines of Kaitlyn and Cody's faces tell it all. Their faces aren't visible, but we can see their sweet, romantic smiles just enough to feel a connection with what they're feeling. Moments like this one aren't something you can set-up, or even coerce a couple into.  They're authentic and so very perfect...

And just think: I'm the one that gets to capture stuff like this! 

(Sometimes I truly can't believe I get to be a part of a journey like this with my couples.)

Wedding, Family, Engagement, Business

Jordan Tickle Photography: Best of 2017

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Y'all - 2017 was seriously the best! I was able to work with the coolest couples and capture some of my favorite work to date. I love to look back on each year that I've photographed, because it lets me see how my style has evolved and how my work has grown with each passing shoot. One of my favorite things about being a photographer is that things are NEVER the same. I actually had two weddings this summer, just 7 days apart, that were at the same venue, had the same florist and even had the same officiant - but guess what?! They were completely different weddings, and each of them were unique. That's what I love! 

2017 kept us in the Triad area for the most part, but we did get to travel a little... We went to Mississippi and even up into the mountains of Virginia too! We shot at churches and ballrooms, at hotels and barns, in the rain and sunshine, and even on the edge of a mountain! Our year was wonderful! 

This year I've learned 3 things that have meant a lot to me personally: 

1) I am so blessed to be doing exactly what I'm doing. I love working with so many wonderful people, and I truly am honored to be entrusted with so many special moments and memories! 

2) I LOVE what I do! Photography is so much more to me than a camera or a finished image - it's making a difference in people's lives, and helping them leave a legacy. 

3) Gear is absolutely NOT the most important. Don't get me wrong, super good gear is a huge player in the world of photography, but if you can't see moments and help people be themselves, then you're just snapping photos... Not creating photographs. This year I've been lucky enough to have really slowed down my pace and focused more on what's actually happening - and it has allowed me the opportunity to capture people and moments in a way that I've never done before!!

 

So, to each of you that were a part of JTP in 2017, THANK YOU! Thank you for not only supporting my business and my dream, but thank you for helping me support my family and live each day with the satisfaction of knowing I've made a difference in this world! 2017 was truly incredible, and I cannot wait to see what 2018 holds for us! 

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And now, what you've all been waiting for - here are my favorite moments from 2017! 

(In no specific order, I might add...)

A Wedding at WinMock: William + Kate

These two are simply the best. They met over 8 years ago (yes, EIGHT!) and have been in love pretty much ever since. I was fortunate enough to spend most of my weekend with William and Kate at their rehearsal dinner and then on their wedding day, so I've become quite familiar with their love story. Well, at-least how it was told by their family and friends! 

It's a story that starts with them "just being friends," but ends with them being husband and wife! See, William and Kate were good friends early on - William was the guy giving her advice about all of the other guys she was dating. One day her mom finally said "Kate, what about William - this guy that's giving you all of this really good advice about the other guys?!" Well folks, the rest is a love story... :) 

William and Kate truly are two of the most genuinely-kind people on the planet... Throughout their day they were constantly checking on others to see if they could help them with anything and making sure others had what they needed. It's obvious just how loved and admired they are by their close friends and family... And that always makes for SUCH an incredible wedding day! 

Pretty much every weekend here in NC the last month or so has had pretty serious threats of rain, and this past weekend was no different. But, despite what the forecast tried to tell us, we had a beautiful day for a gorgeous wedding! (Although the heat didn't give us much relief! haha) 

William and Kate: you two were oh-so-wonderful to work with, and I cannot wait to share the rest of your beautiful wedding images with you very soon! Until then, enjoy your honeymoon and the first weeks as newlyweds... There's nothing quite like it! 

VENDORS

Photography: Jordan Tickle Photography

Venue: WinMock at Kinderton

Coordination/Planning: Relish Design Company

Florals: Green Bee Floral Designs

Hair/Make-up: Updo's

DJ/Entertainment: On Target DJ

Catering: Providence

Cake: Maxi B's

Stationary: Suite Paper

Videography: Kenny Roberts

Wedding

An Intimiate Rainy Wedding: Zack + Becky

I'm not convinced that rain on a wedding day is such a bad thing... This weekend Zack and Becky were planning a beautiful, intimate ceremony outside their church, but the weather had other plans. It was not only rainy, but actually a little chilly too - so the ceremony was moved inside to the lobby. (Lucky for them, the lobby has beautiful, tall windows that truly made it a perfect setting!) As soon as the ceremony and family formals were complete, Becky assured me that she was 100% game for going outside in her dress for some portraits in the rain - so off we went! I'll let you be the judge, but personally I'm thrilled with how the images turned out, and I don't know that they would have been quite so "steller" without a little rain on everything!  

Funny story: Becky and I first met through her sister-in-law, who was a bridesmaid for a close friend of my wife's (whose wedding I photographed). I was set up at the TriadWeddings Marry Me event, and Lily brought Becky by my booth to make sure we were able to connect and get up a time to sit down with her and Zack to nail down details for their wedding. I'll never forget meeting Becky because she was one of the only people I spoke to at that show... See, the show was the same day that my wife was induced to have our daughter! (Disclaimer: Yes, I was still at the wedding show - but for all of about 30 minutes until I couldn't take it, and ran back to the hospital! It's a long story as to why I still attended the show, but I swear the doctors assured me I had plenty of time to work the show and come back without missing anything at all. And as it happened, I would have been able to have attended about 9 shows... This kid of ours took over 55 hours to show up! haha) So, to sum it up, I remembered meeting Becky for the first time quite vividly because I took off for the hospital right after we were done chatting! Then she brought Zack to our first meeting and I knew right away these two were "my kind of people." Both of them were super focused on making their wedding experience as laid-back and genuine as possible! They chose to do this by having a small ceremony with closest friends and family on Friday evening, and then a HUGE celebration and BBQ with all of their guess the next day. And I'm here to let you know that they nailed it! 

Zack + Becky: I SOOO enjoyed being able to document your wedding journey and get to know both of you! Your wedding was refreshingly unique and oh-so-fun! I'm glad I was there to be a little part... You two enjoy your first weeks as newlyweds, and have fun on the honeymoon! I can't wait to share all of your images with you at the studio over milk and cookies!