Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Spotlight | Jason Aten Photography


I had the pleasure of joining Jason Aten for lunch a few weeks ago. He and I sat down and indulged in a great conversation about the West Michigan wedding industry. Jason opened my eyes to many aspects of the market - some I hadn't even thought of. I always enjoy a new perspective!

After our lunch, we put together a Q & A, which I hope you enjoy. Don't miss his blog & website if you're looking for a wedding photographer, or simply enjoy amazing eye candy to look at on your lunch break.

How long have you been photographing weddings & events?
I began photographing weddings in 2001. Before that, and where I really got my start was as a documentary photographer for mission organizations who were sending teams throughout the world. It was a very intimate and personal approach to telling the stories, and that carries through to the weddings I photograph.

What inspires you as you work with your clients?
I really view my role as someone who is helping them capture and tell their story - the story they have been planning and anticipating for months or even years. What inspires me is that every wedding is unique - just like every couple is unique. I love that I get to be a part of something so personal and meaningful, and I’m inspired by the uniqueness of their story.

Why did you chose to photograph weddings?
As I’ve said, I’m drawn to stories, and I love how every aspect of a wedding helps to tell this story that has been moving a lifetime towards the celebration of these two people. The details, the relationships, the moments - all are a part of this incredible story. There are a lot of great stories in this world, but none quite as authentic and inspiring - to me - as a wedding!

If you could shoot a wedding for anyone who would you pick?
I love working with people who truly value photography and art, so in that respect, I love photographing weddings for other photographers and artists! I'm been blessed to photograph some amazing weddings - in amazing locations - but honestly, it really is a privilege to photograph every wedding we do!

Do you have one "gotta get it" shot at every wedding?
I have a few “signature” shots maybe :) After the bride and her father have entered, I love to shoot over their shoulder from behind and catch the look of the groom as he first sees his bride walking towards him. That’s a pretty emotional shot for me!

What is your favorite way to spend a non-working Saturday in the summer?

I didn’t know those exist! Just kidding :) Actually, since we’re a boutique studio, I shoot no more than 20 weddings a year because I believe it’s important to give our clients incredible service. That means we do have some “non-working” Saturdays.

Probably my favorite thing is to spend time with my wife Beth, and our almost one-year-old Madison. She has so much energy, and I really enjoy just watching her turn into this amazing little girl!

2 lovely comment(s):

Nicole Haley Jul 15, 2009, 10:13:00 AM  

Great Q&A, Aletha! And gorgeous images from wine country, Jason!

Jason Aten Jul 16, 2009, 5:24:00 PM  

Thanks Aletha! It was great chatting with you :)

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