Lou Ellen & Christian - Engagement

No one has a "perfect" story, it's actually those imperfections that seem to draw those we love even closer. When I hear someone say "they're perfect for each other," I immediately smile because I know that means they love each other for all the ups, downs, darkness and light and they choose to walk forward together, imperfections and all. Isn't it truly glorious that we have come to use the word "perfect" to describe something as imperfect as love? It's a bitt of an oxymoron if you ask me. Love is something so perfectly imperfect which in turn makes it... well, perfect. We have been blessed with the grace and ability to see another person's flaws and imperfections and love them because of who they are as a result of all the things that they have been through, good and bad. 

When my clients open up with me and share their stories, I get a glimpse down the dirt road that they took to get to where they are. I love to ask them about a time when they were most proud of the other. It is usually a story of strength and grace. This is when I think about perfection. When someone has gone through something that, alone, may not have been easy, but through it came a partnership or even just a moment where your fiancee got to say they were proud of you.  When I asked Lou Ellen about a time that she was most proud of Christian, her words came straight from the heart. She told me that Christian had probably had the hardest year of his life while they were dating and how proud she was of him on so many occasions as she watched him walk through having Melanoma and watching his mother battle for her life. As she was telling me this, Christian immediately responded by telling me what a gift Lou Ellen was through every bit of this and how the Lord has given her to him to show him grace, mercy and love. Through imperfections came this perfect love. 

Everyone has an imperfect past before they begin a life with someone else. The perfection comes when we choose to look forward together and love one another because of that past, not in spite of it. Tell someone today about a time that you were proud of them, I bet you'll make their day :) 

Rachel & Lucas - Wedding

"She was more than human to me. She was a Fairy, a Sylph, I don't know what she was - anything that no one ever saw, and everything that everybody ever wanted. I was swallowed up in an abyss of love in an instant. There was no pausing on the brink; no looking down, or looking back; I was gone, headlong, before I had sense to say a word to her."

\\ Charles Dickens

2016 Favorite Moments - Wedding Edition

Wow! Like I said in the last post, 2016 has been incredible! I don't care what all the negative Nancy's on social media say, I loved it!! Here is the collection of images that I think perfectly sums up all the emotions of this year! Get ready because it's a long one full of beauty, joy, fun and sparkle! 

Thank you to all of the incredible vendors I had the honor of working with this year! 

I do! I do! Wedding Planning, Handley Breaux Designs, Invision Events, Whirl Events, Elle Affairs, 333 Designs, On Site Productions, Finery, The Tutweiler Hotel, Cakes by Kim, CeCe Designs, Design Productions, Kathryn Anne Weddings, Shoal Creek, Southeastern Jewelers, Gown Boutique, Iron City, Melissa Bogardus, The Sonnet House, Stephanie Gibbs Events, The Club, Beauty by Jess, Savannah Kilpatrick, Loft 212, Lauren Livingston, The White Room, The Barn at Shady Lane, Crooked Tree Productions, B&A Warehouse, Diane's Bridal, Aldridge Gardens, Wild Ivory Beauty, River Oaks Charleston, Lacey Farmer, Moores Mill Club, Morgan Ashley Salon, Burritt on the Mountain, The Chef Next Door, Hannah Holsomback, The Westin Huntsville, D'Armond Catering, Applewood Farm, Opelika Floral Co, Event Rentals Unlimited, Wildflowers by Sybil, Shindigs, Old Brick House, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, The Gadsden House, King Street Hospitality, Matthews Manor, Magic Muffins





2016 Review + Engagement Session Favorites

Woah, I can not believe that 2016 is coming to an end! Year 2 of Jett Walker Photography has been WOW!!! I have met some of the most amazing people this year, I'm talking about the kind of people that make you wonder things like, 'why haven't we always been friends?' and 'did she just say exactly what I was thinking... OUT LOUD?!' The life changing kind of people who teach you a lot about yourself and encourage you to do so many things you never thought you were capable of.... You know what I'm talking about, right?  

From day 1 of owning this crazy business I have held on to the intention of focusing on people first, it's not always easy and I am not always good at it admittedly. My goal is not to be featured or get famous, my focus will always be 100% on the people I encounter. I've never been the one to want the spotlight or the focus on me anyway, I think that is why I love being a photographer because I can hide behind my camera... But yeah, sometimes people in this industry have a tendency to focus their talents in the wrong direction. Yes, on the mere surface weddings are beautiful and sparkly and glamorous and as a talented and creative artist it is very easy to focus on these things, but the reality is that a wedding is about so so much more than a sparkly dress or the lighting or a stunning floral arrangement or even a perfect table setting (it may be a little about the cake though). And as a wedding vendor I am absolutely not called to use my talents for my own benefit, yes I understand I gotta pay my bills etcetera etcetera, but I firmly believe that if I do my job to serve others and love others with everything I can that I will be rewarded ten fold. And I seriously feel like this year has proven this true for me time and time again.

2016 has been a year of growth and love for me. It started with an incredible project that had absolutely nothing to do with weddings. Back in January I was called to start a project for the women of Birmingham, I had no weddings on the books for February and I wanted to do something to keep the creative juices flowing, that's when Inspire Us Bham was laid on my heart. The idea behind the project was simple, photograph women without makeup to encourage them to love themselves and spread love and support to other women. Never in a million years did I think something so simple would spread and effect so many people in ways beyond my imagination. So many people stepped in and wanted to help without us even asking, it was incredible to see this amazing parallel between the idea for the actual photo shoot and the way the event came together. Both were beautiful metaphors for people supporting one another and encouraging each other for a greater good. This event was just the beginning of my journey this year. It opened my eyes to taking new approaches to sharing and loving others. From there, the Lord continued to open my eyes and pour into me in so many ways. 

This is where my amazing clients come in! You didn't think I'd take the time to actually write a blog post and not include anything about my stellar brides and grooms did you!?! Hell naw! (Oh lord did I just write that... yep, leaving it!) I really have been blessed in the past 2 years to have worked with an incredible group of clients. 2016 was no different in that aspect, but I do feel like I had the pleasure of being able to enjoy and provide even better service for my clients this year. With making the decision to only take 2 weddings per month I was able to give every person the time and attention they deserved! It also allowed me to get to know everyone on a more personal level, which if you know me you know that means I am just naturally going to put out better work when I know your story prior to walking into your wedding day (cuz I'm an introvert and I pretty much just operate that way). All that to say, I have worked with some unbelievable people this year! I'm talking brides, grooms, planners, venues, florists, bands, bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, cousins, the works! No joke, I feel like I have 20 families across the US right now! I really don't know what I did to be blessed in this way but I am so thankful for everyone's love and trust in me. I'm pretty much a one woman show over here and I know I sometimes make dumb mistakes, but dang if y'all don't always support me and sing my praises and embrace me on your wedding days as if we've been besties since day one. Gah what a pleasure, blessing, delight, honor it is to be able to have this job.  I truly hope that my work will serve as a memory and reminder of just one part of your amazing adventures in marriage. Because like you all know, a wedding is just the beginning of a marriage and I am thrilled as hell that I get to be a part of it!

Now here are some of my favorite engagement/couple's session moments from the past year! Engagement sessions are a perfect way for me to get to know my clients on a more personal level. I get to hear all kinds of fun stories as well as hone in on how my couples interact. It's also a great idea to do a session if you aren't used to being in front of the camera, you'll become more comfortable with me and realize pretty quickly that if anyone is going to look like a complete goofball it's going to be me! So cheers to 2016 and learning about love, service, friendship and how to be one hell of a cheerleader for people!