A calm demeanor paired with her soulful, emotional approach to photography makes Janet of Janet Howard Studios the perfect person to have by your side on wedding day. She focuses on making you feel comfortable so you can look and feel your best. Read on to learn more…
Bustld: What do you think makes you different as a photographer?
Janet: I am a really soulful, emotional photographer. I think what I do may be a little bit different. By being a fly on the wall, I can really make people feel comfortable in being themselves and capture more of the emotions. They are not thinking so much about the photos as much as they are having a good time.
Bustld: How would you describe your style?
Janet: I call myself emotional and editorial. I want to make sure I am telling the whole story and getting all the details. People work a lot on all the details for their weddings. It’s great to capture all those things they don’t get to appreciate on wedding day. Those two things sort of capture what my style is between the emotional aspect of it and the editorial part of telling the whole story.
Bustld: How would you describe your typical client?
Janet: My clients love photography, so they want to spend part of the day on it. A lot of my clients want to feel like a supermodel, and they don’t quite know how to get there. I am able to help them relax in front of the camera. I think what really sets people apart in front of the camera is how comfortable they are. Are they comfortable enough to be themselves? I help them get to where they want to be so they can look like they want to in these images.
They know what they want – they want to look great and their wedding to look awesome. And grand and beautiful and the best wedding ever. Sometimes you just need a little bit of help getting there; a little help posing and making sure everything is well lit so the images match up with what they have in their head.
Bustld: Why do you think your clients hire you?
Janet: I think they hire me because I have a pretty calm demeanor. That is particularly helpful on wedding days because there is a lot going on. Not only are people feeling nervous about making the pictures look right, and how they look in photos. But they also might be worrying about a lot of other things. I think I help people with that. Not just from a photography standpoint, but from an overall support standpoint. I want to make sure they are comfortable in enjoying the day.
Also, my approach is to really tell the story of who people are and what their relationships are with each other. The way I approach either a wedding or portrait session is I don’t want people thinking so much about the photography. I’ll pose people but for the most part, once I get them in the right place, I want them to talk to each other and me, and still be having a good time. I have this pet peeve of “photo smile” where people smile for the camera. You don’t ever look like that in real life. I really try to show who people are through the photos, not just what they look like.
Bustld: What is the best part of being a wedding photographer?
Janet: Everything! I love it. I always tell people it’s a pretty great gig. Everyone is happy, everyone looks great. There is dancing, music and cake. Getting to be with people during this awesome time in their lives is pretty great.
Bustld: What's your favorite moment on wedding day?
Janet: For me, it changes depending on the couple because my style is so emotional. It’s really the personal moments that get to me. So that’s going to be different for different couples. For some couples, I love the moment right after the wedding ceremony when they walk out. It’s their first moment together and they are like, “Holy cow we did it.” That can be awesome. For some couples, it’s during the toasts when they get to hear the meaningful toast from their friends and family talking about what they mean to each other or hearing descriptions of why they are special to each other. Any of those personal things that can be scattered throughout the whole day is what I really love.
Bustld: Tell us your backstory.
Janet: I’ve bene a full-time photographer for 15 years. It was something that I always loved. I didn’t really expect to do it for a living. I was working for a startup, and it closed. I was starting to get more work as a photographer and decided to make a go of it. I love it more now than even before. It takes a special kind of person to do weddings. There is a lot of stress, a lot of things to pay attention to. It’s eight hours of constant concentration. It’s not for everyone but I love it and am energized by every single one that I do.
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