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As the clock counts down to February 12, 2014, when we’ll be accepting the very last entries for the Hitched giveaway, we wanted to tell you a little bit about our team!
First up: an interview with Jodi Jacobson of Ben and Jodi Photography — our visionary.
Hitched: What first interested you in photography?
Jodi Jacobson of Ben and Jodi Photography: I’m not sure that there was a first thing that interested me in my profession. My soul has always been drawn towards photography and capturing emotion. Since I can remember I have had a camera in my hand, although it use to be the disposable kind until one day I decided to just take a leap of faith and really dive into photography.
JJ: I have been serving weddings for 8 years. There is nothing else I could see myself doing, as we specialize in weddings I know that my passion has become so much more than just photographing a wedding day, it has become about making friends and memories with the couples and wedding professionals we get to work with!
JJ: Changing always! No seriously, I am always looking to learn and to grow, if we ever stop growing then we’re done in the industry.
I have a love for light, my favorite kind of light is window light, if there is great diffused window light I will be using it! I have a more candid, lifestyle approach to photographing weddings.
JJ: I was an assistant forever! I held lights and listened and held more lights, all so I could learn starting from the bottom. I have had some of the most amazing mentors on this journey, who continue to mentor and uplift Ben and I! Now we are both a part of Professionals Photographers of America, and Professional Photographers of Ohio. We regularly attend workshop and seminars to make sure we are always educating ourselves to give our couples the best!
JJ: Everything! We get to work with the most amazing couples, and we become so close with them over the course of the months to years they are planning that I often tear up when the bride puts on her dress or during their vows, and the first dance, yep, I am usually misty eyed behind the camera. I adore our couples and the relationships that we build with them!
JJ: This is such a great question! You cannot put a price on photographs and the memories from your wedding day. You want to make sure that you vibe well with your photographers and you enjoy being around them, your whole day will go great when we can make you laugh and feel comfortable in front of the camera. You want to make sure that our style matches your style, not style of clothing, style of photography. You should LOVE you images for years and years to come, and know that they truly reflected who you are as a couple and the atmosphere and energy of your wedding day.
JJ: A Wedding Dream Team for me is like minded professionals all working together towards one goal, to give the best experience for our couple on their wedding day. We have no time for cattiness or egos. What helps us is when we all work together and communicate with one another. We are exited to be working as part of this team because every single wedding professional involved is being selfless and paying it forward to our community! Wow, what an incredible event to be a part of. Of course we want to associate and work with people in our industry that so willingly give back! Pay it forward.
Check out this article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, featuring an interview with Jodi from Ben and Jodi Photography!
Win a free wedding, thanks to Ben and Jodi Photography and other Cleveland-area vendors
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Have you been talking with that certain someone about tying the knot? Have you been putting off the big day because money is tight right now following the holidays? Well, this may be your lucky year.
The owners of Ben and Jodi Photography are offering a wedding giveaway, a total prize package worth about $10,000. It includes a wedding planner, hair and makeup for the bride, a cake that feeds 150 people, a dessert table, an officiant to conduct the ceremony, a wedding dress, flowers, photography and custom favors for the guests. As word spreads, more vendors sign up, so the package might end up being worth more.
All you have to do is email a short essay about why you and your beloved deserve a free wedding to firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 12.
Jodi Jacobson, 26, and her fiancé Ben Hall, 32, came up with the idea over the holidays. Their company is in its first year, but they have shot almost 50 weddings together.
“We like the idea of giving back to the community,” said Jacobson. “I thought of the idea but wasn’t sure what Ben would think.” He’d actually been thinking the same thing and brought it up to her first.
Hall said he got the idea from watching reality television.
“We’re a small business trying to uplift the community,” said Hall. “People tend to get a really good feeling watching shows like ‘Extreme Makeover [Home Edition],’ ” he said. “I want to do my part for my community and for my profession.”
Jacobson said it surprised her how eager her other wedding service colleagues were to participate once they heard the idea.
“My friend the florist wanted in right away,” said Jacobson.
To enter, couples must submit a short essay that explains why they are ideal candidates for a free wedding. Send submissions by email to email@example.com. Vendors will vote on the winning essay. Among the vendors: Blush Custom Weddings, Bob Javorsky (officiant), JennyBees Sweets, Dolce Colpo, Rain Wedding Planning, A Bride’s Design, and Love Laughter & Elegance.
The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Feb. 12. The winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day — Friday, Feb. 14.
“We would love to give a fabulous wedding to a Cleveland area couple who might not be able to afford one otherwise,” said Jacobson.
Jacobson and Hall have not set a date for their own nuptials.
“We’re always too busy around wedding season,” she said.