Jay Crihfield Photography | Chicago Wedding Photographer | ISPWP Spotlight

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Denver, Colorado, United States Photographer

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Today’s ISPWP Member Spotlight interview is with Jay Crihfield. Jay’s photography career began covering college and pro sports, and general news events. His work has been published in Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, The Sporting News, and USA Today. He eventually realized that he could expose himself to the same emotions, movement and variety as news and sports by covering weddings. Jay now operates Jay Crihfield Photography covering the Greater Chicago Illinois market and is available for national and international destination weddings.

Jay Crihfield, Chicago Illinois Wedding Photographer, ISPWP Member
website: Jay Crihfield Photography | email: jay@jacphoto.net | phone: 847-494-1068

Photographer Contact Information

Denver, Colorado, United States Photographer

http://www.josephmilton.com admin@ispwp.com 503-317-2215

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Photographer Bio

Today’s ISPWP Member Spotlight interview is with Jay Crihfield. Jay’s photography career began covering college and pro sports, and general news events. His work has been published in Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, The Sporting News, and USA Today. He eventually realized that he could expose himself to the same emotions, movement and variety as news and sports by covering weddings. Jay now operates Jay Crihfield Photography covering the Greater Chicago Illinois market and is available for national and international destination weddings.

Jay Crihfield, Chicago Illinois Wedding Photographer, ISPWP Member
website: Jay Crihfield Photography | email: jay@jacphoto.net | phone: 847-494-1068

How did you get your start and why you chose to do wedding photography?

If you told me 10 years ago that I’d now be making a living photographing weddings, I wouldn’t have believed you. I started shooting weddings as a way to earn some extra income, however after shooting my first wedding I was instantly hooked on the emotions and creative opportunities that a wedding day presents.

How has your experience helped you in difficult circumstances on a wedding day?

Even though every wedding is going to be unique and different, averaging 30-40 weddings per year does help you, because you eventually develop a sense for what’s going to happen before it actually happens.

Tell us about one or two of the more unique weddings you’ve shot.

Last year I was lucky enough to photograph the wedding of two recent Air Force Academy graduates. Everyone in the bridal party, and most of the wedding guests were all from out of town, and because they were all military, they didn’t get to see each other that often. The wedding was a giant reunion of sorts, which only helped to make my job that much easier….everyone was in a great mood and the pictures show it!

What are some of your favorite local wedding venues?

Any of the downtown Chicago Michigan Ave. hotels, Garfield Park Conservatory, the Chicago Botanic Gardens, and Cantigny.

What’s your one piece of advice for brides who are looking for a wedding photographer?

Your photographer is the only wedding vendor who will be with you all day, make sure you click with the photographer’s personality just as much as you like their pictures.

What’s your favorite part of the wedding day to photograph?

I love the first meeting of the Bride and Groom (if it’s before the ceremony), or the chance to work with the Bride and Groom alone to create the artistic, creative portraits that will become the signature images of their wedding day.

What are your top tips for brides to help them get great photos on their wedding day?

The best way to get great wedding pictures is just to relax and enjoy your day, letting your personality and emotions flow is what defines the pictures as yours.

How important is it to hire an experienced wedding photographer?

Experience is definitely important, however consistent work is even more important. Anyone can shoot one great wedding each year, however the best wedding photographers produce consistent, creative results at every wedding.

Do you recommend that brides sign a formal contract with their wedding photographer?

Unless a bride wants to run the risk of nobody showing up on her wedding day, a contract is a good idea!

Is it common to ask a photographer you love if they will travel for a Destination Wedding?

If you love a photographer enough, absolutely ask them if they travel. There’s no point to go away for a fantastic destination wedding, and risking your pictures to someone you’ve never met or are not familiar with.

What do you do for fun when you’re not shooting weddings?

I love to ride my bike, hang out with my wife and son, and play golf when I’m not working.

Jay Crihfield, Chicago Illinois Wedding Photographer, ISPWP Member
website: Jay Crihfield Photography | email: jay@jacphoto.net | phone: 847-494-1068

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1 Comments

Rich Howman October 1st 2012 at 03:09 AM

Fantastic Brides with attitude – love it!

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