Jovanna Rhea Photography

Summer is often filled with beauty, excitement and travel. We strike off in search of adventure and often we find so much more. Summer has a way of bringing out our wilding adventuresome spirt. That "why not?" attitude that leads to so many of the great things in our lives. 

Jovanna Rhea has a "why not?" story of her own and she was kind enough to share a piece of it with us. A simple love for capturing people just as they are has grown and blossomed into a thriving business capturing the emotions of each bride and grooms day. 

Heirloom: Do you have any morning routines? If so, would you mind sharing what they are and how they set you up for success? 

Jovanna: I don't actually! I do check email and my social media accounts when I feel like I'm functioning. I do find I am much more productive when I put a little makeup on. I know that isn't for some people but It works for me! 

Heirloom: Tell us about your journey. What led you to discover a love for photography? 

Jovanna: I started taking pictures with my a small digital camera my parents had when I was 10. I took lots of pictures of textures and my friends, and compiled them into little albums. My love grew from there. I love capturing people as they are in that moment. 

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Heirloom: Why did you choose to specialize in wedding photography? 

Jovanna: I just adore love. Your wedding is a crazy whirlwind of a day and I think people deserve to remember how lovely it was. People feel beautiful, and excited and nervous all at the same time. The emotions from brides and grooms are just fantastic and I love it! 

Heirloom: Who are your biggest artistic influences and what draws you to their work?

Jovanna: I would say the of the "big names" I was most influenced by KT Merry. Every time I look at her work I want to get out and shoot. Her images are so full of love and simplicity. I also have a lot of Utah locals that have influenced me so much. Shannon Elizabeth, who was my wedding photographer, makes things so look so effortless. Brooke Shultz has gorgeous tones and the sweetest family sessions I have ever seen. Meish (photography) makes me want to experiment like crazy, and make art. For me, I think it's important to be influenced by different types of work. 

Heirloom: You're moving to Dallas this September. Tell us what has you most excited about the move?

Jovanna: I was actually born in Texas (Harlingen) and went to High School in Dallas (Plano) so I am a Texas girl at heart! I am so excited to shoot with happy and loving people. Texas has a sense of unity unlike anywhere else! 

Taylor Lord

The wedding day is filled with deeply felt emotions and rich interactions with family and friends. You form memories that will last a life time as a new family is created and new life begins. Thankfully there are gifted and talented photographers who beautifully capture your day.

Based in Dallas, Texas Taylor Lord beautifully captures every aspect of the wedding day. Taylor shares the habits, routines and stories that make her the photographer she has become. Enjoy getting to know her lovely self.  

Heirloom: What are your morning routines? How do you like to begin each new day?

Taylor: I wish this was more interesting and inspiring! It mostly revolves around coffee and getting out of the door on time with my little one, who is currently four months old! We always go on some sort of adventure in the mornings, and then I try to work in the afternoons during nap time! :)

Heirloom: Tell us your journey? What led you to specialize in wedding photography?

Taylor: A dear friend saw some of my DSLR + film work on Facebook (thanks Facebook!) and invited me to come second shoot with her for a wedding season. It changed my life! I fell in love with weddings- I loved meeting people, seeing their love story and getting to know their family and friends during the day, as well as the “art” aspect of capturing it for them (and myself!). I started my own business soon after and began to specialize more in the fine art side of weddings. I love the classic look and always strive for something beautiful but timeless, as well as those emotional “decisive moment” images.

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Heirloom: Who are your biggest artistic influences and what draws you to their work?
Taylor: I think the majority of my artistic influences are not in the wedding industry, which I highly recommend! I just saw the Amy Winehouse documentary and am very inspired by her candidness within her work, and how the biggest tragedy of her life drove her to create her most successful album and music. Alexander McQueen is also a huge inspiration- no one in fashion has really thought so much outside of the box as he did and his brand is still creating great work, even after his death. I guess I might have a secret dark side behind all the light and airy images!
 

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Heirloom: Tell us the story of your biggest challenge and how you managed to overcome it.

Taylor: My biggest challenge has definitely been managing everything during the really busy times. As a wife, daughter, friend, sister, and business owner, there have been a lot of times I have fallen short in one of those roles, and it’s by far the most stressful thing to me. The most helpful thing I did to overcome this was to take an actual Sabbath once a week. It made me more productive during the week and allowed me the time I needed to be the wife, daughter, friend, and sister, as the “business owner” side consumed the majority of the rest of the week and weekends!


Heirloom: What has been the most shaping and helpful advice you have received?

Taylor: Treat every client as if they’re your first client.