Jared Tseng

"I truly believe that the printed image is the most valuable item in a household" - Jared Tseng

Here at Heirloom, we completely agree! We believe that when you hold an artists work in your hands, you hold a piece of the artist themselves. For photographers like Jared, this means prints. We encourage all of you to have your images printed and placed in frames around your home or office. Photos represent special times in our lives, special people that mean the world to us and memories of wonderful things. Today, we'd like to share with you a talented photographer and a guy who truly understands the value & significance of photography. 

Heirloom: Do you have any morning rituals or things you do to get ready for a long day of editing or shooting?

Jared: I really wish I was a morning person! Because my normal hours are work late, sleep late, my main focus before a wedding or shoot is to just get a solid night's rest. Because weddings are all day events, and you're using both physical creative energy, it's so incredibly important to be well rested!

Heirloom: What do you like to do for fun? 

Jared: I actually have 6 roommates currently, so most of my fun revolves around hanging out with them! It's a blast! We all have different interests and passions, so there's never a dull moment. Other than that, I love watching movies and being involved with my church.

Heirloom: I love what you said on your ABOUT page about how you desire your photos to be "family heirlooms to be shared with and cherished by children and grandchildren.” Elaborate a little bit on this.

Jared: I truly believe that the printed image is the most valuable item in a household. Everything else can be replaced except photographs. They are so individually unique to a time and place. They capture a specific memory, which I feel so blessed to document for my clients. I have seen both my parents' and grandparents' wedding photos. Seeing what they looked like on that day, their smiles, their glances, helps me know who they were and gain a better understanding of who they currently are. The photos that we have in our albums are definitely my most valuable possession.

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Heirloom: Tell us about your journey into film! Is there a story? 

Jared: I actually learned photography on film! I was a photography major in school and every class except one was film-based. When I started shooting film again 1.5 years ago, it was like revisiting an old friend. I started slow with just a few frames a session, as I had become so accustomed and spoiled by the LCD screen. I started noticing that I liked all my film shots better, not only because of the "film look" but also because they were more composed and thought through. Shooting film has made me a better photographer by forcing me to slow down and think.