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! 

Sarah Best

Some crazy kids inspire you to work harder and be better. Sarah Best inspires us to do work in a whole new way, to focus on people and processes more than results. Her journey is one of boldness, intentionality, and grace. Today she peels back the layers and lets us in as we discuss her journey and the grace that motivates and drives her. 

Heirloom: What was it like to skip collage and dive head first into what you love? Walk us through that experience. 

Sarah: It was really natural for me since I had been doing photography already throughout high school. I knew that's what I wanted to do, and didn't feel like I had to get a degree to do it. So I decided to pursue education in other ways and it's been quite a journey, and I wouldn't trade it! I feel like I've gotten to take my time to build my business and craft in a unique way without school being "in the way". I worked other part-time jobs up until about a year and a half ago, and that helped balance my income since I was slowly figuring everything out with photography. I also feel like the last 5 years have been so great for me personally in just figuring out what I love to create and why. 

Heirloom: How do you incorporate intentionality into your work? 

Sarah: I thrive off of intentionality. When I'm running around (even just mentally) like a maniac, I never feel full of life at the end of my work day. With that said, I'm not the best at actually walking this out... I'm still learning a lot about this! But here are a couple ways I pursue intentionality that come to mind. 

1. I try to be very intentional to communicate well with my clients in order to manage expectations so they feel well taken care of. 

2. I am pretty intentional to organize and conduct my wedding schedules in such a way so that there's peace instead of hurry and anxiety. 

3. If you were to watch me edit, I am pretty meticulous about every photo... this can be a bad thing when I waste too much time, but it's out of a heart of wanting to take good care of my clients and give them the best product I can. 

Heirloom: What has being married taught you about yourself? 

Sarah: It's shown me that I naturally stay mad way too long after a disagreement. It's taught me to manage my expectations for others better. It's taught me a lot about grace and how much I need a savior. Thank you Jesus! It's shown me that I thrive under structure and healthy boundary lines in life. It's shown me how my heart comes alive when I'm fully known by someone that loves me fully! 

Heirloom: How have you celebrated small things lately? Can you share a recent victory with us? 

Sarah: Absolutely! Just yesterday I finished a huge chunk of work for the week and I celebrated by taking off work a little early to go run some errands with a friend for her wedding coming up in Aug! It was sweet detaching from work early and feeling free to do so. 

Heirloom: In our last interview you mentioned your walk with Christ. How does your daily walk with Jesus influence your work with clients? 

Sarah: It influences everything because I would not be who I am without having a relationship with Jesus. He influences me to be kind, loving, generous, thoughtful, servant hearted, encouraging, genuine and much more. I’m definitely not these things 100% of the time, but without the Lord I’d be a serious mess and wouldn’t be able to do my job well.