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Ask the Expert – Q&A with Wedding Photographer Jen Symes

Every bride dreams of timeless photos from her wedding day that she will look back on and cherish forever. Jen Symes from Jen Symes Photography knows this, and specializes in snapping these special moments effortlessly! Read on to hear about how she does it, her signature style and her best advice. Let the small, big and unforgettable moments be photographed by a true professional!


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Describe your photography style

My photography style is romantic and thoughtful with a fine art, timeless aesthetic.

Tell us what you love most about being a photographer.

I am happiest when creating artistic, light-filled portraits and capturing delicious moments of love stories. 

What does a general wedding day photo timeline look like?

I create a custom photography timeline for each of my couples that is specific to their day. Usually arriving early morning to capture the bride getting ready and her details followed by a steady flow of groom, wedding party, first look possibly, ceremony, family formals, the reception and sendoff! 

What tips do you have for hyping up a groom (or bride) who struggles in front of the camera?

I strive to keep my grooms happy! If it means letting him have some fun in front of the camera with his groomsmen, reminding him of his beautiful bride or even just bribing him is not out of the question!

My best advice for the groom on a wedding day, especially if there is a first look, is to let go of all the nerves and just allow himself to be in the moment… and if he sheds a tear it is always brownie points! I have heard time and again from my couples that I am able to help them to feel very comfortable in front of the camera, and it makes all the difference in their wedding gallery.

As a wedding photographer, I always suggest my couples scheduling an engagement session with me. This time together is invaluable in preparation for the wedding day. I am able to teach basic posing, uncover unique aspects of their relationship and get through all the awkwardness that everyone feels when they have a camera pointed at them. During the wedding day, I have a point of reference to remind the groom of to help him truly experience the day and not allow the camera to make him nervous!

Do you lean toward bright and airy or dark and moody photography?

I lean toward bright and airy with a punch of warmth in my photography. 

Jen Symes Photography

A special thanks to Jen Symes of Jen Symes Photography for sharing her expert insights today! To get more information on how Jen can capture all the special moments of your wedding day, you can contact her directly through her Brides of North Texas vendor page here.