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Vendor Spolight: JXC Photo

Vendor Spolight: JXC Photo


This Husband and wife duo have a love of wedding photography. Heres more on JXC Photo:


Tell us about yourself and your company?

We are a husband and wife team of wedding photographers based out of the Denver area. JXC Photo is the evolution of a combined five years of wedding photography experience between the two of us. Josh has passions for mountain biking and project cars as well as photography, and Christie writes freelance editorial for magazines and works on several books in her free time.

Why did you get into the wedding business?

Christie: I met Collin Richie (www.collinrichiephoto.com) while writing editorial for a magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where I'm from. He was the staff photographer for the magazine, and shot weddings for his company on weekends. When Josh (who had been a photography hobbyist for many years by then) moved to town, Collin asked Josh to be his assistant at a wedding when he found himself in a pinch. Josh became Collin's full-time assistant, and eventually, I helped Collin with his company's administrative end, and picked up shooting weddings for a local studio in the meantime. By the time we left Louisiana for Colorado, both Josh and I were experienced wedding photographers, and hooked to the point where we wanted to photograph weddings long-term... and then, we built our business in Denver. Tah-dah!

How would you describe your wedding photography?

At our core, we are photojournalists. Christie's educational background is in storytelling, and Josh began his photography journey by documenting his international travels. We also place attention on the traditional "posed" shots that a majority of couples need at their wedding, such as family photos and couples' shots -- and anything else our clients might request -- when necessary. Our favorite photos reflect a focus on the context of the story we're observing -- emotional and physical -- along with knowledge of lighting, color, composition, and art. Our photography packages automatically come with both of us so we can give each wedding full attention to all of these factors. It also helps to be in two places at the same time. ;)

Who are some of your biggest influences?

Josh: Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Christie: Photographically, Annie Leibovitz. Literature and everything else, Kurt Vonnegut and Mark Twain.

What is your favorite venue? Colorado and elsewhere?

Honestly, we've loved just about every venue we've photographed in Colorado. One that stands out is the Overlook open-air ceremony site at YMCA of the Rockies, but to be honest, anywhere in the mountains during the Fall season is breathtaking. On the New Orleans side of things, we thought Preservation Hall was a really neat place to get married, in a city with so, so many neat places to get married.

What is your most memorable wedding to date?

Two of our friends got married in North Carolina, and they had a water slide at their reception. That was pretty memorable. So many of them are memorable -- Christie witnessed a US Marine groomsman straight up faint during a ceremony. We photographed a rehearsal dinner for a Jewish wedding earlier this year that involved a few very moving rituals that we won't forget anytime soon. Fairly often we see wedding rituals that send goosebumps running down our spines (in the good way, of course), and just thinking about some of those really makes us thankful that we get to do this for a living.

Tell us one thing we might not otherwise know about you!

One fall, Josh rode a bicycle from Colorado Springs to South Louisiana so he could "see the leaves change colors." He also spent about six months in Japan working on farms in the countryside.

Christine was once an entertainment editor for a magazine and got to interview people like Ice Cube, John Waters, and Brian Posehn

One editorial gig sent Christine and Josh careening down the Mississippi River in a canoe and camping on a river island infested with boars.

Josh Hall & Christie Matherne Hall

JXC Photo

Wedding Photographers

Denver, CO

jxcphoto.com

https://www.facebook.com/JoshxChristie/?fref=ts

What is your favorite moment during a wedding?

Josh: The first dances. You can see them really react to each other, and you can see all the people around them, and the decorations in the room. There's a lot of context to capture during those minutes.

Christie: Lately, I've been enjoying watching the couple as they stand listening to the officiant. The guests are more or less just waiting for the vows to start, whereas to the couple, this is the longest few minutes of their lives so far. I love to find new ways to capture that intensity.

What advice would you give to a future bride?

Hire a professional wedding photographer who has experience. Weddings come in all shapes and sizes, and the more your photographer is caught off-guard by unforeseen circumstances, the more likely it is that they will miss something. Combined, we have photographed over 300 weddings from North Carolina to New Orleans to Denver, and every one of them had a new situation for us to learn from. We've shot alongside many different photographers and observed/researched many different ways to do what we do, we've fine-tuned it over the years, and all of that shows up in our work.

This is an example of our creativity at work.  We're always looking for an unconventional angle to help tell the story of a wedding day, and this is a great example of it.

This is an example of our creativity at work.  We're always looking for an unconventional angle to help tell the story of a wedding day, and this is a great example of it.

We love this moment between a bride and her father, and here, we use bokeh (the blurriness) to separate the two of them from the rest of the photo in-camera, because this moment belongs to the two of them.

We love this moment between a bride and her father, and here, we use bokeh (the blurriness) to separate the two of them from the rest of the photo in-camera, because this moment belongs to the two of them.

So many of our clients tell us how much they love our candid reception photos. We use off-camera flashes on light stands for evening receptions like this one, and they often become client favorites.

So many of our clients tell us how much they love our candid reception photos. We use off-camera flashes on light stands for evening receptions like this one, and they often become client favorites.

This is one of our favorite shots from our time shooting weddings in New Orleans. The classic elevator shot is romantic, and depending on the elevator, it can be a difficult one to get. 

This is one of our favorite shots from our time shooting weddings in New Orleans. The classic elevator shot is romantic, and depending on the elevator, it can be a difficult one to get. 

These two lovebirds had such chemistry in their engagement shoot. We love getting in close to create images like these.

These two lovebirds had such chemistry in their engagement shoot. We love getting in close to create images like these.

We find that much of the wedding photography industry is focused on brides, likely because it's mostly brides who are shopping for photographers these days, but of course we put as much emphasis on the groom when we're photographing a wedding. We like this shot because the white space surrounding him, combined with his reflection in the mirror behind him, allow the viewer to focus on his intense facial expression. Personally, when we look at this photo, we think about the myriad of thoughts racing through his mind as he's fastening his watch, minutes before he faces his bride for the first time. And when he looks back on this photo, he's able to see exactly what time it was, which is another thing we love to throw in our compositions: context.

We find that much of the wedding photography industry is focused on brides, likely because it's mostly brides who are shopping for photographers these days, but of course we put as much emphasis on the groom when we're photographing a wedding. We like this shot because the white space surrounding him, combined with his reflection in the mirror behind him, allow the viewer to focus on his intense facial expression. Personally, when we look at this photo, we think about the myriad of thoughts racing through his mind as he's fastening his watch, minutes before he faces his bride for the first time. And when he looks back on this photo, he's able to see exactly what time it was, which is another thing we love to throw in our compositions: context.

 

 

 

For All My Rustic Brides

For All My Rustic Brides


This is for All My Rustic Brides:

As a Colorado wedding planner I see the rustic theme all the time. When I ask my brides about the theme of their wedding, rustic and "authentically Colorado" often go hand in hand. Stay away from the cookie cutter ideas and take your wedding to the next level with a few of these special additions.


Get Festive with Garland:

Garland is an awesome way to fill a blank space (insert Taylor Swift reference here). I love garland because it can completely change the vibe of a wedding based on the type you use. Keep it romantic with lace and hearts, channel your inner Kate Spade with Gold tassels, or add a modern touch with geometric triangles. 

Cue the Mood Lighting:

Lighting can completely change the feeling in a room. Adding chandeliers or lots of candles can make your wedding or event feel warm and romantic. This gem adorned chandelier will totally glam up your rustic affair. This other chandelier features mason jars, which is a staple at any rustic event. If hanging lighting isn't your thing, use candles to light the room. This wooden tea light holder will really capture your guests attention. 

Spruce Up Your Farm Table:

Dress your table with more than just knives and forks. Adding a charger or place mat is a great way to add some rustic flair. These wooden place mats are perfect for your sweetheart table. The wooden blocks can help your guests find their way to their table and will look so adorable at their seat. Find these Mr. and Mrs. settings at the steponitart shop on Etsy.

Sashes & Belts:

Why not spice up your lace gown with a sash or belt. Belts can completely transform a dress and these ones will  definitely make you stand out. Honestly, when will you ever be able to wear a completely bedazzled belt again? Go for it bride!

Favors Your Guests Will Actually Use:

Favors for a guest isn't always necessary, but it is a nice touch. I cannot tell you how many times I've packed up wedding favors after guests have not taken them home with them. Give your guests something they won't want to leave behind. These hand painted coasters and personalized wooden bottle stoppers are an awesome way to tie in the wood theme in a useful way. I love these tiny magnetic turquoise hearts. Your guests can use them to hang your future Christmas card on their fridge! AW! You can also give your guests something to keep the memory of your day alive, like a small succulent. Although they will have to keep this thing alive, succulents don't take much work.

Better Than A Guest Book:

A binded guest book will just sit on your coffee table or on a shelf for the rest of your life. Have the memory of your guests and your wedding displayed somewhere in your home where you can remember your special day for years to come. Things like this globe and hanging frame can be signed in different colored markers to match your wedding colors and your home decor. These items will be a conversation piece for anyone that enters your home. 

Not Your Daddy's Silk Tie:

Who said the ladies should have all the fun when it comes to wedding fashion? Dress your groom in something he can show off too. These ties stay away from the normal colored silk tie and TIE in the rustic theme of your wedding. (see what I did there?) Burlap, leather, and floral ties will go perfectly with your theme. Your groom doesn't have to wear a bow tie I just have a soft spot for them. Don't forget suspenders too!

Solace Holiday Party

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The Solace holiday party was a difficult one to plan! In just three weeks we found a location, secured all of the vendors, and ordered and created all decor including a silly photo booth. The employees of solace enjoyed bbq and had a hilarious white elephant exchange. Congratulations to Solace for another successful year of business! Another satisfied Promise Event Planners customer!

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