My wife once made the most incredible pot roast – juicy, melt-in-your-mouth succulent, so tender it fell apart just by looking at it. I asked her for the recipe and she just looked at me with that look only a spouse can pull off – “You don’t take photos with a recipe, I don’t cook that way.”
As much as a I wanted to be able to recreate that meal, as much as I wanted to argue and say but…but…but…” I knew she was right. I don’t photograph by recipe or formula. One size just doesn’t fit everyone. Every wedding’s different, every portrait unique. If you’re looking for a formula photographer, I can give you names and email addresses – if you’re looking for a free-wheeling, go-with-the-flow shooter, we should talk.
The background? …that’s easy. I am a self-taught photographer – lots of years of loving the ride, seeing great light, meeting incredible people and having a fantastic time documenting all the moments that are special in our lives. My work has been described as funky, innovative, enlightening, deep, thought-provoking and fun. And even though everyone isn’t immediately drawn to my style of photography, I’ve never encountered a soul who isn’t amazed at the lengths I will go to get that telling moment.
A little light, a camera or two…and a dash of joy. I leave the Novocain at home – it’s not really necessary. I just want you to be you.
In regards to my experience…I’ve worked at newspapers all over the country, have photographed an amazing assortment from the incredible to the mundane: US Presidents to homeless teens, Julia Childs to neighborhood backyard barbeque kings – and I’ve had a blast doing it all. I’ve taught college and high school photography courses, mentored young aspiring photographers and am committed to learning something new every day.
My expectation – to have nothing but happy satisfied customers, a goal that’s been pretty darn attainable…
And my dream…well there’s lots of them, but the big one – to make a pot roast like my wife did!
I've made my way around the country doing photography with stops in Maine, New York, Oregon and Minnesota. I don't have an accent from any of them but plenty of fond memories and great stories from each place and in between as well.- Jay Reiter