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    "I really enjoyed working with Stephen. Both my husband and I are very pleased with our photos. Stephen was very flexible and willing to capture any and every moment... Overall, I highly recommend using Stephen Jackson Photography for your special day." – Sandra, Bride & Client

    "I can't say enough about this photographer. Out of the many things that went wrong right before my wedding, this went right. Arrived early to make sure everything was good [and] took time with my dress, shoes, garter, and all of our moments in the day... [He] made me and my husband laugh. It was a blast for sure! Made getting those sweet moments so much more fun and realistic!!!!!" – Brie, The Knot Wedding Channel

    "Stephen was outstanding! Surpassed my expectations. He arrived early and had my entire wedding party and family laughing. He put us at ease from the beginning. If you want one less stressor on your wedding day, call Stephen. He was organized, professional, and always easy to reach if I had questions." – Wedding Wire Reviews

    Stephen Jackson is an Atlanta wedding photographer that provides portrait photography services and wedding photography services throughout Georgia and abroad. Stephen has been photographing senior portraits and weddings in Valdosta, Atlanta, Savannah, and all throughout Georgia for the better part of a decade.

    Stephen has not only worked in some of Georgia's most popular wedding and reception venues, but has also photographed destination weddings in every state touching Georgia. Willing, ready, and excited to travel anywhere, Stephen would love to hear from you.

    Engagement Photography Always Included

    A strong believer in getting to know your clients on a more personal level, all of Stephen's wedding photography packages include an engagement session in an effort to grow closer to clients, learn clients' personal styles and preferences, and make clients comfortable being photographed before the wedding day.

    High School Senior Portraits — Another Passion

    Photographing senior portraits in Valdosta, GA, Stephen finds senior portrait photography a passion that fits hand-in-hand with weddings. Just as brides and grooms wear emotions on their sleeve, Stephen has found a niche in photographing senior pictures as teens are ready and willing to show true feelings to the camera. Aiming to blend fashion with personality, Stephen enjoys filling spare time with senior photography.

    Let's Talk!

    Stephen would love to hear from you! Feel free to contact him anytime at info@stephenjphoto.com, at (229) 469-1147, or by using the contact form link to talk about what he can do for you.

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So I travel quite a bit for weddings. I think I’ve elaborated on that in a previous post. This isn’t a bad thing at all; in fact, it’s the way I want it to be. Wedding photography can get monotonous if you stick to one place too long. Luckily for me, Caroline and Alex were game for a traveling wedding photographer.

And I was game for some wedding photography at the Old Wide Awake Plantation in Hollywood, South Carolina.

Caroline and Alex are definitely up there in top 3 favorite couples. I could totally see myself hanging out with or just chatting with them, especially since I’ve totally done that a few times. I called Caroline about a month ago, and what should’ve been about a 10-15 minute convo easily topped the hour mark. Easily. And no, it’s not just because I have the gift of gab and can talk an ear off — it was a two-way conversation!

Caroline and Alex met while in college, even though they weren’t attending the same university. Alex signed a contract with the army in high school and decided to go to the Citadel (military college in South Carolina) and Caroline chose to go to the College of Charleston. Through mutual friends , the two met and began dating.

Skip forward three years to Christmas of 2011. Alex and Caroline were in New York City and decided to go to see the world-renowned Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. I say THEY decided to go see it, but Alex had planned this visit as the day and location of his proposal; however, Caroline almost accidentally trampled all over the whole plan. The Southern belle couldn’t handle the freezing cold temperatures due to a condition known as wusswhencolditis, a condition found predominately in women who forget to bring extra layers to cold climates. After waiting for quite some time to get to the tree, Caroline tried begging and pleading her way back to their lodgings. But thanks to two friends that came with them to document the whole thing and to Alex putting on his cold weather poker face and being a MAN, his proposal happened just the way he planned.

Caroline had some good advice for me to share in her blog post: make your wedding your own. I know, I know, there’s other factors that sometimes sway judgement (e.g., daddy holds the wallet and momma doesn’t think that certain dress is the right one), but at the end of it all, it’s your wedding day. Take advice and listen to suggestions… and then create the wedding you want that reflects the two of you. And reflect the two of them their wedding did indeed — decorations were handmade by friends and family, the setting was perfect (if the venue’s good enough for Reese Witherspoon to be wed at, it’s perfect for that Southern charm feeling), and their wedding colors were blue and brown, which were my wedding colors, which makes those colors awesome and perfect immediately.

“That’s awesome how you snuck in the part about your own wedding colors being the same as theirs, Stephen!” “Thanks, Stephen!” *high fives himself*… … … Being a parent has turned me more lame than I was before… Moving on…

Finally, if you ever needed to hear from another bride why a “first look” would be a good idea, Caroline comes close to being the official spokesperson. Caroline says:

The first meeting might be the only thing that topped the reception. I am so so SO glad we decided to go ahead and see each other before the ceremony began. We were able to share a private moment alone with just one another [and] it was so special to me. It took of so much of the pressure… I was also a lot less nervous going down the aisle. [Alex’s] opinion was really the only one that really matter, and once that was out of the way, it was so much less stressful.

I couldn’t say it better. Yes, the pictures from a first look are 95% guaranteed to be the most genuine, emotion-filled photos. But being able to see one another before the ceremony frees up time later for enjoying the reception and lets you have a very special moment that ends with a special feeling — the feeling that you’re a team and in it together.

Now, down to what you’ve been waiting for — more dialogue!… JK, here’s the wedding photography — enjoy!

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“Hey Stephen, I notice you don’t usually get shots of the groom getting ready. It’s part of the wedding photography for the bride, but not the groom? What’s with that?” asked the person I made up in my head to create a good segue. Awesome question, Grayson McMadeup! It can be, but usually this next photo just about sums up what guys do to “get ready.”
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As a last note, I have a vendor list that helped make this wedding (and my wedding photography) possible:

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I’ll admit it — I forget details sometimes. And I really like details, so I have them written down for me by the ones for whom I’m doing sessions. And everything’s in the details, so writing any kind of narrative is useless without them.

That goes double for senior pictures. I love doing them because you remember how much of a personality you used to have before a mortgage and bills and kids and all that jazz that goes with it. Call it living vicariously, but being a senior portrait photographer keeps me coming back to the camera quite willingly.

Becca’s a senior at Lowndes High who’s going into the biology program at GSU. Usually, at this point I’d say something more about what she’s doing or who she is, but I’d like to point out a warning Becca wanted to write down to give to any other having senior pictures done by me: “Don’t tell him you can climb onto big rocks, or he will make you climb onto big rocks.” Which is 110% true and goes for water, mud, and probably other places you’d second guess. Luckily for me, Becca was up for any idea I had in mind, and did it with a smile.

So here’s a session with a supposed closet bookworm who works out religiously, is outgoing, rocks leggings and leg warmers, and is funny as hell. And it seems like that last sentence couldn’t be all about the same person, but it totally is. Becca rocks!

P.S.: I’m just the humble senior portrait photographer. If you like these, give some serious props to my awesome seniors!

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  • Lori Heath - You are so talented! I wish you/we lived closer so you can take senior photos of my baby!!! Any plans to visit Disney in the next 8 months? We have a guest room!! LOL

  • Melanie Shelton Fees - Amen to that, Lori. He’s an awesome photographer and a great person. I’m so glad we had the privilege of hiring him for Becca’s senior portraits! Thanks, Stephen!

  • Shirley Jordan - Beautiful……..
    Just Beautiful…….

  • krystal - The pictures are really so beautiful. I like it so much.

  • Brian Wesnofske Jr. - One of the most unprofessional people I’ve ever dealt with. Do not use this guy. After four months with virutally no communication except for a couple false deadlines, we finally received a link to half our picutres. Constant excuses ranging from a broken SD card (even though his camera backs up to internal memory) to Health issues. Dig just a little into his reveiws and you’ll see the same excuses and lack of communication from many customers. Terrible he puts newly married couples through this kind of anguish.

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