Company Name: Jess Yarwood Photography

Interview with: Jess Yarwood

Location / Coverage: Based in Cheshire but cover the whole of the UK and Beyond

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

I never set out to be a wedding photographer. Originally I worked in the wedding industry as a wedding planner and just had a passion for photography that I decided to pursue. I have been a wedding photographer for nearly four years now.

Bride and groom holding hands - Picture by Jess Yarwood Photography

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

This is one of my first images I took when I started my photography business. It’s of my daughter when she was playing in the park. It’s an image I always refer back to; I love it.

One of Jess Yarwood's first professional pictures of her daughter

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

I am based in Cheshire but I cover the whole of the UK and also destination weddings.

What do you feel sets you apart from other wedding photographers?

It’s a hard question to answer, but I feel people book me because of my relaxed vibe and consistency with my work. My shooting and editing style is very me, and I believe people book me for that. I have a lot of photography friends who all have their own unique style; it is a lovely industry to be in.

Bride and groom kissing in front of wood panelled building - Picture by Jess Yarwood Photography

How would you describe your photography style?

Relaxed, natural and fun. I love to laugh and make my couples at ease and I think this shows in my work.

I like to capture the day as it flows. There will be no forced smiles, no formal line ups and certainly no cheese. I love to work with laid back, creative couples who enjoy nothing more than being surrounded by loved ones and are ready to party.

We will have just enough formal photos to please the parents and then the rest will be you having an amazing day! I work with natural light and love real moments; nothing too staged.

People on top wedding table laughing - Picture by Jess Yarwood Photography

What packages do you offer and what are your rates?

I offer full day coverage, from morning preparations until dancing in the evening. I love to tell a whole story through my images. Each couple receives a beautiful bespoke wooden box with 10 6×4 fine art prints and their USB of images.

Bride and groom kissing - Picture by Jess Yarwood Photography

What is the best thing about your job?

I would say meeting new people. I am definitely a people person… and people watcher!

Do you have a specialist area of photography?

I cover weddings and lifestyle shoots of families; this keeps me busy! I love real, honest imagery, and with both of these avenues I can capture people and memories.

Bride and groom kissing in woodland - Picture by Jess Yarwood Photography

Who/what are your influences?

I love the work of Vivian Maier, an American street photographer, and also the work of wedding photographer Fer Juaristi. I am constantly looking at all types of art, street photography and wedding photography to gain inspiration.

Bride and groom kissing in front of door - Picture by Jess Yarwood Photography

Do you have a favourite picture that you have taken (if you can choose!)?

My favourite images are always ones I take where the person doesn’t know or are less pre-planned. The image I always refer to is this one of Milli. She was putting her dress on and she did a little wiggle! We laughed and it captured such a natural moment before she married her man.

Jess yarwood's favourite picture of bride getting into her wedding dress

What is your top tip for choosing a wedding photographer?

Base your choice on the style you love as your images will be the one thing you look back on. The photographer, I believe, is one of the most important choices a couple will make.

Random question… How would your friends describe you?

Fun, relaxed, honest, reliable and bubbly (I did asked them!).

Bride laughing as groom kisses her neck - Picture by Jess Yarwood Photography

What’s your typical day like?

Obviously most Fridays and Saturdays I am at weddings, and I usually try to take Sundays off to spend with my family. Monday to Thursday I reply to emails from the weekend, blog, edit and manage my website. I meet new couples in the evenings midweek so life can be a little crazy during the summer months.

Man having fun at wedding party - Picture by Jess Yarwood Photography

Where can people find out more about Jess Yarwood Photography?