I love weddings. All the laughter and tears – all the work, time and love that was dedicated just to get to this point. In the midst of all the happenings, emotions, I get to be there, capturing it all. I look at it as a true honor photographing weddings.
My love for photography started when I bought my first SLR Film camera in the summer of 2002. I photographed everything and anything in front of me. The passion only grew stronger and started working at portrait studios – I enjoyed photographing every single family that came in to the studio. Soon, I started offering free sessions to neighbors and friends when I bought my first Canon camera. Photographing weddings came into the picture when my cousin, who is a professional wedding photographer invited me to assist him, which turned to second shooting, then to photographing my first wedding gig on my own!
Fast forward to now, I’ve learned so much, grown so much and upgraded my camera gear – thank GOD! I can’t see myself stopping anytime soon. Every wedding is an opportunity to be part of someone’s life which is totally the best part of creating these images for you to treasure forever!
The first wedding I shot, I fell in love with the emotions of the experience. An overflow of photographic opportunities. I thought to myself, “How awesome is this!”
Today, nearly eight years later, I am still loving every minute. I photograph with a photojournalist edge, capturing unique moments most would never see. If you catch a glimpse of me while I am shooting a wedding you will probably find me with an ear-to-ear grin. I love every single second of a wedding, and feel blessed to have a job I enjoy so thoroughly. My style is unobtrusive; and while I can go unnoticed you will see I capture every precious moment of the day.
I’ve had brides tell me seeing their photographs are like reliving the day — only better, because this time they see those special little moments they would have missed had I not been there.
If you would have told me when I was younger that I would become a wedding photographer, I probably would have thought you were crazy. Now, I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. Here’s a little bit about me and my journey.
As time goes on, my family becomes more important to me every day. Meeting my wife, becoming a husband, and then a father are the best things that have happened in my life. I like using the word family because The Twisted Oaks team and clients have become an extended family to me. I love sharing my passion for photography while spending time with all of our amazing clients and team members. The support of my wife and daughter, and the relationships I’ve made with my Twisted Oaks family, make me feel like the luckiest man alive.
I’m the kind of guy who throws my heart and time into my passions in life. I began casually taking pictures because of another one of my interests - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I picked up my first camera at Jiu Jitsu to photograph friends and teammates. One thing led to another, and friends starting asking me to photograph their weddings. I respectfully declined at first, but eventually gave in and photographed my first wedding. After that I knew that I was hooked!
Wedding photography is something unbelievably special to me. I absolutely love it. To be able to experience so many incredible and unique moments and document them through my photography makes every second memorable. There isn’t a single wedding that I have photographed where I didn't get ‘the feels’ throughout the day. It’s usually the parent dances that get me choked up, or the intimate moments before the wedding that are rarely seen by most. I’ve learned that to be happy in life, one of the first steps is not only to do what you love, but to share that with other people. Being a wedding photographer allows me the opportunity to share with others what I love doing the most.
It’s hard for me to write about myself. I’m always changing, learning, and forming new opinions on what I think is important and what isn’t.
This sounds cliche but I truly value the experiences in my life. The more I try to step out of my shoes and examine my own life, the more I learn how important those good memories are. And at the root of those memories are the people I share them with.
Somewhere within all of that lies my obsession. I try to find a balance with photography that dictates how often I shoot. Sometimes I live moments through my eyes, But having a camera often helps me connect to a moment even deeper. So I usually take a camera with me every where I go.
This is my passion, and my full time job, but I'm not here for the money. It's really important to me that I put my heart and soul Into what im doing and I’ll never sacrifice that for anything.
I have been published and won awards, but I dont care. This isn’t the satisfaction I strive for. My gratification comes from my art, and when you tell me you loved your pictures, I feel like I have purpose.
Jenna Lynn DeHart
Being able to create is powerful. It is an honor that all artists celebrate each time they work. I’ve always been a creative soul searching for the right outlet. After trial and error, I found it wasn’t acting, drawing, fashion, the several musical instruments or even my degree in Interior Design that would satisfy my artistic need. I realized my answer was always right in front of me and I didn't realize it, as I always had a camera with me. It wasn't until I picked one up with the intent to create that I realized this is what makes me truly feel alive.
I am a romance novel, chick-flick love story kind of girl! Becoming a Wedding Photographer just felt like home, and proves to be so rewarding! Love is more than a promise or feeling to me. It is so much of what makes us who we are. I believe every couple and wedding is so uniquely beautiful and needs to be honored with the art of photography.
Aside from being surrounded by love and emotions, I find that cultural traditions provide unlimited inspiration for capturing strong images that tell the story of your day. We reference photos many times in our lives to recall people or moments that meant so much to us. To be trusted with preserving wedding day memories that you will look back on forever is huge to me!
I love feeling the excitement in the air before a bride walks down the aisle. I love hearing the stories of friendships and adventures in a best man’s toast. I love seeing how a wedding style reflects the bride and groom's personality, how much a parent dance means to the parents, and even getting to hear the song that makes a couple stop in their tracks on the dance floor to party! I love it all. I especially love to inspire the most elated emotions when you look back on your wedding day photos!