| Why I Am a Photographer by Catalina Jean |
WHY I AM A PHOTOGRAPHER
When I first came across the above image (taken by my second shooter for this wedding) I paused. Yes, that is me running, getting duel camera bodies ready in each hand like some sort of wild west cowboy, and looking rather silly. But I saw a moment happening: two little ones throwing flower petals from the ceremony site into the air while laughing and jumping wildy. So I ran. I got the cameras ready as I ran. And I captured this moment. Its not mind blowingly artistic. Its not an epic portrait on a cliff top. But it is real. And it is so incredibly special in telling the story of this couple's wedding day.
Why am I photographer? This. This is why. Capturing happiness, capturing love, capturing the joy shared on a wedding day. I do love to create dynamic portraits with unique light and beautiful surroundings. But this is what gets me teary eyed when I’m editing. Images that are bursting with raw emotion. Emotion like in the images below. Knowing those little ones will grow up one day. Knowing this photo captured them as they truly were as children: wild. carefree. happy.
About the Author: Catalina Jean loves anything sci-fi, has little sense of direction, and spends her free time snuggling her crazy Boston Terriers. She is a wedding photographer based in Portland, OR specializing in capturing artistic portraits paired with unique storytelling moments to produce natural, emotional wedding photography.
Sarah + Erik planned a laid back wedding at Golden Gate Park Shakespeare Garden filled with rockabilly details and tattoo themes. Then they road off to their reception at The Dorian in a 64’ Impala.
A wedding at Union/Pine in Portland, OR by Catalina Jean Photography. Chelsie + Todd decided to tie the knot of New Years Eve with a 1920’s themed wedding.
Saying Peri Lee + Deto are cool is an understatement. They rode their motorcycles through Joshua Tree and adventured in the last bits of California light for their motorcycle elopement.
A wedding at Parc Monceau in Paris, France. Rose and Jordan decided on a destination elopement in the classic, timeless city. It is a place that has truly been inspiring to them so they wanted to share their vows there.
A helicopter elopement wedding in Banff National Park. Raphaela + Deming adventured through Marvel Pass in a helicopter to a private locations for their vows.
Adventurous Wedding at Rocky Point Restaurant on the cliffs of Big Sur, CA. Siobhan and Ken fell in love with Big Sur after a road trip so they planned a road trip themed wedding on the cliffside.
Headlands Center for the Arts Wedding in San Francisco with ocean clifftop bride and groom portraits by Catalina Jean Photography.
A wedding at San Francisco City Hall with a reception at Cookhouse SF.
Adventurous Ten Mile Station wedding photos shot in Breckenridge, CO. Amy + Cameron planned a wedding day full of florals, mountains, and one killer dance party.
Sweet Olive Farm Wedding in Athens, GA with fall colors and mini horses. The couple loves animals so they decided to wed at an animal sanctuary owned by their family.