I'm fortunate enough to do what I am most passionate about. I remember being a horribly awkward child who was never really good at anything except being creative. I remember being pushed to try sports in high school, but instead grabbing a few buddies and started an art club. When I got to college I took a risk and pursued a fine art major and I remember the first time a professor sat me down and told me "you know, there are real jobs out there for digital artists and photographers". Still, I never imagined I'd be here... That's why I really mean it when I say that I live to make you happy.
Below you will find reviews from former couples, and I hope their words will give you a sense of not only my work, but how we worked together :)
Margaret and Gary
When you plan your wedding, you hope to have beautiful moments. Jess not only captures these beautiful moments, she facilitates them. For one thing, Jess confirms your suspicions that your wedding is spectacular. Jess captures those details to which you paid extra attention--a centerpiece, the angle of your stance at the alter, the arrangement of the tent in relation to natural lighting--and you really get the sense that she knows what you were going for when you planned this wedding. Most importantly, Jess not only documents your special day, she actually makes it special by giving you and your partner time to be together and celebrate your union.
When I told Jess that we didn't want to spend too much time taking photos, she was incredibly understanding. On the day of, she was efficient, economical, and most importantly, mindful of our vision. Obviously, I was psyched to have Jess Gabeler on board the day of the wedding, but now, three months later, I am still grateful that we had Jess to document our joy and the joy of our friends and family in a manner that felt authentic and celebratory. I should mention that I requested candid shots of our reception, and my family was amazed by the special moments that Jess captured. The photos told stories, as though she knew our families for years.
I want to add that Jess Gabeler Photography's services were super user friendly. All of the photos are accessible online, and we loved waking up to a preview of our wedding photo album! Seriously! It was so fun to wake up the morning after our wedding and see about a dozen beautiful photos of our ceremony and reception. Naturally, the wedding was beautiful in my mind, but I was excited to see that I wasn't just dreaming. I get the sense that Jess worked on our photos overnight, as I had access to them by 6 am, and I must say that my whole family was going wild over the photos at brunch a few hours later.
Kathleen and Josh
Our main concerns when booking a wedding photographer was cost and the professionalism of the photos themselves.. I had an idea of the style I wanted our photos to be in and was very nervous that whoever we found would be expensive and not capture what I wanted. Jess was incredibly reasonable, fit our budget, and she captured what I had in mind and more in our photos. When we look through our photos, we can feel the excitement and love that filled our wedding day through these images..
Our favorite part of the photography experience is seeing the final images. Jess handles an otherwise slightly awkward situation with ease. She has a natural way of teaching and coaching you through certain poses or moments so your photos come out just right. Not only that, but Jess is fun, hilarious and one of the kindest people I've ever met. Neither of us knew what to expect, but Jess was confident and took control without being overbearing or pushy. She makes the entire experience easy.
Taking family photos is not an easy task. Our two families combined is at least 30 people, and that's a fairly small family. Jess was organized and confident. She had me brainstorm prior to our wedding day who I wanted to get photos with and in what groups. When the day came, she took control to get us through the sometimes painful process of group family photos. In this task, she is super women. Jess gathered and organized our rambunctious family (who had already started happy hour, not making this easier for her) and took our group shots quickly and efficiently so everyone could get back to the party.
Beyond worth the investment. Jess is dedicated, immediately makes you feel comfortable and most importantly she listens to what is a priority for the couple in capturing their wedding day.
Leah and Alex
Jessica is an extremely talented photographer and captured beautiful pictures of our wedding day! It was an absolute pleasure to work with Jessica through the whole process of booking her, having engagement photos and having her with us through out the wedding day. She is a calming presence and felt like having a friend with you for the day. She moved seamlessly around the ceremony and venue to get all the right shots at the right time. I highly recommend J Gabeler Photography!
Sarah and Jason
I knew I wanted to have a photographer with a great reputation and whose photos represented the style I was looking for: natural and not too posed or cheesy! I could not be happier with my photos and the delivery of all of my images. I enjoy looking at my photos from time to time; I especially love the ones of my ceremony showing all of those who attended. The memories of my wedding will be with me forever through my photos.
Jess is a wonderful wedding photographer and made everyone feel at ease during my wedding. She captured our day perfectly. I also appreciated that as a part of the package I received all of the photos and did not have to haggle or buy each individual image. My close friends spent time with me getting ready and Jess captured our time together perfectly. My friends thought that she was great and we all appreciated that she had chocolate for us!
It was a fantastic experience! Jess is a great wedding photographer and I highly recommend her to photograph anyone’s weddings or other special events. She is easy to deal with and takes great photos!
Mike and Jess
We are not picture people, so we were definitely nervous about picking the right photographer. We wanted someone who would make us feel comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera and we found this with Jess. From our first conversation to the wedding day itself, Jess made us feel so relaxed and comfortable. It was like working with an old friend.
The investment of using Jess as our photographer was completely worth it. Having a small wedding and being simple people, we were looking for a couple great shots. Once we received our images we were blown away at how Jess was able to capture not only the day, but also how she was able to truly capture who we are.
Our family and friends commented throughout the day - and still to this day - how awesome Jess was. She was so down to earth and got along with everyone that she really became part of the day instead of just behind the scenes.
We would 100% recommend Jess - and we have - to anyone looking for an awesome and affordable photographer who delivers stunning images and does an unbelievable job of not only capturing the day, but also who you are as a couple.
Kristen and Duncan
We had never hired a photographer before our wedding. So initially, we were concerned about price and the overall flow of how the process would take place regarding formal photos, group photos, etc. Jess was amazing - I had never had to worry about directing my bridal party, what poses they should do, etc. Jess was amazing and took initiative.
We're 100% pleased and happy! We could not be happier with the quality of every single photo! We really lucked out with Jess! The whole process was easy, quick, and fun!
I continue to get amazing, positive feedback on the photos (from family and friends) even 6 months later. It was the best experience with a photographer that I can imagine; amazing photograph quality and candid's, reasonably priced, positive, quick, fun, and easy!
Courtney and Chris
When looking for a wedding photographer the most important thing we wanted was candid pictures. We really wanted a photographer that would catch everything "In the moment" per se. When my we began looking through the photos Jess had taken we knew she was the one, all of her photos were candid, natural, and did not have the "staged" appearance!
The moment we received our photos back we could not wait to go through all of them! We were so happy and relieved that Jess literally captured everything! My mom had said she was disappointed she didn't get take any pictures (herself) of the decor, certain guests, family, etc. but once she looked through all of our professional photos she was so happy to see that Jess had captured everything!
Our favorite part of the photography experience was how natural and effortless it all felt. Jess was never intrusive and there was never a time that we felt that we were inconveniently being pulled away. Jess was so easy to work with and made sure to get all of the photos we had requested. She went above and beyond to ensure that our experience was relaxed, everyone was comfortable, and all of the pictures were genuinely us! I can not thank Jess enough for all of the candid moments she captured that we will always cherish and look back to in the future.