I've got some exciting announcements coming for you today, and if you're reading this, I thank you for being here! From the standpoint of my business, this past year has been absolutely incredible. From capturing the stunning views of the Eiffel Tower, sailing through crystal blue waters of the Adriatic Sea, to capturing majestic wildlife while on safari in South Africa and catching a glimpse of the latest in bridal fashion at New York Bridal Fashion Week -- there has been no shortage of adventure! Not to mention, my incredible clients and vendor teams I've had the privilege of working with in between all of that!
A Theme of 2017 // Passion + Connection
It's been a year of feeling more passionate about and connected to the work I've been putting out than ever before. For nearly a decade, J. Lee Photos has been my business and name associated with the work I've been doing. This year has felt a little different though, and I've noticed a hunger to have my full name attributed to the work I've had the privilege of being part of. I've decided it's time to usher in a slight change to my business in the form of it's name. At the beginning of the new year, J. Lee Photos will officially become Jessica Rieke Photography. I'm so grateful to my dear friend and colleague Jaime Dela Rosa of Simply Rooted who calligraphed my beautiful new logo!
Focus for 2018 // Share + Encourage
The other exciting piece of news to share is that in addition to serving my beautiful couples, a large part of my focus for 2018 will be on sharing my knowledge/experience as a photographer, entrepreneur and business professional and encouraging those around me. I love cheering people on, instilling confidence and doing whatever I can to help the endeavors of others be a success. This means (drumroll please) I will begin to offer workshops for 2018. The details are still forming, so I'll be announcing local workshop dates (and even possibly some international ones, as well!) as soon as possible. I'll be covering topics on business, foundational training in film photography, styling and more! If you have any interest in hearing more about this at all, please take a quick moment to fill out the form below so I can be in touch as soon as more details come available. I'll be touching on anything and everything from foundations in film photography, how to streamline and automate your workflow, how to style details, client sales and how to build relationships with other vendors.
Adventures on the Sea - Croatia Destination Weddings
For brides, there's an endless amount of options out there for your wedding day, and I'm excited to offer a really unique and beautiful option for couples opting for a destination experience that is set apart from the rest. Together with a spectacular team, I'm incredibly proud to announce Croatia Destination Weddings. A luxurious, all-inclusive experience for a destination wedding on the seas of Croatia will be available this summer. Imagine having the ability to set sail on your own yacht for a week with your closest family and friends as you adventure around various islands in the Adriatic Sea AND get married at the same time. This experience is complete with planning, styling, catering, florals and photography. I'm thrilled to call Lovorka Curic and Frankie Podrat partners in this exciting venture as we begin to serve a very select number of clients each year for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
And finally, I'd love to honor the amazing experiences and clients I have that have facilitated such a marvelous year. I can't think of a better way than to provide a roundup of my favorite images from 2017. I'm so proud of these images and I hope you enjoy!
Cheers to a wonderful year and I look forward with great anticipation for the year ahead!