5 Different Bridal Looks from Jim’s Brazil Workshop

This past November Jim had to opportunity to go to Brazil to teach a Wedding Photography Workshop. The weather turned out less than ideal, which created great lessons in what to do when you don’t have much to work with. The beautiful resort was rainy and cold, and in such conditions (especially when in the business of making beautiful imagery) you have to make the best. Jim used this as an opportunity to get extra creative and resourceful. Instead of leaving the conference room to battle the elements, they decided to use what they had inside.


  • window light
  • gun light
  • ice light
  • plant to create foliage on the wall
  • glass on the sound booth for reflection
  • participants e-cigarette to create the background, back-lit smoke


Below are five different looks from the workshop to show with some portable gear, a blank wall, models and creative mindset, various styles of imagery and can be achieved. What are some of your favorite go-to tools to use in sub-par conditions? Any travel-gear essentials? We would love to hear. Share in the comments below!

– Jaclyn, J Garner Studios






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7 Extreme Experiential Wedding Photographs

Last week we talked about Jim’s Story Shooting Philosophy, highlighting the process he uses to capture a series of images to describe a moment happening. The result of this process is spontaneous and natural expression that unfolds naturally. Sometimes, though, other elements beyond our control lend themselves to creating that special “wow” image.


“Our job as photographers is to do our best with what we’re given and find beauty in the moment no matter the circumstances,” says Jim. “Oftentimes this means creating something out of nothing, turning a simple task into something photographically special, utilizing spontaneous happenings, and less pre-planning, more embracing of natural moments that may be overlooked. These special times present themselves with the opportunity to tell amazing stories.”


Regardless of where you are or what elements you’re in, an attitude that says “let’s make it fun, let’s make it beautiful” is bound to create incredible experiences and photographs that show it. Below are some images from the J Garner vault that are true to the term “extreme experiential wedding photography” — taken in exotic destinations or otherwise less-than-normal circumstances where there was no other option but a choice to beautifully capture the moment.

1. Maui, Hawaii


2. Baltimore, Maryland


3. Seattle, Washington


4. Maui, Hawaii


5. Seattle, Washington


6. Baltimore, Maryland


7. Maui, Hawaii




First Look: Seattle Waterfront Engagement Shoot with the Rosselinni’s

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It was a pleasure capturing the Rosselinni’s engagement photos on a beautiful autumn day in Seattle. For their engagement session, we returned to the place of their proposal, atop the Four Seasons Hotel on the Seattle waterfront overlooking the Puget Sound and Wheel. We also ventured down to Post Alley near the iconic Pike Place Market to capture the couple in a more urban setting, along rustic brick and vintage neon signs. It was fun getting to know this beautiful couple during their session, and capturing the variety of natural backgrounds Seattle provides.


— Jaclyn, J Garner Studios Team


Lalji Seattle Engagement Photo Shoot


Natasha and Kahlid are a classic love story. We photographed them at their lovely estate which had a beautiful waterfront view, various art from artists’ around the world including Chihuly and Guy Anderson, all of which made for amazing backdrops for our style of photography.

The two were childhood friends who rekindled their relationship once older and fell in love. It was a beautiful evening photographing these two for their engagement photo session. Their love story is a special one and we look forward to seeing the beauty of their wedding journey unfold.


Reid and Claire’s Seattle Arboretum Engagement Photo Session

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Reid and Claire’s engagement photo session in Seattle’s Arboretum was fun and lighthearted, much like the couple themselves. These two first met at the gym, and though they hail from different corners of the world (Reid’s a Seattleite and Claire is from the UK) their love was enough to keep them together forever. We love how they tied their first meeting into the engagement shoot, ending the session with matching blue active wear. We had so much fun photographing these two and look forward to following their journey to happily ever after.


Erin and Casey’s Newcastle Wedding

It was a classic cloudy day at the Newcastle golf course on the day of Erin and Casey’s wedding. Erin Fleming was the dream bride to have, being kind, sweet and taking care of everyone around her. She glowed from the inside out and she was very loved in return by everyone around her. Erin and Casey’s wedding day was sprinkled with Seattle rain with dark clouds looming overhead. We managed to dodge the rain as we moved around the grounds to capture stunning imagery of the happy couple with dramatic skies.

When it came time for the ceremony, it was filled with joyous expression, kind words, and love that was clear to all around to see. As we moved into the night, toasts were by far the most entertaining we have seen! Brothers told stories of mischief and childhood while parents bestowed loving guidance for the days to come.  Casey and Erin made our jobs so easy that day; they were kind, willing and adventurous despite the rain! Thank you for letting J Garner be a part of your big day, it was truly our pleasure.


Hello World!

Greetings and welcome to the new J Garner Studios blog! As our education community has grown over the years and an overwhelming support for our business has continued to flourish, we thought it best to give back to our creative community in a new way. J Garner Studios has been in the wedding industry over 15+ years and established a movement towards experiential, story telling wedding photography and art delivery. Jim Garner, co-founder and co-owner of J Garner Studios has traveled world wide to numerous countries to educate photographers of all levels on experiential wedding photography to help them standout and thrive in the wedding industry.

Here on the blog we will be discussing a wide variety of topics ranging from Story Telling Shooting, BTS, sneak peaks of our brides, equipment insiders and more! We invite you along on this journey to explore different aspects of the wedding industry as we share our experiences and give you some tips/tricks on your path towards success.

-J Garner Team