Photographer of the Month Interview : Jessica / Daring Wanderer


We are pleased to announce Jessica – as April Photographer of the Month. Check out Jessica’s journal & don’t forget to follow her on Facebook!


What inspired you to use Woodland Albums? I love the simplicity of the design & the quality of the materials used. It fits my branding perfectly.


What is the first thing that comes into your mind when you think of Woodland Albums? I think nature inspired, rustic yet with clean lines.


Share with us your favorite Woodland album and why. What materials/ options do you choose? My favourite woodland album is the Legend Album. I love the leather bound cover and the thick pages in a lay-flat design.


What type of clients do you think will enjoy these albums? Clients who enjoy holding their memories in their hands and appreciate great design. They are laid back, adventurous and enjoy the little moments.


Any suggestions for Woodland Albums? Keep doing what you’re doing. I’m a life-long customer and extremely happy with the overall design as well as the easy communication & order system.


What inspired you to be a photographer? People and the ability to preserve a moment in time. I love documenting the emotion of a moment and knowing that this will be something people look back on for years.


How long have you been a photographer? I’ve been shooting professionally for 3 years, I’m going into my second year as a full-time photographer.


How did you discover your passion for photography? As I was finishing up my masters thesis in neuroscience, I found myself looking for something that moved and evoked me in way academics did not. I took a leap of faith, withdrew from my PhD and decided to become a photographer. I accepted a job as a research analyst at a hospital for 9 months, to fuel me financially until I could head into self-employment and I haven’t looked back since.


How do you define your style? Artistic portraiture meets photojournalism. I aim to capture off-beat, in-between moments that would otherwise go unnoticed.



What would we find in your camera bag for a typical shoot? Nikon D3s, Nikon D700, 24mm f/1.4, 45mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4, 135mm f/2.0


Your favorite lens? 50mm 1.4


Share with us your favorite image and why. My favourite image is of a bride just after her intimate forest ceremony. After exchanging vows, the bride & groom retreated away from family & friends and asked me to go along to photograph them. We explored a bit of the surrounding forest and before we headed back I wanted an image of her alone. She didn’t move, she just stood where she was and looked so graceful in her grandmother’s dress, the sun came around and filtered through the trees, making her appear as if she was glowing. I remember thinking, this moment is perfect. It was and is forever capture in that single image.


What is your most important objective when shooting? I plan out one thing that I want to work on while on a shoot. Sometimes it’s to focus on capturing multiple stories within a single frame, sometimes it’s simply to focus on emotion rather than objects. Other than this mental plan, while on a shoot I try not to think too much about what equipment to use or what settings to have on. It just naturally comes to me and I can then focus more of my attention on moments & emotion.


What are some of your rules of thumb in photography? Do what feels right. I have always been 100% transparent in how I photograph. When couples hire me as their photographer, they understand that I direct very little. My goal is to be a wall-flower, and just watch everything as it unfolds around me and capture what I find most intriguing. Staying true to myself has made me fairly successful in the short period of time that I have been shooting and had attracted the kind of work and couples I’d like to be working with.


Whose work, photography or otherwise, are you inspired by and why? I’m inspired by a lot of people and places. My surroundings are my biggest inspiration. Watching how light filters through the trees or how wind kicks up dust and carries a bride’s hair influences my shooting style. Currently I am inspired by the way Nirav Patel sees light. He manages to capture such moving and thought-provoking images effortlessly. Also, Lilli Waters’ conceptual portraiture is both dark and delicate and I enjoy exploring that side of photography.


What is it you like the most about being a photographer? I love the freedom, both personally and creatively. I’m able to decide what I want to shoot, I make my own rules and choose to work when I want. Also, being able to edit in track pants and make home cooked lunches is great.


If you weren’t a photographer what would you be? I’d likely be doing something combining science & art. I’ve recently taken up pottery and I enjoy learning about mixing natural materials to make chemical reactions that give off specific glaze effects on clay. It’s also a wonderful feeling to create something with your own two hands. I could also see myself doing something musically, similar to fellow Canadian Grimes, who oddly enough was also doing a degree in neuroscience before she became a musician.


If there was one thing you would want us to know about you, what would it be? I’m a wandering homebody. I love to travel but am equally as happy curled up on the couch listening to records and drifting in and out of sleep.


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