Meet Jake

Hi! I'm Jake.

My mother always said I was a romantic at heart, and I suppose that's true. I love weddings and slick suits and brides in white dresses and other romantical things that give people the honey glows.

Also, I love to travel, which is why I've made destination wedding photography my focus, but, hey, if you want to get married in my backyard you're more than welcome to.

I'll even fire up the barbecue for you!

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How I got started

I tried my hand at photography when I applied for a job at a local newspaper in 2005. I overhead that I could increase my chances of being hired if I could also take pictures.

So I bought a camera and brought it to my interview.

"Can you take pictures?" the editor asked me.

"Me? Oh, yeah. Um-hmm. Sure. No problem."

I then made it my effort to learn as much as I could about photography, and within a couple of years I was the lead staff photographer.

The first wedding I ever shot was for a coworker, and things took off from there.

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The "Turadh" experience

My ancestors hail from the highlands of Scotland. They were supporters of freedom fighters William Wallace and Robert Bruce. Former U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant is in my long line of great uncles. I'm proud of my Scottish roots.

One of my favorite Scottish Gaelic words is "turadh," (pronounced "tour-ah") which means "a break in the clouds from the rain."

Wedding days can be stressful. There's lots of last minute decisions to make, details to sort out,  running around, rushing, maybe even panic. I aim to be your break in the storm. I'm laid back, easy-going, and fun to be around.

And I promise to leave my broadsword at home.*

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* If there's a chance of a rival clan invading your reception I can come fully prepared for battle. Totally your call. 

My princess

I met Danielle while photographing her sister's wedding back in 2011. I wanted to ask her out at the reception, but being the consummate professional that I am—not to mention a bit of a chicken—I decided to wait, despite having several golden opportunities.

When I did work up the nerve to ask her out a few weeks later she agreed, and not just to one date, but many! One year later we were married.

Danielle is a health and fitness coach with Beachbody.com. She often assists me at weddings.

You can usually find us at home on Maui, Hawai'i. I'll be the pasty-skinned Scottish guy getting sunburned at the beach.

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"Jacob's eager spirit and enthusiastic artistry made not only our pictures perfect, but our day memorable."

Angie & Amos

"Jake's attention to detail is amazing. The photos made my day!"

Britany & Shawn

"Jake's creative touches were so fun and so romantic. He brought out our passion and captured it creatively."

GINA & JEF

Thank you so much, Jake! I love the photos!! The more time I have to look the more I fall in with them!!!

RaeShaun & Jason Schmidt

Let's talk about your wedding

The "Turadh" Experience

My Philosophy

Step 1: Let's Say "Aloha!"

Step 2: Your Investment

Step 3: The Wedding Day

Step 4: Your Photos

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I'm shooting it for your children, for the generations to come, and for the lifetime that you and your spouse are going to enjoy together. I believe these images are going to walk through your life with you.

Wedding photography is no small investment, and I don't treat it as such. It's an investment of resources, time, collaboration, artistry, fun, care, and love.

In the end, the cake gets eaten. The dress will be put into storage. Limos will drive away and guests will go home. But your wedding photos are going to last just like those two precious words, "I do."

Some of the best advice I can give to people is not to undervalue their wedding photos—and that's whether they hire me or not. Whoever photographs your wedding make sure they are going to value the experience of your day for the lifetime investment that it is.

As your photographer I'm not shooting your wedding for one day. I'm shooting it for the next 60 years. 

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Can you tell me how you met your significant other—and spare no detail!

I've always had a soft spot for romantical stories and dashing dudes and beautiful brides and other sorts of feel-good stuff that gives people the honey glows.

This is a chance for us to break the ice and learn the "secret handshake" of our relationship. The more I get to know you the better I can serve your needs as your wedding photographer.

I have years of experience as a wedding photographer, so pick my brain. Even if you don't hire me I'm here to help you navigate this whole process, which I understand can feel kind of overwhelming at times.

So send me a message and let's schedule a chat!

The first time we meet I'm going to ask you to do something really mushy...

The "Turadh" Experience

My Philosophy

Step 1: Let's Say "Aloha!"

Step 2: Your Investment

Step 3: The Wedding Day

Step 4: Your Photos

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CONTACT

The "Turadh" Experience

My Philosophy

Step 1: Let's Say "Aloha!"

Step 2: Your Investment

Step 3: The Wedding Day

Step 4: Your Photos

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My commissioning rate starts at $2,900 dollars and tiers up accordingly. 

Some of my package prices are determined by the amount of time invested, be it a full day or a full weekend.

Price is also determined by the album design you select, quantity, and any prints you order. I offer a variety of albums including specialized album sets for parents, friends, and gifts.

You can also have your final product delivered via CDs, DVDs, USB sticks, or via online download.

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I want to talk about my totally awesome wedding albums! (Seriously, they're gorgeous!) But first...

Those are the three words most often used to describe my work. Maybe it's the old fashioned-ness that my Grandpa instilled me. Or maybe my mother's romantical side rubbed off on me more than I realized.

Whatever the case, I want to capture the beauty of your wedding day in a timeless manner that reflects the joy and intimacy you feel inside. I won't settle for a fake smile. No one's going to say "Cheese" in front of my camera in a stiff-looking pose.

Your wedding day is going to bring out you—the beautiful, unique, intimate, special you.

Beautiful. Timeless. Classic.

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The "Turadh" Experience

My Philosophy

Step 1: Let's Say "Aloha!"

Step 2: Your Investment

Step 3: The Wedding Day

Step 4: Your Photos

In the words of Robin Williams's all powerful Genie, "LET'S MAKE SOME MAGIC!"

One of the things that drives me bonkers is when clients hire me to photograph their weddings and then just leave me be. I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm going to work my butt off to bring you the best photos possible, but that's only possible if we collaborate.

I'm here to work FOR you and WITH you to capture your wedding the way you want.

SUBMIT

Jake is available to capture the fun, joy, and beauty of weddings worldwide. Based in Maui, Hawaii, he shoots weddings locally, but is willing to travel to various destination locations to spend the weekend with his clients.

His photography collections are carefully designed to enhance a couple's wedding day experience.

His commissioning rate begins at $2,900 and tiers up accordingly. Please fill out the inquiry section to the right and tell us more about your special day.

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My wife and I made a parody rap video in 2013 that landed us on national TV! We got an all-expenses paid trip to New York City and a spot on Katie Couric's daytime talk show where we won $594. The video at right is a short excerpt of our appearance on Katie's show.

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