Design Aglow's Wedding Week 2015: Meet Jennifer Moher
Tell us a little about yourself, where you live and how you got started in photography. I was that girl in high school who always brought a disposable camera to every event. I never thought that I would actually persue photography as a career until after my daughter was born and I had a wonderful "ah-ha" moment and realized it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I quickly registered my domain name, bought a camera, googled and you-tubed everything I possibly could, and started shooting weddings the following year!
I currently live in Omemee, Ontario (childhood home of Neil Young! woo!) with my two girls and my amazing photographer boyfriend Hugh Whitaker.
How do you describe your style? I love to observe people- I always make sure to wear sunglasses when I am out in public so I can watch people without them knowing (That sounds creepier than it actually is). My style is very emotion and moment driven. Even with my posed portraits, I try to encourage my couples to interact so the connection remains between them and does not include me.
What or who really inspires you? Movies for sure...The ones that have really visually moved me are The Master, A Single Man, Little Children, Drive, Her, and There Will Be Blood. Travel is also a great source of inspiration. Just being able to get out and see something new pushes my creativity so much further.
What are your top 3 tips for photographing weddings? 1) Take a step back and calmly watch what is happening around you. 2) Stay positive, even when things are not working out the way you thought. 3) Make friends with absolutely everyone.
As a lifelong fine artist, I didn’t fall in love with photography until post-college. I was a graphic design major who landed a non-creative position in the industry. Upon searching for a creative outlet, and being the hopeless romantic that I am, I discovered wedding photography and was immediately hooked. I poured everything I had into learning the medium so that I could eventually start my own business, which happened a couple of years later in 2012 — also the year I was married.
I am a wedding and portrait photographer based in Portland, but catering to clients across the Pacific Northwest and beyond. As a child, I never imagined that I would pursue photography. I didn’t even own a DSLR until I was 21! However, I remember the day I decided I wanted to learn the ins and outs of photography. I used my college textbook money to buy my first Canon Rebel from Craigslist. I was jumping up and down with joy and scratching my head at the same time because I knew photography would not be simply a hobby.
I was born and raised in Southern California, and recently moved to Oregon with my husband. We just had our first baby and are so in love! I’ve always had an interest in art and have always wanted to pursue a career in a creative field. I took my first photography class in high school, and fell in love. My parents bought me my first camera for graduation and I decided to get my degree in photography. Toward the end of college, I was blessed with an internship with a wedding photographer where I was able to turn my formal education into a practical business. After lots of shadowing, second shooting, and promoting my work, business started coming in and eventually evolved into what it is today!