I’m excited to be introducing you to Jerome Pollos Photography for a couple reasons. Firstly, his background in photo journalism gives him a very unique style. Secondly, his packages are well priced and thirdly, his work is beautiful! Jerome strives to be behind the scenes capturing those meaningful moments, here is one of my favorite lines from his interview…
“I have the privilege to hear the stories, nervous laughter, tender moments between a mother and daughter, the fatherly advice given to a son. There are so many moments during those few hours, this is why I became a photojournalist so many years ago. It’s an honor to be allowed into a family’s inner circle to document those moments.”
Jerome’s packages start at $1,199 AND he gives a 10% military discount!
How long have you been in photography?
I started my photography career in the military in 1995 after I was “duped” into joining the military to be a radio DJ. It was the best “duping” ever.
Why did you decide to go into wedding photography?
I became a professional photojournalist because I love telling stories with my images. As time went on, more and more friends asked me to shoot their weddings. I tried to be what I thought a wedding photographer was supposed to be, but I just couldn’t get the hang of it. That was until I realized I was looking at wedding photography all wrong.
Wedding photography is the perfect assignment for a photojournalist. I get complete access to private events, emotional moments and get to capture all the smiles, laughs, happy tears, and celebration in one day. This is how I take on every wedding — like it is the perfect assignment. Full of challenges and rewarding moments. I push myself to elevate my storytelling ability with every wedding and always enjoy being privileged enough to be chosen to tell a bride and groom’s story.
Over the last few year’s, I had the great opportunity to work with two of the best wedding photographers in the area — Brady Campbell and Kirk Mastin. I have learned a lot from these two and I’m continually inspired by the work they are creating every season. I hope to get to their level one day.
How would you describe your style?
Definitely documentary style for the look, since that what’s I do day in and day out. I work hard to ensure my part of the wedding day is low stress for the participants, so I try to keep it light and fun for everybody.
What is your advice for brides and grooms looking for a wedding photographer?
If you’re enjoying the consultation, laughing, telling stories and mesh well with your photographer, that a good sign of things to come. The style and quality of photography is very important, and so is price. But if you don’t click with your photographer, it could make for a long day.
What makes your photography unique?
After 16 years of learning how to be a fly on the wall for my photojournalism work, I try to keep maintain that approach during weddings. I’m low maintenance. I don’t stage “candid” shots. I’m always on the lookout for those genuine moments. For every wedding I have two goals for the day: 1). To have a visually awesome and complete record of your wedding day; and 2). Get that call back for the family’s next big life event that needs to be documented with my photography.
What is your favorite part of a wedding?
The whole day is amazing. It’s like a great play unfolding in front of me with all the anticipation, drama, quite moments and celebration. But I would have to say, being “backstage” during the preparation is my favorite part. I have the privilege to hear the stories, nervous laughter, tender moments between a mother and daughter, the fatherly advice given to a son. There are so many moments during those few hours, this is why I became a photojournalist so many years ago. It’s an honor to be allowed into a family’s inner circle to document those moments.
What is included in your packages? And what’s your price range?
I generally work with couples to build custom packages to fit their budget, needs and wants. I put together three packages as starting points for potential clients to get an idea of what they can get at three certain price points.
My entry level package is $1,199 which includes coverage for four hours, a press printed book up to 30 pages, a tagged Facebook gallery, all the images on a drive and a year of image archiving. I also offer a number of other items from prints and slideshows to high-end albums a la carte.
I also offer 10 percent military discounts on all services.
Will you travel?
Of course. I love to travel.
Anything else you would like brides to know?
Ask a lot of questions. Anything that you may have a concern about, or you aren’t quite sure how a photographer might handle situations, ask the photographer. No concern from a bride and groom should be considered trivial. Oh, and don’t be afraid to ask for references.
Check out the Jerome Pollos website for more information!
PS- Stay tuned for a fabulous Elk Point wedding by Jerome Pollos coming up this afternoon!