Jen is an amazing photographer! I could NOT have had my wedding without her. She is super talented and knows which shots to get. She takes charge and is great at gathering family and wedding party for pictures. She is friendly and flexible and can go with the flow when something goes off schedule. She has great relationships with other vendors, which comes in handy on wedding day. Finally, her pictures are BEAUTIFUL! Not a bad one in the batch.
I first found out about Jen when I when took her book binding workshop at Art Center a few years ago. I immediately fell in LOVE with her photography and knew the day I got married she'd have to be my photographer. I'm so lucky to have been able to have her shoot my wedding. She's super enthusiastic, friendly, and knows her stuff like no body else! Everyone who listened to her little tips and tricks came out looking so beautiful in the photos. Couldn't have asked for anyone better!
Wow. Wow. Wow. Those were the three most words people used to describe our wedding photos. Jen and her crew were absolutely amazing. She really does know how to capture the most special moments. Our friend Todd recommended her services and I feel like we owe him the world. Her unparalleled photography skills aside, Jen is also very professional, courteous and super nice. She was very accommodating to our hectic schedules when we shot our engagement photos and she also stayed very late (past midnight) on the day of our wedding even though she didn't have to. There really are no words to express how absolutely delighted we were with our photos.
Jen was helpfull and kind, her services were better than the event cordinator that we had at our hotel. She was always prompt and helpfull. I truely could not get better service from someone and on top of it all I feel I made a friend ! :)
The very best and most professional wedding photographer, My wife and I were very lucky to have her document our wedding. Jen did an amazing job and we were amazed at her photography and ability to capture the most special moments of our wedding. I can honestly say that if you are able to book her for your up coming wedding, you would be lucky to have Jen and her team they are the very best.
Jen made everything a dream! She was so helpful and professional and yet down to earth and fun to spend time with. She was amazing and her photography blew us away! Jen was a great addition to the experience and gave us amazing photographs to cherish forever!
Jen was an absolute pleasure to work with. She is incredibly talented and a wonderful all around person. I would recommend her services to anyone.
Jen is a five star Photographer all around. She has amazing skills, not just in photography but in her ability to work with all types of individuals and her professionalism is outstanding. She captured the most amazing moments for us and we had no idea she was even there. She is prompt, organized and fun to top it all off. She will do anything to get the best shot, she loves her career and it shows.
She provided many extras in her package and we were able to view over 100 photos on her website and through facebook the next day. That was so awesome being that we were leaving the country three days later for two weeks.
I would recommend her to any bride.
My husband and I are so happy we chose Jen O’Sullivan to be our photographer! She really took the extra step to make our wedding day special for us. Not only did our pictures/album come out BETTER than we thought it could, she made sure we enjoyed every moment of our wedding and captured such great moments! We felt as if we got to know Jen and loved working with her, she was more than just a photographer- she made sure our day went smooth; by either getting food and drinks set aside for us, arranging details with the DJ, taking charge and by even staying later to catch everything. I could go on forever about how great Jen is and we will forever use her as our photographer and would recommend her!
I could not be happier! Jen is a phenomenal photographer. She is quick to respond to emails, very helpful with any and all wedding questions and has a great personality. The day of our wedding went so smooth with her as our photographer. She is very well organized. She shoots the most beautiful photos I've ever seen. She even put up a preview of some photos the day after our wedding!
When we met Jen, I was first impressed with her personality - professional, understanding, and I truly felt that our wants were her number one priority. We just got our photos, and as I look at them, here's what goes through my mind: Amazing. Stunning. Beautiful. Professional. She absolutely captured our entire day - all the emotions, all the highs, all the fun. I would call anyone lucky that had her as their photographer, because they're in for a treat. And she's a fun person, too!!
I cannot elucidate how incredibly happy I am that we went with Jen for our wedding photography. Her skill with a camera is amazing, and she truly captured the day.
Not only was she incredibly professional, but she had FUN and made the photos part of the enjoyment of the day. Looking over her work, I can see why she was so highly recommended by our coordinator.
I would recommend her for any event. She has an ability to capture every candid moment as well as posed shots with an artistic flaire. She's also really great with children.
When I first meet Jen she was really easy to talk to, she knew how to explain things easily, and I could tell she was passionate about her job. I hired her not only to take our wedding photos, but our engagement pictures as well. Her prices were reasonable and affordable, and the quality of her services were exceptional. On the day of my wedding she not only made me feel comfortable, but my guests as well. Everyone throughout the night kept telling me what a great photographer I hired and I couldn't agree more with them. Jen, was professional, organized, on top of things, helpful, energetic and so much fun! She was more than I could have asked for in a photographer! I highly recommend her to anyone and everyone! You will not be disappointed!
Amber and Jeremy Cornell
April 5th 2009 Wedding
Jen is kind, knowledgable, and a wonderful photographer. I knew that I would have fabulous pictures of our special day. Jen, and her crew, were clearly experts. I highly recommend Save the Date Photography and Jen O'Sullivan!
I am so happy with our wedding photographs. Jen worked and her assistants worked really hard to be creative and provide the best photos possible. She even included (at no extra cost) a portrait studio, which the guests loved. Everyone is raving about the photos because they are so beautiful!
Jen with Save the Date Photography was a pleasure to work with. She made sure I got the photos I wanted and had great suggestions and imput for me based on her experience. There are photos I look back on and I didn't even notice Jen was there and/or getting the shot. I was at total ease having her around on our BIG day.
The communication was never lacking, she was always very quick to respond before, during and after the entire process. I could not be happier with my choice, we have many great photos that we can cherish for years to come!
I would definately recommend Jen to anyone for any occassion!
Jen was great! We found her through friends who had used her about a year before, so we knew how beautiful her work was. The photos from our wedding did not disappoint. Even when we were running an hour late due to hair and makeup, Jen managed to get us (almost) back on schedule without skimping on the photos we requested. Jen has a great personality and is easy to work with -- she respected all of our wishes and the rules of our officiant. Her prices were also very competitive with all of the other photographers we contacted.
Jen is the BEST photographer out there! Her fantastic photographic skills made her our choice photographer and her great personality made her a joy to have as a part of the best day of my life. My husband and I are going to start our family soon and we will definitely be calling on Jen of Save the Date Photo to document the pregnancy and beyond. I can't recomend her enough! A+++ :)
Jen was wonderful and my pictures turned out amazing. She was not only on time but she was sweet and kind. She did everything in her power to make sure that my day was fun and stress free. She even gave me a diaper for my son when my future husband forgot his diaper bag! My parents paid for service and well...you get what you pay for. I would definitely recommend her to all my friends.
We definitely recommend and already have recommended her to family and friends. Pictures were absolutely breathe taking.
We could not ask for better photographs that truly captured our entire wedding. Jen and her team made us feel so comfortable and were great to work with. The artistic aspect of our photographs were stunning. We would highly recommend her.
Jen is amazing. She is so easy to work with, and she takes the most beautiful photos. I would absolutely recommend her.
JEN O'SULLIVAN IS AN AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHER. SHE PRODUCES EXCEPTIONAL PHOTOS. SHE IS DILIGENT AND COMMITTED TO GETTING THE PERFECT POSE, LIGHTING AND ENVIRONMENT TO GET AMAZING SHOTS. ALL OF MY GUESTS HAVE BEEN COMPLIMENTING ON HOW THE PHOTOS ARE INTERESTING AND BEAUTIFUL. SHE INCORPORATES THE NATURAL ASPECTS OF THE DAY AS WELL AS FORMALITY OF THE EVENT. I ALSO LOVE HOW SHE CAPTURES UNIQUE POSES OF THE OBJECTS I.E. BOUQUETS, SHOES, JEWELRY, AND DETAILS THAT ARE SPECIAL TO ONLY YOUR EVENT.
JUST BOOK HER! YOU WON'T REGRET IT :)
Jenn was unbelievably awesome! She made our wedding day stress free! Our pictures turned out gorgeous, and we had them to look at online in less then a week. We feel sp lucky to have had her for our wedding.
Danny and Dawn Cassese
Jen did an amazing job with our wedding photographs and the album. She had come highly recommended to us by our friends who had used her and we were not disappointed. She was extremely professional yet personable, thorough, and prompt at everything. We had a budget for our photos and she made sure to meet it, as opposed to many other vendors who will quote a price but then you end up spending a lot more in the end. We were so unbelievably happy with our photos and will cherish them forever.
Save the Date Photo was AWESOME! Ver professional and captured every moment! I highly recommed Save the Date Photo!
We got so much when we hired Jen. She was friendly, cheerful, accommodating, flexible, helpful, professional, and a joy to work with before the wedding, and especially on the day of. She answered all of our questions patiently when we met with her, agreed to meet with us again when we were having a hard time deciding on which photographer to choose. She was always prompt in answering phone calls and emails. She got to the wedding site way before I did on the wedding day and had already taken a bunch of pictures. She was a very calming presence on the day, barely noticed she was there, but when I needed something, she went beyond her duty as photographer to help me. She worked for 9 hours straight, running all around the place. And she was pregnant- no one could even tell! On top of all of that, our pictures are really really gorgeous. We are so happy with them, and get compliments constantly. She gave us every picture- over 2000- on CD, and put them all online. She offered way more than other photographers for the same price. What else do you want in a photographer?
Jen does exceptionally beautiful work. She is extremely professional and works well with the other vendors. She has a strong working knowledge of her profession and effortlessly guides her clients through the process, gently removing any questions or concerns in an already stressful time. I cannot recommend her highly enough. I simply could not be more thrilled with the entire process from our first meeting clear through the fabulous pictures. A true professional!
Jen is a wonderful photographer with amazingly creative photos! She is friendly and professional. I felt so comfortable being around her, even when she was taking photos of us getting ready! She was flexible with me and so helpful in the planning process, especially because I was out of state for most of my engagement completing my college degree. Thank you Jen!
Save the Date was wonderful! I would recommend them to all of my friends... the pictures were amazing, they took so many, but were not in the way or intrusive.
Jen is awesome! I loved the pictures she took at our wedding. I've even had her do my pregnancy photos and our 1st family photo shoot. She is so easy to work with and has a great personality. I felt like she was part of the family.
Jen did an amazing job at our wedding. We would recommend her to anybody, for any event. Considering how great she is to work with and the high quality of her work, her prices were more than reasonable.
Jen O'Sullivan did an amazing job with our wedding pictures. She has such a creative eye, and gives you so many options to choose from. She is very professional, and has things done in a very efficient manner. After taking pictures for my wedding, she did such a great job that my mom had her take pictures at her wedding, and my sister will be using her for photography for her wedding as well.
Simply put, Jen is an amazing photographer! My wife and I are so happy with our wedding photos, and even more than that, with Jen herself. From day one she made us feel relaxed and took time to answer our many questions and to understand what we wanted. On the day of the wedding, Jen kept a perfect balance of invisibility and involvement being there when we needed her, but never taking over the ceremony and reception as wed seen with other less professional photographers. We were so impressed with her ability to capture shots that were both natural and artistic. She has a great eye for the kind of interesting details that convey the essence of things, and that gift, combined with a seeming ability to anticipate meaningful moments before they happen, made for TONS of incredible photos I cant tell you how many complements weve gotten! Obviously, wed highly recommend Jen to anyone and everyone whos looking for exceptional photography and an exceptional experience
The photos are great all my friends ask me for her info
What can I say about Jen but that she was amazing she took our Engagement photo and came to our Engagement party and took pictures. She was always on time and gave me such a variety of photo's to choose from so easy to work with we even had to change the date of our wedding twice and she still worked with us with no hesitation. Hands down the best experience ever:)
Flawless! Amazing! I'm trying to find words to describe just how fantastic Jen is and I can't think of enough ways to say it. She was an absolute joy to work with and she captured our wedding perfectly! Suffice it to say, we were ecstatic with Jen and Save The Date Photography. If you need a photographer for your wedding, or for any event for that matter, please give her a call and see what she has to offer. You won't be disappointed!
Jen was very professional and clearly understands the needs of the couple. She was flexible and she took charge of all photography details.
My husband and I were very pleased with Save the Date photography. Our wedding and engagement pictures are beautiful and perfect. Jen (our photographer) captured every important memory and helped us to capture every detail. She was very flexible, easy to talk with, and opened about all the special needs we had and pictures that we wanted. We could not be happier with our pictures.
Jen was amazing! She was such a great professional. We were so lucky to have her at the most important day of our lives.
Amazing photographs..easy to work with Jen is super efficient and very professional
Jen is very passionate about what she does and it shows in everything she does. She is very professional, talented and pleasure to work with.
I have seen many wedding pictures and albums but Jen O'Sullivan's pictures take my breath away. I had the pleasure of working very close to her on The Crash The Wedding Charity event on August 10, 2010 at the Loews Beach Hotel in Santa Monica where she was the organizer, one of the photographers and support for all the people involved. She handled the event and all the happenings with such professionalism, grace, sincerity and of course the pictures are amazing as always. She is a treasure that you should experience for yourself.
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I love Jen O'Sullivan! Not only is Jen a creative and brilliant photographer, but she is a true professional. Jen is amazing with her clients providing them value, great customer service, and of course stunning images from their wedding day and all of life's memerable moments! Jen has amazing style behind the camera so call her, book her and enjoy the experience!
Jen does the most beautiful photography because she LOVES what she does! Her attention to detail and her gift of organization will assure you that everything goes smoothly. She is definitely the best wedding photographer I've ever worked with!
I have had the pleasure of working with Jen O' Sullivan on many occasions at special events and of course weddings. Her talent and unique ability to capture "the moment" in her beautiful photographs is a rare and unique talent! Not only that, but her pleasant and professional nature makes her a joy to work with as well! I would highly recommend her services to anyone wishing to have their wonderful memories captured in her gorgeous photos!
Jen with Save The Date Photo was great to work with. With over 1700 events to my credit, I know when I'm working with a professional. That makes all the difference. I reviewed her photos and can say that I'm very impressed.
Hi, I'm Jen O'Sullivan and I am a wedding photographer based in Beverly Hills. People often ask me why I am a wedding photographer. I have realized that my reason for why I do anything I do comes down to one thing: The Power of
Possibility. Growing up I was always told, "You can do anything as long as you put your mind to it and work hard." I truly believed that if I wanted to be a doctor I could and equally if I wanted to be a trashman I could. All my parents wanted was
that I was happy in whatever life brought me. Looking back I see how blessed I was as a child. For me, your wedding day encompasses everything I was brought up to believe in: POSSIBILITY. I believe that people who are in love and are at the beginning
of their life together are at the beginning of possibility. You are inspired and overjoyed with that possibility. I understand what an important time in your life this is and every time I am blessed to work with a new bride and groom, I am able to
relive that feeling with every new vow I hear, and every first kiss I see. I love it! I love love. I love my life and the opportunity to be a part of the beginning of possibility over and over again. I hope you find what you are looking for and
please enjoy seeing all there is to see on my site. If you find yourself in Beverly Hills, stop in and say hello!
- Jen O’Sullivan, Owner & Principal Photographer
- 2008 MyFOX LA First Place Winner "Best Wedding Photographer in Los Angeles"
- 2009 MyFOX LA Second Place Winner "Best Wedding Photographer in Los Angeles"
- the knot "Best of Weddings 2009" pick for wedding photography
- Wedding Wire 2009 Bride's Choice Award
- Wedding Wire 2010 Bride's Choice Award
- Wedding Wire 2011 Bride's Choice Award
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What type of albums do you create?
Flush mount, custom designed, leather bound
When can I purchase an album?
As long as I am still in business, you can purchase an album.
How much do you require for a deposit?
33% of your total package.
What are your payment methods?
When is final payment due?
One month before your event.
How many photographers will come?
A minimum of two, sometimes three.
What’s included in an engagement session?
On location shoot (your choice) with a full archive of your images.
Do you shoot digital, film, or both?
Digital with film upon request (medium to large format.)
What cameras do you use?
Canon for digital, Mamiya for film
How many shots can we expect to get?
The average 8 hour wedding will yield around 1500 images.
What percentage of black & white to color photos will we get?
80% color, 20% black & white
If digital, do you back-up your files during the wedding?
Everything is backed up on site as I shoot.
I carry a mini hard drive on my person.
Will we get to keep the negatives?
Medium Resolution Digital Files: Yes Scanned Film Negatives: Yes
When will we get them and how will they be presented?
3 months presented in a custom designed,
hard bound, coffee table style proof book.
Do you shoot RAW or JPEG at our wedding? RAW
Do you edit and enhance the photos before giving us the DVD?
Yes, they are all artistically valued and editted for the best quality.
Do you offer online proofing and how long will my photos be online?
Yes, your photos will be online for 3 months. (extensions available)
Do you have references I can contact?
You are welcome to ask for any of my past client’s contact info to
see how they liked my services.
How to get Great Photos of Your Wedding
When I was a little girl I used to love to look at my mom and dad’s old wedding photos. It was a fantasy world that I believed would someday be mine. Even though the day happened many years before I was even a thought, my parent’s memories would be forever ingrained in my own memory as vivid as if I had attended. As a little girl, full of wonder, the photographs enabled me to take a step back in time.
Back then, a photographer was just that ... a photographer. Today, everyone is a photographer, from Uncle Mike who just got his new D-SLR, to your best friend’s sister who has a great 12 megapixel point-and-shoot. With the introduction of the disposable camera in 1986 many brides thought of the “great idea at the time” to place cameras on everyone’s tables only to get all the film back with little to no usable photos because the kids got their hands on them or people forgot to charge the little flash. Sadly, camera phones of today have become the disposable cameras of yesterday. It cracks me up when I am taking photos of the bride and groom and I hear behind me "can I get a shot of them, too" only to turn around and see them staring at the display on their cell phone. For weddings, these little technological wonders are not the answer. The best advice I can give is do it right the first time, because there will be no second.
Even though there are many alternatives to hiring an actual wedding photographer, those alternatives seldom give the bride and groom what they really want. Do some research. One of the best places to start is the Internet. Another way to find someone is ask, ask, ask. Ask all your friends, ask your hairdresser, ask anyone you think would have a good opinion. Many times the best person is a referral from someone you know and trust.
Once you narrow it down, get quotes from the candidates. These quotes will help you understand what goes into photographing your day. Each photographer offers different things, so find out what fits with your needs.
As a wedding photographer and a photo instructor, I try to educate my potential clients so they know exactly what they are getting. My goal is to have a happy bride and groom knowing they have chosen someone they can trust to capture the memories that will profoundly affect the dreams of future generations.
The Top Ten Mistakes Wedding Photographers Make
By Jen O’Sullivan
It is well know in the world of wedding photography that “a picture is worth a thousand words, but only if you get the shot.” All over the planet people are getting engaged, planning a wedding, and getting married right at this moment. It is no wonder this 72 billion dollar a year industry (and that amount is just for the USA!) has photographers jumping right in. There is money to be made, and a lot of it. The average bride spends $2,500-$5,000 on the photographer alone, not including an album or engagement session which can double or even tripple the cost. With the digital craze practically anyone can learn to shoot and practically anyone can call themselves a wedding photographer. The sad thing is, many photographers out there are trained at UCOM (the University of the Canon Owner’s Manual). So, how do you, as a discerning bride, find the right person for the job. After all, you want them to get the shot, right? Here are the top ten mistakes photographers make and how to make sure they don’t happen to you…
1. The Narcissist
Every Couple is different. If your photographer does not get to know you, how will they know what you want? Wedding photographers are sometimes a bit narcissistic as artists and they forget to ask the client the types of photos they are looking to get.
ADVICE: If your photographer doesn’t ask, then make sure you let them know your expectations of the final outcome.
2. The Confused
Photographers often like shooting at locations they have already covered because they are familiar with the location. They know spots that work and ones that don’t. When you tell him of the great location you found and they reply, “I’ve never shot that location” it is time for a pre-scout. If they are unwilling to pre-scout the location -- buyer beware. Your photographer will probably show up on the wedding day and shoot all the photos in one spot when there is a perfect spot just a few feet away.
ADVICE: If the location is a key part, get the photographer to include a pre-scout as part of their package. If it is extremely far away, make sure they are willing to get there at least 30 minutes early to “walk” the location. If they are unwilling to do either, walk away and don’t look back!
3. The Truant
Your big day is here, you have been up since 5 am getting your hair done. You are now getting the final touches of your make-up and you are about ready to put your dress on. Where’s the photographer? He was supposed to be here an hour ago! Your mom calls him and finds out he is stuck in traffic. This is typical of Los Angeles, but should not be typical for your wedding day.
ADVICE: Make sure your photographer understands the distance they need to travel and find out what amount of time they will be giving themselves to make that drive.
4. The “Go with the flow” Guy
You have planned your wedding down to the second. It is a master piece fit for the LA Philharmonic. Every vendor has been given a timeline of where to be and when. Your big day is here and your photographer has no clue of the timeline or just plain forgot it. He has now made things impossible to go smoothly because he took too long taking the family group photos and too long setting up the lights that kept shorting out during the portrait session.
ADVICE: Get some references and actually call them!
5. The Newbie
You’re getting married on a boat. Your wedding photographer is excited because he has never shot a wedding on a boat before and is really looking forward to it. Fast forward to the day of your wedding. Your photographer shows up in with a tripod and lights (not usually allowed on boat weddings) and slick bottom shoes. To top it off, he is MIA for the latter part of your party because he has horrible sea sickness and is causing a huge line outside of the only bathroom available.
ADVICE: If you are getting married in a location that is not usual, make sure they know what they are getting into.
6. The Chimper
Chimping is a fairly new term when it comes to photography since the invention of the digital camera. How great is it that we photographers now have the ability to actually see right away if we got the shot. The problem is not in the trained photographer but in the untrained one. A trained photographer will occasionally look at the LCD screen to look at the histograms of the image, not the image itself. Histograms tell us if the shot is in the right range for exposure. The untrained photographer will be looking at the actual image to see if they “got a good one.” Contrary to the trained photographer’s occasional glance, the untrained one will be looking at practically every shot. This is called chimping. The problem with chimping: while your photographer is patting himself on the back for getting such a good shot, he is missing an even better shot because he is not paying attention.
ADVICE: Ask your photographer how he or she was trained and if they have ever shot a wedding using film. Chances are, if they are from the film world, they understand camera operation and are confident in their shooting to not have to “check” or “chimp” each shot.
7. The Do Over Guy
Wait!! Can you shove that piece of cake all over her face one more time? I missed it! -- ARE YOU KIDDING!
ADVICE: See advice from number 4!
8. The Wrong Place Guy
Have you ever been at a wedding where the photographer is taking a ton of photos of the cake while at the other end of the room there is uproar of laughter and shouting because some people are dancing on one of the tables? Well, I have. The photographer missed the whole thing. He didn’t even lift his head because he was so involved with the cake.
ADVICE: If your wedding photographer is not listening to you (See Mistake #1) then chances are he won’t be listening at the event. Find out their method of operation for getting great candids. Photographers often forget about one of their most useful assets when shooting: their ears.
9. The Partier
At practically every wedding I shoot, my clients and guests ask me if I want some wine. My reply: a drunken photographer is not really the best photographer. A friend of mine hired one of the best photographers in LA because they are also wedding photographers and are good friends with this guy. Sadly, he knew too many people and socialized way too much causing him to miss most of the great shots.
ADVICE: Don’t hire friends and don’t hire a partier. Again, see advice from #4.
10. The Looser
This is the worst offense of all. The photographer has seemingly done a fantastic job. People are raving at his ability to capture all the great moments. The only problem is, six months later, you are in a law suit with the guy over the fact that his digital equipment failed and corrupted or lost the majority of your imagery.
ADVICE: This happens more than you might think. Find out what your photographer’s back up plan is. They should be making an archive of the shots (a duplicate copy) at the wedding while they are shooting.