Arienne Jonas on capturing a moment
Arienne fell in love with wedding photography whilst planning her own wedding. Due to not going out or socialising as much in the quest to save money for her big day, she picked up her camera again like she used to when she was a photography-passionate teenager. She began taking pictures of her wedding details to keep them as a memory and it re-kindled her passion for photography. After being slightly disappointed with her own wedding photos she said she never wanted another bride to feel like that about her wedding photos. “My biggest thing was that I didn’t research for my wedding photographer and I really wish I had now.” This passion pushed her towards experimenting with her camera, getting some training and she began taking photos at friends weddings. “It all snowballed from there and I really fell in love with the day and the excitement of it all.”
Arienne is a real people person. “I love being around people and having fun with couples on their wedding day.” She’s also a real family girl and loves being homely. “I love my family, they mean everything to me, my mum is my ‘go-to’ place if I get too stressed over anything.” Her and her husband have been together 14 years and they made their vows five years ago in Santorini. Her passion outside of photography is her love of dancing. If she’s not holding a camera then she is watching dancing videos or listening to music. Growing up her dream was always to be a dancer and she loves practicing and creating dance routines with her niece. “I just love doing that sort of thing, its something completely different from photography but still being around people, which I love.”
Whilst second shooting with Summer Love Photography, Arienne gets to photograph the groom and the groomsmen while Jo photographs the bride and bridesmaids. She loves to document how nervous the groom gets as well as the bride and then capturing the moment when he sees the bride for the first time walking down the aisle. Getting those loving tears and nervous smiles in a photograph and seeing it all come together in a moment. “Every wedding is different and just to see all the little moments is amazing.”
One of Arienne’s fondest memories at a wedding was one in which the bride had a son with a disability. Growing up, Arienne’s mum looked after a lot of children who had disabilities and she also has an autistic sister, so its a subject that is close to her heart. “I knew as soon as she saw him at the church it was going to be the most emotional moment of the whole day. Just to see the mother, I know she’s upset, she’s crying but its happy tears.” Seeing the families come together like this is a love of hers and it often gets her feeling emotional. “Its great though because you have a camera to hide behind so they cant see you cry!”
Gaining a connection with her couples is very important for Arienne. She likes to get to know them so that they feel comfortable just being themselves. That way by not being too obtrusive, standing back and giving couples time, she can capture their true emotions and feelings. “I like to feel like I have achieved great photos and I want to give something amazing back.” This connection with her couples is how she also deals with the pressure of playing such a lead role in someones most important day. “It makes me feel calm throughout the day because I know them, I know what they want.”
Arienne’s photography style is very natural and she loves to just capture special moments. “I love the documentary and lifestyle of the day.” Her greatest achievement from wedding photography has been how it has brought out her confidence. “I’ve always been really shy and this has really made me step out of that comfort zone.” She believes that confidence has come from passion.
When asked what is the best advice to a new bride-to-be planning her wedding, Arienne’s first response was “Take your time don’t rush!” She goes on to advise starting with the venue and the photographer. “They are the two things that stand out on the day because your photos will last forever and your venue is where you brought everyone together and is whats around you throughout the day.” She also says that its good to find things that fit you as a person, things that make you smile. “Don’t take too long looking at something, if it grabs you and makes you want to look further then you know its what you like and just keep looking that way.”
Below are Ariennes five favourite images and why she likes them taken as a second shooter and main associate of Summer Love Photography. You can also find more examples of her work here – PORTFOLIO
[Written by Maise Hunns for Summer Love Photography as part of her Journalism Work Experience]
Arienne works with Summer Love Photography on a freelance basis as an Associate Photographer available for weddings as the main photographer, family lifestyle sessions and will often be second shooting alongside Jo too.