HELLO, I'M JODIE
I’ll be straight with you - my life is kind of a collision of opposites. On Monday, my office could be the very definition of order. On Tuesday, it could look like a bomb has struck. I take my work extremely seriously, but when it comes to myself, it’s a different story. I’m introverted by nature but when I’m comfortable or in the zone I can flip the ‘extrovert’ switch. You’ve definitely heard this one before, but for me, it’s an undeniable truth - I love what I do!
Ever since I was young, I’ve loved being creative and adored being outdoors. I wasn’t always top of the class when it came to painting or drawing (don’t even get me started on pottery), but I still had an unquenchable passion for the Arts as a whole. My restless creative side craved an outlet. I dabbled in photography during high school but fell head over heels in love with the camera at age 19. It turned out I had a knack for it and, well, I never looked back.
I’ve been a professional photographer my whole adult life (minus a brief dalliance with bartending to fund a backpacking excursion through Europe) and my heart is well and truly IN THIS. I formed Merge 12 years ago when I committed to becoming a full-time West Australian wedding photographer. It’s been a rollercoaster ride so far and I’m incredibly proud of the business that I’ve created and grown.
THERE IS BEAUTY IN EVERYTHING
I’m a firm believer that if you look hard or long enough, you can discover beauty in everything – including the imperfect, the ordinary and the in between.
It took me a lot of time and thousands of shots to realise that genuine connections are what I love to capture. Unconventional, unposed, unstaged; just raw, ordinary, unique emotion. It’s a truly beautiful thing. Your mum bringing you in for a hug through a haze of messy, joyful tears. Your best friend adjusting that final stray piece of hair before you enter the ceremony. Those are the moments that you’ll treasure. The ones you’ll keep returning to year after year.
People often say that I have a calm and reassuring nature when I’m at work; I aim to make every single person who steps in front of my lens feel relaxed and at home. My organisational skills have been described as ‘killer’ (and I can’t disagree with this). My beautiful mum passed down many important things to me but one of the most precious gifts was her innate fondness for helping people. I firmly believe that your time and your kindness are the most important things you can offer someone and as a Perth and South West wedding photographer, this is what I offer all my clients from day one.
So I’ll tell you what – let’s organise a chat soon so you can start sharing your story with me. It’s always a pleasure to get to know each other, plus it gives me a chance to get as fired up about your big day as you are!
MY LOVES IN LIFE
My wonderful partner Justin. Snow-capped mountains. Random acts of kindness. Printed books. Travel. Autumn. Refurbished ’70s furniture (specific one, I know). Hash browns. My hometown of Donnybrook. Good conversation. Clear streams. Dark woodlands. Photography. RuPaul’s Drag Race. Red Wine. Genuine people. Family.
Rudeness. Waking up early. The cold. Waking up early and feeling cold. Salmon. Writing about myself!
“Jodie is one of those one in a million photographers that if you're lucky to book for your wedding, you will forever be grateful you did. I felt like we were mates hanging out for the day, giggling so much and not once feeling nervous or shy...yet somehow she managed to capture all those special feel-good/tear jerking/laugh-out-loud moments all at the same time. She is a very special person. Thank you Jodie for making our day simply the best xoxoxo – Nikki”
“Jodie is awesome! I could write all day about how good she was, so let me just say that if Jodie is available for your day, stop looking! Thank you for helping to make our day what it was! – Neil”
“How on earth am I supposed to find the words to explain just how phenomenal Jodie is? There honestly aren't enough words to express how supremely wonderful she is as a person, as a photographer, and as a business owner! Jodie, as you know, Brian and I think the world of you and choosing you as our photographer was the BEST decision we made...except for marrying each other! You have made every single step smooth, exciting and beautiful! You are definitely one of a kind. Your skill at capturing the sheer joy of the best day ever is just astonishing. Thank you for absolutely everything – Renee & Brian xxx”
“We can't thank or highly recommend Jodie and her incredible talent enough! The entire process from booking through to receiving our amazing photos was flawless. She was such a joy to work with and we honestly can't recommend her enough. You have captured our day perfectly and we will be forever thankful! Scott and Dana xx “
“We cannot thank or recommend Jodie enough. The photos are one thing - they are absolutely perfect. But on top of that, we organised our wedding from Interstate and had so many balls in the air, however, Jodie of all the many suppliers we had to book over email etc. was organised, prompt on email, reliable and reassuring. She made the process from start to finish stress free! Our photos captured the night perfectly and we are incredibly grateful! Xx - Daisy & Gabe”
“Josh and I were blown away by Jodie's professionalism and helpfulness throughout the planning process and of course also on our wedding day. Not only are her photos out of this world, she is also a lovely person. We can’t recommend her highly enough. Thanks for everything Jodie xx - Emily & Josh”
“Jodie, Words can’t express how lucky we were to have such a kind, caring, helpful, supportive and amazing photographer like you. You went above and beyond for us and made everything seem like a breeze on the day. We had the most wonderful day and that is accredited to you and your professionalism. Thankyou for your time, energy, creativeness and expertise in putting on a wedding dress! The photos are absolutely beautiful. Xxx Channy and Dan”