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. My Whippet puppy Louis. Printed books. Travel. Autumn. Refurbished ’70s furniture (specific one, I know). Hash browns. My hometown of Donnybrook. Clear streams. Dark woodlands. My 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.” ~ Nikki & Neil
“How on earth am I supposed to find the words to explain just how phenomenal Jodie is? There honestly aren't enough to express how supremely wonderful she is as a person and as a photographer" ~ Renee & Brian
“The entire process from booking through to receiving our amazing photos was flawless. You captured our day perfectly - Scott & Dana“
“We organised our wedding from Interstate & had so many balls in the air. Jodie of all the suppliers we had to book over email etc. was organised, prompt, reliable & reassuring. She made the process stress free"
"Not only are her photos out of this world, but she is also a lovely person. We can’t recommend Jodie highly enough. - Emily & Josh”
“Jodie, Words can’t express how lucky we were to have such a kind, caring, helpful, supportive & amazing photographer like you. You went above & beyond for us & made everything seem like a breeze on the day"