brandon jones

When I first started taking photos, my goal was simple: to make images that I could hang on my wall. What’s cooler than a piece of art that you created?

When I was in the Peace Corps in West Africa, I gave a slideshow presentation of images from my village before raffling off my services for a fundraiser to benefit our national youth summer camp. I would come to the other volunteer’s village for a day and document their projects to share with friends and family back home. When the bidding war ended, the winner had agreed to spend what we volunteers were paid in a month (not much). Nevertheless, that was the first time I thought to myself, “I may have something here!”. My photos started being used in different national publications and the Annual Report for Peace Corps: Togo.

I got back to the states in 2012 and started working with Weddings by Two. I started as a second photographer, then photo editor, associate photographer, senior photographer, and now co-owner with my college shooting buddy and great friend, Chris. It’s been a wild ride.

I take a photo-documentary approach to shooting weddings. I’m not the guy who will stop the party to get everyone to do something for a shot. I feel that if I’m doing everything right you will barely notice that I’m there. With the exception of formal portraits and detail shots, I rarely change things from how they actually are. Instead, I put myself in a position to get the best light and action when things happen naturally.

The best part of my job is the joy it gives to other people. I’ve done studio work for clothing lines, model portfolios, products, headshots, etc., but the response is never quite as enthusiastic as two excited newlyweds.