jenn & ben
HI. I’M JENN AYRESNext
I’m Jenn Ayres…storyteller, dreamer of big dreams, animal lover, eternal optimist, truth seeker, mover and shaker, banana bread baker. I believe in the power of gratitude. I believe that love can move mountains. I believe that there is beauty to be found in everything I see and everyone I meet.
As a photographer, my goal isn’t just to create beautiful images. Of course, I like pretty things just as much as the next girl, but that’s not what this is about for me. I want people to feel something when they look at my photographs. I want to capture authentic love – the kind that fills you up completely. I want to capture intense joy – the kind that simultaneously produces laughter and tears. I want to capture the entire essence of who you are as a person, as a couple, as a family. I want my images to tell your story in such detail, that your someday children will be able to pick up your wedding album and feel what you were feeling that day. I want them to know that love is their legacy.
AND I’M BEN AYRESNext
I’m Ben Ayres – historian, teacher, idea man, strategist, nature lover, and framer of the BIG picture. Before I was a professional photographer, I was a landscape photographer. I would go out every chance I got, and photograph nature, architecture, sunsets, and cityscapes. I loved being able to document the world as I saw it. I have definitely brought my love of landscape photography into my wedding and portrait work. I still draw inspiration from nature when photographing couples and families. I like to step back when I’m shooting, and really look at the whole scene in front of me. I take it all in, and then compose a shot that reflects both the beauty of the surroundings, and the beauty of the people I’m photographing. Being a “photographer” is only part of what I do. The other part is making sure the couples and families I’m photographing have an awesome experience. I work hard to make sure my clients are comfortable, so they can look their absolute best. To me, being photographed should mean lots of laughter and an overall great time. That’s my goal for every session I shoot.
WHY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY??Next
Why would we choose to specialize in weddings? The answer to this question is what has driven our work for the past decade. After the wedding day has come and gone, the photographs are all that remain. The photographs will be there to tell your love story to your children and grandchildren. They will hang on the walls and sit on the mantles of future generations. You will pull them out countless times throughout your marriage to relive the story of your wedding day. When you experience loss, you will go straight to your photographs for comfort and feel grateful that you have those moments with loved ones so beautifully preserved. Your children will pull out your wedding album and point and smile, and ask questions about who you were before they came to be. You will cherish these images forever, because looking at them can instantly transport you to a place in time when you felt overwhelmingly joyful. Photographs are your link to the past. By the very nature of what they are, they become a part of your history, your life story. We believe that your life, your love, your story is worth preserving, and it is an honor above all honors to be able to do this work that we do. We would love to tell your story, too!
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These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Things
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We are the proud parents of a gorgeous Golden Retriever named Sophie. There are a few cats roaming around here, as well. Anyone who knows us even a little, knows how much we love our animals (and everyone else's animals, too)!!
We have a mutual love of the great outdoors. Spending time in nature makes us happy. We’re always ready to throw on a backpack, and go for a walk in the woods. The quiet forest air is good for our souls; it keeps us grounded when life gets hectic.
Even though we have different ideas of what exactly qualifies as the “perfect” chocolate chipper (Jenn loves the vegan cookies from Alternative Baking Co, while Ben is loyal to the traditional Toll House recipe), we can both agree that these are the best type of cookie on the planet
Tim Horton's Coffee
This one is all Ben. For him, this is the coffee that sets the standard for all other coffee. Bring him a large double double from Timmy Ho’s (any time of day or night), and he’ll instantly be your BFF.
For us, there is nothing more valuable in the whole wide world than the relationships we have with our family and friends. Even though our lives are incredibly busy, we always make time to host a family dinner or spend time with friends. Sharing a meal with the people we love is definitely one of our very favorite things!
That clean, Green Lifestyle
Photography might be our “first love,” but health and wellness is a close second! We’re all about that clean, green lifestyle, and we’re always learning new things about how to take care of our bodies and the planet.
This is Jenn’s favorite food/beverage item on the planet. She could be having the worst day ever, and one sip/chomp of a bubble tea will turn her world around. Her very particular order is as follows: large strawberry fruit tea made with green tea - no sugar, no ice, and two scoops of bubbles. Bring her one of these babies and she'll love you forever.
We have a large veggie garden, a compost bin, and a rain barrel. Growing our own food and eating organic whenever possible is very important to us. We recycle everything imaginable, and hug trees whenever possible. We’re just a couple of hippies disguised as young professionals.
If there’s one thing you should know about us, it’s that we are the homeiest of homebodies. We do enjoy traveling and seeing new places but our no 1 favorite place to be is home, together, on our own couch, with our dog and cats close by.
Yoga & Meditation
Jenn is all about Kundalini Yoga, a specific yoga practice with a heavy focus on breath work. If you ever find yourself wondering how you can be more successful as an artist, wonder no more. This is it. Seek it out, and do it.
Our home is furnished and decorated with objects that have been in our families for generations, “lucky finds” from thrift stores and consignment shops, and awesome things that we’ve scored from side-of-the-road junk piles. We can watch back to back episodes of “Antiques Roadshow” for literal hours.
If you run into Jenn anywhere other than the gym, there’s a very good chance that she’s wearing something from Anthropologie.
The best grocery store in the history of grocery stores for so many reasons.
Yes. We’re huge nerds. We both love sci-fi and fantasy like crazy. Star Wars, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, pretty much anything having to do with dragons…we love it all. There is some debate between us as to which is the best, but in general, sci fi is a total common denominator.
In January 2015, our little family grew to include our beautiful baby girl, Elsie Jane. We've had many adventures together, but becoming parents was, by far, our biggest and most incredible adventure yet! We're inspired every day by this tiny human, and our hearts are so full they could burst. She's definitely one of our "favorite things." You can see lots of baby Elsie over on our Instagram feed! #elsiejaneayres