By Appointment Only
San Jose, California 95112
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Greater San Francisco Bay Area, will travel worldwide.
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Liza Head of Juniper Spring Photography believes, “the most beautiful photos are unscripted.” With a great sense of humor and adventurous spirit, Liza puts her clients at ease and captures organic, candid moments as they unfold. Her images are fun loving, emotional, and dynamic with a little bit of “quirk”—and above all else, will tell your love story.
Questions and Answers
What 3 words best describe your work?
Joyful, romantic, natural.
Tell us about your company name.
Juniper Spring Photography came about for several reasons. First, I was engaged, so I knew my last name was going to change soon and I didn't want to use that for my business. Besides, that's what everyone does, and I like to be a little different. Secondly, I wanted something that would evoke a natural, earthy, bohemian feel to stick in someone's mind and hopefully draw the attention of brides and grooms that can relate to that feel.
Why should someone hire you?
I won't ever say that everyone should hire me—I believe that there's a photographer for every couple, but everyone has a unique style, viewpoint, strength, etc. and you should seek out a photographer who clicks with what you're looking for. That said, you should hire me IF:
- You love a documentary style of photography that doesn't involve set-up situations or directed moments.
- You want someone that's laid back and easy to work with, who will be available and responsive to your needs and questions throughout the planning process.
- You want someone who knows what they're doing, so you can just let them do their thing and focus on your wedding day.
- You appreciate real, honest, emotional photographs that remind you of what you FELT when they were taken.
- You appreciate a bit of the quirk in life ;)
What drew you to this field/how did you get started?
I started out studying visual art in college, and have always viewed the world in an artistic way. It wasn't until my boyfriend got me a DSLR, however, that I really realized how important documenting life is to me. I actually have a surprisingly poor memory, and so even in my own life, if I don't photograph it, I might not remember it. This gives me a passion for documenting the important will-never-happen-again moments in life. Some friends got married, I photographed their wedding, and realized that it's a perfect intersection of creativity and documentation, of beauty and meaning. I fell in love, and the rest was history.
What are the common misconceptions about your services?
A common misconception is that as soon as I raise my camera, people must duck or look directly into the lens. For a photojournalistic style, this tends to really cause unnecessary commotion and distracts from the moment I was actually trying to capture.
What is the best advice you give a couple when planning their wedding?
Find vendors you trust, that you get along with, and let them do their thing. That way you can be free to be present, soak it in, and celebrate. Plan your day around what means something to YOU, not because you saw it in a magazine and it's the new big thing. And if you can, hire a coordinator :0)
If you could have any superpower on the job, what would it be?
It's a toss up between having extra arms and being invisible.
What's your favorite book / movie / work of art?
Most things Dostoyevsky / Hair / too many to list.
What's your favorite quote?
Too many to pick an absolute favorite, but this one's up there:
"We can do no great things, only small things with great love" —Mother Theresa
What's your favorite marriage advice?
Have no expectations, only hopes.
Hiking, camping, biking, running (sensing a theme? ;) making art and kicking my husband's butt at board games.
If you weren't in your current profession, what would you do instead?
Art or social work. Or both.
What's your favorite way to wind down after a hard day?
Beer + boardgame + hubby.
Tell us about your pets, if you have any.
None yet, but I am just dying to get a dog. Or several.
What are some of your favorite places to eat—either everyday spots or special occasion splurges?
Pretty much anything seafood.
Juniper Spring Photography Covers These Areas:
- East Bay
- Lake Tahoe
- Monterey and Carmel
- Napa and Sonoma Wine Country
- North Bay / Marin
- North Coast / Mendocino
- San Francisco
- Santa Cruz
- South Bay / San Jose
- Tri-Valley and Livermore Wine Country
- Yosemite / Gold Country / Sierra
- And other areas by special arrangement.
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