We love our wedding vendor friends and the relationships we’ve built with them! We love them SO much, we want you to know them, too! Today we are featuring some dear friends of ours over at Hayes & Fisk! You can find them here: Hayes & Fisk
Hayes & Fisk Photography offers a full line of bridal, family and children’s portraiture as well as candid wedding photography. Mary and Jamie’s garden portrait studio in Richmond, Virginia is conveniently located in the west end of the city and boasts almost one acre of lush and beautiful gardens for that perfect family or posh bridal portrait. For over 20 years the Hayes & Fisk team have been capturing both heirloom portraits as well as celebrating with brides and grooms on their wedding day by documenting each celebration in a custom designed and personal manner.
Their wedding album designs and brush oil portraits have won many awards for Hayes & Fisk, both locally and internationally. If you have not had an opportunity to work with this team of artists then take a minute and send an email or give them a call.
Design consultations are always complimentary – the studio is relaxed and fun and the cookies are always free.
Mary and Jamie are both members of the Professional Photographer’s of America and the Virginia Professional Photographer’s Association. They are both Master, Craftsmen and Certified Professional Photographers.
What inspired you to join the wedding industry?
Jamie purchased his first camera with his mother’s S&H Green Stamps when he was a young boy and his passion for photography just grew from there. He photographed his first wedding at the age of 15! He had to get a ride to the wedding but asked his cousin to drop him off at the end of the block so the bride and groom did not know that he could not even drive yet! Well, almost 40 years later he still loves to photograph weddings, bridal portraits and of course engagement sessions.
What motivates you?
Hands down the biggest and best motivator in the world is the knowledge that his next image, his next portrait, his next wedding album will be the best work he has ever created. He is truly an artist and every time he creates with his camera his end-goal is to surpass every image he has ever created before and make this one the very very best. Of course, his clients would say that all of his images are the best and second biggest motivator is the joy and the heirlooms he captures for families with his camera and his meticulous eye for detail and year of experience. He is considered to be one of the finest visual historians in the industry.
What is your favorite part about working with brides on their wedding day?
The entire day is usually so much fun and so much energy that it is all very exciting, however, the best part of the day is the first time the bride and groom can talk to each other, hold hands, kiss or snuggle together. Not in front of the church and not with all of the family and bridal party and others watching. The time that Jamie spends photographing the newly married couple is the most intimate and most emotional time. They often forget that he is there and they are truly basking in the joy of being man and wife. Those images and those moments are the most intense and priceless ones of the entire day.
If there is one thing you could share with newly engaged brides, what would it be?
Two pieces of advice, when all of the food and drink are gone and the flowers have died and the band has left the building, the only tangible items you will truly have left are your wedding bands and your pictures. Invest in professional photography. And, the last piece of advice is you have to really, really, really like, no LOVE your vendors. You have to trust them and like them. We get to spend a lot of time together and you want to feel comfortable and glad that they are there with you.
A little bit about Jamie:
It all began for Jamie at the age of 13. He never imagined that saving S&H Green Stamps would lead him to purchase a Kodak 110 camera and this would define his life’s path forever. That camera with its’ fancy new flash cube extender would lead him on an incredible journey into professional photography. Jamie photographed his very first wedding at the age of 15. He had to get a ride from a family member but did not want his bride to know, so he had his uncle park down the block and walked the remaining two blocks to the church. Twenty five years, two former employers, hundreds of weddings and thousands of sessions later, Jamie and his business partner Mary Fisk-Taylor have created one of the most creative and lucrative home based studios in the Richmond, Virginia area.
Jamie considers himself very lucky, most people consider him to be extremely talented. He was blessed with a fine eye for detail, an imagination bigger than life and an ability to create images that have been named some of the best in the country. His name is constantly at the top of the list for highly accomplished professional photographers but the real reward is the smiles and tears that he consistently brings to his client’s faces when he delivers their beautiful portraiture. Jamie gives credit to all of the wonderful friends and mentors that have encouraged and taught him along the way. He truly believes that becoming a member of PPA so many years ago was the beginning of his photography education and brought him to the point where he is today. Jamie’s appreciation for the education led him to the PPA Business Instructor program back in 1999 and became a PPA affiliate Juror in 2005. Ever since then Jamie and his business partner Mary have been lecturing across the country at many National and Regional conventions as well as week-long schools.
Receiving his Craftsman degree in 1998 and his Masters’ in 1999 Jamie has enjoyed many awards for his work including the Kodak Grand Gallery Elite, Kodak Gallery Awards, Fuji Masterpiece Awards as well as many entries into the PPA Traveling Loan and General Collections, three time Virginia Photographer of the Year and numerous Best in Show awards. In 2002 he received a perfect score of 100 at SEPPA regional competition and had all four entries, 2 wedding albums and 2 prints, one of which was only a few of the newly accepted team coverage wedding albums, accepted into the PPA Loan Collection.