Meet the ladies behind Stay Forever Photography, a recent addition as a SnapKnot Diamond Photographer based out of West Palm Beach, Florida!
Tell us a bit about yourself. Together: Hey everyone! We’re Melissa & Jessica from Stay Forever Photography. Jess and I have known each other since the 1st grade (talk about a lasting friendship).
Melissa & Jessica of Stay Forever Photography!
Why did you choose to become professional photographers? Together: We both have a passion for photography and being able to capture life’s moments.
How long have you been photographers? Together: Jess & I both did photography on our own before we joined forces in 2009 to create Stay Forever Photography. Ever since becoming a team there’s been no turning back. It’s so awesome to work together since we both have different styles and creative ideas to bring together for our shoots.
How would you classify your style of photography? Together: Photojournalism with a lot of fun and creativity mixed in!
Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level? Melissa: I would say my mom & dad have always influenced me on a personal level, always telling me to just go for my dreams and never settle for less than what makes me truly happy. On a professional level I’m a huge fan of Jessica Claire, Jasmine Star, and Bobbi and Mike, they all bring beauty and creativity to every shoot and it’s always inspiring work!
Jessica: On a personal level, my mom, shes always been so selfless trying to give her family everything to be able to pursue our dreams, shes helped me get to where I am today. On a professional level I’m really inspired and influenced by anyone in the photography business, everyone has a different style and its interesting to see other peoples eye for creativity. I’m personally a huge admirer of Jasmine Star :)
Do you have any good wedding stories? We have a fun time at every wedding, I think we just make it fun for everyone (including ourselves). We’re always dancing around receptions and smiling and laughing and just loving every second of it! The funniest thing that has ever happened is one wedding a few of the groomsmen came up to us and said you girls are like ninjas, it’s like I see you once and then you’re gone!
What’s your preferred type of camera equipment? Canon :)
What would you recommend for a couple just starting their search for a wedding photographer? Together: Our main advice would to be don’t just pick a photographer for the nicest images you see on their website or blog, yes that’s their style but you also want to meet with your favorite photographers to see who you really get along with. This is the person or in our case persons who will be with you every second for the most important day of your life. You want to pick someone that makes you feel comfortable and understands what type of look and feel you want from your wedding photos. It’s the nicest feeling for us to become really good friends with a lot of our past bride and grooms, that just shows us that they picked us for what we produce but also for us as people.
Any fun personal facts we should know about you?
Jessica: I love to travel and explore new cultures, learn how others live everyday. Oh and I’m a huge Twilight fan, counting down the days until Breaking Dawn the movie comes out :) But don’t tell anyone.
Melissa: I’m always up for fun and enjoying life, I’m super competitive, I love to laugh, I try to dance, and if I could sing I would be on Glee.
Connect with the fabulous wedding photography duo of Jessica and Melissa on SnapKnot – Stay Forever Photography