When Jackson Grant, from Jackson Grant Weddings, says that he is a non-invasive photographer, he really means it. Based in Melbourne, this self-identified queer chap captures love authentically and with heart. We spend five minutes with Jackson, getting to know him and his craft.
Who is Jackson AKA Jackson Grant Weddings?
Myself and my bizz-nizz always rewinds to having fun with it, every bloody time. I’m not in it for the gram or your Pinterest boards. If anything, I can’t remember the last time I shot a ‘wedding.’ The more I treat these things like celebrations of lurrrve, the further enjoyment I get out of it. Last time I checked, my government didn’t let us queer folk put a ring on it for yonks, they’re probs the last thing I’d want to be affiliated with the big shindig.
I’m non-invasive, but one of those people who actually mean it. I worked with a photographer last year who plastered ‘candid’ all over their socials, yet got all up in the guest’s face with a flash when photographing speech reactions? Say whaaa? The only time I’m in the way is when the Nutbush comes on; otherwise, it’s my cue to leave when I hear ‘Valerie’ by Amy Winehouse.
How did you come to be a wedding photographer?
Scary old term ‘wedding photographer’ ain’t it? Quite pigeon-holing, really. I’ve always thought I better list that kind of thing on the world wide webs, but as soon as couples walk through the door of my favorite bar, I tell ’em at the forefront ‘I’m just some queer chap whos around at the right place at the right time, every time.’
Nobody signs up to this gig deliberately, and I snapped my first affair back in 2015 from memory through word of mouth. Still to this date, it’s my favorite wedding I’ve ever shot, because I always return to the exact feeling I felt that day, that rare feeling of knowingness.
Why photography, why weddings?
No matter how little I know about them, it’s people I’m interested in. It’s a little disorienting being the only one on the drive home after eight hours of high energy, but I can’t get enough every time I start a freshie. Weddings also put chicken parmas on the table, so I’m stoked on that too.
How long in advance would you recommend couples reach out to lock in a wedding date with you?
A year or more is pretty safe and sound. To my surprise, a fair few get in touch months before, though, and we end up taking on something weird in winter together. It’s all subjective, really, and I’m not one to rely on daylight savings and the golden hour. I’m booked out and burnt out this year, so next year I’m capping this thing at 30 and have upped my rates one last time because of that.
Any advice for couples looking for a photographer?
Meet with them, meet with all your suppliers. Did they look you in the eye as they shook your hand? Did they feel like more of a friend as they walked out the door? And, did you have to head out their way, or did they offer to come to you? To me, selling points are red flags. I’m fortunate enough to put a price tag on what I do because I’m really good at furthering my craft instead of looking crash hot online, and ain’t that the truth.
What makes you get up out of bed every day and do what you do?
Putting my phone on the other side of my bedroom really helps.
You attend so many weddings, what’s your favourite part of the wedding day?
I, oddly enough, really enjoy the getting ready stages the most! Easing into it, getting to know who I’m going to be beside, and leaving damn fine impressions on the parents.
When you’re not shooting weddings, what would we find you doing?
Editing, photographing food and festivals, sourcing new music, drinking in excess, failing at new recipes, adding to my ‘to do’ list without ever sticking to it, making garlic toasties or watching ‘Work In Progress,’ ‘The L Word’ (the new season is better, sorry) and ‘High Maintenance.’
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