Haley Johnston's love of photography started at an early age. She started her business—Haley J Photography
—in college and it's grown by leaps and bounds!
How did you get started in photography?
My interest in photography started at a young age. In my early teen years, I always had a camera attached to me and loved documenting everything that was happening in my life. I got my first DSLR at the age of 16 and started to make photography my number one hobby. Once I got to college, I found an interest in photojournalism while working for the Maine Campus newspaper at the University of Maine. I started my photography business soon after entering college.
What do you love about wedding photography?
Weddings are full of so many emotions. I love the happiness and excitement that couples have in the planning process and of course the emotions they have on their wedding day. I also love that each and everyone of my couples is unique.
What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
Definitely time! The day moves so quickly! Things happen fast and I have to be quick on my feet.
What should clients know about your style of photography?
My style is a combination of photojournalism and editorial. With a background in photojournalism, it is essential for me to capture the true emotions that happen during the day, but I am still able to give direction when needed to see that true emotion unfold. I like to use three words when describing my style: natural, romantic, and timeless.
When you're not behind the camera, what do you like to do?
I find enjoyment in cooking/baking, outside activities, DIY projects, and most of all, I love spending time with my two dogs and my other half.
How can the couple help YOU on their wedding day?
A couple can help me by trusting me and relaxing. I make a point to talk with my clients about their wedding details and timeline before the big day in order to help the day move along efficiently. I want my couples to not feel any stress!
How has your photography style changed over the years?
My style hasn’t necessarily changed but has evolved. I think that with the more education I obtain and the more weddings I shoot, I narrow down my style a little more each time. I want it to be obvious to prospective clients what my style is and that each wedding is going to reflect that. I also don’t tend to get into the current trends that some photographers do. I want my couples’ images to be timeless.
What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera?
So many things! First of all, couples in love that are not afraid to show this love in front of me makes me giddy! I find that I can get more creative when couples just relax and act natural. I also grew up in Aroostook County, so I get very excited about open fields at sunset. I am also inspired by textures. I love old buildings with lots of character. I am also drawn to nautical things like lighthouses and the rocky coast.
Where will your business be in the next 5 years?
I hope that my business will be thriving! I love wedding photography and hope that I can still be privileged enough to get to document this special time in a couple’s love story.