5/5 on The Knot
"We could not imagine what our wedding day would be like without Jess there. She is extremely talented, professional, efficient, friendly, and most importantly a pleasure to be around! We started with a meeting where she very clearly outlined the process and answered all the questions we had (which we had a lot of!), making us feel completely relaxed. We then followed up with a laid back engagement photo session, hitting a combination of locations we thought of and clever spaces she came up with (she had no problem hopping in our car and whipping around the city with us). Our edited photos came back super quick and we were so happy with them. They were lighthearted, cute and exactly what we wanted. When it came to the day of the wedding, Jess (and her wonderful assistant Emily) were at our hotel right on time and split up to cover the bride and groom's rooms. They made us both feel completely comfortable while they expertly got coverage of the getting ready process, both very unassuming, and were a pleasure hang out with. I am particularly awkward when it comes to posed photos, but Jess made the process easy and enjoyable. We then headed outside to a very busy city hall and got beautiful "first look" photos with ease. We were originally skeptical about doing such staged photos, but she assured us it would be worth it, and it certainly was! Once we arrived at the venue, Jess was able to organize all of the "posed family photos" very efficiently and this wasn't easy because we have a lot of family. But we got through it in no time and they came out beautifully. During the ceremony, Jess and Emily got amazing coverage without us or any of the guests noticing they were there. We chose not to have any video of the service and we are happy we didn't - because the pictures covered it all. They managed to capture the room beautifully and didn't miss any moments. The best photos of the evening all came from the reception! Jess captured all of our family and friends beautifully, completely candidly, and really showcased how much fun everyone was having. Nearly all of our guests have been able to proudly display photos of themselves from the wedding on their Facebook/Instragram. Everyone was commenting on how little Jessica's presence was felt but she managed to be in 100 places at once. They became part of the party and only made it that much better. Receiving all of our wedding photos (the turnaround was speedy!) was one of our favorite moments of the entire wedding process. They were edited consistently, and Jess was happy to make any changes we required - but she did such a good job we didn't need to change anything! We cannot stress enough how much of a pleasure it was working with Jess. Not one of our 800 photos look awkward or staged, but completely natural and magazine-esq. From seeing other couple's experiences with weddings, we have seen how easy it can be to end up with a photographer who orders everyone around and only produces "pose-y" awkward photos, but Jess was the polar opposite. We've already had guests from our wedding hire her after the experience and I know for sure that they will not be the last!!"
5/5 on The Knot
"Jess was a true professional from start to finish. She began our process with prompt emails, texts and calls to our first meeting, was AMAZING the day of, and finished out the process with a personalized gift/photo set. 1,000% recommended! Sarahlena and I met Jess inPhiladelphia on a sunny, humid, HOT day to meet for 2+ hours to do the engagement photos and get comfortable and acquainted with each other. We began near City Hall to and walked our way through town to the Race Street Pier. Jess was great at getting us into the right spots with great lighting. Jess has a great personality; so easy to hang out with for the day. Jess loves what she does and it showed that afternoon. It was SO HOT, and I was ready to call it quits ½-way through the shoot, but Jess kept asking us to do one more, and then, do one more. She kept us on track that day. For those of you who don’t know, the wedding day is HELLA hectic. Having a photographer that can handle the time crunch, two sets of families and a bunch of diva bridesmaids/groomsmen, with ease and class is priceless. At our wedding, Jess was on-point from start to finish. I specifically remember at one moment, the families had been late, and we were missing some of the bridesmaids which put us 40+ minutes behind schedule. I started to become anxious. Once we had all parties, Jess instantly took charge, calm and collective. She got everyone from A to B to knock out the photo shoot and the night became a huge success! Lastly, it goes without saying, as you can see from her pics, she does amazing work! She has the talent and eye that make photography so wonderful. Sarah and I now have photos that we hope will be passed down to our grandkids, and their grandkids. THANKS JESS!"
5/5 on The Knot
"Where do I even start? I would highly highly recommend Sugar Year to anyone and everyone that is looking for the perfect wedding photographer to capture one of the most special days of their life. Jess was a delight to work with throughout the planning process, as well as, onthe big day itself. She traveled a considerable distance to be apart of our day which meant a lot to my husband and I. Every time I look at our photos I feel like I am back in that day in those special moments; We took our standard photos with family and the wedding party which were perfect but it was her ability to capture the candid moments, not just of us but of our guests too, that make her an incredible photographer. I could not have been more impressed with the quality of every single picture that was taken. I still get compliments on a regular basis on how beautiful our pictures came out and we have been married almost two years. I should also note that the turnaround time from our wedding to when we got our proofs was insanely fast - i think it was under 3 weeks. Again, I can't say it enough, I would (and do) recommend Sugar Year to anyone who is looking for a wedding photographer!"
5/5 on The Knot
"The best decision I made while planning my wedding was booking Sugar Year. Jess did our wedding back in 2013 before she had much of a portfolio but the moment I met her I immediately trusted she would do the best job. AND THEN SHE DID!! Our photos are amazing. Her ability to capture moments as they happen is wonderful. My favorite pictures from our wedding are us and our guest just naturally, in the moment, having the best time. The pictures of our guests on the dance floor were so good that we actually have them out as thank you gifts. Multiple guests at our wedding and people who have seen my photos have since booked Jess for their own weddings because she did such a fantastic job. I would (and have many times!) recommended Jess and Sugar Year to anyone planning a wedding!"
5/5 on The Knot
"Sugar Year was great to work with from start to finish. My husband had worked with one of their photographers previously while on tour with a band so we knew we were going to get great action shots with a wonderfully personal and intimate feel. Our photographer arrived at our hotel suite right on time for the 'getting ready' pictures and took so many wonderful photos from the moment she entered the room till she left at the end of the reception. Everything was sent to us digitally within a week of the wedding, which we easily downloaded and stored on a flash-drive for making prints. We also decided to commission our photographer to put together our wedding photo album, which turned out great. I wish I could have Sugar Year photograph EVERY special moment of our lives, not just our wedding day, because they are the best of the best. <3"