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(lively music) [Sally Mussared] Today we are thrilled to be here with Jesse Hisco at Jesse Hisco Photography. What happens when a
bride first contacts you? – We’ve got to touch base. I think it’s incredibly important that we gel on a personal level. You spend no more extra time with someone on your wedding day
than your photographer, so I find that part’s really important. So, the first thing I
do is pick up the phone and have a chat. – [Sally] Okay. What is your ideal timeline? – [Jesse] My timeline
really revolves around what they want to get
out of the experience. I don’t have a set amount of time that I stay on the wedding. I turn up at the start, and I leave when they
don’t need me anymore. So, a lot of the time
we just work with them to find out what’s really important and how we can set up the
timeline to suit that experience. So, if they want to spend
more time with the guests, well, I’m not going to
arrange for three hours of us to be spending in
a field taking pictures. I want to get them straight into
hanging out with the guests. – What are the elements of
your favourite weddings? – It’s got to be real. I don’t want to see somebody trying to be something that they’re not. I don’t want to see people
copying other brides ’cause they saw something on Pinterest and they thought it was really cool but it doesn’t really gel
with their personality. So, I do whatever I can
to sort of break down some of those barriers that
they might be putting up. – To us it’s really important
that the brides come out in a gown that suits their personality and it just oozes who they are and try and do as much as we
can in front of the mirror. So, how do you draw their personality out? – [Jesse] One of the
easiest ways for me is in the engagement session. I find there’s no better way to find out what a person’s like
than just hanging out. We do something that
they would normally do without a photographer following them. Through that process, I
find it’s a really good way for them to learn a few
tricks in front of the camera. I get to see how they
organically move together, so come the wedding we don’t have to do that finding common ground on the day. – [Sally] Yeah, fantastic. – [Jesse] We’re already friends by then. – [Sally] Okay. And so how do you manage that
with your overseas weddings? – [Jesse] All of my travel
weddings, I go for a week so that we can figure out the logistics of what’s going on for
the next couple of days. We get a chance to do
some engagement portraits, the wedding, and if we have
time we do some pictures after. – [Sally] What makes Jesse
Hisco Photography unique? – [Jesse] There’s only one of me. (laughs) Photography is a teamwork thing. It’s 50% the bride and
the groom and 50% me. It’ll come down to the connection that we can create together. They’ve got to be real and
I’ve got to be comfortable, I’ve got to be inspired. So, I think it’s really important that we find the right couple
for the right photographer. – Yeah, okay. How did you get in photography? – It was semi-unintentional. I had a security business, I
was putting alarms in houses, and thought that’s what I was going to do, and then I just thought,
“I’m not having fun. “I just want to snowboard
and take photos.” So, I thought, “Well, pack up everything “and move to Canada for six,
seven months and try it out. “We’ll see how we go.” I came home 10 years later,
I was a wedding photographer. How it evolved into
that, I bought a camera ’cause I wanted to take
good pictures on my holiday, and then I thought, “I’m
really enjoying this.” And then I thought, “Okay, well, I’m going
to pursue photography,” and I thought I would be
a landscape photographer. That seems fun. I get to see all these beautiful places. I just felt that the one thing that was always missing was people. People’s my jam. People’s what I love. People are the reason I do it. And in fact, photographer’s
only really become a profession for me once I realised how
much I could get from people. I would never be able to meet
such a vast array of people and get so much from them if I didn’t have
photography as that medium. – When you are connecting to those people, what’s your one biggest tip for brides? – Be yourself! There’s no one more better
qualified for it than you for being yourself. I believe everybody, without exception, everybody photographs beautifully if they’re given the right environment, good light, good composition. Everybody deserves at least one picture that when they look at
it, they feel themselves. They don’t look at it and go, “Oh, that’s me smiling in a field.” So, when I get the opportunity
to photograph people, that’s my aim is to give
them that one picture. – That’s really special. – Oh, thanks. (laughs) – And what’s the most unusual
request you’ve ever had? – [Jesse] Did a wedding up
in Far North Queensland, and the couple came to me and they said, “Okay, we’re not going
to be exchanging rings “on the wedding day. “Instead, we’re going
to tattoo each other.” – [Sally] (laughs) Really? – [Jesse] “And then we’re
going to give free tattoos “to the guests for the rest of the night.” They had a really good friend
of theirs, Luke Bishop, he has a mobile tattoo parlour. So, about 30, 40 of their guests, when your name got called
throughout the dance floor night, and you’d jump in the van,
and you’d get a tattoo. – When you go to a new venue, what are the things that
you’re hoping will be there? – [Jesse] I think the only
thing I’m really looking for is good light. As long as we’ve got good
light, the couple’s there, we get some genuine interaction, it really doesn’t matter where we are. – [Sally] And what do
you define by good light? – [Jesse] Well, I mean,
there’s certain lights that I look for which
are flattering on skin. And I’m an available light
photographer for the most part. There is a time and a place to use flash. But for the most part, I want things to be really natural I want to keep the process really fluid, so I look for things like back light, window light, shade, sky light. Once the sun’s gone down, we get a little bit of residual
light left in the sky there. The types of lights that
really are more flattering for my style of photography. – [Sally] I’m a hopeless romantic, and I’ve discovered over
time that lots of us in the wedding industry
are actually soppies. – [Jesse] Yeah. (laughs) I agree with that. – [Sally] What’s your love story? – I guess I’ll wind back a little bit bit. So, I’m 35 this year, and I’ve been with the
same girl since I was 11. – [Sally] (gasps) Really? – [Jesse] Yeah. (laughs) – Wow.
– We grew up in primary school in Adelaide. We’ve travelled a lot. we’ve been everywhere together. – [Sally] So, how did you meet? – I threw her favourite backpack onto the basketball ring
and it got her attention. So, yeah.
(both laughing) I can’t say it’s anything crazy romantic, ’cause I didn’t really know. I just wanted her attention. – You said before you have an
amazing client’s love story. – Well, I have one really
beautiful one of a couple I met while I was setting up
a style shoot in Canada about seven years ago for a magazine that’s, say, slightly more fine arts or something that was a little
bit more designer-focused. So, I got a dress, a
ring, and I got a ranch. And so we put the shoot together, but I still needed a couple, so I went to the closest town, which is Banff National Park. I found the closest couple that looked like they were still in
their honeymoon stage. So, we put the shoot together right in the middle of
the Rocky Mountains. It went to blog, went to
magazine, which is great, and then seven years later, I get a phone call from Courtney. She says, “You know that
shoot you did seven years ago? “Well, we need you to do it again, “but this time for real.” – [Sally] (laughs) Thank you very much for having us, Jesse. – Oh, a pleasure.
– It was fantastic. – [Jesse] My pleasure, thanks for coming. – If you’d like more information, please have a look in the show notes. – [Jesse] My pleasure, thanks for coming. (Jazzy Music)

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