FAVORITE FRAMES OF 2014
Disclaimer: what you are about to read will be full of grammatical errors so if you are the grammar/writing nazis please keep on browsing the net and don’t stop here ;). I tend to write like I talk 😉 I’m about to get real honest and raw here in hopes of letting others know they are not alone in the hustle-struggle of being a creative. This could be a proverbial career suicide for writing this but “frankly my dear I don’t give a damn.” It’s been SOOOOOO-heavy on my heart I feel the need to lay it all out there to move forward to 2015. What!? Did I just type 2015??!! Wasn’t it just Y2K!??? 2014 has been tough…like super tough guys…you know the living off Ramen noodles kinda tough…following? It’s been humbling leaving my job as a RN to pursue this career. Yeah, you can say it: “what in the hell was she thinking?!” It wasn’t easy to take that blind leap of faith but I did. I did it because I am REALLY PASSIONATE about telling stories. Your story. Never in a million years did I think I would be making pennies compared to what I was 2 years ago. That has been so humbling…not having the luxury of going to the grocery store when we REALLY NEED FOOD. It’s scary not knowing when your next paycheck is coming. Photography is my ONLY source of income. It isn’t a hobby for me. It’s what pays bills, clothes our kiddos, and puts food on our table. I’ve been working myself to the bone…you know in the way where you neglect things in your own life/your own business needs etc just trying to make ends meet. I’ll be completely transparent, the selling-myself-game of this business is starting to wear on me a bit because I know my work is solid…no, it’s damn solid and I’ll stand by that statement. I’m not saying that with a haughty spirit because anyone who truly knows me can vouch that is not me. I know there are TONS of better artists than I but my vision is a bit different. What I mean is you won’t find a more emotionally vested person in telling your story. My heart and mind are totally connected to it. I’ve never had a clearer vision of how I like to shoot and document your story. I know exactly what your daddy is thinking when he’s wiping his tears during your father/daughter dance…”you said you’d never leave me…that you wanted to marry me when you grew up…how can that little girl with the toothless grin and pigtails already be grown?” I see things you won’t think about as a 20 something…like the importance of capturing the essence of the people at your wedding…specifically ones that will not be on this earth in just a few short years. Reality is hard people!!! Baaaa-lieve me I’ve had my fair share of reality pies thrown in my face but it is what it is: important people who molded who you are will die. It’s life. You see, life has a way of throwing curve balls at you…those special people at your wedding slowly dwindle from your life and in hindsight you start to realize what was really important about that day. No, it’s not all the gorgeous details or the hideous Pinterest picture poses (yeah, you know which ones I’m taking about) it’s the people-THE RELATIONSHIPS. When I started on this journey, of being a wedding photographer, that’s what I wanted to convey in my imagery…people matter not things. Life is fleeting…these moments are fleeting…that’s why I took that giant leap of faith to chase a dream. You can’t put a price tag on the people at your wedding and you can’t put a price tag on a photographer that will pour herself into your story. That’s what makes me Tiffani and not the other photographers you’ve price shopped. I realize my style & pricing doesn’t suit every bride and I am completely ok with that…but I need you to invest in me not as a photographer within your budget but as a story-teller of those fleeting moments of your life . If you are a person that gets my vision, I’d love to tell your story in a very laid back, non-intrusive, artistic-candid, and honest way. I promise I’ll be worth the investment :). So here’s to a promising 2015 and not eating Ramen noodles! Here are my favorite moments from 2014. A very special thank you to my dear friends Shipra and Jason. Your friendships have been the highlight of my year. You guys are so supportive and encouraging and push me to be a better artist and person and I love you both for that. Last but not least, I need to give a REALLY HUGE SHOUT OUT to my husband. He’s been selflessly supportive of my entire career change and I am forever grateful that he encourages me to follow my passion
Katie Ford - Tiffani, you are an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your talent the world. Love your work.
Danny - You crushed it. These frames are brilliant you’re brilliant and you made a good choice of leaving your job. I think all of us photographers know the where the heck is my next check coming from type thing. Keep on kicking butt and taking names killer because you are Awesome.
admin - Thanks Danny! I appreciate you taking the time to look and respond.
admin - Thank Katie!
Shipra - You are my hero. Period. Love these and am so proud of you and that I am privileged enough to be able to call you my friend. Cheers to an amazing 2015!!!
admin - Love you! Thanks for all the adventures and encouraging words
Lana Ponomarenko - Absolutely beautiful! Love your work. Especially how you capture light. 🙂
admin - Thank you Lana! I appreciate your kind words!
Tabitha - Tiffani, wow!! What a beautiful collection of images. You are SO worth it. What an honor to be a part of your year. You are one of the greats, and I can’t wait to follow along. Wishing you all the success in 2015 that you so deserve!!
admin - Awww thank you so much Tabitha for being a part of it! I feel equally blessed to have documented your adoption story!
lisa - what an incredible journey! so happy that our paths crossed and am so proud of you! the only thing missing while going through these images was the go-getter soundtrack that was playing in my head. love all of the beauty you capture!
admin - Thank you Lisa! I’m so glad we met too! Thanks for your friendship and constant encouragement to keep on this journey!
Lynn Thompson - Your pictures brought tears to my eyes b/c even without your post, I could see your heart in soul into your photos. Beautiful!
admin - Thank you for saying that! I really do!
Annamae Nasewicz - Great words and WORK Tiffani Jones. Keep your head up and know you aren't the only one struggling in this business. Your work is absolutely beautiful..keep it up girl!!
Tiffani - Thanks friend!
Tiffani Jones - Thank you Annamae!