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We wanted somebody who could produce high quality work, share our aesthetics, and is a complete professional as our wedding photographer. Janae was exactly that. Through her photos, we were able to re-live the entire wedding from multiple angles. She took both our engagement and wedding photos. We were impressed with how well she knew the locations in area. She knew at what time of the day we should be at which side of Alamo square so the sun was in the perfect spot shining through two intersections. She knew which truck to sit on at the Thomas Fogarty winery for the token winery shot. This moved the photo shoots along swiftly, which was essential for a hectic wedding day - we even had time to sit down to eat! Janae also knew how to work with her clients effectively. She was clear in her instructions on how we should pose (and they were not awkward poses) so we knew exactly what to do. She would also explain what the timeline of a photo shoot would be up front in email so we were all on the same page. She delivered the photos ahead of schedule so we were able to see our wedding photos before we went off for our honeymoon - huge thanks! On the wedding day, Janae also had her assistant Julia to help. Julia was also terrific in communicating with us in terms of what we should do. She was also very patient as we were getting ready for the wedding. Her wide shots during the sunset photos were absolutely gorgeous. We are able to preserve all the beautiful details of our perfect day because of Janae and Julia! We loved them!
Terrific PicturesReviewed on 6/25/2013 Falon K
Janae photographed our wedding in April at Stern Grove in San Francisco. I found her because I saw some pictures I really liked of another wedding she photographed at Stern Grove. We got lucky that she was still available (it wasn't really wedding season), because I didn't book her until about 2 weeks before the wedding. She did give me a little bit of a last minute booking discount, which I really appreciated. We got a basic package, which I felt was perfect. She had a second photographer with her, and they were both terrific. They were professional, but enjoyable. They got pictures of everyone and everything I asked for, but were never in the way. The pictures were ready before expected (again, this wasn't the busy season). And most importantly, The pictures themselves came out awesome! I am really happy with them and the whole experience. It was such a perfect day, and they captured it beautifully. Thanks again Janae!
Wedding PhotographyReviewed on 8/04/2012 Thu-Hien R
I highly recommend Janae. I was very nervous we would not have pretty pictures to hang on and after seeing online gallery, I realized we had nothing to be nervous about. Janae gave us so many good photos to choose from. I'm thoroughly happy with her service. She still has to put together our album, but I'm sure she'll blow me away with that as well.
A true pleasureReviewed on 6/17/2012 Emily F
Janae is an amazing photographer. You will love her from the moment you meet her. She does an excellent job and makes it easy to be in front of the camera
Love Janae!!!Reviewed on 1/10/2012 Emily T
Janae was such an wonderful and amazing photographer! She is so charismatic and easy to work with :) Janae is super responsive and very helpful! She naturally directed us for the pictures, making us look natural and feeling at ease. At the wedding, my husband and his groomsmen were a rowdy bunch, yet Janae handled them with ease. Not once did she lose the smile on her face. She captured all the perfect moments and honestly did a GREAT job. I am so happy that I had Janae as my photographer and would highly recommend her to all my family and friends!
I not only love Janae's work, I love Janae tooReviewed on 5/17/2011 Virginia M
Janae Shields is an excellent photographer, her website and blog definitely showcase her great work. I was referred to Janae by a former co-worker who used Janae at her wedding. I loved the photos on the blog, but what impressed me even more was the way my co-worker loved working with her. And now I can say the same thing. I LOVED working with Janae. She's such a bubbly and sweet personality, she has a great artistic eye, she works with your personalities, and she's QUICK. I know this may not seem like a quality you would rank highly, but I had a tight timeline on my wedding day, not to mention I wanted to get to my cocktail hour quickly. I knew without a doubt that Janae would not only be able to do this, but be able to take a ton of great shots. I knew this because we did a 1 hour session (I repeat, 1 hour), and I think she took about 600 great photos, and she sent me an online album with about 200 of the best of them. Doing an engagement session with Janae is great, because she works to personalize the photo shoot. Plus, it was a great practice run for us, in terms of getting used to posing, or sometimes not posing or looking at the camera. But, more than anything, I left the engagement session loving Janae and her personality, and the photos were excellent. We received so many compliments on them. The people you least expected to comment, did. They were that good. And, on the wedding day, Janae and her assistant were amazing. It was like having another friend there, not another "vendor". We got all the photos done quickly, and I know there are some great shots in there, I cannot wait to see the photos. During the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, I don't remember seeing Janae and her assistant. It's as if they blended into the crowd. Many of my friends have sent me the pictures they took, and I see Janae in those. To me it's amazing that she was taking so many photos, but never was obviously there, or in the way. I didn't feel like I was being documented, or followed, or had flash bulbs in my face. And, that's exciting, because I'm sure there are going to be a lot of great candids. I cannot say enough of Janae. I think she's extremely talented, and like I said earlier you will love her work, and love working with her, which I think is really important when picking out a photographer. You want some one that cares enough to personalize an engagement session, or who asks really important questions about your family, so as to not create any awkward moments during the family portraits, or that knows your personalities enough that she knows what details to capture. Book Janae! She's worth every penny.