Jessica and Ed


First thing’s first. I want to thank Maria for helping me out on Saturday. She had the role of “voice activated light stand,” and did the job well. She also dragged around my reflector, Fong dong and various other pieces of equipment. Thanks Maria!

Second thing’s second. I worked with some great professionals this weekend. Tony Ezzo of Pixer Productions did a awesome job of coordinating with everyone. This is very important because there is no room for competition at a wedding. Real professionals know how to work together so eveyone gets what they need. As a result, Jessica and Ed are going to get an incredible video and photos without compromise from anyone.

The DJ Crew not only kept the dance floor jammin all night, but communicated everything they were going to do with Tony and I. We didn’t miss a thing. This type of coopertation is critical and very much appreciated. It was smooth sailing.

Now for the wedding. Jessica and Ed were married on May 30. They had a beautiful wedding and reception at LaMalfa Party Center in Mentor.

I have been looking forward to shooting this wedding since our engagement session last year. We really got some awesome images out of it.  Jessica and Ed are naturals in front of the camera –  playful, romantic, creative and theatrical.  I thought it would be tough to top the e-session, but that was before I met their supporting cast. More on that to follow.

I was really fortunate to have some time to spend shooting Jessica before things got really busy. I knew we’d get some stunners if we had the time. She got ready at her parents’ beautiful home. They live on a golf course, so it was a great backdrop for photos. We didn’t have to spend any time traveling, which translates to more “say cheese.”








Here’s one half of the supporting cast I was talking about.


Here’s the other half.


The bridal party was so much fun to work with. Everybody was on the same page and knew just what to do.  





 The ceremony was in a beautiful chapel at LaMalfa. There was even a little comedy during the vows.


Look out Sopranos!







Ed and his guys had a little surprise for everyone. They performed a choreographed dance to Thriller. It was damn good too. This really energized the guests. The dance floor was packed the rest of the night.  




Congratulations Jessica and Ed! I wish you all the best.

  • May 31, 2009 - 9:34 pm

    Jessie and Ed - Hi Justin!!!!
    Thanks for putting these pictures up SO FAST!
    Everyone in my family and my guests were absolutely impressed with your professionalism and your (seemingly) omnipresence. 😀
    I think you are absolutely right about everyone working together to execute a beautiful event…I am so lucky that you guys were all on the same wavelength. Things could not have turned out better. Thank you for the fabulous pictures, and I look forward to more. I hope to hear and see more of you in the future Justin!! (Say HI and THANK YOU to Maria for me! :D)

  • May 31, 2009 - 9:47 pm

    annie - justin you are AMAZING!!!! i was the MOH of the wedding and i have to say that you were literally everywhere i looked. you and maria both did such an amazing time and can’t wait to see the rest of the pics.

    when my husband visit cleveland again we are def going to call you to take pics!!

  • May 31, 2009 - 10:08 pm

    soo - seriously, these are the BEST pictures i’ve ever seen! you were so awesome with your vast creativity and being eye-to-eye on every idea that was pitched to you. we all look so hot!! thanks for being such a good sport and making this wedding experience even more amazing!!!

  • June 1, 2009 - 1:25 pm

    Lizz Pruitt - Lovely photos, Justin. I love the light you found in the photo of them on the steps.

  • June 4, 2009 - 8:38 am

    Lisa and Jeff’s E-session » Justin Ketchem Photography - […] Maria took video of the shoot, and I was listening to it as I edited these photos. I was cracking up at some of the conversations we had. There was a lot of joking and laughing going on. Lisa and Jeff are so funny, but they could definitely turn the serious on when we were shooting. Their eyes are fantastic and really command all the attention in the images. This caused me to shoot a lot portraits with them looking straight into the camera.   They did an awesome job. I know that covering their wedding in October is going to be a lot of fun. […]

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