by Jon Jenkins Published 01/11/2008
After five years on the wedding scene, Jon Jenkins LSWPP (Jinx) and Richard P Walton LSWPP (Waltography) are a force to be reckoned with, adopting their own style for weddings, resulting in excellent images. They have a very different approach to most photographers and the chemistry between them when working together has given the brides some excellent images.
It hasn't always been like this. In December 2007, after his worst year in wedding photography, Jon was taking a well deserved Christmas break and was pondering over jacking the whole lot in. The previous year had gone from bad to worse, and he had lost the sparkle that he once had. Added to that, bad weather, bad venues and bad brides just made the whole thing spiral out of control. The quality of his images was deteriorating and he just couldn't pick himself up. His motivation for weddings was at its lowest and in January, on returning to work, he had to make a decision, not just for his own sake, but for the sake of his customers and the people he worked with. It was either to quit or to give himself a kick up the backside and go for it. With just one week to go before the SWPP Convention, Jon decided that was going to be the start of a new era for him. The Convention changed his motivation completely - getting inspired by some of the top names in the industry and seeing all the amazing images on display was the boost Jon needed to rekindle the dying flames. Now just one year on, things are much different for Jon, with many of his images receiving gold merit in the monthly competitions. He's gained more qualifications, is a very active member on the SWPP forum, writing articles for Imagemaker magazine and now even talking at the Convention himself. He has managed to blow the old cobwebs away and has passion and enthusiasm for wedding photography that he once never thought he would get. If you asked him a year ago where he would be in his career a year later, he would never have dreamed he would be where he is now.
Jon doesn't care anymore about weather, venue or bride. He takes every wedding with the same approach and works to get the results no matter what the day has to offer. Give him any situation and instead of letting things get to him, he takes it on the chin and looks on things as a challenge. He believes 'you're only as good as your last wedding'. The results of last year have been excellent. When submitting the first set of images for his Associate panel, all but one were taken in 2008. He believes there is gold at every wedding and aims to get a 'Gold' standard competition image from every wedding.
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