But a funny thing happened to this wedding photographer along the way. When you spend time with people on their most important and soulful days, and you are privy to such intimacies, you bond. And so, in the most organic way possible, my business blossomed from love to life. There is no greater compliment I have ever received than a bride who calls me again when she is becoming a mother. To see a couple from engagement or even proposal to chasing their kids around for their holiday photos ten years later is such a joy and frankly, it gets me a little choked up. So, welcome to my website. It is a trove of all the things I hold dear. I look forward to meeting you and I genuinely can’t wait to capture all of your precious moments, whatever they may be.
When I started this business in 2008, I was focused solely on wedding photography. Truth be
told, I am a person who is hopelessly in love with…love. I love the white dress, the crisp
invitations, the twinkling diamonds, the beautiful flowers. I love the stories about how the couple
met and how they envision the day. I love being one of the first people in the room the morning
of the wedding, being a part of that magic that only a special few are invited to share. I love
editing the photos after the fact and obsessing over making everything perfect to hand off to the
couple, because I know these photos are part of their history forever. They will be passed down
for generations…I don’t take that responsibility lightly. Over my 15-year career in this industry I
would say that my love for these things has only grown, my appreciation of the intricacies
A photo shoot in Paris under the twinkling lights of the Eiffel tower. Swoon.
Have my Dear Bride Podcast hit the top of the charts!
Take my daughters on cross country road trip
Photograph a celebrity wedding
Be a keynote speaker at WPPI in Las Vegas
Celebrated 10 years of JBP
Became a Momma to Isabella and fell in love all over again
Married the love of my life
Became a Momma to Juliette, best day
Started Janelle Brooke Photography at my parents dining room table with a leap of faith
and a maxed-out credit card
Graduated CW Post with a degree in photography
Freshman year at the Boston Conservatory to study music
picked up my first camera in a high school photography class and immediately had the bug.
Moved the office back to Northport, New York and couldn’t be more excited
Somehow she makes the magic happen from two irritable newborns, to cranky toddlers or sassy “big kids” that can be unagreeable. No matter how non-ideal the situation may have been, Janelle knows just what to say, and exactly how to capture our family so beautifully together. Reflecting on the last ten years, I really didn’t realize who I was meeting when I thought I was “just shopping for a wedding photographer”.
Janelle and I met early 2011 when we were getting ready to select our wedding photographer. As soon as we met Janelle, we knew we didn’t need to meet another photographer. She makes you feel excited for the big day, comforted by her experience photographing weddings and focused on capturing your collaborative vision for your wedding day. On the actual wedding day, she puts you at ease, is professional, anticipates times for magical photo opportunities and even offered us a walk through prior to the day so there were no surprises. That being said, we got the surprise of all time with a fire at our wedding! Nonetheless, Janelle was unphased and kept us all calm stayed the course. She didn’t even falter and stayed the extra time to be sure every memory was captured.
I don’t even know where to begin about my experience with working with Janelle but will start by saying she is an absolute pleasure. We are approaching ten years of her capturing the most amazing memories of our life together and there’s no other way to describe it but to say I feel so lucky.
Now after all these years we have many photos to treasure but most importantly we treasure the relationship we have built with Janelle, it’s one that will truly last a lifetime.
When I think back on why I chose Janelle all those years ago, I remember how beautiful her pictures were, how she made me feel and the chemistry we had together. Janelle is our storyteller. She has captured and preserved snapshots of our family’s journey perfectly so we have them for years to come. She has created a cohesive visual of the life we have built together, where each photo reminds you of the journey.
I never knew what a lifetime photographer was, nor was I thinking of one when I booked Janelle to photograph my wedding back in 2014.
Family shoots with her are like a homecoming and because we know and love her, the photos that come out of our time with her are always special and sprinkled with a certain fairy-dust you can’t quite put your finger on. We couldn’t achieve the magic in these photos with someone we didn’t have that relationship with. Janelle will be taking photos of our family forever - that matters to us. That means something.
There is something to be said about having a lifetime photographer. Janelle has been taking photos of us since we were engaged.
I never know what to expect when I reach out to JBP to set up a session but I do know that the end product never disappoints, I am always blown away. Eight years of memories preserved, with only more to come.
I am fortunate to say that as our story grew, as we added new chapters, JBP was there, growing with us, experiencing (and at times, coordinating) each life event, every step of the way. Showers, rites of passage, birthdays, and mini sessions, all meticulously photographed and edited to perfection.
My journey with Janelle Brooke Photography began in 2013 when they captured my fairytale wedding! It was an instant connection in terms of style and personality. While I was fortunate to be able to view the images of affairs of my friends and family, all had left me with the same pictures, the same story.