Welcome to Changing the Game, a Modern Rebel blog series where we talk with professionals in the wedding industry who are using their platform to diversify the industry’s image, give back to their community, and challenge the idea of what a wedding “should” be.
What brought you into the wedding industry?
I was in the military for six years and when I wanted to get out, I decided I never wanted to work for someone else ever again. So I started my own business!
What challenges do you face in the industry?
Just getting awesome clients to be able to find me! The market is so noisy, that I think it's hard for people to sift through the mud to find the right fit for anything.
What changes to you want to see in the wedding industry?
I want it to be more about the couple, than what society tells them to do. People get so wrapped up in the right robe, the perfect guest gift, whether or not they desperately need that Whataburger late night reception meal (probably), that their own actual needs and wants are covered up in muck. I want to see more actual authenticity in the industry.
How does your identity as a polyamorous person influence or impact your work in the wedding industry?
I always make fun of the trite "I LOVE LOVE" bullshit that floats around in this industry, but I also always joke that as a wedding photographer that is a polyamorous person with three ex-husbands, I am a really die-heard love and weddings fan. LOL! My orientation as poly and the journey to get here means that I really value positive nourishing connections with others, including my clients. I bring my personal life into my business and I think that helps set me apart.
What is a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career?
The moment a client offered to gift me a custom flogger and homemade mead. No joke, it's when I realized my branding was on point and that I had found my ideal clients.
What marriage tradition are you sick of?
I'm tired of the garter toss. It's gross. It stems from when the dress was shredded off the bride's literal body, by the men at the wedding. Now it's still a tactic that embarrasses women. So gross.
What do you think is still missing from the industry?
Gratitude. There is a lot of people who feel they deserve things, due to a bloated sense of self. Gratitude is how the good good keeps coming.
Are you using your platform to give back or impact a larger community?
I donate to various charities, including the ACLU, but I also just want to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ folks, where their big day has the space to be authentic as possible.
Who is your role model, mentor, or hero?
Steve Irwin. I bet he doesn't hate that stingray. He probably bought it a beer in the afterlife.
Creatrix Photography is a photographer in Austin, TX. If you’d like to get in touch with Jenna, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.