While Jerry finished the slideshow, he graced me with his camera and told me to go shoot some dancing shots. He said: “Don’t change the settings…shoot it the way I have it set up.” Of course, once in the room, I HAD to change the settings and who walks in, right as I do that?! ARGH! Busted! I laughed and apologized!
Once the Wedding was over, I figured we were done! But Oh, No! Hazel and Alex went up and changed and we moved on to do an after wedding shoot in the pool! I was dragging at this point. Georgie and I had huddled up on a hammock together and I asked Jerry if he REALLY needed my help anymore! He said no, and Kevin and Jerry spent the next hour shooting Alex and Hazel in and around the pool. Eventually I hauled my butt over there and held the video light for him once again!
Jerry finally called it a night at 1:00 am!
I can barely get up the energy, let alone the enthusiasm, to shoot a six hour Wedding for myself. This Wedding day had run over 15 hours long! Afterwards the four of us sat outside for a while, just rehashing the day. I think I was just a blithering idiot by that point because it had been such a long but exciting day. When I complained that my feet were just killing me, Georgie told me that Jerry’s regular assistant, Sally, actually assisted him with heels on! Good Lord! I had to give Sally some shit about that!! What a crazy girl!
Everyone who I’ve told this story to, wants to see these images! They are under heavy lock and key right now and are very “hush hush” because as I suspected, I think Jerry might be entering this album into competition.
After our yearly convention in February the images (and video coverage) will be featured on his I.C.E. Society website.
Aside from being an absolutely brilliant photographer and just a generally nice guy, Jerry takes his knowledge as a photographer, an artist and a business man and teaches it to others through his seminars and visual aids. He has a product called Pic Pockets which has been wildly successful as it shows people how he achieved his award-winning photos. The cards show the “before” of the area and the “after” of the shot he pulled from it along with all the technical information you need. Absolute genius, I swear!
As I mentioned earlier, Jerry started a website called The I.C.E. Society which stands for Inspire, Create, Educate.
The I.C.E. Society is a paid membership site where Jerry shares his photography knowledge. The site is filled with so much information and is so in-depth I haven’t even had time to peruse it all. He shows videos of his weddings, which shows “behind the scenes” coverage of him shooting and how the day progresses. He even breaks the weddings down into sections. One section will cover the men and another whole section is dedicated to the Bride. He even encourages the photographer members to submit their prints and albums for critique. He then views the work and offers them tips on how to improve.
I guess I can sum this up by saying that Jerry is the “real deal.”
I don’t know any other working photographer who is so generous and giving of his time, talent and skills. Jerry works hard to perfect every aspect of his business life be it something he is creating for his couples or the knowledge he is sharing with his peers and competitors.
There is no better “continuing education” source then Jerry’s I.C.E. Society website. Jerry offers free preview memberships so you can see what all the fuss is about, before deciding to join. In all my years of photography, I’ve never seen a better resource and education site than Jerry’s I.C.E. Society. Go check it out and tell him “Mj sent you!”
Better yet, go to one of Jerry’s seminars in person. I guarantee you will walk away a “changed” person!
Love ya Jerry! And Congrats to Alex and Hazel!
End Note: In 2009, Jerry did enter Alex & Hazel’s Wedding into Album Competition. Jerry ended up winning the WPPI Wedding Album of the Year for the 6th time in 7 years but not with Alex and Hazel’s album. It came in third.