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Conversations with Jaimie Krause

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaimie Krause. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I always had an interest in photography, even as a small child. Even after high school, I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life. But after taking my first photography class my first semester of college, I was hooked and knew I wanted to do something with photography. 

Back in the very early 2000s, having a “nice camera” wasn’t super common. In 2002, I photographed my first wedding, and it just kind of went from there. 

Now I am a full-time photographer with a studio in Alton, IL. I document wedding days, and I also shoot fat and body-positive boudoir. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I’m pretty sure nothing in my life has been a smooth road, but that’s ok. The bumps are what got me to where I am and made me who I am. 

Like any small business owner, I’ve struggled with the number of hats you have to wear. I’m a one-person operation. I do my own web design, marketing, editing, social media, accounting, etc. It’s overwhelming, and it took me a long, long time to learn how to put boundaries in place. I feel like I’m just now shifting into the “business” mindset where I don’t take everything so personally. 

2020 was probably my biggest struggle to date. I lost all of my income. It’s been devastating. I worked so hard for so many years, and in a matter of months, I lost it all. Probably the worst part is that not only did it carry over into 2021, but it’s now affecting my 2022 as couples reschedule yet again. Every time a wedding gets rescheduled, I lose six to seven thousand dollars. I lose the money I would have made if they’d gone ahead with their wedding, and I lose out on booking someone new for next year’s date. So many wedding industry colleagues are closing their doors because they just can’t survive. It’s depressing. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
We are born, and we die, and in the space in between are millions of moments. Those moments are what create and shape your life. 

I believe that weddings are about people, not things. Wedding days are special because it’s the only time in your life that all of those people are going to be in the same place at the same time. It will, most likely, never happen again. There are no do-overs. Every single person present care about the couple. The moments on that day are so special. Your children and your grandchildren and your great-grandchildren will cherish the photos that show the truth. Because truth is not a trend. Truth will endure. 

My wedding work is very candid and photojournalistic. I focus on documenting moments, and connections between people. I do not orchestrate moments. I do not insert myself into moments, and I never, ever interrupt moments. I cannot tell someone how to be themselves. Only they know that. So, I give people the space to be themselves. I don’t ever want someone to look at their wedding photos and think of me or something I made them do. I want them to look at their photos and be transported back to that moment. 

Couples often tell me that it looks like the people in my photos are actually having fun. And I tell them it’s because they are. You can fool everyone except for the people in the photo. If you’re miserable because you’re hot and tired and stressed, but pretending to smile and be happy for photos, then when you look at the photos, that’s what you’re going to remember. That’s why I create a safe space where people have room to relax and actually enjoy themselves. 

It is a privilege to be invited to be part of such an important event in someone’s life. I am there as a historian, a documentarian, and a witness. I am a relentless pursuer and teller of the truth. I take my job very seriously. It doesn’t matter how many weddings I photograph; it is their only, and I hold that fact close to my heart. 

My boudoir work isn’t so much boudoir photography as it is women’s empowerment photography. Everyone’s body is absolutely perfect just as it is. My boudoir sessions are about celebrating that. 

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
My husband and my family and friends have always been so incredibly supportive of me. I’m also very fortunate to have so many good friends in the industry that I can bounce ideas off of and come to with questions or just to vent to. There’s no way I would be where I am today if I weren’t friends with other photographers. 

Pricing:

  • Weddings $5000
  • Portrait Sessions begin at $600
  • Boudoir Sessions begin at $1300

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Image Credits
Jaimie Nicole Krause Photography

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