Hello! I am Jessica Madrigal Utah photographer and co-owner/main photographer of Salted Orange Studios. I would say the biggest reason behind why my husband and I specialize, as Utah wedding photographers is that we love them! We adore the couples, the beauty, and the moment in time we get to share in people’s lives. It is truly an honor to be part of it. We have experienced so much joy through the years meeting people so in love and capturing it. The energy is like no other and it cannot be replicated. It is unique and special. When we create emotional, stunning, and timeless images of this day for any one of our couples, our goal is that every time they look at it they not only remember but relive that moment. It should conjure up the scents, the sounds, and the feelings they had surrounding them. This is why we spend a lot of time chatting, “interviewing” our couples, planning with them, and learning everything we can about them as people and what they desire for their wedding day. At the end of it all we want them to say, “It’s like they KNEW what I wanted them to capture, and how, and when, and I never told them.”
I started out photographing my son and my friends back in 2007 for fun. I was told, like many that begin this way, that I was talented and should do this for a living. Boy is that easier said than done! So I dabbled in many different types of photography for a few years including fashion, product, photojournalism, commercial, food, portraits, and even a couple weddings. Going through that process revealed to me what my strengths and weaknesses were, but mostly what my passions were! Since then I have realized the reason why I love weddings so much. Weddings are made up of photojournalism, fashion, portrait, product, and artist expression all in one beautiful moment in one couple’s life. Because of this our style is a well-rounded blend of perspectives.
Three years ago my talented husband Javie began photographing weddings with me and there really is nothing better than working with your best friend doing something you love doing. We have 3 beautiful children and reside in the greater Salt Lake City area. Even through we are a Utah portrait photographer we are passionate about many things aside from our love for photography. We somehow manage to be a blend of artists, foodies, tech geeks, car fanatics, fitness and nutrition enthusiasts, and travel addicts. A few other things we enjoy are cooking, a glass of wine, sushi, Star Wars, nature, and being from the Pacific Northwest we have been accused of being coffee snobs! But I digress.
Probably our favorite wedding (it’s really hard to choose) so far as a Utah engagement photographer is one that we photographed for Rachel and Alex in 2013 at Red Butte Gardens in Salt Lake City, UT. This couple was not only a ton of fun but so was their wedding! They quickly welcomed us into their family and it was just a perfect fit. For this couple we did an engagement session which was creative and genuine! These are some of our favorite and most complimented engagement photos. This couple offered up a few surprises and amazing photographic opportunities at their wedding. One of the fun things they had was a casino room for them and their guests to play at during the reception. Hilarity ensued! This allowed for everyone to let loose and have some real fun together. Another way their reception was memorable was the photo booth we provided. This was great because they were able to get so many fun photos with their guests. Personally, my favorite reason this couple was unique was simply their quirky personalities and creative ways they showed that through their photos!
After all was said and done it was time to deliver their album and prints. When we gave them their final product the bride and mother of the bride teared up and told us thank you for everything. This is by far one of the biggest reasons we do what we do. We make a difference. This is a huge day in every bride and groom’s life. They should feel like everyone else sees it that way too. And not just because they paid for it…but because people genuinely care. Love is both fragile and stronger than anything. Portraying its truth through art is a blessing and we thank every couple for allowing us into their hearts to do so.