Meet Jesse and Moira
Jesse La Plante and Moira Kennedy are husband and wife wedding photographers who have been shooting weddings in Colorado since 2008. Located just outside of Boulder in Lafayette, they specialize in vibrant wedding photography for couples getting married in Colorado’s most breathtaking venues. The duo works primarily in Denver, Boulder and the Rocky Mountains, but travels all over the country – and abroad – to shoot weddings.
I’ve worked as a professional photographer for more than a decade. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in photojournalism and started out in the newspaper industry. During that time, I shot everything from criminal court trials to Detroit Pistons games (I’m originally from Michigan); structure fires to beauty pageants; congressional debates to high school football games on Friday nights. Every day was a new challenge; every assignment a new learning opportunity. My time as a photojournalist taught me to be resourceful and to think on my feet, which has proven invaluable for wedding photography.
In the summer of 2008, I started shooting weddings on the side and absolutely loved it. I was able to visit new places, meet new people, and was granted a very important and personal role in what was arguably the most joyful day of their lives. Plus, I started getting a ton of compliments on my work and how it was different from typical wedding photography. People would tell me that they could spot one of my photos from a mile away without having to be told who the photographer was – that I was beginning to cultivate a very specific style. So when Moira and I moved to Colorado that fall, I decided to make wedding photography my full-time career; we started J. La Plante Photo and never looked back.
When I’m not behind the lens, you can probably find me on the slopes. Skiing is one of the main reasons I moved west. I’m also obsessed with the music scene out here. Red Rocks is by far the coolest venue I’ve ever been to. I’m a craft beer nerd, a movie buff, an amateur screenwriter and an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction alike. And I love to travel. I’ve been to 15 foreign countries and all 50 United States. I drove all over the American West before deciding to settle in Colorado, where I immediately fell in love with the state’s blend of urban and outdoor lifestyles. The proximity of Denver to the mountains felt too good to be true and now, eight years later, it still feels that way. I can’t imagine a more perfect setting for a wedding photographer.
Everything I know about photography, I learned from Jesse. From the moment we met, I was immediately drawn to his images and their vibrant emotions. As he taught me photo tricks and techniques, I began to realize that wedding photography didn’t have to be just the cookie-cutter images I saw again and again. In the years since, I’ve developed my own style that perfectly complements Jesse’s and now we’re able to bounce ideas off one another to come up with new and different photos for our couples.
My formal background is in event planning, which dovetails nicely with wedding photography. Before moving to Colorado, I planned events for international political, religious, and educational leaders as the assistant director of presidential events at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. I’ve got an innate feel for the flow of events and always have multiple contingency plans for when the day inevitably deviates from the agenda.
I spent my childhood in Montana, so our move to Colorado was a return to the mountains for me. After five years on the East Coast, I knew that I couldn’t live without skiing—and I also knew that there’s no place like the Rockies for outdoor activities!
My first name is Gaelic, an allusion to my parents’ wedding in Ireland, and a problem for customer service representatives everywhere. I wholeheartedly share Jesse’s passion for traveling. In fact, we met in the Bahamas on spring break our senior year of college. He introduced himself by offering to buy me a drink, even though we were staying at an all-inclusive resort. I will read anything you put in front of me, and I have an unhealthy addiction to puppy videos. The most direct way to my heart is with crème brulee, but a good steak will get you most of the way there. And I fully believe that moving back to the Rockies was one of the best decisions of my life.