Named one of Rangefinder’s Magazines Top 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography

What does it mean?

For me, it’s an arrow launched in full faith of victory.

I’ll be brief.  Last year was a year of sorrow for me. My father passed away and in so many ways parts of us die when our loved ones pass.  I mourn his loss and also the loss of the me that I was with him.  My prayer for this New Year was to be Awakened in all of the dead places, and to be Awakened to the promises of God in me.  Don’t worry i’m not going to preach..but this is the honest me.  There is a story in 2nd Kings where a prophet tells a King to launch his arrows out of a window and this act of faith will ensure victory over the invading army.  Long story short I picked out the areas in my life I wanted awakened and symbolically launched them in faith.  Photography was one of them, as an artist it’s hard to ever be happy with my work…I’m constantly thinking of what I can do better and dreaming of the next image.  But, this recognition from Rangefinder is evidence of this launched arrow.  It is very exciting to be named among a great group of 30 as the rising stars of wedding photography.  So I’m happy, I’m thankful and excited for more imagery.  This is for my clients who chase light around mountains and don’t mind getting their dress dirty, this for my first editing rig that overheated so much I had to keep a box fan underneath it, this is for those times I split my pants running to get a shot, this is for the sweat…oh my the sweat. This is for my friends in the industry who push me to be different and unique.  This is for Otto who mentored me, and told me that all my shots from my first shoot were crap except for 2 that were okay..but then still let me tag along for another, for believing in me. This is for my Mom. This is for being inside of a cocoon, stressed and bound ready to break free.  This an arrow launched in full faith of victory.

For Cheer,

Adonye Jaja


The thirty photos I submitted for review:

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  • December 1, 2016 - 4:28 pm

    Nick Tucker - Wow. Just gorgeous. So many styles that you’ve made your own. High end documentary to high end fashion images.. Congratulations….ReplyCancel

  • December 1, 2016 - 5:14 pm

    Marko Marinkovic - What a gallery man! I’m stunned!! Your eyes see the world in a very special way. And the way you frame those views is nothing short of spectacular, honest and warming. Congrats on the title, deserved it beyond any doubt!ReplyCancel

  • December 1, 2016 - 5:32 pm

    Sachin Khona - Big love bro. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • December 1, 2016 - 8:52 pm

    BreAnna Morris - AD, your images are always amazing, and I’m so thrilled for your hard work to be rewarded in this way. Congrats and all the best!! Miss seeing you in Denver!ReplyCancel

  • December 1, 2016 - 8:58 pm

    Justyna Bedford - Such congrats! Beautiful body of work!ReplyCancel

  • December 2, 2016 - 3:13 pm

    Laura Babb - I adore the way you OWN what ever light you’re working with. Masterful. Congratulations! <3ReplyCancel

  • December 3, 2016 - 12:10 pm

    Igor Demba - Dude, what is this sorcery! You are owning every single frame with so much variety in your style. Be super proud and massive congrats!ReplyCancel

  • December 3, 2016 - 9:40 pm

    Jess Hunter - Your work is so unique and filled with interesting compositions that challenge the viewer…I love it.

    Also, thanks for sharing a little of your personal story about launching in faith…I feel much the same way about this in my own life. <3

    Many congrats to you!ReplyCancel

  • December 7, 2016 - 5:34 pm

    Gian Carlo - Hey bro:

    I had my eyes on your work for a few years now. I know of you from the Otto days, I think. But, I have always love your work because is classic, perfect photography. It is crafted carefully and purposefully. It is delicate in its emotion and strong in its composition.
    Besides, and even though I do not know you in person I can tell you are an incredibly kind and genuine, humble person. That is beautiful man. I hope we get to work together one day.
    Cheers friend and a huge congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • December 16, 2016 - 5:38 pm

    Sam Tziotzios - Great work. Just discovered you from the 30 rising stars article. Love what I see. Will definetily follow your work for inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • December 29, 2016 - 1:35 am

    Benjamin Kochanowski - Hey duder. Your submission was so stellar. There were so many pictures that just made Ashley and I stop in our tracks, gasp, and/or get chills while we were looking through them. You kill with portraits and definitely inspire us to look at things a bit differently perspective wise. Stellar job mate! Keep up the incredible work!ReplyCancel

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  • January 13, 2017 - 11:35 pm

    Morgan Ellis - Congratulations! Your images are all so incredible!ReplyCancel

Jamie + Kieran



Nola wedding

An New Orleans inspired Vietnamese Wedding in Savannah GA!  Honestly, didn’t know where to start with this one and a picture is supposed to be worth a thousand words..right? Life is good my friends, I’ve been been super busy this year, going to wedding after wedding, but it has been so so good.  I seriously love what I do.  I’ve been wanting to get this wedding out into the blogoshphere for quite sometime.  Thanks so much for all the emails and comments in response to my recent work, I have so so much I want to share with you all.  But this one has been tugging at me, so here we go.  I love when I get to go home and shoot in Savannah, GA.. Jamie and I were in marching band together in high school, and she now lives in New orleans with here now hubby Kieran.  If you know me you know New orleans is home for a long term project of mine, so I am always super thrilled when I see elements of New Orleans in other places around the world.  Jamie and Kieran brought a lot of Nola back with them when they planned their wedding in Savannah, GA and their planner Marvee from Posh, petals and pearls helped it run so smoothly.  Seriously, the entire weekend was so much fun!  They had a rehearsal dinner at the Wyld in Savannah, which I don’t show any pictures of simply because of space…It was so perfectly Savannah, with a space right on the dock, an oyster roast, a pig roast and so much more. The day before the wedding we did a sunrise connection session, where the three boated over to Wassaw island and had the entire islands to ourselves …it was pure music.  I love doing this with my clients, because they get to step away from the hustle and bustle and I get to create on an island…it’s a win win!   Ugh.. i loved that set so much.  I started the blog with just a few of those, then we hit the ground running with the wedding day.  They got ready near Forsyth Park, then headed to Ships of the Sea Museum for the loveliest of ceremonies.  Okay, I feel like i could just keep telling you about all the love and laughter that this day was drenched in but I should just show you.  And this blog post is long …I know… but I love it…so no more words just pictures!

Oh and big big ups to Denise Gonsales for creating along side me and suffering my whims!

Jamie & KC, this is for your cheer, and for your children’s cheer.  With the warmest hugs, Congratulations -Adonye Jaja

I’ll be visiting in New Orleans soon!!

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Steve & Claire

This one was a grand day for me filled with wonderful people and so many beautiful children.  The drive up to Devil’s thumb Ranch was a beautiful snowy dream, that happens so often in Colorado.  I am only sad I couldn’t show you more photos of the snow covered pine.  Mmm..maybe in another post.  Steve & Claire’s wedding was absolutely perfect; filled with so many real moments and so much laughter!  There a few moments I blogged below that really epitomize what a real wedding is like.  There is an idea in photography that a photographer should “see order among the chaos”  or something like that.  This wedding wasn’t chaotic at all, it was actually extremely pleasant, but every event has it’s moving parts and trying to find photographs; moreover, imagery as things are happening is the reason I do this.  I love the challenge.. and as an artist I succeed and fail at hitting my mark every time, but there images in this set that I want forever.. and I am so happy for clients who believe in me and let me play. I am glad I can give these images to them’s no small thing.   Steve & Claire had an all star cast with Bluebird productions at the helm and Prema rocking the style.  Mmm.. just the best people. Steve & Claire, cheers to you and your family and friends! It was such a pleasure to spend the day with you!  I wish you many more smiles, laughs,  and snowy days that remind you to hold each other tight!

For Cheer!

Planner – Bluebird Productions  

Venue – Devils Thumb Ranch 

Stylist/Florist – Prema

Band – Tunisia

Photographer  – Adonye Jaja


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