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Jen Fariello Photography

Wedding Planner
Wedding Photographer
Wedding Caterer
Wedding Floral Designer
Wedding Tents & Rentals
Charlottesville, VA
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Edgy artistic Charlottesville wedding photography

The greatest thing anyone ever said to Jen Fariello is that they can feel her photos. Not just see them. But actually have an emotional reaction to them.
“That’s the ultimate compliment to me,” Jen says. “When a 2-D medium can make you feel something. That’s always my goal — creating a feeling and a memory and an emotion — no matter if the photo is of a ring, a cake, or a kiss.”
An artist and visionary, Jen goes above and beyond to secure that split second in time when a single tear rolls down a cheek, a flower girl giggles or a grandmother’s knowing smile reflects in a window. She leans into wedding themes and tones to cultivate a photo album you and your family will hold dear.
The seasoned Charlottesville wedding photographer and Northern Virginia native fell in love with photography in high school, gravitating to UVA and graduating with a studio art degree. Early fans fell in love with Jen’s work at her Downtown Mall studio gallery. At a time when wedding photography was very formal, traditional, and posed, couples would walk into her studio and point at the grainy natural black and white film images and say “We want that.”
“People wanted something different,” she says. “My style was dramatic and edgy and just full of energy. Which was so contradictory to the traditional flash color wedding photography that was popular in the ‘90s.”
Jen shot her first wedding in 1996 with zero expectations. Soon, she was taking on 50 weddings a year, falling for the booming Charlottesville wedding industry. “Now wedding photography can be anything you want it to be,” she says. “I was very much a part of that shift. I was a fearless 22-year-old. There was nobody doing what I was doing.”
Jen has stayed true to her art, shooting film and digital to produce fine art wedding images and portraits and sharing her deep appreciation for the soft luminosity and romantic artful aesthetic of film photography. She draws raw beauty, action, and emotion into rich moments, going the extra mile to make sure couples are having fun and enjoying their day.
“I want them to look back at these images and remember the feeling and how much fun it was,” Jen says. “These photos become a beautiful historic record of who they were as a young couple.”

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Real Talk with

Wedding Photographer Jen Fariello

The best weddings are…

personal and meaningful. A cake inspired by their grandmother’s wedding. The bouquet with flowers plucked from their mother’s garden. When their sister drew the monogram on the wedding program. Seeing the thought that went into every detail means so much.

My biggest piece of advice is…

invest in photography and plan your timeline with your wedding photographer. The fastest way to ruin a wedding day is to feel rushed or pressured or lose daylight or time. Wedding planners know to coordinate with the photographer — we talk about the day well in advance, go over and approve everything beforehand.

I always have…

film, backup cameras and extra boots. I’ll walk through water, mud, do anything it takes to get the shot.

The shot I love to get is…

anything at sunset.

My favorite camera is...

Contax medium format film camera — It’s just beautiful. You manually focus, so you’re really composing and framing; it takes you back to the real art of photography.

My favorite special wedding moment is...

One of my favorite weddings was where the groom was Dutch and they had these adorable matching bicycles they used for their getaway shot. It was a sweet nod to his heritage and the photos were wildly popular because they were so cute, personal, fun and organic. It’s important to make your props personal.


I have a purist aesthetic to capturing a wedding. I’m an art major. To me, it’s about the pure raw essence of capturing what’s in front of me.

Charlottesville Wedding Photographer Jen Fariello





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