This week we are featuring our friend and neighbor in the Handley Wedding District – Michelle Peyronet of Peyronet Photography! Read below to get to know her, her style & what makes her the perfect gal to have with you on your wedding day to capture your best moments!
Hey Michelle! Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Well, my name is Michelle Peyronet Jones, that is pronounced PAY-ro-nay, it is my middle name, my mother’s maiden name, and a very cool piece of my family history. I am a hometown girl, born in Dallas, raised in Arlington where I currently live with my husband and two little ones. I truly love being around people and getting to know my clients. Whether I am shooting a wedding or portrait session, I always have fun! I get excited about everything from meeting new couples that are planning their big day, to watching the groom’s face when he sees his bride in her dress for the first time, and of course dancing at the reception!
When and how did you get started in the wedding industry?
I photographed my first wedding in 2000 and went full time in 2005 after earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from The University of Texas at Arlington. The first wedding I shot was a nightmare then, but funny now (ask me about it sometime…) and I swore I would never do it again. 20 years and hundreds of fantastic weddings later, I’m so thankful I broke that oath.
Describe your photography style in 5 words or less.
Artistic, Timeless & Fun
What is your secret for staying calm when something doesn’t go right at a wedding? And how do you turn the mood around to capture happiness in a time where the client may be anything but?
Secret… just kidding. I really go into a zone when I’m under pressure. Working in weddings, it takes a special kind of brain to work fast, work flexible & be able to make up for the unexpected curveball (someone running late, out of nowhere weather, father of the bride disappearing right before the sunset ceremony, etc.).
Can you share a fun or funny moment that has happened at an event?
At a gorgeous wedding a few years ago, that Jeremiah DJ’ed, we had a father of the bride surprise/shock the bride with a longhorn as their wedding crasher! It was such a fun way to get people moving and talking with HUGE smiles on everyone’s faces!
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The hugs from my couples and their families! And the trust that my clients put in my hands to document and create art from the BIGGEST day of their lives so far. It’s the best feeling of honor! And, many of my couples I get to become a part of their family story again when they have babies. Knowing my couples and really getting to hear their stories is so fantastic!
If you could pick one moment during the entire wedding day, what is your favorite to shoot?
Hands down, first look! All that anticipation and excitement and love just pouring out of two people is AMAZING!
During these trying times of navigating wedding planning during this pandemic, what advice would you give to couples that are in the midst of planning?
Oh wow, I think we are all looking for the crystal ball to know how this is all going to go. I would say, be flexible. Flexibility is the key to being able to stay calm.
Other than photography, what are your hobbies?
Learning to be a better cook, hanging out with my family and friends, scuba diving, I love to read though I don’t get nearly enough time to do it!
How can couples get in contact with you?
Thank you, Michelle!