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Meet Jade McCully, Photographer

Meet Jade McCully, Photographer

Jade and Matthew McCully are a young husband and wife wedding photographer team based in Savannah, Georgia, in the US. Sideroom had a chat to one half of the creative duo, Jade about her loves, inspirations and her new body of personal work.

Growing up in mountains of Virginia, Jade McCully had a fondness for snakes, ruffled socks, playing with her big sister, and asking about a thousand questions a day. That same curiosity still pushes her, but now her camera can document everything she loves, wants to know more about, or finds beautifully interesting. Jade finds her world impossibly curious and is attracted to everything around her.

Her featured work, “Going Home,” investigates Jade’s personal experiences through details of light, space, and objects. According to Jade, “They allow me to ask the questions about my new family, whom I find mysterious, and to answer them honestly. Exploring my environment with my husband Matthew, my new in-laws, and the Deep South. Family is the cohesive element that ties the pieces in this body of work together. My photographs journal what comforts me, what intrigues me, and what is so mystifying about my every day life. They remind me of the stories I have to tell, and invite the viewer to stand in my shoes, to feel my pain, my curiosity, my amusement, and to become a part of my surroundings and my story.”

OUR PHOTOGRAPHS ARE NOT…

Staged. Everything is real life.

PHOTOGRAPHING WEDDINGS CAN BE…

Exhausting. Staying up and keeping people laughing while concentrating on taking unusual compositions and truly capturing couples’ emotions can wear you out. It is also one of my favourite parts of the job!!

TOOLS OF OUR TRADE ARE…

Fixed Lens, Natural Light, and a constant curiosity to explore the world around me.

WHERE WE ARE NOW IS…

Savannah, GA (for today at least)!!

WHERE WE WERE BEFORE…

Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia

THE BEST THINGS ABOUT JAPAN ARE…

The quiet, the natural beauty, the rich history, and all of the walking to get to those places, as well as good eats!

THE WORST THINGS ABOUT JAPAN ARE…

Their use of fur as a form of fashion.

JAPANESE PEOPLE HAVE…

A different approach to life then I do. Everything seems to be black or white, very structured.

MISSISSIPPI…

Could be one of the strangest places you could ever be.

THE STRANGEST DREAM I EVER HAD WAS…

All of my dreams come true in some way. It is kind of fascinating to envision something in a dream and watch it come to life. But this is one of my weirdest dreams I ever had… It was a recurring dream while in middle school, every year before school started. I would be at the top of a hill trying to get down to the ʻsafeʼ house that was like a McDonalds (donʼt know why)! But there were wolves on the hill that we had to get past. So it was a struggle to reach the ʻbase.ʼ We always got down the hill safely but there were always different obstacles to overcome. Weird I know!!

THE WORLD RIGHT NOW, THE WAY I SEE IT…

Everyone needs to learn from one another as opposed to fighting one another. Everyone has a story to tell and a different way of looking at life. If we could accept that and move on to create a better place, we would all benefit from it. Greed is a dirty dirty thing.

IF HAD IT MY WAY I WOULD…

Be travelling all the time.

THE BEST PLACE I…

Ever visited was Montreal. And I must say it was in the summer time so I missed the wintry weather. It was the perfect mix for us – dog parks, a walking and biking city, good food and open-air farmers markets. As well as good coffee!! I have never felt more relaxed.

IF I COULD EAT ONLY ONE THING FOR THE REST OF MY DAYS IT WOULD BE…

I love to eat well and my husband is the best cook in the world so I would say his food!! Yum!

DONʼT TRUST…

When things seem to good to be true. But always trust your instincts.

SOME PEOPLE…

Love you some people don’t.

THE BEST ADVICE…

I ever received was be yourself. I have followed a path that I have put in to place. I followed my dreams, listened to my heart, and worked my butt off. Oh and to wake up one time every year to watch the sunset. We always wake up on the first day of the New Year and go watch the sun rise. Then we have a glass of champagne, eat a cupcake, and go back to sleep with our doggies in bed. It reminds me that life is what you make it.

Also, words every photographer should live by – “If you don’t have your camera you can’t take the photo.” – Jay Maisel.

EVERY DAY I…

Stretch! I love to do yoga and run. There is nothing better then zoning out and listening to your body.

TREASURE…

Your life.

Want to see more of Jade and Matthew’s work? Check out:

jadeandmatthew.com
blog.jadeandmatthew.com

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