We are not cookie-cutter photographers, meaning we don’t capture all of our weddings the same way. Authenticity is the thing we care about most, not just smiles.
But why does everyone want a wedding? So they can tell their children, their grandchildren about the day their most important commitment was made.
I have worked with many brides that were so stressed out about the results and forgot about enjoying the process. I am here to help you have a stress free process! I want to make sure you feel special and have all the highs, the lows, and everything in between captured. So you can relive your special day any time in the future and remember it vividly so you can tell stories to your loved ones.
I want to say a big “Thank you!” for caring about your wedding photos enough to check out who we are. I am Jill Goehring – owner and lead photographer of Half a Rice Studios. I started my photography business purely with my passion for photography. A friend of mine asked me to do his wedding when I was in college and I fell in love. I love the emotions, the laughter, the tears, the chemistry between people in weddings.
If I am not at a wedding, editing, or taking care of Half a Rice Studios, you can find me hiking a mountain or kayaking in a lake with my husband. We are road trippers and we have been to 33 states of the US and 6 different countries (thankfully not by roads). I am a recycler. I am a sucker for golden retrievers, beautiful Californian sunsets and Colorado mountains. So I love to hear about your next adventures and your pets ☺
Our team’s style would be best described as vibrant, authentic, energetic, and fun. I love people and I love to see them happy. So being able to capture one of the best days in people’s life is a blessing to me. Every wedding is unique to me and I want to deliver that uniqueness to you and your friends and family, so you can trust that your wedding day photos are not like others’ photos.
Let’s stop all of your stress from ruining your wedding planning experience and talk about your beautiful stories that we will capture!
Our team is here for you! We know sometimes posing for photos can be very painful, thus, we have invested so much time, energy and money into learning the posing techniques that makes you feel like you are not even posing.
View Hannah and Alan's Wedding »
She always responded immediately to any emails or questions we had. She arrived early on the day of the wedding and captured amazing detail shots of our venue. Our wedding guests couldn’t stop raving about how friendly and great she was. She even took the time to learn most of our family's names. Everyone was so impressed. Jill was amazing at directing everyone in the group photos and made posing feel natural and comfortable. The gallery she sent is gorgeous and there are so many pictures so we get the complete memory of our big day. “
“Jill is absolutely amazing! I’m so so happy we found her and got to have her photograph our wedding. She was very attentive throughout the whole process. She took the time to get to know us and our story.
View Rachel and Chris’ Wedding »
She stayed in constant communication with me to ensure that every detail was taken care of. She put time into getting to know me and my husband, and captured our story and personalities in every photo she took. Very personable, outgoing and a joy to take pictures with. By wedding day, I felt like Jill was one of our guests, not just our photographer. The pictures were amazing! Every one of them. As we went through each photo, it felt like we were there, reliving our wedding day. “
“I don’t even know where to begin! Jill was such a pleasure to work with. She made me and my husband feel completely comfortable throughout the entire process–like we have been friends for years!
View Janet and XXX Wedding »
I knew from her website the pictures would be great but I never imagined they would look so beautiful and capture emotion so well! Jill made us feel so comfortable as a couple and that made a huge difference in how relaxed and genuine we all look in the pictures!“
“Jill was phenomenal! She was an absolute pleasure to work with and eased my concerns about the backyard venue and how it would photograph.
View Jana and XXX Wedding »
Not only was she amazing to work with on the wedding and the months leading up to it, she is one of the sweetest and most genuine people I have ever met. She met and exceeded every expectation we had or could have thought of. She was readily available for questions or to bounce ideas off of. She is someone you can trust wholeheartedly to capture and re-tell the beautiful story of your wedding. Her second photographer and assistant were outstanding as well! There was nothing left out in the over 1,000 photos we received from her. There is no question that Half a Rice Studios is a top-tier photography crew with an immense passion for their career.“
“When we first started looking for photographers, Jill's website stood out substantially from her competition and when we met her, she was even more extraordinary.
I understand that not everyone did modeling before. So I will pose you whenever you need me to. Just be yourselves and enjoy one another, I will take care of the rest.
We are not very good with photos; can you help us?
The marrying couple and their families and friends are very important to me, so I would want to do anything in my power to make the day perfect for the couples and their loved ones. Of course that includes taking pictures of your mom and her siblings.
My mom loves to take some photos with her siblings, can you help us with that?
I don’t like the idea of turning your day into how I imagine it, so no, I don’t have a suggested timeline
Definitely my experience and personality. I hope you read my reviews before booking to see what my couples said about me. My ultimate goal is to make you feel special ☺
What makes you unique?
My style is bright, vibrant, classic, bold and authentic. I love to capture the real moments that my couples will cherish forever, I also like to create art that is unique to each of them.
How do you describe your style?
No, I am not a natural light photographer! I like to use the available light when the condition allows and I also have my own lighting so you don’t have to worry if your reception hall is dark. We got you!
Are you a natural light photographer?
My favorite part is when everyone forget that I am a photographer/an outsider and just be themselves expressing their love to one another. In order to do that, I get to know my couples very well and become their friends.
What is your favorite part of the wedding day?
All the photos I will deliver to you are in high resolution and already individually edited. So if you like my portfolio and love my editing style, you don’t need the raw files. They only make your computer run slower as they are super heavy ;)
Do you give out raw files?
What is the turnaround time for photos?
Do you have a suggested timeline?