Hancock County Treasures - J. Scott Photography

Like Coming Home

Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
I recently sat down with Jamie and Brandy Owens of J. Scott Photography, which is based in lovely Fortville. My very favorite thing they had to say was this... "Coming from a small town...Fortville was like coming home." That line right there makes my heart sing. I love it when people adore Fortville and embrace its specialness. The Owens take it a step further. They capture all that is exceptional about Fortville time and time again via their art.


Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Talking with Jamie and Brandy is just so easy. They are such down to earth individuals. They shared with me a few of their favorite reasons why Fortville is such a great place. I have to agree, their reasons are some of my very same ones as well. People still wave here, call you by name on the street and say hello. Then there's the train. The beautiful comforting sound of the train going through the middle of town. Oh and let's not forget the historic buildings up and down Main Street. A goldmine of backdrops for a pair of talented photographers.

What brought J. Scott Photography to Fortville a little over 3 years ago... A chance encounter really. Their daughter dances for Accented Motions Dance Studio. Back then the studio had just moved to Fortville from another location, relocating to the bottom floor of Ten West Center for the Arts. The Owens were often in Fortville just hanging out while their daughter had classes and thought to themselves hey, why not look here for studio space! They were able to find the perfect space and the property owner even built it out especially for them. It was a match made in photography heaven.

The Owens quickly made themselves at home in the community with the launch of a fun project - Faces of Fortville. Through this project they embraced the community of Fortville and those familiar friendly faces along Main Street. You can find Faces of Fortville prints on display in Indulge Cafe on Main Street Fortville. Jamie puts it best, "When I moved my photography studio to Fortville in 2011 I became part of a community. In my old location, I was just a photographer in an office space."

They continue to put a unique light on the town of Fortville through their photography of local events, such as Bastille Day. They often shoot family and senior photos with Fortville as the beautiful backdrop. Our favorite J. Scott Photography project of recent has to be Ballerinas in the Wild! You can see a showcase of these prints on display (and for purchase) at Indulge on Main Street Fortville.

The idea came to Jamie in a roundabout way. A fan of unconventional photography but never really a fan of projects such as "trash the dress", but more so "fish out of water" themed shoots; Jamie has been working on beautiful shots of local ballerinas in places they wouldn't normally be found. It's a creative outlet for him in his downtime, and really his gift of art to the world. One of our favorite locations Jamie has shot the Ballerinas in the Wild series is Fortville, but he has also photographed in locations like IMS during the month of May too! That location was one of the most fun for all involved. Everyone was out of their element, including spectators. There was even an older gentleman there to watch time trials that wanted to get up and dance along with the ballerinas!


Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Ever a creative eye for the perfect shot, we love J. Scott Photography wedding photos too! They have a way of capturing moments in time that should forever be savored. Jamie and Brandy say that they just love being there to document such a special day for families. They tease each other that Brandy is good for the safe shots and Jamie is always looking for those shots that showcase the stories that should forever be told. 

He loves the eyes too. In Jamie's opinion, they tell so much about a person. William Shakespeare was very wise... they are a window to the soul. Back in 1997 when Jamie was fresh out of college, he swore that he would never be a wedding photographer, but then came his sister's wedding (the first he ever shot, and an evening wedding via candlelight at that. One of the hardest types of shoots.) and the rest is history. Check out this sampling of some of Jamie and Brandy's gorgeous wedding photography. I sure wish I knew about their work when Coach Man and I wed some 15 years ago now!

Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
Jamie is the official photographer for InsidetheHall.com (as a lifelong IU fan, his dream job really), Accented Motions Dance Studio, University High School (where he also teaches photography) and Noah's Ark Preschool. He and Brandy own J. Scott Photography together and often work side by side on projects. They really are the perfect creative mix and complete opposites in so many ways, but that is exactly what makes them amazing! 

You can find their work for sale via their website, you can book them for a family photo, senior photo or a wedding or hire them as official photographers for your business too! You can also see J. Scott Photography on display in Fortville at Indulge Cafe on Main Street!

My absolute favorite photo Jamie has snapped is this recent one from the #fabFortville blogger event in February! Thank-you, Jamie. You definitely captured a moment in time and are ever the kind gentleman photographer! Brandy, I sure hope you guys diversify someday soon and bring a used book store with an adorable shop cat to Main Street Fortville. It would be a perfect fit! You both are treasures, and I hope you stay in Fortville for years and years to come.

Photo Credit: J. Scott Photography
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  1. The manager suggested doing a signature cocktail during cocktail hour, which turned to be a huge hit. There is a full bar close to the entrance area, so we were covered there too. Dessert at New York city party was a presentation of cookies (all looked homemade) and my favorite was the white chocolate, macadamia nut.

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