Our Style & Philosophy
Zoeica Images is the documentary wedding photography of Chris Williams and Jessica Del Vecchio.
We have collectively photographed hundreds of weddings and have a combined 27 years of experience in wedding photography. Since 2012, we have regularly been photographing weddings together when Chris moved to Washington, DC. We continue to photograph weddings in New Orleans and worldwide in addition to DC.
We are documentary photographers. We approach every wedding with the intent to show the full story — shooting as much as possible, wherever possible, and hopefully without anyone realizing how much of the story is captured until the final result is presented. Having a bride or groom tell us “Wow, I never knew you were there. How did you get that shot !?” is the highest compliment we can receive.
We believe it is our job to capture the beauty, the laughter and the tears, authentically and unobtrusively. We strive to capture the individuality and uniqueness of you, of your wedding day, of your love story.
Our job does not end on the wedding day. Each final image presented to you is carefully selected and finished for printing. Your wedding story is first presented in your slideshow, a mini story of your wedding day hitting the high points to share with your friends and family. Your images are presented on a customized USB drive, engraved with your names and wedding date and presented in a keepsake box. If you choose to include an album in your packages, we will present you with an artistic album design, conceived to tell your wedding story from start to finish. Your final products, whether you choose albums, prints, or digital images, are of the highest quality and our product lines are able to be customized to fit the needs to each client; from the classic to the extraordinary.
Ah, and just one more thing…….
Chris founded Zoeica Images many moons ago and he’s been asked quite a bit, “Where do you get Zoeica (Zo-eye-ka)?”
And Chris’ response - “Well, my dog Zoey (RIP girl!). And that wonderful German camera with the red dot."
First off, I’m no writer, you’ve been warned ahead of time! But here’s a few details of how I wound up where I am.
Born in Spain in the early 70s….
I always figured I would grow up to be the next Stewart Copeland or Alex Van Halen — even settle for Phil Rudd! I learned to play drums, became pretty decent, and noticed that those guys appeared to be having fun doing what they love. I mean, that’s what it’s all about, correct?
But maybe I’m not as good as I’d hoped, or I tired of playing until 2am in some dive bar — earning just enough money for drumsticks and drum heads. And I began to realize the joy is in the playing — not necessarily having everyone KNOW that your playing. So I still do it. But I’ve realized I don’t have to be in the Police, or Van Halen, or AC/DC to enjoy my music. I just need to enjoy it. Period. Wherever it is and whenever it happens.
Now, fast forward just a bit……..
I moved to New Orleans in 1994.
That was it!
A 3rd World city inside the USA that was all about art,food,and music! Everywhere you walk you have the smells of great food, sounds of local music, and the city is covered in art from the slate sidewalks to the weathered rooftops. Amazing. For a guy that loves music, this was the perfect place.
Eventually I started photographing wherever I went; I kept a camera on me all the time. The people. The buildings. The texture. The culture. There is a rhythm to this city. And for someone who had spent his life create rhythm, I began to realize that my camera was acting quite similarly to my drums.
And then? People started to offer to pay for my photographs? Me? The drummer? The nightclub guy? Wow, that seemed cool. And if I could make a living at it? Even better.
I loved what I was doing, and that’s what it’s all about correct?
Photography. Music. It’s all art. It’s all passion. And I decided a long time ago, that I wanted my life to be filled with both.
In 2012, I moved to Washington, DC and settled in to a classic row house in Capitol Hill. Amazing city! People ask if it’s a big change from Nola to DC, but really there are a lot of similarities. Good food, good music, crazy politics, good people. It’s home.
Jessica Del Vecchio
I fell in love with photographs long before I ever held a camera. As a child, I would pull my parents’ wedding album down and look through the 20 8x10s that made up their album over and over. I’d flip through the albums of snapshots of my childhood. Those photographs change and shape my memories. I loved to visit my grandparents and pour over the old photos and listen to the stories of times gone by.
I hold photographs in reverence; they link the present with the past. They are my time machine.
I started my photography business, Jessica Del Vecchio Photography, in Washington, DC in 2003. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio (Go Browns!), I have called DC home from 19 years. When I'm not focused on commissioned work, I like to play with vintage cameras, b&w film and alternative printing processes. If you can’t find me on a non-working day, chances are I'm lost in a different world, visiting in one of DC’s many museums and galleries. Unless it's a Sunday in football season and then I'm cheering on my beloved and beleagured Browns.
Chris and I believe in giving back to our community and that is why we volunteer as photographers for Bread for the City. Bread does important work helping the most vulnerable residents of Washington DC with dignity and respect.
Before I am a photographer, I am a daughter, a sister, an auntie, a friend, a partner. Maybe that’s why I cry during every father daughter dance. I laugh at every toast. I well up when an Officiant pronounces a couple husband and wife. I buzz with joy chasing children around the playground. I feel awe when a newborn’s tiny hand clutches my pinky finger. I draw from the emotions I have experienced through my own life’s most precious moments to know when and how to capture those of others, and I usually can’t help feeling overwhelmed myself! The emotional rush I feel when I’m behind the camera is what makes me love what I do. The joy I bring others through photography is what makes me do what I love.
We offer photographic collections suitable for weekday elopements to multi-day destination wedding events and everything in between. Please let us know about your wedding day events and contact us for complete pricing details.