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Nothing can replace a memory, but photographs can sometimes help us keep the memory fresh in our minds, particularly when we lose a loved one. Losing a loved one often helps us re-prioritize our life and go for dreams.
Such is the case for Bruce and Tammy Jolley. In 2000, both of them lost their spouses to cancer. They met at a bereavement group and three years later got married. Photography was one of the couple's common interests, and both had master's degrees in photography. Tammy had previously worked for a photographer doing retouching and in-house printing. With a fresh understanding that life is too short to let dreams go unfulfilled, Bruce and Tammy opened Jolley Photography in 2003.
In the beginning, Jolley Photography provided all types of photos, but in the last year and a half, the company's focus has narrowed to children, families and high school seniors. This is the type of work that Bruce and Tammy most enjoy.
Bruce tells me the South Jordan company is unique in that it's the only studio in the state operated by a husband and wife team with advanced photography degrees. Both he and Tammy are also certified professional photographers. The Jolleys and their business have already won awards locally, nationally and internationally.
The Jolleys make a unique team, Bruce says. Having worked for a master photographer for 20 years, Tammy pays attention to details while Bruce focuses on creating dynamic lighting. The finished product is artistry and portraiture at its finest.
Bruce and Tammy are pleased that the community has shown Jolley Photography such a warm response thus far. Bruce is gearing up to do more work photographing high school seniors, his passion. He would like to see the studio continue growing but plans to maintain a single location with just himself and Tammy as proprietors.