Who are we?
Our names are Jamal & Lashana, also known by our last name "the Burleys". We are Newport wedding photographers, we are parents and we love Jesus! We share many things together including our love for weddings & all things grand & extravagant.
We both were born in coastal vacation spots so naturally, we LOVE seaside weddings. Our hope is that with our photographs & marital experience that we can show our engaged/newlywed couples what love can look like. That marriage doesn't have to be perfect because perfection in a relationship doesn't exist. That like us you can take a chance, get married and actually stay happy together.
We also want our couples to know the reality outside of social media, that marriage isn't all fancy outfits for the gram and breakfast in bed every morning. Sometimes it's uncombed hair, comfy clothes, and eye crusties. What matters most is your fidelity for one another. We want to tell your story through photographs to show your future children or even grandchildren the benefits of being committed, no matter what life throws at you...
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up. does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
- 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Why Choose Us?
We have a God-given love for people and this translates into how we work with our couples & their families.
Our contagiously fun energy & "out of the box" creativity sets us apart.
To us, marriage is way more than just a piece of paper. It is about loving and supporting one another through this hard thing called life.
Now that you know a little more about us together, here is who we are as individuals ..
Born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island.
Has a talent for sketching & painting
Loves the beach and would live there in a tent if he could
Favorite movie franchise is Jurassic Park
Favorite go-to seafood is Clam Bellies
Favorite thing about weddings include: Veils, Outdoor ceremonies & father daughter dances
Born in Hyannis, Cape Cod
Obsessed with rose gold
Enjoys Romantic Comedies
Favorite movie franchise is MARVEL
Favorite go-to seafood is Calamari
Favorite thing about weddings include: Vows, Outdoor ceremonies & getting sitters off their butts and onto the dance floor
Why we are wedding photographers
We love weddings because we enjoy the power of love and the stories it tells. Each and every couple has a love story and they are all unique in their own individual way. The thought of catching that and other great intimate moments on camera excites us.
We also have no images of the night we got married & to be honest it hurts to be reminded every time our wedding date comes about. On the bright side, our experience allows us to educate couples on the importance of investing in quality photography, even if you have to save for it. Our own experience also allows us to live through our couples and enjoy their wedding with them in the most special way.