I first met Jocelyn Vassos, owner of Lovebird Studio, at a past Lenox Wedding Tour (of course!), and could immediately sense how passionate she is about her work and how much she loves living in (and promoting) the Berkshires. So when I started the Berkshire Wedding Collective, it came as no surprise that Jocelyn wanted to get in on the ground floor! Be sure to check out her portfolio page on our site to catch a glimpse of the beautiful work she does. And to get to know her a little better behind-the-camera, read on here!
Tara: Tell me how you first got involved with your business.
Jocelyn: I had been a photo enthusiast for years, and would pop up make-shift darkrooms in our apartments. It was when my husband and I got married, though, that I discovered my passion for photographing weddings. I just knew I wanted to photograph and document the energy that is so special and unique to weddings. We packed it up and headed to Boston where I went back to school for photography and immediately started apprenticing other professionals, and I had my own wedding booked three weeks after graduation. Best decision ever!
Tara: What is your ideal Friday night?
Jocelyn: Cooking dinner with my husband and our friends, playing music, and playing games that bring out the silly.
Tara: What is something you like to do during your free time?
Jocelyn: I recently got into kayaking so I’m looking forward to exploring all the lakes around the Berkshires. My dog is also a huge priority so most free time is spent hiking or just hanging with her.
Tara: When you travel, what do you like to do (adventure, relaxation,
Jocelyn: I like to travel with a mix of adventure, relaxation and food! We just planned our anniversary getaway to Woodstock VT so we could dine at one of our favorite restaurants (Simon & Pierce), go tubing down the river, hike, and just relax by the pool of our Inn. It was my ideal vacation.
Tara: What is the last book you read?
Jocelyn: I just finished the Jinni and the Golem. I love books that combine real places and times in history with fantasy. Reading these books unlock a whole other creative side of my brain. I’m usually reading with a notebook by my side sketching out photo ideas.
Tara: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Jocelyn: ”Walk through this world with love and respect for yourself and others, no matter what.”
Tara: Which movie genre do you prefer?
Jocelyn: Comedy all the time any time. I love to laugh; as I like to say “it’s all about the happy”. I also really love a good documentary.
Tara: What is the last movie you saw in the theaters?
Jocelyn: Godzilla! It was so amazing. I have really fond memories watching the original Godzillas with my mom. It was such a fun treat to experience it on the big screen and in 3D!
Tara: Your idea of adventure is...
Jocelyn: Life! I feel like everyday whether as mundane as grocery shopping or as epic as international travel it’s all an adventure. I never know who I might meet or what may inspire me and that’s exciting.
Tara: What are three life memories you recall most frequently and why?
a. Spending endless hours pouring over my parents' old photo albums. I still do it!
b. There is this bell tower in the center of Stockbridge MA. My dad and I used to go and lay on the grass there and every now and again the bells would chime while we were there. As they chimed I would creep up the stairs of the tower imagining who I’d find at the top but never having the courage to go all the way up. It took me an eternity (or what felt like an eternity) to finally get all the way to the top. But when I did it was thrilling, and they invited me to play one of the bells!
c. It’s not just one memory but when I heard this question all I could think about were the endless moments shared between my sister and I. She is such a huge part of my life and definitely takes a spotlight role in my memories.
Tara: Tell me something that most people don’t know about you.
Jocelyn: I’ve never had a broken bone (knock on wood), I’ve been bungee jumping in Switzerland, Canyoning and back woods hiking in Utah and have traveled across the country once by Greyhound bus and another time in just 3 days! Oh and I love snowboarding!