Barefoot on the beach with a camera in hand is my favorite place to be. I focus on capturing genuine love and connection and do that by finding what comes natural to you. I talk my clients through every single minute of a session so that everyone feels comfortable in front of my camera. I like to find what comes naturally to you, your love story (and your kids!) while sneakily looking for the perfect opportunity at the shot with everyone smiling and looking at the camera!
I believe wholeheartedly that photography matters. Not only the posed, smiling images. But more so, the in-between moments. The laugher caught, the smiles, the silly faces, the way they cling to you and even their grumpiness. It's the little moments (as much as the big) that capture the magic of this exact moment in your life. It's photographs that help you remember the magic that was the chaos years from now. Photographs become an heirloom and a gift to the people who love you in the future to get to look back and see just how much you loved them, too.
When I'm not behind the lens, I'm a wife and a busy mom to Ryan, my (almost) 4 year old and Nell, my (almost) 1 year old plus our dog, Franklin. My family has given my photography more meaning because I know how priceless capturing the magic of every phase in life is.
"She goes above and beyond every single time."
"I cannot say enough good things. She was phenomenal to work with! She is super responsive and made scheduling so easy. During the actual photo shoot she made us both feel so comfortable and natural! Nothing felt posed or forced, just like we were hanging out having a good time!" - S
WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY
"That was actually fun!"
This is one of my favorite compliments as a photographer!! Being in front of the camera can be intimidating, I know first-hand!! But it's my job to make you feel comfortable and to talk you through absolutely everything so that you hardly realize we're taking pictures and I can get the best out of you! Almost everyone who was nervous about their session ends by telling me "wow, that was actually fun!"
The In-Between Moments
During a session with me you'll hear me clicking away, even when you're not "posed". I'll often give you a prompt not necessarily for the action I've just stated but because I know that after the action there will be a genuine laugh or moment. I know that in the pauses, is the magic. The moments you can't recreate and the ones you never want to forget,
You and the sun. I can feel the moment when you're no longer nervous. When your laughs are genuine, when you realize that I'm getting the best of you. And to me, there's nothing better than when that moment coincides with the perfect glow of the sun which happens just before or after sunrise.
I began my photography career in 2009 after I received my first DSLR for Christmas. Shortly after, I took a class and was asked by a friend to do her engagement photos. I fell in love pretty instantly with the entire process and have been growing ever since! I went full-time in 2017, leaving behind a 10 year career in corporate apparel product merchandising/creation at companies such as adidas, Nike & lucy Activewear! I have a habit of staying busy and still take on freelance merchandising projects from time to time!
My husband and I were married October 3rd, 2015 in San Francisco, where we were living at the time with our French Bulldog, Franklin in attendance! We’re now also parents to our busy three-year-old son, Ryan, and our new baby girl, Nell!
We have called many places home! I am originally from Portland, OR, we spent 3 years in San Francisco, CA, 4 years in St. Pete, FL and are now calling Atlantic Beach, FL home!
I believe love is love and kindness is everything. I can't start my day without coffee (with Vanilla creamer). I have a massive sweet tooth especially for sour patch kids & cupcakes. I'm a Bravo TV fan. I really love pickled jalapenos (and all the foods you can put them on). Rose' on a hot day on the beach with my family is my happiest place.
Naomi & Kurt
“Best vendor of the night, hands down. She takes time to really get to know her clients and what’s most important to them and definitely delivers (even when 8 months pregnant!). She kept our (very rowdy) party all organized and most impressively - we had our sneak peeks back within TWELVE hours! Not only that, our photos are STUNNING! If you’re looking for a wedding photographer, I cannot recommend Jess enough - we’ll definitely hire her again for any family photos/life changing photos in the future!”