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Awhile back (February 2010 actually), I wrote a pretty hefty blog. A list of 101 goals to accomplish in 1001 days. I’m happy to say that since then, I’ve crossed a few off the list, and this year, I was able to cross off another.

Biltmore Estates.

I first visited Biltmore in 2002 and fell in love. The lush greenery, the grand architecture, and the Beauty and the Beast-esque library had this girl in a daze. I’d been longing to return ever since. This year, my boyfriend and I made the decision to road-trip to Gatlinburg for skiing, then make our way to Asheville to see the Biltmore, have some delicious foods, and see friends.

We did soooo much on this trip. We found an amazing roadside stand with a huge collection of rocks, crystals, and fossils—it also had an original Sinclair Oil dino! So cool!! We made some pretty amazing meals, went wine tasting, and had some lovely ski time!

I also got to visit my beautiful (and super talented) photographer friend Sarajane Case before heading over to the Biltmore.

This photo of Ryan and I below was soooo tedious! I ran back and forth with the auto-timer for about 30 minutes before we got this shot! Whew!

I’m glad that I was able to cross something off of my 101 list. What are your longtime goals? Is there something you’re hoping to do soon?

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  • Tarra - Such a beautiful picture! <3 I love that color on you!ReplyCancel

  • Sarajane - Love Love Love!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Kee - I know that picture took a lot of work to get, but I think it was worth it! It’s beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Candace - Looks like a nice trip!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - Even though the picture took a long time to get its a GREAT picture! I love that color on you!ReplyCancel

  • Savannah - This may be the most beautiful place I have seen. I am so happy y’all were able to get some great photos.ReplyCancel

  • Kyle Demeester - This place is gigantic and incredible! I want to goReplyCancel

I’ve been working on a LOT of client albums lately. And today, I got to mail one out. Creamy, white, and filled with thick pages of boudoir session goodness—this mini album was ready to go!! For privacy reasons, I can’t show the pages of this one but wooo!! Suffice to say I’m thrilled with the results! I’m super proud to show off my new client packaging—-after working so hard on my re-brand, I knew I needed to add a little something to my packages. I know we all love getting mail, but doesn’t it make it just that much better when it’s beautiful?! I think so!!

And ladies? If you’ve ordered an album and haven’t gotten it yet, you may just have a beautiful package headed your way!!

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  • Candace - I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Tarra - Perfect execution! I love it! The lollypop is a special touch.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Kee - Awesome! I love how elegant it looks.ReplyCancel

  • Savannah - Love these! The MERCI is such a cute touch!ReplyCancel

  • Kyle Demeester - Merci! So elegant and classy. You make it so you don’t want to rip any part of the packageReplyCancel

Often when I meet with my brides I’m given a warning. “You’re going to have a hard time getting good pictures, I’m not very photogenic.” It’s amazing how frequently I hear it. Beautiful, unique, women who are looking at their photos and judging them—judging themselves.

I understand. As a woman, I’m all too familiar with the harsh critiques that fill my mind when I see an image of myself. We grow up this way. “My nose is too big.” “My chin is too small.”

Relax.

Let me show you. Because the thing is, we will get good photos, and you will LOVE them.  One of the things I love most about my job is being able to show people how beautiful they are. I love the magic moment that transpires when my clients relax and laugh a little—faces soften, eyes brighten, and they seem to glow from the inside-out. Radiant. Joyful.

Today, I finally watched the Dove Real Beauty Sketches video that’s been going viral on Facebook, and I was touched. They conducted an experiment to show how women view themselves (vs) through the eyes of a stranger. I finished the video with teary eyes, and a new perspective. And readers? I’m hoping you will too.

 

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  • Laura Kee - That video made me cry the first few times I watched it. So sweet and sad at the same time.ReplyCancel

  • Candace - Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Tarra - I love this! So true. Now make me look pretty in my photos ;)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - This is so true!!ReplyCancel

  • Kyle Demeester - This video is so crazy! But so true…so much beauty!ReplyCancel

  • Savannah - Love it so true! I was touchedReplyCancel

Photography is my release. There’s something about being able to compose a scene, paint it with light, and create something uniquely beautiful that frees something inside me. I had a vision for this session, I emailed Laura yesterday with a crazy idea—a random, out of the way, location I’d come across that I was dying to use for her daughter Alaina’s  6 month session.

I love this little baby. I’m so proud to say that I’ve known Alaina since before she was born, and in six short months she’s grown into a stunningly beautiful and happy little girl.

And those cheeks!!

Seriously. I die.

Below—a photo from Laura & Ryan’s maternity session, and today as a sweet family! Love you guys!!

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  • Laura Kee - Oh, Jessica! These pictures made me tear up – they are just so perfect! Thank you so much!!ReplyCancel

  • Sasha - Great work!! Love the new blog.ReplyCancel

  • Tarra - I m so impressed with your photographs. This one really takes the cake! The tulips, cute kid… It’s so beautiful and precious!ReplyCancel

  • Kyle Demeester - That baby is a little ball of happy. So stinking cute. The shadow pics are awesome. Great work. You have oodles of talent.ReplyCancel

  • Candace - Amazing location and beautiful family!ReplyCancel

  • Savannah - These are so great, no they are a precious family!ReplyCancel

I was busy last year. I remember emailing back and forth with clients in the summer and booking months in advance. It was a new level of crazy for my business. I was lucky enough to shoot over 40 portrait sessions in 2012—-this opened doors for new clients, fresh locations, and brought my work to a new level.

To my amazing clients—-I am soo grateful to have been invited in to your lives and your sweet families. In seeing your beautiful children and watching you share your love, I’ve learned so much. I can’t wait to continue documenting your lives in the years to come.

-Jessica

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  • Savannah - I love all of these, you have captured so many beautiful expressions!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Kee - These are all so good! That little baby in the basket sure is cute… Hehe! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kyle Demeester - Kids make pictures that much more amazing. Can’t help but smile when looking at these.ReplyCancel

  • natalia mcmahan - Hi there, I was wondering where usually do you shoot your portraits? which parks/fields?is it in madison or huntsville area?
    thank youReplyCancel

    • jessica - Hey Natalia! I shoot ALL over the Huntsville/Madison area as well as Birmingham and Tennessee frequently! For public locations, my Huntsville clients love Big Spring Park and Monte Sano Mountain but I do a lot of work in private gardens, property, and locations found by my clients! Thanks for reading!ReplyCancel

  • Candace - Great variety! I love your artistry!ReplyCancel

  • Tarra - You are amazing! These rock!ReplyCancel