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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.”


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.


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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

I’ve always lived in a book house.

I remember staying up to read late into the night.  I’d sneak over to the corner of my room and hunch over the night-light, desperate to uncover the next great adventure hiding between the pages. It was my release. We lived in the country, pretty far out from town, so didn’t have many friends visiting. I spent my days in Narnia, or riding dragons, befriending ghosts, taming wild horses. It was incredible to me how a simple bundle of paper could act as a time-machine, or a doorway to a world  where magic not only existed—-but flourished.

These days, I still get to visit Narnia and ride dragons—but I bring someone with me. Five years old, full of curiosity, and predisposed to the world of adventure. It’s more fun that way.

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  • Tarra - Oh my goodness, how cute is he?!?

    Great lighting, great composition, and cute subject.
    This post is full of win.ReplyCancel

  • Candace - I agree! I love how books take you to a different world. Love these photos!ReplyCancel

  • Kyle Demeester - Love the detail. So amazing. You continue to amaze regardless of what you shoot!ReplyCancel

  • Ray null - Watching Jess grow I can attest to the truth of her words..but seeing her now share and express those thoughts through her son only gives me pride that I was able to experience this. best wishes and great success..I can see the passion and the skill in your work.


    • jessica - Thanks dad! :) That really means a lotReplyCancel

  • Savannah - Love the photos, you have a true gift.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Kee - So awesome! I love to read as well, and I’m looking forward to one day introducing my daughter to Narnia! :)ReplyCancel

  • Candace - I love this collection of photos! You are very talented!ReplyCancel