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How I work

There is a lifestyle approach in everything I do. That means I focus on how you interact with the people you love! The way you two hold hands, the way your toddler blows kisses and the way your fiancé looks at you when you laugh. I’m not going to pose you in awkward poses and I won’t tell you to smile pretty for the camera. I’m gonna let you just be you. But don’t worry. I’ve been doing this for a long time and have a lot of tricks up my sleeve to bring out even the most stubborn of genuine smiles. I won’t leave you hanging without a clue what to do. I’ll give you plenty of direction and guidance to get true-to-you photos!

I don't use props, I don't do sets and I don’t have a studio. Gimme all the grass and sunlight! Speaking of, I am always down to roll in the grass, play in the snow or splash in a creek. If you’re willing to play in the rain, I’m right there with ya.

I'm a fool for sunset and getting that last bit of golden daylight which is why I shoot all my sessions one hour prior to sunset. I use dark darks and vivid colors and have a love affair with moody black and whites.

Some other stuff I do? Boudoir, headshots, portraits and theatre productions photos.

I don’t offer mini sessions, senior sessions or extended family sessions.

The Details

All portrait sessions require a $100 nonrefundable deposit and signed contract.

Once you book, you will be sent several documents including a contract, wardrobe guide and questionnaire so we can better plan your session!

Portrait sessions include a gallery of 60+ images and a print release.

 

Me!

Hey! I’m Jess! And this is me and the most important fellas in my world!

I have been married to my husband Daniel for almost 10 years! We love to adventure, DIY the ish outta our house, marathon food shows then search out delicious food to eat, hang out in coffee shops and enjoy local craft brews while sitting by a fire in our backyard. We’re kinda connected at the hip, but I’m not complaining :) We have backpacked Europe, gone wine tasting in Napa, climbed a mountain in South Dakota and sat in the Mediterranean but none of that compares to the art we have made together. We are both theatre artists and have a deep passion for storytelling. Not only is Daniel my best friend and soul mate, he's also my IT guy, accountant, tax man, occasional second shooter and all around biggest supporter! 

 I am a proud boy mom to Charlie and Elliot. I still can’t believe God saw fit to send these precious little souls through me! Hearing them laugh, watching them play and getting to snuggle them are a few of my favorite weeknight activities. Watching their personalities develop is the coolest adventure I’ve been on yet.

Me? I’m a professional storyteller. I’m a family girl. I am a coffee addict, Netflix binge artist, lover of tacos, sunlight, rain and adventure. I have a theatre degree and teach theater classes to kids at Davenport Junior Theatre. I am naturally an introvert and recharge at home with my boys. I believe in trying to make a difference. I believe in love. I am obsessed with our 98 year old home and making it as cozy a place for my family as possible. I love slouchy shirts and black skinnies and fall weather. I am constantly going back and forth between chopping my hair into a pixie, growing it out and chopping it again. My word for 2019 is C R E A T E.

Really, I can't believe I get to call this my job.  

Let's get together and have some feels and take some pictures.