• I’m Jess!

    LIFE. PASSION. ADVENTURE. JOY. Standing beneath streams of golden light, he’s telling you a secret, your arms are wrapped around his neck and that secret results in a burst of wide open LAUGHTER. This is my goal as a photographer, to constantly seek moments of beauty in light, color and emotion......to capture your colorful life.

    As a result of my love for people and art, I graduated from Sonoma State in 1993 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in ART. Living with my husband in Northern California, we’re recent empty nesters, resulting in two over-indulged, naughty hound dogs who enjoy running our show.

    Tell me about yourself... Are you a hard-working mama, putting everyone before yourself and needing a reminder of who you are; a little glimpse back into that inner SPARKLE? Perhaps you have a vision your family cuddled up on a blanket in a grassy, sun dappled field, knowing these moments together are so, so fleeting, wanting to remember things that are SIMPLE and pure. Are you starting your new life with THE ONE that gets your heart beating fast, who will one day know you to your core and be your biggest fan anyway? Write me a little note, share your vision and together we’ll help you REMEMBER. DISCOVER. CAPTURE.

A fairytale wedding at the gorgeous Park Winters was a definite highlight of the 2016 wedding season! Ben & Ayla… what can I say about these two except they were a delight in every way. Their love and joy for each other was contagious and so obvious. From their heart-felt gifts for each other and the tenderness in the way they talked to each other. There were very few dry eyes during the ceremony and so much laughter too. Park Winters quickly became one of my favorite wedding venues with so much charm and beauty. The staff was beyond compare and the farm to table food was a culinary experience. Check out the amazing floral design by Kaylyn Crump!

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The Green Family’s maternity session and family photos were some of my favorite images from 2016. Getting to know this awesome family when their big guy was a just a baby bump himself, I was honored to capture this new milestone for this amazing photographer and her family. Shooting for another photographer always brings its own challenges and feelings of nervousness, but they are all so sweet and used to being photographed, it was just one of those perfect sessions. Their fun personalities mixed with magical light and a beautiful location… I wanted to keep shooting until the sun went down. I don’t photograph at this location much (Bridgeport) since it’s quite the drive, but for this family maternity session, it was the perfect setting. Mama even braved the cold water and we got some great shots there too.

The best part of this evening though… the amount of love, laughter and affection between them all.  This new little guy was welcomed into loving arms in December and has already captured the hearts of the whole family.

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These sweet kids contacted me prior to Christmas to book a session for their Mom. They hadn’t had a family photo taken for over 20 years. It was time! These darling little babies were so easy to photograph and just so cute.  I was honored to document over 3 generations together.  It so important to preserve these moments and create a lasting keepsake you can treasure forever.

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‘As women, we must stand up for ourselves. We must stand up for each other. We must stand up for justice for ALL.’ ~Michelle Obama

Participating in the Women’s March on Sacramento was a powerful moment for a lot of people- for women and the thousands of men supporting them. For me, it was an incredible moment to stand in solidarity with so many. While we were there for perhaps different individual reasons, we were all there for one reason; to stand up and have our voices be heard.  So many souls gathered together with a common goal brings tears to my eyes when I recall the day. Children in strollers, elderly in wheel chairs and everyone in between…  there to build each other up and bring home the message… we matter. Everyone matters; regardless of color, age, gender, sexual orientation, and we all deserve respect. Going over photos the day after, seeing the mass amounts of support world-wide gave me hope for our future. It instilled in me that disrespect of people will not be tolerated, it will not become normalized and it will get better.

One of my reasons for marching came out of GRATITUDE . I have so much gratitude and respect for the women who came before me, who suffered on my behalf and on the behalf of my daughter. Brave women that marched in the streets, knowing they would be ridiculed, mocked and possibly suffer physical harm. With fear and uncertainty they marched on and the relationships they may have lost because of it, the unknown ways they may have suffered….I do not take that for granted. To those women, I thank you! I live in a better world because of you. Because I have a chance to make a change for a better future for women, then I also have a responsibility. We’ve come far but we also have a way to go. I want my future grandchildren to live in an America where it’s unacceptable to mock them if they have a disability, it’s not okay to grab them by the privates without consent, and if a crime is committed against them, they will be given fair justice,  and they won’t walk in the streets with fear because they are a little too brown.

Revealing our personal thoughts invites commentary, questions and criticisms. Nobody likes that, and I for one prefer when people like me, but there are times when we have to push that aside, put on our marching shoes, hold hands with our neighbors and let our voices be heard.  Because to quote Martin Luther King, ‘Our lives begin to end the day we start being silent about things that matter.’

(all photos taken with the iphone)

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2016 was a big travel year for us. We work hard so we can play hard and we pulled out the stops in celebration of our 25 years together.

Sailing is my husband’s passion and he has us signed up on a crew list called Latitude38.  I describe it as a ‘dating site for sailors’. It’s been a dream of Jim’s to sail the Baja Ha Ha which typically starts in San Diego and ends in Cabo San Lucas. It’s a group of sailors all boating down together at the end of October.  I chose our last adventure –BALI– so it was his turn to plan our next destination. He connected with Jules and Jeff through the sailing site who are currently sailing/living on the El Gato, an amazing catamaran in Ensenada. They needed to get their beautiful boat down to Mazatlan and enlisted our help.  Of course it’s a little unnerving meeting up with complete strangers and agreeing to spend 3 weeks in tight quarters so we did a little meet and greet for a few days before hand to see if we were a good match. (.. like a coffee date before agreeing to dinner haha) Getting there was similar to the movie “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”;  flying to San Diego, driving to the border, walking across said border, taking a bus to the boat.  It does seem like a strange way to make friends and travel buddies but when it works- it works. Jeff and Jules- Jim and Jess… or as we call ourselves #jcruise (along with adorable Roxy and Chance the lovable doggies) were a great match agreeing on most things relating to sailing and also politically which given our political climate, was important to all of us.

We enjoyed deserted beaches, amazing sunsets, fishing and the resulting ceviche, dolphin brigades, sunshine and laughter. The sturdy ‘El Gato’ carried us over 900 nautical miles in about 3 weeks. We dressed up for Halloween, an impromptu 80’s day and spent time kayaking, shell collecting and reading. Nothing like being completely ‘unplugged’ in the middle of the ocean to get me through a stack of books.

We are so grateful for the opportunity to make new friends, see new places and have a grand adventure. We look forward to future sailing endeavors with #jcruise!

Sailing and adventure buddies… #jcruise

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