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The state of 2015: A note from Jess

IMG_5708Hello! Some big changes are afoot in my work life at the moment, and a new commitment to some contract work means that I’m not able to book any NEW clients until further notice. I’m hoping to open my calendar up again around September/October 2015, but it’s tentative. If you’re an existing client and would like to schedule a session, please send me a note and I’ll accommodate you the best that I can!

It’s painful – absolutely painful – to turn away work. But sometimes it’s necessary to maintain the sanity of myself and my family! I’m not closing up shop or quitting photography, just taking a step back for a bit so that I can give everyone the care and attention they so deserve. Please stay in touch. Any questions, shoot me an email through my contact form!

xo, Jess.

2014 Wrap-up

Well hello there. I know, I know. It’s been awhile. Almost a year, to be exact. Despite the lack of updates here on my blog and website, the past year has been oh so full. My growing boys have filled my days with a whole lot of love and a whole lot of craziness. For the bulk of my working year, I donned my Photo Editor hat to edit and contribute to several large publishing projects. But I still found myself behind the lens working with so many wonderful families, pictured above – massive thanks to each and every one of you for your support and love, and here’s to 2015 being just as beautiful (but hopefully a little calmer!)



Baby Lillian – 4 months old – Seattle Photography

Oh man, you guys. What a whirlwind the past three months have been! I’m slowly getting the hang of mothering two kids, getting a reasonable amount of sleep, and feeling ready to start scheduling some sessions again. So I’m happy to share my first official back-from-maternity-leave session with you – a delightful shoot with baby Lillian.

Lillian’s mama and I used to work together, and she’s one of the sweetest people I know. Her baby girl definitely inherited her sweetness :) I also think it’s awesome that Lillian and my oldest son are birthday buddies! Libras unite!


Introducing Baby Oscar

So I’ve been…uh…a little preoccupied lately, getting used to being a mama to two little boys instead of just one. Little brother Oscar Lewis arrived on 11/8/13 with a head full of soft fuzzy hair, kicky little legs, and a rather skeptical way of gazing about the room.

We love him so.

I’ll share more photographs soon, once we get into more of a groove!



Family and Maternity session – Cottage Lake, WA

Here’s a sweet family, maternity, and 2-year portrait session all rolled into one, held at one of my most favorite outdoor locations. Adelyn, the sweet little girl who had just celebrated her second birthday at the time of the shoot, is without a doubt one of the most talkative, bright kids I know. I’m glad to have had the chance to capture the fun, relaxed spirit of this wonderful little family.

Lorelei – 18 month Portraits – Duvall, WA Photography

I first met Lorelei when she was about 6 months old, through a parent/baby class held by the hospital where my son was born. I was immediately struck by what an adorable, sweet baby she was, and had pretty much been dying to photograph her ever since. Turns out her mama lives in my town and just up the road – what are the chances? Today our kiddos are good buddies, and I’ve loved watching her grow to be an independent, brave, and fun-loving toddler.

I’m so glad to know L and her awesome mama – they make my life fuller! Here’s what one and a half looks like, Lorelei style.

Excuses, excuses.

Where has the summer gone? I can’t believe we’re on the verge of autumn already (!!!), and I’m just getting ready to post work from several new sessions from over the summer.

So what’s been going on?

– My website is currently under renovation – I’m really excited about the new design and updating my galleries with fresh new work. Unfortunately, with a busy summer of freelance work and toddler wrangling, website construction takes time. Lots of it. So have patience while I work on smoothing out the look and feel of things around here!

Eventually, my old blog will be integrated into this site to make for one seamless blog/website experience. Super pumped about that.

– OH YEAH. And on top of all that, we’re expecting baby #2 this November! So needless to say, I’ve been a pretty tired lady. My busy almost 2 year-old boy keeps me on my toes by refusing to nap, assaulting the kitty with passionate hugs, climbing everything in sight, and learning about his world in the most hands-on way possible.

But man, he’s cute. So until next time…here are a couple of favorites of my little firecracker from this summer. He may run me ragged, but I sure love this kid to the moon and back.

color portrait of toddler boy being lifted into the air

black and white portrait of mother giving toddler son a kiss on the cheek

Spring Family Photography Session – Seattle

One of my favorite families invited me back to their home to capture some sweet springtime moments right before Easter. I couldn’t believe how much their girls had grown in just a few months! They truly are some of the sweetest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing – always making me laugh, and barely making me work at all to capture their spirit and energy.

Session highlights? 1) Getting to hang out with an awesome four year-old who showed me her (very well behaved) pet rocks. 2) At the end of our session, everyone let loose and got wild and silly. Just a family being a family, doing what they do best, and forgetting about the lady with the camera.

Thoughts on photography, and a family and maternity session

I’ll share some more sweet shots in a second, but first some words.

I can’t even begin to explain how much it meant to me to be able to photograph my friend Jen, her husband, and her son before they welcome their second child in a few short weeks. There’s something wonderful about capturing a family on the brink of growth and change. Jen writes about it so eloquently and honestly about it here, on her blog.

It reminded me of how important photography really is. It’s a concept that I struggle with, which is maybe strange coming from a photographer. After all, this is how I make my living, so shouldn’t I feel that it be absolutely paramount for everyone? Yes. But it is also something that gets put on the back burner, for financial reasons, lack of time, and lack of interest. And I get it. Because really, very few people get pumped up about dressing nice, combing their hair, and inviting a photographer into their homes or meeting at a park for an hour or two, all while trying to look “natural” and photogenic. When the weekend rolls around, I think most of us just want to hang out with our families, lounge around in our pajamas, and eat some bacon. And maybe, if we’re feeling extra fancy, we’ll run to Target and buy some dish soap and shampoo. Putting on real pants vs. bacon and pajamas? I think we all know the clear winner.

I’m guilty of neglecting photography with my own family. I think the last time we had someone truly photograph us was for our engagement photos. (We didn’t even have a wedding photographer, believe it or not.) Most of the time I just set up my camera on self-timer mode and we grab a few hastily composed shots on the porch, if that. But now that my son is older, I feel the need to capture us right now, just as we are in this very moment. One of my favorite things to do as a child was to page through the photo albums that my mom kept tucked away in the hall closet. The family portraits that we had done at Sears or Penney’s paint a vivid, sometimes hilarious picture of who we were at the time. My dad’s heavy tinted glasses and brown suit. Fluffy matching perms. My shiny patent-leather shoes and ruffly dress. Even today, I still love these photographs (no matter how dorky we looked) and I’m so grateful that my mom was so good about having our pictures taken. It means even more now that my dad is gone, and what remains now are just scraps of memories and our stack of albums – visual proof of our togetherness.

Well now. I’m all teary-eyed, so let’s look at some more pretty pictures, shall we? What a fantastic little session, with some pretty fantastic late-afternoon light.

P.S. Go get your pictures taken. Now. It’s worth it. I promise.