If you asked me what I thought I'd be doing with my career at a younger age, I wouldn't have known what to say. I never thought capturing people's most precious memories and creating art would even be an answer.
Taking photos started when I was gifted a small pink kodak point and shoot from my dad for my birthday one year. I took so many selfies and dog photos on that thing. I didn't realize I was building my skills then and how much importance photographs held. Once I started taking other's portraits.. I knew this was my thing forever.
I have fallen completely in love with capturing love as cheesy as it sounds. Being able to witness other's most important moments and gift them the tangible memories is something I never take for granted. I'm so grateful that this is what I am able to do in my life.
When I'm not taking photos my favorite things are traveling, trying new foods, listening to Paramore, and cuddling my pets. I'm a sucker for reality shows..which probably makes sense for my love of relationships, haha! I'm really just a chill person who wants to explore the World as much as I can, and hopefully getting to document love stories along the way!
Choosing your wedding photographer shouldn't be easy, you should connect with the photographer you choose. I am with you every step of the way. From your initial inquiry up until day of your wedding. Your photographer is with you during your entire day, so picking one you connect with is not only important, but ensures you are getting the best images.
As a natural wedding photographer, my job is about so much more than just snapping an image. I'm creating a piece of history for you to cherish for a lifetime. Photos that future generations of your family may see and hold on to. Have you ever treasured an old photo of a family member that you never got to meet? How about an image that you love of someone you miss? Someone captured that photo, and that's why it exists. Photography is part of something bigger than just a quick snap or two. It's memories made real.
I love creating a memory that sticks forever. When I'm capturing wedding photography in Indianapolis and around the US, I look for the moments that will tell a story. The ones you may have experienced and forgotten about until you see the image and remember it all over again. That's why I love being a candid wedding photographer. It brings my heart so much joy to create everlasting memories and keepsakes.
That's right, I was a scene girl. If you don't know what that is well.. give it a google search. I'm probably jamming out to some older emo songs on my way to your wedding to hype me up.. my favorite being Paramore to this day. Yet, I'm also into Taylor Swift so I really am all over the place with my music taste.
When I'm not taking photos you can find me checking out all the local restaurants in Indy, or at some of my favorite coffee shops spending time with my friends. I'm a huge foodie and my partner and I love to explore new foods. I'll try almost anything once. I have an extensive vinyl record collection, I like to sooth paint with watercolors, and spending quality time with my pets Theo, Kiki & Saga.
One of my biggest passions and joys is traveling. I love exploring new places, trying the local food of course and better yet if I'm lucky.. getting to document a love story while I'm there!
That’s a little sneak peek into my life and a few of my favorite things. No matter who and where we are, we’re all souls wandering this beautiful earth, with a different story to share. No tale is one and the same. And that’s why I LOVE documenting love stories (and hopefully yours too!)
One of the coolest parts about my job and why I love it so much is I can't ever predict whats next. That's the best thing about being an artist, is even if you can know a location or a general idea, you're never quite sure what magic will come out of it. It's what makes taking photos so much fun, and gives each session it's own unique experience each time.
I'm heavily inspired by my community, walks through fountain square and the people I meet along the way. I think just interacting with people and other creatives sparks so much imagination and possibilities. Music and movies also hold a key role to my imagination. I'm in love with colors/textures/cinematic styled imagery.
Every session is an opportunity for creating art, and you are the subject! We can create something wild together, or keep it clean and classy highlighting the most beautiful parts of you and your love.
Hiring your photographer shouldn't be a light task. You want someone who's going to be there for you, who you connect with and most importantly who cherishes your day just as much as you do.
Prior to your day, I take care in learning about who and what's most important to you. Day of your wedding I'm prepared to seek out what's going on, living like a wallflower snapping all the the little behind the scene moments. I'm going to capture the cries (pretty and ugly ones), the laughs, the moment your grandma gives you the biggest hug, the goofy cousins doing their weird dance moves, your dad shedding a tear you've never seen him shed. That's what I'm here for, you.
I'll be your wedding day bliss, I'm calm and collected while staying professional. I'll be the easiest breeziest gal around. Plans change from the timeline, I gotcha. I'm adaptable and understanding that not everything usually goes as planned. Rain or shine, I'm there. I pack two clear umbrellas with me at all times just in case. Have a surprise guest show up.. like a goat? Yeah.. that happend once. I'll help ya remember whoever and whatever shows up.. haha.
Point is, I'm around and always there for you while also capturing all the beautiful moments behind the lens.
"To say omg you're so talented feels like it's not enough. I love how you see people, how you show people.. I can FEEL the images."
"I really want to highlight Jess' kindness. Less than two weeks after the wedding, my grandfather passed away. I called Jess to ask if we could get some pictures of him sent early. Less than two hours later, I had the pictures. We displayed them at the funeral and everyone was so touched. I am legitimately crying as I write this. I cannot recommend Jess enough."
"Jess made our dreams come true! She made the planning easy and helped us pick the best things for the big day. Jess is creative and delightful to work with. She was worth every penny!!"
"Asking Jess to photograph was one of the best decisions I made, only second to the person I chose to marry. She was responsive, kind, thoughtful, and took all of my controlling feedback leading up to and day of.Everything about her from her personality to her edits are amazing!"
No story is one and the same. Yours will be finessed to share your unique journey.