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I had a great time photographing this adorable family on Saturday.  We found a great historic home in Oregon to use for our setting and we all kinda fell in love with the place.   Too bad it’s not for sale.  ;-)  Thank you guys for having Bell Studios take your photos!

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“Group Hug”

(I love how “Addie” their dog just ignores the craziness!)

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Catching Up

I’ve been mostly absent from here and my facebook business page for nearly a year but not because I haven’t been taking photos.

Since August of 2013 I’ve photographed 15,060 people, and if I were to guesstimate I would say that since the last time I posted a blog, 25,000 people have stood in front of my camera.

That is a crazy number!

It’s no wonder that social media has taken a back seat for me for awhile. But I’m ready to try it again.

My blog is going to be taking a more professional twist – I’ll be blogging for Bell Studios, which in case you missed it, that is now where I work.  I still do the same things I did as a self-employed photographer, but now I also do volume photography and sports.   I’m still here and still available by request when you call the studio.

Due to the busyness of volume photography I failed at marketing weddings last year,  I just didn’t do it. Because of that I only photographed 9 weddings in 2013 which was a huge difference from my previous average of 30 a year.    On a very personal note, after having gone through a divorce it was kinda nice not to HAVE to photograph a wedding every weekend.  But now that I’ve had a little break from that I’m ready to dive back into it.   I’m realizing I really miss it, and photographing couples in love has always kinda been my “niche” as a photographer.  I’ve already booked several for this year and I’m super excited about them!

I’m looking forward to posting more and getting back into the swing of social media.

And since no post is complete without photos, here are a few from this past year.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 


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Sean and Nicole |10.20.12 | Wedding photography Longview Wa.

 

 

Every now and then I get to do a wedding for someone I know personally, as more than just an acquaintance or a referal, someone I consider a friend, someone that I’ve had some amazing conversations with and share fond memories alongside, and this was one of those special weddings. Nicole was a kid in the youth group I helped out with for many years.   I remember many a conversation with Nicole, some when she was as young as 15. I often forgot that she was still a teenager as I felt like I was talking to a peer or a sister.  Her spiritual depth and maturity at her young age was something special and unique.   I admired her relationship with her parents and her brother (who was the “maid of honor” in her wedding naturally!) they had such a special bond and love for each other that is SO rare these day’s between teenagers and their parents.   I can remember even asking her Dad how he did it, how did he raise such an amazing girl, because I want to have that sort of relationship with my kids.

So needless to say, this was an extra special wedding for me.  This was my first time really meeting Sean (short of a quick “hey this is Sean” at church one day) and I was blown away by him and his character. His love for God and for Nicole is a beautiful thing to watch.  These two were truly meant for each other.   Besides being two of the most hilarious people I’ve ever met, their hearts were so in line and in tune with each other that I just don’t even have words for it.    I laughed so much while shooting this wedding that my abs hurt the next day.  True story.

I also spent a good deal of time wiping a tear or two from my eye.  They didn’t do a first look, just a moment where they stood on opposite sides of a corner and held hands and prayed together.  (Keeping with the tradition of not seeing each other before the wedding).  It was beautiful and touching and I’m so glad I was able to document that for them.   Normally I’m all about doing a first look and the couple seeing each other before so that we can get photos done, but I’m glad we didn’t on this one – the look on Sean’s face when he saw Nicole walking down the aisle was amazing and precious.

Sean and Nicole – I am so, SO happy for you two, you are going to do amazing things and I can’t wait to see what they are! Love you both! -Jess


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Jessica - June 28, 2013 - 12:10 pm

Do you know where they got the arch for this wedding? I LOVE it!

jessical - June 28, 2013 - 12:58 pm

I “think” it was borrowed from a friend and that friend made it? I’m not really sure. I’m sorry!!!

Hannes Uys - July 18, 2013 - 3:30 am

Stunning vivid tones in your photographs Jessica!

Alex - December 25, 2013 - 5:32 pm

Very inspiring wedding photography, Jessica! Love the retro look of the groomsmen photo!

James and Megan | Villa at Little Cape Horn Wedding

James and Megan’s beautiful wedding was held at the Villa at Little Cape Horn in Cathlamet.  I’ve shot many a wedding there,
and it is by far one of my all time favorite venues to work at.  Richard and Joan (the venue owners) are two of the most hospitable and amazing people that I have ever met in this business and I get excited every time I get to work out there!

This wedding was no exception – James and Megan did an amazing job with styling their wedding, plus they are two of the sweetest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing.  They made sure to give Aaron and I lots of time to do what we do, and we enjoyed it.  We even got to do some fireworks photos at the end of the reception.

Thank you two for having us as your photographer and lots of blessings to you in your married life!!!


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Devin and Megan | 8.24.12 | Wedding photographer Longview Wa.

This couple and their wedding party get the prize for “Most Fun Bridal Party of the Year.”  We had lots of great personalities to work with, a great setting, and a beautiful bride.   It was really hard to narrow down the images for this blog post, so I (sort of) apologize for the image overload.   We had fun, what can I say?

Thank you Megan and Devin and thank you Aaron for seconding for me.


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