I'm an Iowa based photographer, specializing in wedding photography and videography. My mission is to provide you with a fun and stress-free experience, from the first hello to the final delivery. It is my strongest goal to capture authentic moments that you can relive for the rest of your life. Oh, and you can count on me to be on the dance floor with my camera in hand!
Before everything I am a wife and a Mom. I love the freedom an entrepreneur life brings, and am especially appreciative of the extra time it's provided me to be with my husband and son! I am a free spirit, an impossibly big dreamer, and a recovering work-aholic. I fill my days with pink drinks, popcorn, workouts, fuzzy blankets and my planner - these are the little things that bring me immense joy!
I'M JESSICA, THE ONE WITH THE BIG OLD CAMERA.
I'M HERE TO SHOOT YOU...AND STEAL SOME CAKE.
hitting the dance floor
every. single. time.
traveling for photography
lake como, italy
des moines, ia
gotta be on the rocks
even if I am pretty terrible at them...one day I'll climb that rope
give me all the pens, stickers, and highlighters. let's fill this baby up with fun dates for chips & queso!
my husband, Jason, and my son, Jaxon
plus our three dogs
all things apple
and Canon, of course
weekends at the lake
nothing beats time sitting on the lake shore or the wave runner
The little girl browsing through that wedding album was me. I treasured my parents' album, and have been impatiently waiting for my Mother to be ready to pass it down to me. Those images symbolize a beginning: one short day that started a huge lifetime together.
Has their marriage been perfect? Not by any measure. But through the years my parents have managed to grow together. They’ve enjoyed the high times and survived the low times, always side by side. They’ve learned to be friends and genuinely enjoy one another’s company, value and respect each other. In a generation where marriages first started crumbling and divorce became an easy answer, they continued to choose each other every day.
As a girl growing up I never dreamed of my wedding. When Pinterest became popular, I was already married, so I never had boards full of hypothetical plans. That one day was never important to me. The marriage that came after the day was the real magic.
She was sitting squished tightly between the couch and the coffee table. She slowly circled her finger around the golden rim of the frame cut into the leather cover. Time froze as she turned through pages she'd already seen countless times. She lost herself in the images of her parents wedding day.
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I am sure that it is no surprise to anyone reading this that I am a huge nerd. I was never cool, I was never on trend.
Free time in my middle school years was spent writing letters, taking photos and scrapbooking with my Mom. You read that right, scrapbooking. The coolest of cool-kid hobbies, right?
I fell in love with documenting life next to my Mom. We spent hours cutting paper and placing stickers just right. The most important part of the process was writing the words that matched the moments in the photos.
It was then that I realized images held incredible power. They froze moments in time that we would never get back in reality. They captured events in ways our mind can't hold them. And they all tell a story.
Scrapbooking with my Mom led me to search for photos and albums from my family history. I desperately wanted to know the stories of my Grandparents and their parents. I wanted to see their faces and their homes and of course their weddings!
WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH MY WORK?
more than you know...
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There I was, out of college with a degree in Education, not feeling whole in my work. I taught high school for eight years, but constantly felt the tug in the back of my heart. I was equipped with a love for documenting life from my Mom and a natural eye for photography from my Grandfather. I found an old Nikon DSLR camera in the back of a cabinet in my classroom and the rest is history.
Just kidding! I kept teaching for a few more years before retiring to pursue photography full time. I needed that time to sharpen my skill and figure out slowly how to run a profitable business, while having the security of a paycheck and insurance from school.
Eight years and one cross-country move later, I am living my dream! It finally clicked: I can create albums for people that their children may adore as much as I adored my parents' wedding album. I can capture moments for them that document their life just as it is in that moment.
Yes, my first love is photographing weddings and watching the beginning of an incredible marriage. But I love the entire sentiment of documenting families, from the I Do to the babies, from the teenagers leaving the house to the empty nesters renewing their vows.
Life is magic. The huge milestones as well as the routine, every day moments, are all breathtaking. I learned that from my parents and our family history. I will never stop documenting my own life! I also hope to always love getting to work with clients who become friends to document their lives as well.