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Custom Stock Photography | Appleridge Senior Living

This summer I had the privilege of returning to Appleridge Senior Living to take some more headshots and to do a special custom shoot to get them some fresh images for their marketing purposes. Everyone knows that you need good quality stock images to accompany your marketing, whether in print or digital form.  What I like to point out is why not hire me to do customized stock images that are obviously YOUR company? So much better than paying for stock images online that are a lot less unique and personal to you. What your ideal client wants to see are real people in your real spaces...   So what I do when I come in for a stock photography shoot like this is I discuss in advance what the marketing mission is for the images. In this case, we borrowed two willing residents for a few hours and we took some of my close headshots of them, as well as used them as models in the main dining room, the fireplace lounge, and a furnished model apartment. I

Family Photography | Togni Family

Family photos are always fun, but the Togni shoot holds a special place in my heart because it was a birthday present for Jen earlier this year from a dear friend who wanted to celebrate in a special way. They celebrated milestone birthdays for her and her husband this year, plus the graduation of their son from high school and their daughter from middle school!  Every year is worth celebrating, but yes, this one seems extra awesome for this family!     The Tognis are one of those families that has you laughing right away. No one is taking anything too seriously, and honestly that's the way I like it! And their level of flexibility was much appreciated, as we got a surprise rain storm midway through our shoot and had to relocate. I know, everyone who's been in Corning this summer is confused by me saying "surprise" rainstorm, as it's been raining what seems like at least once a day all summer. But seriously, the forecast was clear when I left the

New Products Available at Card Carrying Shop

Now available at Card Carrying Shop: Feminist note cards by yours truly!  Once recently when I was browsing through their fabulous collection of books, cards, and gear I got to chatting with one of the owners about maybe designing some photo note cards of my own to sell. She was all for it! The idea kind of came to me as I was looking through some of my favorite photos of my girls... I just love how they often throw gender norms out the window. And so some of the messages of my cards came specifically from that juxtaposition I see in my little ladies. Where you get a little girl who doesn't think twice about climbing a tree in a pretty dress with sparkly shoes. My girls are just being themselves, but the inspire me all the time. And my hope is that they will inspire you, too! There are also some funny cards and some encouraging cards. Something for everyone on your list, when something other than "Happy Birthday" or "Get Well" fits the bill. We really wanted to come up

Event Photography | 171 Cedar Arts Center Summer Mosaic

This year was my first time attending (and photographing!) the wonderful Summer Mosaic fundraiser at 171 Cedar Arts Center. If you haven't been, you NEED to mark this on your calendar for next year!      It's bound to be a feast for the eyes when you're bringing together 31 local artists and their small artworks. Not to mention the fact that the team at 171 throws a killer party!     Opening night featured lovely piano music by Dino Losito and a smorgasbord of food and drink to enjoy while guest browsed and purchased selections of this amazing art right off the walls!     The second night kept the party going with music by Arthur B and The Planetary Mix. They kept everyone grooving as more art flew off the walls!     Big thanks to the staff at 171 for their hard work and dedication to the arts in our community! Another lovely experience, as always! And congrats to all the

Event Photography | “Meet the Newlyweds” Brunch

There are a lot of things I love about my work... but one of them is getting to be present for repeated celebrations in the lives of my clients. When I found out from Mary Catherine that her parents were hosting a brunch for her daughter and new son-in-law, I was so excited to join the fun again!  Carolyn and Charlie got married at a small ceremony in April. So this party was a wonderful gathering of the Corning-area sides of her family to celebrate that with her. And the love this family has for each other is so heartwarmingly evident. It's always a joy to join them for a special occasion.  Congratulations to the two of you! Many happy wishes for this next stage of your adventure in this amazing life!     Like these photos? Contact me today to photograph your next special

Event Photography | 171 Cedar Arts Center Dining in Flight Fundraiser

If you didn't already know, 171 Cedar Arts Center is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year! That's 50 years this community has enjoyed the benefits of a dynamic performing and visual arts program!  Have you checked out their offerings lately? The variety of classes you can take astounds me! And that's just classes... not to mention all the awesome art exhibits in the gallery, special events, shows, and camps! As one who teaches, takes classes, has my children take classes, and gets to watch many aspects of life at 171 through my lens, I have to say a huge Happy Anniversary to the Arts Center and a giant THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all you do.  Cheers to you guys! You deserve to celebrate!     And speaking of the things they do, the amazing team at 171 put together a stellar summer party earlier this month that was equal parts fundraiser and celebration. It was a beautiful evening that guests spent outdoors dining under tents,

Senior Class of 2018 | Alivia

Alivia's senior photoshoot was lovely.  We thought we were in for spotty weather, but we plunged ahead anyways and were pleasantly surprised with how things turned out in the Mother Nature department. Not only did Alivia's parents find a perfectly blooming dogwood tree, but we had a wonderful time wandering around Sperr Memorial Park with a gorgeous sun setting over the pond and a lot of laughs as Alivia's Mom and sister and I deliberated about outfit and prop options. I love the results!  Couldn't have planned it better if I tried (and trust me, I do try!) Congrats Alivia, and all my best wishes for a wonderful summer and start of college!      Like these photos? Book your family or senior session today! August is quickly filling up, so don't

Event Photography | Dance Recital Silhouettes

There was this really neat moment during the dance recitals that the tech crew waited just a few seconds to turn up the main stage lights. Which resulted (as they were obviously well aware) in the most delightfully dramatic silhouettes of the dancers!  I felt like I was daydreaming about how cool these photos were for weeks afterwards! I just had to do a separate post of my favorites...     Like these photos? Please order a digital or print copy here - 2018 Dance

Event Photography | 171 Cedar Arts Center’s Spring Recitals

Everybody jump for joy! The recital photos are ready!      It was such a blast working on these. I want to congratulate everyone again on another year of hard work! The many hours you have dedicated are quite evident...     All the images from both recitals are available for sale at the following link:  171 Cedar Arts Center 2018 Recital You will notice if you select the heart icon on the largest previews, you can create an account and make a favorites folder to come back to later.     This video is also a brief explanation of my packages and a particularly cute item that's a part of the Premium Print Package:  Jess Explains an Accordion Mini Album You can order a selection of individual prints and digitals a la carte or you can use any of my packages to save some money and get a larger variety of products. Everything but the Premium Print Package can be ordered directly

Event Photography | Caroline’s First Holy Communion

When Caroline's Mom started talking to me about wanting me to photograph her daughter's first communion, I was so excited! These are the kind of special moments I love documenting for families.  I also get excited when I know I can solve a problem for Mom - every parent knows that feeling of being torn between wanting to play the role of family-documenter and wanting to sit and really savor the moment you're experiencing. By hiring me to photograph Caroline, her Mom and Dad were able to sit with their congregation and truly enjoy the event with their family and church family. And it was a joy to experience it with them!  There were so many sweet moments and I could just feel Caroline's excitement and pride in this momentous occasion. Plus, what little lady doesn't love to get dolled up and celebrate with a fancy dress? ;-) Congrats Caroline! And thank you to the Welch family for including me in this celebration. It was