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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

Families at Home | Little Miss Rachelle and the Wagoners

This family has grown nearer and dearer to my heart through tragedy. Tragedy has a bittersweet way of doing that, I think.  Because it is always precious and special to come into someone's home and photograph their newest blessing. But with the Wagoners, it also carried a note of that sacred celebration of life and acknowledgement loss; of sadness mixed with joy.     Because as this family basks in the sweetness of their new fourth baby, they also carry the pain of the death of their third baby.  When I photographed Judah just the day after his birth, I had no idea how meaningful those images would become when he suddenly passed away four months later. And I have been humbled and honored to know Lindsey and see her walk through the grieving process with utter transparency.  We corresponded frequently over the next year and were both struck by how close our experiences of grief were. Though we had lost very different things, we could each

Cake Smash Shoot | Miss Harper

I had another opportunity to spend some time with the amazing Christofaro family. This time we set up in the comfort of their home to celebrate Little Miss Harper's first birthday!     First of all, I really loved Melissa's choice of The Very Hungry Caterpillar as a theme. Besides the fact that I loved reading that book to my own little ladies, Eric Carle just slam-dunks the bright-colored cuteness!     And just look at the lace details of this dress she found! I die!     As I was setting up my background and we finished blowing up the balloons, Harper needed a quick nourishing nibble before indulging her sweet tooth and I took the opportunity to capture the sweetness of those moments, too.     So first the balloons...     And then, CAKE.     And oh my, did she dig in!     It was funny, the more

In Home Family Session | Cozy Details

I am finishing up editing one of my favorite sessions to date. It was a recent in-home, multi-generational shoot that was full of just the sweetest moments.  Grandma and Great-Grandpa were there to snuggle and play and share sweet baby kisses. We hung out in the toy room where the girls spend their days playing with their Grandma while Mom and Dad are at work. They snuggled on the couch together and showed me their favorite dolls and awesome microscope!     Big Sis got into her dance outfit for me and showed me her music box. They read stories together and jumped on Mom and Dad's bed. There were tickle-fights and giggles galore.     Photoshoots like this are hands-down my favorite because I can just see how much more relaxing it is for families. Especially those with real little ones. Everyone is more comfortable in their natural habitat, adults AND kiddos! We were able to take breaks for goldfish snacks and breastfeeding and