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Travel with Jess | Venice, Top Ten

It's taking painfully long to work through the edits on my hundred and hundreds of photos from Italy this fall. I wish I could just accept them as-is and have them be ready, but I can't. I fully embrace the lovely phrase "better done than done perfect" but when it comes to my art, my photography, I just have to do some work to be happy with what I show the world. I can't un-know what I know about how much more I love my images after I've edited them! It takes hours. And hours and hours. I listen to a lot of podcasts and audiobooks. Sometimes I get frustrated because it's such a big project. And it gets interrupted often with real life demands and other photography (clients take priority over my vacation photos, after all.) But then I'm so pleased. In the end, it's worth it to me. Even if no one besides a fellow digital artist would understand why I would put so much effort into these photos or why it takes so damn long to finish a set, I know. And it matters to me.

Classes with Jess | Nighttime Photography, Holiday Edition

Ready to get your twinkle on?  Join me on Thursday, December 14th at 171 Cedar Arts Center for a holiday twist on my Nighttime Photography Workshop!     Bring your DSLR camera and your tripod (both are 100% essential for this class) and learn the art of long exposure. We'll be turning street lights and Christmas lights into starbursts that make your tail wag!      The class is from 5-8pm. We'll start at 171 getting comfortable with the concepts we need for this effect, and then we'll bundle up rain or shine and head out for a walk in the Gaffer District.     Please note: I'm going to roll with the weather for this workshop, so you need to dress appropriately and prepare to be flexible...      ... cause we're going outside, rain or SNOW ;-) But seriously, I'm almost crossing my fingers for snow. The only reason this workshop will be canceled is if it's a really bad,

Reality with Jess | Sometimes $h!t Happens

Sometimes you have to just force yourself to sit and snuggle under your quilt and drink your coffee and read your book, because you can't take care of others if you don't take care of yourself, and that's how you stay sane sometimes. Sometimes you are only home from Italy for two days before you get a new job at a place you love that you found out had an opening while you were still in the airport. Sometimes you have to leave a training shift at said new job and rush to the ER to meet your parents and your broken-wristed-baby. Sometimes little girls that are so bold and confident and amazing on the monkey bars fall and break their wrist. Sometimes you spend sleepless nights in the hospital and at home, giving round the clock meds and hugs and "I'm so sorry baby" words of comfort. Sometimes you haven't even had a chance to finish sorting through your trip pictures, let alone start editing them. Or you still have bits of luggage to unpack. Or outstanding client work to

Family Photos | Christofaro Family

This family photo session is near and dear to my heart because I know how patiently Melissa waited for it to finally happen! You guys, I've never had the experience of having to reschedule a shoot not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES due to rain! It was insane. Poor Melissa scheduled with me all the way back in June for a nice summery photo session and we didn't end up meeting until the end of August... on a particular chilly day, too! So she deserves a million gold-stars for being such a flexible and so easy-going client despite the hassle. It was so great having someone so excited about photos with me. And I'm so pleased to present her with this blog sneak peek of the results... her little ones just shine. I had so much fun chasing them around during the session and so much fun editing the photos afterwards. If these darlings don't make you smile, I don't know what will! Thanks again for your patience, Melissa & Brian! I think you'll agree it was worth the

Three Ways I Make Senior Sessions More Interesting

Senior year is so important. And those photos are a big deal, too. You really need to commemorate your senior's accomplishments and you also want to freeze this moment in time for yourself... that moment where they're standing at the edge of adulthood and they're about to fly! And I really work hard to make senior sessions interesting. Here's how...     1. Variety. Look, I know you're just as sick as I am of looking at the same old boring poses of seniors. I will work up a sweat if that's what it takes to get authentic photos of your kid. Also they're really gonna need a killer headshot going forward and I've definitely got that covered. We look for interesting spots and we try interesting poses and I shake things up as much as I can.     2. Unconventional Props. I don't have a dog (or a cat or a mouse or a parrot or whatever) but I know your senior loves the family pet. And I know they're looking down the barrel of their last year at