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Classes with Jess | Mastering Manual Mode at 171 Cedar Arts Center

There are a lot of people wandering around this wonderful world with a camera they just don't quite know how to use. It can be super frustrating and intimidating to open the box of your fancy new gear and realize that you haven't the slightest idea where to start with all those buttons and settings. It's scary, I know.  And I'm here to help! Bring your camera to 171 Cedar Arts Center on Friday nights and we will go over all the creative settings you need to know to get the images you've been pining for.     Some people go years and years without learning how to take their camera out of auto and into manual mode. But not you! Cause you're going to sign up for this class and learn how to shoot creatively.  In this class we're going to take baby steps out of those automatic settings and into the slightly scary amazing realm of manual, where you will discover the power to finally get the shots you want. You know your camera is capable of more and I

Classes with Jess | Momtography at 171 Cedar Arts Center

So if you checked out the complete class list that I'm teaching over at 171 Cedar Arts Center this session then you saw I'm teaching a fun Wednesday morning class for moms of young children. Momtography: The Art of Photographing Your Kids is going to be all about helping moms who have a passion for documenting these fleeting moments of childhood but feel like they're always bumping up against the frustrations of fast moving tiny humans. I've got tons of pro tips ready for you!   *** I hope it goes without saying that "Momtography" is an obviously gender-specific term that I just think is funny. Moms tend to be the ones at home with their young kiddos and they tend to be the family photographers. But for heaven's sake if you're a Dad who's rockin' either of those roles in your family please PLEASE join me for this class! ***     Besides being a pro because I'm literally a professional photographer (who has taken thousands of pictures of

Announcing: Photography Classes with Jess!

You guys! You guys! YOU GUYS! (<--- I'm jumping up and down like a crazy woman) I'm teaching classes at 171 Cedar Arts Center this session! So if you've ever looked at my work or read my blog or been one of my clients and thought "Man, I wish I could hang out with this girl and learn how to take pictures better" then YOU. ARE. IN. LUCK. because I've got three awesome classes open (plus one workshop) where we can get together and talk photography! If you're impatient to see all the options before I finish the blog posts ;-) I totally understand and you can check them out here. My Monday night class is going to be for teens (ages 12-17) and it's called Mobile Photography: Beyond the Selfie.      The idea for this class was born from my intense hatred of selfies ;-) Not because I don't love seeing everyone's beautiful faces. (I love faces, see?) It's just that I know there are so many potential artists out there who feel the burn in their

On Favorite Photographs and Future Possibilities

I've had this quote from Imogen Cunningham in my head lately. Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I'm going to take tomorrow. And especially this week, since I'm getting ready for a trip to Montreal with my siblings. My creative mind is full of daydreams of which lenses to bring, what types of street photography I want to take, what cool buildings I'll see... not to mention the fun of one last family trip before my sister leaves for the Appalachian Trail (!!!) I can feel the creative energy (that sometimes gets cooped up in the Winter!) just itching for some artistic challenges and new sights. This trip is going to be just the thing. I used to think that I was just indecisive... the fact that I can't say I have a favorite photograph. But if I'm hearing Imogen right, I'm just always on the artistic hunt for my next favorite! ;-) I wish you a wonderful day full of possibilities!      Anyone ever been to Montreal? I'd love to hear from you

A Valentine’s Day Question for You

So I have to ask... When's the last time you and your sweetheart had professional photos taken together?  If the answer is your wedding day I'm going to reach through the computer and pop you in the forehead.     I get it though, so I'll try to be nice here. But it's true - everyone needs to get photos taken together. REGULARLY people, regularly! You need to remind your significant other that they matter to you! We get professional photos of things that matter to us. Weddings, babies, special events and milestones. You should look at these photos as a way to commemorate another year of your love!        A lot happens between the cute engagement photos of your passionate youth and the deep love that only years together can bring. And a lot of what is happening isn't something you think to record often. But if a picture says a thousand words, then that's why I work so hard to show as much emotion and