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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

Travel Adventures | Amish Country

When we were in Lancaster, PA on Spring Break I had SO MUCH FUN photographing Amish Country.  As a woman who lives for photography and connects with clients through social media, a culture that prefers not to have any photographic images in their home and rarely even owns a phone is quite fascinating to me. Sometimes when I hear about the Amish I imagine what it would be like to live without my iPhone in my hand at least once every ten minutes of my waking hours. But I couldn't do it. For so many reasons, but specifically because of the fact that horses scare me ;-) My little ladies and I really enjoyed learning more about Amish culture and the rich heritage preserved in that area.  Lancaster County is home to one of the largest communities of Amish in America! I hope you enjoy these photos... they make me smile. There's a sense of peace in the pastoral and simple way of Amish

New Adventures at 171 | Photowalk Series with Jess!

This Spring and Summer, I will be adding a new type of class to my offerings at 171 Cedar Arts Center. We're taking our education out of the classroom and into the real world for some themed photowalks!  The first one is next Saturday, May 19th at Bluebird Trail Farm. (Check out the website here! They have so many cool things going on you can get involved in.)     As soon as my students started requesting a workshop on animal photography, I thought of Margie Seiderman and the passion she has for educational partnerships up at that wonderful farm of hers. Plus I know she has a never ending supply of fuzzy bunnies so...      Besides baby bunnies and chicks, we will have a fun assortment of other animals to play with, feed, and photograph. We will be given a farm tour and we will be walking around the nature trail (about a mile) so there will be an opportunity for photographing both domesticated and wild

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