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Pining for My Favorite Summer Spot

I have been daydreaming all week about this moment from last summer... my first time trying stand up paddle boarding.  The sun was shining on Mirror Lake and it was my first time viewing the town of Lake Placid from the water. I had bruised my sternum the week prior in an unfortunate hiking fight with a large piece of a granite boulder in Acadia National Park. So I wasn't able to mess around and try my hand at yoga balance postures like my siblings were doing. Besides laughing at their antics, the main memories from that evening are quite moments like in this picture... where I was just sitting down for a rest, enjoying the water and the warmth of the sun.      I've had a heart full of miss for Lake Placid this week. I want to go camping and feel my lungs burn as I haul my tush up a mountain. I want to get dirty and breathe fresh air and try stand up paddle boarding again. What about you? Sick of this crazy March weather, yet? What's

Travel Adventures | Montreal, Canada

So my siblings are pretty close. And one sister is about to abandon the family go off on an epic adventure to the Appalachian Trail. Naturally we needed to do a quick sibling trip to celebrate and send her off!      She suggested Montreal and the rest is history!     First of all, everyone remember that I'm not a travel expert and in fact, I'm absolutely terrible with maps and directions so take all of my advice with a lot of grains of salt ;-) But I hope you enjoy the pictures and if you do travel up there, maybe a tip or two from this post will be helpful!  I like this map app. I used it a lot in Europe because the offline feature gave me peace of mind.     Okay so our hotel was AMAZING and I highly recommend it if you're traveling in a small group. Trylon Apartments and Hotel has fully furnished spaces in a great location. Comfy and clean and well-priced. We didn't have time to use it,

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