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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,

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

Wedding Photographer… To Be or Not To Be?

Ever since I became a professional photographer I have avoided weddings. Just plain avoided them. A few would-be wedding clients have inquired and I've just always simply said "nope! I don't do weddings."     I rationalized this aversion for all sorts of "good" reasons. I didn't like the idea of working with fussy brides or their picky moms. I didn't like the idea of being on my feet for 10 hours. But most of all, I HATED the idea of endless hours post-processing 3,000 pictures that (in my mind) would all look about the same. I mean, that white dress is gorgeous but if I have to see it in one more picture I'm going to gouge my eyes out. Honestly this might seem harsh but I don't even usually like looking THROUGH an entire image set of wedding photos. I can't imagine having to be the one to sort out and edit them all!     {side note - editing is one of my least favorite parts of my job. I hate being in front of the computer for

Event Photography | Vince & Eleanor’s 65th Anniversary

If these photos don't melt your heart then it's made of stone. This is the kind of event where my face gets sore from smiling so much!     I met this wonderful couple very briefly as their children situated them for their party to begin. So I didn't really know much about them. But what I learned about them through the course of the morning's event photography brought tears to my eyes.      First of all, you can tell a lot about a couple by the smiles of their friends and family.     I mean, it's downright contagious!  I feel like I'm missing out on a really good joke or something... but I think the punchline is something like "Vince and Eleanor, we're just so excited to be here celebrating this big day with you!"     The toasts were a fabulous mix of stories and praise of this wonderful couple. Tales of a fiery redhead getting herself set up on an awkward first

171 Cedar Arts Center | Spring Recitals

I'm really enjoying my first steps into the adventure of teaching photography at 171 Cedar Arts Center.     I love the energy and excitement I find whenever I walk in the beautiful buildings. The Cedar Arts family has such a diverse offering of classes that every day has a completely different feel. Sometimes during photography class we have the background music of an exciting tap class, or the amazing smells of a cooking class to tease us ;-) Or there's a new exhibit being set up across the hall in the gallery. (Check out Laura's work this week... it's a fabulous exhibit and it ends the 16th!)     It's a joy to be on staff and contribute my art to the mix by teaching and empowering my students!  The longer I'm here and the more I learn, the more in love I am with the mission and passion of 171 in this community.     So I was extra excited to work photographing the Spring Recitals this year. As a