A little bit about me.

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Hello there! So glad you’re here!

My name is Jessica, but I’ve been called a lot of of things. To some of my favorite people I am Jelly Bean, Aunt Jess, Jessi-Bob (thanks, Uncle Daryl), and before I got married, my (now) in-laws called me J-Lo. So you can call me almost anything you want–just so long as it’s nice  ;)

A few fun facts: I love traveling, 90s music, Piper & Leaf tea, and snuggling on the couch with my sweet husband while we watch Downton Abbey. I’ve watched The Little Mermaid more times than I can count, and nothing makes me happier than driving around aimlessly singing all of my favorite songs at the top of my lungs. If I thought my husband could stand it, I would just sing like that in the shower…but I’m usually up much earlier than he is–so that might cause a divorce.

I’m not going to tell you that I carried a camera around ever since I figured out how to use my thumbs (although, it’s basically true). And I’m not going to tell you some sweet story of how I grew up telling everyone I wanted to be a photographer (although, that’s also true). But I will say that I am so incredibly blessed in more ways than I can count. I am married to the sweetest, best looking guy on the planet–who is so supportive in everything I do. I’m also a student at UAB School of Medicine and, if all goes as planned, will become Dr. Sparks in May of 2015. It blows my mind on a daily basis how many of my little childhood dreams have come true, and I am so incredibly grateful for them.

I spent the first few years of my photography business taking the same pictures over and over again… some family or couple would show up in their “Sunday best” and I would pose them in all the right ways and snap away–but I felt like something was missing! I didn’t want to capture the picture perfect family on camera–I wanted to capture real moments, real emotion, REAL people. I wanted to tell their stories. I wanted to get to know my clients so that I could truly find what their “happy place” is and photograph them in the most authentic way possible!

Over the past 5 years, 3 cities, and 2 different colleges, this photography “thing” (that eventually turned into a business) has kept me sane. It has been my outlet during all of the times I was feeling drained from school, and it has given me a way to connect with people that I never believed to be possible. It’s allowed me to be a small part in so many people’s stories, and I am so grateful that somehow you ended up here, on my website, considering allowing me to be a part of yours! And so now that you know my story–tell me, what adventures have led you here?

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Photos courtesy of the lovely and talented duo at Koman Photography (see more of their incredible work here) in California.