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