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Project Ten – Nostalgia

Before I had a chance to plan this month’s Project Ten photo shoot, I was cleaning out the deep dark places in the back of one of our closets and found buried treasure!  These Serendipity books were some of my absolute favorites as a child.  The illustrations just spoke to me, even at that young age.  The wide-eyed willowy animals, the dreamy locations… it was all SO beautiful.  My daughter is an animal lover just like me and has become just as enamored with these books as I was at her age.  Ahh, this fills me with warm fuzzy nostalgic feelings. :)  Please visit Sarah Waggoner’s blog to find more nostalgia images.

Shannon Williams - July 10, 2014 - 6:44 am

Never cease to make me feel connected with the emotions and moments. Love her sweet honest expressions.

Stephanie - July 10, 2014 - 2:01 pm

so gorgeous jessica…love the books and the images.
So pretty!

Rennai - July 10, 2014 - 2:16 pm

This is so beautiful and different for you! I love that you aren’t afraid to experiment and grow new areas of your craft. You’re so talented :)

Erica Williams - July 10, 2014 - 5:50 pm

Love this Jessica! (as always)

Mary S. - July 10, 2014 - 5:55 pm

You always do such a splendid job at capturing emotions.

I adore this.

Tammy Bunn - July 10, 2014 - 5:56 pm

I love black and white, this is absolutely stunning!

Sheryl - July 10, 2014 - 5:58 pm

Beautiful series, I adore your processing.

Crystal - July 10, 2014 - 6:22 pm

I loved those books as a child! You just brought back tons of memories!

Emily Hutson - July 10, 2014 - 6:28 pm

Oh i love this, these images are beautiful!

Lauren W - July 10, 2014 - 7:38 pm

I love the black and white images – really goes well with the theme. Great job!

Lovely images xoxo

So sweet!!

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Project Ten – Out of Place

I am a California girl through and through, who was transplanted to Arizona about nine years ago.  Although I do love it here and have come to think of it as home, it’s still so strange to me to think that my children are Arizona natives.  For some reason that seems so crazy to me.  So here is my girl, in my native habitat, in which she is out-of-place.  For her, taking a trip to San Diego is a novelty, something new and exciting.  For me, it’s a trip back in time.

Interesting fact: Early settlers in the San Diego area planted huge amounts of eucalyptus, intending to use the fast growing trees to make railroad ties.  Unfortunately, the wood was too soft for that purpose.  But you can still find them growing everywhere.

Also interesting:  My daughter almost never gets hurt, but she did manage to skin her knees on the way to this location.  There were a few tears but, true to form, she was laughing and exploring in no time.

Please visit Sophie at Raw Footage Photography to see her post on “out-of-place”.

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Casey Rucinski - May 10, 2014 - 6:55 pm

Gorgeous and what a fun trip this must have been! That last shot is just precious!

Janell - May 17, 2014 - 12:48 am

Oh, I love the her skinned little knees. You captured the sweet innocence of childhood so perfectly !

Laura - May 17, 2014 - 1:11 am

Lovely, creative session!

cat - May 17, 2014 - 5:08 am

I love how you captured her exploring the area. So adorable

Solene - May 17, 2014 - 10:45 am

Lovely session !!

carrie - May 17, 2014 - 2:46 pm

how adorable! lovely light. aww her little knees!

Kelsey | Las Vegas Baby Photographer - May 18, 2014 - 1:52 am

She is a doll xoxo

Erica Bean - May 21, 2014 - 9:05 pm

Beautiful photos. And I must say, I love skinned up knees! Not because a child got hurt of course, but a sign they were outside playing!

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Project Ten – Adventure

Nothing is more fun than nature’s playgrounds.  My daughter absolutely LOVED this little trip to Joshua Tree National Park.  She didn’t even care about the chilly weather, she was too busy exploring and having fun!  She was even so proud of herself that she ripped a hole in her jeans and got a scab.  ; )  Don’t forget to visit Emages by Emily Thomas to see more of this theme!

Julianna - April 10, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Great photos as usual! Fantastic lighting and location :)

Becky - April 10, 2014 - 2:24 pm

So beautiful.

Michelle Peterson - April 10, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Kids sure provide us with the best adventures. Beautiful images and memories!

Sophie - April 10, 2014 - 4:29 pm

Love these, Jessica! Such soft pretty light. I love how candid and free these captures are!

Archana - April 10, 2014 - 6:51 pm

Avery ! such a cute kid ! Always enjoy seeing her photographs ! I love the second image: can imagine her screaming in excitement with her arms up in the air.

Emily Thomas - April 10, 2014 - 9:44 pm

These are perfect! I would love to visit this park, it looks like a photographer’s dream. And I love her little hat. :)

Casey Rucinski - April 11, 2014 - 1:22 am

Love all your awesome locations and styling in your shoots!

Angie - April 24, 2014 - 3:58 am

Beautiful photos! love your work! :)

Jessica - April 24, 2014 - 4:02 am

Your work is just amazing!

Sara Garcia - April 24, 2014 - 4:08 am

I love this theme and what gorgeous lighting! Such an adorable subject you have there too.

Megan Edwards - April 24, 2014 - 4:38 am

What gorgeous photos! So lucky to be near great landscaping!

Kelsey | Las Vegas Baby Photographer - April 25, 2014 - 3:03 am

Such lovely light in these images xoxo

Kari Whitesell - April 30, 2014 - 5:18 pm

We love Joshua Tree Nat’l Park!! And yes, it was cold for us too. But the climbing, climbing, climbing! And awesome rock formations and colors. My favorite three photos: the first big photo, the close-up of the branch with her fuzzy in the background, and the one with her walking in the lower-left third, and she looks so small, with the big tall trees in back of her. These are so cool :)

Lauren - May 2, 2014 - 5:47 pm

These are beautiful Jessica!!! And Avery is so adorable! I have been dreaming of going their for a shoot, and you capturing the beauty of Joshua Tree magically

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Bloom – Styled Mini Session

Have you heard about my styled mini sessions?  They are for a single subject and you have your choice of clothing and accessories from my extensive wardrobe closet!  Sound like fun?  It is!

OMG how sweet!! Just a beautiful job!

Angie - April 5, 2014 - 11:13 pm

Gorgeous beautiful work!! ?

alli - April 5, 2014 - 11:20 pm

Too. Cute. Seriously. What an absolute cutie pie. Beautiful captures and loving the color & softness of the edits…like peaches and cream.

Anne Burgess - April 6, 2014 - 1:24 am

Absolutely beautiful photos!

Megan - April 6, 2014 - 3:16 am

How adorable! These photos make me so anxious for greens and pinks and the colors of spring to come to ohio!

Katie - May 10, 2014 - 6:51 pm

I love this shoot you did! Fantastic job!!!

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Avery’s Wonderland Party – Personal

Avery and I really enjoyed coming up with this Alice in Wonderland themed party for her 5th birthday!   She’s in love with all things Disney, and I love the sweet whimsy of this movie, so it was the perfect theme.

The beautiful cake was by Claire’s Cute Cakes.  It’s was simple, beautiful and delicious with it’s vanilla cake, lemon curd filling and pink vanilla buttercream.  I prefer simple classic cakes to character cakes, so this was perfect.  She also crafted the adorable fondant white rabbit ears for the cupcakes, though I baked and frosted them myself because I wanted to try my hand at some gluten-free baking (I’ve been gluten-free since November for health reasons).

The amazing cookies were made by Marinold Cakes.  I had seen her work at a party I photographed last year and knew she was the one for the job!  They turned out exactly as I had pictured.  So lovely!  Avery thought that all the kids would be hesitant to try the cookies because they looked just like the real ones from the movie and they might shrink or grow if they ate them!

My friend Stephanie from Life Created handmade the huge tissue paper flowers, reminiscent of the singing flowers which tower over tiny Alice in the movie.  She’s such a talented lady!

The milk glass cake plates are from The TomKat Studio.  They seriously have all the best party stuff.  I also got the hanging lanterns and honeycomb tissue balls from them, to emulate all the colorful lanterns which hang over the Mad Tea Party ride at Disneyland.  I love how it turned out, especially with the different colors of ribbons hanging down.

The hat from The Mini Top Hat Boutique also adds a super fun Mad Hatter element.  The antique teapot and tea cups provided the finishing touch, as well as the sign post made by my mom and I.

I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoyed the party!

Lauren - March 23, 2014 - 6:34 pm

Absolutely the cutest little party I ever did see!!!!!! And happy birthday darling Avery!

carmen - March 31, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Love the shallow DOF, the richness of colors & of course your sweetest subject, Avery. I so enjoy following your work; you are an inspiration professionally & personally Jessica.

Susan Hinds - March 31, 2014 - 4:29 pm

These are beautiful! She is a total doll and I cannot get over how cute those cupcakes are!! Amazing work as always!

Kandace Photography - March 31, 2014 - 4:59 pm

Amazing party and more amazing detailed photographs. Everything looks so beautiful and vibrant!

Patty K - March 31, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Simply Adorable !!!

Cynthi - March 31, 2014 - 7:48 pm

Holy cuteness! So much effort went into this amazing party, and you captured all the details just beautifully!

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