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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!

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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!

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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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Project Ten – Magic (Location Scouting)

Gorgeous, interesting photography locations may seem like they are very hard to come by here in the Arizona desert, but actually, they can literally be found anywhere.  I get contacted by people all the time who feel like they are unable find any good locations, and I think it’s just because they have an inaccurate picture in their mind of what a good location should look like.  They feel like they need to stumble upon a dreamy meadow, or a vast orchard, but in reality they just need a green patch of weeds and something to help filter that strong Arizona sun.

For this theme I decided to show that a seemingly drab area can really turn out to be an amazing location if you know how to look at it’s true potential!  It’s like magic!

Please visit the Raw Footage Photography blog to see more magic.

Emily Thomas - March 10, 2014 - 12:47 pm

haha So creative, and so true! Clients look at my like crazy when I want to take them to some spots. Little do they know a patch of weeds and sunset can do the trick. Great job, I love the shot of the puppy in the basket!

Julianna - March 10, 2014 - 1:29 pm

So so true! I’ll randomly stop at thw side of the road with clients because I see something cool. Well done.

Sophie Sheldrick - March 10, 2014 - 4:56 pm

Love these! So true, I’ve often found little hidden location gems in unsuspecting areas! Love the light and simplicity of these. Just beautiful.

Kristi Thompson - March 10, 2014 - 7:38 pm

Beautiful!! Love when we can find these ‘magic’ spots =)

Michelle - March 12, 2014 - 3:37 am

I love how you showed the transformation of creativity!

Mel Riddell - March 13, 2014 - 1:02 am

These shots are delightful! And you are so right about locations, I agree. It’s all about what you make of it! And you have done wonderfully. x

Stephanie necessary - March 13, 2014 - 1:23 am

So very true! Great examples!

Tara - March 13, 2014 - 1:29 am

this is beyond incredible!!! What vision :) Love it!

Shuanna - March 13, 2014 - 2:36 am

Great blog! So true! Some the ugliest places can make the most beautiful photos! You just have to know your angles.

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Project Ten – Alone

Solitary, solemn, beautiful.  Please visit Sarah Waggoner Photography to see her post for the “alone” theme.

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Emily - February 10, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Oh my goodness, that last shot…nailed it!!! Love all of the black and white.

Sophie Sheldrick - February 10, 2014 - 1:47 pm

So beautiful and peaceful! I especially love the ones of her lying down in the tall grasses!

Julianna - February 10, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Fantastic. Loving the last image as well, the perspective and texture of the grass is do dramatic.

Kristen - February 10, 2014 - 4:40 pm

I love the mood behind the images. Great job!

sarah waggoner - February 10, 2014 - 5:03 pm

so so stunning! i agree, the last image is killer! beautiful!

Kristi - February 10, 2014 - 7:05 pm

Absolutely beautiful!

Becky - February 10, 2014 - 7:55 pm

Delicious. Your last image in exquisite, Jessica.

Christine - February 10, 2014 - 11:36 pm

Gorgeous as usual! I love the last one!

jessica ratterree - February 11, 2014 - 3:08 am

Simply breathtaking Jessica, I adore the last shot you are truly a gifted photographer!

Kari Whitesell - February 11, 2014 - 11:14 pm

These are so much fun, Jessica! I like the last one especially–the grasses “point” to the subject. Really unique.

Kelsie Taylor - February 12, 2014 - 1:59 am

these are so ridiculously beautiful …those last 3 blew my mind.

Danielle - February 19, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Beautiful captures of a beautiful girl. Very free and light and dramatic feeling from these.

Miranda Corbell - February 19, 2014 - 4:57 pm


Kelsey | Las Vegas Wedding Photographer - February 19, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Love these images xoxo

Melissa Lloyd - February 19, 2014 - 6:10 pm

Gorgeous! I love the emotion and drama. :)

Amy Lunceford - February 19, 2014 - 6:33 pm

I so love the free spirit of little girls. The tall grass makes me long for spring pastures to hurry and grow!! Beautiful work.

Cassie Medina - February 19, 2014 - 6:47 pm

Oh my, these are absolutely GORGEOUS!!

Ally Amos - February 19, 2014 - 8:25 pm

WOW! I love how much each and every one of these images expresses something so powerful. Beautiful!

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