Sunday, December 5, 2010

Numero uno and ugly sweaters.

Numero Uno.

The race is over.
I had 38 reviews by midnight on Friday. AKA 1st place for Columbus wedding photogs on WeddingChannel.com
Horray!
I'm not sure when they will officially announce the winners, but the numbers are clear.
Super happy and thankful for everyone who reviewed. :)

Check out the site here.

In other news, the ugly christmas sweater party was a success.
But I am very serious about keeping the noise to a minimum for the sake of the neighbors. I'm not sure if this makes me less fun, but whatever. :)

A few photos to prove it.

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(This is my roommate. She's neat.)

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(Wes and I)

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(This is Lionel. He's legit.)

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(Me and Mindy. My BFF.)

Loveeeeee,
Jess

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Best of Photography Columbus.

I'm currently up for Best of Photography for Columbus for The Knot. It's running through their sister site WeddingChannel.com

I've had the most reviews for about a week. Very exciting! But it's crunch time! And everyone is rushing to get more reviews. So let's hope for the best!

The Best of Photography, Columbus.

Tomorrow is the deadline.
If I win, I'll get a little award by my name on theknot.com, I'll have an award badge for my blog/website and I'll be listed as a winner in the magazine whenever they publish it.

This could really help me for 2011. Who doesn't love a winner? :)
This would be the first award I've won for photography. Neato.

Love
Jess

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What's up? Not a lot.

I haven't updated in a while, so I thought I'd just say that...
it's raining in Columbus. I'm so glad that we haven't had any snow yet.

This weekend, we are having an ugly Christmas sweater party. I'm very excited. I'll blow up this blog with photos from it.

It's a rainy day in Columbus, Ohio.

And...
Another year is almost here. That's crazy.
Life is so good.
Glad to have such great friends, an awesome roommate, an thriving career, a wonderful family and such great things to look forward to in the coming year.

Love,
Jess

PS. 1 month until the magazine comes out. :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Janet

Janet found me about a month ago on the internet. I was really excited for 2 reasons:

1. She does photography as well, so she knows what she wants!
2. She does 10 minute meals! You can check out her website at http://www.10-minutemeals.com She has a book. She does a television program. She's awesome.

So we spent some time at the North Market. She was fun and full of enthusiasm! :)

I hope you'll check out her website.
And enjoy these photos!

North Market.

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I love new projects. :)

PS. We put up our Christmas tree. I love it.

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Love,
Jess

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Krach AKA Zach and Kristian.

Went out with my friends Zach and Kristian to do engagement photos. Pretty much stuck around the Short North. Although, we did find these lofts that made me want to dance. Someday...I want one of those lofts.

A few things:
1. Zach and Kristian are awesome. We don't get to hang out often, but once they move to Columbus, I'm sure there will be fun times. And lots of Dirty Franks hot dogs.
2. They got engaged a month or two ago. And I'll be photographing their wedding next fall.
3. After this shoot, Kristian and I looked through my bridal magazines. (I <3 weddings.) And we watched a lot of "How I Met Your Mother". (I'm addicted.)
4. We had Jeni's Ice cream during this shoot. Heirloom Pumpkin 5-Spice + Brown Butter Almond Brittle = AMAZING.
5. Enjoy these photos.

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(get engaged.)

Love.
Jess

Monday, November 8, 2010

It was a good weekend.

Some neat things I found at an antique store here in Columbus.

It was a good weekend.

Shut up. It's a lighter.
(Above: It's a lighter. So awesome.)

And I saw Jonsi and Mountain Man.
Epic.

Watch them here:





Happy Monday.

Jess

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I'm gonna be in a magazine. Woohoo!

So, I've been obsessed with weddings since I was 8 or 9 years old. It's true. And it's just funny that my career is now being a wedding photographer. It's fitting, right? I think that I was most attracted to weddings as a kid because of the dresses. I would go down the magazine aisle with my mom at the grocery, I'd see the bridal magazine and I wanted it. Luckily, she'd buy me one and I'd take it home, cut out the photos and stick them to my walls. Eventually, I stuck them to my ceiling so I could stare at them in bed.

I did this until I was 17 or so. I definitely had my wedding planned out by the time I was 16. And around 19, I realized that weddings aren't just about the day; It's about love and a lifetime commitment. Go figure! :)

I was always a big fan of The Knot. It was simple, clean and modern. And it had all the best dresses. :) Reem Acra was my favorite wedding gown designer. Her dresses made me drool.

So now, I am oh so very excited that I am going to be in The Knot Ohio magazine. I'll have a half page ad starting in January. (See photo below.) I am also on theknot.com and weddingchannel.com

It's not a cheap investment. It's about $4,000 dollars a year. But I've been successful so far with no advertising. I'm very excited about 2011 and the opportunities I will have with advertising with The Knot. :)

I'll be booking 24 weddings for 2011. (I shot 17 this year.)
My starting rate is $2,500.
So glad to be moving up into the normal price bracket for wedding photography.

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I'm like a giddy little school girl.
Life is good.
I'm collecting bridal magazines again!
And I am incredibly lucky to have such loving friends and fans.
I am truly grateful.

Love,
Jess

PS. I'm definitely posting photos of the magazine when I have it in my hands!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Petersons in Maui.

I flew to Maui to shoot Dan & Jenn's big day.
Rough, huh? ;)

Jenn used to be my roommate in Seattle. She was around when my business first started. I would be in my room, geeking out on my computer and she would gladly come in to see what I was up to and encourage me. She's stuck through me through good times and bad times. She's the kind of friend I want to be.

So, when she told me that she met someone after I had moved to Ohio, I was super curious. And when I finally met Dan, I knew that he was perfect for her. I cannot imagine anyone else who would be better. He is kind, fun, funny and sweet. The world needs more guys like Dan.

So it was an honor to shoot their wedding in paradise. :)
I had a blast and got a nice sunburn.

Here are some pics from the big day:


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I couldn't ask for better friends. :)

Love,
Jess