Jennifer

This North Carolinian transplant has a vibrant artistic history. From interior design, to working at the Guggenheim in NYC, her film photography background is rich - she’s trained and worked alongside the very best in the industry in the past decade. Weddings are her passion and she loves them for “endless reasons!”. Based in the East Bay, she travels all over California capturing stories with her authentic and organic imagery. She is a master storyteller; keen to the sweetest glance, she has a way to capture the most powerful "little moments" to encapsulate the essence of the day. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WEDDING MEMORY SO FAR?

During the end of a wedding at a sunny tree farm in Mexico, the couple closed out their wedding night with an epic pool party. I had their guests, who were all adorned with neon glow sticks, surround the couple and splash them with all their might while the newlyweds soaked in a long embrace. Of course, we got a pretty rad photo, but it was the feeling of closing out the night with friends and family and a new life partner with nothing but love and support and elation abound that really made the moment special.

WHERE DO YOU FEEL MOST INSPIRED?

When light, environment and feels all come together; this is my jam. Sometimes those moments just happen, and other times they're crafted. You can always tell when I've hit my photographic jackpot because I turn into a giddy teenager whose crush just sat next to her at the lunch table...or so I'm told. ;)

IN WHAT HISTORICAL PERIOD WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE LIVED?

The Roaring 20's have always been a fascination of mine. The clothes, the opulence and the grandeur are all so intriguing. I also associate that time period with a lot of dancing, which is pretty much one of my favorite things to do, so it just feels like the 20's and I would get along. Don't get me wrong, the eventual downfall that immediately followed would have been supremely difficult, but if I could pop back in time and just live that fantasy decade I'd do it.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE East Bay HANGOUT(S)?

As a North Carolina transplant and a sister to 3 sibs, I feel super lucky to have 2 of my sisters living in Oakland, so I'm always dropping in on them. I used to live in Rockridge and absolutely loved it, so moseying up and down College Ave. and popping into places like Southie for lunch or checking out the new finds at Atomic Garden is always a good time. 

what is your idea of perfect happiness?

In a word - Thanksgiving! Loads of family, flowing champagne and nonstop laughter with my all time favorites. Plus there's a good meal that everyone had a hand in putting together. It's just a feel-good day and I can't think of anything better.

Go-tos

Fresh squeezed spicy margaritas

There's nothing quite like a cold beverage with the right balance of sweet, sour, salty and spicy to keep the party going. 

An oversized zip-up hoodie

At home you'll basically always find me in one of these. I run cold by nature, so I'm all about those warm hoodies with room to spare.

Morning cuddles with my kids

Even when they wake up way too early and crawl into our bed, if I get a few good cuddles out of it, it's basically the best way to start a day. 

A getaway vehicle for summer road trips 

There's so much to explore and piling into the car to go seek out the next adventure or discover a brand new hideaway is what it's all about.

AN ORGANIZED HOUSE

Is that weird? It is, but that's okay because I've come to accept it as something that's just inherently me and there's no escaping my need for a clean and organized house.

We've been "kissing partners" (as my mother would call it) since we were 18, so living without him isn't an option. He's a special man.

My Hubby