Jess

Jess has been taking risks in pursuit of new and exciting experiences since she was young. It all began as she studied photography in Montana and launched a photography career in her home state of North Dakota. Eventually, that adventurous spirit led her to travel, and she met her Californian husband in Europe. She packed up her car, and moved with her cat Howie to the West Coast -- a place she'd dreamed of shooting weddings in for years. Every now and then, this happy-go-lucky photographer and new mom still has to pinch herself to believe she's right where she always wanted to be.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WEDDING MEMORY SO FAR?

Sunset wedding on the beach in Jamaica! We spent the morning playing in the clear blue water with the bride, groom, and their families before moving to the bridal suite to start the getting ready photos. It was such an amazing way to start a wedding day!

WHAT IS YOUR AREA OF PERFECT HAPPINESS?

As a new mom, my perfect happiness is a lazy Sunday with my daughter and husband. Add in a strong cup of coffee and a nap, total bliss!

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

Take me back to the Roaring 20’s! I want to jump in a Model T, dressed in my finest flapper attire, and dance the Charleston at my nearest speakeasy.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE OAKLAND HANGOUT(S)?

Most mornings I can be found fueling up at my neighborhood Peet’s Coffee before taking a walk on one of Oakland’s many beautiful tree lined trails. Burma Superstar is one of my most favorite places for delicious food, their mint chicken is to die for!

WHERE DO YOU FEEL MOST INSPIRED?

I am most inspired when outside in the sunshine. The serenity that nature provides is just what I need to quiet my busy mind and find my creative streak. Bonus when surrounded by mountains and water.

WHAT IF I TOLD YOU THAT YOU COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE RIGHT NOW?

A beachfront property in Hawaii, stocked with the freshest of fruits and Kona coffee. I want to lay in the warm sand and read all day.

Go-tos

STRONG LATTE

So hard to get out of bed without it.

MID-CENTURY MODERN DECOR

I want to step into the Mad Men set and never leave.

ICE CREAM

Any flavor, I don’t discriminate. Ice cream for dinner is perfectly acceptable!

lancome juicy tubes

I am a lip gloss addict. I have rescued many brides over the years with the large selection that I carry in my camera bag.

fitbit

My competitive nature makes this the BEST motivator to keep me moving. My husband can attest to the fact that I have been known to run in place beside our bed at night to get in those last few steps for the day.

bloody ceaser's

Similar to a Bloody Mary but made with Clamato juice. I have yet to find a bar in the Bay Area that has ever heard of this delicious beverage. I have perfected the recipe and have since introduced it to my California friends. So good!

Northern California