One Roll Project – Desert Portrait Photography – Alyson

Alyson is another friend I met through roller derby who volunteered for the One Roll Project. We decided to do some portraits in a cool little cactus garden that’s a desert oasis in the middle of Beverly Hills. The sunset light was gorgeous and Alyson was a great model!

Mamiya 645 Pro TL camera, Kodak Portra 400 medium format film.

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Johnboy Wilson - Wow one roll is quite a challenge! I love your use of natural light, beautiful!

Matt - Great project Jessica, lovely shoot.

Amy Barton - Lovely work Jessica – great use of light :)

naomi - love the cactus backdrops, jessica.

Brian Davis - Perfect example of why film is so amazing. Beautiful work.

Avelaine S - Love that Portra skin tone! Such perfect light too.

Dennis Pike - Killer work, Jessica. You just owned that light.

Tim Kamppinen - Beautiful images. This One Roll Project sounds intriguing… I will have to check it out.

Tim Kamppinen - LOL, just realized it’s a personal project that you’re doing. Cool idea!

Veronica Varos - gorgeous light, my goodness! Lovely work.

Mary Sylvia - Gorgeous gorgeous light you’ve worked, she looks amazing in it. Who’d have thought a cactus garden was so pretty? Seriously, it’s dreamy.

Teresa K - So fun and some great images came from it too! Awesome-sauce!!

Angel City Brewery Engagement Photography – Nicole + Mike

Nicole and Mike originally wanted to have their wedding at Angel City Brewery in the Downtown LA Arts District, but at the time they started planning, the brewery wasn’t open for events rentals*. So plans moved ahead for a wedding at the Cicada Club instead, but this was still the perfect spot for their engagement session. And Angel City Brewery is dog-friendly, which meant their adorable pup Lola could join us for some photos too. Beer and laughs and art and cute overload – my kind of people in my kind of place, and I cannot wait for round two at their wedding!

* Angel City Brewery is available  now to rent for parties and weddings. They have great space for both ceremonies and receptions, and obviously wonderful bartending and beverages.
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Caitlin McWeeney - So cute, Jess! That dog is adorably derpy in those photos and I love her whole look, but especially her dress!

Teresa K - Fantastic set! That dog cracks me up!!

Storry Photography - That dog picture is the best! Love it. Lovely mellow session with this awesome couple. Beautiful images.

Rahul Khona - Beers in an engagement session for the win! Great set of images!

Marianne Taylor - Completely adorable! Also love the colours in these so much.

Brian - Beautiful session. That dog is awesome haha.

heather nan - I wanna be there! Love the set!

Sabrina Kolotylo - Oh man that dog! Beautiful photos

Amy Barton - Love everything about these images … the colours, the couple, the setting and especially Lola :)

Amber Marlow - They look so fun, happy, and in love. Love these!

Elissa - These two are SO stylish. I love that Nicole is sassy and gorgeous in her glasses, and can we talk about her beautiful nail color? (I want that polish shade!) They look so happy and in love! Great session, Jess!

Kandise - Her dress is so adorable. Great session!

Katie Jane - These two are so cute! I LOVE her dress!

Cassie - These are lovely! The dog is adorable, and the light was fantastic!

Nicole - Thank you everyone for the kind words! For those wondering, the dress is from ModCloth and the nail polish is OPI Big Apple Red. And yes, Lola is the best dog ever :)

Thank you again Jess for the awesome photos!

One Roll Project – Griffith Park Old Zoo Family Photographer

I’ve been informally photographing the Perry family for a couple years now – Kwynn as a Los Angeles Derby Dolls skater, and Brian and their adorable son Ellison as her biggest fans. They were the first to volunteer for the One Roll Project, and I was thrilled to go out to the Old Zoo at Griffith Park and take their family photographs in a different setting.

Shot on 1 roll of Kodak Portra 160 35mm film on the Canon EOS 50E. Developed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab.

See the full set and order prints here. Find out more about the One Roll Project or contact me to participate!

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Elissa - These are beautiful! You really can’t beat real film (and what a gorgeous family)!

rahul - beautiful family….you’ve done an amazing job capturing them!

Kandise - Aw, these are so sweet!

mathias - a. great looking family b. their son is legit cute, not to mention stylish c. awesome photos. Love the ones in the rocks especially!

Amber Marlow - These are so great!

Becca Dilley - I love that, if you hadn’t mentioned in the text, I would never have felt that this session was “limited” to one roll of film, or that it was “limited” at all. It feels full, and storytelling, and playful, and natural. Often, as photographers, we spend hours and hundreds of images to get a simple set like this. Beautiful work.

Jen - Awesome job with one roll. Cute family and fun shots!

Albert Palmer - What a fun shoot – I bet they will treasure these forever!

Mercedes - These are so pretty and it’s awesome how much fun they are having :)

ayesha - adorable family! love how close they seem to each other in these photos. found myself studying the moments carefully and thinking of how carefully you must have shot. but i can’t tell. this is so well done.

Tim - Wow so many great shots from one roll!! I really got to get out and shoot more film. I am still stuck shooting digital. I have got to dig out my EOS 5 some time and shoot some 35mm.

Taylor Roades - What a great location for a family shoot! and what a fun family to shoot there with. :) great work

Veronica Varos - Stunning family! My goodness, they look so amazing together! You grabbed such great moments.

Colorful DIY Jewish Wedding at Grace E. Simons Lodge – Emily + Jeremy

I knew from Jeremy and Emily’s engagement session that their wedding was going to be fun. They are ridiculously cute together, and their wedding vows were so perfectly parallel and hilarious that it was the first time I witnessed vows getting an ovation from all the guests! Emily and Jeremy pulled off a personalized DIY wedding with colorful Mexican decor and a beautiful Jewish ceremony at Grace E. Simons Lodge in Elysian Park. The food truck tacos, eclectic succulent plants, emotional speeches, pie buffet, and amazing dance party playlist all combined into a perfect celebration!

See the full gallery or order prints here. Congratulations, Emily and Jeremy!

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Venue: Grace E. Simons Lodge

Coordinator: Vanessa at Closer to Your Dreams Event Planning

Caterer: El Flamin’ Taco Food Truck

Pies: Susina Bakery

Hair and Makeup: Corin Cruz, Something New Hair and Makeup

Florist: Dave’s Flowers

Bride’s Attire: J. Crew dress (with pockets!), BHLDN headpiece, Seychelles shoes, Etsy vintage Czech glass earrings

Groom’s Attire: Friar Tux suit, J. Crew shirt, Tie Bar tie

Wedding Rings: Konstanze of Nodeform Weddings

Officiant: Cantor Jonathan Friedmann of LA’s humanistic Jewish congregation Adat Chaverim

Avelaine S - Food truck at a wedding?! Perfect! Looks like an awesome party!

Heather E - This wedding is SO darling!! What a stunning bride.

Bec Essery - Love their style! All the colours are truly beautiful. Lovely images Jess.

Adonye Jaja - really adorable, great work here!

Anton Chia - Awesome all round coverage Jessica!

Shyann - Super cute wedding! Love the wedding libs! :) So colorful and fun.

Jessie Mary - So sweet! Love the colors, but mostly the expression you caught on her face during the ceremony!

Maira Martins - What an awesome party! Love all the details (that lemon pie… hummm…) and all the colors and how everything really looks like the couple. Love DIY weddings!

Becca Dilley - What a bright and colorful day! You really captured the energy and vibrancy of this group!

Amanda Basteen - Love these! You caught some great emotions!

kong wai - This wedding is so beautiful !! love it

Fai - Love it so much. So beautiful

Johanna - Love all the colors. They are looking so classy together! :)

Sachin Khona - She is stunning. Beautifully done!

Steven - Great work and a fantastic looking wedding!

Toy Camera Engagement Photography at Tree People Park

I was absolutely delighted when Molly and Caitlyn hired me to photograph their wedding later this year, and equally happy to meet them in person for a very special engagement session. I had been wanting to do an all toy camera portrait session for awhile, and they were the perfect couple for this idea. We headed to one of my favorite places in Los AngelesTree People Park. These ladies are beyond adorable together – smiling, dancing, and hugging nonstop and making me laugh too. Everything about them seems perfect for each other, and I’m honored to be a part of their marriage celebration.

This session was my first time using a Fuji Instax Mini and it was great, in addition to my Holga 120N with expired Kodak Portra 800, and my aqua Holga 135 with Tri-X 400.  Developed and Basic scans by the FIND Lab. See the full gallery or order prints here!

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Lauren - This is way too adorable.

Caryn Canatella - Completely awesome!!! So cool to do it all with toy cameras.

Jimmy - So COOL! Kudos using your film cameras for the shoot. I’ve yet to go completely film on a shoot with my Pentax 67 and Polaroid 180. Maybe after this I will!

Christian - Great work!

small - Wow, these are so fun!

rahul - Great idea…love these images!

Mandy - So many good ones here! The one of them on the bench facing away from you is my fave! Great stuff!

Rachelle - So awesome! Love the cool, vintage vibe to these.

Justin R - Gotta love toy cameras! It looks like you had a lot of fun!

Elissa - Gosh, these two are so super cute. I love the different feels you get with each different camera/film combo! I think the Instax shots are my favorites though :)

Laura - Wonderful photos! Does anyone know whereabouts in Tree People Park the photos were taken?

Jessica - Hi Laura, thanks for the compliment! They were mostly taken on the lower trails between the amphitheater and the area around the main buildings.