LA River Engagement Photography – Netta + Kas

When Netta was describing her ideal engagement session, she wanted it to be somewhere outdoors, but other than that, she left it up to me to pick the location. Los Angeles has so many scenic outdoor options, but I chose the LA River. Before moving to LA, I knew the dry concrete parts of the LA River from the Grease and Terminator 2 movies. However, we ventured to the lush, green parts that actually have water in them. And Netta and Kas were such good sports to even climb on rocks in the river, which turned out to be some of favorite shots of the day. I love the way these two make each other laugh and can’t wait for their wedding next month!

 

 

 

Amber Marlow - Love these (even though this bride is rocking my hairdo better than I can!) They look happy and in love, and I can’t wait to see the wedding photos.

Lauren - They look so happy! What a fun shoot & sweet couple.

Laura - So cute!! Love their sass and happiness :)

Elissa - They are super cute. I love her blue nail polish and how it matches her engagement stone! This totally makes me want to have curly hair :)

Katie Jane - I LOVE these. They are adorable, and I love the setting. Some of your best work, Jessica!

Michelle Edmonds - Such a cool location! Very creative. They look lovely together :)

Teresa K - Oh these two look like fun and that blue polish is AWESOME!! Great job Jessica!

Andreas Holm - Very nice Jessica!!

damian burcher - Some great tender moments.

Sarah - Super cute session, they look so sweet together and that location is A+

Tyler - such a rad location. great work.

Jared Tseng - Awesome work! Colors are spot on!

Pasadena Backyard Lesbian Wedding – Melanee + Tara

Melanee and Tara eloped privately at a Napa Valley vineyard, then had a lovely, intimate wedding reception at a friend’s home in Pasadena. The backyard was beautifully decorated with lavender, wine crates, rustic benches, and an amazing custom marquee sign with their initials. The music was festive, the food was delicious, and all of the guests were incredibly sweet and having the best time. I couldnt’t happier for these two gorgeous ladies and I’m so honored I got to share in their celebration!

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Venue – Pasadena Westin Hotel for getting ready and private residence for reception

Caterer – Huntington Catering Company 

Cake – Sweet Lady Jane

Music – Sombra Quieta

Hair and Makeup – Liz Castro

Brides’ attire – dress and lace jumpsuit both from J Crew

Amber Marlow - Your photos of this wedding are so warm and full of soul. I’m loving the colors.

These brides look fantastic and so happy; congratulations to them!

Christian - What a gorgeous wedding, and so much great emotion captured. Amazing work!

Mandy - Wow, what a stunning couple they are!! Great coverage Jessica!

damian burcher - Great coverage. Love the one with the lipstick on her cheek.

Shyann - Really pretty wedding. You captured it perfectly! :)

Per - Lovely colors and nice moments captured!

Rachelle - What a great wedding! I love the shot of one bride with the lipstick mark of the other on her cheek – such a great story in one photo!

Christy Tyler - What an absolutely stunning couple and beautiful wedding! Gorgeous images, Jessica!

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.

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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.