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

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

Sachin Khona - She is stunning. Beautifully done!

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.

Temecula Ponte Winery Wedding – Rachel + Jorge

I officially started my wedding photography business and officially started photographing for the LA Derby Dolls at the same time in early 2011. But Rachel and Jorge’s wedding was actually the first time those worlds intersected. I had previously photographed Rachel skating for the Tough Cookies and I also got to work with her taking photos for her derby uniform company Iron Doll Clothing, so it was easy and familiar to slip into photographing her on the wedding day. Rachel and Jorge’s friends and family were all so warm and fun, and their daughter was the most adorable flower girl. The Ponte Winery in Temecula was the perfect venue for a modern vineyard wedding, and the reception had lots of personalized touches including some nods to roller derby, like the custom wine charm favors and even some head banging to an Iron Maiden song at the end of the night.

See the full gallery or order prints here. Congratulations again to Rachel and Jorge!

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Venue: Ponte Family Estate Winery

Coordiation: Rebel Belle Weddings

Hair and Makeup: Missy Firestone, Styling by Melissa

Bride’s Dress: Enzoani from Mariposa Bridal Anaheim

Ombre Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Friar Tux Shop

Catering: Ponte Vineyard

Cake: Jodee’s Bakery Temecula

Flowers: Sweet Flowers

DJ: Jeremy at DJ Pros

Engraved ring box and custom wine charms: Chuddywinks


Elissa - That ceremony is gorgeous, but you had my heart at the bunny :)

Don Barrington - so good. very lovely wedding. :D

mathias - what a fun looking wedding + couple!! agree with elissa, beautiful ceremony

Heather Kanillopoolos - Haha, LOVE those dancefloor shots! So much fun!!

Becca Dilley - Clearly, a very fun time was had!

kate - I love all of the little details in this post. Great job!!

Sachin Khona - love all the kid cameos!

Ilkka K - Looks like a fantastic wedding, love the dancing shots especially! Great work

ed peers - Superbly captured Jessica!

Heather E - That bride is SO stunning. You captured this so beautifully. :) Cheers!

Ver - How fun! Everyone looks so happy!

naomi - so many great moments caught.

Sam - These images are astounding Jessica. Amazing coverage to Rachel and Jorge’s beautiful day.

Jessie - Jessica! You are amazing! Love that kiss in the vineyard!

Introducing: The One Roll Project

I’ve been kicking around this idea for almost a year and decided it was time to finally put it into motion. This is the launch, and a call for models, of a new personal film series I’m calling the One Roll Project.

Los Angeles film photographer Jessica SchillingThe goal of this project will be to slow down and narrow in on different cameras, film stocks, locations, and poses by shooting each session with only one roll of film. Whether it’s a Holga, Fuji Instax, 35mm or medium format, each session will consist entirely of one roll of film – resulting in 10-36 final images depending on the type of camera.

Venice_Beach_film_photographer-75Who this is ideal for: Anyone with an open mind and an understanding of this project. I like photographing real people, so no prior modeling experience or particular look is necessary. If you like being in front of the camera and want a few professional, artistic shots of yourself, your pet, your significant other, or your family, you could be a great subject for this ongoing project. Sessions will take place in and around Los Angeles. I’m open to creative ideas, but the main focus of these images will be composition, posing, and location and I have a running list of places and things I want to try. These sessions are free, and in exchange for your time, One Roll Project participants will receive digital downloads of final images for your personal use.

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Who this is not so ideal for: If you have a very specific or involved idea of a certain look, location, or activity for portraits, the One Roll Project is probably not right for you. Likewise, if you were expecting a high number or large variety of images from your shoot, or have a required time or deadline. For those types of photographs, I would recommend booking a regular portrait session with me, where I can make your vision happen with more time and input and fewer limitations!

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So if the One Roll Project sounds interesting to you and you’d like to be a fabulous model for me (I’ll make you look and feel fabulous no matter what), please contact me and let me know you’d like to participate and we’ll start planning the details. And check back here regularly for updates as these sessions start coming in!



Corazon - This is an awesome idea – and it’s totally something that I’ve recently had a conversation with someone else about. Count me in!

Teresa K - What a great concept and a way to push yourself…I look forward to the results!!

dan - Really cool idea, can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Kristian - Good luck with the project! Great idea :)

David Jenkins - Great concept, good luck with it (and love that shot of the skate park).

damian burcher - Great idea Jessica, hope it goes well. I have great respect for people who shoot film. Good luck.

Courtney - very cool concept. have fun!

Sarah - awesome idea! your film work has been really great lately so I’m sure these will be killer sessions!

Heather E - Not gonna lie – I kind of want to steal this concept. What a great idea! Cannot wait to see what you create.

Matt - Sounds like a great project, look forward to seeing the results.

Mandy - Such an awesome idea! Cannot wait to see more! <3

Huron Substation Wedding – Rachel + Seth

The beautiful Huron Substation had been on my radar ever since I planned my wedding 7 years ago. We ended up getting married in Florida instead of in LA, but I always hoped I would get to shoot a wedding there one day. So I was very excited for Rachel and Seth’s wedding, even more so after how much fun we had at their engagement session. Unfortunately, a few weeks before their wedding, I broke my ankle and knew I wouldn’t be able to give them the best photos they deserved in my injured state. Fortunately, I have some really great friends in the photography community who rallied to fill in for me. Loretta and Sarah of Pie Shoppe stepped in to shoot this wedding and I couldn’t be more grateful for the wonderful job they did capturing such an amazing, joyful day. Though they shot all of these images, I wanted to share a few of my favorites and they were kind enough to let me do that.

See the whole wedding or order prints here. Huge thanks to Pie Shoppe and a huge congrats to Rachel and Seth!

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Katie Jane - These two are so cute! Looks like such a cool venue.

Elissa - This is such a cute wedding! I love her shoes and the ceremony looks so emotional :)

Christy Tyler - Oh my gosh – her coming down the aisle photo got me all choked up! What a gorgeous couple and I’m obsessed with this space/venue!

Kelly Prizel - Could she look any happier? There is literally joy just leaping off her and spreading throughout the air. So wonderful!

Kandise - They did a great job covering for you, but I can’t wait to see you tackle this venue! It’s a beautiful spot! :)

Amber Marlow - Gorgeous! That is one very happy bride, and I love that you can see the joy in her face in each shot.