About Jessica

MY STORY

I was born in Florida and lived there for 25 years before moving to Los Angeles. I started my career a film and tv editor and that’s what brought me to LA. I love telling a story, finding the perfect pieces and putting them in the perfect order, and I try to bring my background in both literature and film production into my photography. Photography was always a hobby since I was a kid, documenting my friends with point and shoot cameras. When I got married, my husband and I planned a DIY, indie, feminist, vegetarian, LGBTQ-friendly wedding that focused on what was most important to us and let go of a lot of the extras. My wedding photos captured the fun and emotion of that celebration in a way that I will always treasure, and they’re what inspired me to pursue photography more in-depth.

Los Angeles indie wedding photographer Jessica Schilling
Photo by the lovely and talented Jasmine Fitzwilliam of Let’s Frolic Together

FAVORITE THINGS

My cat Emma, who can give high-fives. My box turtle Sidney, who is pretty speedy when he gets going. Coffee in pretty much any form. Toy cameras and film photography. Warm weather and palm trees. But also cool weather and pine trees. Succulents and cacti. Dyeing my hair pink occasionally (usually it’s red). Good vegetarian food.  Comedy and humor. I’m an easy laugh, so bad puns (and good ones) are always appreciated. Twin Peaks. The Goonies. 90s indie rock. White wine in the summer and hot toddies in the fall. Being outside in nature, though realistically light hiking and glamping in a cabin are my preferred style.

FAVORITE PLACES

I love traveling, something I inherited from my grandmother. My husband Matthew is the best travel companion, and adventures around the world have taken me to Italy, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Iceland. All of which were amazing to experience and to photograph, and just the beginning of all the places I want to explore. I’ve made California my home and love so much about it. Los Angeles keeps me connected to my family and friends, entertainment, and social events, while places outside LA like Joshua Tree, Angeles National Forest, Malibu and Topanga Canyon, or Idyllwild and El Capitan keep me connected to nature and changes of seasons and scenery. I’m also available for travel in the Pacific Northwest and throughout all of California – and elopements in Big Sur, Yosemite, and Lake Tahoe are high on my wishlist!

Toy camera photo of Matthew and I walking up to a glacier in Iceland

If you’d like to know more, please get in touch to set up a meeting or follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!