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Friday, June 26, 2015

Six years and a big announcement!

     Six years ago today I started Reflections by Jess Photography.  When I started this amazing journey my goal was the same as it is today: to provide families with images they would treasure for a lifetime.  It has been an amazing adventure, and today I'm starting the path in a new direction.

     I have met so many amazing families in the past six years.  I've loved getting to know all of you, working with your little ones, capturing your weddings, and being involved in some of your most treasured memories.  

     I have decided to work on location only.  This means either outdoor sessions, or sessions in the client's home.  I'm not ruling out the idea of studio work in the future, but my heart is really in the outdoor work. I love working with natural environments, and the way they allow families to really relax and be themselves.  I also realize that times are changing and the majority of clients are looking for digital sessions rather than prints.  While I will continue my partnership with my professional print lab to provide archive quality large wall prints and canvases for the clients interested in those I will be primarily offering digital sessions.  The upside to this decreased overhead is that my pricing structure will change. 

     The new pricing structure, as of today, will be a prepaid digital session with downloadable edited images and print release for $200.  

     I have also decided that I will be limiting my sessions to four per month in order to spend more time with my family.  They have been incredibly patient and supportive over the past six years, and I am incredibly thankful for that.  I couldn't have done this without them. 

     I would like to thank every single person I've worked with during this amazing journey.  I look forward to seeing where this new adventure will lead.  As always, if you have any questions please feel free to call/text me 865.748.7483 or email me

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Knoxville Newborn Photographer Meet Miss L

Introducing Miss Leona, the newest member of the First Year Plan, and of the Vol Nation!  Mom and Dad are big UT fans, so we were pretty excited to work some orange in ;)

Here's one of their maternity images from about four weeks before she was born.  I love how sweet they look in this one!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Congratulations Doug and Dana! Knoxville Wedding Photographer

I am very excited to be devoting more time to weddings.  I've always done them here and there, but never really marketed for them.  Every year I look back over the previous year and evaluate what is working well, and what needs some attention.  I make a list of my favorite things I've done, as well as ideas for the coming year.  This year the weddings that I did really stood out as my favorite things.  Don't get me wrong, I love portraits and watching the little ones grow over the course of their first year!  Nothing can really replace my love for studio work, but I've decided to give more focus to weddings in the upcoming year.

Doug and Dana's beautiful wedding was held at Sampson's Hollow, a gorgeous location near the mountains.

I love this "pre wedding" kiss!  

So many cultural references were included in their ceremony and it really made the day special.  The bagpipe player was amazing!

Congratulations again, Doug and Dana!  Thanks for having me as a part of your big day.  

If you would like more information on wedding photography packages for your Knoxville area wedding CLICK HERE to visit my wedding site.  Destination weddings are also available.

Mr. M is three months old! Knoxville Photographer

Another fun three month session! I love these month stickers, you can find tons of different styles on Etsy, they are a great way to document each milestone.  I think a canvas collection with these would be adorable!  Imagine a 16x20 from each session preserving your little one's first year.  

Mr. M was full of smiles, and these deep, thoughtful looks.  I couldn't help but wonder what he was thinking about in the last image, he just looked like he was concentrating really hard on something.  

Miss E's Three Month Session - Knoxville Photographer -

I have been the world's worst blogger, and I am sorry for that!  I'm going to try to catch up on some recent sessions.  
These are from Miss E's three month session.  Isn't she a cutie?  I love her hair!  One of my favorite parts of three month sessions is seeing the little smiles and thoughtful expressions!

Isn't this the sweetest little smile you've ever seen?  

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Reflections by Jess : Outdoor Family Portraits

I had a great time shooting with the B family last week.  The dad is an amazing realtor with Skiles Family Realtors (I highly recommend them if you are looking for a realtor in Knoxville!)and I was excited to meet his family.

Reflections by Jess Upcycled cedar fence panel Doctor Who painting

All of this rain has given me some extra time to work on a few projects I've been planning.  My daughter is crazy about Doctor Who so I started a special project just for her.  It started out a lot like the Cedar Fence Panel Daisy Painting from a few weeks ago

Here's a step by step on how it was done, excuse the iphone quality images, I don't get out the real camera and paint at the same time ;)

Add some painted chipboard letters from the craft store with a glue gun and here is the finished product:

Total time was about an hour and a half and cost was under $10.

Friday, July 5, 2013

The A Family: A day in Walland, TN

    I was asked by the A family to come to Walland to document their family vacation.  They came from Florida and New York, and were staying in an amazing cabin.  After braving an intimidating winding mountain driveway and was rewarded by a beautiful view (and a little more confidence in my little Saab!).  We were a little worried after all of the rain this week, and a terrible forecast for today.  Thankfully we only had to battle East Tennessee humidity and the rain was kind enough to hold off until we were done.
     This is my favorite capture of the day.  It is 15 month old Miss B and her grandmother walking together.

Thanks again A Family for having me out to capture your vacation!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Four Awesome Years! Lemonade Stand Party

Yesterday was such a fun day!  Thank you to everyone who came out, and a big thank you to all of my awesome clients.  The past four years have been an amazing journey.  Some of you have been with me since the very beginning, and I cannot tell you all how much it means to me that you have been there all along the way.  I have enjoyed getting to know some really great people, watching all of these beautiful little ones grow, and watching families expand.
I've had the honor of being there as a family is created through marriage, expanded through newborns, expanded through adoption, separated by military service, and reunited again.  I love that my job lets me be a part of so many important moments, and that we are preserving those moments forever.  Thank you all for entrusting me with these moments, and I am looking forward to all of the new ones I will be capturing this coming year.

Now onto the fun!

Kendra made my cupcakes again this year.  She is an incredible, talented lady that I am honored to call my friend.  Her cakes and cupcakes are truly amazing (in fact, I managed to sneak a couple home and had one for breakfast this morning!)  If you are looking for a cake let me know and I will get you in touch with her.

I love the way everything came together!

Client thank you gifts (lemonade mix in a Ball Jar)

Thanks again to everyone who came out!  

Friday, June 28, 2013

Meet Mr. A One Year Portraits

Mr. A was in the studio today for first year baby portraits.  I did portraits at about the same age for his big brother a few years ago, and my daughter and his big sister have the same violin instructor.  I was pretty excited when his mom called wanting to do a session.  Thankfully she looked over the chaos of the studio since everything is a bit crazy getting ready for the Lemonade Stand studio party tomorrow.

Lemonade Stand Part Two

Yesterday I posted Part One of the lemonade stand set up.  After everything finally dried we took it over to the studio to start setting up.  I convinced my little guy to stop playing with all my office supplies long enough for one test shot:

Note the logo stamp on his arm, and the look that says "I'd really rather be playing with the awesome paperclip castle I was building!" Poor little guy, being the kid of a photographer is hard work ;)

So the next step in getting ready for the party was to finish all the party favors.  Here's a sneak peek at what those look like:

Kindly ignore the lemonade powder on my table.  I found that stuff everywhere after I finished filling all of the jars!   

I'm really happy with how everything is coming together and I am looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Lemonade Stand Part One

     I finally got a dry day to build the lemonade stand for the Studio 4th Birthday Party!  For the past two weeks every single time I got out the power tools it started raining, and yesterday my poor husband and daughter got SOAKED making a last minute Home Depot run.  I was starting to get a little nervous that I was going to have to build it in our playroom.

     I'm lucky to have an awesome husband that can turn these crazy visions I have into structural sound real plans.  I cannot draw a plan to save my life, and I often skip over the annoying details of support features and whatnot :) so I'm pretty glad he is here to help.

     Anyway, here is the finished product (minus the lemons and accessories that will be used Saturday)


My little guy, Alex, wasn't too thrilled to have to stop stamping things (note the logo stamp on his arm!) to come try it out for me, but here he is:

Now I'm off in search of lemons and the rest of the accessories.  I'm really looking forward to Saturday and seeing everything come together!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Fourth Studio Birthday Party: Vintage Lemonade Stand

I'm very excited about the studio 4th birthday party next weekend.  This year the theme is vintage lemonade stand.  I'm currently working on building a real lemonade stand to use in the portraits.  Miss Kendra, the fantastic baker that I get all of my smash cakes from, is going to be making cupcakes for us, and there will be fresh lemonade.  

Everyone who attends will receive a digital file with print release and be entered into the drawing for a 16x20 canvas at no charge.  

This is a fun day, and a little way of saying thank you to all of my amazing clients that have made the past four years such an amazing journey.  

Everyone is welcome, whether you are a long time client, or brand new and just want to check things out.  It is a drop in event, no appointment necessary.

See you on Saturday 6/29 between 12-3!

Reflections by Jess : Miss D's Six month portrait session

Miss D was in the studio yesterday for her six month session in her First Year Plan.  I couldn't believe how big she has gotten since her Newborn Session.

She made the funniest faces at us, and was super serious.  I pulled out tons of the tricks that usually get smiles and just got a "I'm too smart to fall for that!" look.  Thankfully her dad saved the day and was able to get a great big smile for us toward the end.  
I also need to remember to ask her mom what kind of lipstick this was.  I *still* have a kiss print on my hand after washing a million times and about 24 hours.  I need to buy some of that!

I think Miss Dallas was a bit over it when we snapped this one :) We got a ton of smiling images, but this one was one of my very favorites.  She has such an adorable little personality already, I think her mom and dad are probably going to be in trouble in a few years!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Painting day

So, after avoiding all of the germs all winter I managed to get a cold.  In June.  (This seems like some sort of cosmic injustice) To keep myself busy today I broke out my paints, some old fence board, and (my favorite!) the torch.
Here's the finished product:
I'm actually pretty happy with the way it turned out, which is really unusual for me.  I typically hate anything I pain.

One old cedar fence board, cut into three pieces
After torching to age the wood a little

I secured the three pieces together with two other scrap pieces of cedar