So I realize it’s almost February of 2013, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a blog post shout-out to my amazing 2012 clients and wedding couples. I have to let you all know how very thankful I am to have the privilege of getting to know you, to practice my art on an almost daily basis, and to share my photography with the world (ok, at least the world wide web). I have met and traveled to some really cool places. When I was just looking back on all of the photo sessions in 2012, it feels like it’s been a couple of years all rolled into one. Which I absolutely love. When life feels like that, I know I’m getting the most out of the time I have on this spinning globe. Some 2012 highlights for me would be: Seeing my returning client’s families evolve, grow up and change. The perfect blue sky that meets the perfect gust of wind that meets the hair of my subject that is captured by the click of my camera. That happened a lot in 2012. Shooting the wedding of a bride that booked me two years in advance. I remember when it felt like it was forever until I was going to shoot it. Now it exists in photographs. Having my best June booking numbers to date. Traveling to Natchitoches, Louisiana for a beautiful southern wedding. My neon green Ford Fiesta hatchback I rented in Natchitoches (as if I didn’t have out-of-towner written all over me anyways). Discovering some gem wedding locations here in Ohio, like the Botzum farm and the Georgian Manor, that are so perfect it’s beyond words. Entering a few Wedding Photography contests. Introducing a new product line of books and printed materials. Soaking up all the creative touches each of my subjects put into their events. I’ve been so blessed to have brides who have a passion for creative touches.
2013 is here now, and I’m so excited to see what this year has in store for the company. Please enjoy some of my favorite pictures from this past year! XO Jess
Last year after the resounding success of my Venue Spotlight for Via Vecchia Winery, I decided to make it an annual tradition to offer a special deal on one Columbus venue I particularly love to shoot. I am so excited to announce that the Venue Spotlight for 2013 is the Grange Insurance Audubon Center! This is one of my all time favorite places to shoot in Columbus. It’s the most beautiful building and landscape. Here, at this park, nature meets modern in a fun, original and unique way. And seriously- it looks like it’s straight of a magazine.
This facility is built on reclaimed land on a peninsula that overlooks the Scioto River. This building is at one with nature, as all of its heating and cooling comes from alternative energy sources. And you might not know this, but there is a water-gathering garden on the top of the building. Here at the Audubon you will find expansive decks, both in and outdoor fireplaces, modern angles, bright colors, funky-cool window designs and a killer view of Columbus. Inside the building there are banners hanging from the ceiling that have distinctive birds printed on them. Each one represents a species of bird that has been spotted from the Audubon. In both the morning and the evening, the light is magical as it spills out over the land.
There could not be a more perfect location for this years’ Venue Spotlight! I am offering any Audubon couple that books with me in 2013 their complete high-res disk of digital images as part of my base package price of $2,000! That’s right- you’ll get coverage, an engagement shoot and your disk of wedding images all for $2,000! (That’s a $700 value!) I’m still accepting a few more bookings for this year, so write me an email today! XO Jess
From our family to yours, Happy Holidays! May you keep love in your hearts and food in your bellies. Love always, Scott and Jess
It’s been such a great wrap up to our year here at JMP and I’m so exited to start posting again about all the amazing shoots we’ve done over the last couple of months. As it turns colder outside and the trees become bare, it’s so good to know that all the fantastic colors of fall have been captured in photos. Fall is one of my favorite times here in Columbus and Ohio. Fires in the fire pits, smores, sweatshirts, OSU football, fantastic colors and cool evenings wrapped under a blanket with the one you love. Ahhh, Fall. It’s simply perfection.
And this fall engagement shoot was no exception. Bright yellows and greens and savory crisp fall air was all around us. Jess and Randy are getting married in early 2013 and for their engagement shoot, we spent the day together laughing, walking through the woods, and traveling to some of my favorite spots in Bexley. And yes! That included some Jenni’s ice cream. Let’s just say that any time I can work a little sweet treat into a shoot, I will. The vibrant fall colors provided the perfect backdrop for our multiple locations. They brought their doggie Teddy and I think you’ll see from these pictures that he’s a little heart-breaker. I’m obsessed with my dog, Rugby, so I was so excited to see the same kind of love and affection for their little one. These two are so cute together and Jess has the best sense of humor. I just adored how they would constantly poke fun at each other…that’s the sign of a really fun couple! I know from experience;) I also think that Teddy could go on to a really long, successful modeling career if he so desired! I can’t wait for their wedding next year but until then, enjoy! XO Jess
One question I hear a lot from couples is where are good Columbus shoot locations? I love encouraging couples to think about themselves when considering engagement shoot locations. What kinds of things do you like to do together? Is there anything that can give a little extra meaning to the photos that you can incorporate? From there, I like to plan a few locations that my couples can choose from based on the answers to those questions. For this session, Andrew used to live in Germany, so for the perfect location, we met on a damp but beautiful fall day and toured around German Village for their engagement session. The old brick roads, houses and character of the city is very romantic. They were both so relaxed and fun to shoot! I loved getting to know them better and I seriously can’t wait for their wedding next year! I find Jessica’s hair color and complexion so beautiful that I know she will be the most stunning bride. Enjoy, XO Jess
Julie and Ryan met up with me and Scott the evening before their wedding for an engagement shoot this fall. As you can see, the weather was extraordinary. I just love it when that warm evening light and a soft breeze against the hair meet at the perfect time….it’s magical. The Grange Insurance Audubon Center is one of my favorite places in Columbus. I’ve been lucky to watch the landscape there develop over the last two years into something remarkable. Julie and Ryan were beyond cute with each other, and it was such a fun experience doing a shoot with them right before their big day- what a perfect way to spend the night before your wedding! (I’m a little biased though). I hope you enjoy these amazing colors, love and light! XO Jess
Kristin and Anthony are two of the most warm hearted people I’ve ever met. I met both of them earlier this year when Scott and I were lucky enough to shoot their engagement session at Jeffrey Mansion in Bexley. We both agreed after that shoot that we didn’t think Anthony or Kristin actually knew we were there. They were so in love and when together, had this magic chemistry…it took them to another place where they were the only two people in the entire world. And to watch them together is just electric. Needless to say, they made my job very easy. Everything about their wedding day was special and elegant- from Kristin’s hair, to her dress, to the stunning reception hall at the Hilton Easton. I hope you all enjoy these photos as much as I did taking them! XO Jess
Rugby is my doggie who turns 3 next month. He relaxes each night on the couch next to my desk as I edit. This is my view of him each night….and I must say it’s the best view ever!
So beyond words excited to have a feature in the current Ohio issue of the Knot. Dave and Chanelle’s Station 67 wedding was so awesome I’m totally not surprised they were picked. As if that weren’t cool enough, Scott and my wedding also has a 3-page spread in the same issue. I like to call it the Jessica Miller issue:) Enjoy! XO Jess