The current issue of the knot is out and I was so excited to see my pictures strung throughout the publication! It used to be my dream to be among the many talented photographers who are published in the Knot. I am so proud to say this is now the third Knot issue I’ve been published in, and the excitement really doesn’t get old! This is the first issue, however, I have a featured Ad! It’s a small little guy, but I’m really proud of it! If you see the Knot Ohio on your newsstands, pick up a copy and find the beautiful green JMP ad:) I’m seriously hoping it will turn some heads. Let me know what you think of it! I love feedback:)
In other Knot news, I found out last week that Jessica Miller Photography was voted Best of the Knot 2013! This means I get to flaunt this cool little icon:
I also get a nice little award badge on my Knot listing…as well as a fancy plaque they send me in the mail. This ranking cannot be bought- it is based on the feedback the Knot has received from my clients. That fact alone makes this award invaluable to me.
I would seriously bend over backwards to ensure my clients are completely ecstatic with their experience and photographs. The write-ups I have received on my Knot listing keep me going, keep my heart full, and keep me energized to pursue this creative adventure I’m on. A huge thank you to all of my clients, and an even larger thank you to the universe for sending me such down to earth, genuine and fantastic people to work with- and good looking…..did I mention that? ALL of my couples, brides and famlies are really really good looking!! *blue steel face*.
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
I did Julie and Ryan’s engagement shoot the night before their wedding, which is the first time I’ve done that before. In my opinion, it was one of the best ways you could ever spend the day before your wedding. Just being together, laughing, and knowing that the next day you’ll be walking down the isle. I was able to capture their last day as being “single” and their first day as being married. I guess you could say they were really beautiful ‘before & after’ photos. We were so lucky that both days were just magically perfect weather. Slight breeze, blue skies, white puffy clouds, colorful reflected light, saturated foliage colors….you know- perfect.
Julie and Ryan held their afternoon wedding in the outdoor Bride’s Garden at The Franklin Park Conservatory on a picture perfect fall day. She wore a stunning J.Crew dress that floated around her as she walked. If I ever looked that good in a dress, I don’t think I’d ever take it off! Soft pastel pinks and white flowers accented the isle-way and the bride’s bouquet. The great thing about weddings at the Conservatory, is that there is so much natural beauty all around, that not much, if anything, is needed to make a breathtaking setting for a wedding.
It was a small intimate celebration that had guests from around the world. Multiple languages were spoken at the reception, but everyone seemed to understand each-other. It’s amazing how much you can understand without knowing a language. I’ll be really cheesy here and suggest that Love is a universal language! Ok, yea- that really was cheesy (but true, right?).
Oh and another serious highlight of this wedding, like all weddings, was the fantastic cakes- or should I say cheesecake! YES! And multiple ones, too!
Sarah and Tim are the geniuses behind the dry humored Purple Hippo Stitches, which can be found every year at the Craftin’ Outlaws craft show. Their work is so fun and original. They are (now) a husband and wife team that creates framed cross stitched sayings that are, well- off the cuff & so awesomely snarky. The first time I photographed Craftin’ Outlaws, I admired their booth at least three or four times.
When they called me to let me know they’d like me to photograph their wedding, I was so excited and knew it was going to be GOOD! Put creative people, no matter what their medium, in charge of planning an event- it’s going to be genuine, memorable and unique. And this wedding didn’t disappoint. Set at the Botzum Farm in Akron, Ohio, this fall wedding had the best of everything. A beautiful outdoor field, a rustic barn, creative details around every corner and an awesome family that knew how to party! Some of my favorite details were the bridesmaid dresses, the party noisemakers and the outdoor evening bonfire. There was a custom “rootbeer float” cocktail which was not kid safe for drinking;) The bride’s mother had custom bobble heads made of the couple that sat proudly on top of the cake, nodding in approval. Guests were invited to fill out MAD LIBS about the couple… I’m sure there were some great answers! And lets just put it this way-any wedding where the bride wears sparkly blue Toms is the kind of wedding I love to shoot! It was a dream shooting in the old barn. Character was oozing from every crevice of this place!
The rain held out until later in the evening, when everyone was under the canopy of the barn dancing their hearts out.
I hope you enjoy their sense of style as much as I do! 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
In late June, I landed at the Alexandria airport in Louisiana and in my bright green rental Ford Fiesta, I drove to one of the most beautiful little small towns I’ve ever been to- Natchitoches (where the movie Steel Magnolias was filmed). I pulled up to the Judge Porter House, where I’d be staying for the next two days. I lugged all my gear up to my room, opened my door, and it took my breath away. A gigantic four-post bed that took up most the room sat in front of me. Beautiful lace draped windows wrapped the room. A huge “getting ready” bathroom was also attached to my room. And that’s when I knew this weekend wasn’t going to be my average wedding. I was in the south…the beautiful, green, welcoming, charming and loving south. After I got a few deep fried things for lunch, I drove around scouting the area. The trees were in bloom and the weather was perfect. That evening I photographed Katie and Eric’s rehearsal dinner and was treated to a huge buffet of Louisiana delicacies. On the water, the small rehearsal dinner location offered stunning sunset views. Up early the next morning, I was lucky enough to take part in a fattening breakfast at the Judge Porter House…I mean there’s no other way to put it. And BOY was it good!! It consisted of cream wrapped with more cream. Then, a full day of beautiful heartwarming smiles, laughter, hugs, songs and love filled the hours. An old (and dark!) church was the perfect backdrop for the ceremony. I really can’t describe how magical it all seemed- how they all welcomed me like family- and how just a very small, one-weekend adventure will stay with me the rest of my life. I hope you love these pictures as much as I loved taking them! XO Jess
The Georgian Manner in Hocking Hills was the perfect plantation-home backdrop for this romantic outdoor summer wedding. Ohio never ceases to amaze me with all of its beautiful, unique and inspiring wedding venues- and this was no exception. Kyle and Tayah both went to OU, so having the wedding in Hocking Hills close to their Alma Matter, was another added touch of the day. Navy blue and bright greens from their wedding party accented the natural surroundings beautifully. Colorful bird houses of all shapes and sizes decorated the dining tables. One of my favorite details of the day was all the groomsmen wore Fivefingerrs shoes! I hope you enjoy these photos- it only takes one look at them both to see how much they love each other! XO Jess
This gorgeous wedding took place last month at The Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio. I just loved the colors of yellow and silver, the intimate nature of the ceremony and reception and all of the love in the room! Lauren’s dress fit her like a dream and was so elegant as it fluttered in the wind. The Conservatory served as the most diverse and elegant backdrop for the day. Although rain threatened, it only sprinkled for about 2 minutes and then cleared up. We even snuck out of the reception for some night shots against the bright lights of the building and the vibrant moon above. Enjoy! XO Jess