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About Me

In the later part of 2015 I narrowed down my life focus and decided to go full-time with my wedding photography business, even though it’s been my second full-time job for a few years now. As many of you know, we welcomed an awesome little addition to our family late last year and so I have spent my days caring for our baby boy and building my business. I can’t even tell you what an honor and privilege it has been to be his prominent caretaker. For anyone who has spent time at home with just a child and a dog, you know pretty well that you have a LOT of time to think. This has been both trying at times and extremely rewarding, especially for my business. I’m finally getting the time to invest in the details of my brand. I have been overhauling my products, my catalogs and adding a little spit polish to my brand. I have business ‘bucket-list’ goals that had been gathering dust for about five years. I’m so proud to say that in 2016, I’ve accomplished nearly all of them. This extra time to think and gather my thoughts has helped me to become laser focused on how I want to interact with the world on a professional level. I suppose this means being a little more vulnerable in public as well, which is why I’ve sprinkled some personal blogs in with the professional ones. I think what makes small businesses so interesting is that they are run by real people, with real, imperfect lives. So, my long-drawn out point is, I’m so proud of where I’m headed, I feel blessed that I have the time and energy to create something really special every single day, and I’m so excited to say that 2016 has by far been my best year yet.

With my brand overhaul has come a new catalog design. This might not sound like much, but it was one of those bucket list projects that had been pushed to the back-burner for a long time. With it comes the dreaded “about-me” section. This has always been a weak spot for me. So much so, that my placeholder text on my website quickly became the permanent text. I think it’s really hard to narrow down the most important things about yourself and the methodology behind your business, all without sounding cliche or like I’m some born-again and photography is my salvation. I searched everywhere for some creative ways do describe who I was. I looked for inspiration in even the strangest of places…until one day I was reading the description of my coffee label. “Complex and Aromatic”, it read. Am I complex and aromatic?

My story is a little different. I didn’t just discover photography one day and have it ‘become’ my passion. It was always something that was in my life, along with many kinds of music, art and culture. My whole immediate family (mother, brother, father) has always had these artistic leanings. My father, however, especially gravitated towards photography.  Growing up discussing cameras, composition and lighting helped me and my Dad create a special bond. It just seemed like photography was in our blood. And then recently, something extraordinary happened.

My Dad used to shoot his vacation photos on slide film. This year he took it upon himself to scan the 20,000 of them he had in storage boxes, converting them in to digital files. Yes, you read that right….20,000. This is basically my entire childhood, my older brother’s entire childhood, and the early years of my Mom and Dad’s marriage. These were photos I had never seen before. While he was scanning in all of these hidden gems, he came upon a box of slides him and my mother had saved from my Mom’s Dad’s house (my Grandfather). When my Mom was little, her family lived in both New Zealand and Japan for the first five years of her life. When my Dad began to scan in my Grandfather’s slides, a whole new world was opened. Photos from my mom’s childhood were all of a sudden in full vivid color. As it turns out, my Grandfather was a photographer too! Scenes of rural Japanese markets, shipyards and temples were suddenly resurrected from the past. It was like a doorway had been opened and a unique story was being told about those five years that happened so long ago.

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Talking with my dad about my Grandfather on my mom’s side being a photographer, he also disclosed that his father and Grandfather (my Grandfather and Great-Grandfather) were also photographers. In fact, he told me my great grandfather had one of the first commercially available cameras from around 1900, including a Kodak Brownie and a couple of folding German cameras.

Photography has always had a kind of mysterious intrigue for me, but I think the story of my Grandfather’s photos sums up why I love the craft….it’s magical. The photographic medium transcends space and time and unites us with the simple beautiful moments that make us human. Photographs act like bookmarks in the story of our lives. As the years pass, these small flashes in time can be revisited over and over again and serve as reminders of a life well-lived. For me, there’s a lot of joy that comes with being able to provide my clients with beautiful imagery that will exceed their lifetime and act as a future doorway back to today.

In searching for content for my “about me” section, I found out so much more about my family. Interestingly enough, what makes me “me” may have just as much to do with the people and experiences that came before my time.

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Craftin’ Outlaws- Columbus Event Photography

For those who follow me on Facebook, (which you should!) you already know that I’ve been the official photographer for Columbus’ Craftin’ Outlaws for the past three years (I can’t believe it’s been that long!). Craftin’ Outlaws is a local alternative craft show which sells off-beat, creative and inspiring products. I also like to describe it as a living, breathing ETSY. This year the event was a little more exciting for me on a personal note, as I was able to have my OWN booth to sell products as well as a photo booth, and of course, shooting the event as well. I sold fine art prints, canvas prints, cards, card sets, matchboxes and gift tags. I have always loved making things since a very young age, so this process was very time consuming, but so fulfilling in many ways. It was also nice to get out from behind my computer, which is were I feel like I spend most of my days…and nights. It was also the first time I’ve ever been able to sell my own personal work. The top photos below are from my booth and the products I sold. If you would like any more information on anything you see, please don’t hesitate to write me a note at [email protected] The rest of the photos are of the talented vendors and some of the wildly creative products they sold. Here’s a fun fact- the guy that makes the birdhouses below, Jeff, is my landlord! Please mark your calendars for November 16th. This is when Craftin’ Outlaws will be back. It also happens to be a perfect time to holiday shop. Thank you to all my friends and family who came out and joined in the festivities. I know this show keeps getting bigger and better and the next three years are going to be even better than the last three! Enjoy the photos! XO Jess

Here’s some photos of my booth!

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And here are a few photos of the many AWESOME vendor booths you can spot at this event:

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Best of the Knot 2013 – Columbus Wedding Photographer

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:

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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*.

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JMP Featured – Columbus Wedding Photographers

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

 

 

 

Best of 2012 Award- Columbus Wedding Photographers

We won the Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Awards for 2012!

That means we are in the top 5% of wedding photography pros nationwide. I owe it all to my insanely awesome clients (they are the best!). I’m looking forward to this new year, and continuing to providing the best wedding photography in the Columbus, OH. area in 2013, 2014, 2015 and more!

I’ll be rolling out some really cool products in February, sharing some more stunning weddings with you throughout the year, and looking forward to meeting more crazy in love couples and helping them creatively capture some of their best memories! XO Jess

 

 

Happy New Year & Welcome

Happy New Year and a huge hearty WELCOME to the new and improved Jessica Miller Photography Website. I am so excited to enter 2012 with a new look, one that reflects my photography style a lot better! I’m so excited you’re here and reading this. It’s always been my dream to share my photography with others. Please have a look around, stop into my wedding photography galleries, and I’d love any suggestions, comments, or just to hear from you in general. All of the galleries are really cool because they are adaptive to the size of your browser. If you want to see a certain image full sized, just click on it! Check out my blog and my facebook page (link can be found at the bottom of every page) for my most up-to-date projects. If you’d like to write and inquire about a wedding or portrait date, please fill out my contact form. I’m really ecxited to hear from you! XO Jess