Hannah Gooden x Senior Photo Shoot

What a gorgeous senior to share! Spending a week last summer at Johnson Space Center, with her high school program "High School Aerospace Scholars," I'd say this girl's IQ is out of this world. ;) She's graduating in the spring and clearly off to great things. :)

Hannah wanted a few pics with her dog, Jingle, and I'm so glad she did. How cute?!

Much love xo

Jess

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Ford Family x Photo Shoot

Laughter, authentic interaction, and FUN truly tell the story of a family through photographs. Personalities and dynamics shine when people feel free to be themselves...mission accomplished with the Ford family!

JESS + KENZIE + LANDRY + JUDAH

Look at those eyelashes, tho!

"All great change in America begins at the dinner table." - Ronald Reagan

“We don't come to the table to fight or to defend. We don't come to prove or to conquer, to draw lines in the sand or to stir up trouble. We come to the table because our hunger brings us there. We come with a need, with fragility, with an admission of our humanity. The table is the great equalizer, the level playing field many of us have been looking everywhere for. The table is the place where the doing stops, the trying stops, the masks are removed, and we allow ourselves to be nourished, like children. We allow someone else to meet our need. In a world that prides people on not having needs, on going longer and faster, on going without, on powering through, the table is a place of safety and rest and humanity, where we are allowed to be as fragile as we feel.” ― Shauna Niequist

Love these dinner table quotes ^^

Much love xo

Jess

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Studio G x Winter 2015

Pink is a company of women where each one can be connected, trained, and empowered to impact their world.

I love Gateway Pink (@gatewaypink)! Their magazine, STUDIO G, is an awesome read for ladies of all ages and I'm honored to have contributed to the Winter 2015 issue: "Gifts in Bloom."

If you don't already receive the mag in the mail, subscribe via email to studiog@gatewaypeople.com with your name and mailing address!

I also contributed a few photographs to the issue...

Here's a look at never-before-seen images from my Studio G shoot! These girls had practically never met each other, but you wouldn't know it from the photos...I love the chemistry they had. We had an absolute ball! (Puns?)

An afternoon of friend making and picture taking...obviously Jamba Juice was a given after such hard work! ;) Well deserved smoothies, ladies.

Now it's your turn to get involved with the Gateway Pink community. Follow @gatewaypink for the latest + make new friends + subscribe to STUDIO G!

Much love xo

Jess

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120715 x The Coads (Baby News Inside)

I've had the joy of photographing the progression of Josh and Rachael's relationship. Engagement, bridal, wedding, 5-year anniversary trash-the-dress, and now another exciting mile marker! Keep reading... :)

Engagement:

Wedding & Bridal:

5-Year Anniversary Trash-the-Dress (I'll have to do a full post on this shoot sometime -- incredible):

Pregnancy Announcement (from Austria):

Followed by...Gender Reveal Party:

The Coads chose to wait to find out if their babe is a boy or girl until they could throw a party with their family and friends. We popped the balloons and turns out, Baby Coad IS A GIRL! "Ellie," short for Elynia Renee, due to join us April 2016.

Much hugging, smiling and celebrating ensued...

Thumbs up to Olivia Boyd (lifeinstyleofficial.com), who planned a fantastic brunch themed soiree. Check out those baby cakes! :)

Enjoying yet another season of life with the Coads. Their family is growing and we rejoice with them! :)

Much love xo

Jess

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Alford Family x Photo Shoot

When the five Schwartz children tragically lost both parents in three years' time, their Uncle Sion and Aunt Shannon became guardians of all five. With three of their own, the Alford home grew to  eight kids between the ages of four and fifteen (WOW).

I had the privilege of photographing the Alfords in 2009, soon after their family doubled in size...from five to ten.

What a difference six years makes! Since then, God has done so much in each person's life individually and together as a family. Four kids are in college now (also WOW) and life keeps spinning joyfully on.

Pastor Sion is an executive worship pastor at Gateway Church and Shannon serves on the Gateway Worship team. She's also become an author, writing her first book, "8 Is Enough." How appropriate. :) Click below to purchase!

Superhero parents! ^^

Grateful to have been asked to capture another season in the Alford family. What a stunning testimony of God's grace and faithfulness!

Much love xo

Jess

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