Jessica Norman Photographerhttp://jessicanormanphoto.myfotojournal.com/Most recent blog posts from jessicanormanphoto.myfotojournal.comen-usSun, 15 Sep 2013 18:54:42 +0000S | Senior | Horizon High School | Denver Portrait Photographerhttp://jessicanormanphoto.myfotojournal.com/2013/sep/15/s-senior-horizon-high-school-denver-portrait-photographer/<p>Couldn&#8217;t have asked for a better Saturday evening! It was such a pleasure meeting S. He is a super nice kid and has a bright&nbsp;future!</p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/09/15/large_18b396f69bd2e93347e2.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/09/15/large_a34bf59bdf6a73dfb78e.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/09/15/large_0f286e8f9137f265696c.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/09/15/large_a32558f690e4dc656b46.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/09/15/large_15d3f097a821d2ece026.jpg" /></p> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 18:54:42 +0000http://jessicanormanphoto.myfotojournal.com/2013/sep/15/s-senior-horizon-high-school-denver-portrait-photographer/Making a Difference & a Challengehttp://jessicanormanphoto.myfotojournal.com/2013/sep/09/making-difference-challenge/<p>I have a confession to make. One of my biggest dreams is to make a difference in just one person&#8217;s life. Just one! And even in the smallest way possible without ever knowing it is ok with me. You know what that takes though? Getting out and meeting people and listening to people and just being a good person with a huge heart. I think I&#8217;m very good at the last 2 things I listed. I&#8217;m not so good, however, at getting out and meeting people. Turns out that it&#8217;s quite a process to go from a shy, agreeable college graduate to an adult who accepts herself as is and who voices loudly what she believes in. It also turns out that you will lose people from your life in the process and people won&#8217;t accept you for the person you are. And it takes a ridiculous amount of time to realize that this is <span class="caps">OK</span> and stop trying to please&nbsp;everyone.</p> <p>I&#8217;ve been in a really sad phase the past couple of months. Loneliness and confusion is ever present. People know about it because I&#8217;m not shy in broadcasting it. And I don&#8217;t think anyone should ever be shy about their feelings, ever. Because when you least expect it, one person (usually someone random) will send you a message with a quote or an &#8220;I&#8217;m thinking about you.&#8221; Those messages <span class="caps">HAVE</span> the <span class="caps">POWER</span> to change your entire week. So here&#8217;s my&nbsp;challenge:</p> <p><strong><em>Send a message to 5 people who&#8217;ve been on your mind.</em> </strong>Even if it has been several years since you&#8217;ve spoken to that person. Because you don&#8217;t know what someone is going through and you just might be that person who makes a&nbsp;difference.</p> <p>Let me know how this goes. Comment here, email me, text&nbsp;me.</p> <p><span class="caps">NOW</span> <span class="caps">GO</span> <span class="caps">OUT</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">MAKE</span> <span class="caps">SOMEONE</span>&nbsp;<span class="caps">SMILE</span>!</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 02:23:29 +0000http://jessicanormanphoto.myfotojournal.com/2013/sep/09/making-difference-challenge/L & J | Wedding | Chicago Wedding Photographerhttp://jessicanormanphoto.myfotojournal.com/2013/aug/20/l-j-wedding-chicago-wedding-photographer/<p>Shot with <a href="http://www.karaschultz.com">Kara&nbsp;Schultz</a></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/08/19/large_743a28a198bc0b2a1cfc.jpg" alt="08.04.2012 (2 of 10)web.jpg" title="08.04.2012 (2 of 10)web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/08/19/large_6bc20363e3ba008e6698.jpg" alt="08.04.2012 (3 of 10)web.jpg" title="08.04.2012 (3 of 10)web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/08/19/large_6fc0a15b03fd2dfac1f7.jpg" alt="08.04.2012 (4 of 10)web.jpg" title="08.04.2012 (4 of 10)web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/08/19/large_75df804d8a702b7dcd61.jpg" alt="08.04.2012 (5 of 10)web.jpg" title="08.04.2012 (5 of 10)web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/08/19/large_f8322f292339d50288a8.jpg" alt="08.04.2012 (6 of 10)web.jpg" title="08.04.2012 (6 of 10)web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/08/19/large_850e294c76f888eeb076.jpg" alt="08.04.2012 (7 of 10)web.jpg" title="08.04.2012 (7 of 10)web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/08/19/large_70caef4ee88f03260671.jpg" alt="08.04.2012 (8 of 10)web.jpg" title="08.04.2012 (8 of 10)web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/08/19/large_b959188a9a4abfef3dbd.jpg" alt="08.04.2012 (9 of 10)web.jpg" title="08.04.2012 (9 of 10)web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/08/19/large_85c47773b9bcc256a3f7.jpg" alt="08.04.2012 (10 of 10)web.jpg" title="08.04.2012 (10 of 10)web.jpg" /></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 00:31:00 +0000http://jessicanormanphoto.myfotojournal.com/2013/aug/20/l-j-wedding-chicago-wedding-photographer/An Important Reminderhttp://jessicanormanphoto.myfotojournal.com/2013/aug/11/important-reminder/<p>As a wedding photographer, I hardly get the chance to attend weddings as a guest, let alone be asked to stand up in a wedding. About two months ago, I got the pleasure of standing up with my best friend and turning off my photography brain for a day. Naturally, I was worried about what kind of pictures would come from the wedding even though they hired a great photographer! Because certain photos were so important to me as a bridesmaid, like a photo of just me and my best&nbsp;friend!&nbsp;</p> <p>Two weeks ago, I went back to work shooting a wedding and suddenly, what I shot became so much more important&#8230;even though I was the second shooter. It became so much more important for me to get the best pictures of people interacting, people laughing, people having a great time and people coming together as a community to celebrate a new family being formed. Knowing what pictures people <span class="caps">ALWAYS</span> want, that is such a important lesson for&nbsp;me.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 19:12:00 +0000http://jessicanormanphoto.myfotojournal.com/2013/aug/11/important-reminder/Some Pretties | Denver Photographerhttp://jessicanormanphoto.myfotojournal.com/2013/aug/05/some-pretties-denver-photographer/<p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/08/05/large_c5feae9eb1cadc21caac.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/08/05/large_b97eccf4cd7b4d61210c.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/08/05/large_2382b855f65ef1f41830.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/08/05/large_0374dbf323768698bc35.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/08/05/large_0f045ded4619da3eccb8.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/08/05/large_5eee36e955bd97ea679c.jpg" /></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 03:06:45 +0000http://jessicanormanphoto.myfotojournal.com/2013/aug/05/some-pretties-denver-photographer/Happily Singlehttp://jessicanormanphoto.myfotojournal.com/2013/jul/29/happily-single/<p>Something has been on mind over the past month and I&#8217;ve needed to take a break from the blog and process it all! But I&#8217;m back today with something I&#8217;ve been experiencing lately! I had other plans for the blog but this was weighing on my heart. Here&nbsp;goes&#8230;</p> <p>As a little girl, I didn&#8217;t dream of having a big wedding when I grew up. I even didn&#8217;t dream of getting married. I never played dress up in old wedding dresses and never even played &#8220;wedding.&#8221; Yet, I still loved attending weddings because of the endless amounts of positive energy that surrounded a&nbsp;wedding.</p> <p>Ever since I can remember, I said I&#8217;m never getting married. As I&#8217;ve grown into adulthood, you can only imagine I&#8217;ve changed my mind about that. Especially as I watch my closest friends couple off and get married. However, I am in absolutely no hurry to get married. I am too busy making sure I live my life and enjoy this time of complete singlehood! According to my friends, I have some crazy stories to tell from the last few years! We&#8217;ll save that for&nbsp;another.</p> <p>Recently, being single has been thrown in my face in various different ways. The culture I grew up in seems to not understand how a 28 year old girl has never dated let alone isn&#8217;t married yet. Even though girls in this century are getting married later in life and may or may not have children. I get asked all the time when I am going to start dating or if I have a boyfriend. The answer: when I&#8217;m ready and not yet. The world doesn&#8217;t seem to know what to do with a person who is happily&nbsp;single!</p> <p>I am a single wedding photographer and I can&#8217;t imagine my life any other way at the moment! Because even though I&#8217;ve never dated, I recognize a strong bond between people and believe that love is single handedly the strongest feeling and emotion on the planet! Love changes people, love makes people grin like crazy, love makes people forget there&#8217;s anyone else in the room, your love can be seen and felt for miles. Love is magical and casts a spell over people that you just can&#8217;t seem to shake. Love erases the stresses of life and makes you feel at peace. Friends, this is why I am a wedding photographer! Because I believe in the power of&nbsp;love.</p> <p>&nbsp;The photo below is me&#8230;happy with where I am in life! Photo by <a href="http://www.carrieswailsphotography.com/">Carrie Swails&nbsp;Photography</a></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/07/29/large_58bc32c70411f0f271c8.jpg" alt="Jessica Norman Favorites-0011.jpg" title="Jessica Norman Favorites-0011.jpg" /></p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:37:51 +0000http://jessicanormanphoto.myfotojournal.com/2013/jul/29/happily-single/J & P | Engaged | Denver Engagement Photographyhttp://jessicanormanphoto.myfotojournal.com/2013/jun/24/j-p/<p>Eeeek! These make me so giddy because you see, she is one of my closest friends. We&#8217;ve been friends since high school and time and distance hasn&#8217;t kept us from remaining friends! Last June, I was introduced to him and after hanging out with these two after my move back, I knew it wouldn&#8217;t be long before they were engaged! So when he proposed in January, she asked me to do two very important jobs: 1) take their engagement pictures and 2) stand up with her. Of course I said <span class="caps">YES</span> to both!!! It&#8217;s not everyday you get asked to be a part of your closest friends&#8217; wedding and I feel incredibly honored to be standing with them this&nbsp;weekend.</p> <p>Not only did we get some <span class="caps">AMAZING</span> light at the end of the session, I had a great time hanging out and shooting these two! Thank you for asking me to do these pictures for you and thank you for asking me to stand with you on a very big day in your&nbsp;lives!</p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/06/12/large_9f89fb8281c1c2b9f8e8.jpg" alt="jpweb1web.jpg" title="jpweb1web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/06/12/large_324ba2f31f96cd67957c.jpg" alt="Cunningham (1 of 26)web.jpg" title="Cunningham (1 of 26)web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/06/12/large_e4f7d8125630398912b7.jpg" alt="Cunningham (4 of 26)web.jpg" title="Cunningham (4 of 26)web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/06/12/large_fcd10de872035874e28f.jpg" alt="jpweb2web.jpg" title="jpweb2web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/06/12/large_1de2a31a3d4d80795944.jpg" alt="Cunningham (7 of 26)web.jpg" title="Cunningham (7 of 26)web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/06/12/large_7064281e980bc7af00be.jpg" alt="Cunningham (8 of 26)web.jpg" title="Cunningham (8 of 26)web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/06/12/large_ea9e0835b382fbe38e4b.jpg" alt="jpweb3web.jpg" title="jpweb3web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/06/12/large_235e1a4c30b09cd709d3.jpg" alt="Cunningham (9 of 26)web.jpg" title="Cunningham (9 of 26)web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/06/12/large_339654c954d66bfd44b5.jpg" alt="Cunningham (10 of 26)web.jpg" title="Cunningham (10 of 26)web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/06/12/large_0fcc3bed1a4c85b6d629.jpg" alt="Cunningham (16 of 26)web.jpg" title="Cunningham (16 of 26)web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/06/12/large_21b703ae0c16ed09689e.jpg" alt="jpweb4web.jpg" title="jpweb4web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/06/12/large_f607ff0e83014b7feafb.jpg" alt="Cunningham (17 of 26)web.jpg" title="Cunningham (17 of 26)web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/06/12/large_f3d0de5f79bb18067ee7.jpg" alt="Cunningham (20 of 26)web.jpg" title="Cunningham (20 of 26)web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/06/12/large_08ea54d1c6865ead010b.jpg" alt="jpweb5web.jpg" title="jpweb5web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/06/12/large_985745a2b4e73a76e46e.jpg" alt="Cunningham (25 of 26)web.jpg" title="Cunningham (25 of 26)web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/06/12/large_a3740f714d08ea869c55.jpg" alt="Cunningham (26 of 26)web.jpg" title="Cunningham (26 of 26)web.jpg" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/06/12/large_5cfc36bf8bc7c00d580b.jpg" alt="jpweb6web.jpg" title="jpweb6web.jpg" /></p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:08:00 +0000http://jessicanormanphoto.myfotojournal.com/2013/jun/24/j-p/K & R | Wedding | Racine, WI Wedding Photographyhttp://jessicanormanphoto.myfotojournal.com/2013/jun/17/k-r-wedding-racine-wi-wedding-photography/<p>I started going through my 2<span class='ord'>nd</span> shooting archive this weekend and couldn&#8217;t help but post just this one picture from a gorgeous fall wedding last September! After becoming a little bit burned out on photography, this wedding restored that passion and drive I have for shooting weddings and why it is I do what I&nbsp;do!</p> <p>Wedding shot with <a href="http://www.karaschultz.com">Kara&nbsp;Schultz</a></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/06/17/large_6d3a9e73231529fc1d77.jpg" alt="9.29.2012 (1 of 1)web.jpg" title="9.29.2012 (1 of 1)web.jpg" /></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:25:31 +0000http://jessicanormanphoto.myfotojournal.com/2013/jun/17/k-r-wedding-racine-wi-wedding-photography/Focusing on the Goodhttp://jessicanormanphoto.myfotojournal.com/2013/jun/10/focusing-good/<p>Good things that have happened to me&nbsp;recently:</p> <p>1) I needed a new dress for a rehearsal dinner and I got one for $9 at <a href="http://www.maurices.com/">Maurice&#8217;s</a>!</p> <p>2) One of my flights was oversold so I volunteered to give up my seat and get travel vouchers. Now I can visit my friend on the east coast this&nbsp;summer!</p> <p>3) I&#8217;ve lost enough weight to find a whole new wardrobe in my closet. There&#8217;s still a lot of work to do but I&#8217;m very happy with how far I&#8217;ve&nbsp;come.</p> <p><em><strong>What are some good things that have happened to you recently?<br /></strong></em></p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:37:12 +0000http://jessicanormanphoto.myfotojournal.com/2013/jun/10/focusing-good/A & B | Anniversary | Denver Portrait Photographyhttp://jessicanormanphoto.myfotojournal.com/2013/may/29/b-anniversary-denver-portrait-photography/<p>I&#8217;ve known her since our high school days back at Hyland. On days my mom had to work, her amazing mother would drive my brother and me home since I refused to drive for a while after a car accident. She eventually left Hyland and finished high school at Faith, where she met him. They&#8217;ve been married for 6 years and have 2 adorable kids!&nbsp;Enjoy!</p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/05/29/large_1d28ec999e2339a2d3c3.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/05/29/large_dc9cab9f4ca8c4d2ffd1.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/05/29/large_f2f98c33e12d93407929.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/05/29/large_5f2076d7ef66b8d9e7fc.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/05/29/large_fe6576465de14fe3ed65.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/05/29/large_f6da2160f1a2cc15866c.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/jessicanormanphoto/photos/2013/05/29/large_9156095e0e6e3850c890.jpg" /></p> Wed, 29 May 2013 01:55:54 +0000http://jessicanormanphoto.myfotojournal.com/2013/may/29/b-anniversary-denver-portrait-photography/