S & S | Chicago Wedding Photographer

One time, I shared Italian tapas plates with almost strangers. And didn’t know what to do with myself. Because not only did I not know these people, I had to eat food I’d never tried before. I liked the food but I enjoyed the company even better.

Now, they are my friends. I’ve learned that they are just as addicted to coffee (more specifcally Starbucks) as I am. They like to go out but they also don’t mind staying in. They like to cook and can almost be classified as foodies. I will always have good food whenever I go to their house or his mom’s house and everytime, I leave with leftovers. They like music and are appalled by my lack of music knowledge. 

They are the type of friends that care, that will listen, that will help you and that won’t let you be alone on holidays. 

So, thank you, for letting me be your friend. I’m so happy to know you.

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Love | Chicago Wedding Photographer

Picture this: a couple is taking a moment just before their wedding reception, unaware of the rest of the world. One spouse makes the other one laugh. Natural expressions and “couple-isms” emerge. After the laughing has subsided, there is a brush of a hand or a soft embrace. The love can be physically seen. These are the moments I love to capture.

I love this image because I have the opportunity to take this fresh, new love and freeze it in time.  A person who sees such a photo can recognize and feel the spirit of the love displayed. The couple, however, can look at this picture years later and remember the intensity of their new love.

These small moments are what build the story of a couple in love. Everyone loves differently, feels differently and sees the world differently. I love capturing the very essence of a person and their emotions, especially on their wedding day. People have stories, all of which have beauty. I want to hear those stories and share in their happiness. Most of all, I want my couple to feel happy and beautiful.

Photography is not just something I do: it’s something I feel and breathe. People are my inspiration, whether in their different likes and dislikes, the way two people interact with each other, or the small moments that others may not notice. Photography forces a person to stop and experience the people standing in front of them. My photos capture the character of the couple, their interactions with each other, and how they feel when they are around each other. The photos show love, laughter, and a life full of promise. People are beautiful, their stories are unique, and it’s incredible to see how love takes over to change people, because life is about love.

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Europe 2012

In 2006, I became jealous of my mother because she got to spend a birthday in Europe. Fast forward to 2008 when my parents moved the England and I became even more jealous that they got to spend birthdays abroad. So, I vowed to celebrate my 30th birthday in Europe. While working one day last fall, some of co-workers convinced me not to wait until I turned 30 but to go for my next birthday. Blog readers, I turned 27 in Europe and my day was spent between Munich and Salzburg! The weather was perfect. Instead of birthday cake, I ate a chocolate covered pretzel.  And I was taken out to dinner by an Australian guy named Garrett who happened to be staying in the same place I was that day.

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Gluhwein is the best thing ever! It’s hot spiced wine meant for a cold, rainy day! 

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 My favorite train station pizza!

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Yes, I still drink Starbucks in another country…just not as frequently!

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This happens to be a donut pretzel which is my favorite out of all the flavors.  

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Stadium seats at the Olympic Stadium of 1972 Olympics

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One Picture | Instagram

Instagram is probably one of my favorites apps! Because when you can’t get out the big camera, your iPhone works wonders! 

I love sunsets and there was a gorgeous one in London last Saturday when I left :)

What do I Write in My Journal?

Traveling alone in a foreign country is strange and exciting all at the same time. When one travels alone, you kind of have to deal with your thoughts as they come. More details on traveling alone will be in a separate blog post for a new series! Below is what I wrote in my journal my final night in Europe. I am putting it out there so you know my thoughts but also so I will be held accountable and not slip back into my usual way of living and thinking.

I needed this trip more than I or anyone else can realize. In part, to learn what I really want in life, to learn how to be comfortable with my thoughts, to know my decisions are mine alone and I should not let other people influence those decisions. I have learned one of the biggest lessions I think once could possibly learn — quit taking people for granted. Call people to see how they are. This does not make you fake, it makes you a caring person. I am still not comfortable in my own skin. I have a lot of confidence in myself, I just don’t have enough self-esteem. I have learned that some of the most stressful things and situations in life turn out to be some of the biggest blessings. I have discovered that I do not need cable TV so that I can just mindlessly waste away several hours at a time. Therefore, I will never have cable again after my Comcast contract ends. I have discovered that I need to ask the hard questions in life; but I also need to ask the random questions…like, “If you were allowed to eat only one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be?” These things help you understand people…their likes & dislikes…where they are in life. And that is all people really want, is to be loved and understood. The people in your life and the things you experience with them, can and will be one of the greatest things that will ever happen to you. When it is a beautiful day outside, go for a walk, or at least open the windows and breathe in the fresh air…and then go for a walk. By the way, walk places that are nearby and maybe even some that are not. Exercise does the mind and body and soul some good. Eat good food…and then go walk it off. Drink fabulous wine and cocktails…get tipsy, get drunk, but don’t be stupid. Don’t be afraid to forgive, to dream, to have passions, to talk to random strangers, to love. Most of all, do not EVER be afraid to LIVE…for life is entirely to short to do otherwise. Do not be afraid to express your opinion, even if others disagree with you. That is how people learn what you are passionate about. Above all, love others, stop finding faults in people.”


From Munich with love-Europe 2012,

Jessica

Today, I feel like a photo does not belong. The photos will be up shortly!