T & A | Wedding | Chicago Wedding Photographer

I first met them last June before I ever became homesick for Denver. Kara passed along my information to them and several emails later, we finally met and it was fate!

April 20 was the perfect Chicago day. It was cold but tolerable. What made the day was the amazing sunshine and light we had for the outdoor wedding! I had forgotten that they told me they were dancers…and then came the dancing part of the reception. WOW! I’m pretty they didn’t leave the dance floor…at all! In effort not to embarrass anyone, not many of those were included. Enjoy!

Venue: Two Brothers Roundhouse

My Photography Philosophy | Denver Portrait Photographer

I’m a girl who has been wearing double digit sized clothes ever since I can remember. I am big boned and curvy. I’ve always wanted to be that girl who looked good in a brown paper sack. The camera has never been my friend. I always wanted to wait until I lost weight because I’ve never liked the way I look. Last October when I weighed more than I ever have, I stepped in front of the camera. It was humbling! Now, I’m learning to embrace my curves and be comfortable in my own skin! 

When people come to me for photography, I am frequently asked to photoshop this, photoshop that, make me look skinny.  Most of the time, I politely say no. People come to me as they are and my photos are going to represent them in that way! I will pose you in a way that is flattering! I love the wrinkles, the laugh lines, the dimples, the curves and yes, even the double chins! BECAUSE THAT’S WHO YOU ARE NOW and you’re beautiful just that way!

Today, I am telling you to step in front of the camera. Stop waiting until you’ve lost thst weight or your skin clears up. Stop acting like you aren’t worthy of being beautiful RIGHT NOW! You are! Remember who you are today…it’s part of your journey through life. It’s part of your story!

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New Product Debut | Rendi | Denver Photographer

Hey everyone! So it’s May 1st and it’s snowing. We need the moisture but really, I just want to wear my sandals so I can justify getting a pedicure!

A few months ago, I discovered this amazing product! The company I get these from is named Rendi and they are based right here in Colorado in Trinidad. They specialize in personalized home decor using your designs and your pictures. The pieces are a bit smaller than canvases and large prints so you can definitely use them to fill space in your bookcases, on pianos or mantals. You can also make storywalls and vignettes! 

The designs are printed directly on the wood. You know what’s amazing though?! The wood used is 100% reclaimed so trees and forests are not harmed to make them! Who doesn’t love that?!

To see more, visit my website: Jessica’s Rendi Fun and if you have any questions, please let me know!

J & P | Custom Wedding Invitations | Denver Weddings

I was super excited when I was asked to design wedding invitations for J & P! A couple of hours hanging out at Panera using their wi-fi, quite a few texts back and forth, and re-doing everything except for the wording, they decided upon these! I love the simplicity of them from the design to the wording!

And, I CANNOT wait for this wedding!

My Journey with Weight

Talking about this makes me want to hide under a rock. Because it embarrasses me. 

I’ve struggled with weight all my life. I’ve been wearing double digit sizes for as long as I can remember. My bones are big so that contributes to the issue. My mom has a major sweet tooth and so we almost always have something sweet in the house. The teenage years happened and instead of talking about my emotions, I ate. And not good things! Eating emotionally followed me into adulthood and it has been only recently that I’ve learned how to combat the emotional eating. When I moved back to Denver from Chicago in October 2012, I was at my heaviest of 200 lbs. Seeing that number on the scale made me absolutely sick. And the majority of clothes didn’t fit. Except I didn’t know how to fix it and still ate the foods I enjoyed. 

It wasn’t until late December that a girl at church introduced me to Paleo. I checked out some books from the library and learned as much as I could about it. This was a lifestyle change I could stick with. If you don’t know much about this diet, you cut out all the processed foods, anything with gluten, sugar (unless of course it is natural), grains.

On January 15, I started eating Paleo and that day, I weighed in at 200.2. The next 2 weeks were spent detoxing and it was weird feeling the release of all the toxins I’d been giving my body over the years. It was also painful at times. At the end of those 2 weeks, I could put on pants that I had not been able to wear since January 2012. 

I’d be lying to you if I said there wasn’t an ounce of cheating in there. But unlike other diets I’ve tried, it was super easy to get back on track. The word guilty is not in my vocabulary for this lifestyle change. If I cheat, it’s ok and I will just get right back on track.  I’ve also figured out that sugar is like a drug. Because once you’ve eaten just a little bit, you want more and more and more. My body knows when I have eaten something I’m not supposed to and I usually feel sluggish and incredibly bloated. 

To this day, I’ve lost 21 lbs and I’m wearing clothes I haven’t been able to wear since early 2009. Eating Paleo has become my way of life. Because not only do I have energy, I have self-confidence in the food choices that I make and in the way I look. 

Once I get behind the camera for updated headshots, I will post those pictures!! :)