Category: Family Portraits

Love Celebrated – It’s Marvliss!

May 23, 2011

Marvin & Phyliss – Married 15 years

Love is so simple and is such beautiful thing.  A look you get, a look you receive, holding hands, sneaking in a few kisses, and just smiling with the look on your face that you’re happy and complete because of the person who just looked at you that way, held your hand, or gave you that kiss.

I feel so blessed and privileged that my main job as a photographer is to capture the emotion and the outpouring of love with my camera.  Whether that’s on your wedding day, or just as I did with Marvin and Phyliss…taking 15 min. to let us capture that love to pass on for generations to come.   Last week I had the chance to not only see one of my oldest friends who was in town visiting from NYC, but take a walk through memory lane as Phyliss (Ariana’s grandma) recounted stories of my childhood when the two of us would play Barbies and ride out bikes around the old neighborhood :)  Evidently I look just as I did when I was 10 years old and I’ll take that as an awesome compliment!  I had gotten to see Phyliss and Marvin as an adult when we lived out in Virginia, but was so excited to be their guests for a few days here in California to relax, enjoy wonderful food and get to catch up on life and how they were doing!

One evening at dinner (watching the sun set while out on the patio of a lovely restraunt on Sunset Blvd I’ll have you know…yea for Hollywood cliche’s!) I leaned over to Ariana and mentioned that these two love birds sitting across from me were being so cute and affectionate and I immideately wanted to capture it…’do you think they’ll let me do a quick photo shoot tomorrow?’  So after Phyliss and I blew out our joint birthday cake and were sung to by several french guys, I leaned over and asked (with the intention in the back of my mind that I never had the nerve to ask my own grandparents and now their adorable love is only ingrained in my memory and not captured) and asked.  Phyliss was excited and immediately said Yes!  So, we planned to meet up after their day full of activities and wait for the sun to be ‘just right’ before I took them on a quick 8 min. photo walk in their neighborhood.   Thank you Marvin and Phyliss for letting me earn my keep by using my photography skills to capture your honest and beautiful love for one another!  Here are a few of my favorites we took just outside their home in the beautiful Beverley Hills :0)

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Phyliss, you are stunning…such a grace and beauty about you!

Aren’t they precious!


  • JenW · Posted May 23, 2011 at 8:41 pm · Link · Reply

    love, love love love …love – this! :) These are such beautiful images. I was trying to pick a favorite and I just can’t. I love how genuine their expressions are. You inspired me. I must do this for my grandparents.

  • Janaye Joyner · Posted May 24, 2011 at 12:28 am · Link · Reply

    omg..these two are my heros! I love this!!! how amazing after all these years..make my heart gidddy! wonderful job!

  • Beth SM · Posted May 24, 2011 at 5:21 am · Link · Reply

    This is the sweetest thing I have ever seen.

  • Rocio Garcia · Posted May 24, 2011 at 5:50 am · Link · Reply

    How sweet!! Great pictures.

  • Kymberly Janelle · Posted May 24, 2011 at 9:15 am · Link · Reply

    They are so cute!!

  • Tracey Stone · Posted May 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm · Link · Reply

    Oh my goodness! This makes my heart happy. <3

  • Jussara · Posted May 24, 2011 at 6:21 pm · Link · Reply

    Jessica, these pictures made me smile. What a great couple and a fanstastic work. Jussara (ft)

  • Derek Montgomery · Posted May 25, 2011 at 7:45 pm · Link · Reply

    These. Are. Awesome. I wish I had photos like this of my grandparents. Oh and Phyllis looks like the mother from Everybody Loves Raymond.

  • Danielle · Posted May 25, 2011 at 10:29 pm · Link · Reply

    Oh my word they’re adorable!!

  • Damaris Mia · Posted June 1, 2011 at 1:26 am · Link · Reply

    Oh my goodness! This is so adorable!

  • Stephanie Young · Posted October 13, 2011 at 3:53 am · Link · Reply

    Not gonna lie…I got a bit teary eyed scrolling through these images! They are the true definition of everlasting love, and I hope to be able to share that same love with a special someone in 50 years :) Great job, Jessica! Love your work!

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Martin Family

March 16, 2011

Fabulous family alert!  Check out the Martin family photos in the Bakersfield almond blossoms that we took last week!  We had a great time and I enjoyed getting to work with them.  They’re all so sweet and it was fun seeing everyone’s personalities combine into a fun family unit.  I’ve known Dana for a while now, have taken Jordyn’s senior photos, and met Allie a few days before Jarret proposed!  It was great seeing the entire family together, work with some fun props (baseballs!) and even have an opportunity to take some photos if the youngest, Jaisyn to update their wall of photos.  This session was a gift that Jarret & Allie got Dana for her Christmas present!   Also, if you’ve ever read a  Bakersfield Life magazine, you’ve seen some of Dana’s fabulous articles that I sometimes get the opportunity to take photos for! 

Thanks everyone for a great session, for being patient with me and the sun changes and good luck this year Jarret with your season and enjoy your engagement to a spectacular woman!!

**Sidenote, I’m still in Texas all this week!  Our weekend in Louisiana for engagement photos for Maureen and Alan went amazing!  The Rip Van Winkle gardens on Jefferson Island made for a stunning backdrop along with another session with Houston’s skyline at sunset as our backdrop!  Stay tuned for those on Monday along with a Louisiana photo re-cap of my trip on the Freyday blog!  I am trying to respond to emails now that I have full access to a computer, so please continue to be patient with me!  Thanks so much!!


  • Michelle Thomasy · Posted March 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm · Link · Reply

    Jessica, these pictures are wonderful!! I cant wait to start taking pics like these and learn how to use my camera to it’s full potential. I am taking a photo class this weekend and really looking forward to it. Thank you so much for your inspiration and for sharing your gifts!

  • JenW · Posted March 30, 2011 at 8:23 pm · Link · Reply

    wow, what beautiful people and all in one family! Love how you captured all the different groups/individuals too. gorgeous work!

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Ildiko and John – A Lifestyle/Family shoot

February 23, 2011

Lifestyle Portraits in Bakersfield

I had the pleasure of meeting Ildiko and John at a wedding earlier this year…and we booked a lifestyle portrait session before they left to go back home to Wyoming.  I’ve been looking forward to seeing them again for this shoot for a while and was excited that the rain held off last week to give us beautiful light and a nice wind tunnel!  John & Ildiko vacationed at The Padre Hotel which was such a great location for portraits!  We hung out, captured Ildiko’s natural stunning beauty and had a ton of laughs with her and John together!  My ‘lifestyle’ portraits are all about celebrating life and enjoying one another….and capturing that to treasure forever!  Ildiko and John…thank you so much for coming back to Bakersfield and trusting me to capture some wonderful photos of you!  I had a blast helping you style outfits, laughing at key phrases, and checking out the hotel with you!  Safe travels and enjoy a few of my favorites:

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There is no need to have an event or occasion to have your photos taken!  Contact me today to learn more about Lifestyle Portraits or a Beloved session to celebrate and capture your life!


  • JenW · Posted February 23, 2011 at 9:38 pm · Link · Reply

    Super cool! Love the shot of her laughing!

  • Janaye Joyner · Posted February 24, 2011 at 8:54 am · Link · Reply

    really great shots! love how real these shoot seemed :)

  • Janaye Joyner · Posted February 24, 2011 at 8:54 am · Link · Reply

    this shoot* lol oops

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Austin Family Photos – Ashley Family

February 7, 2011

Austin Family Photos – Ashley Family

I love the Ashley’s!  And I was so excited that my aunt wanted to use the time while we were all together in Austin, TX to get dressed up and get some photos taken of their growing family…especially since Patrick, my cousin Aubree’s husband is like mine and rarely able to make family functions due to the military!  So, we got up, I picked everyone’s outfits out, grabbed the dogs and headed back to my new favorite spot in Austin!  Love you guys….

This photo made me laugh so hard…the dogs ran off and my cousin West just went…well, weird.  Love you Westie!

We did a mini-Beloved session with my favorite Aunt and Uncle….

The men.

I had Cody get up early after a night out to join us as my ‘assistant’.  This is what he did.  Very helpful in getting the dogs attention…thanks Cody!  😉

And as a reference for any future families….it’s bad form to take pictures of me while taking pictures of you 😉  Thanks Jimmy!

I’m always willing to come back to Austin for family photos, so just email/call/Facebook me to see when my next trip home is!

Be sure to check out Wednesday’s post…Ashley & Matt’s sparkle/glitter/awesome filled engagement shoot in Paso Robles, CA!

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  • jenW · Posted February 8, 2011 at 4:05 am · Link · Reply

    These are beautiful family photos! What good dogs too. It was fun to see Kayla’s twin-cousin. :)

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A Beloved Session – Aubree & Patrick – Austin Wedding Photographer

January 26, 2011

Patrick & Aubree: A Beloved photo session

“A beloved portrait session is not just a photo shoot, it’s a celebration of love and genuine communication.  As beloved photographers, we want to make honest images that move people, that document these small moments that you cherish but perhaps sometimes forget.  These images serve as a doorway to bring two people back to the beginning of their journey together.  We invite couples to share a piece of themselves and capture valuable moments through the art of photography.” – The Beloved Movement

Aubree and Patrick are so dear to me.  She’s practically my sister, I was the Matron of Honor at their wedding 2 1/2 years ago.  Currently we live on opposite ends of the country and see each other about once a year if we’re lucky to visit home (Austin) at the same time.  Her husband is also in the military and these two love birds are often seperated from one another.  I took this opportunity to have them together in our home town to do a “Beloved” sessionwith me to showcase their love for one another and freeze this moment in their marriage to cherish and gaze at whenever the military takes them apart.  Having lived and gone to school in Dripping Springs, I’ve always driven past this awesome old train car off 290 and thought it would be a perfect location for some really fun texture.  Add to that I got to pick out their wardrobe: we went with a brown & turquoise color scheme  and it made for an organized fabulous session!  I love you guys, thanks again for a great morning!

Josh de Rox is a photographer that captured my attention at 2010 WPPI convention and I learned about the idea of a “Beloved” session after the wedding, for couples, anytime.  “The concept was to explore photography as a means to celebrate and renew relationship, the emphasis being to create the ideal environment for the couple to experience each other. Instead of taking images of people and trying to make them look happy or in love, he focused on inviting them to a place where they were feeling incredible joy and deep love,  acutely aware of their connection with one another, and then capturing those powerful, genuine expressions.”

Contact me if you’re interested in setting up a session!  Creativity is key to keep you and your spouse comfortable and excited :)

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  • JenW · Posted January 27, 2011 at 2:42 am · Link · Reply

    The last two photos are my favorite! The dog’s expression is adorable. What a beautiful session.

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