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"photography is an art of observation. it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them."

-elliott Erwitt

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Over time, we often shape our experiences to match our perspective. In my work, I’ve learned to let go of this impulse and to instead capture each experience as it comes.  By not manipulating the frame or giving direction to my clients and subjects, I allow my images to organically develop into a body of work that is eclectic yet unified by their authenticity.  This approach has led me on a path to family photojournalism, a discipline that allows me to embrace an ethos of capturing what I observe without manipulation. Without judgment or influence, I aim to curate an environment where my clients forget about the camera and allow their true selves to be photographed. In this is where life meets art.

ne’s perspective on the world around them is molded by their reflection on each experience they encounter.  

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Code of Ethics
1. Do not manipulate or stage photo opportunities, including moving any people, objects, or lighting.
2. Do not direct subjects in any way.
3. Be accurate in the representation of subjects. Attempt to show how individual personalities create the full story and resist photographing the overall dynamic.
4. Recognize and work to avoid presenting one's own biases in the work, yet allow your experiences and perspective to help you create your own artistic perspective to make timeless imagery.  
5. Minimize post-production retouching.  Maintain the integrity of the content and context.  Do not manipulate images, add, or alter in a way that can misrepresent your subjects.
Remain organic.  It is not about what my subjects are doing, but rather how they interact with people and space around them.

adhere to the code of ethics followed by photojournalists working for respected news organizations so that I can document my clients and subjects as honestly and organically as possible.  It is not about what my subjects are doing, but rather how they interact with people and space around them.

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THE UNSCRIPTED LIFE
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What do you believe defines you as a parent? When you strip away all the noise and grit of parenthood what stands out to you? That you feel is unique to you? Is it your imaginative storytelling skills before you put your little one(s) to bed? Your ability turn mealtime into a journey of tastes and adventure? Is it as simple as the morning hustle before school and work? Or maybe when you are rocking your sleeping baby and cannot bring yourself to put them to sleep. In those fleeting moments that you cannot find the words to express how complete parenthood makes you feel. You tell me the moment you wish to hold on to and allow me to preserve it forever - pure, organic, and beautiful. 

The Unscripted Life "Parent" Session is composed of:
Starting at $500.00
- 2 hours spent documenting what you wish to define you as a parent. 
- Roughly 25+ digital images.
- 1 8x10 gallery quality framed portrait of your choosing.
- All edited high-resolution digital images in an encrypted, password protect online gallery.
- A collection of 15 4×6 print images from your session.

Add-on options are available at a discounted rate when purchased before your session. Such as a custom designed archival photo book or canvases.  

"Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still."

-dorothea lange

THE UNSCRIPTED LIFE "PARENT" SESSIONS

A chance to capture a special occasion, gathering, or life event without the all day commitment. Perfect for babies with limited alert time, whom may be just starting to develop their personalities and beginning to explore their surroundings. Or a simple family walk in the park. We will work together to choose the perfect location that you believe reflects your family values and interests.  

My Great Uncle Frankie was always scarce in our family photos because he accepted the role of family photographer. Take the opportunity to put down your mobile or camera and allow me to capture these casual moments. You will be surprised at how much you will cherish this unique opportunity and will value these images for years to come.  

The Unscripted Life "Mini" Session is composed of:
Starting at $625.00
- 3-hour session at the location of your choice. Travel fees may apply to outside New York City.
- Roughly 50+ high digital images.
- 1 8x10 gallery quality framed portrait of your choosing.
- All edited high-resolution digital images in an encrypted, password protect online gallery.
- A collection of 25 4×6 print images from your session.

Add-on options are available at a discounted rate when purchased before your session. Such as a custom designed archival photo book or canvases.  

"What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce."

-Karl Lagerfeld

THE UNSCRIPTED LIFE "MINI" SESSIONS

For many, it feels like years blur together. Days pass with an inhale and exhale of a single breath. And while we remember the central events of our lives we may overlook the little moments that mean so much. The moments that cause uncontrollable laughter. The moments of learning and building. These moments are what shape a family. Hidden in our everyday routines lie these moments that can and should be preserved forever. While posed portrait sessions present beautiful photographs my Unscripted Life Sessions deliver the unedited bits we so rarely are visually able to hold on and share now and with our future generations. I want to capture you in your home or the place where you and your family are the most deeply rooted - where you are most honest, open, silly, or serious. And yes, even sadness and anger. I want to create through photography the story of you and yours. Nothing hidden. Not a thing unnatural.  

I aim to become a member of the family for the day. Please plan on spending time with me beforehand as we get to know one another. I strive to make you as comfortable as possible to the point you forget about the camera. 

The Unscripted Session is composed of:
Starting at $2,000.00 
- One full day spent documenting every detail of this current chapter of your life story. Nothing deviates from your normal day to day life.  
- Roughly 300+ digital images.
- 1 8x10 gallery quality framed portrait of your choosing.
- All edited high-resolution digital images in an encrypted, password protect online gallery.
- A collection of 100 4×6 print images from your session.

Add-on options are available at a discounted rate when purchased before your session. Such as a custom designed archival photo book or canvases.  

"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it become a memory."

-Dr. Seuss

THE UNSCRIPTED LIFE SESSIONS

The perspective of a child is pure, want and love motivated. As we age and develop the world takes on new color and focus. For adults, it is rare that we are gifted the opportunity to step back in time and recall our emotions, sensations, and imagination from a childhood event. Even more so from a regular day. As a parent, this is a gift we can give our babies. The Unscripted Life "Me" Session is singularly child-focused. I have designed to be a documentary experience of what highlights a child at a particular stage and time. It is a way for them to say, “Let me show you who I am right now.” These sessions are ideal for families where the dynamics are changing or about to change. For example, perhaps you are expecting another child. Maybe you are looking for an alternative to traditional school portraits. Or simply the realization that life, especially childhood, is too short, and these are the memories and experiences that mold your children into the adults they will be. Is that not reason enough to preserve this time for them to hold?

The Unscripted Life "Me" Sessions enables your child to introduce me to all of the elements that make them unique. These sessions are intended to focus on a single child, although other children and/or adults may be photographed during the session as they are part of your child's storyline, and your child is the director!

The Unscripted Life "Me" Session is composed of:
Starting at $550.00
- 2-hour session at the location of your choice. Travel fees may apply to outside New York City.
- Roughly 40+ high digital images.
- 1 8x10 gallery quality framed portrait of your choosing.
- All edited high-resolution digital images in an encrypted, password protect online gallery.
- A collection of 20 4×6 print images from your session.

Add-on options are available at a discounted rate when purchased before your session. Such as a custom designed archival photo book or canvases.  

THE UNSCRIPTED LIFE "ME" SESSIONS

“When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.” 

― Patrick Rothfuss

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"I am thrilled with the photos Jessica took of my son! She was able to photograph these natural moments, which perfectly captured his expressions. She also had a calm, professional energy. We will definitely hire Jessica again."

-Susan Kalyanpur

"Jessica is a passionate and dedicated photographer, and I am fortunate to have her as my sister-in-law. 

She is frequently taking pictures of our babies as they play with each other and explore the world. In the years to come, her ability to document our family through her images will ensure that we are able to look back fondly and remember our little ones exactly as they were."

-Tricia Prokop

"Thanks Jessica for capturing her so perfectly!"

-Amy Trapp

"Thanks for all of your help and BEAUTIFUL photos!!"

-Kristen Edmonds, TreasuredK9's

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