Maybe I will try a nice relaxing milk bath today, I can tell you aside from loading images, my tushie will be found on the sofa today. Man what a week!! I'm definitely in need of some R&R!!!
Headed back to the sunshine state today! It still amazes me that I can drive 10hrs one direction and literally be in the nation's capital, but the other direction 10hrs I'm still in Florida!! *photo from a Disney session cause I'm over due for a visit and ready to go back!! **hint hint**
Happy Wedding Day!!!!! To these two!!! My Little Sister... like literally y'all do not understand that (No matter what my mother says) this is MY baby!!! I can't wait to capture this day, no pressure or anything.... And Dear Nick, if my sister doesn't always have this smile on her face, I will come for you... and I know people, that know people!
It's DC client day!!! Starting with Brunch with a bride, two sessions and dinner with Kala!!! It's gonna be a crazy one!!! I can't wait to see everybody!
Phew!!! What a day! We accomplished A LOT!!! So thankful for family time and being able to be here for my sister. I can't believe this kid is getting married! She's MY kid... I mean it was me that kept her alive most summers till they moved north!!! I learned how to cook so she could eat and everything!!! 3 days!
OH MY GOSH!!!! What a week it's been, today was an all day trek to my sister's place outside of DC... Heather and I thankfully took turns driving. 10hrs to get here straight... and I'm so sick of eating fast food on the road I literally packed us lunches. Like a parents headed to Disney!!! But we made it! My sister's wedding is in 4 days! I FINALLY get to see her dress in person and get to properly help her finish wedding details. The poor kid has been stressed to death doing this alone, literally. She's new to the area so hasn't exactly had time to make close girlfriends and me and mom live quite a ways away. Poor Heather, welcome to the family.... officially!
Making my lists and checking them twice!!! Traveling to DC tomorrow to see friends clients and of course my sister's wedding!!!
So I'm at this wedding with @jaygrubbphotography being a good secondary... secretly wishing I was downing one of those gold covered cake pops!!! . Sigh, I've had to alter my cake loving ways when I second shoot. It's really been ok, just ok... Number 1, I'm trying to be a healthier human (but I've been on my feet half the day by this point, sugar and carbs are OK after a work out... I read something about carb back loading!) Number 2 These aren't my clients and they don't know the rule.... ;) . BUT wait!!!!! this vignette was like a perfectly styled Jessica Lea branding shot... Cookies, cake pops, and Wedding cake all in minty teal and gold!!! Really, it should probably be on the front page of my website! How perfect is this!!!
Placing client orders, running errands, blah blah blah. Marking off the final to-do items before being gone for a week! I'm so happy to be caught up and to have had some time off but I miss working! (I may be singing a different tune in a week, I have 5 maybe 6 sessions happening the last 2 weeks of July!! 😱)
Y'all. I think my second career... (although, I've already decided what I want to do when I retire from photography... and y'all are going to love it!) ...should be in diamonds or jewelry. I get this honest. My grandmother, my mom's mom... (hey Grandmommie) (*and yes I spelled that right, my family is weird, don't act like yours isn't!) She's been somewhat of a jewelry hawk most of her life... . I'm getting off track... I've grown up literally examining each other's hands and collections. I've spent countless hours sitting in my grandmother's bedroom looking through her costume and fine jewelry. While I don't wear it, I'm a certified bling queen!! I always take extra time to get ring shots, threaten to run to the pawn shop with goods, and ogle all my brides bling!! (the cruise brides are luckiest cause the get away car is an ocean away)
Lets start with, this is likely one of my favorite photos of myself. That's really just my vanity talking... Anywho!!! So, this is a story all about how, I'm weird. I've been at this photography thing for a while now. For years I shy'd away from making photographer friends, or even industry friends. Much to my own demise really. See I am not a natural social butterfly. Meetings and gatherings of people basically make me want, an invisibility cloak. When I made the big life change of getting divorced and ultimately re-branding my business to Jessica Lea, my business took a nose dive. Partly because I spent a year (+) working a real job and partly cause life just threw me for all kinds of loops in 2013. Business is on the rise, I think most people have embraced the re-brand and rarely think of my former business name anymore, I went back to being a full time business owner in 2015 but that didn't fill in all the gaps. So this year, instead of working part time doing reception work... I decided to start second shooting! The things I've learned doing this are tremendous. I was never did the apprenticeship deal, or second shot with anyone will sometime in 2016, I just dove right into this creative business thing, head first and blind! While learning is great, I'd say the greater thing are the friendships I've developed or are developing. Just tonight rode down to Washington Oaks with another photographer for her engagement session to assist and to chat on the ride down, and had a genuinely great time!
What a great week! I've had time to get caught up, shoot a night time engagement! Which, I've been wanting to do for a while. Get things done around the apartment, spend time with loved ones etc etc... This week, I have more personal tasks, then I leave for DC. My sister's wedding is next week and I head up at the end of this week to help her with any finishing items I can and see many beloved clients. Tonight will be spent making my to-do list for the week, wish me luck! . . . . . . . . . . #travelplans #travel #todolist #geterdone
Did you know: I have a special private facebook group for my Boudoir Babes? Want to be a part of that special private group? Great! But, we have to be friends on Facebook. It's not my rule, I can't add you to the group unless you're on my friends list. We don't have to stay friends if you don't want to... (but I mean, why wouldn't you want to?) No images are very shared on Instagram with out express permission from my clients, but we share lots and lots of photos in the group! All boudoir events and dates are announced there first as well! Really, you should be a part of this! Comment or Message me to be added!
LOOK at this sunset!!! I'm so excited about these night engagement photos!!! . . . . . . . . . . #magmod #madewithmagmod #sunset
Wedding Tip: Choosing your Bridesmaids 1. The women you love, who support you no matter what. Doesn't matter how long you've known them! On your wedding day you need your support system. It's an amazing, emotional, and above all BUSY day. Choose ladies that will be there if you need to pee, cry, or check your teeth after cutting the cake! 2. Make sure they are the type that understand the day isn't about them. I've been to A LOT of weddings. Too many times I see bridesmaids way more concerned about themselves than the bride. Pick ladies (even if it's only one or two) that understand this is YOUR day and will be there for you! 3. Make sure they are fun! Look at these ladies for example, they were ready for anything!!! Your photos will be amazing if you're all genuinely having a ball! I mean, look at these ladies!!!
Tonight was amazing! I've been wanting to shoot more night time engagement sessions. Flexing that creative muscle, and awesome #magmod flash system! For now I say cheers to me, I can't wait to share!
Happy Independence Day!! I hope everyone had an awesome 4th of July! . . . . . . . . . . #merica #4thofjulyweekend🇺🇸💥🇺🇸 #america #independenceday #landofthefreebecauseofthebrave #landofthefree #homeofthebrave #americasbirthday #4thofjuly #homecoming
Leave it to my kick ass clients to think up the best hashtag ever!!! @caseywaser used #jessicaleabride today and I love it!!! I'm gonna need all my brides to use it!!! I need one for my boudoir babes too! So excited!! Thank you Casey!!! I'm so glad you like your guide and notebook! :) . . . . . . #britishphonebooth #redphonebooth #travel #destinationphotographer
Happy Sunday! I'm pretty sure every beach wedding needs this floral O. What else would you call this, it's not exactly an arch or arbor but it's amazing!!! I'm excited for this long weekend. My mom is in town so I get to spend some time with her. My weekend was session free, so I had the chance to focus on family/friend time and some behind the scenes business items. Who's weekend is extending to Tuesday or Wednesday?? #independenceday #4thofjuly #holidayweekend
I absolutely love these color bath sessions! Jealous? Want your own? No problem!!! Lets do this! Pink, Purple, Blue, or Teal... which color would do you want for your bath session? . . . . . . . . . #color #bath #boudoir #colorbath #jacksonville #lace #sensual