Southern California Wedding Photographer | Introducing Kaitie and J. Lee Photos Associate Collections

I'm a firm believer everyone deserves beautiful photography for their wedding day, regardless of your budget. A letter to my couples who are considering an Associate Collection:

My wonderful potential client, 
Let me guess - you're currently in the throes of wedding planning and since you haven't done this before, you're somewhat at a loss for how to make heads or tails of everything, but you're listening to those who have gone before you, reading up on all the information you can online and doing your best to make an informed decision and trusting your gut as much as possible. 

You probably have a healthy budget for a wedding, but you're starting to realize that everything really does add up (quickly!) and you have certain decisions to make in order to make it all work. I completely understand; really. I was a bride once and we did it on a budget that I'm still shocked we made work. You have a desire for beautiful photography and you value hiring someone who is a true professional, established with experience, is reliable but isn't going to break your wedding budget bank! You may even have your heart set on a particular type of photography and feel like it's overwhelming to find the perfect fit for you based on all your needs.

What I've learned is that often times couples make a lot of sacrifices in order to make their budgets work, and their photography suffers for it, when it doesn't have to. This really actually breaks my heart, because photography is one of the most important and valuable parts of your wedding day. Your photographer will be with you more than anyone else on the wedding day and be there during some of the most tender and intimate moments, and you really shouldn't just want anyone there for those parts. 

When you book with a J. Lee Photos Associate, you're really getting the same incredible service and experience all my clients get: communication and planning goes through me personally, as does all the editing and final image delivery. This is the exciting part, because it means that the images you'll receive maintain the same consistent look you appreciate and love, but at a rate that makes sense for you. The one variable is that my associate will be your lead shooter with you on your wedding day. You can imagine this is not something I take lightly, so it means that your associate is someone who I trust completely, has shot with me several times and trained up by me so the style of shooting is similar, as is the way they work with you on your wedding day. 

So, should you have a budget of $3,000 or less, please get in touch and let's chat. In the meantime, I'd love to introduce you to Kaitie, the lead J. Lee Photos Associate. You can read more about her here, as well. She's fantastic and when she's not shooting weddings for J. Lee Photos, she's doing fun stuff like shooting editorial projects and catalog images for Nordstrom's HauteLook .

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I am so excited to hear more about your wedding and would love to come alongside you as you plan this incredible moment in your life... regardless of your budget! 

xoxo
Jessica. 

Fashion Adventure with Laura Tully | WPPI Las Vegas + Los Angeles

Always ready and down for an adventure, the moment Laura wanted to book tickets to come visit LA to shoot photos for her business and blog, LauraTully.co, I was immediately squealing with joy at all the fun we would have and all the amazing photos I knew we could create together. 

And boy did we go on an adventure, because you see, we ladies are allll about the HUSTLE! It was go-go-go from the moment Laura landed and I love that we lived and pushed ourselves during the week we have together. We anticipated a solid three shoots together and we got... wait for it.... ten. TEN photoshoots! 

Our adventure began on a Monday when I picked her up from the Burbank Airport and we proceeded to immediately head up to Las Vegas. Decided to make a pit stop along the way to capture some of the gorgeous colors of the sky as the sun was headed down. 

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We immediately made the most of our very short stint in Vegas for WPPI 2016. Having never been to WPPI, there was so much to see, do and incredible people to meet. My talented friend Alicia Mink decided to carpool with us and the three of us most definitely had a great time soaking up the warm Vegas sunshine.

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As quickly as we came to Vegas, we quickly left. Wednesday morning we packed up and headed back to LA, but not without taking advantage of the incredible Mojave Desert landscape with the quirky joshua trees. Desert landscape is never something I tire of. The textures, colors and stillness is a dream.

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Once back to Los Angeles, we took our time around my neighborhood of Los Feliz and just decided to take advantage of the beauty all around and of course this light.... 

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Next stop... Abbot Kinney Blvd in all it's awesomeness. Laura and Abbot Kinney just belong together. I even think it could be said that they were made for each other - it's just that good.

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Wrapping up at Venice Beach couldn't have been more perfect to bring the week to an end. With a sunset that didn't disappoint and the gorgeous golden sun shining it's perfect rays down on us, we called it a wrap and high fived all the way home. 

Be sure to check out Laura's blog - she's incredible and I'm so tickled I get to call her a friend.

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Idaho Family Photos | Cormell Family

When I went back home to Boise this fall, I had the opportunity to photograph some really wonderful families. This special family had such a beautiful shoot! We ventured not far from their home to the beautiful golden field which was a perfect compliment to their wardrobe choices (those dresses!). I've received a lot of questions... the dresses were purchased from Zulily! Thanks for letting me capture the love between your family.

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