By MIKE MCKENNA
If there’s one thing that becoming a parent teaches you, it’s that time really does fly.
It seems like one day your kids are toddlers, the next they’re teenagers and before you know it they’re driving off into adulthood. That’s why it’s so important and invaluable to catch as many special moments as you can.
Becoming a mom is exactly what inspired Jessica Jean to get into photography.
“I just wanted to capture everything and every smile and not miss a moment of it,” said Jessica Jean, a mother of three.
Jess, as her friends call her, quickly discovered she had a gift for photography.
“I love being creative and have always had a very artistic side,” Jessica Jean said. “Photography appeals to me because it allows me to create something on my own that can bring joy to others.”
Family and friends started asking Jess to take portraits for them. So she decided to pursue her passion and enrolled at The Art Institute to study photography. After graduating, she opened up Jessica Jean Photography in Hailey and has been capturing those special moments for folks ever since.
Jessica Jean specializes in fine art, newborn, family, and senior portraits, as well as engagement and wedding photography.
“I customize all my sessions to my clients. I really enjoy getting to know them so we can create something that is uniquely and creatively them,” she said.
Jess grew up in the Wood River Valley and being an avid outdoorswoman has allowed her to really get to know our area well. While she can cover lots of indoor shots at her studio at the Pine Street Station in Hailey, Jess loves finding special outdoor locations for her clients.
“You can’t find more breathtaking views and gorgeous backdrops than you can right here in our valley,” Jess said. “There is so much variety here. It helps to know the valley so intimately.”
The typical session with Jessica Jean involves three stages. First, there’s a consultation where the goals and ideas of the clients are established. Then there’s the shoot, and then there’s a post-shoot ordering appointment.
“I always aim for my clients to have something tangible and not just a USB,” Jess said. “We’re so busy. It’s so nice to able to pick something up and hand it to the clients to put up on their wall and enjoy for years to come.”
Jessica Jean’s artistic side, technical skills and her compassionate nature make her the perfect person to capture those precious smiles and priceless moments that will bring back smiles and fond memories forever.
“It all goes so fast,” Jess said. “I love helping to capture those special moments with people.”
To find out more or book a session, find Jessica Jean Photography on Facebook and Instagram, call (208) 720-7261 or go to HelloImJess.com.