Hello there! My name is Jess and I am the creative force behind Nightshade Photography. I have been an artist my entire life, and explore my art through many mediums. With photography I finally feel that I have found my passion in life, and feel truly blessed to have a profession that I love.
I specialize in artistic photography. This means that I will grab all of the classic shots needed but also look for candids and artsy shots with unexpected angles and lighting and emotion.
I encourage all of my clients to relax and have fun with the process and try to make it an adventure as much as possible. The more fun you have, the more you relax and your true self shines through and nothing is more beautiful than that.
I offer posing help for all of my sessions, my goal is to help you look and feel your best.
Why choose me?
I am passionate, creative, and easy going. I will do my best to make you feel comfortable and at ease, and offer you positive direction as needed. I strive to create images that reflect the essence of who you are and how you interact in this world. If you are up for an adventure and some fun, choose me!
Why not choose me?
If you are looking for a traditional studio shoot or conservative (ahem, dare I say boring?) photo set than someone else may be a better choice. Also if you are a stickler for tattoos or alternative looking folks than I won't be a good fit either. I have many tattoos and prefer to work with people that don't shy away from individual artistic expression.
Still not sure?
Here's a few testimonials from previous clients, and you can follow my "testimonials" link for more as well.
"Jess is the best! She photographed our Annual Martial Arts/Dance performance, which was no easy feat with all of the action that went on; however, she captured so many amazing moments! She is a pro. At one point we caught her sliding across the floor on her knees, snapping shots as she whizzed by; needless to say we were impressed. Besides being a fantastic photographer, she is also a rare gem of a person!!! We're very excited to work with her again." ~Shizumi
"Jess is without question one of the best photographers...I have ever worked with or hired. Her work, her passion, her artistic eye are outstanding! Her work is amazing. Thank you Jess..." ~Dr. Crimi
"I love working with Jess! She brings such fun energy and has a great eye for photography. Our family and I have been working with Jess since our little girl was born in September 2014 and I love every photo! She know how to capture the perfect photo even when it's with a baby who isn't always predictable. She takes her time until she knows she has that perfect one and I love that. I love her creative and artistic views she brings to every shoot, she makes it so fun I'm always excited for the next one. We just finished our most recent photo shoot and I can't wait to see how they come out. I highly recommend her if you are looking for a fun and artsy photographer who knows how to capture the right photo for you and or your family. Thank you Jess for taking such beautiful photos for our family to cherish for a lifetime!" ~Crystal
"I am giving Nightshade Photography a 5 star rating simply because she saved my butt. The story is, I was in charge of the photography for my wedding in Tahoe at Emerald Bay on Sept 13th 2014. Me, being frugal added a photographer to our wedding package. After thinking about the possibilities going wrong. I figured, I better have a back up plan. I hired Jess to be our back up photographer. Jess worked quietly in the back ground. We received the photos from the other photographer the day of. The next day, my bride was in tears. Working to try and fix them just to post a few for family. She gave up. I was in trouble. I quickly got on the phone with Jess. I asked her to please send us a few of her photos. I was saved!!!!! My bride had the biggest smiles and was oh so happy. At our surprise a week later our photos arrived in the mail. Jess we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for saving our memories with such amazing photos!!" ~Mike
"After having three professional photo shoots with Nightshade Photography I only have great things to share. Professional in every way and the pictures were beyond my imagination. I had some photos done for my husband and he was so pleased and I was so happy with the results. She also did a photo shoot with my dogs and with my horses. I recommend her to anyone who is looking for anything from a family photo to a truly memorable and unique photo shoot." ~Starr Equine
"Jess is such a brilliant artist, whether you want great, fun and memorable family pictures or you are building your modeling portfolio, she is the one to choose! She's punctual and creative and reasonably priced for the amazing shots you will get. Not only that she is an amazing person and I promise you won't ever regret giving her a call for your photography needs!!" ~Amanda
"Jess is an excellent photographer. My wife and I have used her for our business promotion and for personal portraits. We highly recommend Nightshade Photography for weddings, business promotion, portraits, etc. Highest quality and a very reasonable price." ~John
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