Monday, June 18, 2012

Jessi's Sneak Peek

I spent last Sunday morning photographing Jessi, and I have to admit that her session is one of my favs of all time! Sometimes everything just clicks to create the perfect photos, and this was definitely one of those times.

Jessi and I started chatting about the location for her session and when she suggested the photographer's dream area that I had discovered a few months ago I was sooo excited.  Once I knew where we were going to shoot, I mentioned to Jessi that she might want to consider wearing something that was a bright, solid color to set her apart from the art that we would be using as backgrounds, and I suggested maybe a sundress.

After her shopping trip she sent me a photo of her dress, and it was like she was reading my mind.  I couldn't have possibly picked anything more perfect! Then she shows up for her session and tells me that she brought some jewelry with her but she was wanted to know if it was too much. She pulled out that gorgeous blue necklace and I about fell over.  Too much?  Are you nuts?  It's sensational!

Jessi said that she wanted a photo with one particular mural, and when she described it I knew instantly which one she was talking about since I've been drooling over it since I first saw it. We had to improvise a teeny bit since most of the mural was in pretty harsh direct sunlight but we still managed to capture the mural in all it's glory.

So here you are Jessi, one gorgeous photo of you with the the stained glass mural!...

As this photo clearly shows, Jessi isn't afraid to get out there and live life and have fun.   Seriously, take a look at those shoes she's jumping in!  When I asked her if she thought she could jump in them she didn't even hesitate to give it a try...

There truly are not words for this one. Jessi, you look FREAKING AMAZING!!!...

This is one of my absolute favs from our session.  Of course, it helps that the background is such a gorgeous blue, which is my all time favorite color, but I also love Jessi's expression here.  I was trying to get her to give me a sassy pose with one of her hips jutted out to the side.  She was barely moving, but felt like she was getting crazy with it and was laughing at me over it...

After a quick outfit change, we were back at it to capture some more photos.  This second set obviously has a different look and feel to them, and allows a different side of Jessi to shine through.  And after getting to know Jessi during our session I learned that there are definitely different sides to this girl!  She went from art major to law school!  That's certainly something you don't run into every day, but I have no doubt that she is equally fabulous at both of them.

Jessi, you are gorgeous!...

Check out those stunning baby blues...

I cannot tell you how hard I had to work to get this photo! Usually when I do sessions, I have to work to get clients to have natural smiles for the camera. So, I spend a lot of time trying to get them to laugh so they look natural. Not Jessi! It is very rare to find this lovely lady without a smile on her face, and every time I was trying to capture a more serious expression she broke out into a huge grin before I could capture it...

Jessi really was a blast to photograph. She came up with a lot of her own poses, and kept asking if she could try doing different things, which I love! At the end of the day, I want the photos I take to be all about the client so it is great when they suggest things they want to try. This was just one of her many wonderful suggestions, all of which she pulled off perfectly. Except for looking gansta, she couldn't quite manage that one. She couldn't keep from breaking out into smiles as she was trying it. :)

I hope you enjoyed seeing Jessi's photos on the blog because this gorgeous girl will be back again soon for a few fun-filled family sessions.  So, stay tuned.

Jessi, thank you so much for allowing me to take your photos, and a huge thanks for getting up at the crack of dawn and braving the Phoenix summer heat.  It was wonderful getting to chat with you during our session and I can't wait to take more photos of you and your family soon.

Michele Whitacre is a portrait photographer serving Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding area. Visit Michele's website at Become a fan of Michele's work on Facebook. Follow Michele's updates on Twitter.


  1. Those are all Amazing pics. Jess is truely beautiful and photogenic!! I cant wait for the family pics you are talking about as it is my daughter and son you are photoing (is that a word lol)
    Michele you do awesome work!!

  2. Wow, very beautiful !!
    Got good genes ."....".