I photograph real people in natural light and gorgeous settings, throughout Sonoma & Napa Wine Country, the Bay Area, and beyond.
I have over 15 years of experience shooting weddings and portraits, and I love capturing timeless, colorful, quirky & loving images of people.
I've photographed hundreds of weddings, and I come to every one both prepared for anything & everything, and ready to be surprised & spontaneous.
Each year, I shoot a limited number of weddings (as well as lots of portraits, commercial work, and personal photographer), so despite my vast experience, I bring fresh eyes and a caring, individual approach to your unique wedding.
Using humor, connection, and my calm & warm energy, I work with a wide variety of people from all backgrounds and perspectives (even/ especially camera shy folks!).
I gently guide couples through very natural moments together, to capture their individual and collective personalities, in the most beautiful, & honest, way possible.
No awkward posing, no overly styled vignettes, no trend-chasing photoshop actions, filters or presets.
Just the full range of emotions and moments that come with celebrating being in love!
My clients can expect to have fun, feel supported, and receive more amazing photos than they dreamed.
Rachel & Giancarlo
"Jessamyn, quite simply, is the best! The moments where you work with her are among some of the most intimate and important in your life (wedding day, maternity, newborn photos), and her cheerful demeanor immediately put you at ease and make you feel like you're working with an old friend. She's incredibly flexible and open to trying random ideas out for a shoot to see what sticks. In short, she's the ideal photographer you'd want to hire - we've done so 4 times ourselves (engagement, wedding, maternity/newborn shoots for both children) and will continue to do so as our family grows up over the years.
When I look at the photos Jessamyn has taken for us, I feel intense joy. She captures the beauty in unexpected moments, which I love so so much.”
Rebecca & Gerald
"Jessamyn is absolutely amazing. We got connected by our wedding planner and I have become more and more impressed as time has gone on. She was an absolute delight to have at the wedding, very kind, blended right in, felt extremely natural and even volunteered to stay later when we got a little off schedule. The pictures are absolutely PHENOMENAL, and her customer service cannot be beat. The album options are fantastic. I have pretty high standards and I cannot recommend her more highly. You will definitely not regret it."
Ivy & Karl
“Working with Jessamyn was very enjoyable. She is a great photographer. She is very proactive in making sure things are well planned, and she is great at preparing you for your big day. She is very encouraging onsite, and fun to spend time with;. She is very considerate and easy to communicate. We and our guests loved her.
When I look at our photos, I am often surprised at how beautiful my wedding was : ) “
My wedding photography has been featured on Style Me Pretty, A Practical Wedding, Grey Likes Weddings, Green Wedding Shoes, Carats and Cake, the Wedding Chicks, Snippet & Ink, Glamour & Grace, Offbeat Bride, Southern Weddings, Brides, Ruffled, the Knot, & many more websites and publications.
I’ve won awards for my wedding work, but my favorite prize of all has been being declared an “honorary bridesmaid” -oh, yeah, and that time a wedding client named her daughter after me. (No kidding!!)
I’ve photographed well over 200 weddings (and probably a lot more, but I’m a little afraid to count), here in Sonoma/ Napa wine country, throughout the Bay Area and Northern California (from north of Mendocino to south of Monterey), up and down the West Coast, in New York (both upstate and NYC)… and more. I love to travel, and would love to shoot your out of the area/ state/ country wedding!
I love photographing weddings of all budgets, sizes & styles – from secret redwood-forest elopements where I’m the witness as well as photographer, to lavish Napa winery weddings with hundreds of guests, to DIY backyard weddings with hay bales instead of chairs.
I’m passionately LGBTQIA-friendly! and I’m very respectful of any and all gender expressions. I am thrilled when people find each other, no matter how that match comes together, or what it looks like to “the mainstream”. How boring my job would be if love always looked the same!
I love working with clients of a variety of backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, traditions and values, and I’m always able to fit into even the most complex family dynamics and community vibes at play at weddings.
You have to feel comfortable with your wedding photographer – otherwise it’s no fun, and you’ll feel tense and awkward, instead of relaxed in yourself, in front of the camera. I’m easy going, and adept at meeting everyone where they are, helping my subjects feel comfortable, and making the whole process a joy.