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I can’t even remember specifically when I last walked across the bridge, and it had been at least 25 years for Tom; Emily has never done it. So when she put it on her Summer Fun list, it seemed perfect! (I made myself use only the 24-70/2.8 II lens the whole time, since I had […]

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  • Laura Deem - July 28, 2014 - 8:47 pm

    Bridge at nite is absolutely fantastic.ReplyCancel

Two summers ago, we went on Emily’s first ever camping trip, with my sister. We had an absolutely fantastic time, so when she asked if we wanted to go again this summer, we jumped at the chance! She is so good at camping. She knows exactly what to pack to make it decadent (as decadent […]

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  • Alisa - July 22, 2014 - 5:11 pm

    The trip was perfect–and too short! Let’s do it again already! :D ReplyCancel

  • Allison Jacobs - July 22, 2014 - 6:05 pm

    Looks like such a great time! Love seeing all the food & drink shots (of course!).ReplyCancel

I am not great with storytelling images, and I am afraid I may not quite have achieved the intended purpose with these, because in retrospect they really are more like our Editorial assignment than anything else. But still, the trip was such fun (minus and incident at the very end—sigh…), and I am so glad […]

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  • Christine b - July 15, 2014 - 6:56 am

    oh no….sorry to hear about your camera and phone! Hopefully it is covered. Glad Emily is ok though. Great images sweetie!!ReplyCancel

  • ashley Spaulding - July 15, 2014 - 9:20 pm

    So much fun to see these!! Glad you all had a great time (minus the wave/camera incident… that’s too bad!!)! I have to admit, though, that I was really hoping to see a pic of you girls together! ;) ReplyCancel

  • Allison Jacobs - August 1, 2014 - 10:50 am

    It was such a fun adventure! Love seeing the trip through your eyes! Have you heard about the camera yet?ReplyCancel

This week I rented a new lens, the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 (though not the IS version–and I admit I am regretting that decision already, though even this one is pretty darned fabulous!), so to test it out, and to let Emily off the hook, and I did a portrait of flowers—does that count for our […]

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  • christineb - July 1, 2014 - 6:50 am

    Such beautiful colors Jessica!! and yes this totally counts!!!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Carey - July 1, 2014 - 7:53 am

    As always Jessica, those are so lovely! I have borrowed the 4.0 IS version of that lens from a friend and I have longed to have my own every since! Love the colors. It’s so soft and dreamy!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - July 1, 2014 - 12:56 pm

    So pretty and fresh! I love pink and green together also – but the tones in the background are so beautiful, too!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Veno - July 1, 2014 - 6:21 pm

    These are beautiful! I love the colors, and don’t you LOVE that lens!!!ReplyCancel

  • Allison Jacobs - July 6, 2014 - 7:25 am

    The colors here are simply perfect! Love the look of the 70-200 lens & I hope you like the IS version better!ReplyCancel

  • janelle - July 18, 2014 - 12:04 pm

    Hi Jessica
    Have you edited your background or not.
    I love the softness of these photos and and the light. Any tips for a newbie please? :)
    Janelle. ♡ReplyCancel

    • Jessica Holden Photography - July 19, 2014 - 6:59 pm

      It’s all about the lens and having a wide open aperture! The background wasn’t edited at all. Opening your aperture (in this case, to 2.8) creates a lovely softness if your subject is far enough away from the background. <3ReplyCancel

It had been on my photography bucket list for a long, long time: Get a good shot of fireworks, one with those beautifully clean, lovely trails of light cascading down in the darkness. I was fascinated, but my first few tries were definitely flops! So I decided to write up a post to help others […]

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This month I played just with the Sweet 35 in the back yard. The last of the Trader Joe’s peonies were blooming so perfectly that I couldn’t resist shooting just one in my daughter’s hands… Please join me in browsing our little circle to the always lovely work of Sarah!

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  • Sarah Vaughn - June 20, 2014 - 7:08 am

    Oh my – that last one just blows me away!!!! Stunning.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - June 21, 2014 - 9:52 am

    Oh wow!!!! So stunning!!!ReplyCancel

  • Janny - July 26, 2014 - 1:45 am

    Wow fantastic photo’s
    I’m love the lensbaby to
    Greetings JannyReplyCancel

This post: It’s been a LONG time coming… We moved into our house right after we married (in 1996), and I have wanted to update the kitchen since before we bought the place! And then what was supposed to be a four or five week job beginning back in October ended up dragging on for […]

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  • Suzanne Carey - June 17, 2014 - 8:09 pm

    Love this detailed post of your renovation of the kitchen. I cannot believe how you lived with the mess of a reno, but clearly it was worth it. I am sorry you had to deal with dishonest people. That is so frustrating but glad it all worked out!!! Congrats. :) ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Holden - June 19, 2014 - 6:35 am

    I am so happy that it is finally finished. I think you were extremely patient with the whole long process. It is beautifulReplyCancel