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This month our assignment was to do a portrait in profile. I couldn’t think of a “logical” way to do that, where the image would make sense, so I decided to kind of go in a more “lifestyle” direction with it. And here’s what I got: images of my girl doing one of her favorite […]

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I feel so badly to have neglected my blog for so long—life just got ahead of me over the last half of the summer! But there is one more very important event that desperately deserves to be posted, and that is my wonderful in-laws’ 50th anniversary party in Minnesota. Marriage is at once beautifully rewarding […]

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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! :DReplyCancel

  • 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