Plymouth Creek Wedding Expo ~ Plymouth, MN

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Yesterday I got the privilege to display my work at the Plymouth Creek Spring Wedding Expo! I have to first say thank you to Angie who put the whole event on, she did a wonderful job at coordinating and everything went so smoothly because of her expertise! I met so many new vendors here around the Twin Cities and a couple other fellow photographers I did not know and hope to work with in the future! Over all it was a wonderful show. The best part was meeting all of the beautiful brides, grooms, mothers, grandmothers, aunts and friends! You are what made the Plymouth Creek Wedding Expo fun and exciting! I loved hearing about how “he proposed” or just about your wedding planning! I had some great laughs with some of you and I feel like it we really hit it off. I look forward to possibly shooting some of your weddings in the near future!

Now to what The brides from the Plymouth Creek Wedding Expo are waiting for! I had a drawing for a FREE Engagement Session, no stings attached just a Free 1 hour engagement session with 15 edited digital images!

And the winner is….. Andrea Paulson!!!!!

Congratulations, I will be in touch with you soon!

Thank you all for entering into Jessica Wilson Photography’s drawing!I look forward to hearing more about the planning of your special day!

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An Engagement Session ~ Hastings, MN

Meet Tom and Mackenzie! When I first met them I knew that we were going to work great together, our personalities just clicked right away. Mackenzie is such a sweet caring woman and  Tom obviously has a big heart to want to help people, as he is a firefighter for the Hasting Fire Department! When Mackenzie told me she wanted some pictures in the fire station I may or may not have screamed like a kid finding out they get to go to a candy store! I was ecstatic! I have never done pictures in a fire station, but it has definitely been on my bucket list of places to shoot. I am so excited that they were open to all my ideas and suggestions! After doing this session, I can’t wait for the next fire fighter to come my way! I also can’t wait for these two to start having babies(too soon?!) so I can incorporate his fire fighter equipment into the shoot! Oh the ideas!!!

Mackenzie and Tom did not want just pictures in the fire department, but were unsure where else to go. They are an outdoorsy couple who love to ski and just be in nature so we started brainstorming. First, we thought about a ski resort and it just didn’t seem to work for us. I remembered a location I actually chose for my family pictures this fall and I described it to her and she fell in love! After the fire department we headed a whole hour north to The Hansen Tree Farm. I am in love with this location; it was the perfect place for these two love birds. From the dreamy tall pines to the quaint little shack with a log burning stove just perfect for snuggling under a blanket, this place was meant for them. Tom was even having some fun pulling Mackenzie on the Toboggan!

This engagement session couldn’t have been any more perfect, well… besides the cold… We are in Minnesota and even though the pictures don’t really show it, it was COLD!!!!Thank you for sticking with me in the frigid weather! I had so much fun with you two and thank you for choosing me to capture your wedding in November!

I’ll leave you all with their story. These two have been in the making for quite some time! Here is how these two love birds fell in love!

“Our moms have been friends with each other for over 10 years, and they always tell us we met because of them. Apparently, Tom and I first met at the middle school orientation when we were both going into 6th grade. However, it obviously wasn’t a very memorable meeting, as neither of us remember it. But later in the year we became good friends and hung out with the same friends for a few years. I had a crush on him the summer before of after 8th grade. Tom and my brother Mitchell became friends after a while too, so Tom was always over at my house hanging out with him doing guy things. I always made them food… As the high school years went on, we remained good friends. In my freshman year of college, we made a pact with each other that if we were both 35 (I think that was the age) and single, we’d get married and have kids. Well, we didn’t have too wait that long because about a year after that pact was made, he “asked” me to be his girlfriend. I put it in quotes because he never actually asked, he just flipped my Claddagh ring in the opposite direction – to mean I’m in a relationship – and waited very very patiently (a solid 10 minutes at least) for me to realize what he did. I smiled, we kissed, and now we’re planning a wedding!” – Mackenzie

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Pretty red fire truck, pretty shiny ring!

 

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I seriously heart this Log burning fireplace!

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Are the serioulsy not the cutest couple?

 

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A Twin Newborn Session ~ Cottage Grove, MN

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I seriously cant even! They FINALLY arrived! These little cuties have been living their lives in the spotlights way before they were born! For those of you who don’t know, Miss Tasha is my wonderful assistant. Some of you may have met her at a wedding, on one of my crazy busy mini session days or at an expo running the booth with me. She is also my behind the scenes manager. If it wasn’t for her everything would probably still be sent by Morse code. Haha.
But back to these adorable babies! These two had their first debut around the same that big brother Oliver turned two and got to announce he was not get just one new sibling her was getting TWO! A few months later he also got to announce in a super fun gender reveal, using suckers (his favorite candy) that he was getting a baby brother and sister!
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Watching Momma and these little itty peanuts (or should I say pumpkins!) grow over the next few months was so much fun!
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The last week in January finally arrived, and these two were FINALLY ready to come out! Full term twinsies at 38 weeks 1 day! If your wondering why I have not mentioned their names yet, it’s because they chose to not tell anyone until the babies were born. This was crazy to me because Tasha cannot keep anything in, so it was interesting that she could hold this surprise so long! It was a killer!
Baby Preston and Baby Aria made their debut on January 28th. Everything went smoothly and according to plan. Baby Preston weighing in at a whopping 7lb.1oz and baby Aria just an itty bitty 5lbs. 6 oz. both healthy as can be! These two are so perfect. Big Brother Oliver was very excited to meet them, and wanted to hold his baby brother right away!
Now, what you all have been waiting for… more pictures of the babies below!
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A Newborn Session ~ Minneapolis, MN

I just cannot get enough of this little peanut! Not only did I get a trip to the hospital to see him, I also witnessed the whole pregnancy, and maternity shots! This little man is very close to my heart because his mother and I are good friends. The always gorgeous Juli gave birth to a whopping 10.5 lb healthy baby boy, not-so-little-Hugh. I try to always get newborn pictures done right away- within the first 10 days of life, since that is when the babies sleep the most and allow me to move them into fun poses… Anytime after that they are always moving around and usually wide awake with a look that says “Who are you and where is my Mom?!”

As life would happened, we struggled with getting all the shots done, I ended up making a second trip to make sure I got all the shots! So happy I did that, because they turned out amazing! I am pretty sure that by the time we finally got little Hughs newborn pictures done, he had already gained a whole pound! I think this little guy is definitely the biggest newborn I have ever taken pictures of, and I am perfectly ok with him keeping that crown!

Congrats again you guys, I am so excited and happy for you! Just can’t wait to watch him grow!

Kayeden + Cassia 12.19.15 ~ Lakeville, MN

Cassia and Kayeden are just the cutest couple!!! Cassia and I met, which now seems forever ago, to talk about her big day and see if Jessica Wilson Photography was the right fit for her; and what she was looking for in a photographer. As it turns out, we both were pumped for what Minnesota ALWAYS has to offer us in winter months, SNOW! Well, we can never predict mother nature and what she is supposed to offer… The weather was a little off, all over the country, like Minnesota having NO SNOW in December! I was a little sad because I was looking forward to beautiful snowy shots. Then, I finally got to the Chart House, and the moment I saw how the ice on the lake glistened with the little bit of snow along the lake shore, it turned my frown upside down! The temperature that day was not forgiving either, so we had to move fast.

My best photographer moment ever was when I was trying to get a better angle so I took a few steps backwards out onto the lake. Kayeden looked at me with fear in his face and said he just saw fish swimming… right under the water where I was standing! With the lack of snow here in Minnesota, we also had a lack of cold weather so our lakes were not completely frozen yet either. That could have been very bad, but I have to do what I have to do to get the best shot! Despite the elements, your wedding turned out beautiful and I am so happy to have been a part of it.

Congrats again! I wish you two the best for many years to come!

Goodbye 2015… Hello 2016!

With 2015 coming to an end and the New Year starting, it’s not hard to look back and look ahead. As I look back on 2015 I see my journey in photography, and I see not only all of my achievements but my failures as well. There are so many things that I can continue to do and be awesome at, but also things I can improve and do better. I have grown so much as a business owner, photographer, wife, mother, and friend. I know I have barley scratched the surface in my skills and knowledge of photography this past year. Personally, this year was a huge struggle bouncing in and out of doctors offices for both my family and my dad. He passed this year and it really took a lot out of me, emotionally, mentally and physically. I just want to send huge thank you out to all off my family, friends and clients for your patience and being there for me. From a business standpoint, this past year has been full of so many emotions, smiles, laughs and tears(sad and happy). Oh and the babies! New and exciting journeys into becoming a family and a lot of families adding more members! I was able to capture so many couples starting their lives together, I hope to continue to see those lives grow into amazing families!

Which brings us to 2016, as this new year approaches I see a wonderful journey of new and exciting things to come with Jessica Wilson Photography. I think we are ready to take it to the next level! I cannot wait to advance my business and get more organized! There are so many clients that are getting married and having babies, I cannot wait to capture them all! More specifically, my wonderful assistant is have twins in January and always up to be my guinea pig for new things! My husband just started a new career path, that he has been working at for a very long time. My daughters are advancing in their extra-curricular activities, cannot wait to capture their achievements this year! I have gotten new equipment and learned more advanced editing skills to continue to make your photos look amazing! 2016 is going to be a big year for both myself and Jessica Wilson Photography and I hope that you will continue on with this journey with me!

Now to look back at all of the beautiful faces I have captured, all of the memories for you to cherish for years to come. I know I am truly blessed and thank God for providing me with the best job in the world. I have the best job in the world because of all of you. To see your smiles and laughter through my lens just warms my heart. THANK YOU!

Enjoy and Happy New Year!

 

It’s A Boy! ~ Abbott Hospital ~ Minneapolis, MN

 

I am so excited to announce this “little” mans birth! As I am sure his Momma, Daddy and Big Sister are too! On Monday, December 21st at 5:45pm Mr. Hugh Lawrence Louis made his grand entrance into this world nine days over due at a whopping 10 pounds 5 ounces and 22.5 inches long!!! This blog is a little more personal to me because Juli and I have been friends for a long time, and this baby boy was big news! Our daughters are about the same age and they found out they were expecting on my daughters birthday! Taking pictures of family and friends just makes me love my job even more because I get to capture moments for them, like her maternity session and now her precious little one! So, when I found out that she FINALLY had him I rushed to the hospital the next morning! I just had to see him! We had been waiting on his arrival for so long I just could not get there fast enough!

Big sister and little brother pictures just warm my heart! I feel so blessed to be able to have captured big sister holding her new little brother for the first time. That is something that I hope she can look back on when she is older and cherish forever. She is so excited and proud to be a big sister. She has been waiting a long time for this.

Mom and Dad are just over the moon excited to have their son finally here! Grandma and Grandpa (her parents) flew in from California a few days before Hugh arrived so they were able to be there for them as much as they needed, which was a huge blessing for them. They had everything ready for the little guy to get here, and he just wasn’t ready yet!

Congrats again Sam, Juli and Big Sister Virginia! I cannot wait to watch your family and this guy grow!

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Side Note: Baby Hugh was born at the same hospital I was born at in Minneapolis! Except baby Hugh was born in the beautiful new Mother Baby Center attached to Abbott Hospital! 🙂

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Look at him! Isn’t he just perfect! 🙂

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What a happy big sister holding her brother for the first time!

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1… 2… 3… 4… 5…. little finger!

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Family Holiday Session ~ Lake Elmo, MN

I headed out to Krueger’s Christmas Tree Farm one more time for a final family session with my stylized holiday mini session props, and I was so ridiculously excited… Wahooo SNOW!!! I mean come on, it’s December in Minnesota, where was the snow? Of course we would have snow in December, right? I spoke too soon… it started to get warm the couple days before this session and I kissed the winter wonderland of snow goodbye. A little stuck around, just enough to make it a wet mess, just my luck!

Pulling into Kruger’s was rough.. oh the MUD!!! So so sooooo much mud!!! I embraced it and accepted I was just going to be covered in mud by the end of the day from walking, crawling, crouching and laying in it. I am bummed I didn’t take a picture of the craziness, but I am sure you can imagine what my knees and calves looked like.

Meet The Cherniy Family!

They definitely were the highlight of my day. Any worry I had about mud, getting stuck or slipping around disappeared when we started this session. I mean just look at little baby Lucas! Isn’t he a doll! Seriously, he looks like a sweet little doll! But I swear he’s real! He’s just a tad too little for smiles, but he still had that pout lip that I cannot resist capturing! We managed to break ourselves away from his adorableness to get a couple gorgeous shots of Mom and Dad too! You all three look amazing!

Congrats on your new journey as parents! I look forward to see you all again!

Thank you again to Kruegers Christmas Tree Farm in Lake Elmo for allowing us to capture these amazing memories that I’m sure will be cherished forever!

A Newborn Session ~ Hugo, MN

Meet little Mr. Crosby! What a little squishy! Just a tad over a month ago, this little peanut was welcomed into the world! I was anxiously awaiting the phone call that he was here and they needed me to squeeze them in! I don’t think he made a peep the whole time I took his pictures! Usually there is a little fussiness or a couple cries… nothing from this little guy!
I met Crosby’s family a couple years ago, his dad is actually my chiropractor! If you live anywhere around Blaine and are in need of chiropractic care, he is definitely your guy! For you or your little ones! He works wonders! With all the crazy bending I do I don’t know what I would do without him! Here’s his website, I highly recommend him! http://elevatedhealthcenter.com/
Anyways, back to the star of this blog, his little man, Crosby! Just look at that fuzzy hair! No point in trying to tame that adorable mane! He is definitely going to get lots of love in his house with his big brother and big sister to give him snuggles… even when he doesn’t want them! I am so happy to be apart of this journey with your family and cannot wait to watch your kiddos grow!
Congrats again!

A Newborn Session ~ Savage, MN

Watching little peanuts grow is one of the things I love about my job. I met this couple a few months ago, for their maternity session. They had no idea if they were having a boy or a girl. I LOVE that people still can find the self control to not find out… I have zero self-control!

This is little Westlyn, when she showed up, Mom and Dad were ecstatic that they had a beautiful baby girl! Little Westlyn is definitely already for the world and is trying to take in every moment of it, she was awake for most of our session! Which was great because I was able to get plenty of pictures of those beautiful eyes! I cannot wait to watch her grow! Congrats you two!