My name is Jess. I guess this is the part where I tell you about myself :-) I was raised by artists. I grew up with an appreciation for light. I have always been one to notice how the light shines through the leaves, when the sky is on fire and how it's ray's creep in the window to graces my dog's face or my babies toes with it's warmth. After all, the word photography comes from two ancient Greek words: photo, for "light," and graph, for "drawing." "Drawing with light". I am constantly working to get better at interpreting light. I am always seeking educational opportunities to improve the quality of my work for both myself & my clients.
I have always enjoyed photography but did not take it seriously until after I almost lost my baby girl to a rare genetic disease called CPS1 deficiency. This experience inspired me to pursue a career in photography. During her illness, I kept thinking how blessed we were to have had her newborn photos taken before her condition became critical. Viewing those precious images was the only way we were able to admire our daughter without the machines and wires necessary to support her life. Not knowing if she would survive, these pictures became invaluable to us. Defying all the odds, our baby's recovery was a true miracle. This experience made me realize that the most cherished moments with our loved ones can be captured through photography. How these moments are captured can tell the real story behind each memory.
The name Tiny Sunflower was inspired by the many beautiful fields of Sunflower my parents passed on their way to visit our precious tiny girl at the Children's Hospital in Omaha. The Sunflower soon became our daughters totem. I will never forget the stories of the daffodils that bloomed just before my own birth, and so as I neared the end of my pregnancy I took special notice of the sunflowers in bloom. Without my daughter Lydia, Tiny Sunflower would not exist.
My goal is not just to take pretty pictures. I want to capture individualized personalities and true emotions. I want to photograph love, laughter and even the tears. The memories of our children and the way our loved ones embrace us. I want to fill the walls of our homes with loving memories. I want people to look at my photographs and sense the deep connection I felt when taking them. Family is what is most important to me... our loved ones are all that matters. There is no need to wait for a special occasion to celebrate life with the art of photography. How do you want to be remembered and how do you want to remember those you hold dear?