Juliana Noelle Jumper

artistic & unconventional photography

Inspiration | Of Flora & Flame in the Underworld

When I was in the 7th grade my literature teacher made us write reports about Greek Gods and Goddesses. Everyone was assigned a god based on our gender and personality. Originally I was given Demeter, Goddess of the Harvest; however, at the last moment my teacher revoked her original selection and said “Actually, you’ll like this one better.” and assigned me Persephone; Goddess of Spring and Queen of the Underworld. Excuse me, what? This was years before my darker side had revealed itself, and I was trying my damnedest to fit in among my “much cooler” peers. Evidently, my teacher saw straight through this facade, and in retrospect I hear her message loud and clear.

Years later, a friend and I worked on a story together about an alternate world, rich with mythology. The region itself was filled with strange floral and fauna, dark modernist architecture, and a ruling family filled with secrets. The male lead was the prince of a disbanded kingdom, with a distinct tie to a mysterious god of creation. The female lead, the goddess of time and daughter of the god of death, is sent to the mortal realm to recover this god. Instead she meets the prince and falls in love, and together they have a daughter. Furious, the god of death forces her to return to the cosmic realm, knowing that if time runs out then the world will eventually end. Rejecting her position and believing the world to be at its end regardless of her whereabouts, she leaves to find the prince ending the world in the process. However, before departing she is able to preserve “the heart of world” in their daughter, so that all could be recreated again. The partnership that created this tale eventually ended, and the story was never written, but its always stuck with me.

For months now I’ve been pondering how to incorporate my interest in mythology and story telling into my editorial work. It wasn’t until I discovered the beautiful, yet brooding black barn on Spain Ranch that I finally could envision what this shoot might look like. For all intents and purposes this was to be a Hades & Persephone inspired shoot. I wanted a less overt depiction, as to lend a hand to the latter personal story and provide a broader narrative overall. I choose for the bride to take on the more somber serious role as a goddess of death, and the groom to be tied more so to the natural, earthly world. Even without revealing my own personal story to my collaborators they absolutely nailed my vision for this shoot. The cake, the flowers, the overall tablescape design. I honestly was having a hard time containing myself the day of just because it all looked SO FREAKING COOL. Beyond being fabulously talented, many of the people involved traveled from Kansas City to Tulsa specifically to take part in this editorial. They were absolutely invested, and I cannot thank them enough for bringing my vision to life.

V E N D O R S
venue: Spain Ranch - Black Barn
planning/design: Brick & Ivory Events
floral design: Fiore Floral Studio
cake: Petals & Pastries
stationary: Quinntessential Co.
paper flower Backdrop: Point 918 Press
rentals: Party Pro Rents
gown: Janay A Eco Bridal
veil: Veronica Couture
jewelry: Cydney Ross
hair: Ash Franke Styles
makeup: Stunning by Starla
models: Rachel Gregor & Eric Hibbeler

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Couples | A Subtly Mid Century, Minimalist Engagement

I’m not a studio photographer. I like a lot a of space, find lack of control of light and environment challenging and enticing, and really like to wander. However, when Anna and Mike requested we have their engagement session indoor- which I didn’t blame them, it was one of the hottest weeks of the year- I was simply out of interior spots that I hadn’t shot in a zillion times before. They wanted a nostalgic, mid century look. While I would’ve loved to have found a moody ranch style, complete with paneled walls and orange counter tops I simply did not have one at my disposal. Instead, I did something very out of character, and booked Crossroads Studio for the occasion.

The simple, clean space worked perfectly for the subtle vintage look, making the overall setting take a backseat and bringing forth my use of prisms, light flairs, grainy overlays, and of course, the couple’s love and affection. Anna and Mike’s classic style matched the space and mood of the shoot perfectly. I was so happy with how willing to play around these two were, and we finished in record time. I’m so excited for their wedding next June, and to get the opportunity to work with these two once more.

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Wedding | An Elegant, Greenhouse Inspired Wedding

Oh wow. I have so many wonderful things to say about this wedding! Firstly. Morgan and Cameron were two of the kindest, sweetest, most genuine people. Living in Savannah, GA at the time of planning their wedding, I wasn’t able to meet with these two until mere days before the event, but we’d been exchanging emails since their booking in late January. Originally having met in school in Sedelia, MO these two made it practically around the world and back before meeting again in college and falling in love. Having lived and visited many different parts of the country they picked the central location of Kansas City to tie the knot, before moving to Orlando, FL literally a week into marriage.

I generally avoid summer weddings, but when Morgan told me I was a referral from The Cottage Rose she immediately had my attention. Morgan had wanted to get married in a greenhouse (which makes total sense, since I can think of at least three gorgeous ones in GA alone), but with the importance of tradition selected Our Lady of Sorrows for their ceremony, and Bride and the Bauer for their minimalist, elegant greenhouse inspired reception. This wedding was utterly gorgeous from start to finish, and their vendor team totally killed it. With classic elegance, a donut bar, and friends from around the world I couldn’t be happier they selected me to document their wedding day.

V E N D O R S
ceremony site: Our Lady of Sorrows
venue: The Bride and The Bauer
coordination & floral design: The Cottage Rose
rentals: Supply Event Rental

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Couples | Modern Industrial Meets 19th Century Architecture for this Urban Engagement

When I first met with Shelby I could tell we had very similar struggles finding the right vendors to hire for our wedding days. She and Dylan looked at tons of photographers but none were quite the right fit. I’m glad they found me because they are the exact type of couple I aim to represent.

There’s this overarching vision of weddings that the world tries to sell you; one of romance and white dresses. What about the rest of us? The long term partners, the parents, the rebels, the anti-brides, the enthusiastically non-traditional, and everyone else in between? These two didn’t seem to buy into the bs which super resonated with me. Long term partners and parents, these two spoke about their wedding in less serious terms. Obviously planning a beautiful day is a top priority, but they seemed to have a realistic vision and good senses of humor - two things anyone planning a wedding needs.

For their engagement shoot we decided on downtown Kansas City. They had originally wanted to get married downtown but opted for a more ideal space outside of the city, so it seemed only natural to shoot here first. I wanted to find spaces downtown that brought modern industry forward in an area predominately designed in the late 19th century. Spaces where glass stairwells and parking garages are interspersed between ornate 19th century doorways, fountains, and storefronts. Much like their approach to their own wedding, these spaces show the progress and adaptations made to old methods and traditions, yet still embrace their beauty and importance. It was one of my favorite engagement shoots of the summer.

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