Juliana Noelle Jumper

unconventional wedding and lifestyle photography

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Engagement | A St Louis Engagement in Stunning Forest Park

I had just been bragging to a client the other day that I felt so lucky this year because I had yet to shoot in freezing cold weather. All of my weddings and lifestyle shoots had been indoors, and I’d be fortunate enough to have had nice weather for all of my couples shoots. So naturally the engagement I traveled 3+ hours to photograph was absolutely freezing.

You all should applaud Lindsay and Greg’s dedication to getting these photos because O.M.G it was cold one, and they were the ones lacking coats. They were so much fun to work with though; very easy to photograph and up for whatever weird instruction I through out. I’m elated to shoot their wedding later this year, especially after getting to finally meet them in person after several months of planning. They also choose an insanely beautiful location. St Louis peeps will recognize this as the very well known Forest Park, but I’d never heard of it prior to scheduling this shoot. I was super excited about it, particularly The Jewel Box which just might be the most interesting conservatory I’ve ever seen. Still crying we couldn’t go inside though….

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Couples | Quality Time in Quality Hill

Christina & Zach originally only booked me for their wedding day, but when their original engagement photo plans went awry they made the trip to Kansas City to work with me. I’m super glad they did because they were the most fun to photograph! They are both super down to earth people, and were super easy going during the shoot. I don’t think we stopped laughing the entire time. Their shoot was one of those that really didn’t feel like work, and I was super pleased with the outcome, as well. It makes me sad I have to wait over a year for their wedding day.

When Christina approached me a few weeks prior to the shoot, she told me they loved old Kansas City architecture. I knew immediately where I wanted to shoot. Quality Hill is one of my favorite regions of downtown Kansas City, with it’s historic buildings, creeping ivy, and urban charm; it has that perfect mix of elegant details and sweeping city views. I couldn’t have asked for a better mix of great locations and great people!

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Couples | Autumn Engagement at Shawnee Mission Park

When Matthew and Joey sat down with me a few weeks ago they mentioned that they had created spreadsheets comparing photographers. I love clients like this because while it does add a bit of pressure, I know that clients who prioritize their photos prioritize their photographers opinions. Every client I’ve ever had that made spreadsheets (yes, I’ve seen that more than once), had looked at hundreds of portfolios, or considered photography to be the most important aspect of their day, has always allowed me the freedom to create as I see fit.

Looking to find something both minimal and natural for their engagement session, I directed these two to Shawnee Mission Park. Although I try my hardest to get away from constant park repetition in my portfolio, I wanted to shoot this couple in very basic locations; a wooden bridge, a lakeside view, a field. I wanted the landscape to take on a less prioritized role, and become secondary tools of composition that I could form around them, as one does to define space in a drawing.

I think my favorite thing about these two, was something they wrote in a questionnaire I sent them after they booked. They wrote that they wanted me “[to capture] more of the little moments and less of the easy moments.” I always view engagement sessions as a form of experimentation and introduction. So while I approached this in a more formal manner, I’m excited that they value my eye enough to let me take on the roles of both artist and documentarian for their wedding day. It’s also nice to know I beat out everyone else on that spreadsheet. I’m just sayin’.

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Couples | A Moody Wooded Engagement feat. Cabin Ruins & Critters

Carmen and Mitchell’s engagement session had the most lovely inner city location, but you’d never believe it. The small park is heavily wooded and interspersed with cabin ruins from an early 20th century club that resided on the property, as well as, some frighteningly friendly deer. I’d been hoarding the location for over a year, waiting for the right couple to come along. When Carmen expressed that they wanted simple, romantic portraits out in nature I immediately remembered the spot. They seemed to be a couple that trusted my vision, and when I suggested the park they quickly agreed.

I knew going in it would be a fun shoot. Although I’d never met Carmen or Mitchell in person, Carmen was super friendly and easy to talk to on the phone when she called to book. We even have a mutual friend! Upon meeting them both, they had a warm easy going nature, and a great style. They couldn’t have been a better fit!

I can’t get over how lovely and intimate these images turned out, and am so stoked for their wedding next fall!!!

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Couples | The Bold, The Beautiful, The Bronchial Tree

I’d been pondering about photographing Michael and Geena for a long time. I dug their bold style, playful nature, and great hair. However, it wasn’t until Katelyn of Treolo Photography approached me about mentoring that I decided to use the opportunity as an excuse to do just that. I choose two locations I knew would compliment them; both brightly colored areas with flowers and an urban vibe that suited them well. I wanted something more though, and when pictures of a pink glittering tree appeared on my Facebook feed I knew I’d found my last spot.

The pink tree is actually Tree, Broken Tree, an installation by artist Dylan Mortimer, as part of the city wide art’s initiative, Open Spaces. I saw the artist refer to the tree as a bronchial tree in lieu of it’s more poetic title, and I liked that so much I began calling it that myself. You can read more about it’s meaning in detail in this lovely interview with the artist HERE, but to summarize: the tree is a personal work about the artist’s life long disease, recent lung transplant, and being able to really breath again.

Not to subvert the intended meaning, but when finding out more about this installation I liked how that personal concept translated to the idea of love and commitment. How we find each other and relearn and reexamine ourselves, how we elicit harm and growth within relationships, and how a part of ourselves that existed before we found our perfect counterparts will always remain. A dying tree, a transplanted lung, a romance, a relationship; all things fragile, yet learning to survive.

It’s also a pink glittery tree, and that’s pretty cool just in and of itself.

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