Juliana Noelle Jumper

unconventional wedding and lifestyle photography

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Lifestyle | Nash is Home for the Holidays

Generally speaking, when someone approaches me about taking newborn photos I send them along to one of my very talented friends who specializes in working with newborns. However, when Brooke told me she wanted me to take baby Nash’s newborn photos in a lifestyle family setting I was thrilled!

I’ve worked with this family before, and they are a dream to shoot. For one, they look like they could’ve come out of a catalog. All five are super good looking, naturally photogenic, and at ease in front of the camera. They also are super warm, laid back, and always make me feel welcome when I’m working in their home. I’m serious. They’re a total dream!

I don’t share lifestyle work a lot anymore, but I just couldn’t resist posting this sweet session. Baby Nash was so timely in making it home just in for the holidays. I think he makes the cutest Baby New Year.

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Lifestyle | Beloved Family Dog, Peaches

I think anyone who knows me well knows I have a huge heart for animals. For a long time Michael and I were known as "that couple with five cats," and recently we added a Great Dane puppy to the mix. Throughout my life I've had a lot of pets and I've seen them leave this world multiple ways. However, the three that have always stuck out the most were Chance, Levi and Luna. (I know I know, I'll get to Peaches in a minute I just need to provide some context here.)

Chance, Levi and Luna were three cats I had as a teenager. Each of them died of cancer (various types of cancer) within a year and half long span. It was a horrible, awful thing that happened to them,  and to all of us as a family. Owning a pet means having to make very difficult decisions for them, and deciding when their quality of life is compromised. The hardest thing is knowing when it's time to let go. While we had many beautiful photos of Chance. Levi and Luna were cats we'd mostly shot images of on early 2000s cellphones. We didn't back them up, and my mom ended up losing her phone some time later. Two and half years after the images were lost my mom found the old phone buried under the seat of her car. There they were; our few pictures of Levi and Luna in all their glory. I could've cried. 

And so enter Peaches, a dog with cancer. When I read the simple request for photography the words really hit home. "Beloved family dog recently diagnosed with cancer." Within 48 hours I was meeting Peaches and her sweet family. We went through all her favorite activities; laying bedside while reading stories, playing ball in the backyard, taking a walk through the neighborhood and down her favorite trail, and even getting to sit on her mom and dad's bed. (Because this was a special occasion.)  I am overjoyed I was able to take these images for Peaches and her family. Peaches is a beautiful dog, and while her prognosis is uncertain, it was wonderful to get to see her as her happy, content self in her home, surrounded by her people, and all the precious day to day joys of dog life.

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Lifestyle | Ethereal Senior Portraits in Power & Light

I've never been about senior portraits. From when I first began working with a camera I was always interested in focusing on groups, couples, and those subtle interactions between people. However, I was intrigued when a family booked me for a 2 hour session so they could get some senior portraits taken of their daughter. Stephanie was seriously the sweetest and totally let me have free reign. She'd never had professional portraits taken before and oh man, she had the most gorgeous skin and a super cute modern look that I loved. She was a great fit for my style of work, and I had so much fun taking these I just had to make a special blog post. My general approach to portraiture is very quiet, simple and more editorial than most. So while I'm still not shouting from the roof BRING ME ALL THE GRADUATES- mostly because I'm chained to my desk editing weddings- for those wanting something a little different I'd be thrilled to take your portrait.   

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Lifestyle | Mountainside Moments

My father and step-mom moved to this area many years ago, and since becoming a photographer I've been dying to shoot a session with this insane mountain view. A few weeks back, I got the opportunity to shoot a family session for their neighbors. Shanon, Sheri, and little Evelyn were the sweetest, kindest people. They were amazingly laid back considering they were wrangling three dogs and a baby throughout the duration of our time together. Their infant daughter, Evenly, was the most fair tempered child I've ever encountered. I work with kids of all ages, and typically the most agreeable burn out about 40 minutes into a shoot.  Evelyn was alert and engaged throughout our entire allotted time, and never fussed once. It was definitely a record. 

While the view from their backyard is breathtaking, it was the small details they brought before my camera that made this shoot so stunning. From their patchwork quilt, to the blueberry bushes, to the small white wild flowers growing in their backyard; this sweet family has made the most beautiful, inviting mountainside home. 

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Family | Close to Home and Close to Heart

Last summer when I was still in that awkward stage of being new on the market, and grasping to find my footing client wise I was contacted by Megan looking for autumn portraits for her family. I was thrilled to book the job, for they were one of my really early bookings; they were within those first 10 portrait jobs I'd ever booked simply through correspondence and looking at my portfolio alone. I was no longer that friend asking to take your picture, or the relative strapped with a camera. I was gaining ground and becoming a professional. A few weeks passed and due to a personal loss the shoot ended up cancelled. 

Several months, many many shoots, and after what seemed like the longest winter ever, Megan reached out again. Her family and I met late afternoon and shot around their home, and across the street near a small lake and stone cottage. The setting was beautiful and the weather was absolutely perfect. They were a very easy bunch to photograph, and the location added a personal touch to an already intimate shoot. It ended up being one of the most fun and most lovely family sessions I've ever had the pleasure of photographing. 

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