Juliana Noelle Jumper

artistic & unconventional wedding photography

Personal | 2018 in Review: a year of risk, romance, and revision

2018 in Review

2018 was an absolute whirlwind for me. I quit my day job in early January and started this business for real. I shot over a 100 jobs this year, and I am so so so thankful for all my wonderful clients, friends, vendors, and fellow photographers who have helped me along the way. I very literally could not have done it without you. While I can’t single everyone out, I truly thank all of you for trusting my vision in documenting your lives. I absolutely love what I do, and cannot wait for another year of creating beautiful images.


THE PEOPLE

This year I worked with 32 couples between weddings and elopements. I cannot express how thankful I am for these wonderful people that allowed me to be a part of their most important day. I couldn’t include everyone for attention span sake, but here’s a few special moments. Couple portraits are easily my favorite part of a couple’s wedding day. While the memory of day will eventually become a blur, the flower girl will cry, or something else will go astray, couple portraits frame how the couple remembers themselves for years to come.

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THE PLACES

This year I traveled all over the Midwest for weddings. From southern rainy Iowa, to the beautiful Flint hills. I visited tiny rural townships, private homes, large churches, art musuems and gorgeous gardens. I could go on. Visiting unknown places is a very exciting aspect of my job. I’ve seen so many beautiful spots I would have never happened upon otherwise. This next year I’ll stretch that distance even further, throughout the Midwest. I’m always up to travel though. Seriously. Take me somewhere!

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THE THINGS

Details details details. I think details are definitely the most underrated part of the wedding day, at least where photos are concerned. They are all the little pieces that will quickly be forgotten, but oh so important to document regardless. The minimalist in me always discourages over the top decor. My favorite wedding details to shoot are things of elegance, quality and meaning. I’ll want to hear every sentimental story behind all the items each couple holds so dear.

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THE TIME HONORED TRADITIONS

Let’s be honest, I’m all about the non-traditional and was quite an anti-bride myself. However, I do appreciate wedding ceremonies and all the formality a wedding day entails. Whether the day includes a full Catholic mass or 5 minutes on a roof top, it’s cherished just the same. Here’s a few of my favorite photos of traditional wedding day happenings; the beautiful, the moving, and the hilarious.

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THE POETIC IN-BETWEEN

These photos are the heart and soul of what I do. They are my favorite to capture because they are everything missed while caught up in the bliss of the day. There’s something so very human in the simplicity of these mundane moments; the out of focus, the barely there, the fleeting, the fragmented. They are the light and composition that allow me to tell a story that is unique to each couple.

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THE STYLED COLLABORATIONS

I participated in 8 styled shoots this year, which is a ton. I met so many wonderful, talented vendors and fellow photographers. I’m very big into styled shoot participation because a) it’s fun, b) it’s free advertising, and c) it keeps your portfolio looking fresh from season to season. Vendors bring out all the creative stops at styled shoots, and I’m always eager to get to shoot and share their work. I love making friends and connections in the industry. I’ve even booked several weddings through vendor referrals, and have developed a short list of my own.

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THE LOVERS

Engagements, Anniversaries, and Couples

I think the one really important thing I learned this year is that I am 100% a couple photographer. I could shoot couples in my sleep. Families and solo portraiture I have to stop and remind myself what to do next, but couples I almost never skip a beat. I always feel invigorated after these sessions because they allow me the time and freedom to experiment in ways I wouldn’t be able to on someone’s wedding day.

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THE FAMILIES

Families, Children, and Pets

Shooting families and lifestyle sessions is always a nice change of pace for me. Shooting in this manner is what initially got my interested in photography. I would take my camera along to family dinners and on vacations only to have folders filed with no only the important, but all the little moments in between. Since becoming a professional I’ve learned I especially love working with dogs. In fact, most of my Christmas card sessions this year were couples with their dogs, rather than families. What can I say? I’m a huge sucker for animals. My five cats and dog can confirm this claim.

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ADVENTURES LEFT UNSEEN

Personal, Travel, and Other Projects

This year marked a lot of personal firsts for me: first home, first close death in the family, first puppy, first year supporting myself on photography alone. I documented it all. I also took on several other projects that don’t have a definite place in my personal branding as a niche wedding photographer. I covered several events, including an art exhibition, and took head shots for several people including a folk singer.

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Lifestyle | Fine Art Portraits for a Kansas City Folk Singer

Last October I attended Artist Inc, a six week long artist seminar, alongside a select group of area artists. One of those artists was Americana singer/songwriter Kelly Hunt. During our initial introduction presentations I was very drawn to Kelly’s haunting voice and timeless style. Her music sounded like the images I hoped to capture; rural towns, dark highways, empty rooms, specks of dust floating in sunlight. When she approached me a few weeks ago about updating her branding images I jumped at the chance. I take on a very select number of solo portrait jobs each year, but due to our similar aesthetics I knew we’d be a great fit.

We settled on the quaint town of Weston, MO for the shoot. Kelly had spoken to me about wanting to find a particular type of light; the cool light of an interior meeting the warm light of golden hour. This type of light is hard to replicate if not happened upon, so shooting at sunset was absolutely necessary if we were going to have any luck at all. I had no idea if finding the perfect spot was going to happen, but I was definitely willing to try. I’d attempted to get in touch with a local pub to no avail, and considered the dilapidated interior of a grain silo turned salvage yard. Kelly ended up leading me to the old rail-station, now city hall, and once we entered I knew this was the place. We shot in a blinding sun spot centered on the waiting room’s checked floor. The light illuminated the portraits beautifully. Then we walked into the tiny bathroom just off the sun flooded interior, and there it was. The warm light of the setting sun, diffused just enough by the windows met the cool shadows of the small interior. It was magic.

Listen to Kelly’s amazing music at kellyhuntmusic.com

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Wedding | A Classic & Elegant Loose Mansion Wedding

I had to convince myself not to title this post “The Elegance of Light” because while that definitely defines my approach to this wedding day, it sounds like poorly written art theory and not nearly as SEO friendly as what’s above. Since their engagement session how I capture Danthea and Michael has not really been about their interactions at all, as they require very little posing. Most of what I do is watch how the light plays across their figures. Open to the more fleeting and experimental images I capture, I chased light throughout every aspect of their wedding day making it incredibly fun to shoot.

There was a timelessness to this wedding that I still can’t quite pin point, an overall elegance that is both classic and modern. If there was a single object that defined the air of Danthea and Michael’s wedding day it would be Danthea’s veil. Simple, cathedral length, slightly tapered, and held in place by a hair-comb of silk flowers and pearls, it’s organic movement framed this couple’s natural elegance perfectly.
**VENDORS**
venue: Loose Mansion
florals: Hy-vee Floral

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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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Wedding | An Old-World Wedding with Homespun Elegance

Rebekkah & Grabriel’s wedding day was filled with so many beautiful moments; from the glowing light that poured through the windows of the little country church, to the live music that echoed throughout the courtyard of their reception venue. This wedding was filled with a nostalgic charm of eras past.

Inspired by the simplicity of their grandparent’s weddings they wished to capture a “homespun elegance” when planning their day. (Their words not mine.) The ceremony, portrait and reception locations were all historic and scattered throughout rural Missouri and into an old downtown of a close community. The couple opted for home made pies over wedding cake, which their parents served to them upon their arrival to the reception. They also arranged for one of the most beautiful grand exits I’ve witnessed. That you can see for yourself below.

The entire day felt like a Grandma Moses painting; a simple scene set within idyllic countryside and quaint small towns, but at closer examination a intricate orchestration of historical and personal relevance. Much like their whimsical and poetic personalities, this wedding shown with an individual charm unlike any I’ve experienced.

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