Juliana Noelle Jumper

artistic & unconventional wedding photography

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Couples | Light and Love and Ukueles

Abegail and Joe were really looking for an urban spring engagement, but timing and scheduling made that difficult to work out. So I came up with something a little different to make sure we could get all of the flowers in these photos even though it was still winter.

I’d only met with these two once prior, when their wedding plans were only first starting. I knew from their reaction to my work that they thought we’d be a great fit, but since their plans were so new I hadn’t yet gotten a good sense of who they really were stylistically. This shoot answered a lot of those questions, and oh my gosh they were definitely an ideal fit for me. Super easy in front of the camera, requiring very little direction, and they even brought their ukueles along.

This was an utterly magical shoot, and definitely woke me up from my winter hibernation. I am so excited for more flowers and warmth and spring and love.

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Destination | 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 | 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 | Dark Romance and Dramatic Illumination

When I met with Danthea at her booking consultation three important things stood out: 1) Her and her fiance, Michael, had an affinity for Wes Anderson. They had even at one point dressed up as Wes Anderson characters. 2) Michael appreciated chiroscuro in drawing and painting. Otherwise known as tenebrism, which is a form of dramatic illumination that allows darkness to become the dominant part of the image. 3) Finally, and most importantly, that Michael did not particularly like having his picture taken. Stylistically we were a perfect match, but I would have to be quick. Lucky for them, I’m pretty quick.

We spent about an hour walking around Weston shooting. I tried to make a conscious effort to utilize both classically romantic backdrops and more modern symmetrical spaces. Being naturally drawn to darker settings gave me an upper hand. And as far as impatience regarding the camera: I didn’t notice any. The pair was nothing but agreeable regarding prompts and location choices, not to mention super photogenic. I’ve had some baaaad experiences with clients disliking the camera, but I wouldn’t have known at all if Danthea hadn’t mentioned it beforehand. The images came out lovely, and I feel like really reflect the darkly romantic, yet modern vibe I was trying to capture. With less than a month left before their wedding, I can’t wait to photograph these two again so soon!

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