Juliana Noelle Jumper

artistic & unconventional wedding photography

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Couples | Beyond the Pines of Burr Oak Woods

This was my first session to ever get rained out while in progress. It was a very misty morning at Burr Oak Woods. Although my clients and I created many dreamy shots within that famous line of pines, for the sake of this post I wanted to showcase some less coveted details of the small patch of woods. Moss covered branches, tiny red berries, and a high canopy shielding us from the rain are what really captured the essence of this intimate shoot.

We also took a short drive to a nearby town for some variety. Sticking with Burr Oaks as my initial inspiration I attempted to find textures and colors that related to the original location. Scouting for this shoot was tricky since I had never been to the location before and could only use Google Earth. I wanted to find spots that would allow me to reduce or abstract the idea of a forest passage. I was quite pleased with my discoveries of a black plywood wall and the colorful concrete siding of a local theater.

Finally, we decided to cut our losses after about 20 minutes at the second location, but not before attempting to shoot in consistent rainfall. Cold and damp we retreated to the warmth of our vehicles, but regardless, it was an adventure worth having.

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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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Couples | A Crisp, Contemporary Engagement for Stylish Lovebirds

When Miranda & Brian approached me about shooting their engagement photos they told me they wanted me because they enjoyed 'the modern, intimate energy of my work.' Based on their samples it seemed they wanted a crisp, contemporary location void of fussiness, with a modern edge. The Bloch Building and surrounding sculpture garden seemed a perfect fit. Then they showed up in the cutest, colorful outfits. They looked almost Kandinsky-esque against the stark backdrop of Bloch. It was perfect fit of a shoot, and as an aside, I totally would've worn either pairs of their shoes. 

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