Juliana Noelle Jumper

artistic & unconventional photography

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Couples | A Subtly Mid Century, Minimalist Engagement

I’m not a studio photographer. I like a lot a of space, find lack of control of light and environment challenging and enticing, and really like to wander. However, when Anna and Mike requested we have their engagement session indoor- which I didn’t blame them, it was one of the hottest weeks of the year- I was simply out of interior spots that I hadn’t shot in a zillion times before. They wanted a nostalgic, mid century look. While I would’ve loved to have found a moody ranch style, complete with paneled walls and orange counter tops I simply did not have one at my disposal. Instead, I did something very out of character, and booked Crossroads Studio for the occasion.

The simple, clean space worked perfectly for the subtle vintage look, making the overall setting take a backseat and bringing forth my use of prisms, light flairs, grainy overlays, and of course, the couple’s love and affection. Anna and Mike’s classic style matched the space and mood of the shoot perfectly. I was so happy with how willing to play around these two were, and we finished in record time. I’m so excited for their wedding next June, and to get the opportunity to work with these two once more.

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Couples | Modern Industrial Meets 19th Century Architecture for this Urban Engagement

When I first met with Shelby I could tell we had very similar struggles finding the right vendors to hire for our wedding days. She and Dylan looked at tons of photographers but none were quite the right fit. I’m glad they found me because they are the exact type of couple I aim to represent.

There’s this overarching vision of weddings that the world tries to sell you; one of romance and white dresses. What about the rest of us? The long term partners, the parents, the rebels, the anti-brides, the enthusiastically non-traditional, and everyone else in between? These two didn’t seem to buy into the bs which super resonated with me. Long term partners and parents, these two spoke about their wedding in less serious terms. Obviously planning a beautiful day is a top priority, but they seemed to have a realistic vision and good senses of humor - two things anyone planning a wedding needs.

For their engagement shoot we decided on downtown Kansas City. They had originally wanted to get married downtown but opted for a more ideal space outside of the city, so it seemed only natural to shoot here first. I wanted to find spaces downtown that brought modern industry forward in an area predominately designed in the late 19th century. Spaces where glass stairwells and parking garages are interspersed between ornate 19th century doorways, fountains, and storefronts. Much like their approach to their own wedding, these spaces show the progress and adaptations made to old methods and traditions, yet still embrace their beauty and importance. It was one of my favorite engagement shoots of the summer.

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Couples | A Modern, Urban Engagement with Rustic Charm

I had been looking forward to this engagement session for awhile. Melanie works in vintage resale and Geoffrey works for the railroad, so naturally The Westbottoms was the perfect setting for this pair. Originally, hoping to shoot their engagements in Colorado, they ended up opting to stay close to home but The Campground’s rustic setting ended up bringing a bit of that outdoor charm to their images regardless.

I can’t say enough good things about this shoot. These guys were so easy and fun to work with. We started at The Campground, wandered around the warehouses, and ended up stopping at The Ship for a quick drink and dessert. I loved how Melanie obviously appreciated my more serious, wide shots, and Geoffrey brought the silliness and goofiness that every engagement shoot should include. I am so pumped to shoot their at home wedding this fall in gorgeous Valentine.

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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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