Juliana Noelle Jumper

artistic & unconventional photography

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Lifestyle | 19 Cats and Counting

Every once in awhile I feel the need to photograph something challenging, fun, and utterly adorable. For me, that’s cats every single time. Cats are temperamental beyond belief, completely unpredictable, and unlike dogs who you can usually guilt into behaving, cats could care less. If you’re a cat lover and a wedding photographer this is an excellent exercise in capturing things as they occur! However, I definitely learned a few things along the way:

  1. Don’t expect to get a “money shot.”
    I shot six cat sessions and not once did I get a perfectly posed, everyone looking pleasantly at the camera moment. Since I learned quite quickly this wasn’t going to happen I choose to focus on capturing their personalities and interactions with their owners. Luckily, since this is my style anyway all the clients I worked with seemed perfectly happy with the results.

  2. Other people’s cats are not going to treat you like your own.
    Being a photographer, I handle and photograph my cats constantly. All five are used to my cameras and easy to handle. This is not true for most as I quickly learned. Expect to be met with a lot of hissing, running, and maybe even a few battle scars. (Lookin’ at you Jude.) For these particular mini sessions I offered 30 minutes of coverage, but all sessions took at least 45 minutes to shoot, with the exception of one (Bless you, Peppa.) This was because it would take at least 10 to 15 minutes to get the kitties used to me and my camera, which I didn’t take into account.

  3. Find a source of motivation
    I had all my clients play with their cats favorite toys while shooting; cat nip, a feather toy, a string, a laser pointer, etc. This allowed for a tiny source of control when wanting a cat to look or move in a certain way. It takes trial and error, but most every cat seemed to be fairly relaxed by the end of the shoots.

Overall this was a super fun project to take on! If you didn’t see it advertised, you’re not alone. I offered these sessions to my personal Facebook friends only. If I get enough interest I may offer them again in a more expanded means! I also may have exaggerated just a bit when implying I’d photographed 19 cats; I may have included my five kitties plus my mother’s three cats as well…. Whatever.

Katie & Rosalind + Barb

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Melaney & Wolfie + Internet

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Jessi & David + Case & Molly

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Cydney & Daniel + Maxwell, Scout, & Josey

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Shelby & Daniel + Jude

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Summer & Elliot + Peppa

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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 | 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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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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Couples | The Bold, The Beautiful, The Bronchial Tree

I’d been pondering about photographing Michael and Geena for a long time. I dug their bold style, playful nature, and great hair. However, it wasn’t until Katelyn of Treolo Photography approached me about mentoring that I decided to use the opportunity as an excuse to do just that. I choose two locations I knew would compliment them; both brightly colored areas with flowers and an urban vibe that suited them well. I wanted something more though, and when pictures of a pink glittering tree appeared on my Facebook feed I knew I’d found my last spot.

The pink tree is actually Tree, Broken Tree, an installation by artist Dylan Mortimer, as part of the city wide art’s initiative, Open Spaces. I saw the artist refer to the tree as a bronchial tree in lieu of it’s more poetic title, and I liked that so much I began calling it that myself. You can read more about it’s meaning in detail in this lovely interview with the artist HERE, but to summarize: the tree is a personal work about the artist’s life long disease, recent lung transplant, and being able to really breath again.

Not to subvert the intended meaning, but when finding out more about this installation I liked how that personal concept translated to the idea of love and commitment. How we find each other and relearn and reexamine ourselves, how we elicit harm and growth within relationships, and how a part of ourselves that existed before we found our perfect counterparts will always remain. A dying tree, a transplanted lung, a romance, a relationship; all things fragile, yet learning to survive.

It’s also a pink glittery tree, and that’s pretty cool just in and of itself.

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