Juliana Noelle Jumper

artistic & unconventional wedding photography

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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 | 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 | Romance and Light in Rocky Mountain National Park

Naturally, the one uncomfortably cold day on my week long trip to Colorado was this one. While the rest of the Midwest was essentially frozen alive, I was sweating out at Garden of the Gods and walking around downtown Estes Park wearing nothing but an over-sized sweater. Of course the cold would catch up to me the day of my shoot. As Juliet and Connor removed their warm winter coats I told them to think warm thoughts and assured them I’d be quick. Dressed in about four layers myself, looking like the Michelin Man’s artist cousin, I somehow managed to successfully photograph these two. They, on the other hand, made the cold seem like nothing.

Juliet and Connor were total troupers and absolutely wonderful in front of the camera. I wasn’t too worried about our shoot knowing Connor was a photographer himself. Having both lived in the same small Oklahoma town, I’d been creeping on his work since a friend of mine had a brief crush on him in high school. I remember her scrolling through his MySpace pictures until she came across one of his photography albums. I lived in another town at that point so I never officially met him, but his work caught my attention and I added him on social media. For the last decade he was a random friend on Facebook that I’d like his photography once in awhile. By the time my trip to Colorado was planned, I’d observed that he and Juliet had moved out to Denver last summer. I immediately reached out and our date was set!

Both myself and my mom (who I brought along for the ride) were so floored by their easy going attitudes and warm nature, especially considering the chilly temperatures. They were naturals in front of the camera, but beyond that they engaged us both in conversation, asking us about our trip, lives, ect. They were so nice and fun to work with, and even recommended us a restaurant a couple hours after the shoot. We showed up there and they were still finishing up so they joined us at our table while we waited for our food. I know this entire post was supposed to be about how beautiful the mountains were and trust me, they were, but I think it’s important to realize that if you vibe with your clients you can shoot them anywhere and have a great time. Of course I’m overjoyed at the opportunity to shoot in Colorado, and please please please someone take me back! Until then, I’ll just be drooling over the gorgeous images below.

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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 | 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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