hello there!

I’m Jess, owner and photographer of Sunnyheart Photography.

I've been shooting lifestyle portrait photography for six years. I am inspired by personal growth and spontaneity, which is one of the many reasons I enjoy shooting high school seniors. I am fascinated by young minds and by the power that the next generation holds to make an impact on the world. Every senior I meet has an amazing uniqueness about them and I'm often met with wise perspectives and insights that my 17-year-old self couldn't have imagined. Continually impressed by the diverse talents and thoughtfulness that today's seniors hold, I am honored to capture a small part of the journey on to adulthood through the senior portrait experience.

A few random facts about me...

My favorite word is YAY. You'll probably get annoyed by how often I say it.

I’m honest to a fault, but I think it leads to better relationships and ultimately more fun in life.

Music is a huge part of my life. Jamming out in my car or hitting up a show with friends – music is my therapy and I love the way it brings people together.

I’m extremely clumsy. I regularly spill coffee and trip over nothing.

My husband and three dogs are my favorite people in the world and make me laugh every day.

One of my biggest regrets is not playing intramural sports in college.

I find comfort and peace in lots of little things, like driving with the windows open or snuggling a fresh-from-the-dryer blanket.

I often wish I was ’smooth’ and graceful, but in real life I'm awkward and quirky, and have learned to embrace it.

Training & Experience

I hold a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Nebraska and have a career in advertising, which has given me invaluable making-people-happy skills, pretty good taste in design and a passion for the creative industry. I've developed my photography skill through research, practice, mentoring programs and workshops, and continue to learn, grow and adapt with the ever-changing creative industry.

What is a sunny heart?

A sunny heart is just that – a heart full of sunshine. That sunshine is what I strive to capture with each session. Growing up, I would always tell my little sisters to “have a sunny day!” I’m not sure if you can tell, but it’s hard to say that without a smile, and it was also hard for my sisters not to smile each time they heard it. And from the early days of dress-up (me of course, camera-in-hand), those smiles have inspired me, and always will.