Omaha-based Portrait Photographer


I’m Jess, owner and photographer of Sunnyheart Photography.
My passion for photography began as a child and has only grown with age. From the early days of dress-up with my little sisters to hosting “photoshoots” with my friends in middle-school, my role has always been photographer. I have developed my photography skill through research, practice, mentoring programs and workshops and continue to learn, grow and adapt with the ever-changing creative industry. I also hold a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from the University of Nebraska and have a career in the advertising industry, which has given me invaluable making-people-happy skills, pretty good taste in design and a passion for the creative industry.
I am completely inspired by children of all ages and their ability to be themselves every second of the day. I strive to match their spontaneity with each session. 
Aside from my passion for photography, I love music, podcasts, going to concerts and spending time with my little family. My hubby has completely converted me to a dog lover, and we’ve got two amazing dogs who make me smile every day. I’ve learned so much from them already – mostly patience! – and the love and companionship they bring to our family makes my heart happy! 
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.

What others are saying

Jess was a positive light and shining energy from start to finish. Not only is she buttoned up in the nuances of her photography business, she is a clear communicator and a joy to work with. Her talent with natural light is profound, and her ability to bring out authentic emotion in all people from all walks of life (we had age ranges of 6 months - 65 yrs in our session) is unparalleled. It's evident that taking pictures isn't just a job for Jess. She works from her heart and is willing to put herself out there to capture the moment.

Emily C.

Jess is awesome to work with and takes so many pictures that turn out perfectly,  I often find it hard to pick.  I love how often she thinks of her clients it makes it a very comfortable time when photographing with her. She captures beautiful pictures that I value and love to display.  

Lauren M.

Jessica understood what I wanted in a family photo and executed it beautifully.  I appreciated Jessica providing constructive guidance about coordinating our familys’ outfits while looking natural. I enjoy seeing the photos of our family together while we are outdoors and have made an effort to get ready and look nice. I love seeing the photos of the girls laughing.

Miki K.

Jess at Sunnyheart is my go-to girl when I want to have my daughter's photos taken. She does such an amazing job -- she captures light in a way that I have not seen done by another photographer. She has photographed my daughter as a newborn all the way up to the lively 3-year-old that she is now. I also ordered some prints of Jess' shots to hang on my daughter's bedroom wall and they turned out beautifully. I wanted something unique, beautiful and professional (no primary colors in this nursery!) and she totally nailed it.

Jodi S.

Jess captured the essence of our family and was able to capture our children's personalities. She was so easy to work with. I absolutely cherish my pics!

Natalie F.

The session was my first ever family photo session with all of my kids. Capturing these times and memories through photographs is so important. I want to pass these memories on to my kids, and I want to have nice looking photographs to share with our extended family. Being new to all of this, Jess guided me the whole way through. I'll always appreciate her guidance as to what makes the perfect family photo.

Kellie W.
What's next?

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I’m a newborn, maternity, family, child and senior portrait photographer serving Omaha, Nebraska and surrounding areas, including but not limited to Elkhorn, Gretna, Papillion, Bennington, Springfield, Bellevue, South Bend, Louisville, Blair and Council Bluffs.

Gorgeous image of my husband & me by: Myrna Loy