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ABOUT  JESS

Jessica  had an early and profound exposure to visual art having a painter / quilter / ceramicist for a mother. As it turns out, she is neither a natural painter, nor a ceramicist (she’s holding out for her quilting skills to blossom). After her dad took her for a photo walk in London’s Hampstead Heath in eighth grade, she was hooked on the medium.  Upon earning a BFA in Art History from Tufts University, Jessica worked in the photo department for the MetroWest Daily News and assisted Boston wedding photographer Genevieve DeManio. 

 

In 2003 she moved to Santa Barbara to get her Masters in Photography at the Brooks Institute. This program included both practical photography as well as photo education, leading Jessica to pursue another dream of hers: to be a teacher. 

 

In 2006 she moved to New York and earned her Masters in Elementary Education; the five years she taught fifth grade were rewarding, informative and a lot of fun. 

 

Now a mother of three and living in Darien, CT, Jessica has returned to photography with a desire to capture intimate moments between parents and their children.  

 

Going on the premise that art is visual communication, Jessica strives to create images that convey the authentic emotions felt between her subjects. Working often with toddlers, she takes a relaxed approach to posing and lets them be the directors they so want to be, resulting in honest portrayals in an artistic fashion.