Family Driven in Every Way
That picture above is the reason why I do what I do. Those are 6 of my 10 brothers and sisters (with me in the middle). In 50 years, I probably wouldn't remember huddling together outside because it was so cold that day. I probably wouldn't remember my brother knocking me flat into a puddle. I probably wouldn't even remember my sister stealing the last cookie.  Except for this picture. Pictures are windows into moments long passed. They bring back smells, feelings, and any number of emotions. These are moments I never want to forget.

But even more than all that, pictures have the power to change the family dynamic. It sounds a bit overstated I know, but studies have shown that family portraits hung on the walls of a home help to increase the self-esteem, connectedness, and feeling of belonging in children. Kids can see how much they are loved, they can see where they belong in the world, and they can see that they are highly valued. I would argue the same thing applies to us as adults as well. 

I've never heard someone say they regret having pictures taken, but I certainly have heard people regret not doing so or not going with a professional. Your family having fun together, your new baby, your wedding, are all moments you want to remember. They are worth it. So you worry about having fun and enjoying the moment, and we'll make sure you remember it for a lifetime.

Here, we build legacies. 

She captured exactly what I had wanted, and was so patient when I had a fussy baby.  I am so grateful for a wonderful photographer to help capture these precious moments for us to look at forever!
- Lauren (Baby's First Year Sessions)
Jesse McDonald
I'm a down to earth, straight to the point, go with the flow type off person who's always had a love of adventure. This wanderlust led me to work at Disneyland, spend time in the US Navy, sail on Tall Ships, and travel the world. After marrying my best friend in 2011, I returned to photography, completed a program with the New York Institute of Photography, and set up shop in Jacksonville, North Carolina.  I create portraits that show those life-enriching connections, not just the faces of people you know. 

I'm part wardrobe consultant, interior designer, portrait artist, and framing professional. Sessions with me are fun and full of real life moments. Some of those moments are staged, and many are not! Ultimately, my goal is to have you leave a session feeling confident and happy and excited to see beautiful artwork of your family in your home. 

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