"Being photographed by Jessie is a transformative and wonderful experience. She has photographed me twice -- and most recently in the nude. While this could have felt pretty vulnerable, Jessie's presence and professionalism made me feel nothing but safe, and free to be unapologetically myself while she was capturing the images. The results of the photos are beautifully sensual without being overtly sexual (something that was important to me). The experience of being in front of her camera is so dang fun, you almost forget it's a photo shoot! And then she delivers the photos themselves and I'm always in awe at how she has this way of capturing the essence of your being. This is something I've seen not only in the photos she's taken of me, but of the many musicians, and other artists she has photographed as well. In short, Jessie is one of a kind and a true master of her art!"
“I am far from elegant but you would never know that looking at the final photos that Jessie sent me. I felt more like a manatee than a mermaid as I tried to relax my face and move gracefully through the water but somehow Jessie caught incredible shots. (Though I'm sure the ones she withheld captured some of that awkwardness..)
I'd never done an underwater shot and the closest I'd come is seeing one on Amerca's Next Top Model circa 2004. I am not a natural in front of the camera either, but immediately felt Jessie's professionalism, expertise, and empathy as she took a few minutes pre-shoot to explain exactly how things would go (including the fact that she was still new to this and didn't know exactly how things would go), a way to keep time (which I appreciated as a client in not being shocked that it was over, but instead having an idea of a countdown!) and our options. Although the pool was a bit chilly, her positive attitude and willingness to be flexible in every way (including an option to ditch the pool and just do photos in a hot tub) made me feel immediately comfortable.
I loved that Jessie can work with "normal" people who aren't influencers or models and make the shoot work. I am SO grateful for that and not feeling stupid not knowing where to put my hands or where to look.”
Thank you Hana for the beautiful opportunity to work together!