“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.”