For so many reasons, this year has been one to remember. Personally, it was a great one. I turned twenty five, I absolutely love what I do, I'm living in one of my favorite cities on the planet and I am surrounded by healthy, inspiring and loving friends and family. Not a whole lot to complain about in the small area that my life takes up on this planet. However, the older I get, the wider my eyes are opened to the reality of the world and the fact that there are many things that need not only our attention and help -- but our soul. I know that my heart beats for those moments of connection -- that instant, deep, unexplained understanding of this is why we're here. It's often fleeting, but as I age, I have learned to hold on to those moments. To write them down, to photograph them, to remember them and make sure I live my life in constant pursuit of that feeling.
This year, I want to offer four photographs. Four moments in time. Four scenes that resonate with me for certain reasons and will most likely change over time. Four images that for you, may mean something entirely different. Each photograph represents an organization that has taken my heart and my soul this year. Two of these organizations are ones that I've been passionate about for years and the three others have only recently come to my attention thanks to suggestions from friends and family. All proceeds of the sales of these prints will be donated to the causes they're attached to.
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T H E P H O T O G R A P H S
Last Light | Mammoth Lakes, CA | 2016
Last Light was taken off of the side of the road in 8 degree air as the last bit of sunlight dipped behind the Western ridges of Mammoth Lakes. The Sierras are a special place for many and have served as the focus for many famous photographers throughout history. To me, this photograph represents the setting and rising of the sun. Regardless of the contents of the day, the sun will still set and the sun will still rise. The organization I'd like to pair with this piece is The Trevor Project -- a ray of light in a world of darkness for many. The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for everyone, especially LGBTQ+ youth. They're the best friend that some kids don't think they have or deserve and they're actively spreading love, positivity and an open mind. Suicide prevention is one of the causes that is closest to my heart and I'm so thankful for organizations like this that are giving a voice to many who need one. Click here to donate by ordering a print: Order this Print
Time + Space | Santa Ynez, CA | 2015
Time + Space is named for a theme in my favorite film, Interstellar: in a world where we view moments and memories as linear, the reality is that only one thing can transcend time and space -- love. Regardless of what you believe lies within or beyond the stars we see in our night sky, I'd like to think that love is there. I personally view it as a glimpse into some sort of heaven, somewhere where our loved ones who have passed on are watching over us. I'd like to pair this with two organizations that share the same goal -- The March of Dimes and Made for a Miracle. One larger and one smaller organization that are both actively helping bring awareness, support, aide and love to mothers, fathers and families with premature babies. Sometimes these babies are here on our earth for just a few moments in time but the impact they have is immeasurable. Proceeds for Time + Space will be equally split between the two organizations. Click here to donate by ordering a print: Order this Print
Of the Sea | Malibu, CA | 2015
This one is for all of the animal lovers out there and this is a photo of a rock. That's it. I love this photo, I love this beach and I love animals. The organization for animals that I love the most is called Vet Ranch and I found them on YouTube last year and have been obsessed with them ever since. They take in homeless animals, nurse them back to health and get them adopted. They are such a caring, smart and selfless group of vets and I love being able to watch what they're doing online. The funds from their donations go directly toward helping the animals you see in their videos and each one has me bawling like a baby from pure joy. Check them out and know that the proceeds from this print of a rock are directly going to helping an animal heal and find a loving home. Click here to donate by ordering a print: Order this Print
Hope | New York City, NY | 2016
I've only been to New York City twice and both times were post-911. I couldn't help but stare up at each building and wonder what it was like before the city -- and our country -- went through what it did. I knew I wanted to have one organization in this project that focused our American soldiers and this awesome recommendation came from a friend, veteran and fellow photographer. The Farmer Veteran Coalition works to connect veterans with jobs in the agriculture and farming industry. They've created several different programs that have helped over 3,400 veterans in the past year alone -- 72% of which are post 9-11 veterans. To me, this is what the heart of America is about -- helping those who have served our country be able to thrive in it. Click here to donate by ordering a print: Order this Print
H O W I T W O R K S
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I'm hoping you'll fall in love with a print and an organization -- maybe even two. Head over to my gallery and find a size you'd like to order. Add it to your cart, click purchase and I'll receive your order. All photographs will be printed by a local lab called Paul's Photo that I love to support and work with. I'll be hand mailing the print(s) to the address you enter for shipping. All proceeds from each sale will be donated to the organization represented by the photograph(s). If you connect with a photograph but connect better with an organization that another photograph represents, let me know your prefered organization for donation in the Notes to Seller box. If no other organization is mentioned, the proceeds will be donated to the organization that the photo represents. If you'd simply like to donate to a cause mentioned above, head over to their websites and feel free to donate on your own -- I would be thrilled! If you can't donate but still want to help support any or all of these causes, please share the link to this blog post or the link to the cause you love the most. Sharing is spreading awareness. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for taking the time to read through this and thank you from the bottom of my heart if you decide to support one of these incredible causes by purchasing a print from me. I'm not a doctor or a soldier or a mom but I hope I can at least continue to share the selfless acts of all of these incredible people that make these organizations possible. Thank you, truly, from the bottom of my soul. -- Jes
Wahoo! This is my first shoot featured by my favorite wedding blog, Green Wedding Shoes! I couldn't be more excited to see my photos and all of the hard work and talent put in by the entire vendor team featured on their website this morning! This shoot was such a collaborative project brought together by planner & designer, Jessica Carrillo of Art & Soul Events. I was so connected to this mood and the eclectic energy of the entire setting.
There is something so romantic about downtown Los Angeles for me. The lofty ambiance of a brick room in a sky rise building, the constant hustle of car horns -- mild in comparison to Manhattan, the bold splashes of color from street artists on every surface. It's the true center of California's melting pot culture. Every age, every background - Los Angeles is where it all comes together. I lived about a mile outside of downtown for two years and remember watching the city lights sparkle from my window as planes flew low over the skyscrapers on their way home to LAX. This shoot captured all of that magic -- a romance, an artists touch, fresh cocktails, rich hues of maroon and emerald, dancing. It's Los Angeles in a single room.
I'm so proud to share some of my favorite images from this shoot and even more proud to share a hefty list of the vendors involved. Take a look at the Green Wedding Shoes feature here:
V E N D O R S
Design + Planning: Art & Soul Events, www.artandsouleventsla.com
Photography: Jes Workman, www.jesworkman.com
Videography: Lovelit Films, www.Lovelitfilms.com
Floral Design + Styling: Foxtail Florals, www.foxtailflorals.com
Venue: Seventh Place, www.seventhplace.la
Stationery: Boldhouse, www.boldhousecreative.com
Furniture Rentals: Thrifted Sister Vintage Rentals, www.thriftedsistervintage.com
Dishes/Napkins: Cost Plus World Market, www.worldmarket.com
Catering: Amy's Culinary Adventures, www.amysculinaryadventures.com
Cocktails: Mama's Medicine, www.mamas-medicine.com
Dessert: Coolhaus, www.coolhaus.com
Music: Dart DJ, www.dart-dj.com
Hair & Makeup: Jen Plus Colour, www.jenpluscolour.com
Bridal Boutique: Bride Boutique, www.brideboutiquela.com
Bridal gown: “Sloan” dress Rose and Delilah & Kite and Butterfly shawl
Models: Nisha + Brandon, @nishasanok + @espyespy
Almost to the day, my first shoot with Brittany was five years prior to this engagement session. She had recently moved to Los Angeles from Oklahoma to pursue her music career and wanted some photos by the beach to accompany the release of her newest single. Our friendship grew over the years as she released new music. She casually mentioned a hair appointment while we were in the car driving to a location and told me that it was the five year anniversary of her remission from cancer. She wanted to celebrate by donating her hair to the cause that provided her with wigs while she saws going through treatment. I asked to tag along and a few weeks later, our short documentary was picked up by Pantene for a national ad spot throughout the web and received almost two million views -- watch it here!
Shortly after, Brittany met Kristian and the two got engaged at the beginning of this year. They chose Kristian's alma mater -- the beautiful Pepperdine campus -- as the backdrop for their engagement photos. We ended the session at the popular El Matador beach in Malibu and couldn't have asked for a more cozy, almost-summer night. I cannot wait to continue photographing their journey as they tie the knot (in Malibu, of course) later this summer.
All photos by Jes Workman
Brittany's dress by Paper Crown
If you're searching for a wedding photographer, you've probably skimmed across a few pricing guides and seen the variety of packages people have to offer. Some are purely digital - an online gallery with a link to download. Some are loaded with prints, canvases and albums. Some might mail you a DVD and others a custom USB. I've seen it all and I'm sure you have too. Personally, I've always been drawn to the tangible - I like to hold photographs in my hand. I love seeing a heavy, weathered leather album sitting on a coffee table. I can finally say that I'm able to offer my clients the same experience.
Over the years, I've honed in on my style and have paid close attention to what my clients value. They're creative, real and passionate people. We're either already friends, referred by a friend or became friends within minutes of our consult. I know that my clients love the thoughtful details and value quality. With my new packaging, I'm able to give all of my clients the experience of preserving their memories both digitally and in print while also having something beautiful that they can display in their home. While albums are available in most of my packages, my new maple box with 50 prints and a USB is my treat to each couple that spends time in front of my camera.
Now available in my Lunada & Malaga collections.
Palos Verdes is my home. Not by birth or even by longevity but from my first visit over six years ago I could feel the sea calling to my soul. This town is truly magical -- each cove holds new adventures, each cliffside with a unique face. It is peaceful in a way that could take you novels to describe. For the past year I've called it home.
Southern California is one of the world's most popular destination for weddings. There are beaches, deserts, mountains, lakes and everything in between. Just within Los Angeles county there is almost every landscape imaginable. With gorgeous locations comes many talented creatives. I decided to pull together just a handful of them to combine our visions and create a story that personifies just one part of Palos Verdes that I love. The rich history, the mysterious fog enveloped hill, the bold colors and lush greenery, the Italian-inspired architecture that inspires many a home in a sea of eclectic mansions. The ageless beauty that is Palos Verdes.
My dear friend and stunning model, Jessica, lent her talents to this session. I love working with Jessica because we always seem share the same brain wave. While the start and end of our shoots is always filled with sarcasm and laughter, we're silent artists in the midst of our sessions working purely off of energy. She embraced this character of a young siren with grace and ferocity. While bridal sessions are typically joyous and light, we incorporated my signature edge into this session.
Flowers came from the wonderful Brie Walter of Brie's Honeybees & Flowers in Redondo Beach. Brie fully understood the vibe of this session and arranged a gorgeous bouquet of loose, dusty roses and matched the bright, tropical greenery of the peninsula. Pops of deep cranberry and a dot of navy added a touch of class to the piece.
Vivan Tran from Vivian Tran Hair-Makeup Artistry created a loose up-do with a side fishtail braid that perfectly mixed both sophistication and bohemian elements. She matched this with dewey, bronze skin and a smokey neutral eye. Matte rose brown lips finished the look.
January from January Rose Bridal was on hand to add a touch of metal or a soft veil when the moment called for a bit extra. Her delicate handmade headpieces were the perfect addition to every look -- from a discreet, small gold branch at the base of the hair to a more elaborate crown-style piece, she had a unique creation for everything.
We worked with two gowns from Dreamers & Lovers from Torrance, CA that were absolutely stunning. The first was a thin strapped, body hugging dress called Amber that showed off Jessica's curves while remaining the element of class. We wanted to still portray a California setting where skin is adored and the body is everyone's temple. The second was the Alice gown and I chose it for many reasons: we wanted a more conservative option for our church setting, the train was long and loose and the low back was a our edgy surprise. This gown was everything. We effortlessly took it from youthful and fun to bohemian and cultural to high-class and formal. With just a bit of unique styling, there really wasn't an occasion where this dress could fail!
Last but certainly not least, our location. The Neighborhood Church has been a staple in the Palos Verdes history for almost a century. Originally built as a private estate by J. J. Haggarty in 1928, this seaside Mediterranean mansion has since slowly evolved into the areas oldest and most iconic church. They hold a wide array of weddings each year with one of the nation's most desirable coastlines as a backdrop. I'd like to give a special thank you to the church manager, Lauren, for helping to make this shoot happen. The church was the original inspiration for this shoot as it embodies everything that Palos Verdes is about: beauty, elegance and a bit of mystique.
Model: Jessica Draven
Flowers: Brie's Honeybees & Flowers | www.briewalter.com
Gown: Dreamers + Lovers | www.dreamersandlovers.com
HMUA: Vivian Tran Hair-Makeup Artistry | www.viviantranmakeup.com
Accessories: January Rose Bridal | www.januaryrosebridal.com
Venue: Neighborhood Church of Palos Verdes | www.neighborhoodchurchpve.org
Photographer: Jes Workman | www.jesworkman.com
Let's begin with the fact that I have a fairly strong sense of humor. I often have to tuck it away for the eight hours or so that I spend with my clients for the sake of professionalism (aka not making them instantly regret their decision to hire me to capture the most important day of their lives). As I grow in this industry, I'm attracting clients that are choosing me for me -- they love my style and after our consultation, they love me. And vice versa. I'm in love with all of my clients and only take on weddings that I know will have me ugly crying during the speeches. Within seconds of meeting Vered & Ben, I knew I had met my perfect match.
These two are witty, quick and hilarious. They're both actors, artists, yogis and just really awesome people. We knew we were going for an overall "editorial" feel for the photos but between the three of us, laughter was hard not to interrupt. From sneaking onto a property that we knew we were within seconds of being kicked off of to later assigning personalities to the imaginary owners of the property and going on improv tangents, we had a blast . Not to mention, Vered (and Ben!) completed worked the camera without the phony "I'm sooooo bad at this" preamble (if you aren't familiar, it's when a gorgeous couple prefaces the shoot with a false "we're so awkward in front of the camera" and then totally kills it).
It's safe to say that we had an awesome time roaming around the hills on this warm January afternoon in sunny California. They'll be married down the road at Malibou Lake this summer in an enchanting, garden wedding that I'll of course be sharing everywhere. I can't wait!
All photos by Jes Workman