Jessica's love for her work truly shines through her photos. Her gift for film photography is incredible and I am looking forward to seeing more of her film images. She has an eye for composition and a light. For now, I wish to share with all our readers, future brides & fellow artists a gorgeous bridal session and a few words from this talented artist.
Heirloom: Do you have any morning rituals or things you do to get ready for a long day of editing or shooting?
Jessica: My rituals change from season to season, but I think I've found some solid methods for now! To get ready for a long day of editing, I have to have a good Netflix marathon going on in the background. It makes for some good background noise without being distracted, especially since I watch the same shows over and over! My favorites have got to be Grey's Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, and Friends! To prepare for a session, I have a go-to playlist I always jam to while driving to the session. Some days I'm in the mood for a pump-up, other days I need something soft and soothing. Music has always been a very important part of my life (see question 3 for more!), and it never fails to inspire me and speak my heart when I can't find the words myself. My ritual for weddings actually involves what happens afterwards; my tradition is always to reward myself the next morning with a fantastic brunch! This is one of my favorite parts of a wedding weekend! I actually find a lot of joy eating alone, and since I constantly travel for weddings, I love finding new brunch restaurants! (Can you say mimosas?! PS, once you realize my obsession with mimosas, consider yourself my friend.)
Heirloom: What do you like to do for fun?
Jessica: My version of "fun" may sound incredibly boring, but when you photograph such high energy occasions for a living, my time off is always very mellow. I am often re-reading Harry Potter (my obsession is quite enormous), playing with my precious corgi-child Chester, window shopping at Anthropologie, or playing video games. Yes, yes I am quite proud to admit that I am in my mid-20's and love to play video games in my spare time! I am an enormous nerd and not afraid to admit it!
Heirloom: Tell us about your journey into photography!
Jessica: My journey into photography involves a very difficult decision and transition in my life. Music (and creative aspects alike) was my life growing up, so it was only natural that I majored in music in college. Little did I know, studying what I loved in such an intense, academic setting was extremely taxing. I was so sad that what I was most passionate about was losing it's fire, so photography became an outlet for me. I took pictures of my friends for fun, edited them in iPhoto (no joke!), and I thought I was SO LEGIT. (No one will find any of these pictures anywhere, I am so mortified!). Regardless, I still graduated and went on to get a masters in Music Therapy. I was living in Denton, Texas by myself, and had my business on the side to make money. I can't believe it took me an entire semester to realize how miserable I was, but I finally quit grad school and went full-time with my business! I still miss my dedication to music and how big a part of my life it was, but I know one day my path will lead back to it. Anyways, my parents were so more than gracious to let me move back in with them while I got my life in order, and now I can't believe my business is my full-time life!
Heirloom: What's one thing, event, place you've always wanted to photograph but haven't gotten a chance to yet?
Jessica: Once I photograph a wedding in Europe, I'm fairly certain my photography journey will be complete.
Jessica Welshans of Jessica Gold Photography is an inspiration to us all. From music to photography this girl is on fire! Creativity runs in her veins and we are thrilled to feature her gorgeous work.