Giggle Fest • Portraits

When photographing people, I really enjoy the moments where people aren't thinking about having their photo taken. Moments of pure joy, giggles, eyes closed is a bonus. I put together this portrait series from past shoots with some of my favorite natural expressions of happiness. Christina_Portraits_Jessica_Keener_Photography (12 of 21)-2Jessica Keener PhotographyAlex&Miles_Family_Portrait_Session0044Billy&Marika_Engagement_Session0047-2Adam0001FOLF_Jessica_Keener_Photography (1 of 2)Jessica Keener PhotographyFOLF2_Jessica_Keener_Photography (16 of 52)FOLF2_Jessica_Keener_Photography (3 of 12)Jessica Keener PhotographyFOLF2_Jessica_Keener_Photography (41 of 52)Marshman_Wedding (28 of 33)FOLF2_Jessica_Keener_Photography (57 of 97)-2Jessica Keener PhotographyRafal_Portraits0030-2Gaby0098Irena_Jessica_Keener_Photography (9 of 1)IMG_4144Marshman_Wedding (202 of 554)Meg_Headshots (3 of 23)-2Steven&Leah_Maui_Wedding (6 of 78)

Wedding Highlights • 2015 Year in Review

In 2015 Jessica Keener Photography got to photograph in some inspiringly beautiful places, including their first International wedding. From Hawaii to Curacao, and everywhere in between, check out the love and joy below!

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Sirens & Cider • Capitol Cider • Seattle, WA

I had the privilege of photographing a harvest inspired farm-to-table style event at Capitol Cider featuring all local Seattle female chefs. The talent was endless and all 6 dishes were works of art. Each dish was created based on the Alpenfire Ciders they were paired with. This was the first of an event series. Feel like you missed out? Stay up to date on future events here!

The chefs:

Sara Harvey – Chef De Cuisine, Capitol Cider Kaleena Bliss – Chef De Cuisine, Mistral Bobbie Mollenberg – Sous Chef, Spur Mac Jarvis – Chef, Ernest Loves Agnes Katie Gallego – Sous Chef, Orfeo Emily Young – Chef De Cuisine, Old Sage

Let's Go on an Adventure • Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Recently I got to take a trip to Isla Mujeres to photograph a few luxury real estate rentals. While I was on the island I got a great taste of Mexican culture and am now in love with the beautiful water and relaxed vibe. Just being there makes you feel completely rejuvenated. A few favorite restaurants:

Lola Valentina- A very solid cuisine across the board. Great for dinner and wish I had gone for brunch because the menu sounded amazing.

GreenVerde- try the fish tacos and fresh cucumber "lemonade" (made out of limes).

Elements of the Island- Delicious and very reasonably priced breakfast. Best fruit I had on the island and the people who work there are incredibly nice and accommodating as well.

2015 Year in Review • Portraits

Here's a look back at some portrait highlights from 2015! What a great year it's been traveling and photographing headshots, portraits, families, and pets.

Foodie Fridays • Early Girl Eatery • Asheville, NC

There are few things I love more than brunch. Early Girl Eatery in Asheville, NC has consistently impressed me. One of my favorite dishes is the "Early Girl Benny", which is two grit cakes topped with tomato, spinach, poached eggs, tomato gravy and fresh avocado. A delightful southern take on a brunch classic. Check out this southern charm in downtown Asheville, NC!

Holy City Blues Exchange • Dance Event • Charleston, SC

I had the pleasure of photographing Holy City Blues Exchange in Charleston, SC recently. I got to attend this event 5 years ago and it's a ton of fun. Lots of live music and blues dancing around the city. Below are some highlights from the dance event weekend.

Alex & Miles • Portrait Session • Charleston, SC

I was in Charleston, SC recently photographing a blues event, Holy City Blues Exchange. Alex helped organize the event and hired me to photograph her with her husband Miles and their sweet dogs. They got married in Charleston and used to live there, so the city has a special place in their hearts. We walked along The Battery and took photos at all the places we found beautiful. Charleston is full of sophisticated southern charm.

Foodie Fridays • 167 Raw • Charleston, SC

167 Raw Fish Market and Oyster Bar was unbelievably delicious. The lobster roll was so fresh and the lobster was the star of the sandwich, very sweet and soft which contrasted well with the crispy buttery roll. The guy next to me said it could be described as nothing less than "sensual" and I could not agree more. Beautiful platters of fresh seafood on ice filled the restaurant around me. I also enjoyed the atmosphere of this small oyster bar; light and inviting, with all bar seating. Be prepared to wait, but definitely well worth it. As a party of 1, I waited 20 min for lunch. Highly recommend this wonderful restaurant if you're visiting Charleston, SC.

Mike & Jennifer • Destination Wedding • Curacao

Mike and Jennifer got married on the gorgeous island of Curacao, located next to Aruba. This was my first International wedding and boy was it awesome! The ceremony took place on a private beach at the Avila Hotel. We took wedding party photos at the hotel and in the surrounding neighborhood of Willemstad. Jennifer's friend and bridesmaid Jessica designed all of the flowers and hair pieces. Such a beautiful day!

Let's Go on an Adventure • Curacao

Recently I got to photograph my first international wedding as Jessica Keener Photography! In addition to that amazing experience, I got to explore the island of Curacao as a tourist during the whole week surrounding the wedding. Check out some of the iPhone photos I took on my adventures around the island!

Ben & Grace • Married! • Woodland Park Zoo • Seattle, WA

I had the absolute privilege of photographing a wedding with TréCreative at the Woodland Park Zoo recently. Ben and Grace were so sweet and it was a blast taking photos around the zoo all day. Check out some of my favorites below. Congratulations again Ben and Grace!

Charlie & Alex • Married! • Sodo Park, Seattle, WA

Charlie and Alex got married at the gorgeous Sodo Park in Seattle. They have been together for years, and their day was full of genuine love and celebration. It really was such an honor to be a part of their special day. I remember one of the things that stood out the most was how both Charlie and Alex's families had felt like they have already been one big family for years, so it was a chance to get everyone together and party. I wish you both the best in your future adventures! Sending you my love.

Charlie & Alex • First Look • Sodo Park, Seattle, WA

Charlie and Alex are two very good friends of mine, so I was especially honored to photograph their wedding recently. I met Charlie in NC on a kayaking expedition in middle school. I met Alex when they both helped me move to Seattle 4 years ago, and Alex and I partnered up to do Babes with the Goods (a baking blog!). They both have a sparkling, warm place in my heart. They got married at Sodo Park, which has become my new favorite indoor Seattle venue. It is breathtakingly beautiful. Check out their very sweet first look.

Duy & Jen • Engaged! • Olympic Sculpture Park • Discovery Park • Seattle, WA

Duy proposed to Jen on the beach at Golden Gardens, so they felt it would be special to incorporate some beachy photos into their engagement session too. We began their portraits at the Olympic Sculpture Park and ended at Discovery Park South Beach as the sun set. Their love is so playful, sweet and fun. Congratulations again on getting engaged. I'm really looking forward to photographing your wedding next year!

Chef Steps • Proposal Picnic • Volunteer Park • Seattle, WA

Two very dear friends of mine got engaged recently and I got to be a sneaky part of making it all happen. After the official proposal in the Volunteer Park Conservatory, one of the planned surprises for the day was a sophisticated picnic in Volunteer Park catered by Chef Steps. The food was unbelievably delicious! Here are some photos from the very special day with quite a few of the awesome food (for Chef Steps blog and your enjoyment). Congratulations Anastasiya and Julian! I could not be more happy for you both.

Proposal • She said yes! • Mario & Mary Kay • Flytographer • Seattle Vacation Photographer

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Mario booked a Flytographer session to capture his proposal to Mary Kay while they were vacationing in Seattle. He wanted a beautiful view of the city in the background, so he proposed on the water taxi dock in West Seattle. After he popped the big question (and she said yes!) Mario had planned for several of Mary Kay's friends and his sister to fly into town and surprise her. Following a little celebrating with them, we took the water taxi over to downtown Seattle and I took some portraits of the two of them around Pioneer Square. Mary Kay really appreciated the urban landscape downtown, so we all walked around and pointed out spots we thought would be great for some photos. Teamwork! I had so much fun documenting their love and I wish Mario and Mary Kay the very best.

Toni • Headshots and Portraits • Olympic Sculpture Park • Seattle, WA

Toni12I had the honor of photographing Toni this past weekend. Her work and life are dedicated to bringing a healthy eating lifestyle into everyones home. Founder of Plant Based on a Budget - helping low-income families eat healthy: plantbasedonabudget.com

Program Coordinator at End 68 Hours of Hunger - combating childhood hunger by providing free weekend meals: http://end68hoursofhunger.org/sacramento-ca/

Food & Lifestyle Coordinator at Vegan Outreach - making veganism easy and accessible! http://veganoutreach.org/blog/. Also check out this fun video where she teaches you how to make some tasty guac! http://veganoutreach.org/easy-and-delicious-guacamole/

...and now to the photos! With all of the organizations Toni is working with, she needed some professional portraits to represent herself. You can really see her radiant personality in these photos. Loved photographing her! How gorgeous is she?

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