Jessica is a globetrotting modern lifestyle photographer with a special knack for capturing intimate portraits of families and children.
Jessica’s passion for photography began when she was a curious child with a camera, exploring the countryside near her hometown of Monterrey, Virginia, population 53. After graduating from college and many cameras later, Jessica was a Navy officer, photographing the world from the bridge of her forward-deployed amphibious ship.
Photography took on a new importance in Jessica’s life after her grandmother passed away, leaving behind boxes and boxes of cherished memories. These were photographs that, together, compromised a complete photographic legacy of the family dating to the 1890s. Fueled by the desire to give this gift of family heritage to others, Jessica became a full-time photographer.
“I love stories. I love reading them. I love telling them. But I especially love photographing them. This is my mission: to tell your family’s story through photographs.
I am deeply moved by purity, simplicity, and emotion. I strive to catch the ‘in-between’ moments, the moments where I become invisible and I capture the true essence of your family.
I place a great importance on getting to know you so I can learn what you most want to remember about your family in their current stage of life. And that, along with the in-between moments, are what I am going to preserve for you in photographs.”
In addition to photographing families and children, Jessica is a talented fine art, travel, and commercial photographer. She enjoys savoring the simple things in life and is a self-proclaimed kid at heart who just likes to have fun. Jessica’s home base is Ballston Spa, New York where lives with her husband and two tuxedo rescue cats.
My Motto: Peace, Love and Photography
If I’m not photographing, I am studying for my masters degree in Environmental Science and Policy and working with Sustainable Saratoga.
We heart craft beer.
I think of my self as a storyteller more than a photographer.
Yes, I showed sheep at the county fair and dressed them up. I also liked doing the polar plunge at summer camp.
Books, farmer’s markets, and Rayban Wayfarers rock the world.
I like sitting on my front porch watching my cats attempt to catch a squirrel. They are city cats and not used to “the village”.
The Navy was hard, but I would do it all over again.
My dream is to photograph ice in Antarctica.
My parents are amazing.
My husband makes my world go round. We are the “Riehl” deal.