a note from Jess

Hello newly engaged COUPLE!

You are about to embark on a journey that’s going to change your world, that is going to absolutely consume your life and forever change you--and it’s just the planning of the wedding!

Just Like Real Life... with a Punch!

I know that this probably isn't the first wedding photography website you've looked at, and that's a good thing! It's best to fully educate yourself on the type and style of photography you connect most with.  My style is a mix of stunning portraits and impeccably captured unposed moments to show off every beautiful moment of your big day.  My photography is always fresh, real, and beautiful--never tacky or overprocessed. I like to say it's just like reality...with a punch! I want you to look at your photos for the rest of your life and be able to remember the day like it was yesterday.

This Aint My First Rodeo

As a professional photographer for well over a decade, I am fully comfortable with any location, lighting, timing, or situation that could come up on your wedding day.  This experience combined with consistently striking images has allowed me to be named both one of the Top Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo Magazine, as well as one of the Top Ten Most Influential Photographers of the Decade by Photo District News.  I can't wait to laugh and have a blast with you at your wedding, but I take my responsibility to bring you amazing images and service seriously.  I accept only a limited number of wedding commissions each year to ensure proper attention to each and every client.

Total Care of You and Your Images

From the time you first email to the day you receive your beautifully finished custom wedding album (and even after!), you can expect to be treated like my most important priority and friend!  You will never need to wonder where we are in the process or what happens next--through prompt, timely communication you will feel completely taken care of through every step of the process.  Plus, we'll have a ton of fun in the meantime!


what clients are saying
Katie & Dave Merritt
September 4, 2010
"If there was one decision as a bride I never second guessed it was hiring Jessica Claire to be our photographer. She was our first real decision in the planning process and the very first vendor call I made. Through my 8 months of planning Jessica was always available to answer any questions I had and share in my excitement.

When I first met Jessica she had flown up to San Francisco for our engagement shoot out on a tug boat in the Bay! I was in a dress for most of the photos and had forgotten my jeans in the car for another look and Jessica literally said to me “here, take mine!” We swapped clothes, got a good laugh and most importantly got amazing photos.

Months later our wedding weekend in Jackson Hole had arrived. Jessica was such a pleasure to be around and she really got to know the location and was very thorough. She made me feel so comfortable, calm and most of all excited! Jessica, thank you for capturing the most special day of our lives so eloquently and with such enthusiasm; I'm in awe of every single image. Your work is truly invaluable and I will forever treasure all the beautiful moments you captured for us!"
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Natali & Brian
You have been consistently one of the very best decisions we've made. Thank you so, so much!!
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Stephanie & Steve
I think it's fair to say a lot of photographers out there feel lucky to book clients and rarely do clients feel lucky to book a photographer. That wasn't the case for me when I booked Jessica for my October 2010 wedding. To me, choosing a photographer who could accurately capture the most special moment of our lives was the most important decision in the wedding planning process. It was an investment and a decision I did not take lightly, but Jessica made it easy. I knew I had to have Jessica shoot my wedding from the moment I saw her work. Living in Texas, I never had the opportunity to meet Jessica in person before deciding to book her for our San Diego wedding... but I didn't need to. Jessica's photographs speak for her. She is insanely talented with an eye for detail like no one else in the business. And the best part about her... she's a beautiful person and an absolute delight to work with. Every time I look back at the photographs from our wedding day, I'm able to relive the emotion and love I felt during the most amazing day of my life. Thank you, Jessica, for creating memories that will last a lifetime.
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what the press thinks
Published in Rangefinder Magazine!
March, 2011
Being published in a magazine written by photographers and for photographers is one of the biggest honors I could hope to achieve. While having weddings featured in bridal mags and blogs is exciting, there's nothing quite like being recognized by the industry you belong to and love!

This month, I have a page in Rangefinder Magazine, a recipe for a photo! This photo is from Monika & Nicholas' wedding which was in Los Angeles. Their wedding was vintage and effortless, a deadly combination. Thanks Rangefinder!
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what the press thinks
Inside Weddings: Leila & Tony
A Wedding in Santa Ynez
When Leila of http://beinspiredpr.com chose me as her wedding photographer for her beautiful ceremony and reception in Santa Ynez, I couldn't have been more thrilled...until I saw the feature in Inside Weddings!

Leila and Tony's wedding was a blissful, etherial day that was all about being surrounded by their closest friends and family. It was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with them. Check out the full feature below!
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I Heart Faces Guest Judge
March 2011
I was extremely proud and flattered to be chosen as an I Heart Faces guest judge! The IHP community is over 10,000 photographers strong and to be able to both teach them and learn from them was an incredible experience!
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Style Me Pretty
April 26, 2010
After an amazing weekend, we are rested, relaxed and coming out of the gates swingning this lovley Monday morning. If you read SMP regularly, you already know that the word obsessed doesn’t even scratch the surface when it comes to how we feel about Jessica Claire. Whether it’s her own insanely gorgeous wedding that we are swooning over or her latest picture perfect photoshoot, it seems that everything Jessica touches turns to wedding gold.
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Inside Weddings - Sarah & Lando
April 26, 2007
Congratulations to fabulous couple Sarah & Lando on the ginormous 9 page feature on their wedding in super chic magazine Inside Weddings! Sarah and Lando are my infamous "Washington Monument" couple who jumped into the reflecting pool in full wedding attire the day after their wedding! I knew that they were going to have some images in an upcoming issue, but I can't believe this spread.
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Published in Bride & Bloom!
It was such an honor to work with an incredible team for this gorgeous Vera Wang inspired shoot! Carolyn Chen of The Special Day spearheaded the shoot, coordinating all the little details. Nisie of Niesie Enchanted Florist decked out the table with flowers & linens, and Sweet & Saucy really outdid themselves with not one but TWO gorgeous cakes!
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