Happy One-Year Anniversary & a Giveaway!

March 2, 2013

Today is the day.

One year ago today is when I began this journey into photography. I had no idea what I was doing but I put my heart into it and I couldn’t be happier about where it is talking me. I have met so many amazing people and complete strangers have turned into friends just because of my camera, a little faith on their end, and a really big dream.

Just the other day I was thinking about why I love being a photographer. People ask me all the time how I got into it and I always say that I honestly cannot remember a time when I didn’t have a camera in my hand. It is so natural to me, and there are a about million answers I could give. I’ve heard people say wedding photography is probably the worst job out there (yes I’m taking about you Professor Howie). But I love it. In fact, I think this is the best job in the world.  The thing I love the very most is that it makes me humble. For a day, or sometimes just for a few hours, I get a little peek into some else’s life… and it’s so beautiful. I know that I am guilty of getting consumed with my own little world and this gives me a chance to step out of that mindset and experience something new.

When I was a little girl I would always wonder what it would be like to look through someone else’s eyes. It felt so confining to only be able to see through mine. I craved KNOWING. I wanted to become that omniscient narrator that could switch back and forth between the minds of his characters whenever he felt like it. Being a photographer doesn’t make me omniscient but sometimes it feels like it.

The main thing I want this post to say is THANK YOU. By reading this blog, liking my page on Facebook, or hiring me to capture some of the most important moments in your life, you are making my dream come true. There is so much more I want to do but for just a year into this I’d say I have been very blessed.  At this point I have photographed 37 lifestyle sessions and 4 weddings. The lifestyle sessions included seniors, maternity, engagements, families, newborns, cake smashes, fashion, sisters and mini-sessions. Every opportunity I’ve been given to be behind my camear was amazing and I look forward to (and pray for) many, many more.

I cannot wait to see what year two brings.

You probably wouldn’t be surprised to hear that I think a photo says more than words. So while I can say thank you a thousand times, I still feel like it won’t make the impact I am hoping for. That is why I want to give away a photo session.There are a couple of ways to enter:

1. Comment on this blog post. (1 entry)

2. “Like” me on Facebook and comment here to let me know you’ve done so (1 entry)

3. Tell your friends to “like” me as well and have them comment here with your name. (1 entry per like)

 (and make sure to tell me where you live since my life is split between California and Arizona) The winner will receive an hour long lifestyle session of their choosing.  Entries will only be accepted until midnight on March 15th so please share this with your friends and check back soon for a winner! I would really love to give this session away to a deserving family.

If you want to be behind this camera, start commenting! And again… THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! <3



[…] of you that have been following my blog (Hi mom!) I started this journey back in 2012. This March I celebrated a year of following my dream and it has gotten even better since! 2013 was my first full year of business […]

I am already a fan of yours on Facebook 🙂
I know the giveaway is closed, still wanted to comment. 🙂

I actually found your blog through another photographer, through Restart on Facebook, and I have to say, I’m super inspired by your work, your passion, and your commitment to just DOING IT and taking the risk. I’m hoping I’ll be there soon. 🙂

Erin, THANK YOU SO MUCH! Honestly that means the world to me to inspire another photographer mainly because I am SO inspired by every other photographer I come across and I know how important is to be be inspired over and over again. I noticed you’re located in LA- we should meet up sometime! Email me at jessica@jessicamwood.com 🙂

Hi Jessica! I follow your blog and love it so much. This post definitely hits home for me because I can relate on how passionate you are about this in your life. Your passion is so inspiring and makes me think that if you can do this then I can do anything that I work hard at and put my mind to. Thank you for the beautiful pictures. You are an artist 🙂 And I would love to enter for your giveaway 🙂

I love this blog. All your stories and photos make me happy! 🙂 This is my entry!

Hi Jessica,

I was friends with your sister and we dated for a bit. I still have a few of her letters if you or your dad are interested in having them. I’ve kept them out of respect for her, it seemed wrong not to keep them. She was a good friend.


Hi Kris,
I would love to have them, thank you so much for keeping them and for reaching out to me. Could you email me at jessica@jessicamwood.com and I can send you my mailing address?

I would love to have a lifestyle session!! 😉 A little worried about the chaos of my little posse.

I like pictures. I like pretty pictures. I like taking pictures and honestly, I like people taking pictures of me, but I know I’m not all that attractive.

Now that I’m done rambling, Emery Burrell-romero sent me =D

Done and done! Emery sent me here 🙂

Done! And this post just makes me happy!!! 🙂

I’ve been following your career this year and think that your photos are lovely. If I can somewhat get over the combined awkwardness of being the subject of pictures and being the subject of pictures taken by a past student, I am definitely going to ask you to do pregnancy and/or baby pictures (when/if the time comes). I think your work and philosophy are beautiful.

(Don’t count this as a contest entry. Just a show of support and congratulations. When I hire you, I want to pay you.)

This honestly made my day and I almost teared up a little. Almost:) thank you so much for your support and I would love more than anything to photograph your future baby bump and baby. We can bring Sierra along to tell jokes if that will make it less awkward. Thank you again and I hope all is well with you and your hubby.

Liked! And commented! Love you girl! Keep it up! I’ll tell my friends! But I want the free shoot 😛