about jess golden and why it matters to know my why

your memories, documented honestly

Honest moments like when its really windy outside and your wedding tribe helps you pick up your dress and walk towards the chapel.

The moments when your nose is all scrunched up and you laugh while snorting because your partner is just that funny.

The ones when no one is looking and you place your hand on the back of your partner to pull them in for a kiss... those kind of honest moments.

Sure there will be the few images for your parents with you looking at the camera so they can put on the fridge or their coffee table with pride....

BUT if you crave more from your images that share the soft, pure candid quirky moments with some grit and grain and you want to look back at your images without regret,  you are in the right place.

WHAT THE HECKIN HECK IS HONEST STORIES? & WHY DOES THAT MATTER?

Pull up a seat and take a minute to hear what i have to say.... 

THE WEDDING INDUSTRY IS FAKE. BUT your story is real. They do not have enough REAL couples, DIVERSITY or even EQUALITY that represents people like you and me.

So in the last few years I have been on the hunt to show up unapologetically as real as possible, to advocate and speak up for the couples who dont care about the fake wedding industry standards that have been placed on most couples when they start the journey of wedding planning and the search for a photographer for their wedding day.

I have arrived to a decade plus of documenting weddings, elopements, maternity, family and there is nothing that compares to telling honest stories.

My story

Get to know me quiz style!

My momma always had a camera in hand when I was little. I loved seeing the photos of my family she photographed. I cherish those images today, especially now that a lot of those family members are no longer with us.

I started my photo journey early running around with a bunch of film and disposable cameras, working odd jobs to pay for the film to get developed my knocking on neighbors doors and asking if I could do any job for them, mow the yard, take the trash out or walk their dogs.

I went on into high school and joined yearbook club and would help create the spreads my graduating class would look back on years later today.

I was afraid of missing something and with photography, I feel like the little Jess has conquered that fear ever since I picked up documenting people I loved...

I've found that photos have greater meaning: a legacy and what you leave behind for the ones you love when you no longer are here. 


MEET THE ARTIST

09. what is your biggest strength in being visible online?

Just showing up and being vulnerable in all that I share. I love showing others that they can do it too!

a. Facebook 
b. Twitter
c. Instagram
d. YouTube

08. What is your favorite social platform?

a. Scotland 
b. Iceland
c. Paris
d. Canada

07. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Going for a walk with my pups and making coffee

06. what is your favorite morning routine?

a. Margarita 
b. Gin & Tonic
c. Cosmopolitan
d. Champaign

05. Drink of choice

My pups

04. What is one thing you can't live without?

a. Target
b. REI
c. Houston Camera Exchange
d. Madewell

03. what is one store are you most likely to shop for life?

Iced, Hottt, all of it but with oatmilk

02. How do you take your coffee?

a. Handmaids tale
b. Stranger Things
c. New Girl
d. All of the above

01. what is currently on Your Netflix watch list?

The Quiz Results Are In

@atticuspoetry

No great love was perfect,
no great love wasn't bravely fought for

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Every time I have my polaroid out to take pics people act like their inner child and get silly and its literally my favorite to see my couples come alive or out of their shell when they get to use the polaroid in their session. I take these and I scan them and will put them in your online gallery so that you have a digital copy and then i will mail you or meet up with ya to hand you the hard copies, easy peasy.

nostalgiC VIBES THAT SOME HOW GET PPL OUT OF THEIR SHELLS

Polaroids

My very first love of photography stems from 35mm film. As simple as it is, it is what started my journey of honest moments and real people... unedited or photoshopped in their imperfect skin. I prefer black and white film, the soft romantic shadows and grain makes my heart so happy. BUTTTT I also love color because well its needed for the memories. Once I get the scans back I will put the digital scans into your online gallery with your digital images. 

Timeless and perfect grain

35mm Film

FILM ISNT DEAD

Instagram family

10k

coffees consumed editing

111k

Client satisfaction

120%

dogs pet during sessions or weddings

68

Sessions+weddings shot

700+

Nerdy Stats

If you love what you see and feel like I’m your kind of photographer, let’s chat!