I'm a reformed city girl from Los Angeles, California who somehow ended up living the horse girl life in central New Jersey with my physicist husband Gus and our kitty Lyra. I have an unhealthy love of smooching pony noses, I'd rather wear muck boots and breeches than makeup and heels, and I'm truly puzzled when someone says "you smell like horses" as if it's a bad thing. I'm obsessed with tacos, trashy Bravo reality TV and seltzer, not necessarily in that order.
Ollie, my heart horse unicorn of a lifetime, passed away suddenly in the summer of 2021. In December of 2021 we welcomed Lyric "Puttin' on the Ritz" to the family, a Lipizzaner/TB cross that just so happens to be a flea bitten grey. Astonishingly, he, too, is my heart horse unicorn of a lifetime. To say I'm lucky is an understatement.
I've been photographing horses and their humans since 2013, and I can confidently say that I have the absolute best job in the entire world. Along with my regular portrait work, I've been lucky enough to work with and support Mane Stream NJ as well as GallopNYC. My work can be seen at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center and B.W. Furlong & Associates, and has been featured in The Plaid Horse and Chrome magazine. I believe that the relationship between horse & rider is one that needs to be experienced to be fully understood, and that everyone, regardless of ability, deserves that experience, which is why I am so proud to support Mane Stream and their mission.
When I say "tell me more about your horse," I really mean it - I want to hear it all, and I want to see the 3,156 photos of your horse in your phone and hear about the latest adorable thing he did. My favorite part of being a photographer is meeting horses and their humans and helping them tell their story through photography. And I'd love to help you tell your story!
Hi, I'm Jessica
A Snapshot Into My Life
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These lunatics are my family - this is us at my best friend's wedding (clearly after the champagne toast). They're amazing, and I'm the luckiest. Cheers to my sis for giving me the cutest nephews on the planet (it's been scientifically proven - they're the cutest) and to my parents for proudly displaying photos of their "grand horses" Ollie and Lyric on the family portrait wall. Apparently I also really love wedding photo booths, since I have about 100 of these in a variety of outfits tacked to my fridge!
mom, dad, baby sis and me
I. LOVE. FOOD. Mostly eating food, but I also enjoy cooking! I got my start in food photography, when I was working for a food website in DC. Favorites include, but are in no way limited to:
• tacos + margaritas + chips & guacamole
• Indian dishes - especially curries and biryanis
• Korean food - bibimbap with extra gochujang and kimchi, please
• anything covered in cheese - grilled cheese, pizza, mac & cheese, nachos - you get the the idea!
• Sour Patch Kids, sour gummy candies, sour belts - bring me Sour Patch Kids and we'll be friends for life!
tacos & 'ritas
TACOS & 'RITAS
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Running around with your friends in the woods, jumping over little logs and fences, hanging with your besties at the trailer afterward with some snax and drinx - what's not to love?! Ollie was a semi-retired lesson horse who paid his dues packing kids around the jumper ring, so we enjoyed the relaxing, casual vibe of a hunter pace with pals.
Lord Stirling Hunter Pace, Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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I grew up in Los Angeles and went to school at UC Santa Barbara (go Gauchos!), so I'm a beach girl at heart. Don't get me wrong - I won't go in the water in California (the Pacific is freaking COLD out there, contrary to popular belief!), and I am not super excited about SHARKS so I tend to spend most of my time on the sand! Under an umbrella, preferably. And maybe a margarita and some guacamole and chips. Also a box of Sour Patch Kids, if we're really being serious here.
in Captiva, florida
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Last but certainly not least - my husband Gus and my main men, Ollie & Lyric. Ollie is unfortunately no longer with me, as he passed away suddenly in summer of 2021. He will forever be my heart horse of a lifetime. Lyric is a Lipizzaner/TB cross who joined the family in early 2022. He just so happens to also be a flea-bitten grey. He's worked his way into my heart quite quickly and he's officially found his forever home with me.
Gus is a theoretical physicist, and his hobbies include physics (no, seriously), street and landscape photography, and making stick figure drawings to attempt to explain scientific theories and principles to me. He makes a MEAN Manhattan, a respectable spicy margarita, and the best risotto I've ever had.
ollie & gus
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The actual shoot ended up being an afternoon of total enjoyment! Jessica is an extremely talented, professional photographer, with an excellent eye and keen ability to capture the right moments as they naturally unfold. The images are a treasured keepsake for our family, and I consider Jessica a treasured friend. I cannot recommend her highly enough!
hunters crossing farm | long valley, new jersey
jinny & carboni
Jessica is an absolutely wonderful human and very talented photographer! She is kind, patient and down to earth. I felt like I was hanging out with an old friend. Horses bring unexpected situations and Jessica was kind and understanding through all of my many horse related issues. The session exceeded all of my expectations! I’m glad to now call Jessica a friend!
cando farm | doylestown, pennsylvania
kira & sunshine love
Jessica did an AMAZING job and I am so happy with how the pictures came out! She was very patient with my restless standardbred and knew exactly what to do to make my horse look perfect in every photo.
voight farms | monroe township, new jersey
kirsten & prairie
We had the best time working with Jessica on our engagement photo shoot. It was a super hot and muggy day, and Jessica went above and beyond to keep us cool and comfortable for the shoot - bringing along a fan and other props to help us cool down. She did an amazing job photographing Noelle (my mare), finding the best locations/light on the property, and was generally a blast to work with!
great scott farm | malvern, pennsylvania
Caitlin & Noelle
This was my very first photo shoot so I had no idea what to do, but Jess made it so easy and natural. She definitely captured the beauty of my horse and the love I have towards him!! I will treasure these photos forever!
The Black Fox Farm | Pennington, New Jersey
Maya & Mt. Adam
Great first time photo shoot experience! Jessica was kind, patient, and knowledgeable and the photos came out absolutely spectacular! Can't wait for another session.
magnolia creek stables | pittstown, New Jersey
Taylor & Clarissa
I had a horse & rider portrait session with Jessica and she was amazing! She really took the time to find all the best spots at my farm and was very patient and knowledgeable when it came to getting the best shots. She was very prepared to work with my horse and really got the best out of him! Our final photos were so amazing.
footlight farm | roosevelt, New Jersey
stacey & trouble
Thank you so much Jessica for making us look so good! I've never felt so comfortable in front of the camera, I love my portraits!
chesterfield farm | chesterfield, New Jersey
morgyn & Niro
So amazing to work with, from our first initial encounter with her to the end and beyond. I had a complex photo shoot - 2 mares and 7 family members. The entire experience and the end results were priceless and full of every emotion I had with my older beloved mare, who was the main focus of this photo session. Exceeded all my expectations!!
forest edge farm | little egg harbor, new jersey
JOanne & Brandy
Jessica is an absolute dream to work with! She really knows how to make the horse and rider feel comfortable in front of the camera. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer with amazing photos!
golden gait farm | millstone, New jersey
Callie & beau