Authentic Cassidy { Murrieta Senior Photographer }

I am so trilled to bring you this session! Back when I imagined what an Authentic shoot would be like, my friend Cassidy instantly came to mind. She is soulful, genuine, artistic, and kind with a very real view of who she is as an individual. I hung out with her for an afternoon and this is what we created together. Take a peak at her behind the scenes video ( with her very own cover of Skinny Love by Bon Iver as the soundtrack). I can’t tell you how special this day was and hope more teens will have the courage to let themselves be seen in such a real way…

CASSIDYauthentic from Juneberry Photo on Vimeo.

Here is what Cassidy had to say about this experience…

“When Jessie approached me about the Authentic photo shoot I couldn’t have been more excited! I loved the idea of having Jessie come and capture my every day life; my real self. There was something really special in having her come be apart of the things that I am most passionate about. Allowing Jessie to come and see who I really am was such a wonderful experience. She followed me around as I went about my day. It started with me getting ready. She captured my morning routine which consists of curling my hair and applying my typical day time makeup. I played a favorite vinyl of mine on my record player and she photographed me while I sat there listening as the needle spun. We moved the session downstairs as I sipped my morning coffee while I read, journaled, and painted. Writing and creativity are two things that make up a huge part of who I am. I told Jessie about a favorite coffee shop of mine so we left my home to grab lattes and just chat. We sat there talking and laughing as she captured me in a place that I cherish and have created a lot of memories at. Finally I took her outside which is another place I spend heaps of free time at. Nature is another deep love of mine. I constantly desire to be sitting in grass surrounded by forestry. I brought my guitar and showed Jessie the places I go to sit and play. I had an incredible time taking her to the different places I go, and showing her who I truly am. There was something very unique about the Authentic shoot simply because it reveals the real me. The every day Cassidy who loves coffee, vinyl, nature, and painting. The things that make up who I am. I am so excited for all who take part in an Authentic shoot. It is an experience I will never forget, and I loved every moment of it. “

Elegance and Grace { Carlsbad Senior Photographer }

When I used to picture my idilic college experience, I imagined a campus on the east coast with brick buildings, fall colors and brisk air. Maybe it comes from my love for You’ve Got Mail… you know…bouquets of sharpened pencils and quaint little book stores. I didn’t get to live that dream but maybe I can live vicariously through Heather as she heads off to Boston in the Fall. I am so excited for her and meeting her was a pleasure! She is so elegant and graceful (probably due to her dance background) and the camera absolutely loved her! I am honored to share her images and am very thankful she chose me to capture her senior portraits. Best wishes friend! Enjoy this time!

Makeup by Alison Piro

Taken in Fallbrook, CA

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Heather’s Autumn Outing {Murrieta Senior Photographer}

Heather is a truly unique beauty that I had the pleasure of photographing recently. I was completely inspired by her gorgeous features and coloring! The setting and styling were so deliciously Autumnal and I adore her set of images! Setting her stunning beauty aside, Heather is also a budding creative with a refreshing personality that I was instantly drawn to. I can’t wait to see what she will do with all that talent in the future. Call me for your head shots someday “daaawling!”;)

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Authentic . A new kind of capture

AUTHENTIC. Genuine. Real. YOU. 

I will start this post by saying, I am not too sure whether this will be a wonderful opportunity or a complete flop. But I am going to pour my heart out anyway and see where we end up. I am taking a risk and hoping some of you will come along in this crazy journey with me. Over the past couple years, I have began to make a small dent in the senior photography community. It was when I found senior photography that my passion for images became clearer than ever. That was it! I finally found my niche. I couldn’t’ be more thankful for that realization. I find meaning in making teens feel beautiful and showing them the light that they have inside them through photos (I have 3 girls of my own and know how important their self worth is). Sometimes it takes seeing yourself from another person’s perspective to realize your inner beauty. It hasn’t ever been about the hair and makeup and “dolling” girls up to be something they are not. Those things were just a facilitator to help make each girl comfortable in their skin. To bring forward their best qualities so that they focused on the good. I still whole heartedly believe in these sessions and what they can do for a young woman’s self esteem. I love watching that transformation; because what I am really seeing ,when a teen turns around to see herself in the mirror, is not eyeshadow and lipstick, it’s confidence!

Somewhere along my journey of photographing these genuine, well rounded, talented young women, I longed to dig deeper into who they were at the core. I would come into their home and meet their parents, see them kid around with their younger siblings and love on their family pets and I would leave feeling so honored to be a witness to that. Human connection. Real life. Good and Bad and all the In Between. That made me wonder. What if I were to capture that?!

More photo sessions came and went. I met more great people and made wonderful memories with them. I was content with that. This thought of “digging deeper” faded as life sped forward. My everyday activities with friends, family, and business pushed this thought deeper into my mind, away from sight. That is, until I read a blog post that caught my attention and my heart strings. As I read this woman’s eloquent words (way more eloquent than mine), I felt something stir inside me that I had pushed down. Why haven’t I taken the risk to offer client’s something different? There is a one word answer for that question. FEAR. Fear of failure was stopping me. I knew that this new concept of photographing teens would not simply be a new business move but it would be an experience that would take something more than photography skills. Coming into someone’s home and photographing them in an authentic way takes a lot of trust. “So what if they don’t trust me?” “What if no one is interested in this?” “What if I fail?” Those and a million other questions flew through my mind in a matter of seconds.

Then a lightbulb came on! “What if they ARE interested?” and “What am I so scared of?”

I know that lifestyle sessions aren’t for everyone and that’s OK! But what about those of you who want to jump right in? To be captured authentically.  So here it is. The end to a very long-winded post. I would love to offer all you ladies the chance to freeze your memories in time. To capture an authentic reflection of who you are right now, in this moment. It’s not overly complicated. It’s simple and beautiful. I will come to your home (most likely on a weekend) and capture you in your element. Imagine having an old friend over with a camera in hand to document all the perfectly imperfect moments of your day: From sipping on your favorite coffee mug at breakfast, to snuggling with your dog on the couch, to throwing your hair in a messy bun and taking a walk in your neighborhood or watching the sunset at your favorite beach. Those are the little things that you will hold dear when you are sitting in your dorm away from home. Those are the moments that we treasure yet seem so mundane and ordinary at the time. AUTHENTIC sessions are a way to artistically preserve those memories . The images will be photojournalistic in style and tell a story of who you are. The opportunity is there. Will you take a chance and be AUTHENTIC with me?

 

To learn more about AUTHENTIC sessions, please message me at jessiekenney@rocketmail.com or use the contact form on this site. I am happy to give you details!

Welcoming Baby B { San Diego Maternity Photographer }

I am so happy I get to share this session with you all! You might recognize this beautiful lady’s face, and if you don’t, I will give you a little intro! Alison is not only one of my dearest friends but also the talent behind our high school senior makeovers. My senior shoots are elevated to another level with her makeup skills and I am so blessed to be able to work with her. When Alison announced that she and her husband (who I have known since I was in grade school) were pregnant, I was thrilled beyond words. They are some of the most genuine, kind, and big-hearted people I know. This little bundle of joy hit the jackpot when she was placed with these two. I can’t wait to see them jump into this journey of parenthood and share in their happiness. This session was not just a day of photographs but a memorable afternoon spent with friends. Here are the highlights ….

 

 

 

We couldn’t do this shoot without capturing Alison and Matt’s “fur babies.” They are going to be wonderful siblings!;)