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Photographer Overview

I've always thought of myself as ambitious, and I don’t mind taking risks when I truly believe in something. I purchased my first DSLR camera in 2007 and my love for photography grew quickly. Over the years I've taken countless pictures of my children, and at some point along the way a unique style of photography emerged that I wanted to share with others. My love for this is simple. I want to capture the precious moments in life that seem to happen all too quickly: the spontaneous smiles, the contagious laughter, the sparkly-eyed joy of having a new toy or playing outside. In short, all the moments that tug at your heart! My goal is to preserve the milestones, the love, and the everyday in your life.

Customer Reviews

18 April, 2013 by Samantha B. from Sacramento, CA

"Jessica is an overall amazing photographer & a great person. She took newborn pictures of my disabled daughter at a time when we were all still coping with her birth. From the moment that I contacted her via email, through the end where she delivered the photos, she was extremely responsive, professional & kind. Jessica was gracious enough to volunteer to do the photo shoot at our home due to my daughter being on oxygen. She did not hesitate in helping before, after or during the shoot. When she first arrived I was tired, stressed and nervous - but she gave me a big hug ( which I really needed!). Jessica was wonderful with my daughter, she was able to calm her down & even "hush" her to sleep for some amazing photos. I was absolutely thrilled with the amount of care and thought that went into each picture as well as the memory of my daughters first photo shoot! Jessica is the best baby photographer in town and you shouldn't think twice about hiring her!"

22 April, 2013 by Susie L. from Arbuckle, CA

"Wow! I don't think the pictures could have been anymore amazing! You are amazing! I love them all!"

22 April, 2013 by Tim A. from El Dorado Hills, CA

"Todays photo session for the girls with Jessica Risse was a success! Jessica is worth the short drive to Arbuckle and priced right (yes even I approve so thats saying something). She reeallllly understands lighting which is rare to find. If you need pics, family, kids, etc facebook Jessica Risse Photography. 1 good luck getting in and 2. When you finally do get in come and thank me. She killed it today and already have pics back! Has kids our age (was in room next to us when G was born) so understands the kid chaos. Seriously cant thank her enough right now! Now go call her!"

22 April, 2013 by Heather B. from Sacramento, CA

"Jessica Risse you are a phenomenal photographer. I LOVE McKinley's newborn photos!"

1 May, 2013 by Lupe H. from Willows, CA

"In February at just six days old, my little one had his newborn photos taken by Jessica. When I called Jessica to set up our newborn session, speaking to her and the ideas she had had me all excited. She is such a caring person, calling me to see how I was doing and feeling and that she couldn't wait to meet my little Daniel. Our family all felt welcomed by Jessica. After our session I felt I had a friend. Jessica was sooooo patient with my little Daniel who was so fussy and uncooperative. Jessica held my little one and calmed him like a true mommy. She was so careful in holding him and posing him. Jessica took her time and provide my Daniel the time necessary to transition from one pose to another. Jessica provides a family friendly environment. All the photos were beautiful!!! Jessica has a niche for photography."

5 May, 2013 by Katie M. from Maxwell, CA

"If you are looking for someone to take photos of you, your children or your family, Jessica Risse is the best in the business. My first experience with her was for my maternity shoot while pregnant with twins. Not only did she take photos inside and outside, but also with such a variety of props and poses. Her creativity is exceptional. So glad I have these amazing photos to capture such a special time in my life."

5 May, 2013 by Katie M. from Maxwell, CA

"Jessica has now photographed my twins multiple times starting when they were just 7 days old. She was so calm and gentle with my tiny twins, and never rushed any part of the process. She was also fabulous with my 5 year old, who was a little unsure of his new brother and sister. But Jessica just waited for him to come around and totally got the most amazing photo that we will cherish forever. I have had the pleasure of working with Jessica many times and every time she never ceases to amaze me. I can’t say enough positive things about her talent! Thank you so much for capturing such meaningful images for my family and I, you are truly one of a kind."

25 May, 2013 by Maggie R. from Arbuckle, CA

"Jessica was the most awesome and easy photographer I have ever worked with. She photographed my Twin boys when they were 2 weeks old. As soon as I delivered the boys she stayed in touch with me making it very easy to pick a day to photograph. She even came by to meet us & check the weight of the babies because they were born a month early. As soon as I met Jessica, when she came by the house I felt like we had been friends forever. While in the session Jessica made my 2 year old feel very comfortable and entertained. She let her play with her own kids coloring supplies and books. We all felt at home being at Jessica's house. She was excellent with the babies. We received our CD of images that same week. We are still amazed & in awe over how well the pictures came out. I will cherish these pictures for a lifetime. Everyone who has seen the pictures is amazed and always tells us they should be in a magazine or book. I can't wait for the next photo session we have with her!"

15 June, 2013 by Erica J. from Sacramento, CA

"Like any new parents we were extremely nervous to take our baby out of the house when our baby was just a few days old. Our fears were immediately put to rest when we arrived at Jessica's house and were greeted with a warm, calm, relaxing environment perfect for a new Mommy, Daddy, and baby. Jessica was not only professional but she connected with us on a personal level as well, taking our personalities into account when choosing which backgrounds and poses to use. She managed to make the whole experience not only stress free but even enjoyable! You can tell Jessica truly loves what she does and it shines in the images she captures. Not only did she provide us with precious images of our baby girl, but she managed to capture the essence of her as a newborn in a way we can treasure forever. We couldn't be happier with our decision to come to Jessica and can not wait for her to photograph all of Emma's milestones in the years to come!"

2 July, 2013 by Hayley F. from Sacramento, CA

"We first found Jessica on Facebook. She had taken an adorable mommy/daughter picture of one of my friends that caught my eye. At the time I was pregnant and looking for a maternity and newborn photographer. After looking through her page and website, I decided that she would be a great fit for our growing family. After a phone conversation with Jessica, I was beyond excited. She sounded organized, creative, energetic and most of all - excited to take our photos! At the maternity shoot, Jessica did every single pose that we requested. Through the entire session she was happy and excited with us. That night she posted a BEAUTIFUL picture of me. I was amazed. A few days later a CD full of gorgeous pictures arrived in the mail. Honestly, I couldn't stop looking at them. Not to mention, picking a few to put in my home. How could I possibly choose?! I loved them all!"

2 July, 2013 by Hayley F. from Sacramento, CA

"After our daughter, Harper arrived, we went to a newborn session. This time I only had a few ideas of my own, otherwise I let her take the lead. I'm so glad that I did because she came up with so many things I would have never thought of! No wonder she's the professional. Jessica was kind and patient with our brand new baby. Her home is very warm and inviting. She even had a sound machine and a rocking chair ready for us. Not only is Jessica great at what she does, she is truly a joy to be around. Even though she lives an hour away from us, Jessica has definitely earned our trust and respect as our family photographer. We couldn't be happier with her professionalism and her product!"

29 July, 2013 by Sabrina B. from Sacramento, CA

"Our experience with Jessica Risse Photography was amazing! We scheduled a newborn session and family shots. Having 2 previous babies I was very apprehensive of taking pictures 5 days post-partum and also having to get everyone in my family photo ready on top of having a new little one. I can genuinely say that this time was different than previous portrait experiences. The mood that Jessica set was very calm and relaxing. She had so much patience with my big kids and especially my baby who took over an hour to fall asleep before she could start posing her. Our pictures are beautiful and we feel blessed to have these memories captured for all of time. I would highly recommend Jessica Risse Photography. Her portraits are truly an investment worth making!"

10 August, 2013 by Krista C. from Rocklin, CA

"Jessica is an amazingly talented photographer! I have used a handful of others in the past and she is by far the BEST! She really captures newborns and families in the most beautiful way. My husband and I felt welcomed and comfortable with Jessica from the moment we met her. She is professional, warm, and friendly. Jessica is so creative with poses! She is meticulous when setting up for each shot which really shows in her photos… Nothing is out of place. She is so patient with newborns (and toddlers too)! My little one was a somewhat squirmy and Jessica took her time letting him relax. My 1 ½ year old does not like having his picture taken but she somehow managed to get the most precious pictures of him before and after his little brother arrived. I have received so many compliments on our pictures! I’m so glad I found her!"

26 August, 2013 by Erica M. from Arbuckle, CA

"Jessica did an excellent job with both our maternity and newborn photo sessions. She is patient, and fun to work with. Working with newborns or a cranky pregnant woman isn't always an easy task and she makes the job look easy! Would highly recommend her for any photo session, especially the newborn sessions as she was well prepared upon our arrival. She had recommended props set out based on our lifestyle. These were not props she pushed on us, but all fit our style to a "T" and were not duplicates of other work I've seen of hers, making our session unique. She was quick to provide our images and all were high quality. Our highest recommendations go to this local photographer."

31 August, 2013 by Olga T. from Fairfield, CA

"Jessica is an amazing photographer! She took pictures of my son at 8 days old. As a first time mother, I was exhausted and nervous about how the session was going to go but instantly Jessica made me feel as ease. The session went smoothly due to Jessica’s patience and caring ways. I was very impressed with the photos! My husband works in the creative field and is very picky and he loved the photos! They are just beautiful! Thank you for capturing such precious moments and I definitely learned a few tricks on how to calm a newborn. I can’t wait to take more!"

5 September, 2013 by Rebecca P. from Arbuckle, CA

"My experience with Jessica Risse photography was amazing. Words can’t describe how fabulous her pictures are! Jessica is so creative and she truly has a passion for photography; especially newborns and capturing those special little moments that each parent can cherish forever. The sneak peek of the photos I was able to view made me so excited to see the rest of the photos. The moment I was able to view all of my photos my heart melted. I have received so many compliments on my newborn photos, and have referred people to Jessica Risse Photography. I highly recommend Jessica Risse Photography!!"

13 September, 2013 by Stephanie D. from Lincoln, CA

"Two big thumbs up! We have gone to Jessica for both our maternity pictures and our newborn pictures each session was awesome. Jessica makes you feel as if you're just hanging out with an old friend, very welcoming yet professional with such a great attention to detail! We could not be more pleased with how these important pictures turned out! Can't wait to get more done in the future!"

13 October, 2013 by Merredith M. from Sacramento, CA

"We initially went to Jessica Risse for maternity photos and enjoyed our experience so much that we chose to return for newborn photos. Jessica was so sweet with our newborn daughter and her photographs are beautiful and artistic. Jessica came highly recommended from a friend and we are so happy with our decision to have her capture our little daughter."

19 October, 2013 by Stephanie M. from Sacramento, CA

"My experience with Jessica was wonderful. She has a welcoming environment and her studio is adorable to shoot in! She has a very calm and warm nature about her that works so well with newborns. Her props and talented creativity made my job easy, as I could sit back and watch her ideas come together and enjoy the beautiful poses and shots she got of my little boy and my family. She was a pleasure to work with and her final edits of the photoshoot were more beautiful then I could've envisioned. She captured a moment in time my husband and I will cherish forever, and we are so grateful!"

15 January, 2014 by Tina B. from El Dorado Hills, CA

"I contacted Jessica to do a newborn session for our son, Gavin. She was so helpful on the phone on how to prepare Gavin to have the best possible shoot. She also had tips on how to make a new momma look good too! During our phone conversions she discussed my preferences to ensure she was prepared with the right props, colors, blankets etc... When Jessica arrived I immediately felt at ease with her and loved that she was open to our preferences but also had great recommendations for certain setups and shots. I never felt rushed and thoroughly enjoyed the session. The results were fabulous and pictures were exactly what I wanted. I can't wait to book Gavin's first birthday session with her!"

15 January, 2014 by Kari K. from Rocklin, CA

"Jessica's photography captured my pregnancies and family in moments of tenderness and warmth. She is absolutely amazing with children and captures there true personalities and innocence. Everyone I have referred to Jessica has been beyond happy! Im truly blessed to find such an amazing person to photograph my ever growing family! Thank you Jessica!"

15 January, 2014 by Tonya W. from Willows, CA

"Thank you so much for the wonderful experience that my children and I had at your studio. You where very patient in every aspect of the newborn photo shoot. I loved that you had an incredible amount of props and stuff to use, and of course I absolutely loved all the pictures."

4 February, 2014 by Liz M. from Davis, CA

"Jessica was amazing! Our session was calm and not rushed, she had lots of props and ideas on how to best show off our beautiful new baby boy. Jessica was also open to our ideas, but creative enough to make them work! We had a great time and received some of our pictures the next day, the rest were done before the end of the week. The pictures came out so great that we were approached by a few Davis organizations to use our son's new born pictures as part of their ad campaigns!! Jessica Risse Photography met and exceeded our expectations - we have found our family photographer and will absolutely be back!!"

5 February, 2014 by Amanda R. from Gridley, CA

"Gentle, kind, professional and creative are all words I would use to describe Jessica Risse as a newborn photographer. She not only captured wonderful memories to last a lifetime, she helped to create a unique display of love and amazement for our family to enjoy. We are so happy with the work that she put into taking our newborn's photos. She was patient, nurturing and fun in our session, which led to some very cute pictures. I would recommend her, hands down, as YOUR newborn photographer, as I plan to take advantage of her talent again in the future, to capture the growth of our family. She is truly an excellent and innovative photographer. Thank you again Jessica Risse!"

9 February, 2014 by Becky M. from Arbuckle, CA

"I first knew about Jessica Risse photography from seeing all the pictures posted on my Facebook newsfeed, I quickly fell in love with every picture! I had her do my maternity pictures and was so in love with them I came back and did a newborn session, with both I was impressed with how effortlessly Jessica adds her unique Style, creativity and passion into every picture she takes. Any photographer can take photos but Jessica Risse captures precious moments and for that I will always use her as my photographer!"

11 February, 2014 by Lisa H. from Chico, CA

"Jessica is such an amazing photographer! She was so gentle and patient with my newborn (only 8 days new!). She already had a selection of poses and props ready, which were all amazing, and she had so many options for me to choose from. Her studio was kept extra warm so baby stayed happy. We had enough time blocked off to make sure that baby could be fed, and we never felt rushed. Her photos are BEAUTIFUL! I recommend Jessica to everyone at any chance I get, and will definitely have her take more family photos in the future."

16 March, 2014 by Liz W. from Sacramento, CA

"Working with Jessica Risse for the first photos of our precious baby girl was wonderful. Jessica wad not only professional and prepared, she approached the session with a great sense of humor, putting the new parents at ease! In addition, the quality and quantity of her props and the photos she captures are absolutely gorgeous! I highly recommend Jessica Risse as your newborn and family photographer. We can't wait to book her for our holiday photos!"

24 April, 2014 by Amber B. from Rocklin, CA

"HIGHLY recommend Jessica! She is AMAZING and so sweet! She took our sons newborn pics and was so gentle with him and sweet with him you can really see she loves what she does. She knows how to capture every precious moment. Cant wait to go back and have her capture his next stages! :)"

6 May, 2014 by Sandra B. from Willows, CA

"This is my third experience with newborn photos and first experience with Jessica Risse photography. I would have to say that my other children's newborn sessions did not go as smoothly, successful, or relaxing as they did with Jessica. Thank you Jessica for making this special event for our son and us as parents memorable. I highly recommend Jessica Risse photography for any new parents wanting to capture their newborn in a calm and tranquil setting."

9 June, 2014 by Meadow P. from Sacramento, CA

"Jessica is poised and professional and knows exactly how to get beautiful shots. At her in-home studio she has hundreds of props and accessories on hand to customize the shoot, and she uses the props parents bring that are special to them. Jessica works calmly and carefully but manages to get many different set-ups, poses and pictures in the session time. She is passionate about her work and the results are beautiful. Our newborn session with Jessica Risse Photography was a fantastic experience. She made a booking for us last-minute, late planners that we are. At our session my baby had a major poop-out all over me practically the first thing, and Jessica calmly cleaned it up and got right back to capturing beautiful images of us. She adapted to the needs of our baby, using the times he was feeding to change set-ups, backdrops and props. She invited us to help her throughout and asked our opinions about what we wanted, while also having a plan of her own to move the shoot along. "

13 June, 2014 by Jessica R. from Rancho Cordova, CA

"I will forever be able to look back on the newborn photos Jessica Risse Photography captured and embrace the magic of those first few days. Jessica Risse is an exceptional photographer taking into account the client needs, session expectations and comfort of the newborn throughout the process. Jessica is flexible which allows for high client satisfaction and at ease while taking her time working with the newborn. She maintains a high level of professionalism from beginning to end, planning the session in advance and allowing for continued input from the client to the last photo. I would recommend Jessica Risse Photography to any parent / guardian looking for an unforgettable experience and photos which will last a lifetime."

16 July, 2014 by Amanda B. of Arbuckle, CA

"We have had the privilege of working with Jessica for both of our kiddos now and I can not say enough about her newborn photography! She is so incredibly patient during our sessions and treats you as if you are her only client in the world. She is able to capture so many incredible photos that I am continually in awe of her amazing work! Her photos line the walls of our house and make me smile every time I look at them."

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