My name is Jess, and I’m just like you. I’ve lived the same struggles in life, from an abusive first marriage, childhood trauma, special needs children, a blended family in my second marriage, struggles with weight loss, anxiety and depression, you name it.
I understand how it feels to grow up being told or made to believe we aren’t “good enough” or “attractive enough” by mainstream media, and I get how frustrating it is to feel the pressure to conform to societal expectations of physical appearance and sexuality.
Self-doubt, guilt, shame, lack of confidence, the fear of being criticized for trying new things or pushing your own limits… Those are all of the things I struggled with for my entire life. They are things I still push myself to continue overcoming.
Every woman deserves to feel comfortable in her own skin and should be brave enough to do what she wants, not what society believes she should do.
I am passionate about the work that I do, because I have personally experienced the sort of transformations that I now have the privilege of helping other women experience. I also understand the unique combination of joy and stress that comes from raising a family or just being a caregiver in general, and I know that we tend to put ourselves on the back burner when we prioritize things. It’s my job to help you put yourself first for just a little while.
My husband also acts as an integral part of my business, though he doesn’t participate in the boudoir photoshoots themselves, he assists with proofing images, editing, troubleshooting, running our line of family photography and many other behind the scenes tasks that make him an equal and essential part of Jessica Michael Photography, which is precisely why the business was named after both of us!
When I’m not behind the camera, I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, going on road trips, reading books (I’m obsessed with Stephen King), and constantly finding ways to keep learning.