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  • Welcome to Jessica Charles Photography!

    Hello! I’m Jessica.
    I’m not your traditional, standard wedding photographer. I love being creative and photographing from a personal point of view. I have an eye for details, and I love all things vintage & DIY. I’ve been known to host a few craft days, and love to have my brides over to do some crafts for their wedding! I really get excited over fabulous people & fabulous things. I LOVE my couples, and love the relationships that I’ve formed with my couples.

    I love to travel & I’m excited to say that I’ve shot weddings in places like gorgeous Puerto Rico & amazing Alaska. I live in & adore St. Petersburg, FL, but of course, you can find me anywhere!! I’m often in Orlando, Sarasota, and even New Orleans! In my free time, you can find me antique shopping at my favorite stores downtown, or you may even find me at Disney World, where I get to hang out with my BFF, Ariel. I’m obsessed with photography and I really, really love my job. After you explore my site, check out my facebook page. I’d really love to hear from you if you’re getting married, or even if you want to say hi and introduce yourself. I love meeting new people! I really can’t wait to get to know you!

    I consider myself a wedding photographer, but I also love photographing just about everything! Count me in for family sessions, maternity, newborn, boudoir… whatever you want photos for, I’ll be sure to make it special for you.

    I have been featured on Style Me Pretty Florida and Ruffled!

My sister graduated!!

It’s been a long time coming, but my sister Angelle finally graduated college!!  Hey, at least she did it, which is more than I can say for myself.  I’m so incredibly happy for her.  She worked her butt off, also working a full-time job.  It seemed like for the past few semesters, she thought she was going to graduate, but there was always another class or something she missed.  So when it finally happened, we had a big weekend to celebrate with her.  I’m originally from Louisiana, and lived in and around New Orleans for a total of about 7 years.  My family still lives in New Orleans, and I love going back.  Yes, I love to eat everything there, but let me tell you about my family.  They are the best family anyone could ask for & they all know how to have a great time.  Maybe it’s the New Orleans in them.. ya know, the “Big Easy”, but it’s just not like that anywhere else.  They are the party, no matter what we’re doing.  My mom, my two sisters and I have an aunt & cousin that is just as crazy.  Visiting is always a party, but THIS was a real party.  My sister deserved it.

graduation_party_01 The first day I got there, my sisters and I took their dogs to the dog park.  I kinda felt like a creeper with a huge telephoto lens on because there were so many people there, so I only took a few pictures.  But I love them!
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My newborn nephew, baby Camden

newborn_camden_001 I now have THREE nephews.  THREE!  Crazy!  Baby Camden entered the world on May 30th, and was the sweetest, most chill baby ever.  I, and everyone else, just fell in love instantly.  He’s beautiful and perfect in every way.  My sister-n-law wanted “real, natural pictures” and that’s totally what I do.  The babies in baskets are cute and all, but there’s nothing like a beautiful, candid moment.  I had a wedding the day after he was born, so I was so bummed I didn’t get to be there until he was ready to come home, but I managed to snap a few.  This kid is so loved.  He has two big brothers that just adore him.  My first nephew, Alex, is 13 years old and takes such great care of him.  You’ve never seen a teenage boy so loving and sweet and gentle!!  Camden is going to grow up completely surrounded by amazing parents, grandparents, brothers and only the best aunt & uncle EVER.  newborn_camden_002 newborn_camden_004 newborn_camden_005 newborn_camden_006 newborn_camden_007 newborn_camden_008 newborn_camden_009 newborn_camden_010 newborn_camden_011 newborn_camden_012 newborn_camden_013 newborn_camden_014 newborn_camden_015 newborn_camden_016 newborn_camden_017 newborn_camden_018 newborn_camden_019 newborn_camden_020 It literally seems like just yesterday when Aidan was born, but it was FIVE years ago!  Someone tell me, how can that be??  newborn_camden_021 newborn_camden_022

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Woodsy Destination Wedding- Liz + Kyle

Baker_wedding_001 I love love LOVE traveling for destination weddings, whether it be tropical, mountainous or even good ole’ Michigan!   This is where Kyle grew up.  This is Loon Lake in the middle of nowhere Hale, MI.  This particular area used to be a YWCA camp for kids.  Kyle’s parents live here now and what an absolute gorgeous place to live, and host a wedding!!  Everything about this place is right up my alley.  I love woodsy!!  And it was so peaceful!  So happy we got the opportunity to come here and shoot this wedding.
Kyle & Liz are a super fun, generous, kick-ass couple.  I met Liz through her BFF, which is also one of my former brides.  I was so crazy happy that she wanted me to come up and photograph their day.  What an honor!  Pretty much everyone who was there traveled from FL to be there.  That tells me how loved they are, and how excited everyone is for them!  And of course, they didn’t want to miss an amazing party!  Baker_wedding_002 Baker_wedding_003 Baker_wedding_004 Lauren/my former bride/Liz’s best friend is also my favorite artist, like in the world.  I have several of her pieces including the coolest custom portrait of my husband, myself and pets.  She painted this gem for Liz & Kyle.  Super adorable.  You can find & buy her art here!  My husband’s favorite is Ron Swanson as Obi Wan Kenobi. Baker_wedding_005 Baker_wedding_006 Baker_wedding_007 The guys kinda had a hard time with their bowties.  Here they are, all watching a youtube tutorial.  Baker_wedding_008 Baker_wedding_009 Baker_wedding_010 Baker_wedding_011 Baker_wedding_012 Baker_wedding_013 Liz carries her dad wherever she goes. Baker_wedding_014 Baker_wedding_015 Baker_wedding_016 Baker_wedding_017 Baker_wedding_018 Baker_wedding_019 Baker_wedding_020 Baker_wedding_021 Baker_wedding_022 Baker_wedding_023 Baker_wedding_024 Baker_wedding_025 Baker_wedding_026 Baker_wedding_027 Baker_wedding_028 Baker_wedding_029 Baker_wedding_030 Baker_wedding_031 Baker_wedding_032 Baker_wedding_033 Baker_wedding_034 Baker_wedding_035 Baker_wedding_036 Baker_wedding_037 Baker_wedding_038 Baker_wedding_039 Baker_wedding_040 Baker_wedding_041 Baker_wedding_042 Baker_wedding_043 Baker_wedding_044 Baker_wedding_045 Baker_wedding_046 Baker_wedding_047 Baker_wedding_048 Baker_wedding_049 Baker_wedding_050 Baker_wedding_051 Baker_wedding_052 Baker_wedding_053 Baker_wedding_054 Baker_wedding_055 Baker_wedding_056 The way he is ALWAYS looking at her…. MELT MY HEART Baker_wedding_057 Baker_wedding_058 Baker_wedding_059 Baker_wedding_060 Baker_wedding_061 Baker_wedding_062 Baker_wedding_063 Baker_wedding_064 Baker_wedding_065 Baker_wedding_066 Baker_wedding_067 Baker_wedding_068 Baker_wedding_069 Baker_wedding_070 Baker_wedding_071 Baker_wedding_072 Baker_wedding_073 Baker_wedding_074 Baker_wedding_075 Baker_wedding_076 Baker_wedding_077 Baker_wedding_078 Baker_wedding_079 Baker_wedding_080 Baker_wedding_081

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First Look Sneak Peek – Liz + Kyle

It’s no secret, one of my favorite parts of the day is when the couples choose to do a first look.  I can go on and on and on about how special it is.  So intimate, so exciting..  And you don’t have the boundaries you would if you waited till the ceremony.  Liz and Kyle decided to have their first look on a dock overlooking Loon Lake in Hale, Michigan.  No one else was around except Bara and I with our telephoto lenses, waaaay back in the distance.  It was PERFECTION.  They hugged, kissed, talked to each other without the pressure of being on a time limit.  And the smile on his face.. OH MY GOD.  I loved every moment.

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Huge shout out to my second shooter, Bara..  She had the best first look photos!!  I was floored when I looked through them.  LOVE!!  So happy she was able to travel with me to Michigan!  She makes my LIFE easier, (and of course more fun).  Love my bestie!

Speaking of besties.. One more sneak peek.  This is my former bride, Lauren w/ Liz.  They are best friends and have matching tattoos of their dogs.  Does it get cuter than that??  Nope.

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Lauren - YES YES YES!

Kathryn - I wept looking at these:)

anne deane - Love the picture. My children are so in love

Anne Deane - Can’t wait to see more pictures of Elizabeth & Kyle Baker

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Devon + Jacob- Wedding

ramsey_wed_069 This super sweet couple’s wedding had all the feels.  Devon & Jacob are amazing, passionate Christians, and it really shows in who they are as individuals and as a couple.  And in my opinion, there’s really nothing more beautiful than a love that has Jesus in it.  I can’t explain it, but there’s just this feeling that there is something greater in the room.
When I met Jacob & Devon, we began talking, and come to find out Jacob is attending the very same small seminary that I went to when I lived in New Orleans.  What are the chances?  Seriously.  Crazy.  Then when we hung out at their engagement session, I had such an amazing time getting to know them, laughing my butt off (I wish that could be literal).  But I loved working with this beautiful couple.  Their wedding day came along, and I was so excited.  I knew it was going to be super special. ramsey_wed_070 ramsey_wed_071 ramsey_wed_072 Be prepared.  You are about to see the sweetest, most thoughtful gift ever.  There is no topping this one.  Devon kept a secret journal, beginning the very first day she met Jacob.  And she continued to write in it throughout their courtship.  She gave it to her bridesmaids to deliver to Jacob down the hall.  I sent my fab second shooter, Bara, to capture it all.  She said she was so moved, never even have met the couple before, she was literally moved to tears.  Everyone in the room was moved to tears.  I just love the images that Bara captured perfectly.  You can really see the joy, shock and all of the emotions that one would have receiving such an incredible gift. ramsey_wed_073 ramsey_wed_074 ramsey_wed_075 ramsey_wed_076 ramsey_wed_077 “This is my second wedding.  I got this.” — The flower girl ramsey_wed_078 ramsey_wed_079 ramsey_wed_080 How creative is this?  This backdrop blocking out all the Sunday morning instruments did it’s job with style!!  I LOVED this fabric strip curtain, decorated with tons of colorful rosettes.  Perfection. ramsey_wed_081 ramsey_wed_082 ramsey_wed_083 ramsey_wed_084 ramsey_wed_085 Before the ceremony, the bride and bridesmaids were ushered upstairs so the guests wouldn’t see her.  We all had a fun time hanging out & cutting up. ramsey_wed_086 ramsey_wed_087 ramsey_wed_088 ramsey_wed_089 ramsey_wed_090 This is the first time that I’ve ever had the honor of photographing a feet washing ceremony.  It’s about serving one another.  Taking care of one another.  Jesus washed the feet of his disciples to serve them & to show his humility.  Isn’t that what every marriage needs?  It gave me chills.  Like I said, it was an honor for me to be there at such a beautiful moment. ramsey_wed_091 ramsey_wed_092 ramsey_wed_093 ramsey_wed_094 ramsey_wed_095 ramsey_wed_096 The reception took place at the beautiful, historic garden of the Ybor City Museum.  The details were outstanding. ramsey_wed_097 ramsey_wed_098 ramsey_wed_099 ramsey_wed_100 ramsey_wed_101 ramsey_wed_102 ramsey_wed_103 ramsey_wed_104 ramsey_wed_105 ramsey_wed_106 ramsey_wed_107 ramsey_wed_108 ramsey_wed_109 ramsey_wed_110 ramsey_wed_111 ramsey_wed_112 ramsey_wed_113 ramsey_wed_114 I couldn’t love this picture more.  These girls looked on as Devon & Jacob danced their first dance.  They were in awe, like they were watching a real live prince & princess. ramsey_wed_115 ramsey_wed_116 ramsey_wed_117 ramsey_wed_118 ramsey_wed_119 ramsey_wed_120 ramsey_wed_121 ramsey_wed_122 ramsey_wed_123 ramsey_wed_124 I sneaked up on this cutie pie while she was sitting there zoned out with fistfuls of crayons.  I took a picture and she looked at me with this expression.  Of course I took another picture.  She was too irresistible.  I was worried that I made her mad because her expression didn’t change, like at all for a solid 5 seconds.  Then I asked her if she wanted to see her picture, and she lit up.  Whew.  I would have felt awful if I made her cry.  She was a doll. ramsey_wed_125 Another first for me.  And I love this just as much as the feet washing ceremony.  They bought a study bible and used it as a guest book.  Practical, special… all the feels. ramsey_wed_126 ramsey_wed_127 ramsey_wed_128 ramsey_wed_129 ramsey_wed_130 ramsey_wed_131 ramsey_wed_132 ramsey_wed_133 ramsey_wed_134 ramsey_wed_135 ramsey_wed_136

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