The Jones’. We go way back. Way back to the point that I was Jess’ ‘scary stalker’ who wanted to drive from Christchurch to Blenheim in one day simply to meet her and have a coffee.
She didn’t quite understand. What if I kidnapped her? What if the coffee was crap? … Haha. Nope, all I wanted to do was meet the woman who inspired me beyond all means. …I was fresh faced in the photography industry with shear determination… So much so that I told her during that first meet, that she would be shooting my wedding… ‘Are you engaged?’ she asked. ‘Uh, no!’ I replied. (That just encouraged my craziness). But whatta ya know, 18 months on from that point, she and Paul did in fact shoot our wedding.. and here we are 4 years later as great friends and this time THEY are in front of the camera with their BIG beautiful crew.
The Jones’ are my ‘super family’. Jess and Paul not only have 6 kids, 5 girls and one lucky boy smack bang in the middle. But they are also the creative genius behind Jessica Jones Photography.
Each Jones kid has their own amazing personality. Each with many talents tucked up their sleeves from ballet to photographer extraordinaire, to knitting to musical instruments of many kinds… and countless other things I’m finding out about as we get to know them more and more.
Kimberly, Emily, Georgia, Sam, Sophie and Charlotte range from 17 years old to an almost 4 year old. I remember Jess and Paul telling us a couple of years ago that they decided to have a 6th child because they wanted Sophie to have a friend. And that she does indeed. Sophie and Charlotte (the youngest), are the BEST of friends. They do EVERYTHING together. Even being home schooled by Grandma.
Jess is the QUEEN of trees. She has laid claim on many a tree… But guess what? … Even though she shoots at this particular property regularly… there was one tree that she has never noticed!! … A tree I deem, reserved perfectly for me to capture this special couple! So technically… its still her tree.
I was given hell by Jess during our engagement and wedding pics for making a lousy tree! .. I accept defeat graciously and hand you the golden shiny crown as Queen of the Trees! You DO make an excellent tree!!!
We had an absolutely MARVELLOUS time with you guys up in Blenheim. And it is SO awesome getting to know the entire Jones crew more and more. Don’t ever stop being who you are… just enhance it more and more. Because we are flying the Jones flag mighty high! You guys rocks. Can’t wait to see you again and to show you more of your gorgeous family! :)