Monday, June 18, 2012

Worth = Priceless

Tomorrow you’ll realize what she’s worth, but she’ll be with the one who realized it yesterday... Yep. Last week - I decided I was done and had a realization, I don't need someone. Got sucked back in. But I think I have realize I deserve so much better. So - I am going to get it and no longer deal. :) Happy Monday!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Why hello caffeine!

Caffeine is fo sho my friend today! Ironically, I am up and at it... Happy Monday!

This weekend was non-stop, busy and lots of fun! At times, I was reminded that I am 28, and not 21 (again...) but it's sure fun to pretend I am sometimes! Here are some photos from Jill's batchelorette party!!!

The bride and I! Earlier in the eve!

My hairstylist (and Jill's cousin!) and I!

Out on the dancefloor at Loose Moose - taking it back - to Chaka Khan! :)

What you don't backcomb and tease your hair (or have someone do it for you!) ha :) Oh and yes, I am fully aware how "attractive" I do not look here!

Most of the group and the party bus :)

Last picture at closing time... yup... out till 3:30 am, and rocked a photo session at 9:30 the next morning - put together too! :)

Have a great week :)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Hostess with the Mostess

You could say I like to entertain. I love creativity, and I love people. Naturally I enjoy hosting parties and get togethers.

I love everything about it, from custom invitations, or coordinating accents with meaning. Of course Pinterest has absolutely fueled my creative spark on party planning and being "the hostess with the mostess" (shoot who am I kidding, for a while I was "pinning" while working) (I multi-task) I am on the phone,

Anyways, my cousin Jill's shower was today. Jill had asked me to be one of her MOH's (Maid of Honor) (however, since Jon put a ring on it, I am really a Matron of Honor). Carry on... she also asked me to photograph the wedding. Clearly that's not going to work, and I was not going to dump all of that on Jon. So I respectfully declined the MOH duties, but still held the shower for her. Ironically, I was super duper stressed. I do not get stressed over party planning, hosting nada. We had some last min RSVP's which required some changes, so that threw me... and I was feeling ill prepared :)

Fast forward to today - everything turned our beautiful. My vision became reality, Jill loved it, ( I mean it was purple, and she loves all things purple ) so I had a pretty good shot anyways... :) The food (uh yeah my chicken salad was good!) and punch was the perfect pink love potion! :) Now, you'd think that me being a photographer (and ALWAYS documenting photos) would have taken a photo. Nope. I have nothing of everything set up. Super bummed about that. I did grab a cell phone picture of the cake, and we did take a group photo after the shower (thanks to the hubs!). Speaking of -- I know I have a great husband, but I really was reminded of that today. He knew how stressed I was, and he took the ball and went with it. :) He even found the decorative marbles we used at our wedding (centerpieces) and put those out on the tables to decorate them, ahh. Say it with me now "Awwww".

All in all, great day. Jon and I power cleaned up after the fact, the rental items are in my car and ready to go back Monday, dishes in the dishwasher, have another load to go.. and just relaxing until I head out for Jill's Batchelorette party... I see Red Bull and Vodka's in my future tonight. :)


Thursday, May 31, 2012


“Don’t be someone’s downtime, spare time, part time or sometime. If they can’t be there for you all of the time, then they’re not even worth your time.”


I will be the first to admit, I care. Sadly I care way... way too much. Im not saying I always care what everyone thinks OF me, or ABOUT me. I care about others.

In true Jessi fashion, I shared a funny photo via Facebook last night. People laughed, liked and commented on it.

Anyone who has been through a breakup, has to atleast chuckle, because well -- its true. :) I wont go into deetz here, but... J Sally maybe struck a cord with one person on this.. it hit home a little too much. It also reminded me of E (an old boyfriend) who is to date one of my best friends. Since I like to show photos, here is an old vintage throwback of the two of us...

That was the two of us back in 2001, way back. Right before Jon (the hubster) and I meet. :)

Anyways, I always just figured that guys just bounced back and right on after a break up, and have I learned. Men are way more emotional than I ever thought. :) So, cheers to my friend (and her fiance) to getting happy (both of you!) and cheers to Edgar finding the girl of his dreams (I know - I am pretty tough to come down from but its been 11 years buddy) Haha -- so kidding! He's has many-a-ladies since back in the day! :)

Now, on the flipside... I want to share a website I cruise often.

Freaking love this site.

So, I am going to end this post with a few of my favorite quotes. I hope you find some you enjoy! <3

Settling is easy. It’s living with your decision to settle that’s the hard part.

Love someone not because they give you what you need. Instead, love them because they give you feelings you never thought you needed.

Friendship is a promise made in the heart. Silent. Unwritten. Unbreakable by distance. Unchangeable by time.

Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard for it.

Hard work and discipline are what you need to succeed. This applies to everything. There really is no secret—or shortcut—that will get you around this. So get to it, now.

Balance your job with your dream until your dream becomes your job! -Tony Gaskins

It’s true that we don’t know what we’ve got until we lose it, but it’s also true that we don’t know what we’ve been missing until it arrives.

<3 JS

Monday, May 28, 2012

It's like high school... and AOL Forwards! Survey time baby!

I was going thru my old email this morning, and had this gem in there - an email survey. HELLO AOL 1999! :) I could NOT resist not doing this, since the hubs is still sleeping and Im in a shopping mood, its saving him (err me!) moolah!

Okay, here's what you're supposed to do, and try not to be lame and spoil the fun! Copy this entire email (or blog!) and paste into a new email that you can send, change all the answers so that they apply to you. Then send this to a whole bunch of people you know, INCLUDING the person that sent it to you.

Some of you may get this several times (that means you have lots of friends).

1. What is your occupation? I sell advertising on church publications. I also own a photography business, specializing in weddings, families, seniors... 2. What color are your socks right now? Barefoot! (Not a huge sock fan) 3. What are you listening to right now? Missing You - Rolling Stones 4. What was the last thing that you ate? Salmon (last night) at Kona Grill 5. Can you drive a stick shift? Negative (if you are talking about successfully). I get the idea, I have in slow speeds, but yeah I could not buy a manual. 6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? PINK 7. Last person you spoke to on the phone? My mommy 8. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Well duh. 9. How old are you today? 28 10. Favorite drink? I'm a fan of water! 11. What is your favorite sport to watch? Football 12. Have you ever dyed your hair? Lord yes. :) 13. Pets? Two amazing Shih-Tzu's (Lola and Lucy) 14. Favorite food? Fish Tacos! (Or anything Mexican!) 15. Last movie you watched? I cant even recall.. sad. 16. Favorite Day of the year? Most any day, that I am not knee deep in work! I do not discriminate! 17. What do you do to vent? I hate venting, because it gets others down, but when I need to I normally talk to Jon or my friends or get out side... 18. What was your favorite toy as a child? My Barbie house and all the accessories were pretty BA! 19. What is your favorite season? FALL! 20. Hugs or kisses? BOTH! 21. Cherry or Blueberry? Blueberry 22. Do you want your friends to email you back? Well duh! 23. Who is most likely to respond? I don't know 24. Who is least likely to respond? whoever is not reading my blog 26. When was the last time you cried? This past week (Im not a cry(er) by the way!) 27. What is on the floor of your closet? tons of shoes (I really need to purge from there today..) 28. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sending this to? Considering I am not sending this, but I know some frequent the blog (Caitlin)! 29. Who is the friend you have had the shortest that you are sending this to? see answer 28 30. Favorite smells? Fresh flowers (Stargazer Lily), a good candle (Scentsy). 31. Who inspires you? I am inspired by outgoing, intellegent and well spoken individuals. Those who have had a challenge and conquored the challenge and share their story. 32. What are you afraid of? Not living life to the fullest, and having regrets. 33. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? Cheese, and plain. 34. Favorite car? Currently -- A6 Coupe (Come to momma), MB SL Coupe, Range Rover HSE 35. Favorite cat breed? I HATE Cats. HATE. 36. Number of keys on your key ring? Funny. I hate keys, I always just took the Mercedes Key or the Touareg key, but since we started at the studio I have the studio keys on there, for a total of 6 keys (MB, VW & 4 studio room keys) 37. How many years at your current job? 4 years and one month (today!) 38. Favorite day of the week? Saturdays! 39. How many states have you lived in? 1 40. Do you think you're funny? Yes, I think I am hilarious. Not sure if I always am - but gosh darn, I have fun thinking and acting as though I am! :)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Liquid fun and friends at 28.

I've always been blessed with a handful of great girlfriends. I have also always been able to mingle with friends/acquaintances and be the life of the party. One of my friends, well she gives me a run for my money on that - so when we do hang out - (Which Ashley is NOT often enough) its fun.
Last night, was no exception! :) My night started off with Amanda, drinks and dinner at Joes Crabshack, which recently opened in the big O, I adore the Cherry Limeaid drinks there. YUM. It was a fun vibe, I mean the Cha Cha Slide... yeah! :)
Following, we needed some retail therapy and hit up the Chanel counter for makeup and lipstick. I mean those lips gotta always be POPPIN! (Sidetracking, but I have been meaning to do my makeup post) Perhaps this weekend when I decide to unearth from yesterdays fun! :) Ok So anyways -- back to the mall. So Amanda and I were walking to Von Maur, and I spotted 2-3 inches of NASTY chocolate ass. This girl really must have thought her ass was hot, and clearly much smaller than it was. But dear freaking god. It was not. She was wearing a stretchy short skirt and it was NOT pretty. Being the ballsy girl I am, I wanted to snap a pic, but the crew she was with looked hood. Amanda and I are pretty BA and can hold our own, but shit - I cant compete with hooood. So, moving on, after shopping (well lets be honest, we only stopped because the mall was closing!) we headed up to Ice House. The first few drinks there, we had some nice views, hot dudes. Yes sir. We started with a Chuck Norris Shot. Yes yum. We all rolled with the same drinks last night, other than some sugar fest Ashley ordered (it was like a sweetart)... Vodka and Cranberry was the drink. It is amazing, stick to one drink and you are good to go the next morning... no headache! So, once the menus left (the good looking men!) we bailed and went up to Loose Moose - lots of fun, but the live band was waaaaaaaaaaaaay loud. :) We drank for a few hours for $14, freaking awesome!!!! :)
Sally Domestic was happy, I love a good deal. :) The last stop, the Phoenix, did not apparently have enough hot guys, for the two single girls so it was time for me to call it a night, since the next bar was on the other side of town, yep - hence the 28 in the title of this post. Why - when you get older you drink close to home. Back in the day, downtown, Old Market were so much fun. Not that they aren't now, but seriously a 25-30 min commute is lame.o. Now, I always aim to please. I am a pleaser. I like to make people happy. I make dreams come true. Now - this is a two fold thing here. She is wearing my rock, it is a rock. I am not going to lie. Yes, I picked my (wedding) ring, if you're spending the money, do it right girls. SO that was dream uno. Dream dos, was me not wearing a wedding ring - I am not saying this is my dream, but perhaps Jon's and maybe an ex boyfriend (or two) :)
Speaking of exes, typically a reason they are exes. :) But one of them is still my best friend - love that dude. I hope he finds a fly girl who deserves him soon :) Here are the girls and I at Loose Moose!
A sure sign I am having a good time, drink in my hand, deuces and double chin.. OY.
Chanel lipgloss. <3 The sweet boy at the counter convinced me to buy the bright pink a month ago, and I LOVE it. :)
Amanda and I we roll classy. She rolls a Lincoln, I roll a Mercedes (well when I drive the hubs which is now almost always), we both work hard, we both love our Louies. I love that she also needs a chair for her purse. She makes me feel at home :) Ha!
Yours truely - after partyrockin' home sweet home!

Friday, May 25, 2012


Tonight my gmail was pure bliss. Bliss like never before. My bestie, Caitlin provided me with an amazing nugget (a photo) with a caption... Down to Fuck. Dear god. I laughed, and laughed, laughed harder than I did an hour before (when me being the queen of inappropriate) admittedly crossed the line, but we laughed hystarically about it. Now I know that, thus far this post is probably making you say -- hmm... BUT - download the "Id Cap that Ap" it's pure entertainment. I would LOVE to post the photo she sent. I mean it is REALLY a jem. However, I doubt that the subject would love the DTF caption, so until them - just email me for it ;)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Why, hello again.

If you want to say "hello" to everyone on the planet, you would have to learn at least 2,796 languages. ((Thanks to a quick Google search, I learned this!)

Guess what. I am not learning all of them. However... I want Rosetta Stone, or a smokin' hot Spanish Tutor... so I can learn espanol...

Why? We're going to MEXICO (again!). Yes, again... 3rd trip in just shy of dos (that's two for you non spanish speakers) years. This trip, I am stoaked about however. We're planning to go with one of my best girlfriends, and her husband! Amanda and I go way back.. like 1st grade back. :) Now, we werent exactly buddy buddy then, however since high school, that girl couldnt get enough of me. Ha! :) Anywho, so we will be going with them, and if we plan it right we have some other friends going at the same time. Holla. What a kick ass way to celebrate Jon's dirty thirty!!!

Speaking of travel, I have lots of travel coming up for work. In fact I will be spending more time away June-August than I will be home. :) Not complaining a bit! June I will be in PGH (Pittsburgh) Jon and I have a wedding (his cousin) which were shooting, and in typical J Sall style, you know I am hitting up my connections, because really there is not a single city that I do NOT know someone in. This B*tch is connected. ;) Stoaked to see my old MADD buddy JC up there! August will be 2 weeks in Portland! I LOOOOOVE Portland. I will also be there for my Birthday! HOLLER!

Totally random, but a little off shoot from "work" I nearly just died laughing at workaholics. OH.MY.GAH. Wednesday May 15th show, watch it. DVR it Blake & Ander loose Adam to a superrich lady or Netfix it. You will thank me for the redic laughs...

Sunday, May 13, 2012

I'm back!

Well it's been a while, but I am back. I know that some people have been checking their google readers in anticipation of a blog post from me, from the edge of their seats. :) Ok, I am totally kidding. As per usual, life has been busy! We have slowed down on weddings, just 10 as compared to the 26 we did last year. Speaking of weddings, just finished the first two weddings of 2012, and I got the best message from one of my clients (via text and facebook) and it made all of the hours, and effort so WORTH it. I am really blessed to work with my husband on photos, we really do make an amazing team, but also fantastic clients. Work is well, I was promoted in January. I love my new role, I thrive on helping and developing others. :) I cant wait to see where the new role takes me. Life - well I am living it, loving it and I am living without thinking. You know, its funny how in just one moment and one thing starts to shape and change your life. I have always been a live wildly, freely and fun, but someone reminded me to live without regrets and not look back. I am greatful for that, because I needed that little reminder because sometimes I am reserved (I know... sounds funny huh). Speaking of living wild... after a bottle of wine last night - I propsed the idea of a white trash party next weekend. Yes. Classy. You think I need a photo of me in white trash garb with my 2 carat wedding ring and Louis Vuitton... ahhh oxy moron! Well, I am going to leave this post with a few photos from party rockin' May 12th!