Bakersfield CA Newborn, Maternity & Wedding Photography | Jess Cadena » Wedding & Portrait Photography for Lovers, Expecting Moms, & Newborns.

I’ve put off this post for almost an entire 2 months now so I set aside a bit of time today so let’s do this!

My little homemade photography business is nearing its 5 year anniversary this summer. Which is totally incredible to me. 5 years of collaborating my love of photography with your love of life’s moments have kept me right where I want to be for this long. I can never put exactly how that makes me feel into words, thank you will never be enough! Over these 5 years I’ve learned so much about photography, business, people,  even myself. It’s been a really, really great journey that I’m so grateful that I get to continue in.

And I don’t want to make this a mush fest. I really just want to tell you about a few changes that are big for me and will affect what plans you have for future sessions, especially if you’re my yearly peeps!

As of January 1st, 2015, I made the choice to take Jess Cadena Photography to its new happy place. This place? It’s full of glowing expecting mamas, squishy little newborn babes, & lovers taking the leap into forever after ♥ So that’s it, big huge news is that I’m specializing my photography in Maternity, Newborn, Engagement & Wedding Photography.

I couldn’t completely say goodbye to Family Sessions though, there’s just no way. It’s a piece of your story I don’t want to say goodbye to, but in order to keep my personal life & schedule a little less chaotic, I do have to limit the number of family session I take. So I’m offering Family Sessions twice a year, when the weather is tolerable and the sceneries are gorgeous. These will be very limited and I don’t have an exact schedule just yet, so I’m asking you to sign up on my wait list (at the very end of this post) and you’ll get the important details right to your inbox.

In an effort to not take this to a gushy emotional place, I’ll end this here with a big gigantic thank you for everything, all of it, for the last 5 years ♥
– Jess Cadena

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Please select which season wait list you prefer or both if you like:

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So many congratulations to the two of you! I couldn’t wait for the two of you to get married. I knew your wedding would be a blast and you didn’t disappoint. Every detail you worked so hard on was absolutely beautiful. I loved hearing about your ideas come together through the year and finally seeing how amazing it all was on your wedding day.

Cody & Priscilla were married on November 22nd of 2014 at the Kern County Basque Club surrounded in love by their family & friends ♥

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Fall is absolutely my favorite season for family sessions. The weather here is finally starting to cool off & the colors are changing. I loved photographing this sweet family so much. Their love flowed so easily together & oh my gosh, those kiddos! I’m pretty sure I’ve never met another child more well-behaved than these two. Best of all, Tracy is also a photographer in Bakersfield & found me through my favorite photography forum home, Clickin’ Moms!

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Oh Gideon, you sweet handsome hunk of a little man. I’ve anticipated your session from the moment your momma told me of your existence! And because you’re born to such an awesome family, of course you played it cool because, duh. If big brother could do it, of course you could too! that’s two for two, for the Johnston clan ♥

I’ve had the absolute pleasure of photographing both maternity sessions, newborn sessions & a few in-between sessions for this family and I love them to pieces. They just moved halfway across the country and I already miss them and the super sweet moments they welcomed me in to photograph. ::cries::

and seriously, I ask every guy to kiss his lady like this. This guy? Makes me all sappy every single time. It’s like every bit of his love just radiates right to her. Oh my heart!

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Oh fall, you’re here! We only get a short few weeks with the gorgeous fall colors & falling leaves, but I welcome it with wide open arms every year. I love that the season brings beautiful weather with it too. Perfect for bundling up during your family session.

I love a family with an open heart for letting their kiddos have fun & explore. Children usually run the show, so when we let this little guy have at it, we all had fun & shared lots of laughs! Little man brought along a toy bear who he took exploring the leaves & secret hiding spots while sweet little lady won me over with her beautiful bright eyes and smirky smiles ♥

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Jason & Elena were married October 11th 2014 at Our Lady of Guadalupe followed by a beautiful reception at JC’s Place Venue in Downtown Bakersfield.

We met these two in February last year for their consultation and quickly fell in love with their playful personalities ♥ Something I’ll never forget is how they warned us of their awkwardness in front of the camera while we scheduled their engagement session. Which sent me into planning mode, how to break the ice ideas, how to make things easy etc… except it everything I planned went out the window because they’re so easy to talk to and laugh with. The same feeling flowed right through to their wedding day. Surrounded by the love of their family and friends, they joined together into forever after ♥

Jason & Elena, we wish many years of love and laughter, and maybe even a little awkwardness in your marriage ;) Thank you for inviting us to share your day with you!

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