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I’ve lost count now of the number of times I’ve sat here in my office, typed this up, retyped and walked away. Everything I type feels redundant and never says quite what I’m trying to say. It’s been 5 years today! FIVE YEARS! Since I walked my butt into the County Clerk’s office filed my business name, applied for my seller’s permit then hoped and prayed this adventure would work.

I was so scared. Nervous. Ready. I’ve learned so much over these 5 years. About business, people, photography. I learned the most about myself though and that has been so huge in bringing me to this point. I found my voice and purpose through imagery. My introverted, quiet, pajama loving, stay-at-home self broke out of her weird shell.  Well, I’m still weird. I just share it with all of you now ;)

I’ve photographed your weddings, anniversaries, life milestones, your new babies, and your grown babies. I’ve taken your workshops, listened to your valuable advice, and leaned on your shoulder. Family, friends, photographers, clients & admirers; you’ve supported me by  encouraging me to keep going, by teaching me along the way, listening when I needed it most, pushing me to do more, and trusting in me to photograph your biggest moments. I remember reading in my first years of business a statistic that read something like “95% of photography businesses fail within the first 5 years.” That has always echoed in my thoughts, kind of like a small fire under my feet to keep me running hard. I have no idea what the future holds and I like it that way, but right now in this moment? I feel like “OMG!! I kicked those first 5 years’ butt!” So I want to celebrate with all of you. My family, friends, photographers, clients, because you’ve helped me get to where I am today and I cannot WAIT for the next 5 years with you!

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I want to celebrate by giving away a few things that I love and/or cannot live without! I invite everyone to enter, some prizes are restricted to US or to Bakersfield. Restrictions are listed next to each prize.

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Prize #1
1 Winner has a choice of Maternity, Family or Engagement Session. Includes 10 high-res digital images on USB + 15% off if you choose to purchase prints.

•Session is limited to the Bakersfield area. Must be redeemed before 12/10/15.


Keurig 2.0 K250 JCPP I NI M A G E

Prize #2

Something I cannot get through my day without! I have 1 Keurig for home & 1 for travel. I guess you can say it’s pretty serious.

1 Winner will receive a Keurig 2.0 K250 Brewing System in their color choice.
(In order from top to bottom: Black, White, Strawberry, Turquoise, Violet, Orange Zest, Sandy Pearl)

•Keurig® Carafe
•6 K-Cup® Packs
• 4 K-Carafe® Packs
•Water Filter Handle & Cartridge

* This prize is restricted to the US for shipping purposes. Keurig ships to you directly from Keurig.



WallsNeedLove-JCPWP I NI M A G EPrize #3

My life revolves around my calendar.  I have 3 calendar systems and this one is my favorite because I can walk into my office and immediately see what I have coming up. It’s a chalkboard wall decal that is easily applied to your wall of choice. I use chalk pens to write in all my events.

1 Winner will receive a chalkboard wall calendar from Walls Need Love. They have so many fun wall decals too! I have tiny gold anchors in my guest bathroom that’s decorated in Pirate & mermaid theme.

Looks like Walls Need Love is having a sale on their entire site too! Use code Backt0Sch00l20 at checkout and receive 20% off anything on their site!

*This prize ships to US & Canada


Prize #4NB Prop Set Jess Cadena Photo-1wP I NI M A G E

When I’m not photographing weddings or newborns, I spend my time knitting. I’m a fiber freak and love quality yarns that are soft to touch and yummy to snuggle ♥ You can find my knits for sale in my Etsy Shop, where I knit bonnets, wraps & props for newborn photographers.

1 Winner will receive a Newborn sized Bonnet & Bear prop set for their newborn prop collection. Winner will receive the set pictured.

* This prize ships world-wide!


How to Enter

Each counts as an entry and you can earn entries each time you do the following:
1. Comment below telling me which of the above you would like to win.
2. Find the post with the contest info on my Facebook Page, share the post (privacy settings must be set to “public” so I can confirm you’ve shared!) on your page/profile + follow my Facebook updates by clicking “LIKE”.
3. Visit me on Instagram, find the post with the contest info & comment which prize you’d like to win & tag a friend + follow my Instagram updates by clicking “FOLLOW”.

The Fine Print
This giveaway is not sponsored, all prizes are paid for and provided by Jess Cadena Photography. Prizes are not redeemable for cash and are non-transferable. Giveaway starts August 10th, 2015 and ends August 16th, 2015 at midnight PST. WINNERS will be selected via random drawing & will be named on Tuesday, August 18th on this post, on Facebook, & on Instagram. Prizes must be claimed within 24 hours. Unclaimed prizes will go to the next drawn name. Please check back on Tuesday to see if you’ve won!


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Every time you shared/commented/tagged/etc I wrote your name down for an entry. Some of you had almost 20 each! Thank you SO much for celebrating with me. 5 years feels like a pretty big deal to me and I look forward to what the future holds in this adventure with all of you! Winners, you have until Wednesday, August 19th at 9am to get in touch to claim your prizes (if you see their name, be sure to tag them!). Unclaimed prizes will call for a re-draw. Please email me at so I can gather your info and send your prizes your way!

•Portrait Session: Sara Oliver
•Keurig 2.0 K250: Monika Malloy
•Walls Need Love Wall Calendar: Liliana Chapman
*Newborn Prop Set Bonnet + Bear: Sandahl Chavez

  • Priscilla Lasater - Portrait sessionReplyCancel

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  • Jayme MacDonald - I would be happy winning any of the prizes, but would love to win the portrait session!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Beaman - Portrait sessionReplyCancel

  • Liliana Chapman - Portrait sessionReplyCancel

  • Liliana Chapman - Portrait sessionReplyCancel

  • Carrie Ching Yuan - Congrats on 5 years! Since I’m not local, I’m throwing my name in for the calendar!ReplyCancel

  • Priscilla Padilla-Lasater - Portrait session ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Noel Walker - Umm, all of them? Ok portrait session or bear/bonnetReplyCancel

  • Rachel Eakes- Hairfield - Of course the portraits session, although I would be happy to win any of the above.ReplyCancel

  • Jayme MacDonald - I would be happy winning any of the prizes, but I would love to win the portrait session!ReplyCancel

  • Elena Jaime-Rivera - Congratulations on 5 years!! I would love to win any of these awesome prizes but I would love the portrait session! You are an amazing photographer!!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Beaman - Portrait sessionReplyCancel

  • Sabrina Glover Kellett - Wow five years all ready!! Congratulations!! I’d love to win any of the prizes, I think your awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Jensen - I remember when you started and my little Dominic just days old modeled for newborn photos for you..I truly appreciate and love those photos and Forever will!! Wow 5 years!! Congratulations! I myself have started just this year dipping my toes into photography..I’ve always loved photos and capturing all my babies moments that I could!! I would be more then happy/lucky to be a winner of any of the prizes you have to offer..But if I had to pick one..hands down the family photo session!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shell May - I don’t care if I win or what I win….I just love you and your family too death….you were there for me in a point of my life that I Didn’t know my own worth. You didn’t know me but you welcomed me into your little apt and into your life. Our first session was in your living room where you made rethink my beauty =). You have captured the love of my life Dom in different stages of his growth. You photographed my little family in a time when I finally found my purpose, and you were there with such patients on my wedding day. I know it won’t be the last time I call you to say I need you to help me put my memories on file ;) thanks jess for loving what you do passion is a terrible thing to waste…..❤ReplyCancel

  • Caycee Denae' Lynch - Congratulations! I would love the photo shoot!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - Ohh! The wall Calendar! If I don’t get pregnant any time soon. Haha!ReplyCancel

  • Morgan Hayes Marsh - I would LOVE to win the session!! We love your work- especially the pictures of Riley!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay Devaurs - The session! The session! I want David to see you again! He’s 14lbs of love now :)ReplyCancel

  • Lina Marroquin Fugate - I can’t believe it’s been five years! I remember when I first started shooting with you guys and David always told me you guys were going to shoot our wedding and look what happened?! You guys did :) I love you guys and I know we will have future shoots ahead of us! I would say the session because you can never have too many pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Liliana Chapman - Portrait session please!ReplyCancel

  • Brandi Spaulding - I hope I win I hope u win lol. I love your work and you! I hope I get to win number 1 the family sessionReplyCancel

  • Bianca Longoria - I would love to win prize #1. I am recently engaged, and have been on the hunt for a photographer! Your work is just what I am looking for!!ReplyCancel

  • Thania Perez - They are all great prizes I would prefer prize #1 best though
    Haven’t had the pleasure of being photographed by Jess Cadena Photography so I hope I win! ☺️ReplyCancel

  • mackenzie - I would love to win any of these prizes I would love love love to win a portrait session cause I haven’t been able to afford a family pic in a while…it’s difficult having to buy the outfits and then pay for the pics as well( I have three daughters), I would love the keurig cause my oldest daughter is starting kindergarten I think this would help my phobia of early mornings :) and the teddy bear adorable I love old fashioned simple stuffed animals!! So cute and I think it is amazing when people have giveaways like this :) thanks for the opportunity to winReplyCancel

  • Esther Reed Shelton - Congratulations on 5 years! I’ve enjoy your work it just gets better and better. I’m following you on Instagram now so I get to see so much more. Best of luck in the future. If I win I’ve like to add a new keurig to my counter top. It would contribute to my caffeine addiction. ☕️ReplyCancel

  • Yolanda Ortiz-Mefford - I would love the keurig, calandar or the photo sessionReplyCancel

  • Erica - i would love to win the portrait session for my kids!!:)ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Beaman - Portrait session please so I can fill my walls with more beautiful pics of my baby girl that you takeReplyCancel

  • Melissa Cemo - I would love to have a family photo shoot. We are a family of 4, our youngest is one, and we don’t have a decent photo of our family that I can put up on our wall. I would also love the knitted items! I love handmade items!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Becky Durham Lasater - Portrait session, Keurig , anything would be nice. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Sanchez - I would love to win a Portrait session! Your work is absolutely incredible! Congrats on all of your hard work!ReplyCancel

  • Erica Sanchez - Hi, I would love to win the session!! For my kids:))ReplyCancel

  • Monika Malloy - Congrats! I would love any prize :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristen Fuentez - It would be amazing to win the portrait session. My family has never taken professional photos, and your work is beautiful. The session would be a blessing!ReplyCancel

  • Katie Chen - Congratulations!!! I would love to win a portrait session.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren McConnell - Prize 1! 💗ReplyCancel

  • Sara Oliver - I would love love love the portrait session ❤️❤️ReplyCancel

  • Liliana Chapman - Wall calenderReplyCancel

  • Courtney Beaman - Potrait session <3ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Young - Congrats on the milestone! I would loooove to have a portrait session with you!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Beaman - Last post to try and win <3ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Currier - Would love the keurig!ReplyCancel

  • Liliana Chapman - Portrait session please!! Fingers crossedReplyCancel

  • Sandahl Chavez - I would loove to win a sesh with you, absolutely! Buut, since im not near you :'( the keurig is awesome! ♡ReplyCancel

  • Liliana Chapman - Portrait session!! Last post:)ReplyCancel

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This is a special newborn session for me ♥ Katie first contacted me early in her pregnancy, in January of this year. She wanted to be sure to get her little man’s newborn session on my schedule. The session was booked, and we had several months to wait… then I received a very special email from Katie’s mom. I won’t retell the story again, but goodness. It’s super sweet. You can read more about what happened in the blog of her maternity session here.

Welcome to the world, Brody! You are the sweetest thing & loved by so many!

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If you’ve missed out on purchasing the digital images you really wanted, or want to grab a few more you might have passed up, now is your chance! I’m having a Summer Sale for digital files. Purchase in increments of 5, 15 or All (20+) and your total is discounted at 50% off. See details below:

Digital Sale JCPwP I NI M A G EThe Digital Sale includes only the digital files. Digital files will be provided as an instant download through the gallery & on a USB drive. 4×6 corresponding prints are not included in the sale. Discount is available only to previous session galleries who’ve already placed an order & their gallery has been archived. Discount is not available for new or currently open galleries. Sale runs through 6/1/15

If you would like to take advantage of this sale, please get in touch with me at so that I can reinstate your gallery & provide discount codes!

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I say it all the time, I know, but delivery days are my favorite! I love when new product comes in and I get to share it with you. My style is soft, minimal & neutral and I believe that feel flows right into my photographic style and the quality products I offer to you. I’m instantly drawn to things that are natural, organic, soft & pretty. This week my new USB drives arrived and I’m so in love. They’re made of dark fiberwood and remind me a lot of cork, but much sturdier since cork is kind of soft. Laser engraved with my logo & website makes it not just a USB flash drive, but a custom beautiful piece that you take home after your session ♥

JCP USBP I NI M A G EJCP USBP I NI M A G EPhotographers, if you’re looking for great USB drives for your business be sure to visit USB Memory Direct!
*USB’s were provided by USB Memory Direct in exchange for my honest product review & photos.

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I know I’m totally going to overload this blog post with photos from Katie’s maternity session in April! She is the sweetest thing inside & out and such a gorgeous mommy to be! Actually, I just photographed their handsome little man’s newborn session a few days ago, but first I have to share this one ;)

Katie’s maternity session was a surprise gift to her from her mom. After my morning routine of getting the kids off to school & grabbing myself another coffee, I sat down to read & catch up on my emails. I had a very special one waiting to be read from Katie’s mom. In it she explained that she wanted to surprise her daughter with this session to celebrate this special time in her life. I love surprises and her words were so so sweet ♥ Less than an hour later (& a few happy tears, gah!) we were surprising Katie.

I love so many from this session, Katie & Maxx are so adorable together. Here are a few (ha!) of my favorites from their session ♥
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So I also have to tell you about the crazy adventure we had near the end of our session! It all took place in one location, the overgrowth & trees were just a short walk from the beachy sand area. Since it wasn’t far, I thought it safe to leave some of my maternity gowns where we were to as we walked down to finish up the last of the session. Christine (Katie’s adorably sweet momma) went over to grab one of the gowns to use and found a group of teenaged boys pulling them down off their hangers, and taking off with them! I’m not sure what they planned to do with them, I mean… if they want to play dress up! ;) Christine shouted something at them and ran after them. She must have scared the piss out of them because they threw them and ran. She was able to retrieve both gowns, thank goodness! Of the nearly 5 years I’ve done this, I’ve never had anyone try to take off with any of our props or belongings. So strange. Christine is a gown saving super hero rock star!

  • Brody | Newborn Photographer Bakersfield - […] This is a special newborn session for me ♥ Katie first contacted me early in her pregnancy, in January of this year. She wanted to be sure to get her little man’s newborn session on my schedule. The session was booked, and we had several months to wait… then I received a very special email from Katie’s mom. I won’t retell the story again, but goodness. It’s super sweet. You can read more about what happened in the blog of her maternity session here. […]ReplyCancel

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