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Kris & Sarah Engagement | Bakersfield Photographer

This engagement session will easily go down as my favorite ever ♥ My youngest brother is getting married! I’m so very happy for these two beautiful people. Marriage is a pretty big life milestone. You wait, dream, and pray that the person who was made for you finds you somewhere along this life journey. It’s really incredible to watch this happen from afar as a big sister ♥

Congratulations Kris & Sarah! Love you both!

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Kaiya | Baby Photographer, Bakersfield CA

This gorgeous lady is the niece of one of my closest friends. She and her momma came to visit from the northern coast and I got to have a few cuddly snuggles ♥ She was just over a month old when she visited, but we attempted some traditional posed newborn shots anyhow. She did pretty fantastic ♥ I love her fuzzy strawberry blonde hair!
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Axel | Bakersfield Newborn Photographer

I love meeting families that are welcoming their first little one into the world. The wonder and boundless love of new parents carries such an amazing energy. My new babies days are long over so I feel pretty fortunate that parents allow me a bit of time to soak up all that sweet baby goodness for a few hours ♥

This handsome fella is quite the baby! Weighing at 9.10lbs and all that gorgeous dark hair, he reminds me so much of my oldest who was just a few ounces shy and had tons of dark hair too! Axel’s parents visited me in my home studio for a few hours in the morning for his traditional posed session, then we met again in the evening to give an attempt at an idea mom & dad had. Scroll to the end to see what we accomplished!

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Celebrating 5 Years + Giveaway

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!

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.


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 JCP

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-JCPWPrize #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-1w

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 hello@jesscadena.com 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

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  • Priscilla LasaterAugust 10, 2015 - 3:20 pm

    Portrait sessionReplyCancel

  • Courtney BeamanAugust 10, 2015 - 5:41 pm

    Portrait sessionReplyCancel

  • Jayme MacDonaldAugust 11, 2015 - 10:37 pm

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

  • Courtney BeamanAugust 12, 2015 - 3:34 am

    Portrait sessionReplyCancel

  • Liliana ChapmanAugust 12, 2015 - 4:02 am

    Portrait sessionReplyCancel

  • Liliana ChapmanAugust 12, 2015 - 4:08 am

    Portrait sessionReplyCancel

  • Carrie Ching YuanAugust 12, 2015 - 4:09 am

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

  • Priscilla Padilla-LasaterAugust 12, 2015 - 4:15 am

    Portrait session ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Noel WalkerAugust 12, 2015 - 4:21 am

    Umm, all of them? Ok portrait session or bear/bonnetReplyCancel

  • Rachel Eakes- HairfieldAugust 12, 2015 - 4:25 am

    Of course the portraits session, although I would be happy to win any of the above.ReplyCancel

  • Jayme MacDonaldAugust 12, 2015 - 5:42 am

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

  • Elena Jaime-RiveraAugust 12, 2015 - 6:24 am

    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 BeamanAugust 12, 2015 - 12:21 pm

    Portrait sessionReplyCancel

  • Sabrina Glover KellettAugust 12, 2015 - 12:36 pm

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

  • Chris JensenAugust 12, 2015 - 2:43 pm

    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 MayAugust 12, 2015 - 4:02 pm

    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' LynchAugust 12, 2015 - 8:43 pm

    Congratulations! I would love the photo shoot!ReplyCancel

  • SamanthaAugust 12, 2015 - 10:06 pm

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

    • Jess CadenaAugust 14, 2015 - 11:20 am

      You’d love it! It’s probably my favorite part of my office :DReplyCancel

  • Morgan Hayes MarshAugust 12, 2015 - 10:50 pm

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

  • Lindsay DevaursAugust 12, 2015 - 10:57 pm

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

  • Lina Marroquin FugateAugust 13, 2015 - 1:03 am

    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 ChapmanAugust 13, 2015 - 3:54 am

    Portrait session please!ReplyCancel

  • Brandi SpauldingAugust 13, 2015 - 5:03 am

    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 LongoriaAugust 13, 2015 - 6:29 am

    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 PerezAugust 13, 2015 - 8:45 am

    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

  • mackenzieAugust 13, 2015 - 9:13 am

    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 SheltonAugust 13, 2015 - 2:28 pm

    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-MeffordAugust 13, 2015 - 4:03 pm

    I would love the keurig, calandar or the photo sessionReplyCancel

  • EricaAugust 13, 2015 - 5:56 pm

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

  • Courtney BeamanAugust 13, 2015 - 6:07 pm

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

  • Melissa CemoAugust 13, 2015 - 7:00 pm

    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 LasaterAugust 13, 2015 - 7:39 pm

    Portrait session, Keurig , anything would be nice. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Samantha SanchezAugust 13, 2015 - 8:42 pm

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

  • Erica SanchezAugust 14, 2015 - 12:40 am

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

  • Monika MalloyAugust 14, 2015 - 3:23 am

    Congrats! I would love any prize :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristen FuentezAugust 14, 2015 - 4:04 am

    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 ChenAugust 14, 2015 - 7:24 am

    Congratulations!!! I would love to win a portrait session.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren McConnellAugust 14, 2015 - 8:14 am

    Prize 1! 💗ReplyCancel

  • Sara OliverAugust 14, 2015 - 3:23 pm

    I would love love love the portrait session ❤️❤️ReplyCancel

  • Liliana ChapmanAugust 14, 2015 - 6:28 pm

    Wall calenderReplyCancel

  • Courtney BeamanAugust 14, 2015 - 7:17 pm

    Potrait session <3ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie YoungAugust 14, 2015 - 10:25 pm

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

  • Courtney BeamanAugust 15, 2015 - 7:49 pm

    Last post to try and win <3ReplyCancel

  • Lisa CurrierAugust 16, 2015 - 12:42 am

    Would love the keurig!ReplyCancel

  • Liliana ChapmanAugust 16, 2015 - 5:50 am

    Portrait session please!! Fingers crossedReplyCancel

  • Sandahl ChavezAugust 16, 2015 - 5:41 pm

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

  • Liliana ChapmanAugust 17, 2015 - 6:29 am

    Portrait session!! Last post:)ReplyCancel

Rory | Bakersfield Newborn Photographer

This fella visited me when he was 14 days old, sleepy and totally up for whatever I had in mind. He’s holding the current record for the most content & relaxed baby I’ve photographed ♥ Doesn’t he have the best soft strawberry blonde hair and matching eyelashes?!

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Aimee & Mikey Engagement Session | Bakersfield Photographer

Aimee & Mikey are engaged! We had their session in the super warm month of June, which makes them champs for surviving through the heat and still wearing smiles!

Congratulations on your engagement you two!

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