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USB Memory Direct Review

I’m taking  quick moment away from sharing adorable babies with you to share a review of one of my favorite products! More babies coming soon though, promise ♥ A few years ago, USB Memory Direct, a company that produces custom flash drives for business, reached out to me asking me to review their product in exchange for their free product. Running a business is expensive so of course I jumped at the chance of trying a product I use at no charge from a company I hadn’t had the chance of working with yet. I’m super excited they reached out to me again this year to review their product again with their new partnership program.

A few things I look for in USB’s that I present to my clients is consistent quality, style, writing speed and ability to customize to match my slightly rustic minimalist style.

Sometime last year I ran out of USB’s and decided to try going the route of digital downloads for purchased digital files to save time and expenses, instead of delivering on a USB. I gave it a solid 3 months and I’ll be honest, I didn’t love it. I enjoy delivering a product for my clients to hold and feel. Not to mention, a USB provides one extra sense of security for holding your photos just in case something happens, like hard-drive failure. Not to worry, I vow to always keep your images safely backed up in 3 separate locations should anything happen.

The USB’s I chose from USB Memory Direct are the Tower wood drives in Fiber Wood. I love that the fiber wood look has a little more character than wood drives with a bit of rustic appeal that matches the style I try to portray in my work and brand.

Customization is important for me. I worked hard on building a brand that matches my personality and I want my clients to see and feel that personal touch. It feels good to see your name on a product you’re proud of when you deliver to a client. These USB’s are engraved with my logo. My first worry when putting my logo on anything is the loss of detail in the flowers when it’s not printed in color. I was especially surprised with the detail on these and actually really love the monotone feel. It has a slight texture in the flower so it’s not just a flat blob. Two thumbs up from me!
I’m a firm believer in work smarter, not harder. I need a flash drive that writes data quickly when transferring images from my computer to the USB. I’m a mama of two kids who are homeschooled 5 days a week and a business owner of two thriving creative businesses. I don’t have time to waste waiting around for things to work. These drives have yet to fail me in this department. 

Consistency in quality is incredibly important. I don’t want to order a bulk of a product and receive some that are good and some that shouldn’t have passed the product line. I love that each USB I receive from USB Memory Direct is finished nicely without any inconsistencies and I can use them right away without worry.

I appreciate you choosing my small business to review your product USB Memory Direct! I really appreciate the great quality product you provide to even the little guys like me.

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Barron, Milestone Baby Session | Bakersfield CA

This sweet smiley face visited me for a photo session when he was 6 weeks old. My typical plan is to have baby nice and sleepy so that I can wrap them up and pose them, but not this guy. Instead he coo’d and baby talked me through his entire session as he swooned me with those sweet smiles! I like his plans better because really, look at that smile! He totally knows he’s cute.

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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

My hopes for you | Letters to my children

Sometimes I’ll sit quietly listening to the two of you talk together. You’ll argue, talk about the things you both love, argue a bit more. And the truth is sometimes while I’m listening I’m dreaming of your sibling friendship years down the road. Will you still be inseparable? Will you still argue over who’s faster, smarter, better? Will you call home from school asking to come home when you realize the other has come home sick, because you miss them? Will you tell me how much you absolutely dislike the other, and will I find you moments later cuddled up together sharing a book, forgetting how mad you were not minutes ago?

I usually don’t interrupt your moments together, even when the bickering is getting out of hand. I think it’s an important part of a sibling relationship and I hope so much that you both carry this bond you’ve created long into adulthood. I hope that the little things still excite you so much that you cannot wait to tell the other, because you know just how excited the other will be too. I see little glimpses of your future as brother and sister and I have so many hopes for the both of you ♥ The whole world is ahead of you, I hope that you have each other to experience it with.
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Following my heart

Jess Cadena Photography-Bakersfield Newborn Photographer

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.

Jess Cadena Photography-Maternity Photographer Bakersfield

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.

Jess Cadena Photography-Engagement Photographer Bakersfield

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.

Jess Cadena Photography-Wedding Photographer Bakersfield

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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Wild Mountain Rose | Bakersfield Photographer – Jess Cadena

“The hills were alive with wildflowers
And I was as wild, even wilder than they
For at least I could run, they just died in the sun
And I refused to just wither in place”
– Dolly Parton

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