But, first, I’d like you to get to know me! My name is Jessica, and I’m a big dreamer and a lover of all things coffee, purple, and photography-related.. Oh, and I’m a Columbia SC wedding photographer serving wedding photography collections in South Carolina and world wide.. I’ve been shooting weddings professionally for 7 years, and this job is my DREAM job.
I graduated from Columbia College with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Studio Art with an emphasis in photography in 2014, and Jessica Hunt Photography became a full time business in January of 2015. I am the lead photographer, email writer, blogger, and editor for Jessica Hunt Photography in Columbia, SC, and I shoot 15-20 South Carolina and destination weddings annually. I photograph all types of love, from traditional ceremonies in the church you grew up in to same-sex weddings in the most unique of places! I absolutely LOVE to paint with oil paints and draw with graphite, but honestly, just between us, photography is my favorite medium. My little family consists of one pup and two cats; I get along better with my furry friends than humans some days! I love to read novels and am always game for good movie.
Oh, and also ALWAYS down for a craft beer from the tap!
Jessica Hunt Photography serves same-sex, LGTBQ, and heterosexual couples. Every type of love is beautiful and meaningful, and I believe that each love story deserves beautiful images. That is why I'm proud to be one of the few same-sex wedding photographer in Columbia, SC!
I joyfully celebrate partnerships of any and all genders, and I love documenting ceremonies, elopements, and other love parties inspired by all backgrounds, religious traditions (or lack/combination thereof), countries, and cultures!
Everyone is welcome here, come as you are and let's make something beautiful!
I believe in coffee at all hours of the day. I believe in the power of a frozen moment in a photograph. I believe in good food like tator tots covered in ranch, cheese, and bacon. I believe in being yourself, wholeheartedly. I believe in self-expression. I believe in relationships. I believe in people. I believe in love.
I LOVE to travel and have such a heart for exploring new citites with my camera. I’ve been to New York City, Peru, Canada, and around the EastCoast of the United States, but I can’t wait until my camera takes me internationally for wedding photography! (p.s. If you’re reading this and having a destination wedding, contact me for special pricing for international wedding collections!)
Not only am I a photographer, but I am also an artist with interests in printmaking, oil painting, and drawing. My degree from Columbia College is in Studio Art which means I spent a lot more time in the studio learning how to draw shadows than taking pictures some days! I love having my work showing in coffee shops around Columbia, SC, and I’m always working hard to stay creative. I’m definitely an artist at heart. But not to worry, I’m definitely best at photography!
Meet my momma, the most wondeful woman in the world. She is strong, funny, silly, and quite close to perfect. Her professional success inspires me daily to hold my business and myself to higher standards! She also love to go to the movies and get extra buttery popcorn, so therefor she is my fave. Duh.
There is no time during the day I love more than the 30 minutes before and after the sun sets. The light during that time is not only PERFECT for pictures, but also always creates a gorgeous painting across the sky. I’m captivated daily by the sky, the light, and the colors of the sunset.
The original members of my furr family came to me three years ago in the form of these two sweet kitty-lumps. Meet Arya (pronounced aR-EE-ah) and Maxine (aka Maxie, Max, Cat, or LUMP). These two girls are actually sisters from the SAME litter, just with different fathers. Google it, it can happen. They are my two closest friends, to be honest with you. They are my favorite two four legged friends I’ve ever had!
When I was younger, I always wanted a bright color in my hair, but because of the church and school my family was involved in at the time, my mom always said, "No."
As I grew up, I still felt the desire to express myself in a fun hair color, but didn't make the leap until 2015!
For me, purple hair represents who I am as a person and artist. I'm loud, bright, happy, and fun, about 95% of the time, so it just fits.
And, it's about self-expression. I feel like *me* most when I have a good face of makeup on and my hair done; my best foot forward, you could say. So, why NOT purple, amiright?!
"Jessica was my wedding photographer & did an AMAZING job! I was blown away at everything she did - from engagement pictures, to bridal portraits & the big day! She also made sure I had everything good to go for the wedding & went above and beyond to make sure the day was special for me.
"I told my husband we would be using her for ALL of our pictures from here on out!”
Nick & Halli
"2 weeks ago, I celebrated the happiest day of my life, and my husband and I had the privilege of working with Jessica. Let me start off by saying that Jessica is a professional. She is courteous, respectful, and most importantly, she understands. She responds to calls/emails right away, she provides suggestions when asked, and more importantly she makes you feel comfortable. Upon getting my gallery back, I was shocked. I LOVE all of my pictures.
"I can't say enough about Jessica... I will definitely be using her again!"
Heather & Chance
She captured the joy and beauty of our day in pictures that are works of art. She is passionate about her work and committed to her brides. And she has quickly become a friend. You will not be disappointed by choosing JHP. They say you get what you pay for, and hiring JHP was worth every penny. We will cherish our pictures of our wedding day for a lifetime and I'm so glad that I had someone so accomplished at what she does on our day."
"I cannot say enough about JHP. For such a young woman, Jessica Hunt is nothing less than professional. Don't take her youth as a sign of lack of experience, she was poised, energetic and polished on our wedding day.
She organized our family and friends for pictures quickly and efficiently and had everyone laughing from her sweet quirky personality.
Elisha & Tony
From the first meeting to the engagement session to the day of the wedding she was so professional and a joy to work with. Everything was so well planned and executed the day of the wedding I was so pleased. I am currently picking out pictures for my new apartment!!!"
Katie & Nathan
"So AMAZING.. I can't say it enough!"
"We can't say enough about our experience with Jessica. She is very professional, organized, prompt, and friendly. Her positive energy is contagious :). She makes you feel like a supermodel to add personality... bringing your pictures to life.
Natisha & Eric
Very creative shots and is willing to bring any wedding vision to life.
Although is was misting rain during our photo shoot....pictures are flawless.
Jessica come highly recommended!!!!"
"Anyone searching for beautiful, sweetly composed, gorgeously lit photos will be very lucky to find Jessica. Can't recommend enough."
"Finding a weddding photographer was a daunting task for me. However it took only a few minutes looking at Jessica's portfolio to realize she has a wonderful talent for lighting and depth of field. Turns out I'm not much of a wedding planner; Jessica is a godsend for folks like me. She set a very clear itinerary and list of things to expect/prepare for. She wrangled two large families (only half understands English 100%) with professionalism, joy and efficiency. It only took 2 1/2 weeks to get the full album, and every photo is lovely.
Sejan & Michael
"I can't explain how amazing she is at her job. I will cherish my photos forever."
"If you ever need a photographer, this is the one you want. Her and her assistant helped make my wedding an amazing experience. On my wedding day, she made sure that if I needed a single thing, I had it. I also used her for my engagement session, bridal session and boudoir session (as a gift to my husband.) She delivered perfection. I was extremely picky about the photography for my wedding. I believe that the photos are the one thing that will last after your wedding day to help you preserve memories. Nothing can replace them, and there are no redo's when it's all done. I never worried once with Jessica. She made me the happiest bride. She is more than a photographer. She is an artist behind the lens. She is also worth more money than she charges. No doubt about that. Jessica can make anyone comfortable in her shoots. Guides you every step of the way.
Shelby & Alex
My husband is not the best at taking photos. Some how this amazing woman was able to get really good photos out of him and made the entire process fun and pain free."
Becky & George
"Jessica was absolutely amazing."
Here are a few of my most favorite images I've EVER taken, just so you can get a look into what type of imagery I LOVE to capture on a wedding day...
Jessica has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Studio Art with an emphasis in photography from, the famous Southern liberal arts school, Columbia College. Jessica Hunt Photography was founded in 2011 and now serves 20 to 25 couples a year throughout their wedding photography experience. Jessica Hunt Photography's work has been published in both print and online publications over 30 times throughout the past two years. Jessica is passionate about couples and capturing genuine moments and is a member of both the Professional Photographers of America and the Professional Photographers of South Carolina. She has been named among the best wedding photographers in Columbia for 2016 and 2017 by Expertise.com, and Jessica has a passion for enriching the photography community by building real relationships with other business owners and pushing those peers to enhance every portion of their businesses. Jessica Hunt Photography currently serves couples throughout Southeast and is available for worldwide wedding coverage while specializing in naturally-lit, fine art portrait work and photographing classy, head-over-heels-in-love couples!
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