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HEY THERE, friend!

Don't let an awkward photography experience crash your wedding.

If you want to ENJOY your best wedding day — and make sure you have the images to relive it year after year — you're in the right place!

If I could go back to my own wedding in 2009, I would have worked with a professional wedding photographer.

I could tell you that I'm here today because I've had a camera in my hand since high school. While that is true to an extent, it's more accurate to say I've been searching for a way to make a positive difference in people’s lives - no matter how big or small. 

I searched for this meaning through several years in the Navy as an electrician, earning my degree in Mathematics, and working in the corporate energy industry — but something was always missing. 

Through that time, marriage was my one constant. And for those 13 years, our wedding photos remain among my most prized possessions. 

They remind me of who Jake and I were when we married at 19. They remind me of our promises and how much we have grown together over the last decade+. 

But, if I’m totally honest, we are fortunate even to have wedding photos. Believe it or not, I didn’t really give much thought to having a photographer at our DIY wedding back in 2009. There were no meetings ahead of time, no timeline, no family photo list, no expectation of how long the photographer was going to stick around...

I never want your wedding photography experience to be as precarious as ours! That’s why I’m ultra-committed to ensuring that every couple I come in contact with understands the value of their relationship with their wedding day shadow: the photographer.

Lucky us, we got a "re-do" at our 10-year wedding anniversary party in 2019 (below) — but you don't have to wait 10 years to have an awesome experience!


I am here to prepare you for your once-in-a-lifetime day, lower the stress and up the fun, and deliver outstanding, timeless images that will be on your walls for decades!

Beyond that, I believe there is so much opportunity to grow through your wedding experience. Let’s work together to create a more sustainable wedding industry AND create some amazing memories that you will be able to enjoy for a lifetime!

I mean, it had to come back to the nerdy stuff at some point, right? :D

Whaddya say? 


oh hey! I'M JESS! 

I’m a wife of 13 years, an amateur gardener, dreamer of utopia, and...

overheard:

"She helped us to be comfortable in front of the camera, and helped us to make a plan and set a schedule!"

Jessica was incredibly helpful and fun to work with!

My (now) husband and I were looking for a photographer that would help us create fun memories and make taking photos not feel like an obligation.

She helped us to be comfortable in front of the camera, and helped us to make a plan and set a schedule!

If we had any questions, she was happy to answer them. She was easy to communicate with, and we had no worries about photos day of because we felt we could trust her to take good photos.

She delivered the photos in a timely manner and they were incredibly easy to work with! I'm grateful she was on our team, and I highly recommend working with her!

— VAL & KYLE

fun (or weird) things about me!

As a kid, my life was consumed by playing violin! We’re talking school orchestra, fiddle group, chamber orchestra, pit orchestra, all-conference, private lessons, living room with my dad on guitar - all of it! I’ve even played at my share of weddings in duos, trios, and quartets!

You woulda been friends with me, right? :D

SLAY the strings!

After high school, I worked in the Navy for 6 years as a nuclear-trained electrician. I spent 4 of those years based in San Diego, CA and 4 birthdays underway on the USS Carl Vinson. This is my 24th birthday with shipmates who had birthdays the same week as mine!

I’m happy to be back on land for my birthdays, these days :D

In the NAVY

I have a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Physics from the University of Minnesota! This may not seem relevant to wedding photography, but there is so much geometry and…computer stuff…involved! While I don’t write proofs anymore, I love to code and problem solve!

Still cool, right???

Pic: My sister and me at my college commencement ceremony!

Still a NERD

My husband and I are season Lynx ticket holders! Basketball was a love I found a little later in life (I actually played basketball in college…not college basketball, but ya know, a class :D). Besides weddings, going to Lynx games are the highlight of my summers!

Me pictured here with Rebekkah Brunson, who was the #1 rebounder in the WNBA at the time! I was a bit starstruck and couldn’t really say anything to her…embarrassing, I know…

Ball is LIFE

Soon after we were married, I asked Jake if we could get a puppy, to which he wisely reminded me that I would soon be deployed and he would have to take care of the puppy alone. Enter Teddy, our now 13 year old baby who has converted me from an “only dogs” to “sometimes cats” person!

He’s pretty cute for an old man, ya?

Teddy the TABBY

WHAT'S WITH THE MAPLE LEAF?

Are you Canadian or something?

For starters, I am not Canadian...so why did I choose a maple leaf as part of my logo? 

It’s a bit of a story — I grew up with a maple tree in both my front and back yards. The backyard tree had a tire swing on which I spent a decent portion of my childhood, and it also shaded our sandbox (which was actually a large tractor tire filled with sand). My sisters and I played with the helicopters in the spring and the leaves in the fall, and our golden retriever loved to run circles around it. 

There is also a lovely maple tree in my front yard now, in my and my husband’s first home together.

In 2018, my dad kept talking about wanting a tattoo after watching my sister and me collect them over the years. The three of us decided to pick a leaf from my mom and dad’s front yard maple, preserve it (you know, like your 4th grade leaf project), and bring that to a tattoo artist. My dad, youngest sister, and I have matching tattoos of the same leaf from our family home. 

When it came time to pick a logo, I felt that this maple leaf symbol was not only a representation of me and my family, but also of something I care deeply about — trees and nature. I am eternally grateful to the maples in my life — their shade, entertainment, and beauty. 

So, while I am not Canadian, I feel connected to maple trees and decided to honor that by incorporating them into my business!

WHAT [ELSE] SETS ME APART?

I practice Leave No Trace principles to ensure that everywhere we visit can be  equally enjoyed by the next visitors to that space.

I am also intentional about how I operate my business - I source eco-friendly and reusable items, and even include carbon offsets for your and my travel, when applicable!

i care about the environment and our shared future

I wholeheartedly believe that any two consenting adults should be able to celebrate their love with marriage.

I will support your union, treat you with respect, and celebrate with you all the way, no matter your gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, nationality, or any other factor.

i believe that
love is love

I run Jessica Knighton Photography with assistance and education from other womxn, and work closely with other womxn-owned businesses in mutual support.

I believe very strongly in cooperation over competition - womxn can truly do anything when we support each other!

woman- and veteran-owned

Looking for the ultimate intimate wedding experience? Awesome! 

I am a certified officiant and can marry you anywhere in the state of Minnesota!

I am a
Certified Officiant

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM ME

Full process and price transparency.

110% focus on you, what you need, and your experience. 

Someone who's down for adventure, [almost] no matter the temperature!

Support on everything from finding other vendors to preparing you for the day to reducing the waste at your wedding.

A freaking awesome time! 

PHOTOS!

Portfolio

Check out some of my very favorite moments from past weddings and engagement sessions!

GET IN TOUCH!

Contact

Whether you're in the baby stages of wedding planning or well into it, I'm excited to hear from you!

learn more!

Process & Pricing

Do I offer what you're looking for? Find out here, along with starting prices and FAQ!

WHERE TO NEXT?

let's do this thing

Did we just become best friends?

I mean, I feel the good vibes!
How should we meet? Video? Coffee? Drinks? Ahhhhh, I'm so excited!