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Family Session [The Jack Family] / San Juan Capistrano Family Photographer

This was a FUN session! The Jack brothers are full of character, silliness and lots of energy!! Boys will be boys!  😉

I had such a great time following these two around with their mom! Lisa really wanted to capture her boys as they are now and we did just that! I love their exuberant personalities, the way they play with each other, how carefree they are! A perfect snapshot in time.

I can’t wait to get them in front of my lens again in the new year with their whole family!

Enjoy!! XO

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Irvine Regional Park Engagement Session [Jenny & Travis] / Irvine Engagement Photographer

When I first met Jenny she told me that she and Travis loved the great outdoors (Travis proposed on a scenic hike) and their baby dog Cooper! So it was only fitting that we shot their engagement photos at the rustic Irvine Regional Park with Cooper in tow, of course!

Jenny and Travis are so obviously in love. They are so sweet with each other, so considerate and totally laid back and silly too! The perfect combination. It was a blast  hanging out with these two and capturing their love!

There are few things I love more than LOVE and puppy dogs…but, a gorgeous pair of heels and a fabulous dress are right up there! I mean seriously, check out that dress! Pair those things with the most perfect golden light and I am one happy photographer. I could’ve photographed these two for hours but they had their engagement party to go to that night and I didn’t want to be too pushy 😉

I cannot wait for their wedding this April at the always beautiful Villa San Juan Capistrano! It’s going to be an amazing day and best of all, at the end of that amazing day Jenny and Travis will be husband and wife. It doesn’t get much better than that.


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2013 Holiday Mini-Sessions / Orange County Photographer


Our 2013 Holiday Mini-Sessions have arrived!

I just love this time of year! It is the perfect moment to get dressed up, gather your family and spend a little quality time in front of the camera capturing your holiday cheer! I know the holiday season is both the most joyous of the year and also the busiest, which is why I am offering a select number of our 30-minute mini-sessions held on 3 dates in 3 locations. All details are listed below.

Space is limited so contact me now to reserve your date!

949.292.4535 or


2013 Holiday Mini-Sessions are $200 and includes:

30-minute session for up to 6 people

10 high-resolution images professionally edited on disc

online proofing & purchasing gallery


Saturday, November 2nd, at Flower Field in San Juan Capistrano:

  • 2:45 – 3:15 (BOOKED)
  • 3:30 – 4:00 (BOOKED)
  • 4:15 – 4:45 (BOOKED)

Sunday, November 3rd, at Rustic/Natural location in Irvine:

  • 2:45 – 3:15 (BOOKED)
  • 3:30 – 4:00 (BOOKED)
  • 4:15- 4:45 (BOOKED)

Sunday, November 10th, at Beach location in Laguna Beach:

  • 2:45 – 3:15  (BOOKED)
  • 3:30 – 4:00 (BOOKED)
  • 4:15 – 4:45  (BOOKED)


  • To book your session, contact Jessica at 949.292.4535 or
  • All files will be shipped by Monday, November 25th. Although, they may be done sooner! Also, I am happy to send the files via mail AND email by Nov. 25th if requested.  🙂
  • Please arrive 10 minutes early as sessions are booked back-to-back.
  • All times are scheduled around the best light available. However, If these dates and/or times do not work for you please contact me. I may have an alternate date or time available to you!
  • Session may be used for any type of Lifestyle session.
  • All sessions must be paid in full to book your date and time. Since reserving your date requires Jessica Holley Photography to turn away other business on that day, refunds are unavailable. However, if a cancellation needs to be made, you will receive a credit toward your rescheduled date.

I look forward to capturing your family’s love!

XO, Jessica

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Sweet Sadie Lee May

The day finally came; September 6th, 2013 to be exact! Our sweet, sweet Sadie Lee May was born at 5:31 in the afternoon weighing in at 5lbs, 15 oz and measuring 18.5 inches long. We chose Sadie because my husband and I loved the old-fashioned feel of this classic name and it suits her so well! We chose Lee as Sadie’s middle name to honor my husband’s parents, Nancy Lee and Ernest Lee.

This tiny little girl has filled our hearts with an indescribable love and joy. It’s been harder than we ever imagined AND so much better than we ever imagined. This is what life is all about. We have a healthy baby girl who we love more than anything; any problems in this world feel like small potatoes now.

Our lives will never be the same and we have her to thank.

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Five More Days. [A Personal Post]

Five more days. Its been 249 days and now just five more are left. But, the day a new life enters into the world is on baby’s clock, not ours. She could come at anytime…or she could take her time. Which makes five more days feel like Five. More. Years., as any expectant mother knows. The anticipation is something like all of the holiday eve’s wrapped tightly into the most shiny, so-good-you-can-almost-taste-it never ending gobstopper. If that makes any sense.

So much has changed in me during these 249 days. All of the life-altering, priority-shifting I had assumed would happen after the baby was born, happened on April 13, 2013.

I had been gone all day celebrating one of my best friends at her bridal shower. It was such a special day and as all of the ladies went out that night to continue the festivities, I couldn’t help but wish I was among them, reminiscing with my friend about all of the good times we shared and all of what was to come. Instead, I was at home laying in bed. I had entered my second trimester but I was just starting to recover from the first trimester extreme exhaustion. I focused all of my energy on the center of my belly. And I felt grateful. I felt full. The center of my belly was becoming the center of my universe.

We had recently discovered that the baby we were going to be welcoming into our lives would be a baby girl. It was all so surreal. What would it be like to have her here? When would I start working again? When would she sleep through the night? Geez, what should she sleep in?! I had never been more thankful for anything else in my life. This baby girl was something my husband and I had dreamed about for years before we were married, before we were “ready” for her we knew we wanted her, it is the ultimate blessing, and the fact that this dream was coming to fruition was something my husband and I never took for granted. However, for someone like me, someone who likes to understand everything, to fully grasp a concept before I dive in, this was uncharted territory. I was full of questions. Full of “How?”.

And then, as I layed in bed that night, I felt it. I felt that baby girl I was growing move her body for the first time. At first it was a small flutter…”No, that can’t be her”, I thought. Then, a flurry of flutters. There was no mistaking. And as my mouth dropped and the tears ran down my face, I swear all of the molecules in my body were altered. I became a Mommy. That baby girl we had seen on the screen was real. She was safe. She was ours. And I loved her. Sure, there were sacrifices and there would be more to come. But for all of the answer seeking I was used to doing, I understood in that moment, without thinking, that life wasn’t going to change- it had already changed. My priorities had changed because this baby girl was more important than anything else I had ever done or ever would do. All that mattered was her health and the health and happiness of my new family.  And although it was uncharted territory, this over-analytic, needs-to-make-sense-of-everything person… let go. This was a journey. This was not to be fully understood in one lesson. No, this little girl had given me the greatest gift. She had taught me with the flutter of her small body to let go and embrace change. To soak it all in. And I’ve been doing just that. Enjoying this very special time.

Five more days. Or one more day. Or ten more days. Or even two more weeks. She will be here. That’s more than good enough for me.

And, that question about when I will return to work? I will still be answering emails and booking weddings (some things never change). But my first in-the-field, camera action will be for my annual holiday portraits and I could not be more excited!! The happiest season of the year and the happiest season of my life. I can’t wait to show my little “assistant” what it means to follow your dreams. To do what you love. To live my priorities…Her, my new family and living a life of passion.

See y’all in November!

XOXO, Jessica


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