So glad you stopped by!
Hi, friends, Jess Barfield here! As you’re reading this, I’m most likely: 1.) Chasing my cute + crazy three boys around our home, 2.) Photographing some legitimately awesome people, or 3.) Sneaking in a meeting to help small businesses become more profitable and authentic. Or drinking coffee. Lots of that too. #clearly.
After 11 years behind the camera, I’m convinced that authenticity is everything.
MY PORTFOLIO HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN IMPRESSIVE.
I was 10 years-old when my dad taught me how to shoot manual on his older-than-old, hand-me-down, heavier-than-a-bowling-ball black camera. I toted that thing all over town and was fascinated by what it could do. I was just 11 years-old when my grandma sent me a crisp ten dollar bill in the mail so I could buy film. She’d continue sending me money in the mail, as long as I’d record my settings, so I could learn how to create a quality picture (I still have her letters).
I WAS 12 YEARS-OLD WHEN MY GRANDFATHER FRAMED MY FIRST SIGNED PRINT AND HUNG IT IN HIS HOME.
I was 16 years-old when family friends offered me a summer photography internship in New York City. I was 19 years-old when a new friend heard I loved photography and loaned me his fancy new DSLR to practice with.
I was 20 years old when my parents sent me to Florence to study photography and I fell in love with portraiture one magical night along the Arno River. I was 21 years old when I lucked into a job at Baylor Photography as a student photographer. And at 22 and a Senior in college… I photographed my first wedding for a couple who took a seriously risky gamble on me. I went on to photograph over 175 weddings over the next 10 years (I’m just tired thinking about it!).
MY LIFE IS MARKED BY GENEROUS PEOPLE BELIEVING IN ME.
These incredible people taught me to see potential in nothing. To find beauty in unexpected places. To believe the best in others. To create authentic, honest work. Without them, I wouldn’t be here reaching out to YOU, telling you that you can do these big, scary, wonderful things.