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Rising Stars: Meet Juliana Jumper

Today we’d like to introduce you to Juliana Jumper.

Juliana, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
In 2010, I relocated to Kansas City to attend Kansas City Art Institute as a fledgling creative. I fell in love shortly after graduation and decided to stick around after meeting my now-husband. I’m a very cynical and skeptical person when it comes to love. I’m the anti-bride; I’m the one constantly rolling her eyes at every love song, every romantic moment depicted on screen. However, finding “my person” was a very transformative experience for me. I knew deep down that I was always a romantic. My undergraduate work focused on sentimentality and documenting my own life and family; however, falling in love with my husband deeply changed my perspective of human connection.

Career-wise, I was always drawn to an artistic path, and photography was a part of my process for making, but I’d never considered it as a medium of its own. Three years after graduating with my BFA I was asked to photograph a fellow artist’s wedding and after doing so, I knew I was “home.” I took the plunge to become a full-time wedding photographer less than a year later; I can thank my education, fellow creatives, and a very welcoming industry for that quick of a shift.

Fast forward five years, and I’ve photographed 100s of couples in Kansas City and across the country. I’m immensely thankful for all the support, kindness, and lessons I’ve learned on my journey within the wedding industry and photography worlds. Human connection, love, and honesty will always be my guiding forces in the work I create.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think the largest obstacle in front of anyone is oneself. I grew up with an undiagnosed mood disorder and had horrible anxiety amongst other side effects until about age 25, when I finally said enough was enough. After several doctor’s visits and finally deciding to try prescription medication, my world expanded before my eyes. Things that used to make me tense or anxious no longer effected me. I wasn’t afraid of people anymore. I could control my moods and stay cool under pressure. It was as if I’d been walking through a hall of mirrors my whole life and I’d finally found the exit.

That being said, having a mood disorder, even though it’s treatable and high functioning, has had a great impact on both my personal and professional lives. I have to get more rest than most of my peers. I can only take on a certain number of projects per month and per day. Above all, I absolutely cannot stop taking my medication. It’s frightening in a sense to think that my entire life hangs on a very delicate balance of routine, rest, and medication that enables me to do what I love.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I specialize in couples photography, but also shoot editorial work and some lifestyle. I’m definitely not a ‘smile and look at the camera’ type of photographer. My work is primarily action-based and documentary-style. I’m composition over position; action overreaction. My aim is to capture you and your loved one(s) in an honest way. There is poetry in messiness and mundanity, just as there is poetry in polished settings. Regardless as to whether I’m in a client’s living room or shooting on the side of a mountain, I’m constantly searching for those little in-between moments that capture who ‘you really are and how you interact. Obviously, nature is large part of my inspiration.

I’m forever in awe of the beauty of nature and love to see my couples lost in a gorgeous landscape. Coming from a painting background, my work will always be connected to the medium; my work’s muted color pallet and dramatic lighting is largely inspired by dark mannerist paintings, specifically looking to the still-lives and landscapes of the Northern Renaissance. Ultimately, my goal is to create fine art photographs that document a moment, a person, an event in a way that will be cherished for generations.

We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
My BFA is in Painting, much to everyone’s surprise. My love of photography actually blossomed after studying abroad in Florence, Italy and ending up in a darkroom photography course that focused on documentary-style photos. I have five cats and two Great Danes. Basically, my house is a zoo.

Pricing:

  • Weddings starting at $3000
  • Elopements starting at $1500
  • Portraits starting at $400

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Image Credits
Personal Photo: Wonderwood Photography Additional Images: Juliana Noelle Jumper Photography

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