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 “Too often we underestimate the power

of a touch, a smile, a listening ear,

an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring,

all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

I wanted to start this, a post where you get to meet me on a more personal level, with the mantra I live by. Kindness is a virtue, one that I choose to practice every day. Nothing makes me smile more than seeing others happy, which is why I enjoy capturing the most momentous occasions of people’s lives.

If you’re here, chances are you’ve been following Juniper James Photography, whether through this blog or my social media accounts. I feel like it’s about time we got to know one another a little better. I’m Alekz Jorgensen, owner and operator of Juniper James Photography.

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There are a few things you should know about me…

  • I love the water! That includes swimming, boating, bubble baths, anything! This is probably because I’m a midwest gal who grew up in Marquette, Michigan, a small city located right on Lake Superior.
  • For as long as I can remember I’ve loved everything Art, from fashion to interiors, architecture to creative writing. Anything creative is something I want to be involved in. The feeling I get working on an artistic endeavor is indescribable – really getting lost is the best experience.
  • I have a little brother named Finn, I’m sixteen years older…but we’re very close and always have a hilarious time together. I don’t know what I’d do without him.
  • I have a wild imagination. Seriously…you wouldn’t believe some of the ideas I dream up!
  • I grew up exploring art museums, traveling, drawing, and painting. My parents were always surrounded by interesting people from all different walks of life. My mom would throw the most fabulous dinner parties with not one person alike in the bunch. There was always live music with rooms full of laughter and diverse conversation.
  • Jim and I cook dinner every night. We’re self-proclaimed foodies and love to create different dishes.
  • I love getting older. If you’re not changing you’re not growing. Every year, every day even, I get the chance to reflect, learn from mistakes, and get closer to the best self I can be. “The core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences.” ― Jon Karkauer
  • My bags are always packed – literally. Over the past five years, my husband and I have traveled all over the world, 21 countries and over 50 cities. We enjoy being submersed in different cultures more than anything else.

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Must haves:

red lipstick, cozy Sundays, good energy, books
 

Loves:

my French Bulldog Fleetwood Mac, my best friend & other half James, live music, reading, indie/foreign films

 

Guilty pleasures:

parties, Vogue, wine & cheese, Curb your enthusiasm

Lastly, at the end of every day, no matter how hard the day has been, I find a reason to be grateful. I surround myself with constant daily affirmations so I never forget how thankful I am for this life. You being here and reading this is on the top of my list!

Get to know me even better by following JJP on Facebook and Instagram.

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2017-08-15_0006The day that “Molly and Josh” became “Mr and Mrs Neudorfer” could not have been more perfect. The two celebrated their commitment in Molly’s hometown of Marquette, Michigan. From the Mother of the Bride’s handmade bouquets from her garden, to the family and friends who celebrated with the couple – at the end of the night, my cheeks hurt from smiling!

The ceremony was held at the historically gorgeous Landmark Inn. Molly was vibrant in a Vera Wang wedding gown, and carrying a fairy tale bouquet from Lutey’s Flower Shop. As previously stated, Molly’s mom made all of the bridesmaid bouquets with flowers from her beautiful garden. Throughout all of the excitement and wedding day buzz, you could literally feel the love of Molly and Josh. Soulmates, with the perfect little family, that’s just what they are!
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2017-08-01_0005Recently, my husband and I celebrated three years of marriage! To commemorate this special occasion, we planned a trip to one of the most magical places in the United States – Mackinac Island. 

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If you didn’t know, and there are many who don’t, Michigan is separated into two peninsulas. Those land masses are connected by the mighty Mackinac Bridge. Trips over the Mighty Mac lead you to Mackinac Island. Immediately after crossing into the Lower Peninsula, you ditch the car and hop on a ferry to the island. Once you hit land, you are quite literally catapulted Somewhere in Time.

Mackinac Island is a National Historic Landmark. In the 17th century it served as the center of the Great Lakes fur trade, and during the American Revolutionary War, the British established Fort Mackinac. In 1980, Richard Matheson directed the movie Somewhere in Time on the island, starring Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour. The movie is a big point of pride for the island, with an abundance of dedicated stores and museums. View full post »

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Senior year of high school is one of the most exciting times of your life! It marks the beginning of independence; a closing of the first of many chapters, and the beginning of so many more. The feeling of having a world of possibility in front of you is amazing. I love having the chance to capture these moments with Juniper James Photography Senior Shoots.

Victoria Nagy is a high school senior, class of 2018, from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. I had the honor of photographing this babe and getting to know her. She’s a dang natural in front of the camera!  Toria, as her buds call her, is enjoying her summer before starting her last year of high school. She loves basketball, cross country, and is just about the sweetest gal in all of the Sault.

Congrats, Toria!

Check out her full senior shoot below.

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