Hi friend! My name is Jessica, I am a family and portrait photographer based in Washington Dc. I am a Christian, wife, and identical twin. I love lilacs, candles, rainy days and honesty. I love finding joy in simple things.
Visiting Jackson Hole has been on my bucket list for the past ten years. I don’t enjoy terribly cold weather and I love being around lots of people (one reason I adore living in the city). My childhood friend-Ariel-moved here 15 years ago after we trekked across the US on a roadtrip together. I remember driving through Jackson and we stopped for a photo of us under the antler arches. She looked at me and said “I want to live here someday.” We both grew up in Pennsylvania and I almost laughed at her but here we are….she has called Wyoming her home for 15 years.
And speaking of her home…it’s the most adorable tiny house called Fy Nyth. She lives off grid and is self sufficient in many ways. We spent the evenings curled up by her wood stove and reminisced about our childhood. I haven’t laughed so hard for quite some time. That’s the beauty of long relationships. They know you in different seasons of your life.
Our lives are vastly different which naturally forms our options and how we view the world. But if there is one thing I am very grateful for in my life is my diversity of friends. It keeps us balanced when we love someone but also know we have different views. It creates compassion and allows us to gently see the world and others.
I learnt several things on this trip: 1. I don’t particularly love hiking. (this hike we sank into 3 feet of snow every other step, but it made for bonding moments and a few good laughs. 2. Wyoming is beautiful! The snowcapped mountain peaks were breathtaking. 3. Loving someone will take you to great lengths…I flew to Wyoming and she has visited DC several times. Both of us out of our comfort zones but willing to get uncomfortable for each other. 4. Elk is delicious! 5. I do NOT like chickens. One rooster-Willy-chased me three times and it was terrifying. 6. The intermittent spring was incredible! It turns off every 10-15 minutes and then you hear it gurgle and the water starts flowing again.
I’m so grateful for our friendship and for the memories we made together.
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