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My craft is photography; my passion is people. I absolutely cannot wait to meet you and hear your story! I’m looking forward to getting to know you, learning about your style and what makes you unique, and then capturing that essence on camera. My mission is to capture and preserve your legacy through powerful imagery that will withstand the test of time.

I believe that there are many ways in which to celebrate life. One of these ways is through photography. My photo sessions are so much more than just a quick pose where you stand and look pretty; I live for those moments where I capture the candid. It may be those first moments of pure excitement and bliss as you walk down the aisle, or maybe those raw moments of genuine laughter at your engagement session, or even those soft moments of pause in your maternity session. Whatever the case may be, I want to get to know you, tell your story and build some fun memories along the way.

I am located in the heart of South Texas in the little town of Pleasanton just 30 minutes outside of San Antonio. Inspired by my own collections of family photos, I have been capturing milestone moments since I first picked up my little kit camera in 2009. Who knew, years later, that little spark would grow into my strong passion for photography and storytelling.

I continue to take that same initial spark and passion for photography and incorporate it into a one of a kind experience. We are building memories after all, shouldn't it be a little fun? Yes, and I think so too! Want to learn more? Click below and see!


Hi there! I'm Jessica, a hometown gal, farmer's wife, boy mom, guinea & Great Dane chaser, and lover of 100 year old trees. I enjoy the simple things in life and a good fudgy brownie or two

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When I think back to the journey I took to where I am today, I see someone very important to me, my biggest inspiration for capturing and preserving life’s big (and little moments): my grandfather. He inspired me to look at photography as more than just photos, but as doorways into the past.

The collections of photos I have of my grandparents has always been an open invitation into their iconic love story and, furthermore, their legacy.

My mom and I will sit for hours just combing through their album and photos as she tells me wonderful stories about them, how they overcame challenges together and loved each other unconditionally.

I remember Grandpa with his 35mm camera along with his “glorious” 80s VHS recorder. He had the biggest smile on his face as he captured us grandchildren just being our crazy, fun selves.

He never wanted us to pose or change who we were in the process, he just enjoyed being in the moment. I may not have understood this concept then as I was just chasing bubbles, but I see exactly what he was doing now.
It’s my life’s mission to preserve your special moments as they unfold. I want your inner and outer beauty to be captured, rejoiced, and cherished for years to come. From those tearful moments when you are reciting your vows, to the endless goofy laughs at your engagement session, to that moment of pause in the excitement of awaiting the birth of your child or wishing time to slow down with your senior graduating from high school.

All of these moments are so special and should be preserved so that one day your grandchildren and great-grandchildren can accept an invitation into your story as they flip through your old photos and albums.
I’m here to help you create and safeguard these time capsules for your family. It’s how your family legacy will continue to live on from one generation to the next.


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I'm a pretty simple girl, I live for moments spent on the front porch whether it's in my home or on the coast this is where I am my happiest. I love to be outside anytime I am given the chance. I could likely spend hours in a rocker sipping coffee or  enjoying  a Bloody Mary in the Summer. Just taking in the breeze and hearing the leaves on a tree swish.

I met my husband, J.T. when I was just 16 years old. I knew when he was the one for me when we could find endless joy in doing the most simplest of things. Checking fields or harvesting seasons are always fun and many dates occurred with fried chicken and sweet tea while sitting next to him in the tractor.

Our son Parker is our pride and joy. I have no idea what I did in life to deserve such an amazing child. He keeps me on my toes but he has a heart the size of Texas. He loves everyone he meets and always greets everyone with his super cheesy grin and handshake.


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I'm more than just a photographer 

 I'm here to celebrate life with you! To naturally capture the best moments that life has to offer and preserve them for generations to come. 

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I am over the moon for you and your hubby to be and cannot wait to hear the proposal story and all those sweet beginning chapters of your relationship!

No story is the same and it's what makes my job so rewarding. Hearing the details of your story gives me the unique perspective to retell it through imagery that is most relative to you.

 Your story will be retold every time someone looks at your images, whether it’s your children, your grandchildren or your great grandchildren. I want our portraits to take you back to those sweet moments of saying “I do”.

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take a look BEHIND THE SCENES AS I PHOTOGRAPH newlywed couple, willie & briana lorenz, at a styled featured session. LET'S MAKE THE SAME MAGIC HAPPEN FOR YOU IN THE MOST RELAXING AND FUN ENVIRONMENT.

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UTS Brides are not only served with the highest quality of service, but with the upmost care. Know that when you book with me you are going to receive peace of mind on your wedding day along with joyful, candid portraits that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

It's important that we share this vision together. Let's chat over the phone or grab a cup of coffee (or cold beer) and let's get to know one another the old fashioned way. 

Once we are a known fit, be ready for unforgettable photography experience!

The Process

More than just an Investment 

This is your story

How will you tell your story 50-100 years from now? Let's ensure your wedding goes past tomorrow and make it timeless.

Life is too short to settle for anything less than what you want. You deserve more than justhours of awkward, uncomfortable poses and a few digital copies. You deserve the best possible
experience, and I’m here to make that happen.

A UTS wedding collection is more than just digital negatives, I provide you with a customized Heirloom Album filled with your favorite photos. These albums are the highest quality and meant to protect and preserve your memories for years to come.

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Are you ready to have an experience that will leave you with so much more than just an ol' picture, but a beautiful portrait that'll hold a memory? I want to capture so much more than just a smile, so when you look back on your photos you will always be reminded of that time in your life.

So whether you're experiencing the excitement of getting ready for a little one, or watching your senior prepare to enter into a new season on life, I live for capturing you in
your most genuine form. Beautiful.

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"We just adored working with Jessica with Under the Sun Photography at one of our recent weddings! Jessica not only arrived on schedule, but she was so much fun to work with! She was so sweet and had a fabulous personality throughout the event!

We loved seeing her personally interact with the wedding party and guests by capturing the touching moments throughout the celebration. We also loved seeing how her work truly captured our beautiful couple, their family and friends as well as the ambiance! That was truly a beautiful wedding to remember!

Jessica, thank you for capturing the moments! Panache Event Group looks forward to working with you and your team again!!!"


-Kryzta Gomez, Event Planner, Panache Event  Group

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"I absolutely loved working with Jessica, she has so much talent and creativity. She is also one of the sweetest photographers that I have ever worked with! "


- Sandra Gonzales, Owner of Rustic Romance Rentals 

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"It is always such a joy seeing the photos Jessica captures. Owning a wedding cake business, it is important to showcase quality photos of our work, and Jessica shares amazing photos with us every time. It is a pleasure being able to work with her, and she will provide you with beautiful photos of your special day that you'll treasure for a lifetime.


- Susie Martinez, Owner of Creations Cakes

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"“On the wedding day there are always several vendors involved to create a memorable event. One of the great things about Jessica and her Sun Photography staff is how seamlessly they works with other vendors. As a videographer it’s very important to capture the moments without being part of them and Jessica and her team do that very well. They are everywhere but nowhere, which is great because this helps us create amazing wedding videos for the couples.”


- Tomas Chavana, Owner Infinity Videography

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Throughout this process, I go a step further than many photographers by sitting with you after our session and helping you choose products that will keep your memories safe and withstand the test of time.

Experience your portraits the way your grandparents and parents did, in person, in your hands. You shouldn’t have to rely on a good wifi connection to view your most cherished memories.

As a lover of things old and new, I provide customized heirlooms for you and your family that are treasured from one generation to the next. These are professional and high quality albums, canvases and prints that meet and exceed the highest standards.

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The Under the Sun Photography Experience 

The UTS Photography Experience: From the moment you book, this process is much more than just putting an outfit together and getting portraits taken that eventually just float around the World Wide Web. It’s an experience that is completely tailor fitted to you.

Throughout this entire process, you are in touch with a real person, a past bride, mama bear, and farmer's wife that just so happens to be a professional photographer.

Our sessions are meant to be fun and comfortable for everyone. This environment allows me to capture you in your most candid and true form. I want you to be you, without trying to force or create anything that’s out of character.

My goal is to provide you with an experience that is more than just a digital portrait. From start to finish, I am listening to what you want and catering to that. I also provide my own professional recommendations as we sit down together after the shoot, walking through the images and deciding which print products are right for you.

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ENGAGEMENTS & Bridals

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"Jessica is so passionate about photography, not only does she take amazing pictures BUT she also makes you feel so beautiful and comfortable while you’re with her! She’s very professional but FUN!! I used her for my engagement photos and my wedding, beyond happy with her! Will use her for years to come!!"

- Kailey Poth, 2018 UTS Bride 

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"Jessicas passion for photography radiated from her soul the moment I met her. When looking for a photographer, We decided that we would call a few to get a feel for the type of people they were and if they (the photographer) would fit into what we were looking for in our wedding vendors. We saw your work, we LOVED your work, but we didn’t know you. From our first conversation up until now you made us feel like you were meant to be apart of our big day! Day of you made me feel like the prettiest bride to ever walk this planet! Your photos blew my husband (I love saying “husband”) away! You captured the uniqueness and beauty of us, our surroundings and our guest! This review, nor my “thank you”, will ever be enough to show you how grateful we are for your talent!"

- Eliza Dusek, Past UTS Bride

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"I was so lucky to have Jessica as my photographer. I am absolutely thrilled with my engagement and wedding photos. The first time I spoke to her on the phone, I immediately liked her. It was important to me for me to actually LIKE my photographer because you really do spend a lot of time with them on one of the most important days in your life. The reason it is so important to be comfortable around them is because IT WILL show in your face if you’re not. My husband and I really enjoyed our photoshoots with Jessica. It can be kinda awkward to take a lot of photos but she is so funny and goofy that she kept both of us laughing and relaxed. As for the photos, they are BEAUTIFUL. Seriously, these are the nicest pictures anyone has taken of me. The pictures are light, bright, and airy. I feel like a beautiful bride when I look at them. They are so nice in fact, that the company that made my wedding dress, Jasmine Bridal, has featured my photos several times! Jessica is also a really creative person and will find ways to make your photos look amazing. During our wedding reception, I was kinda tired after a LONG day but she had a great idea to do these romantic night time shots. I am SO GLAD I decided to do them. They are absolutely gorgeous. It’s hard to believe it's me and my husband! Like, that’s us?? She made us look SO GOOD! And really, that’s all you want. You want to love your pictures and be happy with them because they are an investment. I know that I’ll look at these photos many years from now and still enjoy them - that’s how happy I am with them."


- Natalie Pearce, UTS Past Bride

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"I can not express how much I love our maternity pictures that Jessica took for us! Not only was she patient, but she also made it super easy to relax and have fun, which in turn, ended up giving us amazing photos and memories for a lifetime time to come. Jessica is such a sweet, kind soul and is sure to provide you with years of lasting memories of your family and life's most important milestones!! Thank you Jessica." 

  - Amanda Zuniga, Past UTS Client 

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