HELLO THERE, I'M JESS!

 
 
 
 

I am a runner, a writer, a lover of teeth, and the face behind the lens. I’m passionate, outgoing, positive, just a tad goofy, and completely incapable of dressing like a normal person. I devour books for fun. I eat more almond butter than I care to admit. I fancy a spontaneous road trip more than most. I reside in the beautiful city of Portland and love every bit the Pacific Northwest has to offer. I am so thankful that I am able to do something I love on a consistent basis. During the week, I am a tooth nerd, a dental hygienist, and I spend my days with the best team around. On the weekends, I live for movement, adventure and creating memories. 

Form In Focus combines my passion for photography as well as movement (running, cycling, lifting etc.) into one creative outlet. It's here to inspire others whether it be creating moments through a lens or reaching one's fitness goals.  Explore the site and get in touch.

CAPTURE.

I capture moments through the lens of my Canon 5D. Whether that be the moments of a family or couple I’ve just met, or the silly faces of friends on a hike through the Columbia Gorge.

Photography has been a big part of my life since I was a small child. Years ago, my grandparents photographed weddings together. They used that retro stuff called film and had a darkroom in their basement. Film was my first love. Time flies in a dark room when a negative is transformed into a work of art. I have an old Canon AE-1 that is taken out every so often to remind me patience in creating the perfect shot.

I find the most joy in creating lasting memories that are authentic, beautiful, and spontaneous. I know that standing in front of the lens can be intimidating, and I want to do whatever I can to make you feel amazing. I believe in candid shots, lots of laughter, and using natural light, color and composition to create the best memories.

MOVE.

I run for cupcakes. I run for me. I run for mental clarity. I live firmly by the words 'get outside' and I dread the thought of running on a treadmill (though, it is a necessary evil from time to time.) I ran track and cross country through middle school and high school. Pudgy and plagued by sports induced asthma, I was always near the back of the pack. I ran through my late teens and early twenties as more of a catharsis; never more than a mile or two and certainly not competitively.

I started training for my first half marathon about the time the blog portion of this website began (when it was then called We Run For Cupcakes) in September 2012. Four years, 45 pounds, 4 marathons, and 15 half marathons later, and the love is still going strong. It has become a passion. A passion I want to share with you. I want to help inspire you to reach your fitness goals and find the joy in movement.

"Four years, 45 pounds, 4 marathons, 15 half marathons..."

But enough about me. This is about you and your story. I would love to hear all about it. Perhaps it's one we could tell through my lens or enrich through the right training program. Let's grab a coffee and chat.

I can't wait to hear from you!

-Jess