HELLO THERE, I'M JESS!
I’m a Pacific Northwest adventurer with a love for cookies, never wearing pants (leggings don’t count), and movement of all kinds. I’m a certified run coach and NSCA personal trainer. My background is in the healthcare industry, which I believe forms a solid foundation for empowering others to live their best lives. And my goal is just that. To help you actualize how empowerful you are through running, lifting, or an epic photo session. I am here to provide the support, guidance, and accountability you need to reach those dreams.
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I wasn’t always a lover of outdoors and movement. 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 called We Run For Cupcakes) in September 2012. I ran my first full marathon 10 months after that, and a love (addiction?) was born. Many half and full marathons later, I want to share the passion of movement with you. To show you how much your mood can improve after a run, how you can achieve your goals with a little guidance and support.
You could say strength training was forcibly introduced in 2014, when stress fracture rehab involved zero running, new movement patterns and, yep, lifting. Soon heavy lifting had become an alternate form of catharsis. It wasn’t until 2017 when I realized the direct role strength training plays in becoming a better runner. I watched my long runs get stronger and my average pace drop. Full disclosure, I don’t have a 6-pack, nor will I ever, but I do know the role strong muscles play in a healthy lifestyle. I won’t be the person to promote ‘6 weeks to shredded’ or ‘how to get a thigh gap.’ But I will be the one to encourage balance, pushing your limits, and finding your strong.
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.
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 empower through the right training program. Let's grab a coffee and chat.
I can't wait to hear from you!