Since Jessica Reiss started getting serious about her photography, she has been taken aback by the response. “I honestly never expected to sell anything! My shop has been open for a little under a year now. I have 100 sales, have had my work on several different blogs, a movie set and a TV show set. Never in my wildest dreams could I have expected to get this far all within a year!”
It’s not surprising. Her images are quiet and thoughtful, and have a lovely sense of realness about them; there is nothing pretentious or manipulated, just good compositions with a lean towards minimalism. Architecture, colour, symmetry and patterns are her loves, and the details that are found in the everyday.
Jessica already has a full time career as a pediatric speech language pathologist, so photography is just a hobby for her. She had long been interested, but only ever had a ‘point-and-shoot’, and it wasn’t until her husband gave her a camera for her birthday a few years back that she became more focused on collecting images. Her husband also become more interested and started taking pictures too, and even though they now have a second camera, they still share lenses.
“My husband and I would go on long walks around our neighborhood and take pictures all of the time. I would post some of them on social network sites and share them with my family. Everyone kept saying how they loved my pictures, and that I should try to sell them. So, I decided to give it a try. I originally opened an Etsy shop in 2011 when I first got my camera, but quickly realized that I did not have the time to commit to it. Then, in February of 2013, I decided that I would try it again and put in the time and effort.”
Now Jessica takes the camera everywhere with her, and had a fabulous time on their trip to Australia and New Zealand during their honeymoon last year. The colours and textures are perfectly evocative of what it’s really like here.
I for one am looking forward to seeing what else she find during her travels.