Hi, I'm Mandy Jester.
I'm so excited you've stumbled upon my website and thrilled that you may consider me as your photographer. I know there are literally thousands of photographers to choose from, so the fact that you are taking the time to look at my work is an honor.
Growing up with a Dad in The Air Force and now married to a man serving as well, I consider myself a bit of a traveling nomad. Before I turned 18 I had been to over 20 countries and through those travels I took a great love in capturing the beauty around me and pausing the memories through photographs. Our closet is littered with old photo albums much to my husbands chagrin.
That being said, photography has always been a huge part of my life. I minored in art in college and have always thrived with some sort of creative outlet.
It wasn't until my husband joined the military that I began to consider this hobby a potential vocation. Friends began requesting me to take photos of their families and before I knew it I considered myself a photographer.
What started as just a family, outdoor part-time photographer has recently taken wings. I was mentored by a friend and colleague (Savanna Morgret Photography of Pensacola) in the art of studio/newborn photography in 2019 and since have fallen in love with the diversity of the photography world.
Whether you are looking to have your family's story captured outdoors, you need milestone photos of your wild one-year-old or you want keepsakes of your sweet newborn in studio, I am at your service. I LOVE what I do and I am so blessed to call photography my work. I hope we can meet and you can feel my deep love for this art.
We now live in Winters, California with our two photogenic ;) kiddos. I am a self-proclaimed foodie, who "specializes" in charcuterie boards and wine. I'm 100% an extrovert who loves hosting parties and get-togethers. I love Jesus and Christmas and popcorn and friends. I'm an Enneagram 2 and an ENFJ.
I truly can't wait to meet you and I would love to capture your family/kid/engagement/maternity.
“"Mandy is a breath of fresh air, professional, friendly and knows how to work the camera. We love the memories she’s captured and will continue to use her services! I highly recommend her!"”
“Mandy is an incredible photographer who puts you completely at ease. She had everything organized for my son’s first birthday shoot and knew exactly what I wanted. She put us at ease and was so helpful in getting my son to smile, even though he was grumpy. Her pictures are stellar and she’s the best to work with!”
“"She was AMAZING with [our son] and we had the greatest time! We’ve never had professional photos done and she made it so simple and comfortable and they look so amazing!"”