Jennifer bagwell PHotography



am a Southern California Native who moved to Sonoma County in 2000 for college and haven't looked back since.


My family is my life, my motivation, my everything.  I use my love for my family as inspiration to truly engage with you and your family to create authentic portraits you will cherish forever. I don't take life too seriously so we're gonna have one heck of a time getting to know one another!  

I take a more photojournalistic approach as I capture candid memories from afar and spend small but productive amounts of time capturing beautiful, timeless, non posey portraits.  I like to keep everything as natural, fun, and effortless as I can.  I want the photo to not only be a beautiful portrait of you but a memory of a fun time had while capturing it!


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I share a mix of my personal life, behind the scenes photos and videos, and lots of sneak peeks from all of my sessions!  





Melissa makes me a better Mom, Wife, and Photographer.  Up until February of 2015, I was the sole photographer and ran the business all by myself.  Which was easy at first.  But through a tremendous amount of patronage of my clients my business grew beyond what I was capable of doing alone.  I hired someone to help run the day to day so I could focus on my clients photographs and experience.  I was reluctant to hire someone to take on this task and I never wanted my clients to feel that they were just another number being passed off to someone else for the business side of their experience.  But after handing off the reins to Melissa I've been proved wrong in my fears.  She is simply WONDERFUL. She keeps me sane, organized, and energized for each and every shoot.  So when you reach out to inquire about how I can capture your wedding day or capture your beautiful family, she will be the one on the other end of that rapid response!  

ehind every sucessful business there is a backbone, someone who's valued endlessly.  This is Melissa.




There will never be a time when I feel like I've said enough good things about Jenn.  She was the BEST person we worked with during our wedding planning and day of experience.  She was so natural and fun.  I immediately felt comfortable and almost as if we had known each other for years. 

I hae a sister with special needs and within minutes Jenn just "got it",  I get teared up thinking about how well she interacted with her and how special it was to see the best pictures my sister Michelle has ever taken.  She captured her true beauty and our relationship.  We were blown away by our experience.


If you are looking for a photographer who is creative, passionate, loves what she does so much she invests into your wedding day then book jenn!   She'll make you laugh, she'll lay in puddles to get the perfect shot!  She has an eye for things that most people don't.  I mostly love jenn for her personality, she will do anything she can to make your day perfect.  I feel like she's now a friend.  There's nothing better than that feeling of trust and confidence in one of your wedding vendors like that trust I have in Jenn.  She just oozes fun, passion, joy, laughter, and love.  What more can you ask for in a a photographer?  


I had my photos taken with my son back in September and jenn is truly an amazing photographer!!  she captured my son's goofy and loving personality.  I can look back at these photos for years and be able to say "that is so Hudson"  thank you Jenn!  she will definitely be taking photos of us for years to come!  so incredibly grateful!!!!  

not picture people

if you're reading this look no further.... you have found the best photographer.  there are not enough great things i can say about jenn.  we hired jenn for our engagement and wedding photos.  we couldn't be happier with them.  my husband and i are not "picture people" but jenn managed to get the most beautiful photos of us.  i never dreamed we would have photos as wonerful as we have.  not to mention we received all of our wedding photos within 3 weeks of our wedding day (and around 40 sneak peak photos two days after the wedding.)  she may ask you do do some crazy things but trust her because she knows what she's doing and the pictures come out amazing.  jenn was so great to work with.  she brings a sense of calm and fun to the day helping to relieve any wedding nerves you may have.  she goes aboe and beyond....seriously.  when we were trekking through a vineyard for photos one of my friends was having a hard time in her heals.  Jenn gave her the flats she was wearing and walked barefoot so my friend could get aroudn easier.  We had a wedding party of 19 boisterous people and she was able to wrangle them all together in a fun way.  Moral of the story, jenn is amazing.  Her photos speak for themselves.  she is worth every single penny.  You won't regret hiring her. 


I can sum up jenn in one word: amazing!  I originally booked with her because my maid of honor is a close friend of hers, and I had always heard of the amazing work she does.  all I can say is she has not disappointed me yet! on our first meeting in her studio we instantly clicked.  her example album sand portfolios are stunning, she ahs more of a natural, photojournalistic approach (which I love) but still makes even the posed shots feel so effortless.  as a person she is incredibly personable, friendly, laid back, energetic, and funny, which for us sealed the deal!  without a doubt worth every penny!
for our engagement session she met us on my fiance's family ranch, more than 30 minutes away.  she has top notch flexibility and customer service.  my fiance had never had professional photos taken of any kind, and she made it so easy for him, and was extremely comfortable the entire time even with our goofiness.  


if you are looking for stunning photos look no more.  jennifer does amazing work.  she does a great job getting to know you, your style and just making you feel comfortable.  my husband is not easily swayed to smile & look pretty for the camera, but jenn did an incredible job making him feel comfortable.  jenn will go the extra mile to get the shot and make sure she captures all those special moments.  we opted fo rthe engagement session and wedding day package and the price we paid was worth every penny.  jenn is on the higher side of cost, but the photos we received were breathtaking and exactly what i wanted.  you get one chance to capture these moments and you can trust she will get them.  in terms of responsiveness, yes jenn is busy and in high demand.  in the early dealings it was hard to get ahold of her, but she has since hired an office manager and the responses were prompt.  i will definitely use jenn again when i need more special moments captured.  



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