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My name is Jessica (aka Wayfaring Wanderer) and I'm a Boone, NC photographer based in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. I'm known for capturing the spirit of the folks I photograph—the expressions, gestures, and details that are outward expressions of our innermost selves.

Short + Sweet Adventures are for families that are looking for a fun alternative to formal photos. Instead, you want something that’s focused on capturing natural photographs that showcase your families unique dynamic.

These sessions are exclusively for adventurous folks that enjoy spending time connecting with one another in the great outdoors!

I focus on helping you create new memories with an adventure that is fun for everyone. I’ll capture real moments of you and your family as they naturally unfold. No posing necessary, just good ol' fashioned fun without the fuss!

If you think we might be kindreds, I would love to work with you!

"Thank you for capturing our first ever family photos! such a fun photo adventure - I can't thank you enough for making this possible & for capturing us so well!!"  
– Mandy southern

I believe that everyone deserves to have their story told with images that will bring them happy memories for years to come! But I know that tight budgets can get in the way of having memories captured, so I want to make it easier for you to do so by allowing you to decide how much you can pay for a photo adventure. That’s right, YOU GET TO CHOOSE

Capturing YOUR adventurous life is something that I love to do and I want to make sure my services are accessible to those who truly appreciate my work. This isn’t something that I can offer all the time but I like to when I can. It’s my way of giving back to the Boone, NC community that I absolutely LOVE to live in and be a part of!


"We absolutely love them!! you are so talented & thank you for giving us the opportunity to have our pictures with you at a price we could afford."
– cassidy hogan

everyone deserves to have their story told with images that will bring them happy memories for years to come

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Family photos are the memory keepers of your personal story. They are reminders of love, laughter, good times, adventures, and traditions. Most of all, they help us reflect and remember a life well lived with our top priority, family. 

family photographer in Boone, nc

No matter how crazy the session might feel during our time together, I always manage to walk away with genuine images that will bring you happy memories regardless of how effortless the photoshoot was. Of course, we ALL want the session to run smoothly without any hiccups but that’s not the reality most of the time. 

Outdoor family photo sessions can be unpredictable when it comes to how your children might react or if the weather will cooperate, but I am incredibly patient and extremely flexible, and it’s my job to do whatever I can to make the most of any challenging situation we’re dealing with. Believe me, there's nothing I haven't seen in the 9 years that I've been a Boone family photographer.

It’s true, your family pictures might not go perfectly because there are a ton of factors that could potentially affect the outcome, but I can guarantee that it will be more fun than you expected and that afterward I will deliver images you will love!

Short + Sweet Sessions are geared toward adventurous families that enjoy spending time together outdoors making new memories. I’m taking the fuss out of getting your pictures made, 20-minutes is just enough time to capture the family and keep things simple. And with my lightning fast 5-day turnaround time, you’ll have your family pictures back in time to use for holiday cards and photo gifts.

You were awesome to work with, honestly. My husband and I both commented after we left how glad we were it was not a long drawn-out process and you got the pictures you needed quickly. You were professional and had an easy going personality which made us feel comfortable. Thank you for offering this deal! I am so pleased with the photos we got.

~AMANDA WEBB

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I believe that everyone deserves to have their story told with images that will bring them happy memories for years to come! But I know that tight budgets can get in the way of having memories captured, so I want to make it easier for you to do so by allowing you to decide how much you can pay for a photo adventure. That’s right, YOU GET TO CHOOSE

Capturing YOUR adventurous life is something that I love to do and I want to make sure my services are accessible to those who truly appreciate my work. This isn’t something that I can offer all the time but I like to when I can. It’s my way of giving back to the Boone, NC community that I absolutely LOVE to live in and be a part of! Are you ready for an adventure?


"I was worried that my kids would have some sort of freak out tantrum last minute and we'd get 0 good pictures. I thought this was almost the reality at the shoot because my 5 yr old seemed to not be able to keep a decent face on for the camera. I was convinced there would be no good shots but of course Jessica worked her magic and got so many precious photos! Jessica gets what we want from a photosession and is so easy to work with. She's great with the kids too and professional always. She's just the best. She gets you the kind of photos you're proud to share, that really capture who you are." ~SAMANTHA WRIGHT

"We absolutely love them!! you are so talented & thank you for giving us the opportunity to have our pictures with you at a price we could afford."
– cassidy hogan

everyone deserves to have their story told with images that will bring them happy memories for years to come

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Boone, nc family photographer

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You always do such a tremendous job capturing our family and our favorite memories in the mountains. Thank you for being a part of our journey for the past few years and for taking such beautiful and special photos for us! We are so lucky to know you :) Thank you, thank you, thank you! ~ALI CONNELL

My biggest fear was that I would hate how I looked in all of the pictures and that the pictures would look unnatural/forced. No, it didn't happen! I actually love how well Jessica captured everyone in our family. The session was quick and easy. Jessica is super warm and connected. She made the entire process fun! Our family loved our time with you. ~JESSICA JANC

My biggest fear was that I would hate how I looked in all of the pictures and that the pictures would look unnatural/forced. No, it didn't happen! I actually love how well Jessica captured everyone in our family. The session was quick and easy. Jessica is super warm and connected. She made the entire process fun! Our family loved our time with you.

~JESSICA JANC

You always do such a tremendous job capturing our family and our favorite memories in the mountains. Thank you for being a part of our journey for the past few years and for taking such beautiful and special photos for us! We are so lucky to know you :) Thank you, thank you, thank you!

~ALI CONNELL


The Choose Your Adventure Sessions will take place outdoors at three different picturesque locations
here in the beautiful mountains of Boone & Blowing Rock, NC. Time slots are offered on a first come, first served basis.
Availability is limited!

» Moses Cone in Blowing Rock, NC
(October 19th & 20th 2:00-6:00 pm)

» Greenway Trail OR Daniel Boone Native Gardens in Boone, NC
(Weekdays / Oct & Nov / Tues-Thurs 4:30-6:00 pm) 

» Tree Farm in Boone, NC
(November 17th, 23rd & 24th and December 7th & 8th 2:00-4:00 pm) &
(Weekdays* / Nov & Dec / Mon-Thurs 2:00-4:00 pm) *after 11.25.2019



The PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN offer only applies to available dates & times I have on the weekends and/or weekdays listed above.
Time slots are offered on a first come, first served basis. Availability is limited!


To take advantage of this offer, fill out this application (CLICK HERE) or click the button below and complete the form, and let me know how much you can afford to pay for a family photo adventure. Upon acceptance of your offer, I will send you an invoice and a contract to complete electronically along with available dates & times so we can get you officially BOOKED! All invoices must be paid within 24 HRS.
These spaces will go quickly, so you must act fast! ONLY accepting 15 PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN Applications!



SHORT + SWEET ADVENTURES are valued at 349 + tax & includes:


» 20-minute session for up to six (6) immediate family members.
» 10/5/1 high-resolution digital downloads with reprint rights.
» 3 Outdoor locations to choose from in Boone or Blowing Rock, NC
» 5-Day Turnaround Time


You have the option of paying ANY amount you can afford based on your budget. For really, real! I do PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN sessions annually because I know that tight budgets are a factor in families having their pictures made and I want to ensure that everyone can have fun photos captured that will make them feel all warm and fuzzy. I only do this once a year because it's my way of giving back to a community that I LOVE being a part of, truly. There are no gimmicks here. It's a genuine offer. This offer is available for ALL FAMILIES! Full payment is due upon booking to reserve your desired date/time slot. Payment plans can be discussed. (CLICK HERE) OR click the button below and complete the application to apply.

If you aren’t able to do a Short + Sweet Adventure on any of those weekends or if you’d like to choose your own location, I also offer Photo Adventures for any openings I have left in October, November & December. This includes weekday and limited weekend availability. I will not be shooting after December 15th so that I can take the rest of the year off to spend time with family. Email me for more details: wayfaringwanderer@gmail.com or send a message through the contact form below.




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"I LOVE LOVE LOVE the pictures! I really wasn't sure what to expect because "J" was not his normal cheerful self so I didn't have very high expectations but you did a fantastic job! I was hoping for 1 or 2 that I loved but instead there are so many that I love!! Thanks so much. We really appreciate you allowing us to have some fantastic family pictures taken at a price we could afford. It was such a gift."

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