A developing career

REED CITY — Local photographer, wife and mother, Jessica Frederick, is hoping to capture important life moments with her photography expertise.

“I put it into God’s hands and prayed about it a lot,” she said. “I received so many signs and affirmations that this is the right thing to pursue.”

Her business is quickly picking up steam, as word of mouth is drawing more clients. Her website, blog and Facebook page provides numerous images that can attract the traditionalist as well as the modern family, couple or individual.

Frederick grew up in Heartland, and moved to Osceola County when in the eighth grade. She graduated from Pine River High School in 2005, lived in Cadillac and now resides in Reed City with her husband, Jake, and daughters, Taylor, 6, and Nellie, 2.

Her love of photography started at a young age, as her grandfather used a personal dark room for his work as a film photographer. That pastime helped her develop her own skills and appreciation for the art.

“As I got older, I started asking questions,” Frederick said. “I learned a lot from watching his eye and how he would do things.”

To make the hobby her own, she began researching, reading books, watching tutorials and learning with friends. Through the process, she developed not only camera prowess, but also learned how to have patience and how to be more perceptive to the feelings of others.

“Photography is such a journey,” Frederick said. “I’ve learned so much about myself and I’ve been blessed to be very busy.”

Frederick primarily provides photography for weddings, families, senior high school students, maternity, newborns and engagements. Sessions can be in the local area or destination, and she likes to meet with her clients before the session date to discuss budgets, find out what is most important to them on their big day and get a sense of their personal style.

“I love connecting with my clients,” she said. “I always want to make them feel as comfortable and beautiful as they really are.”

Frederick loves classic and modern styles of photography, but also likes to try new things. Clients that enjoy thinking outside of the box are some of her favorites, as they help creativity blossom and give her full trust behind the lens.

“I really just love creating beautiful things,” she said. “Giving that to someone else is really, really special. It’s a good feeling to have knowing I captured those memories for people.”

To learn more about Jessica Frederick Photography, visit jessicafrederickphotography.com, find it on Facebook or call her at (231) 735-4531.