I'm Jess. A mama, a gardener, and a maker.
Hello, friends. I'm Jess. My family and I live in a small town nestled in the mountains outside of Seattle, Washington. Our homestead, Cedar House Farm, is home to a backyard flower and herbal garden. I am a wife, a mama, a maker, a writer, and a photographer, and am most at peace when I'm surrounded by botanicals with my family and camera within arm’s reach. Through my business, Cedar House Living, my mission is to provide beautiful, insightful and approachable educational resources and in-person workshops where flower and herb lovers of all ages and experience levels can learn to grow and create with botanicals. Through my books, blog, workshops, annual seed sale, and social media presence, my goals is to inspire you to incorporate flowers and herbs into your daily life in a mindful way and share that love of flowers and herbs with those around you.
I'm honored and humbled each time I am given the opportunity to author articles and creative pieces for publications that I admire. Among my most treasured are my multi-page feature articles in the following print magazinages: Click Magazine (Issue 42), In Her Garden Magazine (Summer 2023), and Trailblazher Magazine (Issue 10). My work has also been shared in Willow & Sage Magazine (Spring 2022 and Winter 2023), In Her Garden Magazine (Spring 2023) The Natural Home Issue Special Edition 2023), GreenCraft magazine (Summer 2022), Obaahima Magazine (Volumes 3 and 4), and Homestead Mamas (Fall/Winter 2023).
My photography, recipes and tutorials have also been featured in various education resources offered by Herbal Academy, including the Holiday Maker's Magazine (2022). Herbal Academy was also kind enough to publish an interview about my journey into herbalism.
My photography has also been featured in National Geographic’s Your Shot US, Your Shot UK, and The Daily Dozen, as well as Monthly Updates by Looks Like Film and Looks Like Film Kids, among many other online photography publications. I was named one of the Top 100 Photographers to Watch by Click & Co. in 2018, and am a Click Pro Elite Member and Click & Co. Lifetime Member. My photography has been featured in various exhibits and collections over the years.
While I've recently hung up my photography mentor hat, I still occasionally enjoy photographing newborn life for my local clients. I have been photographing at-home lifestyle newborn and birthplace photography and for nearly 20 years.