Jessica Leep

Get to know me

For me, photography is a way to tune in to the beauty that’s been around us all along, but we’re often too busy to really notice: the soft golden light the hour before sunset, a knowing glance between two people in love, or the laughter on a child’s face. I love photographing weddings because there’s so much beauty and joy present, as well as so many people who are coming together to celebrate and support each other. I find myself sincerely smiling so many times throughout the day at what’s happening on the other side of my camera.

My love for photography has taken different forms throughout the course of my life… from the dozens of disposable cameras my friends and I would fill growing up, to the hours spent in the darkroom at Columbia College Chicago where I got my Bachelor’s degree in photography, to now having the privilege of capturing people’s most precious memories with SB Photography and Design. 

When I shoot, I like to take an editorial approach, which essentially means that I’m here to tell a story about your day that is uniquely yours. From capturing the tiniest of details to the larger than life moments, I want you to be able to look back on your photos and remember how your day felt.

What are some small things that make your day better?
A good chat with a friend. A cup of nice tea. Yoga.

What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend?
With my family at my grandparents’ cottage.

What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?
Cooking. I like to make pretty much everything from scratch.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
On a cruise boat traveling down the Nile River.

What piece of entertainment do you wish you could erase from your mind so that you could experience it for the first time again?
Gilmore Girls.

Who inspires you to be better?
My Grandmothers. Both hard working, independent women in their 80s.

What would be some of the most annoying things about having yourself as a roommate?
I turn everyday activities into improvised songs.

What’s something that someone said that changed how you view the world?
The way you live your days is the way you live your life.

Would you rather have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life?
Tacos, definitely tacos.

What makes you feel old?
When I think about how when I was in high school, the first iPod came out and I thought it would never catch on.

What isn’t real but you desperately wish it was?
Time travel. Although I’m sure it would be way more trouble than it’s worth.

What energizes you and brings you excitement?
Being in nature, photography

Kind words

“Hiring you all was the best decision we made! You all were amazing to work with prior to the wedding, during the wedding, and after! I’m so thankful for everything you all have done for us. I honestly don’t think we would have gotten the attention we have gotten from you from any other company.”

-Allie & Jon

“Jessica, Katie, and the SB Team,

WOW! I really don’t know what to say!

I had been checking my email every hour for the past few days and when I saw this yesterday, I was so excited….and oh my goodness, they are PERFECT. Absolutely amazing. I love every single one of them!! I’ve been sharing the link with everyone 🙂 🙂 We cannot say thank you enough!!!

The website is super easy to use, and thank you so much for sending the directions on how to download the images. I’ll make sure to email you once we receive the flash drive! We’ll be ordering lots of pictures…. thank you so so so very much for everything!! Really – from the moment I emailed with interest, to the phone call before the wedding day, the organization, and the day of, it was all so perfect!

I am sure we will be contacting you for any further photoshoots! Do you do family photoshoots? My sister and I have always wanted to get a big family pic and now we know how awesome your work is!! I believe my friend Valerie Cawley is booking you for her wedding and I’ve told her ALL great things! The SB Team does NOT disappoint!!

Thank you!!!”

-Lisa & Shawn

“Thanks for sending over all of the photos! I spent a good portion of the weekend looking through them and love them all.

I also wanted to let you know that the past few weeks I have continued to get numerous compliments about how great your team was – people have made it a point to mention how great you were. We obviously knew you and your team would be great but it is also great to hear from our guests.
I’m excited to be able to share the link out with our friends and family! Thank you so much for doing that, it will be so nice to have quick, easy access to all of them on my computer. Can’t wait to start getting photos printed, hardest part is going to be to choose which ones with so many great options to choose from.
Thank you!!!! I have been telling everyone how wonderful you were through the entire process :)”
-Alicia and Will

“We just got home last last night from our honeymoon. As bummed as we were to come home to snow, seeing this email really made coming home a lot more exciting. Again, you have left us speechless. We absolutely love them! I don’t know how we’ll be able to choose for the photo album. You guys did an amazing job capturing our day. It was so much fun to be able to relive it on this cold Monday morning. We laughed and we cried. I can’t believe how well you captured all the emotions of that day! Thank you so much! They are absolutely beautiful!”

-Andrea & Chanc

“I can’t say enough good things about this photography company. When first searching for a photographer, I spoke with Sheryl via e-mail and she was so responsive and attentive to all of my questions. After that, I mostly spoke with our head photographer, Matt, who is one of the most genuine/caring/nice guys you would ever want to meet. Not only is he all of the above things, but he also LOVES taking pictures and is exceptionally good at it. Jessica, our other photographer, was so much fun and so wonderful to work with as well. Matt and Jessica worked together perfectly and delivered the most gorgeous pictures with lots of fun poses and cool backgrounds. We cannot stop looking at the sneak peak pictures and are really looking forward to seeing the rest of our photos. Finally, the website that they have put together should be a first stop for anyone trying to plan a wedding. I was lost trying to plan a day of timeline, but thanks to SB’s site, it was one of the easier things that I did in prep for the wedding. Anyone would be lucky to have SB Photo and Design as their wedding photographer!”

-Kristin & Gus

“Our wedding day was made perfect by having SB Photography shoot our wedding and ceremony. We felt so comfortable from the very beginning that they would do a great job – and they definitely delivered! We got so many complements on the photos and we are thrilled to have them as keepsakes forever.”

-Rachel & Spencer

“Thank you guys so much! We appreciate everything you did for us. I know our wedding party was a lot to deal with and the weather didn’t exactly cooperate early on, but you guys did a great job keeping us moving forward and getting great pictures. I think Kiryn and I both individually had a minor freak out during the rain, so we definitely appreciate you guys dealing with us and getting some awesome pictures. 🙂 I think after the rain everything went very smoothly! In addition to you two being great photographers, we really enjoyed just hanging out with you guys all day as well. These pictures look great, we are very excited to see the rest!!”

-Kiryn & Ken

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