Jess opened her heart to us, same as she promises to do during the Find Your North workshop which takes place in August, 14th-18th.
There's so much to be excited about Find your North, as Jess describes it - it will be "a refreshing experience, time to take a step back, ignore the industry noise and listen to your own heart to discover what is really driving you." Besides the magnificent views and gem locations Alaska promises, it turned out that it is also a place of personal significance to Jess:
"I moved to Alaska 3 days after I graduated high school. I was young, naive, and ready for anything. I had no idea of what to expect, but jumped in headfirst. Living there, I learned so many things about myself. I found a freedom there and developed an appreciation for the rugged, unforgiving landscapes that the great north holds. It's truly a special place that I believe everyone should see at least once. To me, there is really nothing like it in the lower 48. "
Although she and Levi come from different backgrounds they have a common appreciation and meaning to their work, sharing a lot of similar inspiration and valuing a strong narrative. The place and the context of the workshop stems from their aim to produce work that matters, as Jess best puts it:
"The philosophy is pretty straightforward, and where we gleaned the inspiration from for the title. Ultimately, we want people to come and be able to break through industry norms, and discover what it is they love and the way they see the world, and how to execute this vision through wedding photography and subsequently throughout the entirety of their businesses. We really want to ignite change, inspire people to find their own vision, and help them make the steps to creating a lasting business."