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ABOUT ME

I believe in laughter... I believe in warm summer nights... I believe in the miracle of life... I believe in running barefoot chasing lightnin bugs... I believe in toothless giggles, and messy hair... I believe childhood is magical... I believe life is beautiful... I believe you can never have too many pictures... I believe in capturing life... I believe pictures should tell stories... -YOUR STORY-

Photo of me & my babies taken by the talented Rachel May.

Letters to my children…

My dearest first born….

You came into my life a little over 13 years ago.  I sat all alone in the health department at the age of 16….. when I heard a few words that would change my life forever “I ran the test twice sweety… its positive”.  I was overwhelmed & shocked…… you had made yourself a home inside of me.  When others told me I could never do it…. that I was too young & my only choice was to not keep you. … that I was giving up my life.   Something deep inside of me knew you were mine.  As months went by my waist line expanded & when other girls my age were shopping for the newest trends in clothing…. I was in search of clothing to fit my new belly.  With each new stretch mark & every kick you made yourself known in a deeper way to me.  I began a journal documenting how much my life was changing & I still have that for you to read someday.  Then on October 31st 1999, just three months after I turned 17 my water broke …..  you had decided that this day would be the day you completely changed my life.  You entered my life on this day….  no one can truly prepare you for that moment…. when you become a mother.  When the little being that’s been living inside of you for months suddenly is staring you in the face.  So perfect… so amazing it is.  Suddenly I didnt matter anymore & the most important part of my life at that very moment was YOU.  You instantly changed me….  I suddenly knew the real meaning of love… a deep…. overwhelming…. protective love.   You forced me to grow up in that very moment.   The truth is I did give up my life…..  I gave up my life so you could have yours…. & YOU were the best decision I ever made.

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.”-Rajneesh

I was asked by an amazing group of photographers to join this project.  Each month on the 15th we will post a letter…. written to our children.  Our words…. our style… our hearts.  Next in line is Hope Toliver, go check out her letter.