Jessica Churchill is a 4th year Bachelor of Photography student at Sheridan College and a photographer in the Caledon area. Her main focuses are wedding, engagement, family and event photography as well as landscape photography in Caledon.
Jessica began photography in high school at Mayfield Secondary School and was encouraged by her teacher Peggy Taylor-Reid, also a Caledon artist, to pursue it seriously. With a background in art, translating the elements and principles of design to a camera came naturally. However, the seeds of her future pursuit of wedding photography were planted with a single moment at a family friend’s wedding long before any formal training. Completely uninvited, she ran up to the bride and groom at 11 years old with her Kodak point and shoot, asked them to pose, and captured a photograph that would later remind her of that love for capturing special moments.
She continues to freelance weddings, engagements, and family shoots outside of school and hopes to build her future career in photography by capturing candid and crafted moments for her clients to share for years to come.
Her photographic style of choice for weddings, engagements, family shoots is outside in natural light and processing the photographs in full brilliant colour or in dramatic black and white.Her landscapes can be either black and white or colour and aim to capture what makes this country gorgeous. She loves to drive around, find new roads, and pull over (safely) to photograph the Caledon landscape. Some of her series have touched on the fading rural culture and illuminated the threats of housing development that have creeped into the rural area. Though not an outspoken activist, she believes that her home community of Belfountain on the Niagara Escarpment needs to be protected and respected as a heritage area.
Her upcoming book project, “They’re At It Again: A Collection of Tales from Newfoundland & Labrador” is a final cumulative project for her degree that follows the journey of traveling to Newfoundland with her family and the heartwarming or side splitting stories that are told. The book promises to be a treat to the eyes with gorgeous landscape photography from Newfoundland, as well as make you laugh while reading some of the tall tales that are heard around the island.
Jessica can be found on Facebook and Instagram under Onyx Hills Photography. Website pending.