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Lifestyle Photographer Ready to Capture Memorable Moments That Last a Lifetime

Our lives are filled with millions of individual moments, each beautiful and deserving of its time to shine. Unfortunately, many “family photo sessions” look forced and fake, and they don’t capture the essence of those beautiful, authentic moments we share with our loved ones on a normal day. 


What if you had a photographer who captures those cherished family moments so you can enjoy them forever?


That’s where I come in. My name is Jess Bidwell, and I am a Navy-vet-turned-lifestyle-photographer based in Montrose, Colorado. I capture everything from maternity photos to multi-generational family portraits. My passion is helping you turn these sessions into more than a portrait—we make them an adventure.

Ready to Capture Memorable Moments on the Western Slope?

Whether you want to stroll through downtown Montrose, hit the trails in Telluride, off-road in Ouray, or tackle Grand Mesa, I will be behind the lens, getting it all on camera for your family.

What I Offer

Where to Find My Work

Praxis Gallery
Stars & Stripes

Let’s Go on A Photographic Adventure Together in Colorful Colorado!

No mountain is too high, and no idea is too wild — I’m a photographer who is ready to take on any adventure your family wants for their photo session. We can capture memorable moments anywhere in Western Colorado.

My Approach as a Photographer

What Past Clients Have Shared

Wedding Photography
"Jess is an artist and her camera is her tool.  She forever memorialized our special day and in a unique way while taking suggestions from us and adding her own touch as well. Thank you again, Jess. Cindy and I couldn’t be happier and we are so thankful we chose you for our special day!"

Jereme Morgan

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do you charge for your services as a photographer?

I offer three different pricing options based on the time we spend together and the number of images you wish to receive after the session. To view my pricing in greater detail, visit my services page.

What is included in your photography packages?

Each of my photographer packages includes:

  • A specified photo session duration

  • 1 or 2 location and outfit changes

  • A set number of edited images

  • A private online gallery for viewing

Do you have a portfolio I can review?

Yes! You can visit the portfolio page of my website to see my unique approach as a lifestyle photographer.


What is your style as a photographer?

I am a lifestyle photographer who enjoys capturing authentic moments. I believe each frame should tell its own story, and every session should be a unique adventure. 

How far in advance should I book a session with you?

I have a booking calendar that makes it easy to view my availability directly on the website. You can also contact me for a list of available dates.

Can you recommend locations for our photo session?

Yes, I am happy to recommend locations throughout the Western Slope that may be a good fit for you and your family. Although I am based in Montrose, I offer sessions in many locations, including Telluride, Ouray, Crested Butte, Grand Mesa, and more. I will send you a location guide once your photoshoot is scheduled, and we can discuss which places would be the best fit for what you envision.

What should we wear for our photo shoot?

What you wear will have a significant impact on the end result of your images. Once you’ve secured your reservation, I will send you a guide to help you select the best outfits for your shoot.

How long does a typical photo session last?

My photoshoots range from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the package you select.


How long will it take to receive our edited photos?

You will receive a link to your online gallery to view your edited photos within 2 weeks of our session.

Do you offer prints or albums?

You can order professional prints directly from the online gallery. You also have the option to download the images and print them wherever you like.

Are there any additional fees or expenses we should be aware of?

My photography packages include everything listed for the set price, including a specified number of edited photos. 

Can we share our photos on social media, and do you have any restrictions on their use?

Once you have paid your photography package in full, you will receive a worldwide perpetual license to use photos for personal representation, including use and publishing on social media without my watermark or attribution to me. I always appreciate being tagged on social media if you choose!

What is your cancellation and rescheduling policy?

Should you need to cancel, please do so at least 14 days prior to the shoot, this will ensure full refund of your deposit. If cancelation occurs within the 2-week window before the shoot scheduled date your deposit will be forfeited. 

How do you handle inclement weather? 

In the event of inclement weather, I will contact you the day prior to discuss whether we should reschedule the session or select another location.

Can you accommodate special requests or unique photography ideas?

My goal as a lifestyle photographer is to provide images that tell your family’s story in the way you desire. I enjoy working with you to incorporate anything you desire into our photo session.

What is your payment schedule and accepted payment methods?

I require a $100 deposit upon booking, and the remaining balance is due in full on the day of your photography session. I accept credit card payments. Payment plans are available. 

Can you provide a written contract outlining the terms of our agreement?

Yes, I provide a written contract to each client who books with me. You will receive this contract once we schedule a session date.

Jess Bidwell Photography
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