Meet Jessie Webster
on her morning routine
On most days I wake up around 7 AM, make coffee, put on a record, burn a little palo santo and sit in my sunroom. This ritual is my form of meditation that I look forward to each day. Depending on what my schedule looks like I'll either start prepping for a photoshoot or start editing photos for a client.
on launching her career
In 2004 I was living in LA, working in a restaurant and assisting my dad on photo shoots once a week to make extra money. I hated my restaurant job and knew I needed to quit and somehow find a way to work for myself. My dad encouraged me to start my own photo business and so I did. In the beginning I took every job I could get my hands on and lived on ramen noodles for about a year, but eventually I started to work regularly. In 2010 I started a lifestyle blog, Sweet Thing, and that's really what changed my life for the better. Blogging and social media opened me up to an audience of like-minded individuals.
on photography's influence growing up
Practically everyone in my family is an artist, so it's no surprise I followed suit. My dad is a photographer, known for his rock and roll and celebrity photos from the 60s-70s, his father was a songwriter who wrote music for singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Doris Day, and my mom was a fashion model and now a painter. My dad gave me my first camera when I turned eleven and it pretty much never left my side. I would dress up my sister and her friends, take portraits of them and spend hours in the dark room listening to opera and developing photos with him. I was quite shy when I was younger and I think photography was a way for me to both express myself and be an observer.
on her photographic interests
I started shooting more interiors, travel and lifestyle (which I fell in love with) and have since met some of my greatest friends through that world. I stopped blogging a few years ago because I couldn't devote the time to it, but I do miss it every once in awhile. I will never take for granted the beautiful ways it enhanced my life, but sometimes you have to move on and in some ways Instagram took the place of blogging for me. Who knows what will be next? I think the thing I love about shooting lifestyle is that it is all encompassing. Some days I shoot beautiful landscapes, some days I shoot portraits. The people/things I shoot are always changing and that makes it easy to stay inspired and challenged.
on her beauty routine
Most days I put on Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer with SPF, some Kat Von D Ink Liner, and mascara and I'm good to go. For the most part I look for products that use natural ingredients and are paraben-free, but I refuse to give up my Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. Lately I've been using the Glossier Haloscope. I really love the dewy look it creates, especially because my skin tends to be dry. If I'm working from home I rarely wear makeup, but sunblock is always a must for this fair skin. Every other day I exfoliate with a brush and moisturize with Grown Alchemist Antioxidant Facial Oil. The Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque has become one of my favorites. I use it once a month for a deep clean.
on her home decor
I want my home to be a reflection of me and I think that I manage that. I am a little bit of a paradox and I think that shows through in my style with both clothing and my home. I love neutral tones, monochromatic modern pieces mixed with vintage bohemian and clearly I have a thing for plants. Craigslist, Chairish, West Elm, CB2 and Etsy are my go-to sites.
on her shopping habits
Most of my favorite finds are vintage, so the Rose Bowl flea, Painted Bird and Etsy are where I do most of my shopping. Need Supply, La Garçonne and The Dreslyn are where I shop for modern brands. I've always liked how clothes make you feel like you can be anyone, but for the most part my style is pretty understated. I tend to buy a lot of black, white and denim that I can dress up or down with accessories or lipstick.
jessie's favorite books
jessie's favorite movies
Cinema Paradiso, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Groundhog Day, Before Sunrise
jessie's favorite records
jessie's favorite places in la
Trois Familia for brunch
Go Get Em Tiger for coffee
Bar Stella for cocktails
The Blue Corn Quesadilla Lady for a quick bite
Painted Bird for vintage