A Luxe Project: ‘Jessica Monte x Thistle + Hummingbird’




Model: Kat @Violitia

Photography: Jessica Monte @jmmonte


Hair + Makeup: Kaley Wittnik @iammssunshine

Styling: Jordan Hehn @jordanhehn

Wardrobe: Jewelry by Maria Bray of North Way Studio

I met Jessica just a few years ago when I modeled for her. She was a complete pleasure to work with; super easy and the photos from that shoot turned out amazing. She has such a keen eye for capturing a serene, simple and beautiful moment. She is so passionate and her hard work and dedication to photography really shows up in her work. I asked her a few questions and below are her answers! I have also decided to feature her latest shoot with one of my dear friends as her muse! These shots ooze coolness. I couldn’t choose just one, so naturally, I chose them all.

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: “I grew up in Franklin, WI and that’s actually where I still live! I’ve jumped around a little bit but have always stayed in the Milwaukee area.”

Q: Did you go to school for photography?

A: “I did! I attended Milwaukee Area Technical College and after three years I received an  Associates Degree in Applied Science in Photography. To me, continuing your education is so important. There’s always a level of impressiveness when you’re self taught, but there is so much that school can teach you. I also want to point out that I am really happy with the choice of a going to technical college. They really drilled the tech aspect of photography into our heads and it really gave us a leg up when it came to our competition.”

Q: How did you know you wanted to mainly focus on photography?

A: “I was pretty dead set on what my major was going to be at the beginning of my senior year of high school. I chose to study photography because as soon as I started shooting, I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else. Before photography, I wanted to be Violin Performance major; but in 2008, when I started dabbling in photography, there was really no turning back.”


Q: What do you love most about photography?

A: “There is a lot to love about photography. I could say that I love the fact that I get to bring what I envision to life. I also get the opportunity to work with some of the most talented people. I think photography serves as such an inspirational platform and it’s cool to think that my images could be inspiring someone right now! It’s such a relevant art form that will never die. We can all connect and relate with each other through imagery.”



Kat being gorgeous.




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