• Jessica Guercio

Friday Five - 5 Things You May Not Know About Me (plus a bonus!)

Well, thanks to a certain article in a little neighborhood publication here in Westchase... I have a lot of new folks around here! Yay!! I've met so many new people this past year being in business that I thought it might be fun to share a little about myself here on the Friday Five (I even added a bonus fact for you bc I can't resist a pic of my little guy;)). You may already know that I'm a wife, a mom, and a former teacher. Here are a few other things you may not know about your favorite local photog...

1. My husband, Sam and I met in college at the University of West Florida and have been together for 14 years. We met at a classy establishment called Chan's Nightclub (RIP) in Pensacola, had a nice long courtship of 9 years before we got married in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in 2013. We sealed the deal with a kiss and a shot of tequila. We got married by ourselves and held a big party back home when we returned. It was romantic, fun, and different. My only regret is that Jennifer Aniston wasn't our wedding officiant.

Our Wedding Day is Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

College pic from Chan's in the early days, wedding moon in Mexico, trip to San Fran in 2016

2. I have a long lasting and deep love affair with the British Royal Family.

Well, with anything English really. I don't know why or where it came from (maybe my mother calling me princess when I was little?) but the whole idea of this family that has held traditions and a legacy for hundreds of years is absolutely fascinating to me. Think of the life the Queen of England has lived... the things she has seen. And she gets to hang with my soul sisters Markle and K-Middy. What I wouldn't give to hang with that motley crew. (Pic on the left is me in front of Buckingham Palace in 2001, pic on the right is me and my friend, Brooke at my 2014 Royal Baby shower... I love a hat, guys).

3. I grew up in two very small and unique towns and consider both to be home.

I was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma and lived there until I was 9 years old. My moms side of the family came for land and have been Okies since before it was a state. Ponca City was an oil boom-town, mainly because an oil barron named EW Marland found oil (and in turn a fortune) in the early 1900s. He built a "Palace on the Prairie" and made Ponca a gorgeous and unique place to live.

My whole life changed when we moved to Cleveland, Mississippi in elementary school. I was thrown into the deep south and basically had to learn a new language." Yes ma'am", "no sir", "how are y'all" in those southern accents was definitely a transition for me. (No lie, I thought my Buffalo, New York raised husband was going to need a translator when we visited a few years ago.) I lived in the Mississippi Delta until I moved away for college... but my time in Mississippi was an education in itself. The music, the food, and the history are things I won't ever take for granted. Some of my closest and best friends are my Mississippi girls... they will show y'all around if you ever find yourself in the 'Sip!

My Mississippi Girls!

4. I love all types of music, but not country.

I know what you're thinking... you are from Oklahoma and Mississippi. How do you not like country. Listen guys, I've tried. I used to listen to the top country countdown on the radio in high school. I've been to country concerts (Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Brooks and Dunn, Willie Nelson, and Zac Brown Band to name a few) but I just can't get into it. My parents were into 50's music, Elvis, and the Beach Boys. My brothers were into everything from Guns and Roses to the Eagles. I had a great musical education but country music wasn't part of it. I've had the privilege of going to see some pretty awesome concerts of all genres so if your ever looking for a concert buddy to a non country show... you know who to call!

Billy Joel at Wrigley... one of my favorite concerts!

5. Some people think I'm weird...

I hate hot fruit. Apple pie, peach cobbler, any kind of turnover.... it's my worst nightmare. I have an irrational fear of riding escalators. I hate heights but love traveling (so flying with me is super fun). I am petrified of frogs, maybe even more so than snakes. I love the beach but hate the ocean. The sea creatures can have it. And finally, the nail salon might be the least relaxing place for me. Nothing fills me anxiety more than a nail file. I'm not THAT weird right?!

Is pumpkin a fruit?! I make an exception for pumpkin pie.

6. My favorite thing in the world is this guy right here....

I panicked when I found out I was pregnant. I always knew I wanted kids but did I really? I was petrified of having a baby. They tell you when it happens, everything changes. Absolutely true for me. The minute this guy arrived, I fell in love. I wanted all the babies! Part of the reason I love photographing families and kids is I absolutely love capturing their little personalities. They change so quickly... every stage is better than the next (except for teenagers... we are just going to skip that phase). Documenting them frequently at every age is so important. So much happens and we forget so much. Nothing makes me happier than looking back at the moments I've had with this little guy here and I hope I can help you do the same!

Enjoy the weekend my friends!

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