For the unconventional, the rule-breakers, and the ones that are ready to throw one hell of a party.

This is documentary

photography for you.




Baltimore MAryland Documentary wedding & Elopement Photographer








bride and groom celebrate as they walk from wedding ceremony
bride hugs bride at first look on their wedding day and cries
close up of bride and groom holding hands in woods

Because in the end,

the most important thing is spending your day with the people that mean the mosT to you.

This is not a photoshoot.

It's your wedding day.

No Seriously. I am not just another photographer here to crank out another wedding, checking off a list of standard wedding photos that look just like everyone else's. Documentary photography is all about maximizing the amount of time you spend soaking up your day. It is capturing the events as they unfold, unobtrusively. It's rooted in what matters most, your amazing family and friends. Most importantly it allows you to be present on your wedding day and not miss out on any of that magic.

Brides walk down the aisle laughing after ceremony
bride reaches for wedding dress hanging on window
bride and groom walk over cobblestone streets in Mt. Vernon Balimore
The Winslow room decorated for wedding reception with flowers and string lights
bride walks with wedding party
brides walk at sunrise with mountains in front of them
bride walking up stairs with father holding her dress
wedding table set up at Engineers Club in baltimore
brides veil blows in wind backlit by the sun
grooms walk to wedding ceremony laughing with friends
wedding ceremony outdoors at strong mansion on sugarloaf mountain
back of wedding dress with large bow

true moments.

Artful storytelling.

Kickass memories.

bride and groom celebrate as they walk down the aisle after ceremony

Hey! I'm Jessi.

A Maryland based documentary

wedding photographer

maryland wedding photographer jessi mcdonold poses with camera

You only get one wedding day so live it.

Lose yourself in every second knowing that you have found the perfect photographer to preserve it. I will be there documenting every moment unobtrusively and honestly.

Jessi's eye for the little moments is fantastic. She is truly talented. We are so happy with how perfectly she captured our wedding day and the essence of us as a couple -Julie, 2018 bride
bride putting on shoes before ceremony at strong mansion in maryland
baltimore museum of art wedding reception with lots of light glowing overhead
bride and groom kissing at wedding reception in backyard in maryland
She captured everything we experienced and the things we missed - special moments with our grandparents and funny things with our friends and family - Kaylee, - 2019 bride

Artful images that tell the story of your day

Let's make your wedding day all about what makes you two unique. We're not here for stiff smiles or those same old Pinterest poses any photographer can take. Instead, let's capture those real, laugh-out-loud moments and the true love that shines through, making your photos as awesome and unique as you.

bride walking in black heels
bride and groom at wedding reception with sunflare at caboose farms in maryland
bride and groom walk together at clipper mill with staircase in the background
couple holds hands by lake at thorpewood wedding venue
"My husband and I both have a hard time taking ourselves seriously. Jessi was able to capture our personalities but also made us both feel comfortable with taking some more sentimental pictures. We instantly clicked with her and were able to be ourselves. Her ability to capture the light and the mood of the entire day was so perfect."

2019 Review

"She is sweet, kind, calming, extremely professional, punctual, and responsive. Jessi helped us brainstorm a timeline for our intimate ceremony, photo locations for our first look, and so much more. Her photos perfectly matched our vision. We are in awe of all the special moments she captured. We are beyond happy with our experience and our pictures."
S + A
You spend a lot of your wedding day with the person capturing these special moments and it was important to choose someone who would come through and not add any extra stress to our day. Jessi was very responsive, punctual, flexible and a true joy to be around."
L + K

Documentary style Maryland Wedding Photographer. Candid, relaxed, and real. Modern weddings for couples who want to be there for all the fun. Serving Baltimore, Frederick, Maryland, and beyond.

Love is love. Wild June Photo

is an LGBTQIA+ friendly business.