A 31 year old professional photographer living in the state of Colorado, in the U.S.
Growing up in such a scenic and beautiful place, I wanted to capture every moment I could with a camera starting from a very young age, and that’s exactly what I did. I found a particular passion for extreme weather and storms, and often found myself storm chasing with a camera in hand, hoping to witness and photograph tornadoes. I started to study the field of meteorology to gain a greater understanding of weather and how storms develop, and slowly, I became more and more successful at forecasting severe weather events.
I documented my first tornadoes in 2015, and since then have seen and documented close to 50 tornadoes, along with some of the most incredible weather scenes imaginable. My storm chasing has led me all over the United States, but my favourite states to pursue storms are Colorado and Kansas, as storms tend to be the most photogenic in those regions. While I enjoy photographing weddings and portraits as a side hobby, and do a bit of travel photography as well, pursuing and photographing storms will always be my primary passion and obsession.
Website: Jessica Moore
What websites/blogs/people do you draw inspiration from? Who do you follow on Instagram?
I draw photographic inspiration from several photographers here in the U.S., such as:
Please can you take a photograph of your kitbag, highlighting your favourite item, why you like it and a time when it has saved you! #everydaycarry
My Nikon D810 camera and Rokinon f/2.8 14mm wide angle lens, are my favourite pieces of equipment. I love the wide angle perspective of storms the Rokinon gives and being able to capture the whole depth of the scene before me. I never leave my house without it, and I almost never use any other lens when photographing storms and landscape.
Do you have a visual diary of your adventures and/or a favourite shot?
The above photo of an incredibly photogenic tornado I witnessed in the state of Wyoming on June 12th, 2017. This date was my career best storm chase, as I witnessed a total of 6 tornadoes that day, and thankfully none of which caused any significant damage, they were simply beautiful, photogenic tornadoes spinning in open fields, and were absolutely incredible to witness.
How do you engage audiences with your imagery, is there a narrative to how you shoot?
As for a narrative to engage my audience, I just let my passion and obsession for weather speak through my imagery. I will generally edit a single photograph as a highlight from each storm chase, to showcase the best moment of the day that had the greatest impact on me with a description of what it felt like to experience that moment. I will usually post my best photos on all of my social media accounts. I am active on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter, so I post most of my best shots across all three social media platforms and try to draw in as many viewers as I can that way. Most people in their day to day lives will never seen the sights I am fortunate to witness while chasing storms, and my goal is simply to share the moments that mean the most with me, that I find intense and beautiful, hoping that others will gain an appreciation and fascination for weather and storms as well. Most people are awestruck at the sight of storms but aren’t often interested in going out to view storms themselves because of the inherent danger that is involved with chasing storms. So I want to bring the beauty of storms to them through my photography.
One ambition I have is to photograph a visually stunning waterspout, which is essentially a tornado over water. I’ve witnessed so many types of severe weather phenomena, but this is a major bucket list item for me in terms of photographic goals. Another ambition I have is to chase storms in Europe, and Australia, just to add to the depth of the whole experience. I’d like to experience and document extreme weather in all parts of the world.