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About the Photographer

Jess Copeland Photographer

Urban Allure Photography was created by me, Jessica Rivera. I chose this name because it means “City Charm”.  Most of my photos are shot on location in the city of Raleigh, NC.

 I have always loved taking photographs, I must have gotten that quality from my Aunt Elaine who always had a camera in her hand. When I was younger, my cousin and I would get together often and take “Senior Pics” of each other with different settings and props. My passion for photography was sparked again when I had my son Aiden in 2009. I bought my first DSLR soon after and have been practicing and reading everything possible about photography ever since. I just couldn’t get enough! I want others to cherish their photos like I do.

 My style is a little bit of posed and mostly natural, playful shots. I want to capture each individual’s personality in timeless images that your family will treasure for years and pass down to generations to come.


 Still want to know more?

  •  I can find four leaf clovers (sometimes 5 or 6 leaves too) anywhere. No seriously, I could be strolling along in a park and look down and will find at least one or two. I have tons saved in photo albums but believe it or not, I don’t have any luck and have never won anything! See this POST for proof!
  • I grew up in a very small town in upstate New York called Greenwood, depending on what map you look at you may not even see it on there! I graduate with 18 classmates, yes 18! We grew up together since Kindergarten and are still close friends. Some of the teachers taught both myself and Mom in High school!
  • I love DIY anything and everything. I’m obsessed! I buy magazines, find inspiration on Pinterest and follow many DIY bloggers. In another life, I would be an interior designer. My family and I just signed a contract to build a house and I am so excited and already have major plans for our new home. I have an Instagram account documenting this journey. If interested, you can follow me @Arcadian_Elegance.
  • Since having my son, I have become very health conscious. I use a lot of organic beauty and cleaning supplies and even make my own. I try to buy organic foods (why are they so expensive??!!??!) and I just recently got into using Young Living Essential Oils to avoid medications and heal ourselves naturally. I am very conscious about waste and how to prevent it and rid of it properly. I am all about being green if I can! In fact, we bought our home with our builder because of their energy efficient homes.


Please browse through the selected categories to find out information about sessions with Urban Allure Photography. Should you have any questions about anything not covered, please contact me at urbanallurephotography@gmail.com.

Don’t forget to follow Urban Allure Photography on Facebook and Instagram for sneak peaks and behind the scenes footage.


Photo Courtesy of Chronicles Photography



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