I'm a tall brunette with a passion for love stories. I hate scary movies, but find that there will be random days where I'm like "yup, it's a good night to get scared!" I'm a sucker for celebrating the holidays and keeping up with modern home decor trends. Cute mugs and the cheap aisles at Target are my ja-ham!

I've got two ridiculously funny kids who say the wrong things at the wrong times, and are bound to break at least one arm and leg in the near future. They are scared of bugs but have no fear driving their little jeeps over giant rocks and doing wheelies!

My dream is to become an educator in the wedding photography industry and travel beyond the East Coast for weddings!

Hi, I'm Jess, and I'm just as ordinary and weird as you are! I just have some talent with a camera, can find great light and thrive on new adventures!


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I was a whopping two years old when my husband, Kevin (aka KJ) was born. Our moms and older sisters were best friends, so we automatically had that forced relationship from the get-go. Growing up when the moms would hang out, we would hang out, but we never really paid attention to one another. I honestly have no memory of really talking to him at all up until the Facebook era began!!

Fast forward quite a while later, after he and his family had moved North Carolina years prior, we had finally reconnected on Facebook. In the time that we had lost touch, I had my two little babes, Skylar and Zakaree! They are just over a year apart and being their mom has been one of the most thrilling and difficult adventures of my whole life.

Zakaree at just shy of his 1st birthday became very sick. He had a rough babyhood from the get-go, but he was hospitalized at almost a year old and it was hard. I was a single mother, trying to build a future for two tiny humans and myself, and my son was incredibly sick.

After a rough hospital stay with my little man, KJ had reached out simply saying "hey, I'm thinking about you and I'm praying for you guys." I remember this moment vividly, because I had just put the kids down and was making myself pasta for dinner. It was like 9pm and I remember smiling like the most idiotic person in the world.

Long story short, crazy things happen and through the scariest moments in life, amazing things can happen. I fully believe had Zak not been sick, KJ would have never connected with me. Maybe he would have, but it wouldn't have been the same. From that little message on, we never went a day without talking.

I could go on and on about how we fell in love, but to make it short; we dated, got engaged and married all in 2016 and that has been hands down one of the best years of my entire life. Since then, he has adopted both of my children, making my life practically a fairytale in my eyes. Here we are in 2019 about to celebrate our 3rd year of marriage and I have the best, most selfless, partner and fan in the world!!!

meet the kiddos

Skylar

zakaree

• 4 years old •
• Foodie • 
•  Future WWE Superstar •
• Loves dinosaurs •
• Occasional lover of his sister •

• 5 years old •
• Extra sassy •
• Future Disney Princess •
• Has lots of jokes •
• Loves to take care of her brother •

Same size
Same weight
Believe it or not they aren't twins!

Brooklynn is my assistant and is the biggest, sweetest goofball around!! She is figuring out her niche in the world, and will be accompanying me to various weddings around New England during the 2019 wedding season, learning from me first hand and in action! If she isn't in the office helping me tackle the not so exciting admin work, she can sometimes be found watching The Office. Which is one of the best shows on earth.

Brooklynn

"My name is Jaci and I have loved being a photographer from the moment I started! I am energetic and enthusiastic to work with couples to capture their day. When I am not photographing I am out in the mountains hiking, skiing and biking with my family. I have two amazing boys who keep me on my toes and never stop moving!! I am a lover of chick flick movies and chai latte's."

Jaclyn

meet the team

In 2014 I was Jessica Ciavola Photography.

In 2018 I became Coral Compass Photo Co.

Coral Compass has become my 3rd child in a way. I have worked hard to create this business for not only myself, but for my family. It's been a lot of blood, sweat, tears, laughter, frustration, learning, taking and letting go. I want my family and I to enjoy my career for the next 20+ years, and not have any regrets while serving the best kind of people I can find. And while Coral Compass is for us, it's also for you! We want you to know there are candid, raw and genuine people who are just like you, but can do something with a camera that maybe you can't or want to do!

My goal is for my work to inspire couples to bring their artistic side out (one they probably deny or don't think they have!) while trusting me and my team with the details. It's scary trusting someone to know what you're thinking, but I feel we do a decent job meeting in the middle.

There are so many things in store for Coral Compass, and we invite you on the journey!!!
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xoxo

- Jess