Yesenia "Jess" Bocanegra is a lifestyle portrait, fashion and wedding photographer, educator, traveler, polyglot and lover of life. She is also mother to Padmé, a spoiled Chihuahua and Archer, a crazy Lab/Border Collie.

With a background in Film and Graphic Design, Yesenia has been able to incorporate various disciplines into her fashion and portrait photography work. From capturing special memories, to delivering energetic, sophisticated and elegant fashion style images. Wether it is a fashion shoot, a glamour portrait session or senior portrait, Yesenia strives to provide a professional and unique experience in each of her photoshoots.

Yesenia has taught college courses in Photography, Film and Graphic Design. In addition, Yesenia has been a guest speaker at the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao and Atlantic University College, where she has given lectures in Fashion Photography, French Culture & Design and Technologies in Online Education. She also teaches private photography and filmmaking courses for anyone wishing to expand their skills. Recently, Yesenia spent five weeks all around Panama teaching photography to middle and high school students.

Her work has been exhibited in private galleries and published in various independent fashion magazines such as Bay Fashion Magazine, Dark Beauty, Divergent, Shoot and Votive Magazine, and international magazines like The Next Page and Vogue Italia’s Photo Vogue.

Yesenia lives and plays in the Raleigh-Durham, Chapel Hill area in North Carolina and travels between Texas and Puerto Rico a few times a year.

In A Nutshell...

  • Portrait, Fashion and Wedding Photographer.
  • Educator
  • Polyglot
  • Vegan
  • Traveler
  • Dog Whisperer
  • Lover of life and Chocolate Peanut Butter