Let's create a moment; a feeling; a memory.

To be ardent means to be passionate, enthusiastic, and joyful. What a perfect word to describe what Ardensea is all about. Somehow, I became lucky enough to meet amazing people from all over the world and capture little moments of their lives to keep as life long memories. What a dream come true! Whether it be wedding photography, engagements, anniversaries, or travel adventures, I am always ready to pick up the camera and go!

Jackie Watson

award-winning photographer


My name is Jackie, and I am the owner lead photographer of Ardensea. I started this business to be more than "just the typical photographer." My roots and passion for my work run deep, and I truly crave the need to materialize the real, authentic moments in life.  My job is not to just provide you with quality photos - but to capture the unique story you are trying to tell - whether it be an intimately small wedding, an event with a special cause, or a business celebrating its big break.

My home studio is based in Vero Beach Florida, but my life has taken me all over the world. I'm always ready to travel - let's do more than just create another photograph.



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this ardent passion

It’s hard to put a finite date on when my business began, I’ve been living behind the camera for so long. I officially opened the brand Ardensea EST. 2015, but I’ve always been known as Jackie Watson Photography, the brand in which I still maintain family and lifestyle portraiture.

I first started learning the art of photography way back in 2005, when I took classes on the primal fundamentals of creating photography, while learning how to develop film and watch my own images come to life before my eyes in a darkroom. I’ve since moved on to digital formats, although I still have such a love for the look of film. I knew from the first time I picked up a SLR camera that I was hooked, and what an incredible journey it’s been.

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See what people are saying about their experience with Ardensea.

A fairytale come true! We'll recommend her to everyone we can! #DannyAndDidi

Danny Hardesty


Jackie did the most AMAZING graduation announcement pictures for me! I'm a fairly shy person, but Jackie made our whole shoot feel so natural and fun. She is very good about giving direction and telling you how to pose in order to get the best shot. I will definitely be using Jackie again!!

Ashley Lockwood

UMUC 2017 Graduate

Jackie was spectacular on our wedding day. She made us feel super comfortable and did whatever it took to get a good shot. We are over the moon with her talent and would recommend her a million times over. Thank you Jackie for making our special day an unforgettable one!!

Diamer Hardesty