As you scroll through the hundreds of images on this site, I hope you'll start to see one thing that stands out... that one thing is the common bond that we all have in expressing the love we have for those closest to us!
It really doesn't matter what it is I am photographing, they all evoke the same feeling inside of me. One of the greatest challenges for me is the necessity to figure out who you are, what makes you tick and then how to pull that from you in an image. I want you to feel something when you look at the images I capture. Of course if I am photographing your newborn, I want the image to instantly make you remember holding that tiny little baby, remember what it felt like to cuddle up in your arms, or that they fit in the palm of your hand.
If I am outside capturing your family - I don't want you to just see everyone looking at the camera, I want you to remember how much fun we had, the laughter and silly things we did... which resulted in everyone genuinely looking happy and right at me! I want the images of your kids to be the faces you remember looking back at you each day - their silly little expressions and reflection of who they really are.
Perhaps it's your wedding day!!! One of the most important days that people have photographed and all I want is for you to forget that I'm even there. I want you to enjoy each other and all the special people you've envied to be around you on the day. I will help direct you to an idea I have, but then just let you be you... laugh, talk and love every moment together. The images should reflect your day - not just the perfect pose.
This isn't just a job for me... this is who I am. I love connecting with people and envisioning what that looks like in a lasting memory through a camera, it truly is an extension of who I am.
One thing you're guaranteed during our session is that you're going to see me laugh and enjoy every minute. I am excited for the opportunity to meet you and your family and hope to chat soon!
I am certain that this gallery is going to bring a smile to your face. These two beautiful little girls just warmed my heart.
It wasn’t that long ago that big sister Blayklee was here in the studio for her newborn photos! Now look at her all grown up. We used a lot of whites/neutrals in this session and honestly really makes me want to only use whites!! Funny enough when I just looked back on Blayklee’s session we somehow used the exact same wrap again for baby Charlie! Out of all the props in the studio… somehow we used the same one. That said, I am just in love with all the emotion in these images. So much love for little Charlie already, these two girls are going to have an amazing life together.
For Charlie and Blayklee we did a mix of standard newborn photos as well as a few Christmasy ones!! So for all you new mom’s out there who would love to do a Christmas photo with your new baby… keep an eye out as I’m going to host an event just for babies!
This family contacted me over the long weekend and asked if there was any way that they could come for photos, that same day. This doesn’t often work out, but… we made it work this time and I’m sure glad we did.
Sweet little Japji came to the studio in the afternoon for a newborn ‘swaddle me’ session. It’s a little smaller than a full newborn session and they choose to not include family and just focus on baby. These are great sessions that provide families with a few portraits of these precious stages of life. You don’t always have to book in for a full session!
These sessions really are baby led. This just means that if your little bundle is awake and content, then we just go with what they want to do. We don’t spend the same amount of time attempting to get them into sleeping poses. I personally love that we captured these beautiful big eyes of hers, she really did feel like one of those old souls! In the end, she was tired and we got a few beautiful images of her drifting off… but at 7 weeks, she was less interested in me moving her around once she was napping!
So if you’re feeling like you’ve missed the ‘newborn’ stage or that you really don’t need the full newborn session – consider these little swaddle sessions! Babies love them, and so do I.
As soon as someone says they are expecting twins/multiples something really special happens, or at least it does for me. You imagine all the little things that these two humans are going to grow up and experience in life. I picture all the things they might experience, but knowing that they will both likely have very different emotional attachment to, memory of, description of. I just find it fascinating as I’m sure many others do.
I was excited to hear that this momma had welcomed her baby girls! They had arrived 6 weeks earlier than anticipated, but after a short stay in the hospital, both are healthy and happy at home. They were ready to come into the studio and arrived just a few days before their actual due date.
Although the night before the session I may have had dreams of all the different poses I was going to breeze through with the girls, the reality is babies are totally unique. They do what they want, on their time. In writing this, I hope that new parents appreciate that a newborn session is still all about them, they lead what we do typically.
I can only imagine how busy this family’s house is in the morning. Two newborns and a toddler to rush around and tend to, while trying to get ready for the day. I’m thankful that once in the studio, they had time to do a few things for themselves. Dad slipped out to get coffees/food while mom got to spend some 1:1 time with the girls big brother. The job of a photographer is simple in a sense, capturing a super important time in a family’s life. As they welcome home these two girls, as their home and lives change forever… we captured a few moments of a time that passes all too fast. When these little girls were so tiny to fit in your hands, when the nights feel like they last forever, because you’re up making bottles instead of sleeping, when life likely feels totally wild and unmanageable… these images will be there to look back on and remember it all. All the accomplishments, the fails, the laughs and all the love.
After many years of hearing how frustrated parents are with the ‘school’ photo they are offered of their child… I decided to open up the studio for a limited time to bring you a classic portrait of your child(ren), or at least ones without their hair in their face, looking the other way, talking, or just plain laughable image of them.
A few bonus’s to having the images done here at JLS:
– you can make sure their hair, clothing and faces are ready! No eating snacks right before their photo
– you can bring younger children who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity for a quick photo like this, now they will all be the same!
– you can also request sibling photos of your children together (but I can’t guarantee that means they will like each other 😉
– the school will not miss out!!! I will be donating a % of the profit back to the school PAC at Katzie if you identify that your child attends there.
It will the the same idea as the school photo. You do not pay up front, you will come in for a scheduled quick session (10 – 20 minutes depending on how many children you have). After the sessions I will be providing you with proofs of your photos to which you can then order. I do offer preschool photos to a few locations and over the years have learned that most families really just want the digital files to then print as they wish. I’ve created a pricing structure that reflects that.
So how do you book? Easy!! There are a few days available and time options. Just follow the link and choose what works for your family. If you have younger children who are not school aged, please message me and we can create a weekday daytime for you.
How will it work? You can choose from 3 backdrops in the studio. I will capture up to 4 poses of them for you to choose from. If you choose the ‘ALL IMAGES’ digital option, that would be for the 4 proof poses you were provided. If you have more than one child and you choose to have sibling photos as well, know that counts as 3 sessions. So if you’re punching the digitals, that would be the 3 children digitals, I can help you through that when the time comes.
If this sells out and is successful I may be opening other dates/times
There are so many wonderful things about the work that I am able to do. One of them is to see the joy and love in welcoming a new child to the family. It was 7 years ago when I first met this family! Baby Sara came to the studio when she was new to this world (check out her link). The family had asked if they could bring their dog Coco who was of course their first ‘baby’ and of course I said I’d be happy to try and incorporate their fur baby.
I was so excited to hear this family was growing and wanted to come back to capture new images, they again asked if Coco could come as she was still a huge part of their family. Sara was now big sister to little Lea. It was very clear how much Sara loves her little sister,she was so loving and gentle with her. This time we also had more grandparents able to come to the session, so although my cozy little studio was full, it was so great to have everyone there to watch and admire this new precious life.
There were so many images from this session that I wanted to share – it just had all the feels! I hope you enjoy them too!