T2′s Newborn Session

February 28, 2013 By: Jenna Category: baby, Photography

Kelli Nicole gifted us T1′s birth and newborn photos, but I knew we wouldn’t be able to pay someone for both types of photos when T2 was born. Photographing my own birth was impossible, so I hired Kelly M for that, and crossed my fingers that I would recover fast enough from the birth to be able to manage a DIY newborn session before T2 outgrew the cuddly/sleepy newborn stage.

On Valentine’s day my sister and I quickly made the bed, gathered up the photo stuff, and prepped both kids for our photo session. We shot for about an hour (could not have done it without Shay, thanks my dear!), kept it very simple, and ended up with what you see below.

Look how light her hair is! I think she might actually have a little bit more than T1 did, but it’s so light that it’s harder to see. Read more →

Digitizing My Photos

June 21, 2012 By: Jenna Category: Photography

It’s long been a dream of mine to be able to make a collage like this with just a few clicks. I knew I didn’t want to do the scanning myself, and so I put it on my 101 in 1001 list thinking I would get to it eventually. When Groupon emailed me about a deal for photos scanning I decided to go for it this past summer.

The project was enormous, and I wanted to walk you through what I did, and what I would do differently next time.  Read more →

2012 Solar Eclipse From Our Living Room Window

May 25, 2012 By: Jenna Category: Photography

Updated Photography Basics Posts

April 05, 2012 By: Jenna Category: Photography

I recently realized that some of my most popular posts to date have some broken image links (embarrassing!). I’ve updated the posts with new pictures and added in some clarifications based on things I’ve learned over the years.

I hope you’ll click over and see if they can help you figure things out! Maybe if we’re living in the same place, you’d be interested in doing an Aspirations session with me?

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The Lesson I Learned in Lucca

March 14, 2012 By: Jenna Category: Photography

A few miles before we arrived at La Torre, I looked out the window and gasped. The light was falling perfectly, and the bridge I saw was one of the most magnificent sights I had ever seen. We were tired, and hungry, and it didn’t feel like the right time to stop and hike around to take a picture, so I said we could take care of it the next day.

The next day, it wasn’t the same. It was certainly pretty, but it wasn’t magical. It didn’t take my breath away.

The lesson I learned in Lucca is to trust my instincts. Next time I see that light on that bridge or the bride or a coastline, I’m doing whatever it takes to freeze that moment in time forever.

      I'm a farm-raised almost-crunchy stroller-pushing picture-taking lifestyle-blog-writing gastronomy-obsessed divine-seeking thrift-store-combing cheese-inhaling pavement-pounding laughter-sprinkling lover of individuality and taking chances.
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