Last year I did a fun shoot of my 4 nephews and Zoe at the beach. We want to make an annual tradition of doing a cousins photo shoot, so this year I thought we should do it at the apple orchard where we go apple picking every year. Its about 3 hours upstate New York. But the pictures didn’t turn out (technically) the way I wanted and we did a mini-reshoot at a local preserve. Here a couple of cute shots from the re-shoot:

Before we took any pictures, Roya, Haley and I went out on a mini location scouting expedition in town to find the best spots for light, sight and outfits. While we were on our way to shoot at our last location, a local preserve, Roya said, “What about the beach??” and I had to admit I hadn’t even thought about that idea!!! So we head down to the beach we did! It was crazy windy (Hurricane Irene was making its way up the coast) but we went on down to the water anyway.

To say that I’m glad we did would be a massive understatement. Massive. This whole part of the shoot yielded some incredible and powerful pictures, with a very editorial edge. This might be the closest I have ever come (so far) in capturing that sort of style. In high school I dreamed of becoming a fashion photographer. These pictures have re-ignited that feeling in a huge way!  This shoot was just for me, because I really wanted to work with Haley (and Roya really wanted some pictures of Haley) so without any pressure from a client, I was free to just capture.

The light was perfect, as was my little model:

No idea what this girl was thinking about, but man-oh-man can she turn it ON when that camera is on her:

Haley was very happy to wear this Gracyly Originals headband I love the feeling it added:

You GO, girl:

Love her smile, colored braces and all:

Editorial heaven. Does this not look like it belongs in a magazine or what:

Truly amazing how one minute Haley gives me the amazing, soulful, serious looks and the next is smiling and laughing. Love her:

Love this shot:

A huge thank you to Roya and Haley for spending this amazing afternoon with me. Haley got rewarded with a huge burger from Burger King and I sent her home with a whole bunch of huge pickles as an extra thank you! Love you!!!!

  • Stacy - September 8, 2011 - 11:51 am

    love. love. LOVE!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Lamb - September 9, 2011 - 11:02 am

    Wow…Love these, Jennifer! Great job…and…I think you lied when you said you don’t have pretty beaches. You just need hurricane force winds to prove you wrong…no big deal! hahah. :) Also, I have decided that cowboy boots are probably the best shoe choice if shoes must be worn on the beach. Perfect! No sand in sight. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessie - September 16, 2011 - 11:41 pm

    I just happened to stroll upon this and I must tell you these photographs are just breath taking! Absolutely gorgeous and beautiful and just amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Chau - October 10, 2011 - 8:00 pm

    Jennifer, these are wonderful! Haley is such an awesome model and I love how the golden sun glows in her portraits!ReplyCancel

Haley is an amazing little 8 year old girl. She has so much soul and depth and you rarely find that in kids, let alone an 8 year old!!! Haley’s mom Roya is one of my best and closest friends and is a very talented graphic designer. And Haley is definitely a budding artist herself.

Haley knows how to give that “bored model stare” (and as her mom says “she gets that a lot!” Hehe) and I have wanted to do a fun shoot with her for a long time. We finally made it happen, a few days before Hurricane Irene hit us. The mosquitoes were out in full effect but that didn’t deter us at all. (At least Roya & Haley were able to use bug spray. Being pregnant I can’t use it and its scientifically proven that mosquitoes love pregnant women. How lucky for me, right?)

We started the shoot off in a little walkway right near my house. Locally its called the Cow Path. I remember walking through it as a kid and one day I suddenly realized it could make for a really cool shoot location:

Haley loves headbands (I got her a whole bunch for Christmas last year) so she was excited to wear this Gracylu Originals hat. I seriously think it was made for her:

I love how ethereal this shot is and I couldn’t decide if I liked it better in color or b & w:

Some wind:

We picked some little flowers and played around:

I had printed out a sheet with some poses for inspiration, which I naturally left at home, so we had some fun playing around with different poses and of course, another Gracylu Originals headband:

Love this shot:

We then headed over to another location and a quick outfit change (Roya brought tons of clothes for us to play around with!):

Eyelashes. One of my very favorite details and Haley has some insane eyelashes (thanks to her mama!):

By this point I was being swarmed with mosquitoes so much, I wasn’t even feeling them! I grabbed this dress I had in my closet from an old Halloween costume. I thought it could be really cute on Haley. Fun little secret: the back is clipped with Chip Clips, you know, those clips you put on your bags of chips so they don’t get stale??? This is one of my favorite shots of the whole day (of which there were A LOT. We shot for about 3 hours!):

Haley’s eyes are GORGE, are they not????

Again, couldn’t decide between color and b & w:

I’ve had this Sweet Violet Jane crown sitting around just waiting for the perfect opportunity to be used and Haley totally rocked the “bored princess” look, didn’t she???:

Love the light:

Stay tuned for another post, which will be all about our completely impromptu shoot at the beach. Its AH-MAZ-ING! I promise!

  • Shira Zimmerman - September 7, 2011 - 11:23 am

    Really beautiful I love them all!!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Chau - September 7, 2011 - 12:15 pm

    These are gorgeous, Jennifer! Love the lighting and images!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - September 7, 2011 - 12:59 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! Haley & your photography are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • kerri reino - September 7, 2011 - 1:00 pm

    She is a little star. I saw haley the day before irene and told her how beautiful her pics came out and she was so sweet and modest about them :)
    As soon as my toddler will sit still upon direction I will certainly be speaking to you about a shoot.ReplyCancel

  • Roya Jenner - September 7, 2011 - 1:00 pm

    YOU MORE THAN EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS JENN!!! I am so happy i have YOU in my life…. these will be forever cherished. Get ready for all my friends to want shots of their kids next!! (actually i want a shoot of me n john too… and my doggies…. and my family and and and…. lolol the options are endless!)ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Davis - September 7, 2011 - 3:31 pm

    WOW! These are absolutely incredible! I’m jealous, I wish I lived closer!ReplyCancel

  • michele katsalas - September 7, 2011 - 5:16 pm

    GORGEOUS!! Love love love the eyelash shots! SHe is a great little model just love that kid !
    Awesome Job Jenn!ReplyCancel

  • Kristine A. Densing - September 7, 2011 - 6:32 pm

    Absolutely Stunning Roya&John! I hope Haley knows just how gorgous she is!!! I also know that you really worked very hard at preparing the pictures and it was well worth your efforts. You can not get these memories back!!! Haley is a Super**Model!!! All our Love~Krissy,Casey&LaurenReplyCancel

Last week I did a really amazingly fun photo shoot with Haley. Haley’s mom Roya is one of my very best friends and I’ve been wanted to do a shoot with Haley for long time! We had an absolute blast and I cannot wait to share all the gorgeous pictures I took of Haley! In the meantime, here is one of my favorites (which is really hard to choose because Haley was the perfect model!!!)

Look for more to come very soon! I can’t wait to work with Haley again on a really awesome upcoming shoot in October in NYC. Here’s my official casting call for the other models I need:

I need two size 6 girls for a really fun upcoming photo shoot

The shoot will take place in NYC on either Oct. 1 or 2 (exact time and location TBD)

I need girls that love being in front of the camera, take direction well and can give a variety of emotions.

Please EMAIL (no Facebook messages) current headshot and full body shot, plus name, ages and sizes of girls to

The shoot is for 4 amazing, fun and colorful online boutiques (3 of whom have been featured on my site before.) Pictures will be posted on my blog, their websites/on-line stores and possibly other blogs, as well as Facebook. First names only will be used.

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