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

    Gorgeous!
    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 info@jenniferbeitchman.com

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.

I can finally share the wonderful news with the world (its only taken so long because the weather just wasn’t cooperative enough to do the shoot!) I’ve managed to keep the news out of social media for nearly 18 weeks! That may be some kind of record! On January 20th, 2012, Zoe will officially become a big sister!!! And how do I know it will be that day? Because the c-section has already been scheduled! Since I wound up with an emergency c-section for Zoe, I opted to have another the second time around. I know there are a lot of opinions about this, but since I already know exactly what to expect with the procedure and the recovery, I just felt it was the best option for me.

We don’t know if we’re having a girl or a boy yet, but we are chomping at the bit to find out!!! We tried to find out last week at our 16 week check-up, but couldn’t. So September 1st, we are scheduled for our Level 2 Sonogram and are hoping we get to find out then. Although it shouldn’t need to be said, we are hoping for first and foremost a healthy baby. And a very close second wish to that would be a baby that SLEEPS! (Zoe was pretty much always a good sleeper so we’re kind of spoiled.) But we really, really, really, want another girl. Of course we would love a boy just the same. Unlike with Zoe, who’s name I had picked out about 10 years before she ever came into the world, we have no name picked out this time around. We have bounced around some names here and there, but once we know the sex, we can really focus on a name.

This pregnancy has been slightly different than Zoe’s. Better in some ways, but the heat and humidity we experienced this summer was just brutal! It made me even more queasy than I was already feeling in my first trimester. I feel like I’ve been hiding all summer. And while fall is already my favorite time of year, I’m wishing it would get here even sooner and bring along its cooler days so I can actually venture outside without worrying I will be paying for it the rest of day and night with nausea!

Our first attempt at this photo shoot didn’t go exactly as planned, as Zoe was really tired. But not her funny, hyper, silly tired. She was cranky. I did manage to get some cute shots of her, but this was how it started out:

I had this tank dress custom made from Paperlili. I had this brilliant idea that we would use the dress to share the news with our families (which we did and was a total surprise to everyone!) and then use for this shoot. Its a little big on Zoe but SO cute:

As you can see, Zoe got a little happier and more cooperative, but the shoot didn’t last very long:

As soon as we found out we were pregnant, we started telling Zoe “the baby was in mama’s belly.” We’d show her my belly so she’d understand a little better. So when we ask her were the baby is, she lifts up her shirt and look and point at her belly! Then she looks at Daddy’s belly and we explain that “only mama has the baby in her belly.” Its been so fun and cute playing this game with her all the time. Now she asks “Baby? See?”, which means she wants to see the baby, so I lift up my shirt and she hugs my belly and kisses it. She also puts her hand on my belly and asks “Hot?” and we tell her no, so she asks “Cold?” She is so funny! Here’s Zoe showing everyone “Where’s the baby?”:

Say hi to Baby #2!:

Zoe looking her little brother or sister (Rob keeps telling her its a girl!):

I love how her hands almost form a heart here:

I  have just gotta say, Baby #2 has some big diapers to fill….Zoe is SO amazing…can we really be so lucky the second time around???:

For the second attempt the this shoot, I set up a slightly more elaborate set and snagged this awesome antique doll bed for Zoe’s “baby.” She loves her babies. In fact, she loves babies in general. I really think she is going to make an excellent big sister:

This shot so not clear, but I love Zoe’s little dress flipping up:

My little peanut-face:

Where is baby?:

I LOVE this dress from Whimsical Dragonfly. You might notice Zoe has in two different pig tail holders. This was from our first shoot, when I tried to fix her hair and the rubber band broke. Of course I didn’t have an extra one, so I used mine! Lesson learned, I brought plenty of extras the second time around and naturally, we didn’t need them. Sigh:

Zoe giving “muah’s” to the dogs walking through the park:

I love my silly, happy girl:

Muahs for baby:

We’ve had this rocking horse in the living room for about a month. Zoe hasn’t gone near it. But she suddenly got on it and started rocking! Just figured it out right then and there! Rob was shocked and kept asking me if I showed her how to do that. He couldn’t believe I hadn’t. She was having a blast rocking:

The light was sooooo nice:

And this, my friends, is the face of a soon-to-be Big Sister:

  • Stacy - August 17, 2011 - 1:13 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! So excited for you and Rob! Big hugs from Brett & me. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Amanda Lamb - August 17, 2011 - 1:18 pm

    YAY!!!! How exciting. :) Congratulations! I’m hoping fall comes quickly… 2 is…overwhelming at times, but almost always wonderful. :) And lucky you-I was a little concerned because right before I was due to have #2, Reagan started throwing her baby dolls, with force, down our staircase. But alas, she’s a great big sis. Such great news, Jen! YAY!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Norton - August 17, 2011 - 1:36 pm

    Yay!! Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - August 17, 2011 - 1:39 pm

    Congratulations Jen!! Very exciting news! My sister is due the week before you!! All the best to you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Tina - August 17, 2011 - 2:50 pm

    Congratulations!! SUCH BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOUR GROWING FAMILY!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • JB - August 17, 2011 - 3:33 pm

    Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - August 17, 2011 - 7:10 pm

    This baby has already won the lottery: two amazing parents and the best big sister ever! Love to you all during this exciting time!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Chau - August 17, 2011 - 9:10 pm

    AHHH! CONGRATS! Love the cute photo shoot you did and the framed photo of your little peanut! :)ReplyCancel

  • Laura Beekmann - August 18, 2011 - 1:39 am

    Awwww…. congratulations!!! So happy for you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sara Landstedt - August 18, 2011 - 4:08 pm

    Ooooh! I thought it was official already;)
    Congratulations again!!!!!
    Big hug!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - August 18, 2011 - 11:25 pm

    Jenn!!!!! This is the best news!!
    So happy for you, Rob & Zoe!
    And these pictures are amazing.
    YAY!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Boatright DeVault - August 19, 2011 - 5:02 pm

    I LOVE this shoot, and I LOVE that you are pregnant with your second!! YAY, YAY, YAY!ReplyCancel

  • Diana Chavez - August 29, 2011 - 9:33 am

    OMG!!!! Congratulations Jennifer!!!!! These are very exciting news!!!! just found out!!! really nice pics and a gorgeous girl!!!! XOXOReplyCancel

The other night, we went to the beach again for a sunset dinner. And this time, I dressed Zoe in a pretty dress!! But its was SUPER windy and chilly and she had a very runny nose. We didn’t stay long but I did get some gorgeous pictures. Here is a sneak peak of my two favorite:

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