I might be slightly obsessed with inclement weather. I love the different moods that the different weather adds to photos. But in particular, fog. It’s spooky, mysterious, magical, mystical. And one day recently was like a two-fer because the fog was also rising off the snow and created a whole other level of mood. I shot these someplace that is, in normal weather, not that interesting (and probably off limits anyway!) I knew I wanted some openness and some trees so the fog would have the right look and feel. The trees help break it up and add depth, since there is no depth in fog alone. But I wanted a contrast of the openness. I shot in a few spots near here and then spotted the trees. We were about to leave when I saw this perfect little mound with grass and knew if I could get Zoe to cooperate, I would get something great. She found the leaves and stick and I just let her hold them to give her something to do with her hands. If I had given it more thought, I might have grabbed a prop before leaving the house but the stick works because it’s organic and dark, which is a perfect contrast against all the whiteness.

I’ve taken Zoe out in the rain, snow and now. Its my trifecta of perfectly imperfect weather!

We started off with some smiles and jumping in puddles:

snowy foggy portraits
Then I spotted this area trees next to an open field and knew it would be magical:
snowy foggy portraits
snowy foggy portraits
snowy foggy portraits
snowy foggy portraits
As if the trees weren’t magical enough, this perfect little mound of earth, where the snow had melted away provided for such an incredible moment:
snowy foggy portraits
snowy foggy portraits
snowy foggy portraits
snowy foggy portraits

  • Donna - March 3, 2014 - 4:31 pm

    Wow, these are stunning. Love the effect with the fog too.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - March 3, 2014 - 6:04 pm

    Omg that second image is magical! The whole stores really, but the second is my favorite :) ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - March 3, 2014 - 6:05 pm

    Omg that second image is magical! The whole series really, but the second is my favorite :) ReplyCancel

  • Linda - March 3, 2014 - 7:32 pm

    Holy smokes, these are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Katie Brockpahler - March 3, 2014 - 11:13 pm

    These are really breathtaking! I would blow these up big in your home!ReplyCancel

  • Eden - March 4, 2014 - 3:04 am

    Wow! So mystical!ReplyCancel

  • Jenifer - March 5, 2014 - 6:53 pm

    Love these! Every image is more beautiful than the next!ReplyCancel

As you have seen here before, I love shooting in the snow. I was so happy to have had as much snow as we’ve had here on Long Island. I know I’m in the minority, but I have come to realize I love winter. Polar vortex, not so much, but lots of snow? Yes! I finally got some girls other than my own in front of my lens for some really pretty snow pictures. I went to my friend Gail’s house and her two daughters had some friends over.  Their friends, 4 sisters (the youngest of 6 kids!) are all so beautiful and sweet. They all get along so wonderfully. I brought over a bunch of clothes and accessories and even did make up on the older girls. It was so fun and then out in the snow we all went. The girls were cold but they were troopers!

This is Frances, the second to youngest of the 6 kids total (4 of the sisters were here that day):

snowy portraits
Tiffany, the 3rd oldest and owner of some really pretty curls and freckles. I loved getting to know her:
snowy portraits
The cape she is wearing was my cape form my Goth days (ahem, 20 years ago.) My grandmother made that cape for me and I will always treasure it:
snowy portraits
One of my favorite models, Julia. She always knows her angles and poses. I love photographing her. The dress she is wearing is also from my goth days:
snowy portraits
Julia’s little sister Rachel has amazing red hair. And it suits her personality so well. She doesn’t love taking pictures but she was really into that day! I bought that blue scarf specifically because I knew it would look incredible contrasted against her hair:
snowy portraits
Youngest sister Jane. Seriously, each one of these 4 girls is as beautiful as the next. And I’ve seen pictures of the rest of the family and they are all  good-looking!
snowy portraits
LOVE this picture of BFF’s Tiffany and Julia:
snowy portraits
Such gorgeous and sweet girls:
snowy portraits
And I can’t forget Andrea. I think she has such a classically beautiful face. This headband is by Max Gracie Supply Co.:
snowy portraits
And capable of such emotion. I absolutely love her expression here.
snowy portraits
snowy portraits
Julia really wanted a turn with the cape and I was more than happy to oblige:
snowy portraits
snowy portraits
snowy portraits
snowy portraits
It looks like we’re getting a little more snow in a few days. Can you guess that I’m excited?? If you want to book a session, email me at info@peanutpip.com.

  • Jamie - February 24, 2014 - 12:59 pm

    Gorgeous. I just love the soft light of the snow.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Beck - February 24, 2014 - 6:22 pm

    Totally gorgeous. I just love these, I can only imagine this family ordering a huge gallery wrap for their wall…makes me wish I was closer to snow!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - February 24, 2014 - 6:56 pm

    So romantic!ReplyCancel

  • AnnMarie - February 24, 2014 - 9:52 pm

    These are so beautiful. I love snow images too!ReplyCancel

I love, no like I mean I LOVE doing mommy & me type sessions. They have quickly become one of my favorite types of sessions to shoot. (You can see some of these sessions here, here and here.) I love the connection and the love between a mother and her children. There really is nothing like it. So this year I decided to do a day of mini sessions to celebrate Mother’s Day! Email me at info@peatnutpip.com to book your session!

Mother

  • Jamie Frayser - February 22, 2014 - 5:02 pm

    This would be an amazing gift for Mother’s Day. Such beautiful work. :) ReplyCancel

  • melissa - February 22, 2014 - 5:44 pm

    oh this is amazing! love it =)ReplyCancel

  • Matt - February 23, 2014 - 1:38 pm

    That’s a nice package you give. And your images are great!ReplyCancel

Its still cold here on Long Island. I don’t mind. In fact, I’ve come to realize I love winter. I am a January baby after all, so I really have no choice. As much as I would like to go out and shoot in the snow, not every one is up for that. So what to do to feed my creative soul? Set up a 5 minute photo shoot in my living room and get my muse to participate! I love when an idea actually pans out exactly as I pictured in my head! Oh, and notice the new watermark?!:

winter window book indoors girl reading
Then of course I needed to have a picture of Piper like this:

girl reading window

  • Jennifer - February 10, 2014 - 12:47 pm

    Such sweet images! I love the gorgeous light pouring in, and the looks of concentration on their faces! :) ReplyCancel

  • Lai - February 10, 2014 - 2:14 pm

    Your girls are so precious! Great lighting and composition in these images. Your work is always stunning.ReplyCancel

  • patty - February 10, 2014 - 3:25 pm

    your girls are adorable. I love the light in these.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Peterson Cook - February 10, 2014 - 5:55 pm

    Beautiful!!!! I love the window and light here. I think this would be adorable to do once a season until they grow up, imagine the story it would tell!ReplyCancel

  • Shayna Hardy - February 11, 2014 - 1:55 pm

    So pretty! Very precious!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - February 11, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    Beautiful! Looks like a fun moment!ReplyCancel

  • Brandy - February 16, 2014 - 10:18 pm

    What a cutie and such beautiful light!ReplyCancel

Big changes will be coming to Jennifer Beitchman Photography. And by big changes I’m talking about a name change. It had been a nagging thought in the back of my mind for a few months.

After almost 4 years in business, I came to realize that Jennifer Beitchman Photography did not reflect best what my business and brand were about.   As my clients know, my business isn’t just me. Its my family. My husband Rob often assists me on shoots (or as I refer to him, he’s my prop boy!) When I go to my clients’ homes for their in-home presentations, he often accompanies me (he’s my tech guy too.) In fact, I have many clients insist we bring Zoe and Piper along with us! I am friends with most of my clients on Facebook. My business is my family. So I really wanted a name that reflected my kids, my family and was more in line with what I specialize in: kids and families.

I kept my “maiden” name (a term I despise) when I got married. But lets be honest here: how many of you know how to pronounce “Beitchman” if you’ve never heard it said? And if you did hear it without seeing it, you’d never know how to spell it. It’s so completely not phonetic! It’s pronounced “beach-min.” Are you surprised? I always like to tell people how *I* actually mispronounced it once! True story.  A telemarketer called and actually pronounced it correctly and I was so caught off guard, I corrected him with the most common mispronunciation. Who does that???

So one night last July, the right name finally came to me. It references my kids, without using their names, is playful and fun (and alliterative!) and easy to remember.

We have always called Zoe “peanut” because, well she really was such a peanut for so long. We still call her that and she responds to it anywhere, anytime. We also always say “Piper is such a pip!” We don’t actually call her “Pip” but it is a perfect description of her personality.

And hence the name “Peanut and Pip” was born. I think it so much more reflective of what I do, which is capturing families and their “peanuts and pips” aka, kids.

Facebook will be changing the name of the page in about 2 weeks. If you are a fan (and you should be!!! Click here.) you should get notified of the change during this time period. This blog will also change (but don’t worry, this one will still take you to the new one!)

Here is the new logo, designed but MadiLu Designs. I LOVE it! I can’t wait to put it full use:

Peanut Pip_logo

New Name. Same Passion.

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