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?!:
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:
New Name. Same Passion.
If you live in the Northeast, you too are getting hit with a big snow storm. Here on Long Island we are expected to get a total of 10″-14″!!! I’m so excited! I don’t care how cold it is tomorrow, I want to take the girls sledding!! We missed it last time because it got too warm and rained and all the snow was gone too fast. I’m looking forward to getting the girls out later this afternoon (hopefully!) to get some more snow pictures because I just absolutely love them (in case you couldn’t tell!)
Its so rare that we get fog here on Long Island. Even rarer that we get a fog in the winter and one that lingers well into the morning hours. In December, a few days before Christmas, we had one of those mornings. It was so delicious to me because I love fog. Like, obsessively. I love its moodiness and mystery. The even better part? Both mornings were mornings that both girls were in school! So this happy photographer got to go and play and take pictures!!! See, before miss Zoe came along, I loved wandering around and taking pictures of whatever interested me. Often landscapes, architecture, still lifes, you name it. So having the opportunity to do that again has been such an amazing feeling. (Of course I would love to have a little model to play with as well…) Much like snow, shooting in fog inspires me. It changes the familiar landscapes into something different and unfamiliar. It changes perspective and feeling.
With a little (or maybe a lot!) of fog, my familiar view of the local train station is suddenly transformed into a place of mystery. It doesn’t even look like a boring train station it normal is and transports the viewer to a mystical time and place:
Keen followers of my work may (or may not) recognize this location. I have shot in this exact spot MANY times in the last few months. Remember this session or this one? Both of those sessions feature images at this spot. Nevermind that its a completely different season, its the fog that transforms this location more so than just the deadness of winter: The other direction, when the sun started trying to peak through the thick fog and started burning it off: I met a nice gentleman and and got to chatting about various things. His two labs wandered around, in and out of the water…one thing I could never do with my whippets!
Of course, now I feel spoiled and want this type of fog at least once a month! It would be the most (read: only) welcome change of the weird weather we have now. Are you listening, Mother Nature????
“Though she but little, she is fierce”
My dearest Piper,
Where do I begin to explain to you how much I love you? You are an amazing little girl. You are a challenging little girl. You frustrate me to no end multiple times per day. But I love you so deeply and so fiercely, I feel like I could burst. You make me laugh every day. You make me smile every day. You make me want to hug and kiss you and hold you and never let you go. You are so full of life and you do everything with reckless abandon (like when you run to me, full speed, eyes closed for a big hug.) I understand your passion. I love your affectionateness. I love how silly you can be and your many observations. I melt when you say, “Really???” over hearing some new information, or let out a big giant “WOW” when seeing something so amazing to you for the first time. It doesn’t surprise me one bit that all the other parents of the kids in your class tell me that their kids all talk about you. You are a character. And are bursting with personality. Sometimes I question where your craziness comes from (it couldn’t possibly be me…) There is a never a dull day with you around and miss you so much when you are gone. You definitely rule this house a lot of the time. And I couldn’t imagine my life without you.
I really think William Shakespeare peered into the future and wrote the above quote specifically for you. You are fierce and I love it. And I hope you never, ever change (except maybe actually go to sleep when I put you down for a nap, please???)
I love your love of animals, and how you want to pet every squirrel, bird and dog you see. Hudson and Ellie might not always share your overly exuberant expression of love toward them, but they love you. But I really think Hudson would love you more if stopped rolling over him while he’s under the blankets.
Your whole family loves you so much. Especially your big sister, Zoe. My, how she loves you. And you love her so much too. I hope you two always stay the best friends you are now. Today we celebrate you, Piper. <3 <3 <3