Today, as I type this, my first born, my baby, my Zoë is sitting a kindergarten classroom for the first time. Yes, I cried. I still can’t believe she’s old enough to be in kindergarten. In a real school. A BIG school. Actually, she’s in the same school I went to for k-6th grade. It was very surreal going there for the first time.

I always wanted to do a back-to-school photo shoot with Zoe. I have a small collection of desks and have planned and Pinned ideas for years. With the eve of kindergarten looming (and Piper starting nursery school in a couple of weeks), I finally made it happen. (I will post Piper’s pictures in a few weeks when she starts.)

Hope everyone is enjoying their first days back to school too!

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  • Royce - September 2, 2014 - 10:55 am

    So cute Jen!ReplyCancel

  • Jeff - September 2, 2014 - 11:03 am

    Beautifully captured. I love the color choices and she is adorable sitting on her desk with the apple in her hand. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Mari - September 2, 2014 - 11:51 am

    Stunning images!! I’m in love with them!ReplyCancel

  • Corey - September 2, 2014 - 1:06 pm

    These back to school portraits are absolutely adorable! So fun!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Anne - September 2, 2014 - 2:10 pm

    Beautiful images – you really have a talent for creating a timeless feel to your images. I really like the “Thinker” pose of her sitting on top of the desk. Well done!ReplyCancel

  • cari - September 2, 2014 - 3:02 pm

    Aww what a sweet back to school session and adorable little girl!ReplyCancel

  • Laci Frazier - September 2, 2014 - 3:14 pm

    What a great job working with this little one! I bet her parents are thrilled with her back to school pictures. You got a lot of different varieties with one set up, too! Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Sonya - September 4, 2014 - 12:11 am

    Love these image. You are a great child photographer!ReplyCancel

  • carla - September 4, 2014 - 8:42 am

    Sweet girl. She did so well. Beautiful photography as always!ReplyCancel

It was a gorgeous, summer Monday evening and we were finishing up dinner outside on the patio. I looked at the light, and the curls on Zoe’s air-dried hair and thought it would be a shame not to capture it all. Plus I had an outfit and idea for Piper I needed to do soon, before summer ran out. So I asked the girls if they would want to do a quick photo shoot. They agreed. They were exhausted, having spent the afternoon at my mother’s house, running around in the heat with their 9 & 10 year cousins, having water balloon fights. But I was determined. Also the promise of 10 stars for their behavior charts was apparently very enticing. I also promised Zoe she could pick out her own dress (from the choices I gave her) and let her wear some make-up. Too much for an even tired 4 year old to resist. I gathered Piper’s outfit, an insanely adorable sunsuit from The Measure, and some fun accessories. I quickly applied some make-up to Zoe and tied her hair up in a side pony tail, which really showcased her drool worthy curls, grabbed the camera, a wood crate and we drove a few short blocks away to this quaint little path. I’ve shot there before and knew the light at that time of the evening was perfect there. We were probably there for a total of 30 minutes and the girls were very cooperative, for the better part (they earned 8 out of 10 stars each) and I got one of my very favorite pictures of Piper to-date. Plus a few amazingly, chillingly, beyond-her-years images of Zoe. I was happy. They were happy. A quick and successful photo shoot. I love when a plan comes together!

My little Pip:

sweet summer path photo shootSo much sass: sweet summer path photo shootThat face!: sweet summer path photo shoot sweet summer path photo shootThese two….: sweet summer path photo shootShe barely fit on this box, but she so patiently allowed us to pose her. I absolutely love this picture so much: sweet summer path photo shootAfter she saw her sister lay on the crate, she wanted to also. But then she put this flower up to her face and I died: sweet summer path photo shootBeyond her 4 years: sweet summer path photo shootI couldn’t decided between the color and black & white: sweet summer path photo shoot sweet summer path photo shoot sweet summer path photo shootHer perfect little pout: sweet summer path photo shoot

  • Jeff - August 12, 2014 - 3:38 pm

    Gorgeous photos. I love the playfulness in them and the fabulous color. Nicely done!!!ReplyCancel

  • carla - August 13, 2014 - 4:03 am

    Beautiful photography. Such cuties!ReplyCancel

  • Jenelle - August 13, 2014 - 5:16 pm

    These photos are absolutely precious! Love that lighting!ReplyCancel

  • Gina - August 14, 2014 - 12:36 am

    Gorgeous, as usual!!!! Love the little pout!ReplyCancel

  • christine - August 14, 2014 - 8:17 am

    So adorable! they are getting so big! I always look forward to pics of your kiddos!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - August 14, 2014 - 8:42 am

    Oh my goodness, I love these images! These are just beautiful! Great work!ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle - August 14, 2014 - 3:24 pm

    Beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration, I need to get out and photography my own kids 😉ReplyCancel

  • Stacee T - August 14, 2014 - 5:01 pm

    They are too adorable! And I love the white dress and headband!!! Wish I could look that cute in something like that!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Anne - August 14, 2014 - 7:19 pm

    Lovely images! They have such a timeless feel.ReplyCancel

  • Lai - August 14, 2014 - 10:53 pm

    These are absolutely beautiful! I love how you take every opportunity to capturing moments of your girls. I do the same for my little ones. They all grow up so fast. These images are so dreamy! They will treasure these forever!ReplyCancel

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  • Jamie - August 15, 2014 - 3:48 pm

    wow. these are breathtaking!


  • Gary - August 17, 2014 - 10:43 am

    beautiful pictures and the girls did great in front of camera!ReplyCancel

I’d love to say my clients travel all the way from London just for photo shoots with me, but unfortunately, that’s just not true. But while Victoria and Michael were visiting NY from London, they wanted a photo shoot with their insanely adorable 4 month old son, Haydn. Luckily, we were able to squeeze them in for a very last minute shoot and I was so happy to be able to photograph them. They were one of the sweetest and funniest couples. And Haydn and those smiles completely stole my heart. I wish a photograph could capture sound because Victoria had THE perfect English accent. I seriously could have listened to her speak for days.

Victoria and Michael had a few images they knew they’d like to try and capture and I made she we did those first. I love when a client has some ideas to add to the session. I think it helps personalize it to them. They also brought along a very special toy they wanted to include. Somewhere in our phone consultation, Victoria mentioned that Haydn had two passports. I made sure she brought them along, as I had borrowed a cute little suitcase for the session.

It was one of those perfect summer nights, with gorgeous light and no humidity (I hate humidity. I came to realize this winter that I really don’t mind the cold. And ever since my pregnancy with Piper, I get very nauseous in the extreme heat and humidity.) We were also blessed with a pretty bugless shoot until the very end, when Haydn was pretty much over it anyway. Jetlag really messed with his sleep patterns, poor guy!

summer family photo shootThis was one of the images Victoria really wanted. And Haydn was so happy about it: 2014-08-02_0002Michael kept insisting that Haydn could stand really well. For a 4 month old. And he was right: 2014-08-02_0003This yellow truck was Michael’s when he was a little boy. I love that they brought it along to incorporate into the session. Personal touches like that make everything more meaningful: 2014-08-02_0004 2014-08-02_0005 2014-08-02_0006I had this idea of Haydn, the suitcase and his passports. It was only made better by the Union Jack luggage tag: 2014-08-02_0007 2014-08-02_0008I adored meeting this family and I hope I get to see them again on there next trip back to the States: 2014-08-02_0009

  • Natalie - August 4, 2014 - 9:58 pm

    What an awesome opportunity! I love the idea of incorporating dad’s old toy and the passports, so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Eden - August 5, 2014 - 7:22 am

    These are sweet! Love the baby’s smile!ReplyCancel

  • Michele - August 5, 2014 - 12:55 pm

    What a handsome little boy! All of these photographs are beautiful, but I especially LOVE the tonka truck! Great work!ReplyCancel

  • Jenelle - August 7, 2014 - 2:40 pm

    What a darling family session! The light is just to die for!! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Sohail Chouhan - August 11, 2014 - 4:11 pm

    Lovely photos and very creative with the props that mean something to the child and the family.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Anne - August 14, 2014 - 7:22 pm

    Love the images with the truck. So super cute.ReplyCancel

I loved getting to know Grace and her parents. Grace is full of ideas and opinions and I absolutely love that in a girl. When we first met, I got the impression she wasn’t all that impressed with this whole photo shoot idea. So I quickly let her start directed the shoot. I asked her where she’s want to take some pictures and how she’d like to pose. This put her at ease and made her realize that we were going to have fun together. And while I took direction back to her, I always let her have her say. I let her choose some spots and she gave me direction back. It was a lot of fun and that really inspired me. The great thing is, it taught Grace to trust me, which allowed her to let her guard down and let me take some amazingly beautiful pictures of her.

Grace had one of the most beautiful communion dresses I’ve ever seen. I loved the scalloped layers and the petticoat underneath that gave it awesome poof. I love how intricate some communion dresses can be. They are truly beautiful and it almost makes me wish I was religious so my girls could wear them!

I love the contrast of all the green with her white dress:

Communion girl garden spring magnolias Long island Communion girl garden spring magnolias Long islandGrace actually read prayers while I photographed her: Communion girl garden spring magnolias Long island Communion girl garden spring magnolias Long island Communion girl garden spring magnolias Long islandThis image was Grace’s idea. She saw the path and wanted a picture of her walking down it and looking back at me. I think it was a very good idea: Communion girl garden spring magnolias Long islandI love the little foot up around her other leg: Communion girl garden spring magnolias Long island Communion girl garden spring magnolias Long islandSigh. The magnolias. And this pose. And this look: Communion girl garden spring magnolias Long islandThis might be what started my obsession with magnolias. This image took my breath away. I love how perfectly it frames her and adds the perfect amount of color to the image: Communion girl garden spring magnolias Long island Communion girl garden spring magnolias Long islandI love her expression here: Communion girl garden spring magnolias Long island Communion girl garden spring magnolias Long island Communion girl garden spring magnolias Long islandGoing back to the fact that Grace trusted me (and her parents!) is what allowed this image to happen. She never had any fear or trepidation about getting into this sculpture (with the help of her dad) and you see how relaxed she is in her expression: Communion girl garden spring magnolias Long island Communion girl garden spring magnolias Long island

  • Patricia Knight - July 30, 2014 - 4:55 pm

    These are beautiful images Jennifer. I love the one where she is walking on the brick path and smiling up to heaven.ReplyCancel

  • Michele - July 30, 2014 - 5:03 pm

    These are beautiful communion portraits. I loved the location, and the sculpture…how cool is that?ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - July 30, 2014 - 6:52 pm

    Oh my gosh, the magnolia images took my breath away!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie Frayser - July 30, 2014 - 9:13 pm

    No words. These are perfect in so many ways. Amazing work.ReplyCancel

  • heather - July 30, 2014 - 10:45 pm

    These are beautiful! You captured her and this special time beautifully!ReplyCancel

  • Eden - July 31, 2014 - 4:13 am

    What a beautiful girl! Love the locations!ReplyCancel

  • Jeff - July 31, 2014 - 9:05 am

    Wow, absolutely stunning images. What a gorgeous backdrop as well. Nicely done!!!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - July 31, 2014 - 9:32 am

    So sweet and beautiful. I love how you worked with Grace and let her have some input!ReplyCancel

  • michelle b - July 31, 2014 - 10:09 am

    gorgeous communion photos and the perfect model! I love the locationReplyCancel

  • Lauren W - July 31, 2014 - 11:10 am

    Oh my goodness! These photos are perfect. I bet her family loved these!ReplyCancel

  • Steve Lewis - July 31, 2014 - 12:03 pm

    Not your run of the mill boring first communion portraits. Fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Kristina Zambrano - July 31, 2014 - 12:29 pm

    These images are gorgeous, i loved the ones under the magnolia tree.ReplyCancel

  • Fong - July 31, 2014 - 12:47 pm

    I can’t even begin to tell you how I absolutely love, Love, LOVE all these photographs! Grace is just beautiful and smart! Well done! Great job indeed!ReplyCancel

  • Gina - July 31, 2014 - 11:36 pm

    So so pretty! Love the one with the magnolias!ReplyCancel

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