I’ve been working behind the scenes on a lot of things and will be making some major changes to Jennifer Beitchman Photography. And in the process, I’ve been thinking hard about the images I want to take and present to my clients and the world. I feel like I’ve pushed myself to a new level and people are really beginning to take notice. So I wanted to share some of the gorgeousness I’ve been creating. This is part one of a few posts.

First up is Sadie-Mae. Sadie’s mom and I go way back. Like 18 years. We were friends in our early 20′s during our club days. Times have changed a lot and now we are both moms to some amazing little girls. All three of her daughters are stunning in their own right, but Sadie, being the oldest at 6, loves dressing up and modeling. I knew she’d be incredible in front of the camera and I had so much fun getting to know her. I love when the moms tell me after our photo shoots that their girls had so much fun and want to do it again!

Here are a just a few favorites:

When my friend Kara contacted me about doing a last minute photo session fro her daughter’s, I was so glad I was available. I’ve seen how stunning they were on Facebook, but knowing Kara, I knew they’d be sweet too. See, I’ve known Kara since elementary school.  She was always one of the nicest people I’ve ever known. Her and her family live out of state now, but she was going to be visiting her family, most of whom still live on Long Island. After we messaged about the session, she then asked if we could change the session to include her nieces and nephews, as a gift to her mom. So we wound up doing two session, back-to-back. First we did the cousins, her mom and sister and brother’s families and then we did a session of just her and her girls.

We were SO lucky we had an insanely gorgeous day the day of the sessions. It was warm, but not humid (a rarity for Long Island summers) and we had beautiful skies during the big family session and one of the most incredible sunsets I’ve ever seen in my life during her and her daughters’ part of the session! And I was right, Kara’s daughters were two of the smartest, most beautiful, sweetest and funniest girls I have met in a long time. I had so much fun hanging out with them and getting to know them. And best of all, I got to re-connect and catch up with an old friend. I love how this job brings people back into my life over and over again.

I loved that both of these girls were completely comfortable in front of the camera. They were excellent models:

They love each other and have so much fun together:
I was SO happy when they said they wanted to go in the water! And they offered before I even had to ask. Perfection:
Meri’s little leg kick is awesome:
Some random men fishing suddenly asked Allie to reel in a fish he’d caught. So glad I got this!:
Allie, 11, and gorgeous:
We decided to trek down the beach a little and as we did, the sun started peaking through the stormy clouds that rolled in. As Kara decided to jump into a few pictures, this sunset appeared before my eyes (or lens, if you will) and I was internally jumping up and down like a school girl! I mean, come on, have you ever???:
The sunset stuck around long enough to get some really beautiful images:
Did I mention that Meri is a complete goof-ball? She made me laugh so much. I loved her personality. These were her supermodel poses:
I’ve never been to Hawaii, but this picture makes me feel like I’m there: 

When I was first contacted about doing a photo shoot for 26 family members, I have to admit I was very intimidated. How would I wrangle all those people? How would I keep track of what I shot and what I wanted to shoot? And where would we even do a shoot like that, at 3pm, on a June afternoon? Thanks to a suggestion by the client, we found a perfect location with plenty of shade (which was really good because we were also in the midst of the first heat of the summer!) Jackie, the matriarch of this family is one of the most loveliest human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet and work with. The photo shoot was a gift to her, from her children. While I was advised there might be some sadness, as this was going to be their first formal family shoot since one of the 7 sibling passed away the previous year, I never felt anything but joy and love. I know it was difficult for them on so many levels, but they never showed it. And I was amazed (and a LOT jealous) of Jackie’s energy! While I was shooting her kids, she kept all 11 of her grandchildren occupied, with nothing but love and happiness. She sang to them and they all seemed to adore her (and I can totally see why!) And those 11 children? All wonderfully behaved and each one as beautiful as the next. They all took the directions we gave them and posed for me. They were truly an absolute pleasure.

By the time we finished this marathon shoot in 2 hours (I almost passed out as I drove away from a bit of heat exhaustion!), I have to admit I spent the rest of the day wishing I was with them at their family gathering they had after the shoot!! I never wanted to be a part of family so badly! They were so much fun to be around!

The amazing grandparents, Jackie and Al:

We made sure to photograph each family (here they are in birth order):

Grandma, Grandpa and all the grandkids:

Everybody make a face (and I can’t tell you how it fills my heart with joy that Jackie LOVES this picture!!!!):

I was very pleased to be able to photograph all this beautiful children (and I was VERY happy that one of the little girls was named Piper! How cool is that?):

Here they are, all 26 of ‘em!:

Jackie and All and their kids:

The “big” siblings: Just the cousins:
All the cousins:
The clan again. You can’t tell me they don’t look like a great bunch??:

I don’t think I ever wanted a big family until this one. I’m secretly hoping they adopt me. xoxo to all of you!!!!




  • Tricia - August 15, 2013 - 9:58 pm

    Looks like a lovely family! Perfect day :) ReplyCancel

  • Maggie - August 15, 2013 - 10:44 pm

    Wow, what a great job! Lovely family; so many great shots. I’m sure they love these!ReplyCancel

  • christine - August 15, 2013 - 11:00 pm

    Beautiful Family!ReplyCancel

  • Carla Amstutz - August 16, 2013 - 9:56 pm

    You are amazing with all your ideas you use on your photo shoots! And yes, this is an amazing family to work with…..I love all the expressions.. Happiness.ReplyCancel

My dear Piper,

Today you are 19 months old. Not sure where the time is going. Every day you amazing me. And frustrate me. And challenge me. But you always make me laugh. I love days like this morning, when Zoe was off at gymnastics, and you and I got to spend some time alone together. We had breakfast at one of our favorite bagel places. You saw a ‘nana and instead called it a BA-nana. You say so many new words every day and your vocabulary astounds me. I love that we almost have conversations now. I love the silly faces you make, especially the one you make when I say, “Piper, don’t look at me like that!” I don’t love that you still refuse to eat with the fork you hold in your hand and instead eat with your other hand. I hate that you seem to love to throw food on the floor, even though you know you aren’t supposed to. And just when I’m so frustrated with you, you make a silly face or smile or make yourself laugh at something and I melt.

I love you so much, Piper. You have made my life so much better and brighter every day you are in it. I LOVE this picture of you:

You are such a little pip:
The piggies, the sunlight, the bokeh on the grass….LOVE:

  • Patty - August 5, 2013 - 12:20 pm

    Piper is a DOLL!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Lamb - August 5, 2013 - 12:25 pm

    Time flies! She’s beautiful. :) ReplyCancel

  • Lara - August 5, 2013 - 1:50 pm

    Awwww Jen she’s so adorable! Beautiful images. Her pigtails are too much. <3ReplyCancel

  • Angela - August 5, 2013 - 2:49 pm

    Love that warm light!ReplyCancel

  • Donna Beck - August 5, 2013 - 5:00 pm

    What a cutie and I am just loving that light on her!ReplyCancel

  • Audrey - August 6, 2013 - 12:09 am

    She is adorable! Love the angles and how you captured her sweet face.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - August 6, 2013 - 6:29 pm

    Awww she is adorable! I love her pigtails in the last one <3ReplyCancel

  • Ally Davis - August 6, 2013 - 10:41 pm

    what a sweetheart!! You captured her perfectly!! Really nice job!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - August 10, 2013 - 4:50 pm

    Beautiful. BEAUTIFUL. She is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your thoughts – reminds me I need to write my own little one a letter again soon!ReplyCancel

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