How beautiful is this family? For this early summer shoot, we headed to the Whetstone Park of Roses in Clintonville as the roses were just starting to emerge. Baby Jack couldn’t quite walk yet but he was all smiles the whole time. He just loved being in his parents’ arms, playing, and getting snuggles. One of my favorite photos from this shoot is the photo you can see his new bottom teeth peeking through! Isn’t his laugh just infectious? I always find that so fascinating about photography. Even though it’s not video, you can still almost hear that giggle. You can still almost see him stumble and be caught by his parents. And you can definitely feel the love from his parents.
UGH!!! SO much cuteness on the blog tonight. I shot Emmy and Ro’s wedding a few years back, so I was over-the-moon when they contacted me for newborn photos.
Meet Quentin! These photos were taken last year, so he’s now a busy toddler. Wow, how quickly it goes. When I met him, he was just the smallest bundle of sweet, sweet, love. I think one of my favorite things about this shoot was that their dog kept following the baby and never left him out of his care. It reminded me of Nana, the nurse dog in Peter Pan.
I also loved that they did the shoot in their nursery. It just describes so much about his life that he’ll love looking back on when he’s older. I am so loving all the family photos on the blog this month. I think it’s just what my soul needed. When we’re all asked to stay so far apart, it’s nice to know that we can always curl up close to the ones we love the most.
I love watching this family grow and am so blessed to have had the pleasure to do another session with them last year! Since our last shoot, they added a beautiful little girl to their family. A blond and brunette. Who could ask for anything more? We went to Jeffrey Mansion on a beautifully sunny day. Their youngest was so much fun to watch. She walked with a purpose and I think she probably ruled the roost at home. I just loved the outfits they wore for their session. It made every photo POP with life. Thank you so much for having me, Kali!
What a better way to celebrate turning 10 than with a photoshoot? This session was so much fun because I usually photograph little kids who have no idea what I’m asking them to do, or seniors in high school. I just loved walking around with Audrey and listen to her talk. She decided to dye her hair for this shoot and I’m so glad she did- how cool is her hair? Pretty soon after this shoot that rainbow mural was removed so, I feel super lucky we were able to photograph with it.
We did this shoot last year, but it really made me think about how special it was. It would make the perfect socially distanced celebration for anyone’s birthday- especially if you couldn’t do the traditional birthday party!
Without a doubt, Renee is one of my best friends so whenever I get to photograph her family, it feels like so much more. She is truly my soul sister and I’m so thankful that we bonded over art all those years ago, but more importantly, reconnected again almost 10 years ago.
I love the way they used this session time, also. A lot of people change outfits for their engagement shoots or for headshots, but not many families even think to have multiple outfits for their kids. And they were able to take their fall photo session and stretch it into an all-season look that they used for their holiday cards as well. Can we also just pause for a minute and appreciate how absolutely stunning their two daughters are? It has been an honor getting to see these two as they grow up. And grow up they are! Elanore just turned 8 yesterday! So much love to the Robbins!
I have adored photographing this family for many years. I have known Jenn for many more and am so thankful for our friendship. Being around the Dematteis family is a natural high. Often times I’ll laugh until I cry. On this day, they showed me this little trail that’s in their neighborhood. It was so perfect for photos! As a photographer herself, I’m a little jealous Jenn has basically an outdoor studio off her house! At this shoot, it would have been funny to have a camera on me as well. At one point, I was holding their puppers and taking photos. I think their doggy had the upper hand for a few awkward minutes lol. I may have accidentally let her run free. Needless to say, she had a blast being photographed and I love it when people bring their fur babies to shoots. We ended the session with a family photo outside their home. Later this month I get to meet up with these guys for a session and I can’t wait. Love to you all!
Welcome to day 3 of Familypalooza on the blog!! Today we have the cutest little session with the Olson family. Their daughter is a rolly polly little angel on earth. I just adore this age. The kiddos can’t really talk back, they have very little control over their bodies, and they’re pure emotion for better or worse. And wow! By the end of this session, I was so in love with her little blue ocean eyes and those wild runaway curls. It was obvious she is living her very best life, and her parents are along for the ride. We had an overcast downtown day, which made for these really cool and soft pastel colors. The vibrancy of these images came from their daughter’s adorable emotions that I happily captured with every click of the camera. With the city of Columbus as our backdrop, these family photos are a little out of the box. Most people opt for a park, but I just loved the lines of the railroad tracks and the city behind us.
Check back every day this month. We’re just getting started on the incredible family moments I’ve been able to be a part of! XO Jess
Welcome to Familypalooza! I’ve done this blog series under the name Babypalooza the last couple of years and it’s only been a week-long blog event. This year, Familypalooza is ALL MONTH! One blog a day for 30 days. I hope I can do it! That’s so much blogging.
For day one, I am so excited to share a session I did last year with the Byrne family! They wanted to get a photoshoot with their beloved dog Rory who sadly passed soon after we took these photos. Since then, they have welcomed a new baby boy into their family and I had the honor of photographing him last month. His close-ups will also be a part of this month’s family celebration. Check back in late September to see some of the photos of this precious babe and his excited older sister on the blog.
Last year, we did this front porch session before the front porch sessions were even a thing! I love that they chose to do their photos at their home. For my family, we love having our family photos taken at our home, too. No park or cool city backdrop will ever match the sentimentality of your home! But honestly, not many people have such an awesome front porch as the Byrnes do. I would spend most of my days on it if I lived there. I have been so thankful to have this family in my life. Our daughters are pretty close in age so it’s also been fun watching them grow up (so quickly). So much love to you guys!
I am so excited to be carving out the whole month of September to highlight some of my favorite family sessions from the past couple of years. I consider my company to specialize in weddings, but I adore photographing families. It is such a nice practice to come together and just BE with each other. Having a photographer there to capture it all is the icing on top. I will be attempting one blog a day for every day of September. I don’t know if I can do it (that’s a LOT of blogging), but I’m going to try my darndest. I can’t wait for you to see this body of my work that has been hidden for too long! And not that this is strategically planned or anything, but I do have some fall openings still (wink, wink)! Contact me today to reserve your spot!
Cue the airhorn sound effect! This is my last summer wedding from last year I haven’t blogged about yet. I’m getting ready to switch gears here on the blog for the entire month of September. When weddings are back on the blog in October, you’ll get to see all of the autumnal goodness from last year as well as some more intimate weddings I’ve done this year!
Jackie and Terry had a beach themed wedding last summer at the Cheers and Lakeside Chalet. This was such a cool venue that I had never shot at before. The way the ceremony location is decorated definitely lends itself to feeling like you’re underwater. All the little beach themed details were so much fun, too. My favorite was this incredible handmade starfish headpiece that adorned Jackie’s up-do. I also loved how the cake had brown sugar sand with their initials spelled out. And Jackie’s engagement ring even had a little shell open shells on it.
What I remember most from this wedding is how emotional it was and how absolutely head-over-heels crazy in love these two are. Both of them cried to each other while reading their vows. It created such beautiful electricity in the air. Like everything in the world was paused just for them at that moment.
Their portrait session was so much fun. Even though it was raining, we were able to get some gorgeous photos right in their reception space. And most importantly, they were all having so much fun. I could tell that this was going to be one hell of a reception, and I was right! There was so much laughter, good food, and heartfelt speeches.
Jackie and Terry had told me there was going to be Karaoke at their wedding, but as a bystander, you never know if that’s going to be a good or a bad idea lol. OMG, they were incredible! How did I get through their entire engagement shoot without learning about their secret super singing powers? It was such a treat to be in a room with so much talent.
Since their wedding, Jackie and Terry have welcomed a little baby into their world, which almost makes this day even more fun to look back on. Thank you Jackie and Terry for letting me be there for your perfect day! XO J