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W. Family | Morning in the Life Session in Denver Colorado

I love documenting normal, everyday moments.  As an adult I often think back to my childhood and have these foggy memories of my family camping, baking or even just grocery shopping.  I remember this one time, I was probably 8 or 9, I went to the grocery store with my mom and this was the first time I realized the vegetables got sprayed with water in the produce area.  I WISH I had a photo of my face when the 'thunder' came on and the water started spraying.  I thought it was the COOLEST thing ever.  So many major milestones are celebrated and documented but I have learned that as time passes, it's those 'homey' feeling moments I try so hard to remember.

I want to document those moments for you.  I want to show how beautiful your normal is. 

 

A few weeks ago I was honored to document a morning with the W. Family in their home.  Just their everyday normal. I hope you enjoy their morning!

 

 

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S. Family- Couple's session in Denver CO

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S. Family- Couple's session in Denver CO

Dreaming of summer over here.  We are expecting another snow storm this weekend so I am hunkering down and getting some of this blogging out of the way.  These two are just beautiful.  They joined me in my 2nd ever lake session back in August.  There is something so beautiful about jumping into the water with your clothes on. I will be announcing my 2017 lake sessions in a few weeks!

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F. Family | Family Session in Denver CO

In October had the amazing opportunity to photograph a fellow photographer.  I used to be so nervous to photograph other artists but recently I started LOVING IT!  Other artists know what they want, they put a lot of time and effort into their session and they are usually the easiest to photograph [for me anyway].  Sandy is the amazing artist behind Wild Prairie Photography .  I couldn't have been more thrilled when she contacted me.  I am already dreaming of summer when I can open up my summer lake sessions! 

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Nelson Family | Motherhood Session in Denver Colorado

I absolutely LOVE celebrating motherhood!  In August I offered a small set of Motherhood mini sessions here in Denver and these were the first mini sessions I have ever had that were a success (booking wise)  I had 3 beautiful mama's and their gorgeous kiddos join me along the side of a beautiful little creek.  We talked and laughed and sang and danced. 

This mama is also an AMAZING photographer (and house flipper) here in Denver and she wasn't afraid of the cold stream and just jumped right in with her sweet girl.  

 

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Baker Family | Motherhood Session in Denver Colorado

As we all know I love everything about motherhood and I am one to believe that every stage of motherhood should be documented.  I love when mothers reach out to me to photograph this time in their journey.  It is so hard being a mother and finding time to step in front of the camera, especially with your children.  Even for me and I am definitely trying to be better about being present in the images with my children.

 The more I photograph motherhood and I understand that these photos are not for me or you or your husband or sister or mom, they are for your children. I only have a handful of photos with my mother from when I was a child, and even fewer of us just goofing off being silly together.  In the warmer months I plan on offering motherhood sessions outside once a quarter. In the winter, I plan on offering these sessions once a month at an indoor location.

 

 

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Orley Family | Family Session in Denver CO

Although I generally only offer family photo sessions in the fall, these water sessions are ones I am planning on offering all summer long new year! To say I love taking families to the lake would be an understatement. There is something so beautiful about documenting a people along these shores. When we first moved to Aurora Colorado earlier this year and made our first trip to Cherry Creek State Park I knew I would be spending a lot of time here.  When I found this little, usually completely vacant shore line along the lake I knew I wanted to bring families here to photograph them.   I am so excited that next year I will be opening up these sessions as soon as the water is warm enough. 

The Orley Family is the second family that I brought to my little stretch of shore line and I am thrilled to share their gallery with you!

 

 

 

 

 

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Rebecca | Motherhood Session in Denver Colorado

Motherhood Stories are my new baby.  This year I have spent a lot of time really evaluating where my work was going and what exactly I wanted to photograph.  Motherhood Stories came to me at the beginning of the year but my vision for them required me to hold off until summer to really dive in.  The water can be so healing, it can be a place where you hold on to your little ones so tightly and just love on them.  I feel extremely drawn to the water and I am so excited to bring others with me.  These Stories aren't just about photographing you and your child(ren) it's also about loving yourself and really truly embracing who you are a mother. 

 

I would love to photograph you and your children (if you'd like) in the water.  I am currently offering Motherhood Mini Sessions at this location in August and September.  Comment or send me an email at Hello@Photoartbyjessica.com to book your mini session!!

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Monet, Ryan + Lucy | Maternity Session in Denver Colorado |

Because of the difference in images in the adorable family's gallery they are getting two blogs.  Monet is an amazing birth photographer here in Denver and I was a tiny bit (a lot-a-bit) nervous to have her and her family in front of my camera.  They couldn't have been more natural though and they made my job so easy.  I really love maternity photography, more so than any other type of photography.  There is something so beautiful with a mom going through this beautiful transition into a mother, even if it's for the 2nd, 3rd or 4th time.  Pregnancy is such a personally life changing time and no pregnancy is the same.  I really believe that every mom should have this chapter documented with every child.  

There is seriously nothing more beautiful than seeing your family expand. 

I truly love to fill my photos with light and love.  

There is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation.
– Pamela S. Nadav

I love this quote so much.  You can see the sweetness just radiating from this family.  I can't wait to share the rest of their maternity session with the world!

 

If you would like to book your own maternity session send me an email at Hello@photoartbyjessica.com

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Randall Family | Family Session in Tucson Arizona

Last year I was able to document the birth story of Ireland.  I always love when families continue to return to me for other sessions.  I currently only offer a small number of family sessions here in Denver, and those will be announced here in the next few weeks.  I wold love to photograph your family this fall in Colorado!

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Birth of Benjamin in Aurora Colorado

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Birth of Benjamin in Aurora Colorado

Back in May I had my first Colorado birth.  It was a cold rainy day and I was so glad I still had my big jacket still in my van.  This birth story is for some new friends I made right when we moved here, it had been months since I was able to document a birth story and it was so wonderful be allowed into her birthing space.  

Mama had such a beautiful birth at University of Colorado Hospital with the midwives from the Center for Midwifery.  It was such a dream working with this birth team.  They were so patient and compassionate with this family.  This was probably the most beautiful hospital birth I had ever attended.  

I am so excited to be booking births in the Denver Metro Area for the remainder of 2016 and the beginning of 2017.

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May | 366 days with the Mielkes

May was so much fun around here!  We were finally able to really enjoy being outside!  We started exploring even more.  We found some really fun places to go!  My mom came to visit and we had our first outings to the lake where the girls could actually go swimming!  

May:

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April | 366 days with the Mielkes

April started while we were still in Tucson.  We finished up our trip and headed back to Colorado. Lilian had her Girl Scout Ceremony, her birthday and TONS of birthday visitors from out of state!  April was a pretty wonderful month!  

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March | 366 days with the Mielkes

March was a really fun month.  I think we really started to find our groove here in Colorado.  We really started to make some friends and the weather was nice on some days so we could even leave the house and begin exploring!  Towards the end of the month the girls and I went to Tucson so Lu could spend spring break with her father.  

 

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February | 366 days with the Mielkes

So I am beyond behind in blogging my 366 images!  So here I am playing catch up!  I haven't been posting consistently to my Facebook so here you can see all go my images! Shooting this for myself has been the best thing I have ever done.  It has really opened my eyes and made me change my perspective so I don't have the same image day by day!  Are you working on a 366?  I actually have no plans of ever stopping shooting daily.. I am really excited to see how long I document daily!  

Here is February in pictures!

 

 

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Theo B. | In Home Newborn Session

I have known this sweet family for over a decade now.  I was beyond thrilled to capture the birth of sweet little Theo, then about a week later I was able to go into their home and photograph for a few hours for his newborn session AND then I was able to do a full family session with them at a local park.  I absolutely love doing in home newborn sessions for my birth story clients.  

If you are interested in adding on an in home newborn session to your birth story collection, connect with me so we can make arrangements.  

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Melanie and Alina | Mommy and Me Session in Tucson Arizona

Can you believe this session happened on a WHIM?!?!  I am so glad I was able to talk her into going out into the desert with me for an hour.  It was extremely windy but it was so beautiful out. I am so glad we were able to sneak in this session because she and her family just relocated from the desert to the east coast.  After I delivered her gallery she sent me message after message thanking me for these photos- she didn't have any of just her and sweet Alina.  I can't stress enough how important it is to present in images with your children.  That is something I am personally trying to do better with.   I still have a handful of mommy and me sessions available in the Denver Metro Area in May.  

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Preset Collections

I am so excited to have some new images with my new preset collections to highlight!  I have poured my heart and soul into these presets and sharing them with the world is a HUGE step for me!  I have been using them on my own for months now I can't wait for more artists to submit images so I can feature them on my blog!  If you're using my presets make sure you send me some of your own photos so I can feature your beautiful work right here on my blog and on my facebook! I tried to make them extremely versatile for every type of photographer.  They are great for both indoor and outdoor photography.  I am mostly a documentary and lifestyle photographer but I also shoot some posed and styled work.  I love easy these are to use and I might tweak them a tiny bit to suit my image, but that's what makes them amazing.. you can literally use them for EVERYTHING!!

 

  For those that haven't purchased my new preset collections head over  HERE and snag them while they are discounted!

Preset: AIR

 

Preset: BLOOM

 

Preset: SLATE

Preset: CALM

Preset: DIVINE

 

Preset: FLOAT

Preset: DREAM

Preset: WONDER

Preset: Swell

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For Photographers | Education and Tools

I am so excited to announce the FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS section of my website!  On this part of my website you will find my BRAND NEW Black and White Presets and my BRAND NEW Film Inspired Colored Presets.  They are currently on discounted for ONE week! Click HERE for Lightroom Presets!!

I am also so excited to announce that I am offering two different types of mentoring.  1 hour online mentoring and 3 hour in person mentoring for Denver and Tucson!  Click  HERE for mentoring information!!

 

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