I met Haylea in a local photography group when I was still living in Tucson. She and I became fast friends and I consider her one of my best friends! I really LOVE photographing other photographers, photographer families are just naturals in front of the camera. I can such minimal directing, if any at all. I don't really do much directing in my sessions anyway, I kind of just plop people in a field and tell them to interact with each other, but R. Family just made it so easy. I highly recommend checking out some of Hayley's gorgeous work on her website I hope when I am in Tucson later this year I can get them in front of my camera again.
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The past month and a half has been a time of transition for my family as we move from Tucson AZ to Denver CO. I have been documenting my family through this transition to remember this crazy time in our life.
September was busy! We started the month off without Luke, and were counting down the days until he was home again. You can tell in this blog that we had a reoccurring theme in our summer this year. WATER!! Seriously, water was involved whenever it was possible. Pools, Splash pads, Sprinklers.. you name it we used it and it was such a blast! Sorry for the huge share this month. We also snuck in another trip to Disneyland but that will be a blog on it's own.
At the beginning of the month we has a BBQ at my step-sisters house. The girls loved playing and swimming with their cousins. The next day we went to my aunt and uncles house and swam there. A few day's later, Lilian's sister Charlotte came over for a visit and we played in the splash pad. So much water!! It seemed like it rained all the time.. I played with some long exposures and got some "ghost" Arias. I also found out that I love taking photos of Aria's little tiny feet... All in all it was a good month. Unfortunately I didn't bring my camera with me when we picked Luke up from the airport, it was a bit anticlimactic anyway. But they sure were glad to have him home. Aria didn't leave his side for days. So here are my images, enough with my rambling.. :)
This is actually the first of two maternity sessions with this amazing woman! Her husband was out of town for her first session and her second session will be just them without their adorable son! I can't lie, I was extremely nervous to photograph Jonea.. this girl is literally famous. She was photographed by the AMAZING Jade Beall for The Beautiful Body Project and several of her images have gone viral. it did take me a while to get over my nervousness and when I finally got comfortable we hit an amazing groove and created some because art together. I am SO HONORED she asked me to photograph her!
I have finally decided I am just obsessed with anything about birth and mothering/nurturing. I love being able to photograph these amazing women who are caring for and nurturing their children. Now we wait Jonea and Josh's beautiful little girl to grace us with her presence, I can't wait to share their images from their next maternity session with the world!
I love nursing sessions.. Heck I love feeding sessions in general. Watching a family member nourish their baby is such an amazing thing. Kiersten is an amazing mama who is currently nursing her 1 and 3 year old. We only had about 20 minutes of shooting time in the orchard this evening, the mosquitoes were unbearable, I left the orchard with over 30 bites all over the place. I am so honored that Kiersten asked me to take these shots for her to commemorate her nursing. She is one client/friend I am going to miss terribly once I move to Colorado. She has been with me since the very beginning and when I look back on her first set of images I took I can definitely see how much growth there has been within myself and my photography. I am so proud to have those images to look back on. We all start somewhere and I am so glad that she has stuck by me through the years.
To book your feeding session with me please email Hello@photoartbyjessica.com. I would really enjoy adding a few more sessions to my portfolio. These sessions are not limited to nursing, I would be honored to photograph you bottle feeding you child or even pumping for your child.
“The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies.” - Laura Ingalls Wilder
Last week my husband went away for work for a week so the day he left we went and cooled off with my aunt and uncle and took advantage of the pool in their neighborhood. Lilian was working on diving, Aria was working on well... being a toddler in a pool. We have been working with her on flipping to her back in the water and this day she finally did it! I was super proud of her! I really love documenting my family and finding beauty in the everyday things in our lives. It wasn’t until relatively recently where I discovered how much I love documentary photography, and by recently I mean in the past year or so. I rarely picked up my camera in our home because it was always cluttered or a little bit of a mess and then one day I just did it. Who care if my house is a mess or I have a pile of laundry on my couch.. this is my life and it is so beautiful! Now there is rarely a day where I don’t pick up my camera. I take it everywhere with me. My kids will definitely have a wonderful story to share with their kids when they grow up.. Speaking of that, do yourself a favor and take some time and print your images from the past year. I am really excited for our move to Denver Colorado later this year and I will be changing my business to a Full Service, Print and Product based business model.
If you're interested in a Documentary Family Session I have some availability before we make our big move!
Haylea is a fellow photographer here in Tucson and I was so honored when she asked me to be part of their homecoming. When we first connected a few months ago I knew we would become friends. Haylea is so wonderful and up lifting. Her husband Ryan had been gone since the beginning of the year and I had yet to meet him. Our evening started off a little bit crazy, we decided to head out about 30 minutes early to sneak in a mommy and me session of her and her beautiful son at sunset but she called me because she locked her keys in her car! I was luckily by her friends house that had her spare and I was able to get it to her in time. By the time we made it to my open desert the sun was nearly gone but we had about 5 minutes of light left. It was totally worth it. I am glad we decided to head out early because if we hadn't we may have missed Ryan's flight! We got to the airport with about 30 minutes to spare and we had some fun playing around before Ryan arrived. That night there were several service members coming home, it was a really wonderful night. I am so glad this little family is reunited again and I hope they have quite sometime before they are separated once more.
These two.. what can I say? They squeezed me in last minute before they move across the country.. literally the movers were at their house a hour before we met. They are seriously some of the sweetest people I have ever met. I hope you guys have a safe move and enjoy your new home, Arizona will definitely miss you!!
“Love can be so hauntingly beautiful, waking up past selves that have been wandering aimlessly through the corridors of our soul, for far too long. When someone else can take us from the ghost-town of our inner-selves, to exciting new landscapes, it's worth the risk, just to feel reborn.”
― Jaeda DeWalt
When we move to Denver this is one family I am truly going to miss. Tucson has been so good to me and I am really excited that I will be able to shoot here several times a year even after our move.
Happy Birthday Sweet Layla! I can't wait to get you in front of my camera again!!
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life.
Last week we went on a small vacation with Luke's parents and Sister to Disneyland. We had a pretty magical time and we can't wait to go back again. Here is a very small glimpse into our time over in The Most Magical Place on Earth.
Back in January I only blogged part of this session. What I didn't blog was their engagement! This was such a wonderful evening for me. Being able to document special memories like this are why I love doing what I do. Congratulations Elle and James!!
Melanie and Caleb have been great friends for a couple of years. They are the only people we trust with our fur baby Pocket, he loves visiting their house when we go out of town. Melanie is due in July with their second little one and I am so beyond thrilled for my amazing friends!!