penny & co.

Posted on October 31, 2014

DSC_0194Five years ago, Chandler walked in to my life.  He was only 2, but he was what you call an Old Soul.  Like, thoughtful-sensitive-brilliant-old-soul Old Soul. And, lucky for me, he comes back to see me every year.  A few years ago, he brought along Alysse, his lovelier-than-lovelier baby sister, and the little part of my heart marked “Penny & Co.” was complete.  When Chandler greeted me this past session, he hopped out of the car with the most genuine, “Hello, Miss Jenn! It’s been awhile.”  His sincere smile and impish eyes were the perfect way to start my marathon day.  And when I sat him down to take Chandler pictures while Alysse changed, he asked me if I wanted him to pose like the Mona Lisa.  “You know, the famous painting of the woman. Her hands sit atop her lap like this, but her eyes look in this direction.”  As he perfectly impersonated the painting, I marveled at how a 7 year old would know so much about such a subject!  And just when I thought I had heart it all, he suddenly stopped, quietly looked around and whispered to me, “Isn’t it so beautiful how strangely silent this forest is, Miss Jenn?”  Umm… what? … Like I said, the kid is honest-to-goodness Old Soul.  And his little sister is All Ham with a side of drop-dead-beauty and future-stunt-woman material.  Within the first 20 seconds of our Sibling Shots, Penny and Matt pretty much could have walked away with more than enough photos for their holiday card.  But we decided to stay the course and spent the next 55 minutes of our session taking a few more.  These. Kids.  Smiles. Laughs. Lots of laughs.  Some philosophical discussions in between shots.  More smiles. More laughs. And the genuineness and sincerity sweet Chandler showed me was just as genuine when he’d spontaneously snuggle up to Alysee, and vice versa.  I couldn’t get enough of these two, and when our session came to an end, I asked for my obligatory good-bye hugs. As Chandler gave me his, he squeezed my neck just a little tighter and whispered, “Good-bye, Miss Jenn. It’ll probably be a long while before we see each other again, but I promise that I will never forget you.” Ummm…what? Melt. My. Heart. Like literally-made-me-cry-melt-my-heart. So, um, I guess for future shoots with Penny & Co. I now know to carry a kleenex or two in my pocket.  Penny, thank you so much for sharing your perfections with me.  Enjoy your sneaky, and hugs and kisses to those babies!
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jenny & co.

Posted on October 30, 2014

If I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I’m blessed with the most amazing clients.  And the most beautiful.  And this family certainly tops the list. And when I am given the privilege and honor to photograph them for so long that they feel like family … it doesn’t get any better.  Jenny with eyes so blue, and her two children with eyes even bluer, and her hilarious husband with eyes not blue at all, recently met me for another fun-filled session. Jenny and I are going on 6 years of working together. Six years.  I’ve literally watched Camille grow up from a tot to the most gorgeous young lady.  And I literally watched Ford go from desecrating an heirloom christening gown during his newborn shoot to engaging in a Star Wars character voice contest last weekend.  It doesn’t get any better.  Love my job.  Love my clients.  Love this family.  Jenny, thanks for another year, enjoy your sneak, and please feel free to donate those insane boots to me!
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hayley & co.

Posted on October 29, 2014

Welcome to the world, sweet Colby. The delicious little newbie and his equally adorable older brother were literal pros for this session.  Sawyer was the epitome of proud Big Bro and could not have been sweeter with Colby.  In between shots, Saw would chat me up about all things Star Wars related or offer to measure things in the studio.  He literally brought a tape measure and 2 rulers to the shoot, because measuring things is his hobby.  The tape measure came in supes handy when we had to measure Sawyer’s arms to see if they were big enough to hold Colby (they were). #photographertricks And while Sawyer played with the gazillion Star Wars treasures he found upstairs, Colby. Stole. My. Heart.  Honestly, such an easy baby.  So unbelievably easy on the eyes.  I don’t think the session could have been more perfect.  So much fun.  Such sweet boys.  Who, by the by, were escorted by their gorgeous mama and stunning GeeGee.  Thanks ladies!  And special thanks (and hugs and snuggles and measures and smiles) to #thoseboys!
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morgan

Posted on October 22, 2014

When Morgan first met me, she started crying.  Which quickly escalated in to hysterical crying.  Followed by borderline-hpyervenilation. Which was new for me.  I won’t lie: I usually make somewhat of a decent first impression on people, so I was completely thrown by this initial encounter with the red-head.  I should clarify that when I first met Morgan, she was 2.  And had just woken up from her nap.  When she went to bed, Mommy had tucked her in; when she woke up, Mommy was gone and some strange lady who liked to talk in silly voices (my Mary Poppins impersonation was spot-on, by the by) and dance throughout the house was trying to get her out of her crib.  I would have been pretty freaked out, too. This was (insert horrified gasp) 18-ish years ago, mind you, when I had just moved to the big city.  And as of the oldest of 5 children, I was missing my younger sibs.  Morgan, and her equally lovely, brilliant sister, Madison, were just the cure for any homesickness, and babysitting them truly was one of the highlights of my (insert horrified gasp) 20’s.  And, believe it or not, these two little girls were two of my first subjects.  We’d raid their mom’s closet, they’d get dressed up, and we’d have photo shoots. They. Loved. The. Camera.  Fast-forward almost (insert horrified gasp) two decades, and it was bittersweet shooting Miss Morgan again.  A thriving college student at Tulane, she’s always been so sweet. So kind. So happy. And when she pulled out one of her mom’s old hats to use for some shots, I was the one who almost ended up crying.  Morgan, you are absolutely beautiful.  Such an amazing young woman.  Thank you for letting me capture this time in your life.  Enjoy your sneak … and never forget that Jennjenn loves Morgy!
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brooke & co.

Posted on October 20, 2014

Wild Man and his sweet sister recently brought along their gorgeous parents for a sunset-filled session.  Brooke and her brood have always been so much fun.  Always up for anything, and Wild Man and Eve have always had the best personalities.  The expressions they were throwing my way during our shoot kept all the adults laughing, and the sweet, spontaneous snuggles they’d throw towards each other absolutely melted me.  Horrible traffic jam that delayed our session aside, this year’s session was yet another amazing, fun-filled, action packed one. Thanks, guys, for coming out, and enjoy your sneaky!
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brooke & co.

Posted on October 20, 2014

This extended family session was literally done in a half hour.  A half hour.  6 adults.  2 adorable children. And the most brilliant and alert 3 month old ever.  9 faces.  18 eyes.  And we managed to wrap up the important shots in a 1/2 hour … and 10 of those minutes included scaling a rocky terrain.  So … in short, not only is Brooke beautiful, but efficient.  And, speaking of beautiful.  Oh. My. Word.  When I grow up, and my babies are adults, and they have spouses and children of their own, I hope I’m as beautiful and lovely and elegant and graceful as Brooke’s mom.  She honestly looked like a model for some hair product or “don’t you wish your teeth were as white as mine” ad.  So.  Pretty.  Anyway, Brooke’s family could not have been sweeter.  Kinder.  Or more fun.  After we got the necessary “boring shots” out of the way, the kids and I had time to play and explore and collect insects.  Because those are all really important things to do during an Extended Family Photo shoot.  Oh, and the sisters got to recreate a pose they took many, many moons ago when they were just kids.  Brooke, your family was amazing.  Thanks for sharing them with me.  Enjoy your sneak!
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jori & co.

Posted on October 17, 2014

A drop-dead gorgeous super-model looking mom who also performs super-hero like stunts in stilettos.  Walking downhill.  On rocks.  With a smile.  An old soul 10 year old who actually brought a book to the session to read in between picture taking.  A book.  With lots of pages. And lots of words.  A book.  Not a nook.  A kindle.  An iPad or an iPhone.  A book.  And she actually read it in between picture taking.  A charming young 8 year old who insisted on bringing along his favorite tie, which his mom and dad allowed him to wear in some of the shots.  A sweeter -than-most 5 year old who was obsessed with the scent of the coconut mask I had slathered all over my hair before the session.  And who kept asking to smell my hair in between picture taking.  And who would erupt in to a fit of giggles each time I let her.  A daddy who really wanted to make it home in time for kick-off but managed to rally.  And a sassier-than-most almost 2 year old with the cutest curls, roundest eyes and biggest fan club in her adoring family.  I always have so much fun with this beautiful family, and if had room in my car, I would have taken all 4 of these little ones home with me.  Jori, thanks for a fun morning, and enjoy your sneak!DSC_6874
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lindsey & co.

Posted on October 8, 2014

Another gorgeous family.  Another gorgeous day.  And a new location that had a little bit of everything!  Lindsey and Corey have been clients since Chloe was just a little bump in mama’s belly and Carter was just a twinkle in Daddy’s eye. It’s been an honor, a really, really fun honor, watching them grow in to the Fabulous Foursome that they are today.  Lots of giggles and grins with this bunch (and tons of Skittles and Lollipop bribes for the youngest one).  Always. So. Much. Fun.  Enjoy your sneak, guys, and Happy Birthday, Corey!
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lori & co.

Posted on October 7, 2014

I don’t think they come any sweeter.  Any prettier.  Any taller.  Any smarter.  Any adorable-er.  Or any funnier.  This gorgeous family was all about smiles, snuggles and an appropriate level of silliness.  The session could not have ended on a better note when, once the children took off running up the hill, a flock of doves ascended from the ground to join in.  Lori, as always, thank you for an amazing session with your amazing fam.  Enjoy the sneak!
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heather & co.

Posted on October 3, 2014

When Heather and Matt came to me years ago to photograph their gorgeous little Hattie, I fell in love.  With them.  Their laid back personalities and cool vibe.  Their natural ease in front of the camera.  But mostly, of course, with their beautiful strawberry-blonde, blue-eyed daughter, Hattie. Working with all three of them is always so much fun, and I was so excited to meet them downtown this year for some pictures.  Hattie informed me that she was soon to be celebrating her half-birthday, because who doesn’t?  We danced.  I sang.  She cringed.  We splashed.  And, once again, I could not have asked for a more fabulous session.  So many favorites came out of our hour, it was absolutely impossible to narrow them down to just a few. Thanks, guys, for an amazing time and enjoy your sneak!
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