Author Archive | Jessica

Life Goals | Documentary Family Photographer

This is such a lovely family. I always love to see them having fun with each other, hugging their siblings, and snuggling with their parents.


This mama decided she wanted to learn how to play the piano. As an adult. Anyone who is a parent knows it is no small feat to carve out some time for yourself, let alone on a consistent enough basis to learn to play the piano. A few years ago, she started taking lessons. She practiced. She nervously performed during recitals. At times, it’s been hard for her, but her diligence has paid off. She now has a new talent and skill that she otherwise wouldn’t have had. While she will probably tell you she still gets nervous to perform or accompany people, she plays wonderfully and is blessing her home with the gift and beauty of music. Her children love it when she plays and love to dance while she plays. What if she had thought she was too old to learn piano, or didn’t think she had time to practice, or made other such excuses? If there is something in your life that you’ve wanted to do, but haven’t “gotten around to” for one reason or another, DO IT. Stop the excuses, and do it. You will thank yourself in five years.

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Births of 2016

As the New Year started, many of my birth photographer friends made slideshows or collages of all their 2016 births. The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers, of which I am a member, announced their annual photo contest. Everyone was buzzing with excitement, sharing their photos. As I do every year, I anticipated sharing my 2016 “birth stats.”

births of 2016

My 2016 was a bit out of the norm as far as my birth photography goes. Due to a number of factors, I only photographed one birth last year. Henry. I would’ve loved to have made a slideshow, or collage, or have entered the photo contest. But Henry was different.

His birth was amazing, as I’ve blogged about here. His parents are incredible, as I’ve blogged about here. And then Henry passed away. We should have been doing his six month portrait session, but instead I was photographing his funeral.

My heart still aches for Henry’s family. While all these other things are good and all, I just wasn’t feeling it this year.

Hug your loved ones tight. Let them know how much they mean to you. Make every moment count.

And if you want to see the winners of the 2017 birth photo contest, click here.

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