Baby/Newborn

2018 Shoot & Share Competition

So…  The voting has started for the 2019 Shoot & Share Competition, and I am just NOW getting around to blogging how I did LAST year. lol.

I know…  I am SO behind.  It’s comical really.  But things that aren’t needed for survival often get pushed down the priority list.  I have just accepted it. ;-)

BUT

I need to document this journey, because something amazing happened last year!

Because in this international competition, where 412,379 images were submitted, I ended up in the top 100 family photographers AND in the top 100 for children’s photography as well!!!

I was seriously freaking out when I found out!!!

So here goes.  I submitted 50 images, and out of those 50, 35 made it in the top 30% or above!!! <3

 

Top 30% Images

Maternity 4354/18185, 23.9%

 

Teens 6013/29460, 20.4%

 

Family 6667/26963, 24.7%

 

Newborn 6763/29560, 22.8%

 

Kids 7674/35570, 21.5%

 

Family 7939/26963, 29/4%

 

TOP 20%

 Documentary 1995/19330, 10.3%

 

Maternity 3029/18185, 16.6%

 

Kids 4089/35570, 11.4%

 

Kids 4261/35570, 11.9%

 

Kids 4393/35570, 12.3%

 

Kids 4940/35570, 13.8%

 

TOP 10%

Family 531/26963, 1.9%

 

Family 624/26963, 2.3%

 

Landscape 881/16373, 5.3%

 

Family 751/26963, 2.7%

 

Babies and Toddlers 918/35570, 2.5%

 

Kids 1073/35570, 3.0%

 

Animals 1389/14426, 9.6%

 

Couples 1338/37145, 3.6%

 

Kids 1495/35570, 42%

 

Kids 1712/35570, 4.8%

 

Families 1732/26963, 6.4%

 

Kids 1826/35570, 5.1%

 

Families 1851/26963, 6.8%

 

Families 2566/26963, 9.5%

 

Kids 2906/35570, 8.1%

TOP 500

Family 182/26963, 0.6%

 

Family 128/26963, 0.4%

 

Documentary 387/19330, 2.0%

 

Kids 320/35570, 0.8%

 

Maternity 477/18185, 2.6%

 

Family 40/26,963, 0.1%

 

Kids 48/35,570, 0.1%

 

Kids 99/35,570, 0.2%

In the end I had 3 images make it in the top 100 in their categories and 2 of those were in the top 0.1% of images submitted.

I can’t wait to see how I do this year!!!

 

 

Huntsville & Madison Family Children Newborn Lifestyle Photographer Jenni M Photography – Kimbrel

Every once in a while, I get the opportunity to meet extraordinary people.  People who are just sweet and kind.  People who are strong in ways I have never had to be.  This sweet little one was born with a heart defect and after 2 surgeries (with another one on the horizon) and she is now a happy, thriving completely loved little angel.  I am so honored to be trusted with these moments and so excited to give this sweet family the gift of tangible memories.  Photography for me, has been, and always will be, first and foremost about relationships and memories.  These short years when we have little ones at home with us, depending, clinging and resting in their complete confidence in our love, go by way too fast.  I do personally look forward to the future, as my husband and I gain more freedom as they grow older, but I know without a doubt, that these moments while they are still little, will be ones I cherish for the rest of my life.

I do *this* because I don’t ever want to forget. <3

I specialize in “Family” Photography (Children, Newborn and of course Families) with a lifestyle and fine art twist.  I love this style blend as it helps me focus on showcasing beautiful connections while incorporating the imagination of the every day magical moments.

Pricing questions?  Check out my packages! –> Packages

To book a session call (907-942-2358)
or email jenniMphotography@gmail.com
I would love to hear from you!

Huntsville & Madison Family Children Newborn Lifestyle Photographer Jenni M Photography – Mommy & Me

Honestly, is there anything sweeter than a baby?

I know I am completely not objective, (I mean, I have FIVE children after all.) but there is very little in this world that will soften, stretch, love, need, grow and change you like a baby will.  Watching the love and care that parents lavish on their little ones makes me all mushy inside.  I get to witness and document some of the purest and strongest emotions us humans will have.

The love for our children. <3

I specialize in “Family” Photography (Children, Newborn and of course Families) with a lifestyle and fine art twist.  I love this style blend as it helps me focus on showcasing beautiful connections while incorporating the imagination of the every day magical moments.

Pricing questions?  Check out my packages! –> Packages

To book a session call (907-942-2358)
or email jenniMphotography@gmail.com
I would love to hear from you!

Huntsville & Madison Family Children Newborn Lifestyle Photographer Jenni M Photography – Chitta

Goodness!  I have had the most amazing string of repeat clients back to back lately, and I am in complete heaven because of it!

There is NOTHING I take as a bigger compliment than for someone to go through a whole session with me, from the very beginning, (planning, prep, communication and styling) shoot the actual session, and then to the end, (editing, delivery, product selection and delivery) to then RETURN to me and do it again.  It communicates complete satisfaction in a job well done.  It is an investment in me and their appreciation and confidence in my work.  This job is so personal.  It is an expression of my heart and emotions for all the moments I wanted to make tangible with my own children, but was not able.

I want my images to be beautiful, yes…  But more than that, I want them to help you relive a memory, so personal, that only you posses it.  I want them to make you remember so well that you can smell their hair, hear their sounds, and feel their weight as you held them.  Because that is what it really is about right?  Photos hold so much value to us, because they enable us to make our memories tangible, so we don’t have to worry that the details and moments will be forgotten.

 

Three years later and they are now four. <3

I specialize in “Family” Photography (Children, Newborn and of course Families) with a lifestyle and fine art twist.  I love this style blend as it helps me focus on showcasing beautiful connections while incorporating the imagination of the every day magical moments.

Pricing questions?  Check out my packages! –> Packages

To book a session call (907-942-2358)
or email jenniMphotography@gmail.com
I would love to hear from you!

Huntsville & Madison Family Children Newborn Lifestyle Photographer Jenni M Photography – Chandler

This family is one of my FAVORITES!!!  They have been coming to me for 3 years now and I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed watching these boys grow.

Just click to take a peek at their (–> first session <–) and (–> second session <–)

My style has changed over the years, and their images just get sweeter every time they come to see me.  I view it as such a privilege to be invited in to their lives, over and over again, and there is absolutely nothing that I take as a higher compliment.  To trust me with these moments that are so fleeting and precious is not lost on me.

On another note, these two boys are the BEST big brothers!  They were so careful and protective of their new baby, and it was the sweetest thing to watch.

Karen, you are severely outnumbered, but you are surrounded with boys that love you to pieces.  God knew you would be an amazing “boy mom”. <3 <3 <3 (However, I am still praying you decide to have one more and it’s a girl! lol.  How adorable would the photos be with a little sweet pea and her 3 big brothers?!?!) <– Too soon?  Ok…  I can wait. ;-)

I specialize in “Family” Photography (Children, Newborn and of course Families) with a lifestyle and fine art twist.  I love this style blend as it helps me focus on showcasing beautiful connections while incorporating the imagination of the every day magical moments.

Pricing questions?  Check out my packages! –> Packages

To book a session call (907-942-2358)
or email jenniMphotography@gmail.com
I would love to hear from you!

Huntsville & Madison Family Children Newborn Lifestyle Photographer Jenni M Photography – When 3 turns in to 4

How in the world do you slow time down!?!

It seems like just yesterday that I was taking this little boys newborn photos. <3

That was THREE years ago and now this precious boy is going to be a big brother!

The moments leading up to such a profound and beautiful change are so completely precious.  It’s hard to appreciate it sometimes, through the haze of the physical discomfort of pregnancy, but these moments are worth relaxing in to.  Every part of our lives shift when we bring a new little soul in to this world.  Documenting “right now” before everything changes is such a beautiful way to look back and remember how beautiful every single stage of your growing family felt.

I specialize in “Family” Photography (Children, Newborn and of course Families) with a lifestyle and fine art twist.  I love this style blend as it helps me focus on showcasing beautiful connections while incorporating the imagination of the every day magical moments.

Pricing questions?  Check out my packages! –> Packages

To book a session call (907-942-2358)
or email jenniMphotography@gmail.com
I would love to hear from you!

Huntsville & Madison Family Children Newborn Lifestyle Photographer Jenni M Photography – 1 Year Little

I met Melody a couple years ago in Hobby Lobby as we waited in the fabric line to get something cut.  I looked down and she had the cutest little girls decked out the most gorgeous clothes!  I asked here where they were from, and she confessed that they were samples that she had made for her boutique children’s clothing label Petticoat Patch.  We talked the whole time we stood in line, exchanged business cards and have been friends ever since! lol

I was so happy when she asked me to take some photos of her with her youngest to commemorate his first birthday.  Happy Birthday sweet boy.

I specialize in “Family” Photography (Children, Newborn and of course Families) with a lifestyle and fine art twist.  I love this style blend as it helps me focus on showcasing beautiful connections while incorporating the imagination of the every day magical moments.

Pricing questions?  Check out my packages! –> Packages

To book a session call (907-942-2358)
or email jenniMphotography@gmail.com
I would love to hear from you!

Huntsville & Madison Family Children Newborn Lifestyle Photographer Jenni M Photography – Simms

Soooooo many things to say.  Sooooo many photos.  Sooooo much love.

Where do I even start?

I have had these images in my head for SOOOOO long!  FINALLY the stars aligned and I can’t help but be over the moon for how they turned out.  I love newborn and baby photography, but I also freaking love natural environments in the light of sunset.  It’s just magical.  For a year now, I have been dreaming up how I could photograph newborns and babies outside, but I knew I needed to do it in my way.  I knew I needed to fill it with connection, and movement and emotion.  I knew I needed to create something I had never seen before outside of my imagination.

When I was talking to Tori about styling this session, I think it went something like “So I will have a basket for your baby, and have you in a yellow dress with a really full skirt and then I will plop you in the middle of a field with tall grass and wild flowers!”.  Thank goodness she said “Sounds good. I trust you.” Haha!

But seriously.  I don’t know how I could love these any more…  So I beg you.  If you have a baby (Newborn all the way up to “not quite sitting up yet” age) and you want images like these, CALL ME!!!  Lets make some magic in the golden light of sunset. <3

I specialize in “Family” Photography (Children, Newborn and of course Families) with a lifestyle and fine art twist.  I love this style blend as it helps me focus on showcasing beautiful connections while incorporating the imagination of the every day magical moments.

Pricing questions?  Check out my packages! –> Packages

To book a session call (907-942-2358)
or email jenniMphotography@gmail.com
I would love to hear from you!

Huntsville & Madison Family Children Newborn Lifestyle Photographer Jenni M Photography – Sunnah

I had the immense privileged of  photographing this little ones mama before she was born.  It was a gorgeous evening, and her mama was just glowing!  Baby bump maternity sessions are such a special time, full of anticipation and expectation.  Both of her parents talked excitedly of her arrival, and as I watched her daddy help her mama through the field with care, I knew this little girl would be the centerpiece of their most treasured moments once she arrived.

Children have a way of enhancing and multiplying our love in ways we never knew was possible.  We as parents, can do things we never thought we could.  I know we are all capable of cleaning up poop, but before you were a parent, did you know you could do it, not only with love, but with excitement??? When my first was born, he struggled with high bilirubin levels and had to stay in the hospital for a bit.  After learning that poop was the #1 best way for them to flush it out of their system, my husband and I had a little party with every single diaper. lol

I know…  poop…  But what about sleepless nights?  What about financial sacrifices?  What about the fact that your social calendar is turned on its head, and that “mom body” will never be quite the same as it once was?

Having children sounds like a big huge drag…  Except that all of those things are just what we see from the outside.  These children we bring in to the world, dig out the best parts of us.  they inspire us to do all those incredibly hard, yucky, uncomfortable things, and so often, we find that we can do them with JOY!

These little ones grow us parents in to selfless, caring, nurturing people.

… and I honestly can’t think of anything more beautiful than that.

I specialize in “Family” Photography (Children, Newborn and of course Families) with a lifestyle and fine art twist.  I love this style blend as it helps me focus on showcasing beautiful connections while incorporating the imagination of the every day magical moments.

Pricing questions?  Check out my packages! –> Packages

To book a session call (907-942-2358)
or email jenniMphotography@gmail.com
I would love to hear from you!

Huntsville & Madison Family Children Newborn Lifestyle Photographer Jenni M Photography – Wright

Oh, this precious little boy…  Every detail chosen, was full of sentimental history.  From His name, all the way down to the blankets used, have deep roots in the family he was born to.

I can’t explain how beautiful it is to watch 2 people, who have fallen in love, so hard and quickly, with a new and completely dependent little soul.  The selflessness and strength that rises up, in shadow of unconditional adoration can take your breath away if you are watching for it.

I remember with my first, awake when I should have been sleeping, staring at the little miracle that God had given us.  So perfect in every detail.  Watching him as his blond eyelashes fluttered with his dreams.  In those moments I can remember feeling like I could hardly breathe from the weight of my love for him, and the reality of the 18+ years of responsibility.

It’s overwhelming

It’s exhausting

It’s a love story I never tire of seeing…

I specialize in “Family” Photography (Children, Newborn and of course Families) with a lifestyle and fine art twist.  I love this style blend as it helps me focus on showcasing beautiful connections while incorporating the imagination of the every day magical moments.

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To book a session call (907-942-2358) or email jenniMphotography@gmail.com
I would love to hear from you!