Kids

Our Moments In June

Holy chicken!!!  I can’t believe how many pictures I took this month!  It’s a good thing I started editing them early…

 

What would the 4th of July be without sparklers and fireworks?!?

 

I hear “Can I hold the baby?” about a million times a day and it seems like we are all a little extra tired lately. lol

She has changed our world and we are all so much better for it. <3

 

Dress up

We found a blue hat at Unclaimed Baggage that he absolutely fell in love with!

 

Madie had her newborn photos taken with Heartstrings by Heather.  Heather is a wonderful photographer and seriously amazing at styling! I can’t wait to see how they turn out.  I got to take a few behind the seines shots for Heather while she worked.

 

3 week check up!  I am wondering if the scale was off… lol.  She was only 7lb 1oz when she was born.  I am having a hard time believing she gained a whole 1lb 10 oz in just 3 weeks!

 

My Aunt Patti came down from Indiana to visit!  While she was here she cooked for us (many times), cleaned my house, painted both of the kids rooms, watched the kids so I could go run errands and gave us some great tips on how to improve our bowling score!  Can’t wait to see here again in September!!!

 

I couldn’t help it!  I decided to take a few newborn images of my own. <3

I don’t know how she didn’t wake up with 4 wiggly kids touching her at the same time, but I seriously love how it turned out.  So much sentimentality in one image!

 

I may need to take a shot like this every month.  The couch cushions would be a great way to show her growth!

Emma decided Madie needed someone to snuggle with.  She told me that she loves her baby doll and wanted Madie to play with her. lol

 

#FarmLife

She was just standing there in her cute “twirly dress” and the wind was blowing in her Xtrutuf boots…  I absolutely love going out to the land.  So many beautiful moments while we work on our dreams.

 

Many of the images I took this month were taken on my new Fuji x100f.  I purchased it primarily for my personal photos but after taking these with an underwater housing I am seriously considering using it to offer pool sessions next year!  I seriously LOVE it!  I have always struggled with needing an extra bag and an extra hand for my D750.  The Fuji has enabled me to capture personal moments that would have just gone undocumented.  It’s small enough to go with me EVERYWHERE (including the pool!) and that is exactly what I needed.

I think I may need another external hard drive if I keep taking pictures the way I have been this past month! lol

But seriously, I am so pleased with my Fuji x100f.  It’s small enough to bring it everywhere with me and I can hold it with one hand! (a must if you have 5 kids)  I have been able to capture so many more moments than I would have with my Nikon.  It’s seriously a game changer as I pursue documenting my own family. <3

Our Moments

Wow!  I knew this past month felt busy, but as I went through all the photos I was surprised at how many I had.  I am really enjoying my renewed commitment to our own family photography.  I am having a hard time remembering to bring along my camera, and now with a newborn, I won’t have 2 hands to take photos with.  I have been eyeing the Fuji X100F.  I finally pulled the trigger and ordered it yesterday.  I am hoping it will give me the ability to continue documenting our moments with one hand on the go! lol

This past month Michael was mowing the back yard and saw this little bunny.  It didn’t even move when he walked over to pick it up.  The kids all got to hold it before we let it go through the hole under the fence. <3  Emma cried when he let it go though.  She told her daddy later “I wanted to keep the baby bunny forever.”

 

I have been adding items to my client closet quite a bit lately…  Lots of mama dresses, but I am also trying to have a good selection of children’s accessories and outfits as well.  The hat and suspenders are from Roman & Leo and the adorable outfits my daughter is in, are from a local boutique designer, Petticoat Patch.  I absolutely love it when I get to use my own kids as models.  It gives me an excuse to get some “professional photos” of them.  I honestly have so many ideas that I want to do with my kids but finding the time to pull it off doesn’t often happen.

The truck they are sitting on was my husbands Grandpas.  My husband is planning on restoring it with our boys as they grow.  Until then it makes the perfect classic “Southern Summer” prop as they ate their fresh peaches.

More pics of different dresses available in the JMP client closet. <3

 

I read somewhere that “Children don’t truly own anything, so when they give you a gift, even if it is just a rock, they are giving you everything they have.” As soon as I processed it, I realized how true and meaningful that bit of wisdom was.

He gathers treasures for me everywhere he goes. I have a special little pile of dried flowers, rocks and little trinkets he has found for me over time sitting next to my computer. <3

 

This past month we celebrated my husbands Grandparents 60th wedding anniversary.  A good chunk of his family came to town and we had a great time visiting and catching up.  We both come from large families so when we all get together it makes quite a large group!

It was also the weekend of Fathers Day.  After taking photos for the “big group”, my 4 year old Noah (who idolizes his daddy and after we gave him his new shirt ran in to his bedroom and changed his to “match”) asked me to take a picture of him and dad together.

 

The biggest thing that happened this past month was that we were blessed to welcome Madison Joy in to our family.  Born June 30th at 3:15pm, 7lb 1oz, 19in long.  Long story short, she is completely perfect in every way and we are head over heals in love with her.

I am already looking forward to going through all of the photos of our kids getting to know their little sister for next months post (and experimenting with my new camera!). <3

Huntsville & Madison Family Children Lifestyle Photographer Jenni M Photography – Livermore Family

There was a time I wondered if these images would ever get taken!  We had to reschedule TWICE because of the weather and then at the last minute we did another schedule switch because I had a Saturday come available at the last minute and we new the weather would be nice.

With all of that said, I was PRAYING on the way to their session that it would be fantastic!  Even though the reschedules were out of my control, this type of thing never happens and I just felt so bad!!!  I desperately wanted it all to be worth it for this amazing family. <3

Fast forward a bit and I seriously couldn’t be happier with the images we got!  Goodness!!!  They are all gorgeous but on top of that we did some serious “bonding” with all of the fun we had.  Jumping, running, twirling, laughing, kissing, snuggling, finding baby frogs, catching grasshoppers and just genuinely enjoying each other.

This family is amazing,

and it shows,

in every single image. <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.

For more information about my packages click HERE.

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

Huntsville & Madison Family Children Lifestyle Photographer Jenni M Photography – Bing Family

This family has been with me from just about the beginning of JMP.  They have added another 2 members over the years but its been a beautiful journey.

We spent the evening out on our land and it was a gorgeous evening.  Twirling, snuggling, kissing, squeezing, belly laughs, picking wild flowers, tall grass and sunsets.  One of my favorite ways to put another amazing day to rest. <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.

For more information about my packages click HERE.

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

Huntsville & Madison Family Children Lifestyle Photographer Jenni M Photography – My June Moments

I am a photographer, but way before I was a photographer, I was a mother.  In fact, the whole reason I was drawn to photography was because I had all of these gorgeous “mommy moments” that I wanted to remember for always happening every single day that I just had to figure out how to save them.

I LOVE what I do, but this past year got a little out of control!  JMP grew way faster than I anticipated, but it came at a time we really needed the money.  We have been dreaming of buying some land to build on for a long time, and 2 months ago, all of our hard work and saving paid off when we closed on 17 acres of property that is just perfect for us in every way.  We couldn’t be more excited!

Now that we have the property, so many things need to be done!

BUT

In all of the crazy, I keep thinking “Our new home will be perfect to take more photos in!”, and then after a bit I started realizing that isn’t good enough.  We probably wont be in our new home for another 2-3 years. (getting this house ready to sell, selling it, moving, finding a builder, building a house, then moving again…)  Our 5th child will hopefully be born later this month (DD is June 30th so I am PRAYING she doesn’t come late. lol) and I refuse to wait until she is 2-3 years old to start documenting our moments again when it will be easy, because to be honest, with 5 kids I am pretty sure there will never be an easy time to do anything!

I have to make our own moments a priority!  NOW!!!

So here is the first month.  There aren’t nearly as many every day images as I would like but it’s a start.  My goal is to blog our own moments once a month over this next year and get a lot better about taking my camera out for my own family much more often. <3

 

Both of my girls love to color and draw.  Part of Lauren’s school work is to do a drawing lesson each day.  Emma came along after she was done and decided she wanted to do a bit herself. ;-)

 

I went to the most amazing photography workshop this past month.  In the airport on the way home I found a blue (his FAVORITE color) airplane with doors that open and close.  He has played with it constantly ever since.

 

Little hands with big imaginations.

 

“Mom, can I have some tap stick?”

 

A day on Lake Guntersville.  It was gorgeous. <3

Sunset.  My favorite time of day.

 

Waiting for the bats to exit their cave for the night!

These are getting printed ^^^ <3

 

She is trying SO HARD to not take naps any more…  Sometimes she just can’t help it though.  These sleepy days won’t last much longer…

 

Michael, my husband graduated with his BA this past month. Accomplishing this while working full time, taking care of us, being a fantastic dad to our 4 kids and now he is talking about getting his Masters.  Love you like crazy!!!

 

Every year in Kodiak, Memorial Day weekend was the time that they hosted the Kodiak Crab Festival.  Technically, it wasn’t anything special.  Fair food and rides (but they had to be small enough to fit on the ferry).  We always enjoyed watching the survival suit race and the Coast Guard drills, but the thing that made it special was the people.  The beauty of a small town is that you know just about everyone.  Even if it was raining (and it does that an awful lot in Kodiak), you would find people you knew out visiting with their hoods up to protect them from the rain.  It was always a weekend that we looked forward to.

When we moved to North Alabama, we knew we needed to find something to keep the homesickness at bay.  Photos of the festivities “back home” would fill our Facebook feed and we needed to stay busy.  When we heard about the Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic, we figued it was worth a try.  It was so much fun!  This was the 6th year we have been, and I have never gotten tired of watching my kids as they take it all in.  We still see images of friends in Kodiak roll across our FB feed, but we have made so many new memories with our new tradition, and they are our moments forever. <3

This was the first year our youngest was old enough to understand what was going on.  Watching her eyes get big as the first balloon rose from the ground, wincing a bit when the heat of the burners hit her face, covering her ears from the noise of the fan…  It was all new but so magical for her.  She has been talking about it with bright eyes ever since!

It was a good day <3

Overall, I didn’t pull out my camera enough this month…  I really need to make it a habit, but I took it out more than I did the month before, and that is progress.  Little victories right?

 

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.

For more information about my packages click HERE.

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

Huntsville & Madison Family Children Lifestyle Photographer Jenni M Photography – Glosson

There are few things that I take as a higher compliment, then when another photographer asks me to photograph their family.

It’s not that photographers are “special” necessarily, but having someone else in the same field, that has trained their eye for editing, knows what to look for in posing, sees things that the average person doesn’t see in images, because they themselves have created/edited thousands themselves…  When someone who has experience in photography, who in their own right is a fantastic photographer, asks me to document their precious moments, THAT is just special to me. <3

The beautiful Mama in these images, owns A Selah Moment here in Huntsville, and her husband just returned from a long deployment.  I can’t imagine a better time to document this newly reunited family than this moment.  I am so glad to have been her choice to give that to them!

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.

For more information about my packages click HERE.

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

Follow Your Heart Workshop – Huntsville Alabama Family Photographer

Last week I had one of the most amazing experiences of my photography journey.  I had the opportunity to attend the Follow Your Heart Workshop in West Virginia.  Three days of instruction, encouragement, business guidance, inspiration and a ton of “kindred spirits” to visit with.  It was amazing!

The workshop was hosted by 4 extremely talented photographers.  Sarah Hill of Sarah Beth Photography, Sarah Cornish of My 4 Hens, Candice Zugich of The Blissful Maven and Spanki Mills of Spanki Mills Photography.  They all have their unique styles in their own right while having a common thread of shooting intentionally to display emotion and connection.

The first day we took some time to get to know each other, talked about logistics, methods and then got right to work!  Spanki had the most gorgeous Mom come to model for us with her 3 kiddos!

 

In the afternoon we talked about lots more but we also tried our hand at non traditional head shots.  Sarah Hill gave us a ton of pointers and I seriously love everything about these!

This is Heather (my travel mate) who runs Heartstrings Photography here in Huntsville. <3

 

It had been raining pretty much all day but the clouds gave us a VERY short intermission (about 20 minutes) for the Sarah H and Sarah C show us how they shoot family sessions.  We had a beautiful family on the gorgeous rolling farm that surrounded the house and were even gifted a rainbow before the clouds opened up and POURED on us!!!

 

Day 2 started with this adorable little tid bit. <3  It took her a little bit to warm up to all of us (23 of us to be exact) but once she did, oh goodness.  Did I mention how adorable she is???  Gary gets most of the credit in changing her outlook though.  There is something about a bright yellow baby goose that is foolproof when trying to get kids to be happy. ;-)

 

Candice, one of the teachers, volunteered that afternoon to let us practice on her.  These images are just so intimate and beautiful.  I can’t help but want to do some Mommy and Me sessions in the near future.  There is just something about the connection between a mother and her children that will always tug at my heart.

 

Our model family from day 1 agreed to come back for day 2! (we were all praying it wouldn’t rain on them. (AGAIN)  The sun even came out for a bit and with it came a little bit of magic if I do say so myself. <3

We all met up for breakfast the following morning, took a lot of selfies, gave a lot of hugs, traded a lot of social media info and promised to stay in touch.

It was the first time I had been away from my 4 kids for more than a night and even then I have always only been an hour or so away…  I couldn’t wait to get home and squeeze them, but I was genuinely sorry to leave.

One of the perks of being a photographer is a completely flexible schedule.  It is what makes it possible for me to be a stay at home mom, home school my kids, run a photography business and not be a complete mess (most of the time).  I can do the majority of my business through email, online or over the phone and schedule my shoots for the evenings and weekends when my husband is home.  It works beautifully and I love it!  However, it can get a bit lonely though…  Having the fellowship of like minded photographers in such a rich learning environment was so refreshing.

I am so excited for what the future holds and can’t wait to see what it looks like through my lens.

Huntsville & Madison Family Children Lifestyle Photographer Jenni M Photography – Baby Jane

These two. <3  Seriously love them both!  This is my sister in law and my sweet new niece.  My brother is deployed overseas right now so these two came to Alabama to visit.  It’s the first time we got to meet Jane and she is just as sweet as can be!  My kids absolutely fell in love with her and I can’t help but be excited for when they meet their new sister in June.  I am going to have to keep a really close eye on our new one…  They might just smother her with toys and kisses. lol

Welcome to the family sweet Jane.  As you grow, you will find that we are BIG (there are lots and lots of us), and loud, and crazy, and opinionated but we love you like crazy and you are stuck with us for life. ;-)

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.

For more information about my packages click HERE.

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

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

When I got the email from this sweet mama saying that she wanted to schedule another session with me I got super excited!  Last time we took photos together it ended up being one of my favorite sessions of the year, so I was not only excited to spend more time with this fantastic family, but also looking forward to seeing what we came up with this time around!  I had so much fun taking these images.  It always takes a little bit for kids to warm up but once they did, every ounce of their being is genuine.  You won’t find any fake smiles here. <3

These boys have grown up so much over the past year!  This time of life goes by so fast and I am always honored to have past clients return to me.  It’s the best complement I can get!

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.

For more information about my packages click HERE.

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

Huntsville & Madison Family Children Lifestyle Photographer Jenni M Photography – Stang

Big families are my jam!  I grew up in a large family (6 kids) and I have a big family (about to be 5 kids).  As much as I crave a little silence and sometimes I go to bed and feel like my ears hurt from all of the lack of quiet throughout the day, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  There is a beautiful chaos that is forged in a home with all that never ending “noise”.  Even when I don’t think I can handle another minute, it doesn’t take long for me to start thinking forward to the day when my house will be quiet and clean and I will wish my ears were tired.

So often, I am so busy being with and taking care of my kids I can’t climb out from under the pile of them wanting to “sit wif you” let alone have two hands to grab my camera.  I know I am not alone…  It’s why I love documenting these moments for others.

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 the unique bond and beautiful connections that are found in your own relationships while incorporating the imagination in the every day magical moments.

For more information about my packages click HERE.

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