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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 – Kai

Why is it that mamas anticipate and mourn a baby’s first birthday?  Why do we constantly weigh the excitement of what is to come (independence, growth, talking, walking, learning) against what will be lost. (snuggles, dependence, contentment, peek-a-boo, baby curls, teething)

Well, maybe you don’t, but I do…  My own little one is 10 months old right now and I am trying to soak up every single second.  It seems like when they turn 1, they are all of the sudden, on the go, and my baby, the one that has looked at me like I am the center of their universe, slips away just a little more every day.  That baby is replaced with a toddler, full of wonder, excitement, independence and an insatiable desire to learn.

BUT

I LOVE BABIES!  I have ALWAYS loved babies…  Why do they have to grow up so FAST?!?!  I am so incredibly excited for this next season of life that is about to be upon us.  It will be the first time in over 10 years that I will have a bit more freedom to travel (without the kids), but this “baby season” has gone by in a blink, and I am sad.  You would think that after 5 kids I would have gotten my fill. lol

 

My first year sessions are all about celebrating those milestones.  Exploring, standing, spunk and following what they are interested in.  This little guy was absolutely precious.  If I could end all of my sessions in the water, I would.  He had a blast and didn’t want to leave. <3

Happy birthday buddy.  Just know that you are probably breaking your mamas heart just a little bit every day just because you are one day older. <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 Maternity Photographer Jenni M Photography – 3 Generations

It isn’t often that I get to include Grandma and Grandpa in a family shoot, but this sweet Mama really wanted to get some generational photos of the 4 most important men in her life.

I can’t help but feel incredibly sentimental when I look at these.  I have quite a few cell phone shots of my kids interacting with their grandparents, but these photos made me pause.  I think I may need to make time to document the generations for my own family.  We currently live close to grandparents, and great grandparents so other than needing to “make time” for it, I really have no other excuse.

Lets be honest, getting ready for photos isn’t something that ANYONE looks forward to. (myself included)  I mean, I personally have to find 7 different outfits that coordinate together, do 2 girls hair, make sure everyone is wearing matching socks (yes, that is a thing in my house) and get myself put together. (which is a whole other thing since I typically don’t “do” my hair) lol.

But these…  documenting your visual history… it’s so worth it. <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 Newborn Lifestyle Photographer Jenni M Photography – Wright

These moments, although uncomfortable, are so precious.  When you are still 2 and not quite 3 yet.  They tell you to “enjoy it” and “sleep because you won’t get much when He arrives” but how in the world do you not be anxious to meet this precious new soul you carry inside?  AND how in the world do you “sleep” with so much aching and discomfort?

These encouragements typically come from women who have been in the trenches of motherhood, and know from personal experience.  They know how tiring it is to raise a human, but even more than that, they also know how quickly every single moment goes by.

We all know that days of monotony seem to stretch on forever, but weekends and vacations tend to pass in a blink!  For all of the tiredness, and discomfort, and pain, and crazy, there is so much joy, and love, and peace, and protectiveness.  The moment my first son was born, I felt like life hit the fast forward button, and with every child we have added to our family, it has sped up just a little bit more.  Some will say it’s because I am just busier, but I think it is more than that.

Those moments we want to savor, they feel so fast.  This life, while my children are little, I want to deeply savor all of the little moments.  Every single giggle, smile, twirl, splash, hug and sweet whispers of “I love you mom”.

They say to savor and sleep, because they know what is coming.  They know the intense love.  They know the exhaustion.  They know the passion that carries you through it all as well.  Parenting is SO MESSY and SO HARD, but it is so freaking WORTH IT. <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 Senior Lifestyle Photographer Jenni M Photography – Nymeyer

They drove here from Michigan!  When his sweet mom messaged me asking if I had any openings, I was a little flattered and quite surprised!  Bottom line.  If you are willing to drive across multiple states to have me take your sons senior photos, I will MAKE time! lol

So then they arrived, and I meet this handsome young man.  Since when did high school seniors start looking so put together and SHARP!  He was laid back and chill with an easy smile and a fantastic sense of humor.  We had a gorgeous evening and I got to shoot at a location that I am starting to think is just a little magical.

I get so sentimental when I do senior photos.  My oldest is 9 and I know I am going to blink and it is all of the sudden going to be time for his own senior year.  It’s going by way too fast.  I wish there was a pause button or even better, rewind, because these “young years” are disappearing so quickly.  I may be perpetually tired, (I haven’t slept all the way through the night in over 9 years), and I have a LOT on my to do list that never ends, but our life is so wonderfully simple right now.  Nothing that can’t be fixed with sleep or food exists in our world, and there is so much beauty in that.

The thought of my kids leaving scares the crap out of me!  lol.  I am just reminded that my job is to prepare and equip, so that when they leave, they don’t just fly, they soar.  Fortunately, I have a few more years to get used to the idea.  In the mean time, I have no doubt that Seth will excel at just about anything he decides to pursue.

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!

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

This little guy was just perfection.  His mama wanted a natural feel to his session and it is honestly my favorite way to do a in home newborn photo session.  This little boys family loves adventure and travel and once you see his nursery, I have a feeling you will fall instantly in love, just like I did.  He is their “little explorer” taking them on a brand new adventure.

Family photography will always be my first love, but the more Newborns I get to photograph, the more I am really beginning to fall in love with this genre as well.  <3

His daddy built that wall in his nursery by hand.  He said it was like putting a puzzle together, but you have to create every single piece!  Five different tones of wood and a lot of time later, and the coolest nursery wall I have ever seen was created.  It is even more gorgeous in person.  I can’t think of a better place to have the family portion of their photo shoot.

This little boy is so insanely loved…  I can’t wait to see how he grows and the adventures he gets to experience with his parents.

As much as I love the intimacy of in home newborn sessions, I have been dreaming of outdoor newborn photography for quite a long time.  I have finally figured out all of the details and I can’t wait to show you what I am planning.  I am anxiously waiting on the wildflowers to bloom.

 

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!

 

Dark kitchens and crappy light…

Hello!

It has been WAY TOO LONG since my last personal post.  I am sure the 5 kids, homeschooling, busy season, the holidays, an autoimmune diagnosis and a teething baby have something to do with it… lol

It is what it is, and I will try and do better. (but no promises) ;-)

So I joined a “Project 52” this year.  There aren’t any weekly themes and the only rules are that you submit 2 images each week that were taken that same week of your own personal life.  I decided to join as a way to stay accountable.  My own family’s photos sadly, fell through the cracks this past year.  We had our last baby this past year (who is now ALREADY 7 months old!) and we will be moving out of our home and in to a rental soon, to get ready to build on our 17 acres of land.  So many changes and adventures are coming our way, and I desperately want to document it.  This is our story, with our completed family, and the first step towards so many of our dreams will be happening this year.

The last time I participated in a 52 week project, I lasted until week 22 and then fizzled miserably.  Since then I have thought “if I’m not going to finish, whats the point?”, until I was going through personal photos a couple months ago…  You know what?  Some of those shots I took in the first 22 weeks are some of my FAVORITES!  Who cares that I didn’t finish!?!  I got some precious shots I would never have otherwise been motivated to take, that represented us, and perfectly documented them.  This year, I will need all the accountability I can get. lol.

One of the reasons I am so excited for our future home (which isn’t built yet) is that it will have LIGHT!  Currently, our home has the kitchen and living area in the middle of the house.  There is very little natural light, and as you know, I love light!  I can’t help but pick up my camera when the light is beautiful, but on the other hand, it is really hard for me to get inspired when the light is crappy.  Add in 5 kids worth of messes, and my house is just about the least inspiring place for me to take photos in the entire world. lol

The problem though, is that we live our entire life in the kitchen and living room!

Last week I was scrolling Instagram (Are you following Jenni M Photography, Jenni M Designs, and my personal account?) and had the thought “I can’t wait to take sink bath photos in our new house!”  Just as quickly as the thought came, I realized, “I won’t have a baby by the time we finally get the house built!” :-(  Time never slows down…  As close as we are to my dream of a light filled, more minimalist inspired home, my baby just won’t wait that long.

I have to document our “now” right NOW or else it will be lost.  I can’t document her rubber band wrists, the fascination of dripping water, her back rolls and the way she kept licking the water off her lips like it was a special treat in a year, because it will be gone.  forever.

So the light…  I had to figure something out…  I loaded the dishwasher (because I ALWAYS have dishes in my sink) cleaned the sink, filled the sink and got my camera ready.

I knew our crappy florescent bubble light on the kitchen ceiling wasn’t going to cut it.

I then turned it off to see if that would work.  Nope.  Too dark.

Then I tried the LED light by itself.  Nope. Too harsh.

Then I grabbed the milk jug, put it in front of the LED light and turned on the overhead light as well.  Yup, that will do.

My house wasn’t picked up, my other 4 kids kept trying to “help” and the rest of my kitchen still needed to be cleaned, but I kept telling myself “If they don’t turn out, I don’t have to share them anywhere.  They are about her, nothing else.”

And you know what happened?  I freaking love them!  I can’t even tell you how much my heart hurts at the thought that I was just going to not take them because I didn’t have a beautiful sink with a window behind it.  They aren’t perfect, but they are our “right now” and that is priceless to me.

So if you are still hanging in there and have read this far…

Stop waiting until your life looks perfect.  Stop waiting until your house looks better, walls are painted, clothes are clean, kids are easier, floors are clear, weight is lost…

Because as much as I believe professional photography is worth every penny, I also believe your every day moments need to be documented too.  Who cares if they are crappy cell phone photos!  If you take 20 and only 1 “turns out”, THAT’S OK!  Photos are about remembering.  We love them so much because they bring back memories.  If you want to learn how to better use your cell phone for every day moments, I can’t recommend the Every Day Artistry guide enough.  It’s beautifully written, and has so many great tips on how to get better images from your camera phone.

So what does my life look like?  I am truly excited to share some peeks and highlights with you over the course of this year.  You are welcome to join me in the Project 52 as well (hosted by the same photographer that wrote the guide I linked above)!  You don’t have to be a “pro photographer” to be a part of it.  Come document your life with me. <3

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

To be honest, I always struggle with something to say when I am writing  a new blog post.  It’s kinda hard writing something heartfelt when most of the time I don’t know a whole lot beyond the hour and a half we spend together…

However…  This happens to be the SIXTH photo session I have had with this beautiful growing family!!!

I couldn’t help but be excited when she told me she was expecting again and wanted me to document the first year of their newest little one.  I get all kinds of sentimental when I think back over our own families photos.  There isn’t anything that makes me walk down memory lane as quickly as our photo albums.  They hold so many reminders of happy moments and details almost forgotten.  I absolutely love the feeling of “remembering”.

It is my goal to give them that gift every single time they view these images.  After all, she won’t be a baby for long. <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!