I have a confession to make.  Most of the time, 95% of the time, I don’t put much thought into my images of my own kids.  For the most part, I just don’t have the time, the energy, or the patience to dream up fantastic shoot ideas for them.  I need to be their mom, not their photographer.  With five of them and my personality, I need to make lunch and brush teeth and help with homework, not scout locations, choose outfits, and torture them with curling and flat irons.  I usually just grab them when there is a free moment and take what I can get.  Maybe there will be a time when I can do more.  But it’s not that season for me right now.

So when I do get a fantastic idea, it kind of eats at me until I can bring it into reality.  In January I came up with this great idea to take Eva out to the same field that Brittany Woodall of Baby as Art used when she was here taking Eva’s newborn portraits–to take her 6 months later when she was 6 months older and it was completely the opposite season.  Britt was here at the tail-end of summer, so I needed the tail-end of winter.  I needed snow.  Now, pretty much any other year, that would not be a problem.  Last year, for example, I would have had my choice of a hundred days to go out and shoot.  But this year, with absolutely no snow on the ground, I started to despair of ever being able to get these shots.  Not only did I need snow, but it also needed to be relatively mild enough to take a tiny baby outside, if even for just a few minutes.  I literally prayed for days. I know it seems silly, and I know it’s not really important, but it was important to me.  I decided that it didn’t matter when it happened, if it snowed I would go.  I would go any day except for Wednesday.  Wednesdays we are at gymnastics for 3 hours and with homework and dinner and everything else, Wednesdays are impossible.

Well, the last day of February it snowed.  On a Wednesday.  Not just any Wednesday.  An INSANE Wednesday.  I sat there thinking, “There is no way.  I cannot make this happen today.”  But I couldn’t let it go.  What if the snow wasn’t there the next day?  I had been given this gift and I had to take it.  So, in between making 2 sheet cakes and 3 lasagnas, preschool/elementary school drop-offs and pick-ups, gymnastics craziness, and a million other things, Eva and I squeezed in about 12 minutes outside.

And it was magic.

Poor girl was sick, but miraculously she slept until just before I had the time to go, she ate well, and was pretty entranced by the fluffy white stuff falling from the sky.  And everything else just melted away, and it was me and her in that quiet place.  And I will be forever grateful.

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There was still snow the next day, so I took her out again in our backyard for a few more:).

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My heart is full.

11 Responses to “Seasons – Albany, Saratoga, Clifton Park Baby Photographer”

  1. Lina says:

    Jessica, this is amazing – I absolutely love parings you have going on here. Great work!

  2. Kate says:

    Eva! Jessica, you have to come visit, even if it’s just so I can meet this little doll:)

  3. Kimberli says:

    This is awesome… the timing, the images, the similarities & contrasts. Awesome idea, and flawless execution!!

  4. Angela says:

    Just beautiful…I love that you had a vision and didn’t let anything stop you! Well done, mommy 😉

  5. Keri says:

    Jess these are just perfect!!!!

  6. April says:

    Oh I love it! What a great idea and beautiful little baby :)

  7. Lisa says:

    WOW!! These are just SO beautiful.

  8. Annie Bleuer says:

    I LOVE them all. Just precious.

  9. Julia says:

    Jessica, your sweet Eva is stunning.. such light and love in her eyes. Loved every shot and the story it told after Britt’s lens.. you are amazing. :)

  10. Laurie Sachs says:

    Oh my gosh Jessica, I love these!!! How special to have these of your baby to show her growth throughout the year.

  11. Oh!!!!! Jessica!!! I missed these! I love them! The comparison is FANTASTIC! You will definitely have to continue to do these through the seasons! She will fit in that carriage for quite a while! Love it! Eva is such a gorgeous girl!

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