Posts Tagged ‘Clifton Park child photographer’

At the beginning of August I had the supreme pleasure of attending a get-together in North Carolina with over 20 other photographer.  Some of us have know each other for upwards of 3 years, but most of us had never met in person.  It was about a year ago when the idea was first presented of planning a weekend get-together of shooting, learning, and socializing, and I have to admit I originally just wrote the idea off.  I mean, it sounded like a lot of fun, but I would have a new little baby and I just didn’t see how it would work for me this year.  Of course, as the plans became solidified and the group’s enthusiasm grew, I knew I had to try and make it happen.  Plus, I am married to a super-dad who never balks at flying solo with our crazy darling children:).

I am so, so glad I changed my mind.  I can’t imagine having missed out on the opportunity to meet so many fabulous, kind, and talented women:).  In addition, I was so excited to shoot with and learn from my peers and friends that I respect so much.  I am beyond grateful to everyone who made the trip happen, to my family for supporting me, and to Jack who only screamed half of the time;).

The first evening I was able to work with an absolutely gorgeous mama-to-be who was totally comfortable in front of the camera and just naturally stunning to boot.

black-and-white-photographyMy friend Laurie Sachs caught this image of me working with them:

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The next morning we had the opportunity to photograph some older children–an age I don’t get to shoot very often.  It was so much fun!

That afternoon we headed inside to work with some darling, darling newborns.  My good friend Keri Walters and I led the studio portion of the newborn shoot and it just reminded me again how incredibly enjoyable it is to photograph little babies with another skilled photographer who just steps in and knows exactly what is needed in a second pair of hands.

First up is 16-day old Brooklyn.  She was just such a darling little girl with the most beautiful hair, gorgeous lips, and perfect skin–I could hardly stand it!

And another “behind the scenes” shot caught by my friend Melissa.

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Next came baby Isaac at 15-days old.  Oh gosh, he was such a cute little thing and his parents were just gorgeous too!

And here’s the group:

Thanks ladies–I loved every minute!  And honey, see, they’re not middle-aged, balding computer programmers, nor are they robots.  Real, wonderful, inspiring women.

Don’t ask:).

They are going to be fabulous adults.  They really are.  At least that’s what I tell myself over and over when I am in the throws of yet another battle over something seemingly insignificant for which they are fighting tooth and nail. My husband and I are blessed with three strong, smart, feisty, and fiercely independent girls.  Unfortunately, those qualities married with a completely unique and creative sense of style pose a constant challenge for our family’s portraiture, as clothing and hair play huge roles for good or bad in any portrait.  I’ve come to decide that being the mom of four kids is all about choices.  I can fight the clothing battle for an hour every day and have children who don’t look like homeless ragamuffins or I can have four children.  We all know which choice I’ve made.  The clothes they wear are always clean when they put them on, and that is a quite a feat in and of itself.  Sadly, there’s rarely a random moment when I can just grab my camera and snag a portrait.  A fun family snapshot, yes.  A nice portrait (even a casual lifestyle one), no.

So when all three girls got haircuts on Friday, I told them in the car on the way home that the second we arrived, they were to put their shoes away, run upstairs and hop on Julia’s bed, and not touch their hair.  At all.  I wanted to snag a couple of shots before everything came undone.  I was given 4 minutes, 5 tops.  They make me smile:).

Oh, she cracks me up:

Such the little poser:

This one is always a challenge–always on the go:

And just a couple quick ones from the day her teeth fell out–she wasn’t excited or anything;).

Being the mom of four also means I haven’t the time, energy, or patience for a personal blog as well as a business one.  Thanks for indulging me as I try to keep our families (most of whom live thousands of miles away) abreast of our family adventures:).

I should have a maternity session and a newborn session up later this week and maybe Jack’s 7 month portraits, so check back!

February has been a crazy month for me.  Rescheduling and some late-arriving babies has led to a fuller than usual month of sessions.  On top of that, my entire family decided to take turns becoming ill over this past week off of school (yeah, we know how to party in this house).  Jack got the brunt of it though and was diagnosed this weekend with bronchiolitis and an ear infection.  It’s not serious, but he does need to be on a nebulizer every four hours.  At the risk of getting too personal, his breathing issues (and lack of sleep on my part) have created some eating issues and nursing has not been going well the past few days.

In light of everything that’s going on with him, I would just ask for some patience as I work on getting everything back on track.  If you are waiting for a gallery, a sneak peek, or to receive an email response, please know I will get to everything just as soon as I can.  In the meantime, I appreciate your patience as I focus on my family’s health for a few days.

Speaking of patience, no post is complete without a picture.  So here’s a recent snappy of my impatient boy, who at 5 months decided sitting up and crawling were on the agenda.  He can now crawl the length of the house.  Someone please stop my baby boy from growing up too fast!

I just wanted to give a heads-up that I will be on vacation for the next week.  I will have access to email and voicemail, so you four mamas who are due any day now are welcome to give me a call as soon as your little ones make their arrivals and I will get back to you right away.  All other emails and phone calls will be returned the first of February.

On a side note, my littlest baby girl turned three today.  I do not know where the time has gone.  What a pure delight these past three years have been.  Don’t ever let anyone tell you two is terrible–two is pretty much the honeymoon period of parenting–goofy faces, silly sayings, burgeoning independence, something new learned everyday.  Three, on the other hand, well… let’s not think about that right now:).

Anyway, what’s a blog post without images?  Well, boring, but that’s probably best left a rhetorical question.  We snagged a few quick shots before running out the door this morning.

I can almost hear the giggle in this one:

JuJuBe, just love you more than chocolate!   Happy Birthday, big girl!

Happy Holidays from Jessica Washburn Photography!

I am still not quite done for the year–I have two more newborn sessions in the next two days–but I wanted to take the time to wish all my blog readers a very happy holiday season while I have a moment to breathe:).  I hope your December is filled with love and laughter.

A few more images that make my heart happy:).

Happy Holidays!