where stories are told
12/10/2020 0 Comments
Christmas is coming and I know that our days are going to be filled with many wonderful activities and traditions. Time spent with family and friends is time well spent and so worthy of a snap. I have come up with a few photos to take that you will surely treasure and will help tell the story of your holiday season.
Who's up for a little challenge to really elevate your photos and help you to be more intentional and aware of what photos you are making?
Well fa la la la la- let's do this!
Make a list of holiday and Christmas traditions your family has and participates in every year. Now, prioritize them in the order of upmost importance. Next, under each activity you listed- write things that you enjoy about that activity. What is it about that activity you look forward to? Is there something a certain child always does? Do you enjoy the planning? Do you dress a certain way? Think closely about this one and don't overlook the details. This is what you are going to photograph. Look beyond the generic "stand there and look at the camera and smile" photos.
Here's an example from our family:
The past few years, I haven't loved the idea of decorating. It feels like a lot of work, right? I know some people that are so into it and love Christmas so much they begin decorating as soon as Halloween is over ( we all know them, right?) But, my kids get so much joy out of decorating. It's ever so exciting to them! So, if I'm digging a little deeper and looking a little closer, what do I enjoy about it? Well, the end result for one. I like seeing everything festive, yet back the way it goes, boxes cleared away, etc. But again, digging deeper, I love to see my kids excitement. Why are they excited? Boxes everywhere (mass chaos!!!)! Dad climbing in and out of the super mysterious attic! Clumping all the ornaments in one tiny space on the tree! It's so funny to me because I feel like when we decorate, it certainly does not look like a Hallmark commercial! It's magical all right, but in our own messy, crazy way. Maybe more like National Lampoons?
Now, get out there and document your Christmas and holiday traditions! Share them with me on my Facebook page or tag me in your Instagram stories @jess.nicole.photography - I want to see what you come up with!
If you are interested in having me do this for you, I'd obviously be happy to. Let me know by using the contact tab above or message me on any of my social channels.
There's this running joke in the photography community, photographer's children hate the camera, anything to do with pictures, and will act like wild animals if they even sense the camera turning on. Back when I did portrait photography (seems like a lifetime ago), I would always chuckle and cry because I knew it to be so true.
But then, oh glorious day, I made the decision to do a 180 and follow my real passion- capturing authenticity. That's a whole other blog post I'll write one day, but for now, just know that my kids no longer have "photographer's child syndrome". Which is awesome- I feel like they feel respected and appreciated just the way they are, in their natural habitat. And I am over the moon because I get real, meaningful portraits of my kids. Portraits of them just the way they are and exactly how my heart will always remember them.
So, let's get to it. What are some ways YOU can prepare your kids for a shoot with me? Here's 5 easy ways to help them (and you) prepare for your awesome family storytelling session with me!
I hope you found this helpful and I hope it eases any worries you may have had. I'm aiming for zero stress over here.
If you'd like to chat a bit about a session with me, I'm all ears. We can do a quick video chat or simply send me a message and I'll send you a digital magazine with all of the details.
I want to preserve this time for you. The whole family deserves to be in the frame and your children will cherish this keepsake for years to come. These pictures will only get sweeter with time.
Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Black Friday, Happy Holidays!
I want to take a quick second to thank YOU my clients (past, present, and future) for supporting me and helping me to chase after my dreams. Without you, none of this would be possible.
When you shop small, local businesses like mine- I can't tell you what it means to me. You're putting money right back into your Hampton Roads community. You're making me do a super happy dance. You making me high five everyone in my family. You're directly supporting my small business. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.
Now, onto the Black Friday 2020 details and fine print.
All deals/sessions purchased MUST be used from December 2020- December 2021. To secure your rate, you need to pay 50% upon booking. No refunds, no other discounts apply.
- $100 off Day in the Life Sessions! Holy guacamole, this is a fantastic deal. You've got me for 8 hours and each session includes a beautiful 8x8 lay-flat keepsake photobook from your day. I cannot wait to meet my 2021 Day in the Life Families!!
-$50 off Half Day in the Life Sessions! You've got me for 4 hours for this one- perfect for those who are not quite ready to jump into a Full Day in the Life or for those who have some time constraints.
-$50 off the Belly to Baby Collection! This is another HOLY GUACAMOLE deal! That $50 off is on top of the bundled savings of the Collection. Each session also comes with a small set of 10 5x7 prints for you to frame, display, or share.
- FREE 11x14 wall art print will be included with Gift Certificate purchases for any session. (literally this is the perfect gift!!)
There will be FLASH SALES not mentioned in this blog. You'll have to check my Instagram stories, my Facebook page, and also I added a Facebook event page where I'll post just the sales.
Let me know if you have any questions, I'm happy to help. Thank you so much for supporting my small business and our local Chesapeake community.
Jess is a photographer serving families located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She specializes in documentary and storytelling photography.
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