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A few weeks ago, I was invited into this couple's home for a photo session. The reason? Only the best news ever! They are expecting their first little one and I am so excited for them. I'm so grateful they trusted me with their memories and to keep this little secret.
I can't wait for them to experience the pure joy of seeing their baby be born or the experience of falling more and more in love with a little human with each breath it takes. And for them to realize just how good newborns smell. And how they fit so perfectly in your arms. And in your heart.
I shared this photo above on my Facebook page. I walked in their kitchen and somehow knew that's where their sweet little film strip of their baby would be. Where else would it be? It's right at home in between a to-do list and a receipt. It's such an iconic, yet subtle image that represents pregnancy to me. That little ever present reminder that, yes, there is in fact a little human doing flips and summersaults in your belly- even if you can't see them or feel them yet.
We chatted about all things baby, played with the dogs, and took some pictures. Then, we headed to that the store we all know and love-Target. We cruised down baby aisles, compared the differences between diaper brands, and test drove some strollers. Daddy to be even found a what we dubbed as a "butt spatula"- because I guess putting diaper rash cream on your baby's bottom with your own hand is sooo 2007. (pictured below)
Oh, how life is going to change for these two (in the BEST way possible!)- and I'm so excited to be along for the ride. I'm excited to play one, tiny little part in this little one's history.
Target runs will never be the same. Now, instead of just impulse buying that one cute top you spotted and that new delicious smelling candle, they'll also be buying another baby outfit they can't resist. Or wipes. Or diapers. Or baby food.
And it'll be the best thing ever.
Ready to book your maternity or newborn session? Get in touch with me by using the contact tab above or on Facebook. I cant wait to tell your story!
BIG news here at Jess Nicole Photography, ya'll! In honor of World Breastfeeding Week...
I am SO happy and SO proud to be teaming up with a local henna artist, Tripty Kapoor, to offer henna maternity and breastfeeding mini sessions! How beautiful will these be? I absolutely love henna. I had it done with my 3rd pregnancy and I adored having it- it was one of my very favorite things about those last few weeks of my pregnancy. I was already bonded with baby, but this felt like an incredible celebration of our pregnancy.
These sessions will be held only on Saturday, August 4, 2018.
So, part of why this is big news is because I rarely do mini sessions. I only do one or two a year and this is one of them. The other's I offer are mommy + me day date mini sessions, you can read about those here. The other reason this is such huge news is because these sessions will take place at the beautiful Magnolia House Studio in Virginia Beach! The Magnolia House Studio is a renovated horse barn that is oh-so-dreamy and will make an amazing intimate place for you to have your session.
So, how will it work? I'll send you to my exclusive henna artist and she will design a piece for you. The black henna paste will peel off over the next day revealing the typical reddish, brown design of henna. Your session with me will take place over the next day or so, breastfeeding your babe and showing off your beautiful design. Or, if you are pregnant, your session will be all about that sweet belly.
Here's the booking info:
These mini sessions are priced at $275. You will receive your shoulder and hand henna design if you are breastfeeding, if you are doing maternity, your design will be on your belly (it lasts about 2 weeks), 5 digital images, 5 web sharing/social media images, & a small, customized keepsake box of 4x6 heirloom quality prints (up to 10). Additional prints and products can be added on at special mini session pricing. Deposit is required to book your session.
A few days before the session, you will schedule your henna design and application with my exclusive artist at her studio in Hampton, Va. Then, on Saturday, August 4th, you will arrive at The Magnolia House studio for your session with me.
Toddlerhood is such a unique time in your life as parents. Yeah, I said unique. I choose my words carefully, because toddlerhood can go from one extreme to the other in about 2 seconds. It can be all cuddles and sloppy kisses one minute and 30 seconds later be an epic, bring-down-the-house meltdown. It's a wild, yet beautiful ride.
Toddlers are such interesting little creatures. They are growing, learning, and exploring at a crazy fast pace. Sometimes, you just need to take a step back from all the crazy, climb up on the trampoline, and watch the clouds go by.
So, that's what we did.
I love seeing the family connection here.
I heard this quote from another podcast by Marie Masse (one of my favorite photographers) and her special guest was Nick McArthur. I'm paraphrasing what he said, but basically it was something like this "I'm not here to make you pretty. I'm not going to photoshop you skinny or shoot your perfect house. I'm going to take your mess and show you the beauty in that."
That resonates so much with me. I feel like if you are here and reading my blog, then it probably does you too.
It's not about the pinterest perfect life. Who lives that way? I mean, really?! It's about the life that you have created. The people you love the most. Who you do life with.
And this, my friends, this is what life looks like. This is what capturing the moments that matter looks like. And if I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times here on my blog, real life is beautiful.
So climb up on the trampoline today or spread out a blanket on the grass, take your shoes off, and just watch the clouds go by.
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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