One of my favorite things to photograph is a lazy-ish Sunday afternoon. This particular session was felt really comforting. It looked a lot like what I think many of our lives look like, just family hanging out together. Just enjoying the time spent together. Because together is enough.
I was able to photograph a bit of their morning routine, which included a eating a frozen sausage straight from the freezer and the delicious warm pastry, we all know and love, Toaster Strudel. Gosh, I remember getting SO excited when my mom bought these at the store!
They love Legos and did a friendly guys vs. gals building competition. And of course, the kids showed me all of their pets. Little brother showed me his wiggly tooth too! What better way to spend a rainy, freezing cold Sunday afternoon?
Warm, inside, hanging out with the people you love- that's what it's all about.
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I've said it again and again - I'll never not say it. Homecomings are such an honor to photograph. There's nothing in this world quite like them.
It's strange because it's such an intimate moment, but you're sharing it with a crowd of people who have experienced the same things you have.
You may not know each other personally, but there's a sense of belonging there.
A common thread that binds you all together.
And I have to say this too- homecomings are especially sweet when you've photographed a homecoming for the family before. For me, it's wonderful when any client hires me again and again. I love seeing their family grow and change- but it is pretty amazing to photograph these amazing, once in a lifetime moments for them again and again. Because these memories and this day is as much about the family as it is the service member. It's the moment their hearts become whole again and it's so beautiful.
The first homecoming I did for them was hot- middle of summer hot. This one was cold, dreary, and windy; but no one really cares at these types of events. I mean, how could you? It's literally the happiest day of the year for these families!
The kids are older (and they still have absolutely impeccable style) and the mom and dad seemed to have not aged a single day. Seriously.
Welcome home Sailor!
Thank you so much for your service to our country, we are forever grateful.
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It's been a long time since I have been this excited about a local business. I'll tell you one thing though, The Juniper House and Restorative Physical Therapy (read more about Restorative Physical Therapy in this blog!) have me pumped to live in Chesapeake!
The Juniper House is an absolutely brilliant concept brought to life by two women who saw a need in the community for women's health and wellness, particularly in the postpartum period.
As a woman and mother of three myself, I can attest that the postpartum period can be isolating. No one talks about the health challenges you will face postpartum. Mental health is only just now becoming "okay" to talk about (and really, we've got a long way to go there) and there are millions of books written on what to expect when you are pregnant. But what about the 4th trimester? What about postpartum? What about the mother?
That's where The Juniper House comes in.
This is a safe place for mothers.
What is The Juniper House?
The Juniper House is warm and welcoming- it is a calming space. It feels good to be there. This is a place of self care.
Things you can find within their walls:
-Pelvic Floor Therapy
-Prenatal + Postnatal Massage
-Post Partum Support
-Doula Services (birth + postpartum)
-Facials + Waxing
And a new offering, free mommy and me playgroups. They are creating a community for mothers and helping women to find their tribe. Truly, this is such important work.
There was a time when I was a new mother and a place just like this helped me find my way and find my tribe. Those were some of the most beautiful years of my life.
I met Meg and Tina, owners of The Juniper House, and they graciously allowed me to tour their beautiful, thoughtful space. Every corner invites you to relax and be at ease. I instantly felt relaxed as we spoke about their calling to create this place and their vision for their business. We spoke freely about our bodies and our struggles (and triumphs) in motherhood and how important it was to trust our intuition and to listen to our bodies.
Please visit The Juniper House's website here to learn more information about them, their business, and what they offer.
You can find more about Tina here and more about Meg here.
Jess is a photographer serving families located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She specializes in documentary and storytelling photography.