I wrote a blog a while back that has been one of my most popular blogs to date. I think it's because we can all relate to the sadness of loss and the bittersweet life we live. It's about those places and people that only exist in our memory, it's for those who are no longer with us. You can read that blog here.
I was at a session recently and I climbed into an old cottage in quite a state of disrepair. But, I love old things and I could feel it's history. It was speaking to me. I climbed in to shoot my subject through the tattered and torn curtains. It was clear that no one had been inside for a long, long while.
As my eyes traveled over the space, I took a moment to take it all in. You can tell a lot about the people who live in a space by their belongings and the things they hold space for...or in this case, the ones who used to live here. There were relics, memories, and old possessions stacked everywhere.
I turned to my left and I saw it there, tucked into the corner next to the window. The light cast it in a romantic glow and the thick layer of dust covered it like a veil. A piano with the most beautiful, intricate carvings on the front. It had books and papers stacked around it and old lamps sitting on top.
My breath caught in my chest and the most vivid memory washed over me. I knew this piano, my grandparents had one very similar in their 100 year old home, also filled with relics like this one. I could instantly hear my grandmother playing old hymns and singing along softly, as she picked out the tune. She only played by ear. I could see her hands there hovering over the keys. I could smell something wonderful and warm cooking in the kitchen. I could hear the Braves game in the background. My whole body could remember the feeling of being there in their home. Honestly, it was the sweetest memory.
And, it's funny how these things trigger a memory. That blog I wrote that I mentioned above? It talks about what I would do if I could go back just for one day with my camera and how I would document it...how I would honor that space. But I can't go back, so instead, I shot this moment in the here and now because it reminded me of them.
And surprisingly enough, all of this happened in an instant. Just the tiniest blip of time in my day. That's usually the way these things go, isn't it?
It's here and I am so excited! I am so happy to be a part of a community that rallies around small businesses like mine. I can't wait to bring you this year's much anticipated Black Friday specials for Jess Nicole Photography! Grab a session for your or your family while you can or give the wonderful gift of a photography experience. Gift certificates are available and ready-to-gift.
Here you'll find all the details and things you need to know.
Day in the Life Sessions: Save $200 on full Day in the Life Sessions. These sessions include a lovely 8x8 hardcover photo book.
Belly + Baby Collection: Save $100 when you book the Belly + Baby Collection. This includes one maternity session and one newborn session, plus a set of 10 5x7 prints from each session. With this Collection, plus the Black Friday Sale, you will end up with savings of $150!
Mornings with Mom Sessions: $50 off Mornings with Mom Sessions.
Family Storytelling Sessions: These 90 minute sessions are perfect for capturing everyday family moments. Take $50 off these sessions.
Offers only valid from 11/26/21- 11/29/21. Sessions must be claimed by signing a contract and paying a deposit. These offers are not valid on any existing sessions. Must be used by 12/31/22.
To book your session, contact me here or click on the Contact tab above.
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Every holiday season, I see parents and loved ones struggle with gift ideas that are valuable to the recipient, yet is not something that will be considered clutter in a few months. A lot of families are moving towards non-material gifts and instead focusing on experiences that the whole family can share together- a chance to make memories that will last a lifetime.
I'd like to share with you an idea that a few clients of mine do for their families each year. They gift their family a Day in the Life Session. They choose a day for me to come out and catch the memories that are being made...the opportunity to create art out of their moments. Sometimes they have me come out on a lazy weekend, but other times they combine it with another experience gift they have planned for their family. We could make it fun and exciting! Maybe a special trip to the zoo, the aquarium, the beach, creating a special dinner, a camping trip, a day trip to a nearby city, a family hike, baking, going to their favorite ice cream shop...the options are endless and are tailored to your family. I capture what is special to you.
I also quickly want to add that adding in grandparents on this experience is about the best thing you could possibly do!
A Day in the Life Session looks different for every family, some are loud and chaotic, some are cuddly and filled with quiet moments. The important thing is that we are making a visual diary for your family. A legacy for generations to cherish.
It's important for families to be able to express themselves and tell the story of their lives.
Each Day in the Life Session comes with an 8x8 hardcover photo book for you to keep, as well as a gallery of digital images.
If this session is a gift, I have beautiful gift certificates that are presentation perfect and ready-to-give adorned with a Christmas ornament.
If these past few years have taught us anything, it's that we are only on this Earth for a short amount of time and things can change in an instant. We can't afford to wait on making the most out of the time we are given. These past few years we were shown what's really, truly important in life... and it's not material possessions.
If this sounds like a clutter-free gift experience you'd like to invest in for your family, I would love to speak with you more about it. You can contact me here or use the Contact tab above. I'm happy to send you my Client Welcome Guide- I can't wait to help you tell your story.
Jess is a photographer serving families located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She specializes in documentary and storytelling photography.