Say Goodbye to Bathroom Selfies!
The Bump Ahead & Beyond is a 18 month Journey from Announcing your Pregnancy all the way through to your Little One's First Birthday! With 9 sessions total (110 Images) we will creatively capture your journey through your pregnancy and baby's first year. It's an all inclusive program with your images on a wooden usb drive with a custom wooden box.
If you've recently found out you are pregnant (or have recieved that secret text from a friend) and would like to know more about this amazing program- please email, message, call or text me today! Let's start planning how you'll tell the world that you're expecting a little one.
Baby- It's cold outside and that means it's baby making season!
Nico's entrance into the world wasn't a smooth one- but man is he squishy and full of rolls! Entering at 9 pounds 14 ounces & 22 inches long- he was a substantial size!
Momma wanted neutrals- and neutrals is what she got! That's okay! Here are some of my favorites from his session!
This is quite a bit late- I've been slammed with Preschool Portraits and other sessions that blogging has taken a back seat. But now I'm all caught up- and have several sessions to blog about.
Amelia! She's so sweet and cute. Although she wasn't super smiley the day we took her pictures- she was still cute as can be with all of the wildflowers during super bloom.
Here's some of my favorites from Amelia's mini session!
Happy 1st Birthday Amelia!
Hi! This is me- Jennifer Smith. I'm a Mom to my daughter Emma (2.5 years old), and wife to my husband, Bruce (for the last 7.5 years). We reside in Vacaville, California- and living the American Dream.
Enough about that. Let's get down to specifics. I had to really think about this one- What are 5 things that people don't know about me (besides my husband- he knows me better than I do most of the time). After pondering for most of the day- Here's what I've come up with.
1. First Airplane Ride at 17 years old: I was born and raised in south central Pennsylvania for the majority of my life. I didn't travel much out of state unless it was to Maryland, Virginia, or even New Jersey. My first travel experience (on an airplane) was my senior year in High School to Los Angeles, California with my high school band (Dover Eagle Marching Band- Dover, PA) for a week long trip. We did everything. It was an amazing trip- and I have super fond memories with good friends. Good times.
2. Super Human Strength: I didn't know how strong I was until I gave birth to my daughter, Emma. I've always been a strong willed person- but still kind of quiet. I always thought I could really do anything I wanted to do- which I can- but I didn't realize how strong my body, mind, and mentality were until I had my daughter. That was the toughest test I have every been through. 42 straight hours of being awake (not necessarily all in labor)- I was exhausted. Then with a newborn- no one sleeps! I really used to value sleep- at least I thought. Now I immensely value my sleep. I don't get as much anymore- but that's okay.
3. I'm a perfectionist. This is an excellent trait- but sometimes it's frustrating. My dad always said- and still does to this day- "If it's not done right- don't do it at all". Perhaps that's where I get it from. He's been working for the last 43ish years with the same company manufacturing books. With his job- everything has to be perfect. That's how I feel about my job- Every image has to be perfect. I have standards. If it's not perfect- you won't receive it. Though you may not see the imperfections- I do. I see them.
4. Salesmen don't have to work too hard: I'm probably the easiest person for people to sell to. If you tell me that I need this- 99% of the time- I buy it. My best friend started selling Mary Kay about a year ago- she sat me down and showed me this complete line of skin care- over $500 later- I had Mary Kay's complete line of skin care. My husband is not a fan of this trait. I can't help it- I'm an easy sell.
5. Building a Brand- Graphic Design: I have a secret love of Graphic Design. A friend of mine- a Professional Graphic Designer has praised my graphic design over and over. As an artist and business woman- I have a vision on what I want my brand to be and to look like. Being able to implement that myself- is super exciting. I spend hours creating designs for my business- not all of them are perfection- but that's how we learn right? I love to create- and I know what's appealing to me. I try and implement that into my business and create something that's attractive and catches attention. Not a lot of people can do that- it's kind of special.
I hope you enjoyed these Five things you didn't know about me. What are some things most people don't know about you? It's trickier than you think!
It is my mission to blog more- I'm going to feature each session on here! So look out for updates on my Facebook page for when a new post will be up.
Monroe. The first time I heard her momma say that her baby's name would be Monroe I fell in love. It's different- but not too far off the cuff. It's lovely really. When I saw her for the first time 12 hours after she had been born- She looked like a Monroe. Sweet beauty with chubby cheeks and lots of hair.
I had been preparing for Monroe's newborn session for about a month. I probably over prepared- but I had a vision on what I wanted it to look like. I've jumped back in head first into newborns hoping to expand my client base for that service. I knew this had to be a good one.
This was a defining session- I needed to figure out what I wanted my style to be for newborns. What fits me? I looked up and down at colors, textures, props, etc and found what I felt matched my brand. Delina was good with whatever I picked out- she wanted neutrals. Easy peasy.
We incorporated big sister Maesyn into Monroe's session- She didn't disappoint at all. She was sweet and full of love for her brand new baby sister. Here are some of my favorites from Monroe's session.
Congrats Bolton Family- She's gorgeous!
2015 has been an incredible year for JSP. There has been a ton of growth not only in business, but artistically, and personally.
This is the time of year when everyone reflects on what has happened in the past year. For JSP- I joined a referral networking group called BNI. It's worldwide- and has proven success over and over again. After minimal convincing I decided to join our local chapter- this is an awesome group of business owners, and they are my trusted network! I've made some new amazing friends along the way within the network.
One of those friends is Heather Carollo with Heather Carollo Photography. She's amazing. Her husband (Andre- of Andre's Air- If you need a HVAC guy- He's your guy!) is in my BNI group. We've connected and she has been a huge crucial part in helping my business grow. We are much alike- even before we met. Our styles are similar- both professionally & personally. She has referred many families to me- and for that I am grateful. We will continue to help each other grow in the new year! Thank you Heather!
In 2015 I was pushed outside my comfort zone- a lot. I think when you're challenged- you tend to discover things about yourself that you would have never seen. Artistically, Technically, and personally pushed out of my comfort zone to take on amazing opportunities. I am grateful. This is where growth happens.
2015 allowed me to tie up loose ends from 2014. I had to deal with many firsts without my best friend Stacie- who had passed in 2014. After all of the firsts- I was able to start healing finally from that devastating loss. With healing comes progress.
Finally- 2015 has allowed me to provide for my family while doing something that I love. Not everyone can say that. I think it's important to do what you love. Not only for yourself- but sharing your gift with others is gratifying.
I look forward to what 2016 will bring for JSP.
Happy New Year everyone!