The key(s) to a successful photo shoot? Great weather. Beautiful location. Wonderful parents. And a very excited big sister to-be!
So...Here's the thing: Every time I photograph the Smith Family, I am taken aback by how "easy" it is and how well the shoots go.
No...seriously, let's take a walk down (photo) memory lane...
Their Wedding Day: Perfection. I think we took more photos that day than all our weddings combined.
Maternity Shoot: "Oh, what's that? You want to throw and adorable and incredibly well behaved dog into the mix? OK! Still perfection."
Newborn Shoot: "Surely this lil' Smith, who just happens to be named Lil Smith, is going to be a handful. Wait...she's not crying AND doesn't mind being put in a crocheted dog outfit? Game on!"
First Birthday Shoot: "We are on the beach. There are lots of people around. We are trying to get two parents, a dog, and a sugar-high baby to cooperate. Oh....look at that, I have some photographs that could work as Coppertone ads."
In short: This family never ceases to amaze me and I am beyond honored that they have chosen me to capture their continued awesomness with my photos.
I have said it before, and I will say it again: One of the best things about this business is my ability to reconnect with old friends; and when that old friend happens to be one of the best friends you could ever remember having, well....then it's, just an even bigger perk.
Evan's shoot was filled with bribery puffs, destroyed paper flowers, (probable) zika carrying mosquitoes, and ended with a delicious - albeit hot for July - imaginary soup party. Needless to say: It was pure entertainment, and I wouldn't have had it any other way.
A huge thank you to the Fox family for such an enjoyable morning!
With the arrival of baby Henry and the special occasion of his big sister Sofia turning three, I got to do double duty at the Sardo home.
I am always honored when being asked to photograph another occasion for this family, and I am elated that there will now be double the amount of memories to capture.
I have said it before , and I will say it again (and again, and again); but, one of my favorite parts about owning this business are the opportunities it gives me to reconnect with old friends, and to share in their most special moments.
A huge thank you to Catherine & Zach for braving the humidity. These pictures were worth getting bit by a tick for!
Sometimes in life, if you are lucky enough, you meet someone and - as cliche as it sounds - you "just click". With my client-turned-friend Angela, the click was most definitely so strong that it was audible. The best part (Aside from my god puppy Hunter)? Is the fact that she not only refers me frequently, but those she refers me too are almost as wonderful as she is; and because I enjoy their company so much, I hope that they too will become lifelong JanetteC Photography clients.
A huge thank you to the Schiavo family for braving the heat this past Saturday. I don't know about you, but I think it was worth it!
I have to admit, when you book a shoot with 10 people - there is always a little bit of you that is concerned it could be a disaster. I mean...it is hard enough to get a family of 4 to smile in sync.
The Snook family, though? Well let's just say they put my mind at ease. It was a beautiful afternoon, a lovely location, and a truly pleasant experience.
I met Peter & Susan last year when they were searching for a wedding photographer. Upon meeting them I instantly knew that we were going to have a long standing relationship; and being that I just photographed the newest addition to their family, I am inclined to say I was correct.
Welcome to the world (baby) Peter, you're a very lucky little fella!
I have had the pleasure of photographing Aidan since he was 2 years old. And trust me when I say it's been a pleasure, I mean it. This little blue eyed, blonde haired fella stole my heart from the moment I met him, and my adoration for him continues to grow wither each passing year. I am beyond honored to not only be able to watch him grow through my lens, but for the relationship that has developed with the entire family.
Here's to many more years of adorable photos ... (and fingers crossed that he continues to wear personalized shirts until he is 21)
Having your own photography business can guarantee you two things:
1.) You more often than not will work 7 days a week
2.) *You will often question whether your friends and family REALLY like you or if they simply keep you around to photograph their milestone moments.
Lucky for me I love my job AND can deal with being *used if it means getting to snuggle an adorable child while hanging out with one of my closest friends; as was the case this weekend when the Colton clan made the trek from DC to good ole’ NJ.
Everyone meet John Turner Colton: Opponent of sleep, lover of swaddles, and future soccer superstar.