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A Letter to my Daughter

This might be the beginning of the end of a really funny and adorable era in your life... ...the end of you dressing like a homeless, color-blind princess.     You have always been adamant that your favorite colors are blue... and the rainbow. You have been seen in dress up clothes at ice cream parlors, the grocery store, and kindergarten open house. We have gotten in fights because there aren't any "fancy" pajamas clean. (seriously??? for the love.) You also make it very clear that if I force you to wear jeans I run the risk of being put in a really crappy nursing home when I get old. The other day you came out of your room dressed for school in a relatively tame outfit. I thought it was Opposite Day... that you had had your sister pick your clothes or something. There were no conflicting colors or patterns and there was no lace or frills or glitter or anything. There weren't even mismatched leg warmers! (Now the next day you came out decked head

Class of 2016 | Julz | Corning Photographer

Walking around downtown Corning with Julz in 70 degree weather was definitely an awesome way to end my fall photography. We found so many great gems for her photos! I so appreciated her willingness to try anything! There were a couple times she looked at me like "uhhh seriously?" and I'm like "trust me it feels weird but it will look great!" and I think the following photos prove just how important a photographer-client team is. Working together with my clients to create images they love is always a challenge - but it's so rewarding when when we find that sweet spot. And we got to enjoy some of my favorite fall colors right before the leaves flittered down for the season! Thanks for the awesome photo walk Julz! Congrats on your senior year and best wishes for a bright

Ponderings from Kid Books (and my trip to Yosemite)

{Alright you know how this works but I should say it anyways, any amazon links you see in this post are affiliate links. By clicking on them, you help me bring home some more bacon, at no extra cost to you! You don’t even have to buy what I’m blathering on about, but if you buy anything at all, you are helping support this blog and this business. THANK YOU!}   I try not to be disturbed by the fact that a lot of times the quotes that come most often to my mind are from children's books or movies. I guess that's just a Mom's lot in life! Anyways if you've never read Julia Donaldson's book The Snail and the Whale, you are totally missing out and you need to get yourself a copy. Even if you don't have kids, it's just fabulous. It's all about a snail who wants to travel and hitches a ride on the tail of a whale. And there's a surprise twist ending that I wouldn't dare spoil for you ;-) Read it to your kids and be inspired!    So I thought of

Families at Home | Little Miss Eliza and the Perrys

I had the wonderful chance to peep in on the Perry family's evening routine a few weeks ago. Little Miss Eliza is certainly the star of the show! You can tell she knows that she has Jeff and Rachel wrapped around her adorable chubby little finger! I love coming to photograph a family right in their home. If I've said it once, I've said it a million times - Home is where the best photos happen! Playtime, bathtime, storytime... Eliza just thought I was there to join in the usual fun!  And a full evening enjoying her smiles was certainly a blast! Thanks Perrys, for welcoming me into your home to photograph these special little-girl

Ready or Not, Here I Come!

Rebuilding your business is hard. I mean, moving is hard, too... but on top of just having relocated back to Corning, I'm also relocating and rebranding my business! And here it is!  Life with Jess Photography is here and ready to go... and by "ready" I mean kinda-sorta. I'm practicing treating myself with kindness and grace as I say, "You know what, things aren't perfectly set up, yet, but that's okay!" Sometimes you have to remember that all of life is under some sort of construction. We are constantly working and growing and changing. And so my journey (as a Corning business owner) starts today. In whatever form of ready I am. Even if I feel it's less than it should be.  I want to get to work and I want to recognize that even if I'm still learning my  new website or I'm still not sure what box my tripod is in, this day is still full of potential. In the words of one of the wise sages of my life, Fancy Nancy, "All of life is a thrilling adventure!" I hope