happy birthday to you.

I cannot believe this little boy is ONE. Look at how impossibly little he was when I did his newborn session almost one whole year ago.


His entrance into the world was super stressful to say the least. His mommy is still recovering. So seeing how much she’s healed and he’s grown a year later is incredibly emotional for a lot of people, including me.

We took these photos at Genesee Valley Farm in Batavia. I love it there. White fences and horses just go together. Not every little boy is lucky enough to have a mommy and her baby horse photo bomb his one year photos.

I love him and his little Nike sneakers.

He was a little taken back by being presented with a cake to stick his fingers in. I love his facial expressions, like wait guys, what is this? is this for me? is this a trap? no? okay cool. And thennnn it was clearly naptime. But for being only (not quite) one, I think he totally crushed his photo shoot.

Happy birthday to you, Weston. You are such a sweet boy and Auntie Jeni loves you!

camryn turns one & so do i.

Happy birthday to my beautiful first model! I cannot believe it was almost one year ago today that I had my very first session with this sweet little girl.

Since it’s coming upon my one year anniversary as a professional photographer, I would love to share with you how I got started.

I have always taken good pictures. I have “the eye” as my friends and I like to call it, but I wasn’t confident enough to really put myself out there. I didn’t want to look silly. Last November one of my besties called me to ask if I could take some newborn pictures for a friend because her little one cried through her whole first attempt at a session. My first instinct was to tell her absolutely not, I have never taken pictures of a newborn baby before, and I am not trying to make people think that I think I’m a professional photographer at this point. But my friend made me feel so good about myself, like I could do anything. Like I was already a professional to her. So I googled how to use my Rebel for newborn photos and accepted the challenge. One year, lots of YouTube videos and some serious upgrades equipment-wise later, here I am.

I cannot put into words how grateful I am to my friends Lindsay and Becca for giving me the confidence to follow my dream. And also to the people who hired me when I was just starting out, still learning, and giving me such amazing feedback. To say thank you to everyone who has helped me make my dream a reality, I am thrilled to give away a family session to be redeemed in the 2016 season. No need to enter, no need to share my page or get me “likes”, if you hired me during this first year to take photographs of you, your kids, your family, you are automatically entered into this giveaway. Thank you again to everyone who believed in me and my art, I only hope that I made you feel as good in your photos as you have made me feel this past year.