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Baby Jackson, Family Documentary

When Jack was 6 weeks old, I got to spend some good time with him and mama and the grands.  So many things I love about this little family, not the least of which is the humor surrounding what it means to be parent to a newborn baby boy.  The scorecard above his changing table says it all 🙂

These sweet, brand new little humans have been and will always be one of my favorite things to photograph–something so special about those first weeks and months at home when life just stands still while everyone figures out their new place in it.  And I’m so lucky I get to be there to photograph that time for these families.

Welcome to this place, Jackson!

newborn lifestyle shoot in Seattle
newborn on queen anne in his crib
baby in his crib in home photo session
newborn feet in seattle lifestyle portraits
newborn yoda hat
newborn baby fat in seattle portraits
newborn baby sleeping in home portraits
newborn baby crying during home session
nursing mama during home session in seattle
bath time for newborn baby in seattle portrait session

lena - April 6, 2016 - 5:03 pm

so much about this shoot that I love. Beautiful work and such precious moments captured forever!

Jennifer Boyle - April 6, 2016 - 5:04 pm

Thank you so much!

my 365 Project

365 project

1/365 “Walk to the Bakery”

At the end of 2015, I sat down in front of my computer to take a look through all of my personal images–the images that I captured not to earn money, but just to document the daily life of my own family.  My husband and I have two little boys, Leo and Sam, 2 1/2 yrs and 6 months respectively.  While I did end up with a ton of images by year’s end, I noticed a couple of things that I didn’t love.  Instead of picking up my camera at home daily (or nearly daily), I usually only picked it up only a few times a month and went on photo binges  to make up for lost time.

To cut myself a little slack, I did have a baby in July, who turned out to be very colicky indeed (the first three months of his life, we spent most of his waking hours trying to get him to JUST. STOP. SCREAMING.)  And of course a toddler demands his own brand of very special attention.

The other thing I noticed when looking at my personal images…was the sloppiness.  Lots of good frames that could have been great ones if I had only taken the time to move three inches to the left or back a little to include more in the frame.  When I’m working with my clients’ families, I’m always looking for the best angles and composition, being careful not to chop off hands or let branches become horns–but with my own family, I wasn’t putting the same amount of thought and care into each image. Why hadn’t I been giving as much of myself to the people I love the most?

That’s where this 365 project comes in.  If you’re saying “what the H is a 365 project?”, essentially it just boils down to producing one image every single day for a year.  It sounds so easy, right?  Yes, it does–but I assure you, it’s not!  I’ve got two weeks under my belt now (started Jan. 1st). I wanted to test the waters before proclaiming my grand commitment to the world.  Already, it’s shown me how much of a true challenge it will be in so many ways (the biggest of which is trying to get great images with my baby strapped to my chest–which is a LOT of the time!).

But more importantly, it’s shown me how rewarding it will be, both personally and professionally. Friends of mine who have paved the way with a 365 of their own have emphasized the importance of setting goals for yourself, and keeping them reasonable.

Here are my intentions for this project:

  • I’ll keep it family-focused.  At the end of the project, I’d love to have a body of work that’s cohesive and documents what will be an incredible year of change for our boys.
  • I’ll explore new types of shooting and test my boundaries.  This is a year to refine my skills and come out the other end as a stronger photographer.
  • I’ll accept the fact that there will be off days, and that’s ok.  I can be pretty hard on myself, especially when comparing my work to others’ who I really admire.  In order to keep going, I need to allow myself to have a bit of a fail now and then.
  • I’ll share images regularly.  I plan to share images (not all, but some) at least once a week on my personal FB page and Instagram (@jennybpenney, y’all!)

To kick it off, here is the first two weeks of images in my 365 project.  Hope you enjoy!  Happy 2016, everyone–can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings!!!

2/365 “First Taste of Solids”
3/365 “The Piano Lesson”
4/365 “L-E-O”
5/365 “Dinnertime”
6/365 “Post-Bath for Sammy”
7/365 “You Rinse Me, I Rinse Him”
8/365 “Breakfast Rituals”
9/365 “The Bear Cave”
10/365 “Cozy and Clean”
11/365 “Morning Coloring Session”
12/365 “2 Minutes and 20 Teeth”
13/365 “I Want the World in My Mouth”
14/365 “Coming Home

Carrie - January 15, 2016 - 7:02 pm

Yay!!!! So happy to have played a small hand in influencing you! It’s gonna be an amazing year! You’re off to a great start!