Five Favorite Images Reflecting through the Year

Nothing like counting down that reflecting over your work this past year. As a photographer, we also create many fun memories along the way. Some images steal are heart, and so do the people behind them. On a personal note, here are my favorite five images of 2016 (in no particular order) and a little glimpse behind them.

First Couples Session

You've seen this image before if you have followed my work for any amount of time. This past April, I participated in a styled shoot with the Rising Tide Society, a network of creatives who get to put our talents together and make some amazing things happen! I shot along some of the best wedding photographers in Atlanta. This image has a soft spot because I imagined it, and made it happen. The vision as a photographer, and executing that vision are two things that we are constantly trying to marry together. I was indoors, using a speedlight, doing everything I was insecure about doing, but challenged myself and was pleased with the results! My session was then published through Borrowed and Blue and www.Weddingfanatic.com

 

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I took this shot at my cousin Chellsea's wedding in AZ this year. It's a picture of my grandfathers. The Lord has blessed me graciously, allowing me to grow and do life with both of them. I am also so thankful my children know their great grandparents, and what amazing, honorable men they are.

This was the funnest project for me this year. Community Bible Church put on an amazing Christmas production called "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever". I was able to take marketing and production shots, and head shots of the crew and actors. I couldn't help getting all choked up, looking at these smiling faces. We pray, worship, fellowship, and share each other's burdens. These 39 people represent my friends, my children's friends, and people who love my family dearly.

This portrait really captures my "why" behind Jenny V Photography. After hearing Shannon's story about her stepdad passing away last year, she wanted to honor him in her portraits by recreating a favorite image that he was in. As we were walking to our spot, and I was adjusting my camera settings, I looked up to see that the Champagne popped the top off the bottle before Shannon and I were ready!! She got into position, and I fired away. I was so thankful we nailed it. Portraits have a funny cycle. After you have them, they are valued and looked at over and over. As time goes on, they become forgotten. Year's later they are rediscovered, and cherished more than ever before.

 

    My favorite image I took this year wasn't planned (the best using aren't) while I was driving home from a shoot at Berry College in Rome, GA. I saw this view out of my rear view mirror,and had to stop. I found a place to pull over and just marvel at the gift God was sharing with me. A small glimpse of the splendor and glory of our King. No matter what happens to you this coming year, know that their is a magnificent Creator who has a purpose for you,and desires for you to know Him personally through Jesus. I'm praying for opportunities this year for my clients to see Him through me. What about you? Do you have a favorite image to share? I would love to for you to share in the comments! Happy New Year!

 

Fall Limited Edition Session

There's always something magical about Fall. The painted trees, crisp air, football... Families love capturing their family portraits this time of year! I'm excited to announce my Limited Edition Session for this season.

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WHO: NEWBORNS to IMMEDIATE FAMILIES

WHERE AND WHEN:  Friday, Oct. 14th from 4pm-7pm, I will have 20 minute sessions off the overflow parking lot from Kennesaw National Park. There's a small bridge that leads into a open field surrounded by trees and leads to a trail. Saturday, Oct.15th, from 9am-12pm, I'll be at Euharlee covered bridge in Euharlee, GA. I'm hoping we will get early Fall color this year! In addition to the mini session offer, you also get 15% off anything additional off my Price List. If it rains, my backup dates are Oct.21st and Oct.22nd.

WHY THIS IS AWESOME: A beautiful, classic fall set up. I like to release specialty items exclusive to my mini sessions to make them truly unique. You receive your favorite image printed on 1/2" deep maple. I fell in love with the wood grain against the lighter colors, and thought it most appropriate! Also included is a custom 12x12 mounted collage print of five images.

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Looking for a full session? You can upgrade for only $65 more and have a full hour, the location and date of your choosing. (Additional digital images and prints are separate.) Use the contact form below to get in touch! Share which date or location you are interested in. Also, newsletter subscribers will get first hand release on Christmas Limited Edition Sessions. Book both and receive 25 Christmas Cards for free!

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Grace's Senior Portraits

I was so pleased to capture Grace's 2017 Senior Portraits! She has a gentle, loving spirit, and loves all things vintage. Between juggling her last year of high school and enrolled as a college student, she's a singer and songwriter. Grace loves flowers, so the Smith Gilbert Gardens was the perfect location for her portraits!

To this generation: You are capable of greatness, and have an awesome purpose. There will be seasons of growth, joy, and hardship. You will persevere and have adventure. Enjoy this season of life! Let's create some amazing portraits.

Mermaid Mini Sessions

Mini Sessions are a great introduction to your photographer. When planning your family photography session, it helps so much when you and your photographer have met. You get a feel for personalities and shooting styles, and your comfort and trust level continues to build. I have had these Mermaids on my mind all summer, and I was so excited when I began to plan! I love blending realism and fantasy together. I believe you can create timeless art with classic ideas and imagination, as well as give your little ones the gift of experience!

High Shoals Falls is nestled behind an old cemetery in north Dallas, Georgia. It's shaded wading hole and little waterfall made it the perfect lagoon and place for children to play. The high trees filter the sun perfectly, allowing spotlights to glisten in the water.

Kristelle is celebrating her 5th Birthday! I adored the seashells her Mom put in her hair.

All of the girls were so lovely. This will be an annual event,so mark your calender's for next summer!

Celebrating Freedom

Summer Nights in Georgia are hot and sticky. We are all a hot mess, and comfort and minimal makeup is the way to go. We weather through, watching our little ones enjoy kickball and tag. For our 4th of July Celebration, we headed to a friends home with our church family. When we get together, there is never a shortage of food and play.

As the sun went down, we all situated ourselves on the grass with popcorn in hand.

We celebrated our freedom. To the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

This Georgia Photographer's Journey

   He took my hand. He didn't speak much, but smiled and kept glancing at me as we rode the Skylift to the top of Stone Mountain. When we arrived at the top, I was lead to this beautiful spot, overlooking Atlanta on a sunny December afternoon. As I looked at this wonderful man, he got down on one knee, and asked me to be his wife. This Love.

I prayed. I cried. I listened in with all my might to hear the sweetest sound of a welcoming cry. My husband's voice climbed with excitement as the doctors carefully pulled our little man from my belly. Our lives forever changed. This Joy.

We walk and pursue. A journey filled with daily moments of laughter, learning, laundry, baths, long conversations, open roads, and lots of dark roast coffee. Ten years, four children, and all this Grace.

What do those stories have to do with photography? Let's start at the beginning...

            As a child, I coveted disposable cameras. Walking into Walgreens and seeing them lined up at the registers. I remember the sound as I wound up the film and counted down the numbers on the back of the camera. The time when one hour development and paying for doubles is where my money was spent. Heaven forbid something might happen to a picture, and if school needed them for a project, I had a protected backup.

            When high school started, I signed up for photography each semester, and those four years, my most beloved time was spent in the darkroom. Getting film on the reels was a thorn in my side, and I was extremely impatient in allowing my exposed images to properly develop in their solutions. Never the less, it was my assignments and completed images that gave me such love and excitement for this art. My senior year I had my first publication in the school art book, and first paid photography session. Unless, I thought, you were a photographer working for National Geographic, this beloved past time could never be a tangible dream. Fumbling throughout a brief time in college, I was bored in my photography class. Our weekly critique wall from our professor gave me a craving for something more than composition rules and depth of field. Where was the connection? Tell me the story. I want to feel something. Is that not the beauty of art? Within two years, my life drastically changed, and the new adventure of being a young wife and moving across the country was before me.

           Besides my pocket Canon, my pursuit of photography was over. We were blessed with Baby one and Baby two within our first three years of marriage, and my faithful Canon followed me along, documenting our days. As Canon grew old and worn, I knew it was going to be time for another trusting companion to come along side me, and help me capture life  with baby three. In 2011, I purchased my first DSLR Nikon. Disappointed in my lack of understanding my camera, I knew that putting it away wasn't going to be an option. Over and over, image after image, I could see change and growth. The mastery of executing my vision had really just begun.

           In 2015, I put down my insecurities and picked up an old dream. I decided I would rather fail than regret, and would be satisfied with whomever the Lord would bring on my path. Whoever would allow me to photograph their world. 

          So, where do you come in? How are images of weddings, babies, and families this grand thing? It's knowing that you have shared in moments like myself that are buried deep within your soul. The greatest struggle for any artist is communicating a plethora of emotion, stories, and vision into one single image. I understand behind a portrait, a smile, it represents these collective memories that make up you. I simply display the extraordinary people who I get to know. Some briefly, some become friends, but I do count it a privilege to get a glimpse of your love, joy, and grace. Welcome to Jenny V Photography.