Family By J. Anne Photography

If there ever was a day that I thought that I wouldn’t see, it would be today.  Even from the first moment that I started really getting interested in photography I knew that it was weddings that I wanted to shoot.  But, I started with families.  I practiced on families.  I learned my gear with families.  And when I felt like I was good enough to chase a two year old around and still get crisp images; I felt like I was prepared to shoot a wedding.  Boy, was I ever wrong, but that is a whole other topic for a completely different post.

But here’s the thing.  I hated shooting families.  Despised it.  But what I didn’t realize then was that I was going about it all wrong.  I let it be stressful.  I let the Mom’s be puppeteers.  I let the Dad’s be cranky.  I forced smiles, and I bribed kids with candy.  I yearned for that perfect photo with everyone smiling for the holiday card, because… quite frankly… I was scared of the Mom.

While doing wedding photography for a few years now, I have learned so so so much about shooting… about myself… about the type of photography I like to create, and most importantly… how to create it.

So, why am I surprised?  Why am I surprised that I’m getting the itch to go back to where I started?

Let me be straight to all of my hyperventilating brides.  I am NOT leaving wedding photography.  Wedding photography fulfills my soul.  It is part of me.

But, I do what to dive back into family photography.  But I want to do it my way.  The fun way.  The… let’s-just-hang-out-and-take-pretty-photos… way.  The… let’s-take-photos-of-memories-being-made-not-smiles… way.  I want to capture the essence of a family.  The way they cling to one another.  The way they knew each other’s inside jokes.  The romance of a family.

So, I have created a sister-website… if you can handle the appropriateness of that pun… to the j. anne photography brand.

AND BECAUSE WE’RE ABOUT TO BE IN THE HEAT OF THE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY FRENZY THAT IS KNOWN AS THE HOLIDAYS…. I AM OFFERING FULL SESSIONS OF FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY FOR THE REDUCED PRICE OF $500 FROM OCTOBER 15, 2014 THROUGH NOVEMBER 15, 2014. (click to view website)

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No, it is not a mini session.  It is a full one-to-two hour session with the rights to the digital images for $500, which is an $850 value.  This deal will only be valid from October 15, 2014 through November 15, 2014.

But wait… there’s more… (ha ha ha… totally an “AS SEEN ON TV” line right there)…

I’m going to give away one free session.  Here’s what you have to do… INSTAGRAM THE PHOTO ABOVE.  In your caption, you must tag three of your local Las Vegas friends who might enjoy this offer, type in the comment “I want a free family session!!” AND hashtag (#j_annefamily).  A drawing will be held one week from today for the free session!!

Happy hashtagging!!!

xo.

Right over your shoulder…

Sometimes life gets really hard. And I just want to run away crying. So, my sweet Brodrick, I know how you feel… really, I do.

But if you would just take a minute to look behind you, you’d see that what you need the most in life are your best friends, and they’re right behind you, my love.

Our families are here for a reason. They let you beat on them, be mean to them, show them your ugliest side, and yet… they are still there to love you. To pick you up when things get rough. You and your brothers might not always see eye to eye on all of the goings on in each of your lives, but I do know that if you ever want to run away… crying as you run… the place to look is right over your shoulder. Because that’s where they’ll be, those brothers of yours. That’s where they’ll be waiting for you to lean on them.

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Mom’s Road

I have sat here in front of my computer for several minutes now.  Not knowing what to write or how to start.  In all honesty, I wrote part of my Grandpa’s eulogy over the last 24 hours, and I feel like I am drained.  I am out of words.  There are so many words to write, but none that seem to fit perfectly.

We are on the road towards my hometown.  I can’t help but let my mind slip into comparisons of the road that my life has taken me, and the road that my Grandpa’s life took him.  But weighing most heavily on my heart right now is the road my Mom has been walking since my Grandpa passed last week.  For a week now she has been busy.  She’s been making arrangements, planning travel for family members, checking in with her kids, and still taking care of my Grandma.  I am worried that tomorrow will be her hardest day.  Because tomorrow is Grandpa’s funeral, and on Thursday she might not be so busy anymore.  And this might start to set in… this, being the death of her father.

I wish I could stay longer for her.  To help her on this road, but I take comfort in knowing that my Mom is a caretaker.  She will throw herself into caring for my Grandma, and she will continue to strive to keep herself busy.  But I hope, that in the quiet moments of her day she will let her father’s voice seep into her mind… reminding her of how much he loved her and her brothers and sisters… and his wife… and all of those in his life.  And I hope that she will know in her soul that she cared for him so well in his final days.  He passed comfortably knowing that he was well-loved.

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