2017 Family Photo Schedule Announcement

I can’t even believe that I’m writing these words… and that the fall season is almost upon us… and that it’s already freaking AUGUST!!!  I’m pretty sure my bank account hasn’t recovered from Christmas yet, so let’s all start hyperventilating together, yes?  As if, the busy-ness of the fall season isn’t enough, I’m going to be the jerk who also throws in the idea of family photos too!!  Please hold onto those rotten tomatoes that I can already sense are being imaginarily tossed at your computer screen, because as always… we aim to make family photos a fun time of year… and if they aren’t fun, then we’ll at least aim to be drunk in order to get through them, okay??!!  Deal.  ;)

If you booked a session with me in years past, then you already know the drill… and not much has changed, but if you’re a newbie to J. Anne Photography, then welcome to The Dance, and keep on reading to find out how this process is going to work!

I am announcing the dates that I’m opening for family photos today, and the dates usually sell out relatively quickly.  The weekend dates will go first, and then the October dates will go next because we all want to push this thing out as far as possible!  So, in order to get a prime spot you’ll have to do the following:

  1. Email me  (jodi@j-annephotography) with your date of choice.  I won’t accept DM’s… text messages… Facebook messages or telegraphs.  This process gets crazy for me, and I’ve had to use email time stamps in order to determine who was the first to call dibs.  I will email you back as quickly as possible to let you know if the date is yours or if you need to re-select.  I will also keep this list on this blog updated with the dates that have already been taken and what is still available.
  2. After you get an email from me saying that your date is temporarily secure, I will send a contract and an invoice for the full session fee.  You’ll have 24 hours to sign and pay, or your date will go back out onto the black market for further bidding.  Your date is not fully secured until you have paid your invoice in full and you have signed the contract.

Here is a list of frequently asked questions about the shoot:

What time of day will the shoot be booked? 

I have added the tentative time to each listing; however, as we approach daylight savings the times might adjust a bit!  I’d suggest having hair and makeup done an hour ahead of the time that you actually need to be finished so that there is wiggle room!

What do I get with the session fee?

You will receive a one-hour photo session at the location of your choosing (with my approval), an online viewing gallery with cloud storage for up to ten years, and the rights to reproduce and distribute the images as you see fit.  You will not receive all of the images I take, as this would be insane and you definitely want me to throw out the ones of you screaming at your kids… so be prepared to see around 50-75 jpeg images in your gallery depending on how easily your kids or pets get with the ballgame.  ha ha ha!  The images are high resolution and will blow up to 30×40″… and if you need anything bigger then you can email me directly for even larger files.

Where will the shoot be located?

You get to choose where you’d like to shoot, but I help you in this process!!  Don’t forget that you could choose to use your home if it has pretty light!!  My Instagram feed is a great place to start looking for places I like to shoot… but I can always offer suggestions and help with wardrobe styling!

What should we wear?

I’m always here to help with styling, and I usually give almost everyone advice on how to coordinate without matching and what will look best in a photograph.  I tend to enjoy neutral colors that will go with any room in your home if you wanted to get a large print or canvas made, and I also like to keep the season neutral, as well!  I want you to love these photos year round, so if you want an Ugly Christmas Sweater themed canvas in your living room all year then rock on with it!  ha ha ha!  In short, don’t hesitate to send me an email to help with styling!!

How long will it take to get our photos back?

Girrrrl.  Your guess is as good as mine.  ha ha ha!  No, just joking, kind of.  My schedule seems to get busier and busier every year, and every year I tell myself that I’m going to be better at managing it… but it’s been a rough year so far, and I’d be lying if I said that I kept up with a good editing schedule in the Spring.  So, with that being said, I’ll do my best to have them back to you in about 2 weeks…. but for sure before the end of November.  ha ha ha… just kidding, again! ;)


Okay, without further ado… here is the schedule… get crackin’ !!


Saturday, September 2 • 4pm • $700  BOOKED!

Saturday, September 2 • 6pm • $700 BOOKED!

Monday, September 4 • 5pm • $550 BOOKED!

Wednesday, September 6 • 5pm • $550 BOOKED!

Friday, September 8 • 5pm • $550   BOOKED!

Saturday, September 9 • 4pm • $700    BOOKED!

Saturday, September 9 • 6pm • $700   BOOKED!

Monday, September 11 • 5pm • $550   BOOKED!

Wednesday, September 13 • 5pm • $550    BOOKED!

Monday, September 25 • 5pm • $550  BOOKED!

Wednesday, September 27 • 5pm • $550   BOOKED!

Thursday, October 5 • 5pm • $550   BOOKED!

Monday, October 9 • 5pm • $550   BOOKED!

Wednesday, October 11 • 5pm • $550   BOOKED!

Thursday, October 19 • 5pm • $550   BOOKED!

Monday, October 23 • 5pm • $550   BOOKED!

Wednesday, October 25 • 5pm • $550   BOOKED! 

Friday, October 27 • 5pm • $550   BOOKED! 

Saturday, October 28 • 2:30pm • $700  BOOKED!

Saturday, October 28 • 4:30pm • $700   BOOKED!

Wednesday, November 1 • 4pm • $550   BOOKED!

Friday, November 3 • 4pm • $550   BOOKED!

Wednesday, November 8 • 4pm • $550   BOOKED!

Friday, November 10 • 4pm • $550   BOOKED!

Saturday, November 11 • 1pm • $700   BOOKED!

Saturday, November 11 • 3pm • $700    BOOKED!


Las Vegas Engagement Photos :: Ashley & Blake

It would be fun to say that these two are high school sweethearts, but that wouldn’t be entirely accurate.  It wouldn’t be at all accurate, actually!  Ashley and Blake did go to high school together, but they didn’t even knew that each other existed during those four years of roaming the locker-filled hallways.  Blake was the quintessential all-american guy who loved football and parties, while Ashley fell more on the other end of the spectrum as an honor student, and self-professed homebody.

It wasn’t until many years later when Ashley was close to graduating college that her path would cross with this man who was her polar opposite… or so they thought.  It turned out that Ashley and Blake had more in common than they had ever known when Ashley tested to become a police officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department… which happened to be the exact place that Blake had already earned a spot on the police force.

After Ashley had tested, she heard that another officer had apparently gone to her same high school, so she looked him up on Facebook to see if he could get her the inside scoop on her results with the police department.  To her dismay, Blake didn’t have any strings to pull in order to find out her test scores… but it wouldn’t take long before Blake thought he should start pulling some strings of his own in order to get Ashley to agree to a date with him.

Blake had hung out with Ashley a few times, and there seemed to be a common attraction, but she wouldn’t agree to go out with him.  She kept tossing road blocks like her career, her family, and that dating wasn’t what was important to her at the moment… and she also kept throwing punches each time that Blake tried to make a move!!  After getting to know Ashley a bit more he really started to understand just how important her family really was to her.   He knew after getting his jaw knocked around a couple of times that he wasn’t just going to be able to make a move on Ashley… so, he made a move around her.

Blake smartened up and began to hang out with her family.  It didn’t take long for Ashley’s Dad to really see the kind of feelings that Blake had for his daughter, so he pulled Ashley aside and gave it to her straight.  Ashley’s dad said to her… ‘Look.  I can tell this kid likes you.  Either date him, or stop bringing him around because you’re just leading him on.’   From that very second that her Dad gave his blessing, Ashley started dating Blake.

Since we all know what happened from there… I think that their engagement photos should be filed under “Daddy Knows Best.”

Church, Vodka, Valium & Alibis

I went to church on Sunday.  For those that know me, know that I am not really of the church-going type… but for those that follow me on Instagram know that I’m going through a very. VERY.  rough spot in my marriage right now, as well.  My marriage has been on very rocky ground for several years now, but still the blow that the end is lurking near has sent me spiraling and gasping for air along the way.  I have a dear friend who has been through some pretty gnarly situations in her marriage, as well, who has stood by her phone every waking hour for my every text.  She has checked in on me on some days by the hour, and has listened/read EVERY crazy thought that has come into my mind.  If I needed an alibi, she would likely be that person for me.  She is in far too deep, but I’m not sure if I could have survived the last month of my life without her.

So, when this dear friend invited me to church this last Sunday… and by invited I mean, gave me 6 different start times to choose from… offered her husband for babysitting services… and promised me vodka and valium as an after-church-treat… I knew that she had my best interest at heart.  I also knew that I’m willing to do almost anything to find some clarity, and be able to catch my breath for the first time in weeks.

I would consider myself an iffy-religious-based person, at best.  I have a hard time with the parameters of Christianity, and I like the idea of simply being a good human more than I like the idea of organized religion.  So, when the service started and it was HEAVY on the Bible verses and stories of the resurrection (since we’re nearing Easter), I could have chosen to skip out mentally, but I didn’t.  The message of the service was still very loud and clear to me because of the way that the preacher? bishop? priest? delivered the power of her words.  She spoke of the night before the crucifixion… the time spent in Gethsemane.  She did a fantastic job of relating that to real life, and the message was that in the most deafening times of your life — when everything you know has been crushed — something magnificent can come from the pain, if you let it.  She gave examples of bread being crushed and turning to grain, grapes to wine, and olives to precious oil.  She said that if you allow this time and pressure to create something beautiful, exactly that will happen.

I am hoping with every part of my being that what can come of this crushing time in my life is a better, stronger, and healthier marriage… but I am also beginning to accept the fact that if that doesn’t happen, then the beauty of this awful time will be a better, stronger, and healthier version of myself.  Actually… that is going to happen either way… I just hope it is a better, stronger, healthier STILL MARRIED version of myself.

Thank you, everyone… for all the love and support that I have received.  Countless hours of service from friends, text messages from wonderful people, and lines of support from complete strangers have been shared with me, and I am forever grateful to all of you.

Photo credit: Shannon Elizabeth Photography  Makeup credit:  Amelia C. & Co.