Kaitlyn & Cameron // Vermont, August 11th 2018

So it’s rather safe to say I have been terrible when it comes to blogging.. but I feel like it’s super important, for so many reasons, although for me it’s mostly personal. I have always, my whole life, kept a journal. In recent years I write less but have tried to use my blog as a place for me to share my feelings and thoughts, as well as my creative passions. I just delivered this wedding Gallery to these two beautiful people and I figured what better moment than now to take a little extra time to share their incredible day with you all.

After having the opportunity to photograph Kaitlyn and Cameron’s engagement shoot, I just knew that their wedding day was going to be beautiful. They are the kind of couple that you just feel love when you’re with them.. their history together, the way they talk about one another, the mutual respect between them, the way they hold hands and look at each other tells it all. These two couldn’t be more perfect for one another, and we saw it over and over again throughout the day; from the first look to the very end of the night when they were dancing on the dance floor together. These two found something very special in one another.

It’s not always easy, photographing weddings and being a mother of three. It is weekends away, and lots and lots of editing, during a time of the year when my kids are off from school and I wish I could be spending more quality time with them. I take only 5 weddings a year for this reason, and even then I sometimes feel like it’s a lot. But I don’t know if I will ever not photograph weddings at all because being able to be a part of these kinds of days, to be able to witness that much love in one place, well it always reminds me of what truly matters in life; family, friends, and love.

a HUGE HUGE thank you to my dear friend and second photographer Jason Langevin. Thanks for always being game to join me on a Vermont wedding weekend!! xoxo

Flowers: Chappell's Florist

Food: Cast Iron Catering

Music: DJ Disco Phantom

Dessert: Oh Sweet!

Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca

Bride's Shoes: Charlotte Russe

Bride's Earrings: Aurora Boutique Bijoux (Etsy)

Bride's Hair Comb: Everything Bride (Etsy)

Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal

Bridesmaid Earrings: Lilykay Couture (Etsy)

Suits: Calvin Klein 

Vests: Tasso Elba

Ties: The Tie Bar

Groom's Shoes: The Rail

Men’s socks: Darn Tough Vermont

Wedding Rings: Perrywinkle's Jewelry

Favor Beer Glasses: Grandstand Glassware



Storytelling Session // Québec, Avril 2018

Two and a half years ago I had the honor of photographing Marie-Jeanne and Sam just before the birth of their first child, Éleanor. And just like that two and half years has flown by. A few weeks ago I once again had the privilege of coming to their home in Québec City and immortalizing these last moments of them as a family of three. It was actually the very first time I met Éleanor in person, although with social media and all of the photos I saw of her it truly felt like we had already met.

Here is a little peek at Sam and Marie-Jeanne's Storytelling Session, I'm waiting for the news any day now to hear that this sweet baby #2 has arrived!

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Il y a deux ans et demi j'ai eu l'honneur de photographier Marie-Jeanne et Sam juste avant la naissance de leur premier enfant, Éleanor. Et comme ça, deux ans et demi sont passé. Il y a quelques semaines j'ai encore eu le privilège de visiter leur maison et immortaliser leurs dernières moments comme une famille de troisé Ç'a été la première fois que j'ai rencontré Éleanor,  même si avec les réseaux sociaux j'ai déjà eu l'impression de la connaitre. 

Voici un petit regarde de notre séance Storytelling, j'ai tellement hâte pour des nouvelles de l'arrivé de ce petit bébé #2!

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I have been in a car with my family for 9 hours now. And we still have 20 minutes to go before we arrive home.

Everyone is exhausted. 

The baby has been crying on and off for the last 20 minutes. 

My legs are uncomfortable.

My back hurts.

I've been trying to write this blog post for an hour, but every time I get myself ready to start typing; 'mommmmm!' 'mommy, I'm hungry' 'babe, elliotte is crying' (like I can't hear her). 'what are you doing? maybe you should forget trying to do whatever it is you're trying to do...'.

I could literally pull my hair out right now.

I am going to be honest here and say that I have, since going back to work after having a third child, had many moments where I have considered the idea of stopping work all together. I often feel like I am battling the world just trying to get a shoot scheduled, or a set culled or edited or my website updated.

And then there's marketing.

social media.

branding.

emailing clients.

book keeping.

taxes.

staying inspired.  

I am saying all of this because I could have closed my laptop a while ago and given up on writing this. I could have given up on all of this a long time ago. It is NOT easy. Mothering, being a supportive partner, and trying to run your own creative business is superrrrrr fucking hard. But I'm still here. I'm still typing and shooting through the chaos and trying to find the balance. I don't know if it actually exists in the world of a working parent but I haven’t given up yet.

And all of this because, I simply love taking pictures of people. I always will.

And we just pulled up to our front door.. goodnight y’all.  

 

Equinox // Special Spring Offer !

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“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"

"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine.”

- Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

 

The seaway is still full of ice, but the days are getting longer and the sunshine a little warmer, and the bears (and me) are coming out of hibernation and I say that's reason to celebrate!

From now until the end of April I am offering a special price on my Storytelling Sessions. If reserved before April 30th, you will receive your session, digital files, and a custom made hardcover photo book at 25% off the regular package price. These sessions can be booked for anytime in 2018.

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Alexandra et Xavier // Love au Moulin

These two. I have so much to say about them and yet the truth is the time is evading me. I haven't showered, my house is a mess, I have to go get the girls from school soon, and life and life. Becoming a new mother of three has definitely brought a new level of joy (and stress) to my life, and I'm slowly learning to prioritize the VERY little time I have these days.. and although I know they just really want to see some of the images from their gorgeous, perfect September Quebec Wedding at the Moulin du Portage in Lotbinière, Québec, I do still need to share a few words..

Over the last four years, Alexandra and Xavier have become two very dear friends to me and Mathieu. They have known Maxime and Joey for most of their lives(that's so crazy to think!), we have spent holidays together, we have stayed up 'til the wee hours of the morning over wine and tears (more than a few times). Xavier's parents have become like second parents to us as well. They are, simply put, family.

In my 36 years of life I have learned the value of true friends and for me, these relationships mean everything. To me, home isn't a house but the people who fill that house; who walk through your door with a smile, who drop you a box of croissants on a rainy Sunday morning when you're 9 months pregnant.

Ali et Xavier.. je vous aime et je suis tellement fière de vous connaitre; pour l'amour que vous avez trouver ensemble, et pour touts les efforts que vous mettez dans votre couple. Vous êtes un inspiration à nous, et à tous qui s'entour de vous deux. love love love...

xo

jenn