Tips to capturing the Holidays! – Jessica Michelle Photo – Long Island Photographer

You can’t always be so lucky to be married to a photographer like my husband – so here are some tips to capture your holiday festivities! Wether it with your smart phone or dslr you got as a gift this past year make sure to take it out and really capture the family moments together.

Follow the light

Nothing is worse than a poorly lit photo! Take the time to stop, observe and adjust the exposure to make sure your getting what you want before moving on. On your phone this can easily be done by tapping on the screen and moving the exposure slider up or down. Light can come from so many different options – like your bright christmas tree. Explore your surroundings and really take it all in.

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Capture the candid moments 

Sure the kids holding up their presents with big smiles on their faces is a great memory too, but the best is watching them open them and seeing how they react when that is going on. Watching grandma & grandpa interact with the kids, big hugs upon arrival, reading a book or just sitting together taking in the time together. Capturing the unposed can be just as good or better as the posed ones that everyone always gets.

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Take an adventure & play

Getting outside or doing something not only yields better light but makes for fun memories had and captured! Last year during our winter break it SNOWED! For us the kids had never seen, touched or played in the snow having lived in California on the coast. Watching them suit up and dig in and have a blast was something i’ll never forget. Don’t limit yourself though getting out also means meeting santa, taking a fun holiday adventure to the tree farm to cut down your own tree or getting hot cocoa at the local coffee shop. Cocoa mustaches are completely adorable.

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Change up the perspective

Take the chance and give your little ones a moment to capture what they want – you may be surprised when they come back with at least one or two cute shots. Get down low and on their level and shoot. Shoot from above, though a window or door. Get creative and change it up a little.

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Get in it the frame

I have to admit this is a really hard one for me a lot of the times. Not because I don’t want to be in the frame but because I get SO caught up in taking all the pictures! So while everyone is gathered around take a moment to set up your camera and set a timer or hand it off to another person and hop in the frame. Because you were there too!

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You might even be surprised when you do hop in the frame and can’t monitor whats going on!

Lastly at the end of the day, the best photos are the ones you take…the ones just for yourselfAll of the happiness captured, the meals shared, and the time spent together they are the memories that make up this season. So, do your best to take the photos that matter to you, but more importantly — also take time and put the camera down to experience it for yourself.

Olivia and Dillon – A girl and her puppy – Jessica Michelle Photo

I have know Olivia and her amazing family for 10 years now! It all began when I had just moved to San Francisco after graduating from photography school and happened upon getting a nanny job with their family. Olivia was just two and a half and I had never nannied before or driven around San Francisco. Let’s just say they both took some adjusting to. I ended up nannying for them for FIVE years and they became like family to me. I couldn’t have asked for a sweeter family to work for and grow close too. After moving on we always kept in contact and close – Miranda was one of the first to come hold my Emily after she was born even. Olivia later accompanied Emily in being a flower girl at my wedding. Now living on opposite coast it’s harder to see each other ( thank goodness for Facebook!). When I was in the Bay Area last month for holiday sessions I was able to squeeze in a little session and hang with Olivia and her sweet little labradoodle puppy Dillon. I could not be happier with how they turned out – these two are like peas in a pod!

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Ada’s Fall Themed 1st Birthday Party – Stony Brook, NY – Jessica Michelle Photo

Ada had her adorable fall themed first birthday party last month at Old Field Club in Stony Brook. Big sister Mable and her were dressed in rose gold and white coordinating outfits that were just the cutest! It was so fun to see how much Ada had grown up since her Fresh 48 session I had done when she was just born, Mabel too! Mom really went all out with the festive pumpkins and fall themed center pieces to the amazingly done cake that looked like a basket of apples. Ada had a great time celebrating her first year of life with all of her wonderful family and friends.

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A Sunset Family Session – Hempstead Lake Park – Long Island Family Photographer

Family session taken at Hempstead Lake Park on Long Island by Jessica Michelle Photo Long Island Family Photographer

I photographed the Lee family at the beautiful Hempstead Lake Park last month and it was just gorgeous! After several reschedules due to this wonderful spring rain we finally had a sunny forecast and could carry on with our session plans. When we stared the session the sun was perfect and golden just starting to set on the day. I couldn’t have asked for better weather than we received for the Lee’s family session. The two girls were completely adorable and gave me some great smiles.

Enjoy!

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Elizabeth’s 100th Day Session – Long Island Child Photographer – Jessica Michelle Photo

Elizabeth’s 100th day session celebrating her first 100 days of life.

100 day old session long island child photographer port jefferson new york styled sessionThe 100th day after a child’s birth is a significant milestone in the Asian culture. This was something new to me and was so intriuged to learn more about it when Elizabeth had her session back in February. Unfortunately it was common back in the day for babies to pass away due to sickness and poor living conditions, so the 100th day is celebrated for having survived this difficult period. It’s also a celebration of the parents who survived the first 100 days since it is known to be the most difficult period. I think we can all attest to that! There are many traditional customs that are practiced on this day such as eating red bean cakes for good luck, to the baby being placed belly down and grabbing at different objects placed in front of them that represent different career paths for when they grow up. Whichever one they grab will be the career that they will choose.

We had so much fun with Elizabeth and her family during her session, she is absolutely adorable.

Enjoy!

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{August – 6 months} Family session at Avalon Nature Preserve in Stony Brook – Jessica Michelle Photo

fun long island family session port jefferson new york avalon nature preserveI had so much fun with August and his parents last month.  They were visiting family here on Long Island and while in town wanted to do a session! I may have called him the wrong name most of the time but we really had a good time and got a lot of great smiles from him.

Enjoy!

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All the wonderful mommas – Mother’s Day 2017 – Port Jefferson, Long Island NY Photographer

I wanted to share some of my favorite images of mothers that I have captured over the past few years. They are the reason for why I do what I do! From maternity mommas to be to seasoned moms of many.

I asked a couple of the moms what they loved best about being a mom and got some wonderful responses. For me its the never ending love and affection from them no matter what – even if I have been “mean mom” they always love to love on me. Im never without a big or kiss or snuggle every day. More answers below from some of the beautiful mommas I’ve captured.

Happy Mothers Day to all the mommas out there

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Witnessing all the firsts. 
Watching the brain grow, milestones, developing 
Connection like no other 
Tiny kisses and hugs full of love

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The simplest answer, both the best thing and the saddest thing is that especially at this age, she wakes up a different person every day. More aware, more in control, more engaged, but less and less of my tiny baby. I can’t wait to see who she’s going to be tomorrow, but it sucks saying goodbye to who she was yesterday.

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Sometimes I even get to photograph grandmas with their sweet grand babies. 

365 Project – February 2017 – Jessica Michelle Photo

February 2017’s portion of my 365 project. Capturing the everyday life happening around me.

 

Here is February’s portion of my 365 project – we miss a couple of days due to crazy happenings.

A few big things happened in February, we closed on our house and Edward turned 2! So among renovations and mid-winter break we got a little off track a couple of days. But overall it was a great month!

Enjoy:

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365 Project – January’s Outtakes – Jessica Michelle Photo, Port Jefferson, NY

When starting the project I wondered how I would share the images everyday and pretty easily decided with Facebook and Instagram would be the best, but then wondered what about ALL of the other ones that didn’t make the cut for the ONE image I was set to share a day.

When starting the project I wondered how I would share the images everyday and pretty easily decided with Facebook and Instagram would be the best, but then wondered what about ALL of the other ones that didn’t make the cut for the ONE image I was set to share a day. There are so many more that I love but didn’t want to over saturate my feed with outtakes or the likes. So I made the choice to edit them and set them aside each day and that I would then compile them into a post here. So at the end each month I will be adding a full post of outtakes – they are just as funny, sweet, moving and crafted as the others!

Enjoy – January’s Outtakes

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365 Project – January 2017 – Jessica Michelle Photo

January 2017’s portion of my 365 project. Capturing the everyday life happening around me.

In December I decided starting January 1st I would embark on a 365 day project. It is where you take a photo everyday and can be anything you want YOUR project to be about. I was inspired to do this because I always feel I’m not doing enough of my own family as I am for everyone else that hires me. Even more so I don’t have very many of my little guy so I am aiming to do more of him though this project.

SO here are the first 31 days (minus the one day I missed) of 2017. Hope that you guys enjoy it – you can keep up with me on a daily basis over on my Instagram and Facebook page too. day1_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday2_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday3_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday4_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday5_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday6_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday7_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday8_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday9_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday10_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday11_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday12_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday13_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday14_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday15_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday16_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday17_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday18_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday19_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday20_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday21_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday23_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday24_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday25_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday26_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday27_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday28_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday29_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday30_jessicamichellephoto_365dayprojectday31_jessicamichellephoto_365dayproject