{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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Why printing your photos matter -Jessica Michelle Photo – Port Jefferson, NY

It could be because I love photography and seeing the history of my family but it is just as important for you too, for you and your family. In this day of digital everything, printing out photos is becoming a long-lost idea. Technology will change again and again and again and things will get lost as it isn’t meant to be sustainable, it is just data on a disk unless you make a hard copy – A PRINT!

I was set to write this post at the beginning of February but it didn’t happen. We finally closed on our house and have been working on getting it ready for move in! Then rolled in the plague and winter break and I’m finally getting around to posting on this very important topic. Why printing your photos is oh so very important.

What inspired me to create this post was my grandpa, Fred Egenberger: USN Seabees, he passed away just over a year ago at the end of January 2016. Since his passing and visiting my grandma a few times I have collected many MANY photographs. Some I know very well and some I have NEVER seen. Photos of my grandma as a child with her mother, my mom as a newborn, pictures of me from summers and holidays spent at their house. I have boxes and albums full of photos and it is nice to be able to show my children who our family was. It allows me to see the life that was before me and remember my past and my families past.

It could be because I love photography and seeing the history of my family but it is just as important for you too, for you and your family. In this day of digital everything, printing out photos is becoming a long-lost idea. Technology will change again and again and again and things will get lost as it isn’t meant to be sustainable, it is just data on a disk unless you make a hard copy – A PRINT! I am always asked “Do I get all the digital files?” “Will my gallery be here forever?” or told “I just want them for Facebook, Instagram, etc” but none of these are permanent. Prints are forever and can physically handed down to the next generation and the one after that. You can’t hand down your Facebook or Instagram – who knows if they will even be around in 5-10 years… remember MySpace?!

What you can hand down is a physical print in all of the forms it is offered in. 

I urge you to get prints of your photos from your sessions even if it is just one, please order prints! When you order prints though me you receive archival photos printed on high quality paper and is printed by a professional lab that makes sure the print looks exactly like the image does on the digital file. My favorite product to offer satisfies both the want for the digitals and the ability to have prints. It is a keepsake box with all the images from your session printed in 4×6 size and all the images on a custom USP drive so you can share them digitally.

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Some of the oldest photos in the collection – I think this could be my grandmothers parents and older siblings. I am guessing from about 1923 since there is a “23” on the back and pairs up with the ages of kids.

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Grandpa at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where they were building the base that is there now.

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Grandpa and his comrades and images of Guantanamo being built.

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The back reads Corpus Christy, Texas 1947 – Grandma is the one on the left in the one of 2 women. The other one reads ” Rodd Field Party – Boy, it was drunk out that day 4-21-52″

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I can’t get over the light in this one and how young grandma is reads “Mother and Child – Bernard 4 weeks”

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My mom as a newborn – 6 weeks old and from what I know this was the first time my grandpa was meeting my mom since he was deployed during the time of her birth.

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I see so much of my little guy in this – my mom about age 2

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ME and grandpa – this is how I remember my grandparents. This porch was a central hang out at Grandma and Grandpas.

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Why printing your photos matter Jessica Michelle Photo Long Island Photographer Port Jefferson New York
Before having a cell phone was a big deal and a way of capturing everything I was always going to photo booths. The color one was from a cross country trip with my husband – we had only known each other for 3 months and he moved cross country … to be with me!

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You can’t tell but this is a print – and one of my very favorite shots ever of us.

Favorites from California’s Holiday Sessions 2016 – Jessica Michelle Photo

Just 2 weeks ago I made the trip back to California for a handful of my very favorite clients!

Just 2 weeks ago I made the trip back to California for a handful of my very favorite clients! I was so happy over the summer (yes, SUMMER) when a few of my fav families reached out asking if I was ever going to come back at any chance to do photos. They were sad that I wasn’t there any longer after moving to Long Island to do their yearly holiday photos. After calling a few more clients to see if they too they would be interested in booking in advance if I were to come back – the trip was in the works!

It took me about a month to pick the perfect location, because all of these clients had shot at all my other go to favorites and only had 2 days to do sessions I had to come up with ONE new stand out location. IT was – you might recognize it because I have used it once before for my own little guys first birthday session. The infamous “Cypress Tree Tunnel” in Point Reyes! It was as gorgeous as I remember it being and upon almost everyones arrival they too gasped with joy and amazement!

Here are a few from each family that were my very favorite! Enjoy!

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This is what you get when you ask a 3rd grader how many girlfriends he has!

 

And lastly – My absolute favorite from all the sessions!

I don’t know what it is about this photo but I keep getting chills every time I see it – I LOVE IT. Odessa is a friend and fellow photographer, so she gets when sessions kinda go off the tracks and I really felt like this one was headed there – miss Addie was just not having any part of being in photos with or with out her sister Lulu (who was a total ham).
I am working hard on capturing a little bit more of the lifestyle aspect of each session as well at the posed shots. And this shot just really yells that to me, the “pose”, the light the moody-ness of it all.

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To see more of what I offer please check out my website. Can’t wait to work with you!

 

It’s a Girl! – Fresh 48 Session – Stony Brook University Hospital, Long Island, NY

I met Nicole at my event back in August at our local baby boutique, Cribs n’ Bibs, and we hit it off right away. She brought in her beautiful daughter Mable and told me she was expecting in October. She love the idea of a fresh 48 session since they were still doing renovations on their house and it would be a mess for a at home session.

We were set and ready for her section date in October and she was not finding out boy or girl until the birth! Which is pretty exciting for everyone. I was away in Nashville doing a newborn session for a childhood friend and only expecting to hear from another mom due the previous week. When I returned home and was able to get to my email I saw that she had emailed me – she had gone into labor on her own and IT WAS A GIRL. I was able to shift some things around on the calendar and get to the hospital the next day. There I met baby Ada – alert and absolutely as cute as a button. Aside from my two very wild children I had never had such an alert baby – let alone one that was 3 weeks early and only 29 hours old! After a little time with just Ada big sister Mable and Dad arrived. I just adore how this session turned out. long-island-fresh48-lifestyle-newborn-photo-session-stony-brook-hospital-port-jefferson-suffolk-county-new-yorklong-island-fresh48-lifestyle-newborn-photo-session-stony-brook-hospital-port-jefferson-suffolk-county-new-yorklong-island-fresh48-lifestyle-newborn-photo-session-stony-brook-hospital-port-jefferson-suffolk-county-new-yorklong-island-fresh48-lifestyle-newborn-photo-session-stony-brook-hospital-port-jefferson-suffolk-county-new-yorklong-island-fresh48-lifestyle-newborn-photo-session-stony-brook-hospital-port-jefferson-suffolk-county-new-yorklong-island-fresh48-lifestyle-newborn-photo-session-stony-brook-hospital-port-jefferson-suffolk-county-new-yorklong-island-fresh48-lifestyle-newborn-photo-session-stony-brook-hospital-port-jefferson-suffolk-county-new-yorklong-island-fresh48-lifestyle-newborn-photo-session-stony-brook-hospital-port-jefferson-suffolk-county-new-yorklong-island-fresh48-lifestyle-newborn-photo-session-stony-brook-hospital-port-jefferson-suffolk-county-new-yorklong-island-fresh48-lifestyle-newborn-photo-session-stony-brook-hospital-port-jefferson-suffolk-county-new-yorklong-island-fresh48-lifestyle-newborn-photo-session-stony-brook-hospital-port-jefferson-suffolk-county-new-yorklong-island-fresh48-lifestyle-newborn-photo-session-stony-brook-hospital-port-jefferson-suffolk-county-new-yorklong-island-fresh48-lifestyle-newborn-photo-session-stony-brook-hospital-port-jefferson-suffolk-county-new-yorklong-island-fresh48-lifestyle-newborn-photo-session-stony-brook-hospital-port-jefferson-suffolk-county-new-yorklong-island-fresh48-lifestyle-newborn-photo-session-stony-brook-hospital-port-jefferson-suffolk-county-new-yorklong-island-fresh48-lifestyle-newborn-photo-session-stony-brook-hospital-port-jefferson-suffolk-county-new-york

 

 

More info on sessions I offer are here – Jessica Michelle Photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sera’s Newborn Baby Sister | Jessica Michelle Photo | Marin County, Ca

I had the pleasure of photographing this sweet girls new baby sister. She slept nearly the whole time and was a dream to work with and Big Sister was a treat too!  lifestyle-newborn-sibling-photo-session-marin-countyI can’t believe how this girl is a big sister now – seems just like yesterday she was born and my little lady and her were playing together. lifestyle-newborn-sibling-photo-session-marin-county lifestyle-newborn-sibling-photo-session-marin-county lifestyle-newborn-sibling-photo-session-marin-county lifestyle-newborn-sibling-photo-session-marin-county lifestyle-newborn-sibling-photo-session-marin-county lifestyle-newborn-sibling-photo-session-marin-county lifestyle-newborn-girl-photo-session-marin-county lifestyle-newborn-girl-photo-session-marin-county lifestyle-newborn-girl-photo-session-marin-county lifestyle-newborn-girl-photo-session-marin-county lifestyle-newborn-girl-photo-session-marin-county lifestyle-newborn-girl-photo-session-marin-county lifestyle-newborn-sibling-photo-session-marin-county

Edward | 6 month session | Marin County Photographer | Jessica Michelle Photo

Edward is 6 months already! Gosh I cannot believe it and how fast its going the second time around. AND its less than 1 month until emily turns 3 – time is speeding by. Were getting ready for the holiday season and family session mode. I will be rolling out my IPS ( in person sales ) format and pricing too for this years sessions. This will make it quicker and easier to choose your images and order products for your home and family- even Holiday Cards! I will have samples on hand so you get to see first hand what your getting. Cannot wait for this years sessions. six_month_milestone_photo_session_marin_county_california_siblings six_month_milestone_photo_session_marin_county_california

Addison’s First Year | Marin County Newborn Photographer | Jessica Michelle Photo

I have been long awaiting to post this beautiful girl. I photographed her whole first year from newborn to 3, 6, 9 months and one year with a cake smash! She was the best little poser one could ask for. So sad to see that they were moving to Houston the day after her first birthday session. She will be missed!

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First year sessions can be booked before baby even arrives! Pricing and info can be found on my website here.