Candice’s Beachside Maternity Session – Port Jefferson, NY

When planning Candice’s maternity session I just knew shooting her in this dress by the beachside would be perfect, and it was! This dress perfectly showcased her growing bump and all her beautiful tattoos. It also was the perfect color on her with the glowing golden light we had that evening. Her and her guy were so happy and excited for their first little baby boy together and it truly showed in their images of them. Their sweet little Spencer will also get to share a birthday with my Emily which is a fun tidbit we chatted about during the session.

enjoy!

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Elizabeth’s Garden Maternity Session – Port Jefferson, NY

All sessions are special to me but some are just extra special, this one is one of those sessions. Why? Well because this one was for my sister in law who is expecting her second little baby in just a few short weeks. A little girl! We are all so excited to welcome another precious baby into the family and have more cousins for my crazy kids. Emily is especially excited because as of now she’s the only girl.

We decided to use her property again like we had with her first, though raining we really got some beautiful shots. She really makes being pregnant look like a breeze most of the time. I wanted to really make this new dress pop so I decided to really just play with the greens of the garden.

I really cannot wait to meet this sweet girl soon, stay tuned for her Fresh 48!

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– Stephanie’s Secret Garden Maternity Session – Port Jefferson, NY – Jessica Michelle Photo

I have had this vision for sometime now. I wanted to do it with myself while I was still pregnant with Easton, but he decided to show up early so I wasn’t able to do it. So when I found out Stephanie was also going team green I thought it would be really cool to shoot her second pregnancy and use the smoke bombs for her. Since my in laws garden was in full bloom for summer I thought it would be beautiful to shoot the session there. Seeing how it turned out to be a secret garden magical shoot. I’m so ecstatic with the end result. The light was perfectly golden and the smoke really came out how I envisioned.

After we were done playing in the garden we decided to change dresses and head down to Harborfront Park in Port Jefferson and do a few shots there too and cool off in the water since it was about 100 degrees that day.

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– The Traveling Dress – A Special Project with Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy Magazine – Jessica Michelle Photo

unnamedThe Traveling Dress Collaboration is a brilliant creative project brought together by several photographers within the Motherhood Society (Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy Magazine’s endorsed professional motherhood photography communication). As elite creatives, each photographer was impressed with one another’s different photography and editing style and they decided to celebrate different women, all from different ethnicity, different stages in their pregnancies and in different settings, using the exact same dress to make their unique visions come to life. Each photographer had one single week with the dress, a custom design from Sew Trendy Accessories; styling the dress with their own creative vision and shooting it with their own style, before mailing it off to the next person. To avoid creatively influencing the vision of one another, the participating photographers agreed to refrain from sharing the images until each of them had the opportunity to shoot with the dress and submit their images for publish in the magazine. The dress traveled around the United States between eight participants, each very different in shooting style and artistic voice, we are so excited to share this collaboration with you!

I had the pleasure of working with Dana who was about 22 weeks during the time of our shoot last August. I wanted to do something fun and different that I had before. Dana is an art teacher here on Long Island, so I wanted to incorporate that in some way. I originally wanted to shoot at the MET in NYC but they don’t allow editorial shoots. So I went in a different direction and played off the teacher part and what is so commonly associated with teachers? Apples! I reached out to my favorite orchard on the East End and set up shooting before harvesting began. Harbes Orchard was in its prime and the trees were full of apples that hadn’t been touched yet! Dana was stunning in the dress and the light was so dreamy. After we did some in the traveling dress I had her switch up her dress and do some in another dress I had.

Check out Dana below as well as my favorite from each of the other photographers who participated in The Traveling Dress project.

Dress : Sew Trendy Accessories

Makeup : Heather Ann Makeup

Hair : me

Location : Harbes Orchard & Gibbons Family Estate

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And here are my favorites from the other ladies who participated in this beautiful project! Be sure to check out their blog post too with more from each of their sessions linked below each image.

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Baby Rose Photography

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Violet Joy Photography

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Christina Baltazar Photography

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Little Love Stories 

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Norma Fayak Photography

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Smarita Vinnakota

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Stephanie Rubyor Photography

– Josie’s Family Maternity Session – Port Jefferson, NY – Jessica Michelle Photo

Just a little behind here on getting Josie’s session up on the blog. We shot her session just a week before my own little guy decided to surprise us with an early arrival. Thankfully the weather has warmed up since her snowy session. Josie was joined by her husband and sweet little boy during her session too. He was pretty shy and really wanted nothing to do with being in front of the camera, but I was able to snap a few with all of them together and some on his own. We chatted about how he loved PJ Mask and who his favorite character was. Then Josie and I went and did some images of just her! She was absolutely gorgeous in the sheer Sew Trendy Dress we got just for her session. With the golden sun behind her and the royal blue dress she just shined the whole time.

Enjoy!

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– Family maternity session – Port Jefferson, NY – Jessica Michelle Photo

Last week I hit 33 weeks in pregnancy and boy am I getting big! With all the cold weather and wind we couldn’t make the previous week work for portraits with the kids. So when we finally had a a good slightly warmer sunny day we made a family maternity session with the kids happen. Of course we ventured over to my favorite field of golden grass to capture the shots. The white dress really popped against the golden tones. This week I had help from the whole crew to get some really great shots, mostly my husband, but the kids each had a turn taking some too. They really enjoy getting to take shots with the “big camera”.

Emily is beyond excited to welcome a new baby and thanks me almost every day that I’m pregnant. Edward on the other hand doesn’t fully grasp the idea that there will be a new baby joining us, only that he wants it to be a little brother when we ask if he thinks it’s a boy or girl. He though has been very very sunggly and attached to me like no other, which is very similar to how Emily was when Edward was set to arrive. We are “Team Green” this time so the guesses are coming in from every one that ask – what’s your guess?!

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Golden Hour Self Portraits – Port Jefferson, NY – Jessica Michelle Photo

I’ve been doing self portraits every other week to document this final pregnancy and last weeks was so magical and came out exactly how I wanted and above my expectations of doing self portraits! Here is 24 weeks, a little over half way done and growing by the second it seams. I feel like I was showing a little extra since these were done the day after Thanksgiving where I think I devoured about 34 meals over a one and a half day period.

I want to take someone here to shoot soon, before they mow it down! SO lets set up a session for you, your family or your sweet little one – you won’t be disappointed.

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More maternity sessions can be seen on the Maternity tab

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

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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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.

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-fresh 48-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

 

 

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Fresh Outdoor Maternity Session | Jessica Michelle Photo | Long Island Port Jefferson, NY

It may have been early August and hot as ever but this session was just ready to say “Hello Fall!”. It was my first time coming to the Nature Preserve in Blue Point on the south shore of Long Island but it didn’t disappoint in any way!!! I had hoped to have gone closer to the spring to check it out when it was FULL of wildflowers but I just didn’t make it, next year. Thanks to a wonderful friend for the suggestion to check it out – I am still trying to find spots that I love and this if defiantly one of them.

I often gravitate towards settings with wide open fields and neutral colors so that each client can have the chance to wear great colors. This spot was perfect – I can’t wait to use the space again for more sessions, especially since it is constantly changing with the seasons.

This momma was one of my contest winners and decided to do a maternity session with me. She was just so beautiful and had such style and loved that we were able to get a few different looks with just one outfit. She rocked her session and shined just as bright as the evening sunset. I can’t wait to meet her new baby boy in just a few short weeks for his newborn session.

Fresh Outdoor Maternity Session | Jessica Michelle Photo | Long Island Port Jefferson, NY

Loving mom to be’s beautiful sweater – it was the perfect complement to the setting

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This field was everything I had hoped for when I showed up – the yellow just popped against her white dress.

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