A Perfect Fall Evening: A Storytelling Session | Lehigh Valley Family Photographer

This is the second year in a row I've shot a Storytelling Session for this sweet family.  With so many talented Lehigh Valley Photographers out there, it is such an honor when clients come back to me, year after year.  I love that they will have the photos from last year showing where they were at in that point in their lives, and now in contrast, this year.  The sessions were similar, we started out in their home, then went to a park to explore and play.  This year, with little persuading, we ended up at a local ice cream shop - which was a perfect ending to our time together.

If you think that one year won't make much difference - take a look at this family's session from last year!   I think you will see what a difference a year really can make!

Thank you, Laura and Matt, for welcoming me into your lives again this year - it always is a pleasure and I can't wait to see you all again! 

If you are interested in a documentary style photo session to capture the beauty of your family - just as you are - contact jillian@jillianbphoto.com for more information.   Don't forget to follow Jillian B. Photography on Facebook here!

A Family Session at the Lake | Lehigh Valley Family Photographer

I might be biased because this is my cousin and her family, but these are some of my all time favorite photos!   This session also began my new love affair with this location for photos.  And.... dare I say it....a newly found love for early morning sessions! 

When people tell me they would prefer to do their session in the morning, I'm not going to lie, I cringe a little.  The light can be tricky unless you start suuuuuuper early, which, lets be honest, no one wants to do that.  And, well, I'm just not a morning person.  However, after this session, I'm starting to realize morning sessions aren't so horrible after all.  It was so peaceful and beautiful at the lake, with only a few fisherman were milling around, I loved the quiet of it.   Of course, the results kind of speak for themselves, too.

On the day of the session, the weather was perfect, and Dana and her family looked amazing.  She had asked me for styling advice, and with the help of my Pinterest styling boards, and a few texts back and forth, she really came up with gorgeous outfits.  The best part - she bought most of it at Target!   Just goes to show, you don't need to spend a million bucks to look like a million bucks!  

If you are interested in family photos, contact me at jillian@jillianbphoto.com.  I'd love to chat with you!

 

 

 

A Story of Motherhood and a Magical Childhood | Philadelphia Family Documentary Films

This is a family film.  You will learn about each of the children, you will see Dad hanging out.  But mostly, what I see this as is a motherhood story.  Let me tell you why.

If you've ever had a session with me, you know I start out the process with a questionnaire.  Always.  I need to know a little bit about you and what is your WHY.   This piece of the process is so important, and any session I have gone into without a questionnaire just doesn't feel right.  I need to know who you are, who your family is, and the reason you want your family documented.

When I received Bonnie's questionnaire back, I knew this was going to be a special session session.  First of all, I knew right away, this mama is my type of person.  I have so much in common with her - not only is she also a photographer, but a Special Education teacher too, which is my professional background as well.  I could tell by the answers to her question she tells it like it is, and isn't afraid to put it all out there, something I truly admire about her.  I loved her honesty and sincerity and what I loved most - and kept in my mind throughout my time at her house - was this:

"I want you to show me that I am a good mom.  I want you to show me that none of the shit I suck at matters.  I want to see how my children love me and how loved they are by me.  I want to show me and my future grown-up children that they had a magical carefree childhood."

I could go on and on about what an awesome mom she is, and how much fun her family has together (my son watched their video and said, "Mom, I think she's funner than you are." I'm not mad - she totally is!); but I won't.  All I will say is, WATCH IT.   Just WATCH.  I don't need to tell you, you will see it over and over again in this small snippet of their family's life. 

Bonnie, it was an honor meeting you and your family, and more importantly, I hope I am able to show you just how amazing you are as a mama.    While you know your kids are loved - take a look, and see how much YOU are loved.  

Mamas, we need this.  We need to see it.  I am so glad that Bonnie did this because she freakin' deserves it. 

Enjoy.  

Erica & Leo | A Spectrum Inspired Session

When I was asked to photograph Erica and Leo for a Spectrum Inspired session, I originally thought I would be documenting them in their home.  I expected a typical documentary style session, just following them around doing their thing.   When I spoke with Erica for the first time, she explained that her and Leo had already had many photos taken at home and she wanted to do something different.  The idea of a photo session in a hemp field was something that was meaningful to her, as she is an advocate for the use of medical cannabis as a tool for helping her son, Leo, who has autism.  To be honest, I had no idea that there were even legal hemp fields in Pennsylvania and I was pretty excited to photograph them in this unique setting.

I was introduced to Erica through Spectrum Inspired, and I learned that not only is she a mom to Leo, and his sister, Scarlett, but she is the President of Autism Advisors and the Leader of the PA chapter of MAMMA (Mothers Advocating For Medical Marijuana for Autism  https://www.mammausa.org ).  I learned a little bit more about her by watching her on Viceland's "Weediquette", in an episode that describes her experience as a medical cannabis advocate and mom.  She is amazing, her son is amazing, and she truly is a warrior mama. 

I hope these photos portray the special relationship she has with her son, and how medical marijuana has changed their lives.  Please check out the above resources to learn more about their story, the use of medical marijuana for autism, and keep an eye out for Spectrum Inspired's Fall edition which will include a feature on these two beautiful people! 

If you are interested in a Spectrum Inspired session, find out more by visiting https://spectruminspired.org to apply. 

Baby Zayn | Philadelphia Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

In-home newborn sessions are the best.  I love chatting with the family about how life with their little one is going, and we just hang out and dote on their new addition while I capture all of those quiet and beautiful moments.  It's such an exciting time, and I will never turn down an opportunity to cuddle a newborn!  

Little baby Zayn is just so handsome and sweet, and so loved.  Thank you, K Family, for inviting me to capture a little piece of your first days as a family of 3.

If you are looking for a Philadelphia In-Home Lifestyle Newborn photographer, contact me at jillian@jillianbphoto.com for details.

Happy 1st Birthday, Iliana! | Morristown, NJ Family Photographer

This beautiful girl celebrates her birthday just a day before Independence day, so in honor of her 1st year, her parents threw an Americana themed bash at their Morristown, NJ home.  Everyone was dressed from head to toe in red, white, and blue and got in the spirit with fun themed decorations, a delicious catered buffet and lots of fun activities - it truly was a memorable day!   

Iliana is definitely one of the happiest one-year olds I have ever met.  She had a busy and exciting day, and took it all in stride.  I couldn't believe that she was still just as sweet and pleasant when I finished up at about 8:00 PM as she was when I arrived at 3:30 - and the party was still going!  

Happy birthday, Iliana!  It is clear to see, you are so loved. 

If you are in need of a Morristown, NJ family photographer for an event, documentary session or portraits - contact Jillian at jillian@jillianbphoto.com for more details.  

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Welcome to the World, Baby Audrey | Easton, PA Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

When I arrived at this family's home for their pre-session consult, I could tell that this was going to be one of my all time favorite sessions.  I love each in-home newborn session I do more and more, and the family was super sweet, laid back, and the home was decorated perfectly!  This mama has got style!   

We planned to do the session about 4 weeks after the in-home consult - however, baby Audrey was welcomed into the world a few weeks early!  I re-arranged my schedule, and was excited to meet Audrey about 1 week after being born for her in-home lifestyle newborn session.

When I arrived at the home, sweet Audrey was doing what newborns do best, and slept away in her mama's arms in her adorable outfit - coordinating perfectly with the rest of the family.  Her big brother, Evan, was very excited for pictures and as is pretty much typical for sessions with children his age, we quickly worked through the pictures with him so that he could relax and join us as he liked once we got those "must have" shots.   He is just adorable and reminds me of my own little boys.  

The rest of the time, mom and dad cuddled with their beautiful daughter, while Audrey was the perfect newborn model - depicting just what is so special about those first few days; the quiet, the little cries, the calming warmth of baby sleeping in your arms, the flaky newborn skin and pouty little lips.   I was sure to document all of the love and attention her parents put into designing her beautiful nursery - fit for a princess. 

Congratulations, G Family!  It was such an honor to document your new family of four!  

If you are interested in an In-Home Lifestyle Newborn session, e-mail jillian@jillianbphoto.com for more details. 

Ani & Bryn | Lehigh Valley Documentary Photography and Film

I go way back with these sweet girls - I knew them when they were only known as Baby A and Baby B.   Their mother, Emily, and I were pregnant at the same time, and being one of my sister's best friends, Em is like family.  Her little girls were born much earlier than were expected, and spent many, many nights in the NICU.  Now at four, they have grown into two beautiful, bright, and healthy little girls - it's hard to believe just how little they once were.  I always love seeing these two, and making these videos for them was so much fun.  

No longer known as Baby A and Baby B, meet Ani and Bryn at 4 years old!

Milestone Interview videos are a great idea for birthdays and anniversaries!   If you are interested in booking a Milestone Interview Video or a Family Documentary Session, contact jillian@jillianbphoto.com

Kylie | Lehigh Valley Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

This session was special to me, because mom, Kristin, is a friend of mine.  I had been so excited to meet her sweet baby girl, I visited her right away in the hospital after she was born (of course snapping a few Fresh 48 images while I was there!) and was excited to be able to photograph her at home.  She is so loved by her sweet big brothers, mommy and daddy - this beautiful girl and this family are truly blessed!  Congratulations, and I can't wait to cuddle little Kyle again!

Landen is One! | Lehigh Valley Family Photographer

This little girl sure was celebrated in style!   Her parents and grandparents pulled out all the stops to throw her a beautiful party.  Unfortunately, the weather was not cooperating and it had to be pushed back a day, but it was perfect nonetheless!   

The luau theme was adorable, and you can see that a lot of love went into planning the perfect day for this special lady.  I love that the family chose to take the effort of photographing the event off their plate so that they could work on preparing for the party and enjoying it without being stuck behind a camera.   I was honored to be able to photograph this lovely event, I know that this is a day that Miss Landen will love to look back on and see just how much she is loved! 

Happy First Year, Landen - here's to you! 

Steve + Laura: Love Story | Lehigh Valley Photographer

Being that I'm more of a children and family photographer, I don't get the opportunity to photograph couples often.  After this amazing session, I really wish I did it more!    

Steve and Laura are so sweet, and easy-going, not to mention, they are a gorgeous couple.  They were high school sweethearts, whose love story began in 10th grade.  After all those years together, this past Christmas Eve, Steve snuck Laura away from a family gathering and popped the question!  They have begun planning for their wedding and through mutual friends, they found me to help them out with engagement photos.  

Their session was relaxed and we took our time exploring this beautiful location, sipping wine, and chatting as we went along.   Their sweet pup, Louie, joined us for a few shots and did a phenomenal job posing and playing along!   

If you are thinking about a couples session, I offer posed and more documentary style sessions, as well.  E-mail jillian@jillianbphoto.com to learn more, and don't forget to follow on Jillian B. Photography on Facebook!

Thanks, again, Steve + Laura - and congratulations!  

A Colorful Spring Session: The S Family - Lehigh Valley Family Photographer

This is my third time photographing this family, and they are not only clients, but friends, so I always really enjoy their sessions.   As a Lehigh Valley Family Photographer, I get to see a lot of beautiful areas while I am out doing sessions, but this trip to Jim Thorpe, PA was an extra special treat.   I haven't been up to Jim Thorpe since I was in college (AGES AGO!), and I really did forget all that it has to offer.   The trains weren't running that day so we were able to get a few photos with them - which was really the reason we chose this area - little Tilden LOVES trains.   We also got to visit a beautiful park that was in peak bloom with beautiful, colorful flowers everywhere.   There is so much more to see and do there - not to mention the many other scenic backdrops for photos - from the adorable downtown area, to Mauch Chunk lake which is only minutes away.   I can not WAIT to get back and hopefully photograph some more adventures there soon!

If you are interested in booking a photo session in beautiful Jim Thorpe, PA or one of the Lehigh Valley or Bucks areas other stunning locations, e-mail jillian@jillianbphoto.com for more information!   I can't wait to hear from you!!

Welcome, Baby Lana - Philadelphia Lifestyle Newborn Photography

Welcoming a new baby into your family is SUCH an exciting time.  It is a time, you never want to forget.  It's almost dizzying with joy, wonder, and love, but at the same time, can be so quiet and calm.  It's busy, and slow, all at the same time, and it is like nothing you've ever felt before - whether it's your first time, or you've done it before.  

When these new parents asked me to photograph their newborn, I knew that it would be just the type of newborn session I love.  This was a time to simply document their love for their new baby, without frills or props, just her beautiful self as she is, and as they are.  I love that these photos show their unique experience with their baby - in their own home, baby wrapped in her favorite blanket, relaxing on the couch where they spend most of their time and in the bedroom of their home where they sleep, as a family of three.  

If baby Lana grows to be anything like my children, she will treasure looking at these photos, and hearing the stories of what life was like when she was just days old.  I am so honored I was able to give this family this gift.  

If you are looking for a Lehigh Valley, Bucks County or Philadelphia Newborn Lifestyle photographer, contact me at jillian@jillianbphoto.com to hear more about Spring promotions and offers!

Welcome Baby Savannah! | Lehigh Valley Newborn Photography

Meeting little Ms. Savannah and her family was SUCH a joy, I could just photograph newborn babies and their families all day every day.   She was so so tiny, and she is so so loved.    From her teeny tiny toes, to her little itty bitty ears and nose - this sweet girl is just perfection.

Please click below to see this beautiful baby girl and her family, and just how so in love they are with her.  

Are you expecting and looking for honest, beautiful photos of your baby?  Jillian B. Photography is a Lehigh Valley Family Photographer offering simply beautiful newborn photos that capture the love and excitement of welcoming your sweet baby into your family.  Contact jillian@jillianbphoto.com for more information.  

Half Day in the Life: Family Documentary with the D Family | Lehigh Valley Family Photography

The D Family has a truly interesting and beautiful story of how they came to become a family.  When Eleanor and Nick were married, they knew that they had wanted to become parents, but due to being unable to have children the traditional way, they chose to foster.  They were a temporary home for 6 children before their two boys were placed with them at the ages of 12 and 13.  Nick and Eleanor were 25 at the time, and adopted the boys 1 year later.  Shortly after finalizing their adoption, they found themselves unexpectedly pregnant, and their daughter was born 3 days before the anniversary of the boys adoption.  In addition to their three children, Nick and Eleanor also have a godson who is an important part of their family and visits often.  I also can't forget to add their six (yes, SIX!) fur children.

When I asked this family why they decided that they would like a documentary session, mom Eleanor responded, "Our family is busy and unusual and on paper it looks like it might not work but when you get everyone together there is so much love and laughter.  We want to document the messy beauty of the everyday here."

I loved being able to capture their love and laughter and all that they do that makes them, "them".  The family lives each day to its fullest, and doesn't take the adventures that life has to offer for granted.  They complete Bucket Lists each year, both individually and as a family, and check off the items through the years as they are able to.  They love spending time together playing games, cooking and enjoying family meals.  It was fun to see their family routines and habits - a fun example of just one of them is when Eleanor and daughter, Alison, peel apples, they must be peeled in one, long piece.  Then, Alison will throw the peel over her shoulder to see what letter takes shape when it lands.  As the story goes, the letter it makes indicates the first initial of the person you will marry; but Alison likes to take fate into her own hands and will continue throwing until she gets the letter she wants.

I don't know if I've ever met more patient parents, more kind children, and bigger hearts than those of this family.  I was honored to meet them and learn more about their stories, and I am so glad that I got a chance to photograph them.  Eleanor, like most moms, is often the one behind the camera, and even more so because she herself, is a photographer (the talented lady behind I Spy Photography), so it was especially a privilege to be able to provide her family with images that include her, so that they can always see that she was there too. 

Thank you, D Family, for sharing a little bit of your crazy, beautiful life with me!  Enjoy your family photos!

To see a slideshow of some of my favorites from the session set to music, click play below.  

 

A Half Day in the Life with the D Family

If you are interested in a Storytelling Session, e-mail jillian@jillianbphoto.com for more information - the chilly winter months are a perfect time for an indoor documentary style session!

 Wondering how you would ever decide what to do with all of the images from your session?  Half Day in the Life/Day in the Life sessions include an album of your favorite images - these sessions are a full-service from start to finish. 

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An Extended Family Portrait Session | Bucks County Family Photographer

Well, I am waaaay behind on sharing this extended family session I had back in the Fall!  This family was so sweet and easy to work with, I loved getting to know them during our session.  It was clear to see how much the two little ones are so so loved by everyone around them, and honestly, I fell in love with them a little, too.  Of course I have to mention how well everyone planned and coordinated their outfits - Pinterest worthy, for sure!

Thank you so much for choosing me to capture your family, I hope you enjoy re-visiting your session with a few of my favorite photos from the day!

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Contact Jillian at jillian@jillianbphoto.com for information about how you can schedule your family photo session.

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The M Family: Fall Family Photos | Lehigh Valley Family Photographer

I am in love with these photos, and so glad I was able to capture this family's beauty this year, a year filled with lots of excitement!  I was honored to photograph the M Family two times prior to this session, you might remember mom, Heather's, beautiful maternity photos, or the twins sweet in-home mini-newborn session.    It sure was quite a year - not only were they blessed with twin babies, dad ventured out on his own in business and started up a successful law firm (let me know if you need a lawyer and I will send you his way!), and their beautiful daughter began kindergarten.   With all they have going on, I'm actually super impressed that they rounded up stylish outfits for the whole family, spiffied everyone up, and made it out to the beautiful Allentown Rose Gardens for a family photo session.  I know all you moms out there can appreciate the level of effort this all can take, and they make it look like it's no big deal.   

Hope you love your family photos, M Fam, can't wait to do it again!

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Interested in booking a Portrait or Storytelling Documentary Session for your family?  E-mail jillian@jillianbphoto.com and be sure to follow Jillian B. Photography on Facebook (likes, comments and shares are so appreciated!) to see more.

*SPECIAL OFFER: Take $15 off a last minute holiday session when you book by Friday, November 18, 2016 - message me today to schedule!

The B Family: Fall Photos | Lehigh Valley Family Photographer

This is my second year taking photos for the B family, and it is always a blast!  The three kiddos are so fun and never fail to crack me up with their silliness.  These sessions are about fun and laughter, and I look forward to seeing them any chance I can get!  

Not to mention, they are a gorgeous family.   

Enjoy! 

If you are in need of a Lehigh Valley Family Photographer, please take a look around to learn this site to learn a little more about the experience of a session with Jillian B. Photography and other details and investment information.

Interested in booking a Portrait or Storytelling Documentary Session for your family?  E-mail jillian@jillianbphoto.com and be sure to follow Jillian B. Photography on Facebook (likes, comments and shares are so appreciated!) to see more.

*SPECIAL OFFER: Take $15 off a last minute holiday session when you book by Friday, November 18, 2016 - message me today to schedule!