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december 2014


Kreilach Family

It's not too often that I share large family sessions on my facebook or blog. Lots of times they are shot in a client's home or they don't really add to my portfolio all that much when it comes to creativity. That doesn't make them less important or memorable, it just means they don't always get shared. The sibling and cousin dynamic with these little ones from the Kreilach Family session was so sweet, I felt like I had to share a few! These three (and their parents - hah) did so good in the frigid temperatures, but I loved sneaking some candid's of them playing and interacting inside too, frozen red cheeks and all.





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a new year.





Five years. 2015 will mark my fifth year as a small business owner, my fifth year as a 'working' photographer, my fifth year just trying to figure everything out. As a small business owner, i never really have it all figured out. I make mistakes, learn from them and grow everyday. As a photographer, there are times when I feel uninspired, stuck,  or like I'm making no progress. I've written briefly about my feelings of insecurity and anxiety  before. When I wrote that post a few months back, A time when I was feeling really low about my business and my photography, My dad - who has owned his own business for 20 plus years - reminded me of a few things about running a business. You can't make everyone happy, you will always have competition, and you can't take business personally. Though he was right, sometime business is business (and sometimes it sucks), I have to take it all personally. I take it personally not only because it's a business I've worked hard to grow over the past 5 years, but because it's my passion. When my photography stops becoming personal, stops being my passion, it will just be a job. I never want it to just be a job.

Looking ahead to this coming year, I am choosing to leave the icky feelings of comparisons, insecurities, self doubting and anxieties behind me. I'm sure they will always be there in the back of my mind, because I think part of being a photographer and putting myself out there means feeling a little scared and insecure sometimes, but 2015 will mean giving the negative feelings much less power. This new year means focusing on the personal, keeping my photography genuine and continuing to push myself. It can be scary to admit that - yeah, running my business is hard sometimes, and it's emotional for me, and sometimes I feel defeated. I never want to come across as whiny or unappreciative, but in order to stay truthful and connected with my clients and myself, I think it's important to write about my struggles and weaknesses once in a while - even if it means showing the non-sugar coated, not-so-pretty side of things. Regardless of the negative feelings I've dealt with this year, 2014 was still a year of growth for me, bringing me closer to the direction I want my business and photography to go. Even with the struggles,  as each year passes, I fall more and more in love with my 'job' and feel hugely grateful to the beautiful individuals that choose me to photograph them.

Does this all feel very dramatic and self proclaiming? My bad. Putting my emotional issues aside (ha), some of my business plans/goals for 2015 include the following: a few more styled mini sessions throughout the year, a couple of Facebook session giveaways (something I haven't done in the past), working toward quicker turn around times for images, and making time for personal photo projects and artistic portraits throughout the year.

Thank you all so much for growing with me, accepting my neurotic tendencies, and allowing me to photograph your amazing souls. I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store!

What are some of your goals for 2015?







(a few snowy portraits of my sweet friend, Emily) 

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Jason & Lisa | Engaged

I could not have asked for a better couple or session to share with you on Christmas Eve. Jason and Lisa are so sweet and filled with joy, easy going and silly..(basically they are everything that embodies holiday spirit, not an easy task). Before we started the session, Lisa described themselves as 'awkward' in front of the camera - which I think you will see below that that could not be further from the truth. I could barely bring myself to share any black and white images because I just love the pop of Lisa's red jacket against the stacked fire wood, Christmas trees and fluffy white snow. This was my last engagement session of 2014, and it seriously has me looking forward to the new year! Happy Holidays, Everyone. I hope you find yourself cuddling up with someone you love this Christmas..

xo, Jordan




winter bookings

A little bit of business round up:

 I've had a lot of people ask if I'm still booking sessions because of my pregnancy. The answer is, absolutely. Though my due date is February 6th, I haven't given myself a cut off date as to when I'll stop booking sessions. Let's book some snowy portraits, family portraits during the holidays, newborn sessions, or boudoir sessions! Though March- May is my slower season, I will also still be taking on sessions come mid/late March, so don't hesitate to contact me.

You may have noticed the giveaway happening on my facebook page right now.  I normally don't do giveaways because they make me feel like a bad 70's game-show host, butttt I *still* have openings for  2015 weddings and am trying to spread the word. I am looking to book at least 2-3 more weddings for next year, so if you are a bride/groom or know someone looking for a wedding photographer, I'm your gal! I would love to continually book more weddings each year and further grow my business. I have learned so much over the past 5 years of shooting weddings, (especially this past year), and I am itching to learn and grow more as an artist!  Visit my facebook page, share and comment on the giveaway photo to be entered to win a FREE photo session!

Here's a few snaps of my handsome husband, just because I like him.

(This is something that's happened probably a handful of times in the 8 years that we've been together, so let's all just accept this as a Christmas Miracle)