Honk – He’s 90 Today! Happy 4th of July!

Recently our family gathered in Ohio to celebrate my FIL 90th birthday.  He was born on the fourth of July.  As hot as it is in Ohio in July, I can only imagine how uncomfortable his mother was that day as they went for a buggy ride.  He was born at home on the farm.

I love theme parties.  It was Mary

Jo’s idea that we all dress up and decorate for the fourth of July.  Everyone had such a great time together, celebrating and honoring Dad.  We could help but get a few portraits as well, which for me is something I love to do.  There are a few really interesting scenarios for several portraits this year.  See if you can catch them!

Friend!

For the whole time I have known Susan, I have known her to be a beautiful person, inside and out!  She was so gracious to give me an hour to experiment with some indoor lighting , so I would be able to confidently shoot from my “studio” (my living room).  I was so happy to have such a cooperative and photogenic person to shoot.  I believe we had a successful training!

Over the years I have loved helping her and her husband as we have traveled to different parts of the world for ABWE.  I certainly enjoyed working along side of her here, with her in front of the camera.  Thank you Susan!

Another Milestone! 45 Years!

Michael and I recently celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary!  We are so blessed to have been married for 45 years and still in love. We were privileged to spend a few days in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

We live so very close to Gettysburg, and have visited numerous times in the 30 years we have lived in Pennsylvania.  Every time I go, I learn new things about the Civil War…our country, and our beautiful state.  We loved taking the horse tour ride.  We have done it several times and love being on a horse, even if it is just walking.  We visited the Dwight D. Eisenhower Farm this time and learned much about him and the wars.  We also took the Shriver House tour in town.  We were struck by the gravity of the situation of war that the townspeople found themselves in.  Also, all around the battlefields there are monuments….many, many monuments.  There is much art to be enjoyed driving or walking around looking at them and remembering what our country went through.  It was a rough time in our history.  I am thankful that I can live here in this area and how God interviened in the lives of men so that all citizens could have liberty — black or white.  Just a few scenes from our stay in Gettysburg, including some from The Inn at White Oaks, where we enjoyed staying a couple of nights.

The “Studio” is seeing some Traffic

It was such a sweet session a couple of weeks ago, when I had the opportunity to photograph a couple from our church.  They have been members for a long time and married for quite awhile.  They were such a “joy” to work with.  We got some great portraits!  Thank you, Doug and Joy for choosing me to be your photographer.  Photographs are a treasure to keep through the years.  I was so happy to capture images representing the relationship the two of you have enjoyed for many years!

Neighborhood Sweeties

We live in a wonderful neighborhood…the best we have ever been privileged to live in.  We have been here a very long time, thankfully.  In our part of the neighborhood, we know everyone living around us.  A couple of years ago, a young couple moved in.  We were so happy to see children there.

All of us are too happy to help each other.  Occasionally, I need a couple of kids to photograph.  Kids are my favorite!  I needed a bit of practice with indoor lighting in my “studio-livingroom”.  Trenton and Callista were so happy to come.  Lovely images of some lovely children..Thanks, Ashley and Matt.

Pistol Ultra 100K Race in Knoxville

Maybe many of you have never been to an Ultra Race.  Well, this year was our second to attend, watching our Son, Michael 2nd to run.  Last Knoxville race was three years ago, three years after he had had his colon removed because of Chrone’s Disease.  This year was different, as he had time goals.  He set three PR this race and cut his time by 30 minutes.  He ran the entire race without once even sitting down.  We are so thankful and proud that he feels well, trains well, and has the drive to complete such an event!  Cannot imagine running for over 13 hours!  I run an hour and 20 minutes several times a week and that is my limit at this point.  I have posted a few images of this experience Michael has shared with us.  Held on St. Patrick’s Day…there was a lot of green!  A very colorful race, indeed!

Don’t We Just Love Newborns!

 

Don’t you just love those adorable images of infants posed in baskets, buckets and other containers that often reflect the parent’s occupations and hobbies! When I had children (it seems like a hundred years ago!!), formal newborn pictures were certainly not on my radar. I am fortunate to have very many pictures at all. I wish so much that I knew things then, that I know now. Even when I just started taking pictures of the grandchildren, I had no idea of some things that would have made taking their infant pictures easier. Life is certainly filled with learning and doing new things.

Here are a few things that I have learned in the last few years. One very important tip is that there is actually a suggested age in order to get those sweet images you see. The perfect age of infants to get beautiful newborn images is between 5-12 days old. When little ones are that tiny, they spend a lot of time sleeping and you are able to curl them up into very sweet poses just like when they were in the womb. After this, you might not be as successful posing and they are awake more and may become unhappy with all the “extra attention”! This requires you to book a session right after birth, or even before, if you know the exact day your baby is going to be born. Even if baby doesn’t cooperate with the date, at least your photographer knows about when to plan the shoot and can hold times before and after your due date. This is such a short window of time to take those special portraits and it is easy to miss it!

I like to do sessions in my home if possible, but can travel to yours as well. Typically, newborn sessions last anywhere from 2-4 hours. This might include portraits of the baby on his/her own and then with each parent, and then the whole family together. This may seem like a long time, but a good part of that time will be spent feeding and comforting the baby in order to get him/her as sleepy and contented as possible for the portraits.

Most newborn portraits are done naked or with just a diaper to capture the tinyness of being a newborn. Also, the clothing should be easy to put on and take off. If you prefer to have your baby clothed in pictures, be sure that their clothing fits them well and not too big. Big clothes do not look good on babies, or anyone else, for that matter.

Some good things to have handy at the newborn shoot are pacifiers, a change of clothing for yourself and your baby. With babies, you hardly ever know what will happen! You also should bring extra diapers, wipes, formula and bottles, and any special toys or blankets or props that you would like to be in the images.

I prefer to pose babies as natural as possible. There are safety issues with the way some photographers pose babies with their necks and props falling over. I love, love the photos of a baby in a basket sleeping soundly or in a pile of blankets. I often take suggestions from parents as well. Many parents are pretty savy with Pinterest and all and have some great ideas for the pictures of their baby.  

 

 

The images of a baby curled up on his belly with his hands tucked under the side of his head and his/her feet tucked under his/her little bumm are the cutest. Most babies love to be in that pose, as it resembles the position many of them are in the womb.

Perhaps you are expecting your first/second—and beyond and you would love to have tangible, beautiful portraits of the newest member of your family. You can contact me for a free consultation in which we can talk about a date(s) to put on my calendar for a newborn shoot.

Jan Feehan Images at jancfeehan@gmail.com