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Dancing the night away at the 5th annual prom for kids and teenagers with special needs and disabilities.

Some assignments are good for my soul- the 5th annual Heart & Sole prom presented by the Therapeutic Learning Center and Magnolia Community Services was one of those assignments.

Guests arrived with corsages in hand and their prom dates beaming to the evening event held at Whitehall Plantation in Jefferson. Prom is a milestone for all of us, but often a difficult one for kids with special needs or disabilities. The Heart & Sole Prom bridges those difficulties with family and friends close-at-hand, often as dates, to help create an all inclusive event. Strobe lights were not used to help kids who were sensitive to stimulation as well as noise cancelling headphones used when needed. Certain rooms were also created as quieter spaces for anyone feeling overwhelmed.

Starting the day off, I photographed the prom for younger kids ages 6-12. The late afternoon event was filled with heartwarming slow dances with mom or dad, races in the azalea-filled surrounding lawn, and many candy packed tables. As the little guests ended their dance, the line began to quickly grow for the evening prom for guests 13 and up.

Nerves were apparent as guests awaited their date and high-fives were aplenty as friends were found. The music never stopped and the dance floor was packed the whole night. A team from the Therapeutic Learning Center, a progressive, pediatric-based clinic to benefit all children’s growth and development, and the Magnolia Community Services, danced with the guests, welcomed them on the red carpet with cheers and applause and joined in at the photo booth. A good time was had by all! Make sure to check out the videos below for more photos.

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Is Mardi Gras great for kids? You bet.

If there is any doubt that Mardi Gras in New Orleans is really for children and families, I give you Penny & Lawson’s annual birthday party at their Uptown home set on the Thoth parade route. The street in front of their home is closed off for the line-up and eventual parade of the Sunday morning Thoth Krewe. The city of New Orleans throws one big block party during the weekends leading up to Mardi Gras and Thoth is one of the best for small kids, neighbor gatherings and visiting family. Kids of all ages are winding in and out of the street catching footballs, ladders line the sidewalks and almost every home is open to neighbors and friends. This year was no different for Penny & Lawson’s annual combined birthday party with an elegant and festive dessert table including their signature cookies, king cake donuts, and a gorgeous cake. The hugs and giggles escaping Penny and Lawson as each new friend or cousin arrive to wish them Happy Birthday is a joy to watch! What a great way to celebrate your birthday, with a parade of brightly colored floats and an abundance of moon pies, beads and toys thrown as they pass. Till next year!

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There is nothing sweeter than these three little girls who just turned 2! I’ve had the honor of photographing them since they were newborns, and each photo session I get a little glimpse into the inner workings of this amazing family. Six kids, two sets of triplets, the Garretts are a family full of joy, laughter, and sometimes a few tears (mostly by the toddlers in the family). Our latest adventure included balloons, the cutest pink dresses, marching around their Uptown neighborhood and parading like a true New Orleanian. A few popped balloons didn’t damper their spirits for more playtime in the backyard. Not only is it rewarding to capture these special memories of how the kids change and grow, but to capture their relationships with their parents and older siblings is so important. With lots of play and silliness, I was able to photograph wonderful candid portraits that will hopefully be cherished for years to come.

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New Orleans newborn photography

Babies change so much in the first year, but nothing will ever compare to the way they look when they are born. Those first few days and weeks with your new baby will be one of the most cherished times in parenthood and newborn sessions are a great way to look back at this fleeting time.  Thanks to the talented photographer Anne Geddes we now have a new genre of portrait photography called Newborn Photography and I can’t be more excited to be part of this growing tradition.

New Orleans Newborn Photographer


Newborn sessions are in the comfort of your home in the days following the birth and hospital stay. Beautiful light and moments are what I am looking for most, so please don’t worry about having the perfect nursery set up, a spotless house or that designer home. For goodness sake, you just gave birth! I understand. 

New Orleans newborn photography

There will be plenty of time to feed, sooth and rock your little one. Babies can be restless one moment and then sleeping like a baby the next. Often when you think this is an impossible task patience is all you need. It’s important to give yourself that time to relax and wait, I will be leading you and your hubby to the right spot for lighting and angle for a gorgeous first family portrait. I purposely schedule in more time for a newborn session so we can gently coax your bundle into the perfect mood and position. 

While you are awaiting your new baby make sure to reach out at least a month before the due date to get on my schedule. We can adjust as needed if baby decides to arrive early or late. Don’t worry about blankets, diaper covers or hats, I will bring over my favorite props if we need something but there is nothing better than skin on skin at this age. A soft neutral blouse for mom showing your décolletage is timeless and flattering. Plus, we might turn the heat up a little so little baby is nice and comfortable in his birthday suit and diaper cover.

I know it seems stressful to allow a photographer into you home a few days after such an extraordinary experience which is why I will be talking to you about what you are looking for and what to expect when you schedule your session. And perhaps adding a maternity session to celebrate this unique time in your life. This should be a fun and moving photo session to capture the luminous love you are feeling with your new bundle of joy. 
I hope to hear about your new adventure in parenting soon! Contact me to schedule a newborn session at: EMAIL JENNIFER

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Twirl Photography’s Look Back at the Best Moments of 2018

All we really have is each other. As I look back at my photography over 2018, that sentiment keeps coming back to me. The following moments of some of my favorite New Orleans families have an authentic human connection and emotion to them that speaks to the artistry of photography and why I do what I do. It’s my hope to capture honest and timeless images that will not only be a lasting memory to the families I photograph but a powerful reminder to all parents that the magic of childhood is fleeting and priceless.

This past year was filled with an anxiousness that’s hard to avoid. We’re all in a hurry. My goal for 2019 is to slow down and take time to enjoy my children while they are, well, children.

As they quickly grow, I will know I’ve been there from the needy days all the way until they look back less and less to take my hand.

I hope you, too, enjoy some of my favorite pictures of 2018 and feel some of the joy, security and love that each parent brings to their child’s world. I’ve been so deeply honored to witness growing families, first steps, sprouting teeth, grandparent visits, sibling rivalries, dad bear hugs and mom embraces for a whirlwind of a year.

I’ve photographed families in bayous, cathedrals, carousels and the streets of the French Quarter. There have been rainy delays, sick kids, work conflicts and last minute scraped knees. Yet through it all, families showed up and were present for their kids, ready to chase and cuddle-with the outside world shut off for just a little while. Thank you to each family that trusted me to be their archivist. It’s my hope to photograph not what you look like as a family, but what it feels like to be part of your family.

And even though there might have been a few tears and tantrums, I can tell your family is amazing! After all, all we really have is each other.

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What could be more romantic than walking the quiet streets of the French Quarter on a Sunday morning hand-in-hand with the one you love? Hannah & Charlie have an ease about them that has clearly been cultivated during the years of their courtship. Meeting and first dating in high school, the New Orleans couple have been to different colleges, cities and jobs but always came back to each other and are now building a life together here. They will be saying I do at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens in March and I’m thrilled to be their wedding photographer. Thank you for sharing your love and story Hannah and Charlie!

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New Orleans Engagement Photography

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Why Invest in Professional Photography Every Year for your Family?

Remember that pouty look your oldest used to give you when she didn’t get her way?

Today, it’s the “my brother is so annoying” look and next year it will be the “I’m too cool for this” look.

Change is a constant in parenthood, sometimes for the better and sometimes it breaks your heart to see those chubby cheeks go. I have had the distinct pleasure of photographing some of my favorite New Orleans families for years. I love seeing how babbling babies turn into goofy toddlers and then into inquisitive kids. Looking back and sharing photos as families grow and evolve is a delight.

You will never regret documenting your children, but just in case you need a little more incentive, here are some reasons why it’s an investment that gets more valuable each year.

Sophie, Sam and then came Celia….

Coralie & Millie

Create Memories

Getting together for a wonderful time at City Park or the French Quarter creates a family memory. Add in a little Dad chasing and Mom cuddles, and your kids are having a fun time being in the moment. My job is to make that moment last a lifetime.  Professional portraits celebrate who your family is today.  So often photos hearten us both emotionally and spiritually while reaffirming family bonds. Families grow and change for reasons such as marriage, birth, loved ones passing away, and others moving far away. Yearly photos capture these changes, creating a timeline of milestone events.

 

You’re Not Just Taking Them for Yourself, But for Future Generations

New Orleans Family Photographer

During the holidays, the old photo albums come out and memories flood the room as relatives recount stories from their younger years. While at the time, you might not care about photos of you, your grandchildren and great grandchildren will be overjoyed that they have pictures of you to remember you by.

 

Document Growth

New Orleans Family Photography

Your children are changing fast. They can change so much in just a few months. Documenting your family every year or even every few years can help show just how much you all are changing. Whether you’re adding new family members, loosing teeth, getting braces and so much more, this can be captured in a beautiful professional way.

Wall Art Featuring Those you Love Most

Celebrating your family dynamic on your walls can make those not-so-easy parenting days a little bit easier. Looking at a gorgeous portrait of you all laughing in each other’s arms is heartwarming.  And studies have shown that children who grow up in a home filled with portraits of themselves and their family grow up more confident and with a bigger sense of security. There is nothing more valuable then professional fine-art portraits of your family.

High Quality Photos to Last a Lifetime

New Orleans Family Photographer

Selfies happen daily, and we think we’re doing a great job documenting our lives, but in 5 years you won’t know where those photos are.  With the beautiful art products I offer, I can assure you that your portraits will last a lifetime.

Let’s get together this Fall to make amazing portraits of your family!

Jennifer Zdon 504-388-8739

mail@twirlphotography.com

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With the days getting shorter and pumpkin patches arriving, it finally feels like Fall is upon us.

This is one of my favorite times to take pictures of my own family and yours. Here is the latest Twirl Photography news for this month!

 

 

 

There are only 12 Saturdays left to Christmas.
If you’re interested in doing a session this Fall I encourage you to get in touch soon so you can book a date that works best for your family.

Contact me today to schedule a custom Fall session, which includes one digital image of your choice with your session fee of $250.

That’s one big checkmark next to the holiday card on your to-do list!

 

Email Jennifer at: mail@twirlphotography.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming October Events with Twirl Photography

 

Pitot House Family Portraits

 

The Pitot House
Short-and-sweet sessions at the Pitot House. This historic Bayou St. John home has deep green shutters, wrap-around porches and a lush front garden perfect for butterfly chasing. Not too mention that picturesque wood fence. 20-minute session by appointment only.
Event Dates: Wednesday, Oct. 17th and Thursday, Oct. 18th

Reserve your spot at: https://octpitot.eventbrite.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Beauregard-Keyes House
Short-and-sweet sessions. Nestled in the French Quarter, these early morning sessions offer a gorgeous private garden with a backdrop that rivals the best vistas in Paris.  20-minute session by appointment only. ONE SPOT LEFT.
Event date: Saturday, Oct. 6th 

 

Reserve your spot: https://octfqportraits.eventbrite.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget to capture your little ones in their Halloween costumes. They will love looking back at these images as a reminder of wonderful childhood memories.

Or bring their costumes to your family sessions and we’ll take a few minutes at the end to be princesses and pirates!

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