July 1, 2019. The start of year seven of my photo-a-day project I undertake during the month of July. Today, these two are 11 and 5. They are so very different in temperament yet when they are apart for too long they are drawn to each other like kindred spirits. I can’t wait to see what summer brings this year and thanks for coming along for the ride!
Give me a gorgeous little girl in a red dress, stunning light, iconic New Orleans location and I’m in photographer’s heaven. Yet even with all of these amazing variables, it’s the tender moments during this session with Alexandra and her mom that make these pictures shine. As a family photographer, my work is to line-up all of these little pieces (great light, location, composition) so the candid and real moments can happen organically. Those little side-ways glances of love, humor and silliness are the extra spice needed for a memory worthy of your home. Thank you Alexandra and Mom for giving me the opportunity to capture those sweet moments between you two and your incredible bond during this year’s Carousel Sessions at the City Park Carousel Gardens. And I’m convinced Alexandra floats more than she walks!
It only last for a few weeks, but when the wild flowers nestled near Tad Gormley Stadium in City Park are in full bloom it makes for a beautiful setting for family photos! And these three were brave enough to get up close and personal to those blossoms for their annual Spring family session. Betsy, Sadie and James have such an obvious bond of love and kinship. I always hope to capture just a few of those looks of admiration, tenderness and humor as they jump and run around this beautiful backdrop. And despite not being the biggest nature buffs, they agreed to lay on the ground to capture this moment in their lives. Thank you as always Betsy, Sadie and James, it’s a pleasure to watch you grow up!
Your family has a story to tell. And childhood moments and memories often speak loudest during the long dreamy days of summer. That’s why it’s one of my favorite times to photograph kids. The soft hues of sunsets and sand make for a picturesque backdrop for these carefree days.
Meet me in Bay St. Louis, MS, for a sunset family photography session. Let your kids run and splash around as the sun sets on Gulf of Mexico. These are fun and candid sessions orchestrated just for you. I will collaborate with you on where to meet, what to wear and what makes your kids giggle. We can even end with popsicles!
And if you are still on the fence about driving 45 minutes east for a one-of-a-kind session check out this Beach Session for inspiration. I promise we will make gorgeous family memories and pictures!
Only three sessions available, one per date:
Friday, June 21st, Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd.
You can book your session at: https://twirlbeachsession.eventbrite.com
As a mom, I feel tired and cranky more than I feel patient and caring. The days are a whirlwind of lost water bottles, field trip sign-up slips, last-minute homework, missing shoes and driving around. So much driving around.
Yet the years fly by. Another school year’s checked off. I’m scrambling for what to do this summer with two active kids. I miss my little girl but love the little lady she’s becoming. I miss my baby but marvel at the charming little boy he’s becoming. Through all the ups and downs, I watch my clients manage the same terrain with grace.
If I can give all the moms I’ve had the honor of photographing a Mother’s Day gift, it’s this: You are indeed the best mom I know!
You have comforted the sufferers of skinned knees, hugged the sibling injustices away and used bribes like a seasoned negotiator. In hopes of getting just one truly good photo of yourself with your kids, you’ve trusted me to find those sweet moments that you’ll cherish for years.
To top it off, you have coordinated outfits, rallied husbands, brought snacks and made it to your session on time, if not early. Custom photography can feel like a big undertaking. I know it’s stressful getting everyone ready and hoping your kids behave. One of the most important parts of my job is to relieve some of that stress, by letting your kids misbehave a little. It’s the moments in between the chaos that I’m studying. And that’s the beauty of photography—capturing the messiness of life as a perfect archive for your family. Because messy or not, you’ll never get those moments again.
To each of the moms who worked hard at your photo shoot, playing with your kids and keeping them engaged, I thank you. Your kids will never forget these childhood moments, which you curated for them. One of the best parts of my job is hearing afterward how much you love your photos.
Take a look at these gorgeous moms below. All of you are my inspiration as I, too, try to navigate the busy days of motherhood with humor and love. Your love for your kids is undeniable. I hope you look at the pictures of your kids through the years and remind yourself, “Yeah, I’m a pretty good mom!”
AND THE WINNER IS… Crissy Long! Thank you to everyone who participated, I wish I could I give each of you each a session! And I loved reading the short statements about your family, it really is so rewarding to hear the love each of us have for our family and how important capturing this moment in your life can be. I wanted to anonymously share just a few of the lovely sentiments written in the entries:
-Life is amazing and we just want to cherish and capture all the stages of our family’s growth.
-I am the mother of two amazing little girls and they are my everything 🙂
-While I joke about being out numbered, all three of my guys shower me with love and grace each day.
-Our household is NEVER boring. (And never quiet.)
-We have never had professional family photos taken before because of our busy schedules but we are hoping to do so for the first time sometime soon!
-I have an amazing daughter who is my ultimate best friend.
-He has taught me that beauty is everywhere, you just have to open your eyes to it.
-We’re seven years into being parents and we’re still learning how to juggle.:)
-Party of five…put together on the outside but totally nuts in the inside
-Our 2 legged babies have been partially raised by our 14 year old 4 legged daughter.
Thank you to all participants, I hope to be photographing your family around New Orleans soon! – Jennifer
This Mother’s Day Twirl Photography is giving away to one lucky mom a Family Session and 8×10 gift print of your choice. To get you feeling your best before the session, I’m adding a $100 gift card to Peony Nola, so you and your children will look amazing for those heirloom photos. Peony is filled with the most delicate and gorgeous frocks for kids and moms and well worth a visit any time of year!
Follow the link below to enter—one entry per family. Or feel free to nominate a mom you know who loves custom family photography. I will randomly pick a winner on Friday, May 10th.
To enter the Twirl Photography Mother’s Day giveaway go to: https://forms.gle/NcZUz3TuM9gNq2HG6
Here are a few of the details!
Family Session Giveaway:
-Gift Certificate for up to a one-hour family session with Twirl Photography in the location of your choice ($200 value)
-One 8×10 print of your choice ($55 value)
-$100 gift card to Peony NOLA, a children and women’s boutique on Magazine Street
–All other prints, albums, digital images and keepsakes are sold separately at your ordering session.
–All entries must be received by 10 a.m. on Friday, May 10th, 2019.
-Gift Certificates are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash.
-Session will be held within the Greater New Orleans area.
-Your Twirl Photography Gift Certificate is good for six months after the issue date.
Winner will be announced on social media on Friday, May 10th
Feel free to contact Jennifer for more details and pricing information. I hope to see your family soon!
Please go vote for Twirl Photography as Best Family Photographer in Nola Family Magazine’s annual Family Favorites 2019. You can vote for all of your favorites at: nolafamily.com/VoteFamFaves2019
Take a quick peek back at your photos from the past year and tell me what you see. Most likely, there are tons of pictures of your kids on various adventures, probably a good number of them co-starring your partner, and less than a handful of you with them. If, like many moms, you are the unofficial family photographer — whether by choice or by default — it’s time to relinquish that title this year.
What’s your excuse? I know, I have them too: I look tired, I’m not my ideal size, I need to get my hair done,, and on and on..
But the truth of the matter is, we want — and need — to be in pictures with our kids because these are images our children will look back at in the future, and we want them to remember that Mom was there with them. From a moving first person essay by Allison Tate she says, “When we take pictures with our children, we are asserting ourselves as important and valuable, and our children are watching us.” You are important and your family doesn’t need you to look perfect. You are perfect just as you are.
Mother’s Day is almost here! And instead of trying to get your kids to sit still and smile, it’s your turn to jump in front of the camera with them. The most cherished family photos passed down are going to be the ones with you in it!
Take this moment to sign up for a truly memorable, candid and organic Mom & Me session. Two locations and dates are available this May. Sunday, May 5th at Longue Vue House and Gardens and Friday, May 10th at the Pitot House. This is by appointment only so grab your spot for either event below. There are only a few spots left!
Gift certificates are also available for future sessions (good for one year) and make the perfect Mother’s Day gift.
For more information, please contact me today at email@example.com