Love and my camera

So, last night my oldest daughter, Sydney, asked me if I loved her more than my camera…

Under normal circumstances I would play amateur psychologist and start analyzing whether or not I was neglecting her. I mean, she is happy, healthy, fed on a regular basis, gets a good night’s sleep, is kept entertained by me… I even let her have ice cream once in a while. So I realized that this had much to do with the fact that we spent the entire day at the beach with her cousins — she was exhausted. So I kissed her, snuggled with her and reassured her that “No, my love… Mama does NOT love her camera more than you.”

This “balance” thing is either going to kill me or…. well, actually I think it’s just going to kill me… 🙂  I must note that in her 7 1/2 years she has never once asked my husband, “Daddy, do you love your job more than me?”… It’s interesting when I think of the expectations that I have set up for her — that I am 100% devoted to her and her sister — and ONLY to her and her sister. I do hope in time she will look back on this and recognize that it was all about her mom following her dreams. Her mom, who not only loves her more than her camera, but loves her more than anything else in the world.

P.S. Drew Bittel has a post about me and our recent shoot together (thanks Drew!). Check it out here –

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jamie - July 27, 2009 - 8:42 am

Just came across your blog from Drew’s.
Great work! I have to add you to my fav’s now 🙂
Keep it up…

admin - July 27, 2009 - 10:25 am

Thanks Jamie!!! 🙂

jamie - July 27, 2009 - 3:08 pm

thanks so much. you are too sweet. maybe it’s a little help from Drew as well 😉

mark fassett - July 27, 2009 - 3:58 pm

Glad you are finally doing this… looks good!

The Damato Family

On Monday, I had a great experience shooting the Damato family with Drew from DrewB Photography ( What an awesome family! I can’t say enough good things about them. Ryan, Kim, Chloe and Tyler make up the kind of family that I look at and admire for how loving and respectful they are towards eachother. And they sure know how to have fun! Chloe is a natural model – not only is she beautiful, but she’s a pro in front of the camera. And Tyler is all about hamming it up – he kept Drew and I laughing the entire time!

Thanks Damato Family! It was a pleasure to be a part of your family shoot!









































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DrewB - July 26, 2009 - 9:34 pm

These look great, Jen! Awesome job!

Annie - August 18, 2009 - 10:41 pm

Love this session!! Great job!


My friend and mentor, Drew Bittel of insisted that it was time for me to get a blog. For those of you that know Drew, she is the MASTER blogger. Not only does she have a blog dedicated to her photography business, she also has a newer blog,, which is for all of those mothers out there who want to take better pictures of their kids. So, for those of us keeping count, she’s got a thriving photography business, two blogs, a teaching program, a husband and an 18-month old son (who is almost too cute for words). And to top it all, she is passionate and successful in every one of those areas. So thanks, Drew, for all of your help! It’s been incredible!

As my photography business is getting off the ground, I am trying to figure out how to balance my passion for photography with my passion for my kids. I think one of the best pieces of advice given to me by Drew was to set office hours and stick to them. Right now, I seem to be finding that easier to do in theory than in practice. I will steal moments away at the computer when my girls are eating breakfast, or let them watch that one more show so I can get out an email. Probably not the worst indiscretions in the world, but I could see how easy it can be to put work ahead of your kids.

As for my portfolio, I am hard at work getting it up to date and on this site. Until then, some pictures of my five year old, Kendall, in a rare, pensive moment.









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DrewB - July 24, 2009 - 12:32 am

LOVE the blog, Jen! See, told you it was easy, right? I’m so excited to see how your business will grow! Congratulations on the start of an amazing journey! xo

Nicki Swanson - July 25, 2009 - 12:02 am

Wow Jen! Now I know why I haven’t seen you! 🙂 Amazing, gorgeous, beautiful, inspiring!

Leslie - July 27, 2009 - 2:50 am

Love the two of Kendall. Yah- I taught Kindergarten and 5 year olds are rarely so “pensive”! Congrats on your new choice! –Leslie, A fellow DrewB client

Annie - July 29, 2009 - 2:20 pm

Congrats on starting a blog. I will save it in my favorites. 🙂

admin - July 29, 2009 - 3:06 pm

Thanks, Annie!!!