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  • Hello there…

    Thanks for stopping by! I started my business in 2007 shortly after the birth of my daughter, it felt like time was slipping away like a thief in the night. There were so many moments I wanted to hold on to. For me, photography isn't about a staged moment with manufactured, on cue smiles. It's about freezing time to capture a feeling in a fleeting moment. I've found that behind my camera I could see life unfolding and it seemed magical. And I Ioved it. My camera is a conduit of my quest for beauty and connections that I want to preserve. Years from now I want to remember how I felt, provoking emotions and memories that have long past... and I think you will too. I pour my heart and soul into each session. Everyone has a unique story to tell, and I would be honored to tell yours. This is my art and passion, I can't imagine doing anything else. I'm inspired by films, music, and fashion. Amy Poehler is my alter ego. Life is weird, unpredictable, adventurous, sentimental, and so much fun! It's quite a ride... let's go somewhere.

    I encourage all potential clients to shop around. Compare photographer portfolios. There are a ton of photographers out there- one for every budget. See what you like... and what you don't. Photography isn't a brand, it's about finding someone that connects with you... a shared vision and style. Anyone can take a picture, especially with technology today. Not everyone can tell a story.

    Here I share personal projects, client work, amongst other things that inspire me. I try to blog at least once a week. So come back soon!

    Technical details: I am a film and digital photographer incorporating video in all of my sessions. I want you to truly have the finest experience and the greatest memories. Film creates a look that cannot be digitally replicated, digital is perfect for immediate gratification, and video tells a story of its own. I attend several workshops throughout the year all across the country with the industry's top photographers from around the world because I truly believe there is always more to learn, especially in this ever-changing industry... this keeps me inspired and humbled, while giving you the very best.

Prince Griffin

I believe in fairy tales…love is magic.  Babies are a *wish*….come true.  Peace on earth is real…if we listen to hearts we will find the path.  The soul speaks to us in many ways…we just need to open our mind to clear the path to our heart.  Embrace those who love us…our imperfect selves…as children do.  More sleep………will come.  Less worry…this I cannot promise.  Dreams come true–absolutely…look around.  I believe there is a slice of heaven in every corner of the world.  Goodness will prevail–perhaps not every time, but when it truly counts.  Life is funny like that. Wish upon a star…every night–do your part to make your dream come true.

Sweet dreams….sweet life.  ‘Til we meet again, Prince Griffin.  I’m certain you are a dream come true.

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The age of content

I cannot recall a time in my life where I felt more content with where I am at, and who I am.  Thirtysomething; it’s nice.  I am completely (fine, almost) comfortable.  Relishing in the daily beauty and blissful moments of life.  This is happiness…unadulterated.  Adding up all the little moments in the day…that might otherwise be forgotten.  Sunshine + hot cocoa (green tea for mommy) + a good movie + a great book (I’ll share more on this later) + a simple quote + giggles + smiles + pizza + jammies still warm from the dryer + a sweet bedtime story + hockey game for the *boys* ….nothing grand here…but add them up…my heart is at peace.  Truly. I love to pause *borrow* time (hence my love affair with my camera)… wrapping the details around my heart– sealed with a kiss and a hug, for a lifetime of peace and contentment.    I hope I never forget this feeling…this moment….right now.  100% blessed and thankful.

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I don’t think life gets any sweeter than this.

xoxo

Baby Griffin…a sneak | Manteno Baby Photographer

My how time flies….I think he has his mother’s eyes….possibly her smile, too. It’s hard to tell.  Griffin is destined to be a heartbreaker…Mom and Dad are both blessed with the *GOOD LOOKING* gene.

Just a couple for Edward and Casey…enjoy….

More to come…

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A bit of commentary…this expression is nothing short of a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e.  Oh my goodness…he’s a doll!

~j