Note: As of Fall 2015, I am taking new clients and booking repeat clients, but on a relatively limited schedule. If you’re interested in booking, get in touch asap at firstname.lastname@example.org. 🙂 It has taken me nearly a full year, but last week, I came to the realization that I can’t do it all. As of November 1 2014, I will no longer be booking new clients, and existing client sessions will be booked only on a case-by-case basis in the future. Folks who have current contracts with me for upcoming sessions and events; not to worry! We are still very much “on”, and I can’t wait to see you! I did a lot of soul-searching about this decision, and thinking about my choice brings me a lot of inner peace. I am simply too busy with my full-time job, and consequently I have no time for hobbies and personal projects that I would like to develop. Most importantly, my weekends with my family are way too short already, for me to be spending time working a second (albeit fun) job. Jenny Hooks Photography is indeed my baby, but my other babies and my sweet husband have to come first. […]
I’ve been photographing this family for every stage of this little guy’s life, and I was so happy to hear that they were coming to Ohio for a visit, and wanted a session here in Columbus. I last saw them a few months before we moved from South Carolina back to Ohio. Mr. C gets sweeter and cheekier every time I see him, and his mommies remain two of my most favorite people. Can’t wait to see them again.
I was so excited when this beautiful family asked me to do a photo session at Franklin Park Conservatory in front of the poinsettia display for their annual Christmas cards. Everything about the session was perfect; from the colors they chose in contrast to the gorgeous red of the plants, to the dreamy light streaming in through the greenhouse windows. I couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon to be a photographer.
What’s more fun than hanging out with two handsome fellas on a crisp fall day, and playing in some piles of leaves? Not much! These brothers hung out with me at Tawawa Park in Sidney Ohio for my annual mini-session day, and we had a blast. How handsome are they?
Baby B’s smile was a beam of summer sunshine on this cold afternoon, and the love of this sweet family kept them warm long enough to do a quick mini session at Tawawa Park while I was in Sidney. Mama has been my closest friend since we were both in primary school, so it is always a dear pleasure to see her, even briefly.
Cold! So, so cold! This family’s mama (a friend from high school) and her four handsome fellas (five, including the pooch!) were such good sports, to make it through most of this session without coats on. But wow, was it chilly. As it always does Tawawa Park in Sidney Ohio provided a perfect backdrop for this session.
Dad from this session was a friend of mine from high school who I probably haven’t seen in close to twenty years. This was the first of what I’m sure will be many photo sessions out at Inniswood Metro Gardens in Westerville, Ohio. It was a gorgeous, crisp morning, and this family was a joy to spend time with. And how gorgeous are they? They will always have a special place in my heart as my first family in Columbus. I hope you love them as much as I do.
What a beautiful evening at the Inniswood Metro Gardens in Westerville, Ohio. Gorgeous parents, beautiful blue-eyed kiddos, and Mother Nature putting on a show with Fall color. Perfect evening!
My beautiful cousin and her sweet family came down to Columbus to have a photo session, and we thought we might get rained out. The rain stopped in time for our session, and it turned out wonderfully! Shot at Creekside in Gahanna, Ohio.
This is the last of the sessions from the I Heart Faces conference this month, and I’m so happy to have gotten to shoot this family. I think integrating a maternity shoot in with a family shoot is such a lovely idea, and how gorgeous is this mama?
I feel so fortunate to have gotten to photograph these two. Everything about the shoot was perfect; the styling (thanks to Amy Locurto of Living Locurto, the light, the clothes, and oh my goodness gracious, the couple. Miss L is a professional photographer herself, which I didn’t find out until well after the photo shoot. I should have known, since she was a perfect model! Though how these two managed to be simultaneously smoldering and sweet is a mystery to me. Good, good stuff.
Thank goodness I had a baby boy in my arms when this session was done, otherwise my baby fever would have been off the charts. These are from one of the workshops I participated in at the I Heart Faces conference this month, with the lovely Helen John of
Anyone that follows Jenny Hooks Photography knows that it is usually young kiddos, babies, and expectant mamas that I’ve got in front of my lens most of the time. Every once in a while I get to shoot tweens and teenagers, and it is such a joy. This shoot was the first of five from the 2013 I Heart Faces Conference at Cherry Valley Lodge here in Columbus from October 4-6. I would love to do tween and senior photography more often!
Hello, everyone! I’m still here! A little over a month ago, my husband and I decided that we were going to make a huge leap that we’d been thinking about in the backs of our minds for a long time; to make the move from South Carolina to Ohio, where all of my family lives. We want our kids to grow up around their immediate and extended families, many of whom are close to their age. We made the decision and a week later, we were packing up our house and planning our move. And now here we are! I’m officially a Columbus area photographer now. We’re going to be settling in Gahanna. This session was my final one in the Carolinas, and it couldn’t have been a sweeter session. Aside from the fact that these two look like gorgeous models, their pregnancy announcement ideas were so much fun to shoot. We didn’t have the glowy, colorful sunset on Lake Norman that we were hoping for, but things still turned out lovely. Thanks for giving me such a great send-off, and congratulations, K family!
I shot this session early in July and have had to resist sharing it so I wouldn’t “scoop” the family on their big news! I was still very, very pregnant myself and the heat made it a bit challenging for two mamas on opposite ends of their pregnancies. But we made it through and the results are just gorgeous. They are the sweetest family and I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to be a part of how they share their wonderful news. Miss H is going to be a phenomenal big sis!
We took a short family vacation to Surfside Beach this weekend, and I was pretty determined to get some sunset photos of the girls on the beach before we left. The final night we were there, everything came together in just the right way. We ate at a wonderful restaurant in Garden City that was right on the water. The night was clear and the sunset was lovely, and despite some tired and cranky girls (and a magnificent ketchup stain on Olivia’s shirt that needed some elegant Photoshopping), I got the shots that I was hoping for. Isn’t she lovely? Now that the baby is here and the weather is getting cooler, I’m really looking forward to photographing folks other than my children! I’ll be doing some mini sessions in Ohio at the beginning of October, and possibly offering some locally as well, so stay tuned on the JHP Facebook page for news about that. Happy September, all!
This little handsome fella was born on July 27, 2013. A Saturday morning of a mostly rainy and overcast weekend. His mama (yours truly) said very early that morning that he was going to be earthside before 9:00 am, and he arrived at 8:59 am, on the dot. He was twelve days past his estimated due date (just like one of his older sisters, who was also born on the 27th day of her birth month), so mama was ready for him to do something that she anticipated! These were taken when he was 20 days old, so while he is still most definitely a newborn, he was about a week past the ideal newborn photography period, which is under 14 days of age. It took me longer to woo him to sleep than it did to take these photos; all told, it was a four-hour adventure. I’m so very glad that I did it, though. I have always wanted to try my hand at newborn photography, and who better to practice on than my own wee one? If you are interested in having your newborn photographed, please contact me as soon as possible. I will be offering newborn sessions […]
One thing I think is a standard rule about many photographers is that they generally don’t like to be in front of the camera. I definitely fit that description, but when it comes to family photos, I wish I had more with me in them. I also wish I had maternity photos from my daughters’ pregnancies, beyond the belly progress shots that I’ve taken in the bathroom mirror with my iPhone. This past weekend, my husband and I went to the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina. It is a beautiful hotel, and the first and highest-rated “green” hotel in the country. We first went there the summer we were expecting our first daughter, and we called it our Babymoon. We also went the summer we were expecting our second daughter, and this was our third Babymoon there, so it has become somewhat of a tradition. It was so nice to get away for a weekend, recharge, rest (second daughter is currently getting her two-year molars and has been up anywhere between three and five times a night for going on two weeks now), and just reconnect with each other before we begin the newborn-bliss-sleep-deprivation haze all over again in […]
I almost can’t believe that this photo shoot actually happened! This family contacted me back in late February to do a combined family and one-year shoot for their precious daughter, and we scheduled for mid-May. Little did we know that we were going to have an extremely rainy late Spring here in the Carolinas! After a few rain-outs and scheduling conflicts, we split the session into a one-year session for sweet Little A, and a family session…and the family session happened a month after the originally scheduled date! With my due-date looming and thunderstorms in the forecast for nearly every date that we rescheduled, it didn’t seem like I’d ever get these lovely folks in front of my camera again. We had a major thunderstorm forecast for this evening’s session, complete with hail and strong winds, but it wasn’t supposed to start until an hour or so after we’d made our most recent reschedule attempt, so we decided to go for it. The wind was blowing, the bugs were harassing them, we were racing the clock, and there were thunderclouds looming on the horizon, but this family brought their love and smiles to the photos. Everyone was a trooper, even […]
My June 2013 submission for the Rock The Shot June Photo Challenge! This month’s theme is appropriately “Summer Fun”. When I originally blogged this image of my extraordinarily handsome and sweet nephew, I think I even said that I felt like it was the embodiment of summer! This was taken in my grandparent’s back yard, after some romping through the sprinklers and fun with water guns with extended family. The bliss on his face completely captures every child’s emotions regarding summertime.
This is my second time heading to my husband’s hometown to do mini-sessions, and I’ve been so delighted by the people that I’ve met and the beautiful little places that I’ve gotten to shoot. I’ve learned that when people say “The Lake”, they are referring to the lovely Lake Marion, which is, the largest lake in South Carolina, and where a lot of Manning folks have summer houses. I’ve been to a few of his family’s reunions there before (not nearly as many as I would like), and every time I go there, I tell Keith when I leave that someday, I need to have a lake house. I love the sound of boats on the water and lapping waves on the docks, and the smell of campfires, sun and sunscreen-warmed skin, and cool, shimmery evening air. When these sweet girls’ grandmama asked me to photograph them again, I was delighted…and I was even more delighted when she asked me to do it just before sunset at the lake! Here are a few of my favorites. They’ve both changed so much from the first time that I photographed them back in October, but their sweetness was the same.
This session was some of the most fun that I’ve had behind a camera in a long time. I absolutely love photographing babies and toddlers, but it is a special treat photographing older kids and teens. It was also particularly poignant for me since I will someday have two older daughters. Part of me is so eager to see them like this…to see the young women they will become, and part of me wants to slow down time so I can keep them tiny forever. I know that once they are this age, I’m going to feel like I blinked for just a second too long, and they grew up without my even noticing. I hope that my girls are as poised and loving and lovely as these two. I discovered a fun tip with this session that I will carry over to all older child and teen sessions for the rest of my career…if you want a natural smile from your teens, just tell them to not smile! There was so much silliness, giggling, and love during this beautiful session…I’m sure you’ll be able to tell from the photos. Here are my favorites…I’m sharing a lot, because it is […]
When I read the I Heart Faces photo challenge for June, this photo immediately came to mind. I took this on a chilly November morning of my lovely friend Laura’s beautiful daughters on their grandparents’ property. We got an early start to take advantage of buttery morning light for the session, but a lot of the morning was cloudy and cool. This photo was taken at the very end of the session, and both girls were starting to get cold. This shot is the result of their sisterly cuddling against the chill. It is such a beautiful image, both symbolically and artistically; darkly beautiful, but filled with the warmth of their love. I think it will always be one of my favorites.
This little sweetheart was the first of my Manning sessions this weekend. She was a complete darling; no fussing, sweet smiles, and so very patient. And STRONG too…there was no molding this little girl into positions. She was still a delight to shoot. Here are a few of my favorites.
We’ve had some pretty rainy days for the past few weeks here in the Carolinas, and it seemed like this little one’s photo session was never going to come to be a reality! We kept having to delay because of rain, but the wait was worth it. We got lucky with a beautiful rain-free evening session at Glencairn Garden in Rock Hill to mark Miss A’s first birthday. Happy birthday, cutie! Can’t wait for her beautiful, sweet family’s session next weekend. Here are a few of my favorites.
I’m not going to lie, folks…this silhouette of my eldest daughter at sunset in a soybean field in October was a complete accident. Regardless, it is one of my all-time favorites! I’m submitting it for the Rock The Shot May Photo Challenge
This beautiful gal got a photo shoot with me for her fifteenth birthday, and it was SUCH a fun diversion from photographing babies and toddlers. Don’t get me wrong; I LOVE my babies and toddlers, but photographing a teenager is fun on an entirely different plane; you can converse with them, direct them, laugh with them. Miss M brought her best friend and family, and everyone at some point participated in the shoot. The star of the show was definitely Miss M; she was really a natural in front of the camera and brought new meaning to the concept of “smiling with the eyes”. Here are my favorites from the evening. You’d never know it was cloudy and cool, would you? I hope you love them!
Last Fall, I discovered a beautiful gem of a location called The Ivy Place, just a few minutes from my house. Just 15 miles south of the bustling Ballantyne area of Charlotte in Lancaster, SC, it is tucked away from the world, but easy to find and easy to get to. It is a very popular venue for weddings, as well as engagement and bridal photo sessions. The owners, Terry and Genie, are fantastic folks that very obviously go the extra mile to make sure everyone’s experience is top-notch. I wish I could do all of my family portrait sessions out there! This Saturday we went out there to pick strawberries in their new fields. Peanut was 20 months old on the 27th, and the weather was too pretty not to go. Strawberry fields have to be planted in the direct sunlight, but for photography purposes, bright afternoon direct sunlight isn’t friendly, so the fact that it was a bit overcast was perfect for a day of pickin’ berries and posin’ for some cute pictures. After we picked two big boxes of berries, Terry graciously invited us to go over to the gardens (even though my daughters “stole” several strawberries […]
This is the second family from Ohio that I have photographed here in the Carolinas since moving to the South in 2005. It is so funny how life moves people in similar circles. I have known dad since I was a child…we actually grew up down the street together in Ohio, and I’ve known mom since high school. Now they are living in Greenville, SC, and since mom and I are in touch on Facebook, one thing led to another, and they decided to make the drive to Rock Hill for me to do some family photos for them. I’m so glad they did! The evening was a bit cooler than it has been for the past few weeks, and we had a little bit of wind, but the park is positively gorgeous this time of year, with blooming azaleas and rhododendrons. An added bonus was that hundreds (if not thousands) of geometer moth larvae were creeping around all over the place, much to the delight of the three oldest boys. Those little inchworms really helped break the ice! I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed spending time with this family. I hope this isn’t the […]
I have been spoiled in that I get to see this little sweetheart every few months…it had been since December that I saw him last, and I was itching to get my Mr. C fix! We had a mini session at The Green in Uptown Charlotte; a beautiful little nature nook across the street from the Mint Museum. We’ve had gorgeous weather lately, and I was hoping for some pretty sunset light, but it was overcast most of the day in preparation for a late evening rainshower. But while the weather didn’t cooperate with me like I’d hoped, we still had a great session and Mr. C was as charming as ever. I can’t believe he is almost 16 months old.
The vincas are in full bloom here in the Carolinas, and we have a beautiful patch of them right down the road from us. The property is about an acre and a half, and is set on a pond. It is currently for sale. Every time we drive by there, I wish we could buy it and build there! The weather was beyond beautiful this afternoon, so my big girl and I went to have a little mini session in the grove. My Spring schedule is finally starting to fill up with clients, so I wanted to get some time in with her before I’m too busy to do so. I hope you love them. And this candid one after the session…just too sweet to not share.
A new babe will be joining the Jenny Hooks Photography family in July of 2013! This will be my third pregnancy with a summer third trimester. My first was born in August, and my second was born in September. We are very, very excited, but it’s gonna be a hot one!
It is so appropriate that this session was my last one of the year. I’ve been photographing this baby boy since he was 12 weeks old, and it was a bit of a bittersweet session. He was walking! His mommies have been committed to making sure that each of his three-month milestone birthdays have been documented with a photo session, and now that the one-year mark has been hit, I know that I’m not going to see him or them as often now. Living in a big city with small kids is a funny thing; you may live in the same city, but being 40 minutes apart with young kiddos, you might as well live on other sides of the state! The photo sessions made us MAKE time, and I’m so happy we had it. Enough sentimentality…on to the photos! He really does get cuter and cuter every time I see him, and he’s a dream to photograph. And how gorgeous is the light inside of their home?
For folks that live in the South Charlotte area, the ginkgo trees on each corner of the Ballantyne quad are hard to forget once you’ve seen them after they start turning yellow in the fall. The first time I noticed them with a photographer’s eye was last year, and in a very interesting coincidence, this year I took my girls there on the same day as I did last year; November 22nd! My husband and I took our girls on that morning, as it was Thanksgiving, and I assumed that it would be relatively deserted, since it was the morning of a holiday. When we got there, there were already two other families taking photos, and by the time we left, there were a half a dozen groups there! I think several were other professional photographers, taking photos of their own families. It was neat to be a part of it. I hope we stayed clear of other folks’ bokeh! We used some of these photos for our holiday cards this year. I just love them.
This wonderful extended family came to Rock Hill’s Glencairn Garden for a lovely and uncharacteristically warm evening session. These sweet little girls are the only grandchildren, and they are loved, loved, loved! I adore the spunk and sweetness of photographing sisters.
Some sweet kiddos came up from Columbia, SC today to play with me in the lovely ginkgoes in Ballantyne. We’d rescheduled the shoot what must have been a half a dozen times, for weather, or the leaves hadn’t changed enough. Mother nature is a difficult collaborator at times, but goodness is she beautiful! And aren’t these adorable little cousins the best? So thankful for such a sparkling morning for this photo shoot.
You know it is a good session when one of the kiddos gives you a spontaneous hug at the end of it! This fun family came out to The Ivy Place in Lancaster to capture some of the last of the beauty of fall for their family portraits. I’d only just discovered the venue, and I’m so glad I did. In addition to being relatively close to my home, the place is simply made for photographers. Lovely landscaped gardens, rural beauty, open and natural spaces. I can only imagine what it looks like in the Spring and Summer when all of the flowers are in bloom. I’ll be heading out there then, for sure! My only regret is not starting the session sooner. We started at 4:00 pm, but because of heavy cloud cover that day, our effective shooting window was cut relatively shorter than usual. I could have easily spent an entire afternoon with this beautiful family.
When I first met this gorgeous family (seriously, don’t they belong in a j. crew catalog?), they were only a family of three (including Miss Lucy the pooch, of course) about a month shy of a year later, I had the pleasure of photographing them with their darling little new addition, Miss M. We had a sparkling, beautiful fall afternoon for our shoot, and the wind that was forecast really never showed up. Here are some of my favorites from the session. I hope you love them as much as I do.
My little Peanut is fourteen months old as of the 27th of October. I love her so very, very much. They’re only little for a little while. Thank goodness for photographs.
Just a few of my beautiful little Miss O in the late summer sunshine.
I started photographing this adorable baby boy when he was only 12 weeks old, and every time I see him he has changed so much! He is just on the verge of walking, it seems…and he wanted to play, play, play! Here are a few of my favorites from our session out at Aw Shucks Farms out in Monroe, North Carolina.
What do you get when you put a darling, good-natured baby girl and her spirited, adorable cousin into matching smocked dresses, and photograph them on a glorious autumn evening in South Carolina? Magic, of course! These little girls were so much fun; Baby C was barely three months old and already working the camera like a seasoned professional. And little Miss L was full of spunk and sweetness…I think we became fast friends in the short hour that we spent with each other. Here are my favorites from their session.
I had such a wonderful time with this family. This session followed the B Family featured in the previous blog post, and I think I smiled the whole time. Little Miss I is seven going on seventeen, and just as darling as she can be.
You know you’re in for an exciting photo session when your clients lead you off-road through multiple fields of crops and into some pretty wild woodland. This session took place in New Zion, South Carolina, on some old family property. There were old barns and outbuildings, and beautiful morning sunshine streaming through the branches of trees and Spanish moss. The family couldn’t possibly be any sweeter (both the kids and the parents alike), and I know that it shines through in these photos.
Charlotte seems to be taking one from the Ohio playbook of seasons; within the past week it has been summer, spring (complete with tons of rain) and fall, and today was a day of the fall variety. Cold temperatures and ominous skies couldn’t dampen the spirits of these two! I’m not sure they stopped smiling once. Here’s a little preview of their happy session. PS – Thanks for loaning me the jacket, J!
My schedule is about to get crazy with mini sessions and other sessions this Fall, so I wanted to get out and do a personal shoot that I’ve been meaning to do with my oldest daughter for a few weeks now. On our drive home, there is a field with huge hay bales lined up against the woods, and I’ve been dying to take her there for some photos. Since my husband was home today and the baby was napping, Miss O and I decided to head out and take advantage of the beautiful overcast autumn day. Special thank you to Ms. Ruby and her sister for allowing me to photograph my lovely little girl on their lovely property!
I’ve had the privilege of photographing Mr. C since he was a wee 12 weeks old. We had an evening of blissfull early autumn weather at Glencairn Gardens in Rock Hill, South Carolina, for his nine month shoot. The kiddo just keeps getting cuter and cuter, and his eyes keep getting bluer and bluer. I have the best job in the world.
Each of my little girls are rather wildflowers themselves, I think. Beautiful, spirited, resilient, luminous. Uninhibited! I wish I knew what these tiny pink blossoms were. Hopefully someone will read my blog that knows. These were taken in an abandoned lot near some million-dollar homes here in South Charlotte. Keith and I pass by there frequently, and there are two chimneys on the property that are still standing from where I think a house burned down. We originally went there to shoot near the chimneys, but I was delighted to find these flowers right near where I parked my car. When we headed further into the lot, I was disappointed to find that the chimney area wasn’t nearly as lovely as it looked from the road, and it was overrun with poison ivy. Since I get poison ivy from just thinking of the words “poison ivy”…we stayed away. I hope we weren’t trespassing! I didn’t see any signs posted, but you never know. These photos are my favorite photos of Miss O to date. The colors are just so rich; they evoke every emotion related to late summer that I can think of. Enjoy them. I do.
The beautiful gal in these photos has been my best friend since we were in the fourth grade together. She lives in Ohio and I live in South Carolina, so we only see each other a few times a year (if we’re lucky.) During my extended trip to Ohio this summer, I got to see her twice in a one-week period, which is virtually unheard of! Just being around her makes me feel like I’m filled with sunshine and fizzy laughter, like I’m 15 again and the world is all of the perfect things that teenagers think it should be. She is a part of me, and even if we don’t share DNA, she is my family. I got tears in my eyes while I was editing her session, seeing the joy and laughter in her face when she was with her family. I got to shoot this session about a week after their one-year wedding anniversary, so it was a very special time for them. I love you, M! Here are just a few shots from the evening. I hope you love them as much as I do!
These photos are from my very own impromptu family session that I did while I was visiting in Ohio this summer. These feature my brother, sister-in-law, and darling nephew Mr. W…and one with my daughter Miss S. and her Uncle M. She quickly became his little buddy, which was touching, since she is usually very shy around new people, and hadn’t seen him since she was much younger. The photos were taken at Sherman Park in Sidney, Ohio…a place where I played on a weekly basis as a child. I love being able to go back to these places and they are still mostly just as I remember them. What a blessing to still be so connected to the place where you grew up! And yes…my sister-in-law’s eyes really are that green.