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?
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This session took place at Creekside Park in Gahanna, Ohio, and what a gorgeous place it was! It is a small park located right off of the main street in the tiny town of Gahanna. The evening was perfect for photographs…we even shared space with another photographer doing a session for a couple and their young boys. I’ve since learned that it is a pretty popular place to shoot family sessions and engagement sessions. Photographing these lovely girls is always a pleasure. They are all as pretty as a picture, with personalities to match, and it is obvious that they love the camera! I always love the chance to see their lovely mama as well.
I challenge you to look at these photos and not crack a smile! I just can’t stop looking at them.
I first got to photograph the handsome Mister C when he was only 12 weeks old…we had a lovely in-home session. This time, we adventured out to Freedom Park in Charlotte, NC, to soak up some of the lovely summer evening sunshine. The only thing bluer than the sky were this little boy’s beautiful eyes!
When a Grandmother says that there haven’t been enough photos of the grandkids lately, you oblige her! These were taken of sweet Miss S. just a week or so shy of her big nine month birthday. I also wouldn’t take photos of someone else’s child crying, but I have the rather ambitious goal of photographing all of my little ones’ expressions; happy, sad, and everything in between. My sweet girl tends to be a bit on the dramatic side (anyone else have a babe that holds their breath while they cry?), and the crying photos are because I temporarily tried to take the bear away during the shoot. I think they’re precious, and she and I will have a giggle over them when she’s got babies of her own, I’m sure. I hope you love them. I love her so.
I was so inspired by the buttery, bright light streaming through my bedroom windows earlier this week that I got out my camera and just photographed my girls playing in the bed. I never really need an excuse to take photographs, really…but when the light is perfect and the babies are playful, I get an urge to break out my camera that is pretty difficult to fight. These photos were taken around 9:00 in the morning in completely natural light coming through the windows in my bedroom. It was definitely one of the “golden hours” of the day. I think it is probably my favorite time to shoot. I love this session because it embodies one of my core philosophies as a photographer; you don’t need an event or a gathering or even a reason to have professional photography done. These moments in time with my girls at two-and-a-half and just-over-eight-months are now on permanent record and the memories won’t have to fade completely. These photos exemplify when you should hire a professional photographer (any random Tuesday morning with buttery light streaming in the windows) and why you should hire a professional photographer (to remember that random Tuesday, and when […]
The way the sun is kissing my little girl’s head in these photographs just breaks my heart into a million little pieces. What a beautiful day, what a beautiful child, and what beautiful photos resulted. Perhaps the most adorable thing is how curious she is about her surroundings! A nature girl in the making?
Everybunny loves a bare baby butt, right? Happy Easter from JHP!
The colors of spring with some Easter eggs and my gorgeous curly-haired girl.
Sunday’s photo session was a very special one for me. When I was in college, I was a member of Kappa Delta sorority, and I met a lot of remarkable women in the short time that I was a part of it. Missy was my “Big” sister, and regrettably, our paths diverged after college. I have been so fortunate to get back in touch with many of my sisters via Facebook, and Missy was one of them. Imagine my surprise when I found out that she had actually moved to the Charlotte area (from our native Ohio) several years before I did! We had been in touch on Facebook for a while, but with the demands of professional lives and families, we never managed to get together. I was delighted when she asked me to photograph her twelve-week old darling baby boy Carter. I was equally delighted to get to meet Carter’s other mommy, Missy’s beautiful partner of seven years, Andrea. It was so clear how crazy about him that they are, and how equally head-over-heels Carter is for them. Yesterday was a trifecta of awesomeness; reconnecting with an old friend, gaining a new friend, and getting my hands (and […]
I teach two days a week, and the rest of the week, I usually have the girls at home with me. Some days drone on so slowly, I can only watch so much Little Bear, do so many puzzles, and have my “temperature taken” with Pumpkin’s little plastic thermometer from her doctor kit so many times. Some days, we go outside and draw with sidewalk chalk when it is warm enough outside for Peach to be outside too. Some days, it is a long bubble bath for Pumpkin in the middle of the afternoon. Some days, it is photo session time. Pumpkin is essentially completely over having mommy’s camera in her face, but Peach is still a perfect little model. Pumpkin was playing in her room the day that I took these of Peach, and came into the office to see what the excitement was. She, of course, wanted to get in on the action, and I managed to get some cute shots of her. Love the light in this room!
Miss S was so tickled by the stuffed polar bear that her grandmother got her for Christmas. It looks like she is deep in conversation with it! Have you ever seen a more perfectly shaped baby head?
I can remember the first time that Keith took me to the Carolina Renaissance Faire. It was around my birthday in October of 2005, and I had just moved down South from Ohio earlier that summer. I had never been to a Renaissance Faire before, so it was an entirely new experience for me. I can vividly remember the scents of Frankincense incense in the “village”, and roasting cinnamon almonds. Pipe smoke, wood smoke, and the crisp warmth of autumn sunshine warming fallen leaves. The sights of the colorful costumes, and the sounds of the authentic and live Renaissance-period music. The jingling and tinkling of bells suspended from the belts and boots of costumes. It has become a tradition for us to go each year, and once the weather starts getting cooler and the leaves start to lose their green, I know that Ren Faire time is getting closer. This year, we waited until the second-to-last weekend, so the weather would be cool. Here in the Carolinas, it can be in the 80’s in October! This was the first year that we got to go with two babies. It was also the year that Olivia was old enough to enjoy […]
Two of my favorite things; my husband and my littlest girl. There is so much love in this photo. Can you feel it? Just testing out the high-ISO capabilities on my new camera!
Mommy and daddy enjoying sweet little Miss O on the beach near sunset.