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 email@example.com. 🙂 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. […]
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’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 […]
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
I challenge you to look at these photos and not crack a smile! I just can’t stop looking at them.
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.
Last week, my big girl and I found a pretty grove with an enormous old magnolia tree…it was the kind of place where fairies would live. I told her to be on the lookout for them, and rather than being excited and playful, she was quintessentially Miss O; intensely intent on spying a fairy! She took it so seriously, bringing all of her usual intensity to the search for a twinkly winged creature. There was even one moment where she broke down and nearly cried because she couldn’t spot one; of course I captured it on camera. I think that she wanted to see one so badly, her imagination wasn’t enough to satisfy her. Poor little sweetheart. On the same afternoon, we also found a lovely little field with Queen Anne’s Lace blooming with many other tiny white flowers. Both sets of photos are included here. I hope you love them as much as I do!
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 […]
We went out on May Day to celebrate the Spring, celebrate the flowers, and celebrate the sunshine. I’ll let this beautiful poem say the rest. “Let us take our baskets early To the meadows green, While the wild-flowers still are pearly With the dewdrops’ sheen. Fill them full of blossoms rosy, Violets and gay Cowslips, every pretty posy Welcoming the May. Then our lovely loads we’ll carry Down the village street, On each door, with laughter merry, Hang a basket sweet. Hey-a-day-day! It is spring now, Lazy folks, awake! See the pretty things we bring now For the May-day’s sake!” “May Baskets”, by Evaleen Stein
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?
There’s a huge field that alternates soybeans and corn as crops near our house, and my big girl and I find the opportuniy every once in a while to sneak over there for some quick photos. Couldn’t resist this beautiful day with a crystal blue sky and sea of green!
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.
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.