Friday, March 7, 2014

The blog has moved!

Don't worry, I'm still here! I've been working to move posts over to my updated website at www.jeskelsen.com. Head on over to see the latest news and family + baby sessions!


Monday, August 19, 2013

Lorelei - 18 month portraits

I first met Lorelei when she was about 6 months old, through a parent/baby class held by the hospital where my son was born. I was immediately struck by what an adorable, sweet baby she was, and had pretty much been dying to photograph her ever since. Turns out her mama lives in my town and just up the road - what are the chances? Today our kiddos are good buddies, and I've loved watching her grow to be an independent, brave, and fun-loving toddler.

I'm so glad to know L and her awesome mama - they make my life fuller! Here's what one and a half looks like, Lorelei style.


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Excuses, excuses.

Where has the summer gone? I can't believe we're on the verge of autumn already (!!!), and I'm just getting ready to post work from several new sessions from over the summer. 

So what's been going on?

- My main website is currently under renovation - I'm really excited about the new design and updating my galleries with fresh new work! Unfortunately, with a busy summer of freelance work and toddler wrangling, website construction takes time. Lots of it. So I'll try to keep things updated here on the blog while I work on smoothing out the look and feel of my new site.

Eventually, this blog will be integrated into my main site to make for one seamless blog/website experience. Super pumped about that.

- OH YEAH. And on top of all that, we're expecting baby #2 this November! So needless to say, I've been a pretty tired lady. My busy almost 2 year-old boy keeps me on my toes by refusing to nap, assaulting the kitty with passionate hugs, climbing everything in sight, and learning about his world in the most hands-on way possible.

But man, he's cute. So until next time...here are some favorites of my little firecracker from this summer. He may run me ragged, but I sure love this kid to the moon and back.


 
P.S. My awesome husband took the shot above - I've trained him well :)

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Family portrait session - Woodland Park, Seattle

A perfect warm May day means that we head to the park for a sunny outdoor session. I loved capturing the fantastic smiles of Miss E., a 15 month-old bundle of energy and curiosity. Toddlers are so awesome to photograph - they're always busy and full of surprises!




 
 What a doll!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Spring family photography session - Seattle

One of my favorite families invited me back to their home to capture some sweet springtime moments right before Easter. I couldn't believe how much their girls had grown in just a few months! They truly are some of the sweetest people I've ever had the pleasure of photographing - always making me laugh, and barely making me work at all to capture their spirit and energy.



 Four year-olds are the BEST. (She showed me her pet rocks. They were very, very well-behaved.)








At the end of our session, everyone let loose and got wild and silly. Just a family being a family, doing what they do best, and forgetting about the lady with the camera.


 This is my favorite shot, below. Baby sister is like, "Heh heh. Yeah, I know they're all a little crazy."

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Thoughts on photography, and a family and maternity session

I'll share some sweet maternity and family shots in a second, but first some words.
 
I can't even begin to explain how much it meant to me to be able to photograph my friend Jen, her husband, and her son before they welcome their second child in a few short weeks. There's something wonderful about capturing a family on the brink of growth and change. Jen writes about it so eloquently and honestly about it here, on her blog.

It reminded me of how important photography really is. It's a concept that I struggle with, which is maybe strange coming from a photographer. After all, this is how I make my living, so shouldn't I feel that it be absolutely paramount for everyone? Yes. But it is also something that gets put on the back burner, for financial reasons, lack of time, and lack of interest. And I get it. Because really, very few people get pumped up about dressing nice, combing their hair, and inviting a photographer into their homes or meeting at a park for an hour or two, all while trying to look "natural" and photogenic. When the weekend rolls around, I think most of us just want to hang out with our families, lounge around in our pajamas, and eat some bacon. And maybe, if we're feeling extra fancy, we'll run to Target and buy some dish soap and shampoo. Putting on real pants vs. bacon and pajamas? I think we all know the clear winner.

I'm guilty of neglecting photography with my own family. I think the last time we had someone truly photograph us was for our engagement photos. (We didn't have a wedding photographer, believe it or not.) Most of the time I just set up my camera on self-timer mode and we grab a few hastily composed shots on the porch, if that. But now that my son is older, I feel the need to capture us right now, just as we are in this very moment. One of my favorite things to do as a child was to page through the photo albums that my mom kept tucked away in the hall closet. The family portraits that we had done at Sears or Penney's paint a vivid and often hilarious picture of who we were at the time. My dad's heavy tinted glasses and brown suit. Fluffy matching perms. My shiny patent-leather shoes and ruffly dress. Even today, I still love these photographs (no matter how dorky we looked) and I'm so grateful that my mom was so good about having our pictures taken. It means even more now that my dad is gone, and what remains now are just scraps of memories and our stack of albums - visual proof of our togetherness.

So before I ramble on too much and get even more teary-eyed, let's look at some pretty pictures, shall we? What a fantastic little session, with some pretty fantastic late-afternoon light.


I didn't even ask him to kiss her belly. He knew just what to do. So, so sweet.





My favorite shot.

Such and absolutely gorgeous family, inside and out. I'm so honored to have been able to capture this incredible time for them, and can't wait to meet the new little one very soon.

P.S. Go get your pictures taken. Now. It's worth it.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Seattle Family Lifestyle Photography

Photographing families is ALWAYS interesting and ALWAYS wildly different. Usually if I am photographing a family, especially with small children, I take the first 20 minutes or so of the session to get us all warmed up. We play, get to know each other, and get comfy. But sometimes I meet a family that just knocks my socks off with energy and warmth and joy, and it's honestly like I've known them forever.

That's what happened here, in a sweet family session from back in December. (I've been meaning to get this up for awhile now!) Their home vibrated with energy from the moment I stepped in the door. We played and giggled and I guess I took some pictures, too :) One moment I was crawling on my belly with a fake flower in my hair, and the next moment witnessing a very fancy tea party unfold. It was, quite simply, a blast.


And my favorite moment - when big sister jumped into an empty frozen waffle box turned into a robot. Kids are so awesome.
 Bam! Boom! So much fun.