Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!

Happy Valentine's Day! Today is a day that some people LOVE and some people loath, while others just think of it as another day like any other day.  I personally don't think any gifts are necessary on this day as a personal preference, but I use this day as a reminder to myself of how important it is to LOVE everyday.  Not necessarily to love a person, but to love art, architecture, nature, and the many wonderful things God has given us on this Earth.  I personally am thankful for and LOVE my clients, those that entrust me with capturing their family memories.  I am thankful for the awesome City of Pittsburgh and all the beauty that surrounds my family in this amazing city.

So today, on they Valentine's Day, I hope you experience love in some shape or form and I hope you are surrounded by love everyday.

Happy Valentine's Day!!
Strawberry Snails Photography
The ceiling in the art room at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.
Strawberry Snails Photography
Snow is wearing me out these days, but I love it's beauty.  
Snow Heart
I took this with my iPhone after drawing a heart in the snow.  :)

Newborn Photography
Lifestyle Newborn Photography Portrait

Thank you for reading!!!

Jessica Leigh Larson

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

February Photo Challenge - Rock the Shot

This month's photo challenge on Rock the Shot is LIFESTYLE, the art of everyday life as they put it. I love this Challenge, and my organic photography shooting style is LIFESTYLE, fun, in the moment, usually full of emotion or capturing a moment.  My submission is the picture below with a mother and child holding hands walking.


The image below is one I took several years back of my daughter.   It was this series of photos that I took from her that made me dive into photography head first.  At the time I had been desperate to get some beautifully captured photos of her.  I had tried the traditional "Portrait" studios that everyone has tried at least once, and always left feeling irritated.  I had hired a "Professional" photographer for my daughter's newborn pictures, which although I really did love the images that the photographer created, I was very upset with the customer service aspect of the experience.  It was at that time that I decided I wanted to learn everything I could about photography in the hopes of avoiding drama and creating beautiful images for myself.  The more I learned the more I knew I wanted to keep learning and keep creating.  I would say that all my photographs have a LIFESTYLE aspect to them, even the High School Senior pictures and portraits that I take for my gorgeous High School Senior clients.  Here is one of the first pictures I took after diving into photography.


I took that with my kit lens on my first DSLR camera a Nikon D60.  I placed my two year old in my tulips and said "Honey, you want to smell the flowers?".  :)

Today I use a Nikon D600 camera with a variety of lenses.  The picture below is a more recent picture of my sweet girl taken in my grandparents backyard while watching her and her cousin play in the tree.


I truly love Portrait photography, and taking child portraits is always so much fun.  As a photographer who knows the frustrating side of being a consumer/client, my goal is to provide each of my clients the very BEST customer service that you can get from a photographer, I want LOYAL returning customers, not just satisfied customers.

Thank you for reading!  Make sure to stop by the Rock the Shot Forum and look at all the other submissions.  They also have tons of great photography information on their for anyone wanting to learn more about this amazing art and craft. 


Jessica Leigh Larson