They’re Going to Need This When We’re Gone

crazy-kids“One day you’re going to want to remember this moment,” we tell them. The looks on their faces make one thing clear: both the 7-year-old and the 11-year-old think we’re crazy. The 2-year-old just wants to drink his yogurt drink in peace.

We are undaunted. We will get this photo if it kills us (and quite possibly them).

“Please,” we beg. “Just sit there. Just for a minute. No, not even a minute. Just pretend you like each other for a second.”

Their butts hit the seat, and I hit the shutter at rapid speed. [Read more…]

They’re Same Sex Wedding Photos; Get Over It

same-sex-weddingI started Sunday morning with 1,849 fans on the Facebook page for my blog, Inside Out Motherhood. Nothing compared to many of the “big” blogs, but nothing to sneeze at either.

Then the number began to dip. One thousand eight hundred forty eight. One thousand eight hundred forty seven. One thousand eight hundred forty six…

I knew instantly why it was dropping. I had anticipated it even. As a photographer, I often post photos to the page, and Sunday morning I posted one of my favorite photos of all time: A dear friend, his eyes closed as he cried quiet tears while another dear friend leaned over to plant a gentle kiss on his cheek.

Sounds pretty sweet, doesn’t it?

It was.

Even better for me, the photographer behind the photo? I’d been lucky enough to capture the moment just a day before. [Read more…]

Why This Photographer Would Rather Take Photos of Your Kids Than Her Own

SittingIf I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it … well, you know how the saying goes. “Your daughter must just love having her photo taken!” or “Oh, your daughter must be so much better at having her photo taken than [insert self-deprecating comment about comment maker’s own children].”

Considering she’s had a lens stuck thisclose to her face since she was fresh out of the womb, you’d think they’re right. She should know by now how to prop her chin, her hip, her hands. But let me let you in on every photographer parent’s secret shame: we much prefer your kids to our own, at least at picture time.

Our kids aren’t trained monkeys, ready to perform on cue. Nor are they particularly fond of their parents’ proclivities. Which they protest. Loudly. And often. Usually by informing us that we’re A. the meanest parents ever and B. absolutely ruining their lives.

Sometimes they run from us. Other times they just sit there, pouting. The latter makes for hilarious photos, but alas, they warn us in no uncertain terms that we are not to share them with the world.

Your kids, on the other hand? Well, let’s just examine the evidence: [Read more…]

Brittney & Josh: An Engagement Session


Engagement1A lot of photographers have a lot of props in their arsenal. I confess I have a few favorites myself. But when I’m going out on a shoot, I always want to focus on the subject … and that means looking to their lives for the “props” that will really reflect their story. In the case of Brittney and Josh, who are getting married in the fall of 2015, the season itself played a big role in our recent engagement shoot, from the gorgeous fall leaves:


To a stunning sunset:


Josh is a firefighter, so we headed out on a country road (you know your photographer really will go all out for you when you see her lying down in the middle of the road!) for this shot of him in his turnout gear and her in a set of sexy high heels:


engagement4Which photo is your favorite?


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Why That Photographer Is Lying on the Ground

a photographer taking photos

Another shot of me just doing what I do with that camera!

A photo appeared on Facebook this week of me. I’m sitting in the middle of the road, one leg thrown out to the side, the foot up and rooted to the ground. The other leg was bent and positioned beneath me in such a manner that it was holding me steady as I leaned forward, camera trained on a band of marchers moving rapidly in my direction.

Photographers … you never know what odd contortions you’ll see them doing next in order to get that one shot.

I’ve dropped down flat on my stomach in the middle of a road. [Read more…]

If I Can’t Stand in Front of a Camera … What Does That Say to My Daughter?

Jeanne Sager family The selfie may have taken over the world – and the Oxford Dictionary – but there are few on my phone and even fewer on my various social media accounts. If that makes me an anomaly, there’s reason for it.

I’ve never been exactly comfortable standing in front of a camera. A lifetime battle with body dysmorphic disorder (more commonly known as an eating disorder) will do that to you.

And for years, I’ve been able to hide away from the lens. When you are a photographer, you have the perfect excuse. How can you be in the picture when you’re taking it?

I’ve taken thousands. Hundreds of thousands.

Babies. Brides. Families. Friends.

I’ve carefully hidden myself behind the lens.

So why was it that on Saturday evening I stood with my family as my friend and talented photographer Kevin Ferguson took photo after photo of me? How was it that I was able to smile, to laugh even, as the lights flashed and the shutter clicked? [Read more…]

Daniela — A Baby Shoot

Dani1Not every birth goes according to plan. When Daniela was born, she’d been in her mom’s belly for 29 weeks and six days. She was in a NICU when most newborns are having their newborn shoot.

But her mom had a cool idea: to take photos on the day Daniela turned 29 weeks and 6 days old! Here’s how it turned out:Dani3




Dani5Which is your favorite shot?


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Cole — A Newborn Shoot

Cole3One of the most special things about being a photographer in a small town is getting to take pictures of the same kids through their various life stages. In the case of little Cole, I took photos of his happy Mom, Dad, and big brother when he was still in Mommy’s belly. Because his mom is my best friend, I took photos of him on the day he was born.

And then, at just over 5 weeks old, we did an official newborn shoot! Here are some of my absolute favorite shots of this little guy:Cole4




Which is your favorite?

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Tara & Rob — A Maternity Session

tara6If taking photos of newborns is my favorite thing to do, maternity shoots run a close second. Everyone is excited about the impending arrival … and it’s even more fun when there are big siblings involved.

This shoot for Tara and Rob was special — the mother-to-be and I met in fourth grade, and we’ve been fast friends ever since. Now her oldest son and my daughter are good friends, and I was over-the-moon to play a part in welcoming little Cole. Here are some of my favorites from the shoot:

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Juliana — A Newborn Shoot

Juliana1I don’t know what it is about babies born in June, but I’ve seen some seriously cute newborns from the sixth month this year. You know, the ones you can actually say “she’s beautiful’ about to the parents without feeling guilty for lying. Little Juliana’s mom let me take her outside in a shady spot (no sun on that delicate skin!) and  I had a blast with her … especially photographing the most perfect lips you may ever see.

I tend to mix up the black and white with the color — some shots just seem to lend themselves to one or the other. Here are a few of each … which do you like best?


And her itty bitty feet!


And of course a sleepy newborn shot”


Which one is your favorite? Do you prefer color photos or black and white?


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