Thursday, December 24, 2009

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setting out cookies and water for santa...
wishing you the happiest day.
xoxo.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

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oh my, look at those eyes... isn't she precious?

so cute... so chill...

i had a session with her human family a couple weekends back... beautiful people.. inside and out. really connected and pure love.

i can't express accurately how much i love doing what i do.. but here, i will try..

being a photographer allows me the great honor of meeting fantastic people... the bonus is:: i get paid to watch them.. to study their interactions with those they love most.. so many times i am crying behind the lens..

seriously.

it brings me so much joy to watch love in action. to witness the tender and revering embrace of a couple.. to watch the touch of a mother filled with unconditional love for her children... to watch the joy, hope and sweet surrendering in a pregnant mama's eyes when i ask her to tell me about her baby...

so often, i am blown away with the unreal feeling that comes along with being invited to document these tender and joy-filled moments!

i am so fortunate... i know this.

and i am truly honored.

wishing you a good and relaxing night lovelies...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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first trip up the mountain since the snowfall.. sophie's first time seeing and feeling snow..

mary and i held grand ideas..

snowmen, igloo, snowball fight...

ha! we lasted only 15 minutes before mary (and me) needed to warm up... sophie, on the other hand, seem perfectly happy playing in the icy snow...

oh man, are we desert girls... cold in 60 degree temps!

my michigan heart is embarrassed!

Monday, December 7, 2009

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its been a "half full" sort of week!

Monday, November 30, 2009

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** glad that i captured sophie's juice cup.. i love looking back and remembering magical everday moments.. this morning she enjoyed fresh beet and red cabbage juice...YUM she said.. smiling at me wearing a ruby red smile!!**

this was my one quiet moment of the day... (other than now).
coffee... argh...not sure i want to start drinking you again.. never been a dedicated coffee drinker, but these days i seem to need a cup or two mid-day...

in the moment i took this picture above i was thinking of good reasons to get a flip... mainly, i want it for documenting the half marathon on the 13th.. sunday i ran the last 7 miles with my friend amber.. also known in my house as the workout goddess and my girls' favorite big friend...
anyway... it was raining, #1 reason - it hasn't rained in forever (ok, months, but feels like forever)... double full rainbow to my right(#2)... clouds parting allowing for illumination of pusch ridge on my left(#3)... raindrops falling onto my nose and exploding into fractals of light (#4)... rain shimmering on cholla so it appears to be covered in diamonds (#5)... running the 7 miles (#6)... feeling like i could go another 7 miles(#s 7 &8)... anyway.. a flip would be nice...

on another note... as i was running this past sunday, i noticed two things...
**1** the first 2 miles are the hardest. after the first mile i usually really want to quit... i mean every part of me screams STOP! i want to curl up on my sofa with a book and a glass of wine... i want my pajamas, my bed and my husband to curl up next to.. i want a bowl of chocolate chip ice cream and a hot bath... this is where my mind goes... but... i maintain.. i find my groove... i breathe deeper... turn up the shins or ani on the ipod and... i smile!
**2** smiling through the pain turns discomfort into pleasure.. really. yes really. i am a smiling fool on the roads... sunday i started laughing... seriously pain into pleasure.

ok.. i know.. it kinda sounds like a metaphor for life... i won't go there here.. but yeah... i made that connection.

enjoy a cozy evening and smile lovlies...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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isn't he beautiful? i had a session with his human family sunday afternoon... talk about beauties... this family is gorgeous!

happy to have a chance to start editing tonight... happy to be staying home for thanksgiving... happy that my girls are in bed snoozing.. just so happy today!

wishing you a bliss-filled holiday weekend..

good night lovelies...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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the giveaway over at today's mama is incredible!  head over there for details to enter...

Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme
TodaysMama and Provo Craft are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.

1. What 5 items are on your holiday wish list this year? 

a new bicycle.. in green preferably :).. the bike above will do nicely :)
an iphone 
a date weekend with mike in cabo (a girl can dream, right?)


2. What is your favorite handmade gift you have received? 
so many... my top three are:: the side table my dad handcrafted, the inspiration journal my mom created, and the wizard my father-in-law carved... they are so magical and special!

3. What handmade gift have you always wanted to tackle? 

to knit mittens for my family... like these

4. What was the best Christmas gift you received as a child? 

i really can't remember a particular gift, maybe a green velvet dress but i can't remember if that was for christmas... what i do remember vividly is when i awoke to snow after thinking we wouldn't have a white christmas... i must have been 4 or 5... living in the desert is always strange for me at this time of year.. i am in a perpetual state of seasonal shock from thanksgiving to new years.. then i quickly get over it!

5. What items are on your kid’s wish list this year? 

my four year of wants to be a faerie.. so wings are in order
and my 10 month old hasn't said a word :)

6. What is your favorite holiday food? 

pumpkin pie and green bean casserole (not a healthy version, but the stuff made with campbells cream of mushroom and canned green beans)

7. What will you be hand-crafting for the holidays? 

hopefully finishing the string quilt for my family gift and now most likely i'll be making faerie wings

8. What is your favorite holiday movie? 

charlie brown christmas and home alone, which reminds me of my brothers who watched it over and over and over...


9. Favorite holiday song? 
oh holy night

10. Favorite holiday pastime?
 

playing board games by the fire with my siblings when we all lived in michigan (weepy now)

Monday, November 16, 2009

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sharing a moment of pure love and light...
this sweet boy is magic... congratulations kathleen and jeff!

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Holiday Special
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$50
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45 minute photo session
one digital image file with reprinting rights
private online gallery with 5-10 proofing images
........................................
Holiday Special sessions scheduled on:
December 6 or 12, 2009 at either 2:00 pm or 3:30 pm
at Don Hummel Park (Limberlost Neighborhood)

email jen@jenlongphotography.com for more information!

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**edited to change a session date... 
my original post listed dec. 13 as a option for a holiday session... 
but...i forgot that i am running in the tucson half marathon 
that day!  whoops!  sorry if i teased you!


**weekends all booked until January 2010.  if you are interested in a session midweek let me know.. i am sure we can work it out!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

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from last week's shoot... elemental artistry... check them out!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

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my baby turns 4 tomorrow! 4! wow!

Friday, October 30, 2009

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everything is go, go, go, lately...

how to balance family, love, and this busy busy workflow???.. i'll let you know when it happens!

wishing you the most magical day!

Monday, October 26, 2009

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finally.. done.. editing...
good night.

Friday, October 23, 2009

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this kid is so beyond words... love him!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

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when i saw my reflection, i chuckled.. loaded up with three bags and a baby strapped to my chest... just a simple trip to the library and this is what i look like when i leave my home... loving sophie's expression...
ok... gotta get back to work!
peace and joy...

Monday, October 19, 2009

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image from a super fun session downtown... sweet family on a sweet sunday morning... i love it!
goodnight lovelies...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

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hello gorgeous you...

editing images from yesterday's session... everything was magic!  the lighting... the temperature... the beautiful couple... just perfect!

sending joy for a wonderFULL sunday...

Saturday, October 10, 2009

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editing images from a crossfit shoot...  beautiful strong mamas working hard, getting stronger and cheering each other on, is already such a wonderful thing, but throw in lots of kiddos and a flock of chickens... and wow!..that is magic!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

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"sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment" ~ rumi

good evenings beautiful souls...

thinking so much about the order of circumstances lately.... the thoughts boggle my mind as i run round and round with thinking about how and why life ends up as it does.... making connections between choices and random chances of fate... it is all very tiring.. the other morning i surrendered and let my heart settle on the rumi quote above... i think most of the time you are better off to just sit back and be amazed.

sending love...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

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good morning beauties...

such a beautiful thursday morning here in the sonoran desert, it is my favorite time of year... expected to rise up to only 88 degrees today!!!  yipee!

so, i have my replacement phone, but the activation is taking waaaayyy longer than expected... email is still the best way to get in contact with me...

be well....

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

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just finished editing these lovies... all i see is beauty and love with these two... what an honor it is to do what i do!

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hello lovelies...
yay... my phone is back!
and
here is a little audio treat for this wonderful tuesday afternoon...


***sending love ***

Thursday, September 24, 2009

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good morning lovely you...

i created this blog to serve as a space for special announcements and maybe a glimpse into my life...

***first announcement***
my phone has disappeared! a replacement is on the way, but until then, you can reach me by email jen@jenlongphotography.com

and for fun...

here are 5 things about me (so we may become better acquainted:)

** i do not typically type in proper fashion...
therefore you will find predominately lowercase typing and lots of pausing...... i hear these things annoy the hell out of some people, so be forewarned:)

** i love traveling especially if it involves camping.... i loooovvve camping!

** as much as i love traveling and being out of doors, deep down i'm a homebody... beautifying my nest brings me crazy pleasure..

** one of my dreams is to own a **reliable** green vw bus - is there such a thing?

** another dream of mine is to skinny dip in the indian ocean... mmm... i got chills just typing that!

enjoy this beautiful day!

sending love and joy to you....