Sunday, December 12, 2010

73*


this is her...
a pure heart.
a beautiful soul shining outward
and blessed down from the heavens.

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they love each other...
this was such a beautiful morning... sunrise session my last day in tucson... two beautiful people in love... and hello!  san pedro chapel! where have you been all my life?  seriously, an amazing location..

this couple just oozes love.
oozes!

kinda hard not to smile, huh?

Friday, December 10, 2010

71*

this is taza.

taza is love.  

she has been a healing force in my life...  
by helping me heal after my miscarriages
by surrounding my daughter in light and love during and after her first surgery
by holding the space for me to process & forgive past emotional and physical traumas
and by reminding me to make time for myself...  to take care and love myself.  

she sees through the bullshit.. 
gets into your heart.. 
and offers you love.  

a magical bodyworker.
a kind and true spirit.  
a dear friend, whom i am ever grateful to know.

for a magical taza treatment visit her website::  tazmassage  
you will reemerge closer to the person you were born to be... kinder, healthier and healing.

**she also sells the BEST coffee around!!!  ask for the Peaceful Rainbow Blend!  YUM!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

70*

i love this little guy.

love. him.

he was one of the few reservations i had when mike and i decided to move to colorado... away from him.

he was our neighbor.. his daddy is a dear friend... and they are both so much more to us than those titles.... they are family.

he is a brother to my girls... what can i say... i've got a mama heart for this kid.

this past trip i got to hold him again.

tell him "i love you"...

his pure joy and love of life radiates..

the kiddo is one magical fireball of prana!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

69*


this is susan... isn't she drop dead beautiful???  i totally see kathleen turner a la the war of the roses days... 
her inner beauty equals her outer... she is just a stunning woman in every way!  if you are in need of an awesome real estate agent... here she is!

smoooch susan!  


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

68*


:: four people ::
:: twelve months ::
::  november edition::

on the long walk to the stupa
stupa @ shambhala

ah... October and November flew by...  i skipped October's edition because i can't find a family pic... i know i took some.. i must have taken at least one!?  

anyhow... November gets two pictures...

its been a wonderful month... i now have a 5 year old!  she seems 5 going on 20, but i guess most parents think that of their precocious little ones..   the tantrums are hilarious (well looking back on them they are.. catch me in the moment and i am usually as swept up as she is)... the foot stomping, grumpy faces, and  exaggerated "hmphs"! aye-yi-yi!   not sure where she gets it from? (i'm sure my mother will catch the strong whiff of sarcasm here)  but most of the time she is my sweet one.. so eager to help and take care of her younger sister... she has so much love and patience.. and a style that goes unmatched!  she is all pink and purple these days... amazing what children do for your heart... mine swells with pride and admiration constantly... 

i also have an almost two year old who is talking up a storm in a sweet little baby accent that i do not fully understand... she is in such a fun age.. she adores and mimics her big sister... often trying on her clothes before anyone notices... lately she has been putting on costume necklaces then climbing onto the toilet to get a good look at herself in the bathroom mirror, then exclaiming "sooo pretty!"... she is independent and sure of herself - insisting to walk instead of being carried, even in the grocery where i beg and plead for her to go into the cart... yet she still so little and i am savoring the times when all she wants is to snuggle with her head on my chest.. while rocking her by the fire this evening... she went abruptly from telling me all about our house to a sound peaceful sleep, with her lips making the nursing movements and a little sigh escaping her... ah!  these moments, so blessed... this one is a fireball - full of life and love... she completed our little family and i felt that deeply as soon as she was born.. 

ok.. parental gushing aside...

we are LOVING colorado... the hiking, the mountains, the prairie, the cold weather.. all of it! a couple weekends ago, we stumbled upon the shambhala center while looking for a hiking trail... so glad we journeyed into the great stupa... it was absolutely breathtaking!   as soon as i opened the door i gasped and tears flowed... the wash of serenity and beauty... i can't tell you how much we all needed to be there... 

other than a few trips to denver and a few hikes, we've spent most of our time at home, but its been so wonderful...  i am a big homebody, so i am biased.

our days usually consist of oatmeal... bird watching and feather finding... entertainment a la squirrel antics... planning and making and eating lots of soup and bread.... snuggling by the fire... finding little girls huddled on the heating vents...  reading... knitting... sewing... watching episode upon episode upon episode of little house on the prairie... lots and lots of coloring... and singing... oh boy... tons of singing!

its been a good month... one with so many lessons and so many moments to be grateful for... 

thank you November for all the beautiful memories!

Friday, November 19, 2010

67*

i really miss him while he's at work....


Sunday, October 31, 2010

66*

5 minutes of appreciation...
this small project is in response to a few days filled with the pure rawness of life... 
the unfair, sad and painful balanced with the bliss-filled, gentle and deviously happy...  
i needed to document little miraculous wonderful happy bits of my day to day life... 
i needed to validate... to witness... to celebrate these small magical times....  the ones that i - far too often - take for granted, yet these are the memories i look back on and smile with my heart full.

rest in peace sweet baby violet... and may your mama and papa be surrounded in love and light.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

65*


a day in photos...
12 hours...
8 am to 7 pm

a few weeks ago a set the alarm on my phone to go off every hour ... prompting me to take a photo of that moment....

...i give to you, snippets out of the everyday life of jen long...

day part one
a day part dos
last act



when i uploaded the pictures from the camera... i remember thinking "oh my, i should have planned something more exciting for today..."

it took me a few weeks to fully appreciate the beauty and power in these images..

this is my life.

my messy and busy and full and wonderful life!

i love how nostalgia colors and illuminates these ordinary circumstances!

here is to the magical everyday moment... may your eyes be wide open!

xo.
jen

64*

dec flyer
i'm thinking the desert will feel pretty good in early december!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

63*


:: four people ::
:: twelve months ::
::  september edition::

september was... challenging.  

while august was filled with the possibility of change, september was filled with the reality of transition.

while i do not want to rehash specifics... lord knows, i do not want to live through a few of the moments ever again... 

what i will share is, september was filled with::

me saying and doing the wrong thing (more than i can ever remember)
me apologizing to my family and myself.. a lot.
a lot of crying... by all of the long girls.
beautiful happy moments (one of which is pictured above)
lots of bike riding (crazy awesome - not at all a bad thing)
lots of saying "oops!"
only filling up the gas tank once
craigslist
garden digging
free flower seeds
rain
time with denver friends (so grateful for them)
soup.... lots and lots of soup.
street musicians and street magicians
a date with my mary - complete with a kite, a diner, a mini shopping cart and hearing "this is the best day of my life, mom!"
french press coffee
spiders - everywhere!
a windfall of free apples and plums
feeling the seasons shift
feeling inadequate
potty training for one little girl and starting school for the other
full moon praising
lots of singing and snuggling and sighing.

the picture above was taken towards the end of the month during a family bike ride to the market... funny that we cling to each other and to the sign that tells us to "let it all go"...  i can only let go when i know i have them.  

my family is what kept me somewhat sane during this transition.  their love, their humor, their consistency of being wonderfully imperfect - yet - oh so perfect to me - kept me grounded while i tried so desperately to "let it all go."

september was tough... no joke.   but as always, challenging times =  heightened appreciation for the sweetness in life.  

here is to a beautiful october.... so far, its been awesome!

xo.
jen

* inspired by tara

Saturday, September 25, 2010

62*

this week was all about::
kicking a cold in under 24 hours

making hutch plans to house new furry family members come spring-time

lots of rain

and lots of spiders


and lots and lots and LOTS of purple plums...  (this represents about 1/6 of what we had!)

wishing you a beauty filled weekend.
xo
jen



Wednesday, September 22, 2010

60*


as it does every year, this song has been in my head most of the day...
happy autumnal equinox!

xo
jen

59*


on a rainy afternoon, when a mood needs lifting.
it doesn't get much better than gimp and the magnetic zeros.

this was my afternoon downtime, while one was napping and one was in school... *bliss*

Friday, September 10, 2010

58*

new location for me = new special for you!!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

57*

:: four people ::
:: twelve months ::
::  august edition::
the adventure beings... 


a new (awesome) town 
a new home to settle into
new friends to meet and love
a new age to celebrate (my 33rd and according to hobbits i have finally reached adulthood)
new foods (for sophia - bye bye mama milk)
new trees to climb and dream in
new trails to hike and bike
a new swimming hole 
new mountains to explore and campsites to find
new clients to meet and play with
new domestic responsibilities (a lawn to mow and a garden to dig out and plant)
a new job (a dream realized and fulfilled)
new farmers to meet and befriend at the market 
a new climate (yay!!!!! seasons!!!!)


yet, with all this newness, there remains the same blissed out love for my family
and the same gratefulness in my heart for this blessed life i've been given.


it is going to be another wonderful journey around the sun!


xo
jen


inspired by tara

Friday, August 13, 2010

56*


these two beauties are my nieces...
i know..
they are amazingly gorgeous!

i am almost finished editing their family session...  i do not think i am being biased by saying:  this family is the epitome of beauty - inside and out.  they are kind, fun, gorgeous... just lovely lovely people... and i am so grateful to know them and call them family.

55*

this is ann...

a beautiful, gentle and kind yogini i met while in michigan. she's my mama's yoga teacher, and i was fortunate to be able to attend two of her classes - which were held in underneath a octagonal skylight... i bathed in a vortex of light and warmth during the asanas... ah, so wonderful!

i highly recommend to all my lovely kzoo friends to head over to one of her classes! she teaches at k-college and sangha yoga. you will not be disappointed, she is all around lovely lovely lovely!

what i loved so much about this session were the magical nooks we found to shoot in... my favorite is represented in the third picture... it was taken in the 5 feet of green area between the parking lot and dumpsters... beauty is all around!

this song was in my head during our shoot...

peace to all... life to all... love to all.
xo
jen







Tuesday, August 10, 2010

54*


my view from the driver's seat... just north of flagstaff.. july 31, 2010

i've been itching to post something in this space for a week now...  i don't have a lot of time to write, but i just wanted to say::

life is so good friends... sooooo - bleeping - good!!

fort collins  is heaven on earth for us.  everything about this place makes my heart sing, and i swear our family life (sans the explosive baby poop) is lighter and filled with so much joy!   i couldn't be any more pleased with how this all transpired...  we are most certainly blessed and we are just so grateful and overjoyed to be living this life!


soon, maybe tonight, i will post from the last sessions before our move... so much fun and beauty to share.

until then.. take good care
xo
jen

Saturday, July 24, 2010

53*


strong - beautiful - enchanting
she is a force!  wishing her blissful birthing.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

52*

taking a break from the photo business... ah!  that feels so good to finally say!

my family and i are relocating to fort collins, colorado very soon... and soon means in just over a week!  i have disabled the shopping cart on my website and will not be taking orders or booking sessions for a while.  i'm guessing a few months.  i really want to make this transition as smooth as possible for our girls -and i am sure i will be quite overwhelmed without adding running a solo business to the mix!  i know my limits!

i will come to this space to announce when i will begin to accept new clients and orders.

until then, take good care!
xo
jen

Friday, June 18, 2010

51*

this is the first session with primarily black and white images...
ah.. and this beautiful vibrant family... this family is so, so, so lovely... there home is bright and cheery... so welcoming and filled with love...  there is a magic about them...  and i bet i'm not the only one who notices... they sparkle!

Friday, June 11, 2010

50*



this is why i love photography...
documenting moments in this big beautiful life!

49*

yay!  i am so excited to offer these sessions!  michigan is a beautiful place,  especially in the summer!!!  the grass, the lakes, the trees!!  oh, the trees!  all that green... after living in the desert for 10 years, the intense green and the abundance of water in michigan is always such a visual treat...

i am also excited to add that i have added a button on the right sidebar, that allows my clients to pay for their session fees with paypal!  yay!  no more writing checks!  ok, i admit, this is most likely only exciting to me..

happy friday... enjoy a beautiful weekend!
xo
jen

Saturday, June 5, 2010

48*

steve took this picture...
it makes me so ridiculously happy...  of course it reminds my of my little brother, who is amazing - when i say that i feel like one of those a**hole celebrities that say everyone is "amazing", but i really mean it... the kid has freakin talent!  - actually,  i am so lucky,  all of my siblings are so fun and creative and i thoroughly enjoy hanging around all of  them!

anyway... this picture..
it is so real, so spontaneous, so silly... i am un-showered, i believe my zipper is somewhat down (ha!), and i am wearing my green flannel... always with the green flannel...  its good to make fun, have fun, be fun!

i finally updated my website!  its all reconfigured, and loaded with fresh faces!  i urge you to check it out... let me know if you find any kinks, alright?

the usps graced me with a box of 1,500 business cards!  whoo hoo!!!  i usually go with moo, but vista prints' offer was too good!  so if you are in tucson, i imagine you will see my cards plastered all over town!

now, i will turn off the computer... finish my simpler times and play with my family!

happy weekend!
xo
jen

Thursday, May 20, 2010

47*


i  love it when friends allow me to follow them around with my camera... thank you  erin!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

46*


denise is amazing.. her performance shakes you to the core.. you feel every emotion a person can feel.  tears and smiles and chills... she is remarkable!   i recommend anyone offered the opportunity to watch her preform to do it! it is an honor to know and to photograph such a creative soul.

check her out at her website...

xo
jen

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

44*

some of my favorite (little) characters!

Friday, April 23, 2010

43*


lesson of the week::  
always.  always!  ALWAYS!!!!  save images in multiple places.. immediately!!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

42*

starting off with sweet little baby feet...  sweet smoochable baby feet!  he is a treasure... pure magic, i'm telling you!!!
hope your week is a breeze!
xo
jen

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

41*

  mama love...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

40*

taken by one of my little clients... i usually let the little ones take a few pictures of me - its only fair...   this is from one of the mini sessions... he did a great job!
i've got a fun job!


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

39*

their bond is pure beauty!  what an honor!  of course, it was a session with me in tears behind the lens.  at one point i had to stop and collect myself before i could continue..   mamas and their babies, no matter how old, always get me... every time... right in the core.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

38*

image credit:: epiphanie
oh my god...
this is an amazing giveaway.. go here to epiphanie to enter to win... wait for it....

a canon 5d mark ii !!!!!
or
$2500 gift certificate to southwest air!!
i know!  insane!

epiphanie bags are beautiful!!!  i am in love with ginger!

so go over there and enter!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

37*


i sit here at my mess of a desk, i can literally see only a few inches of desk.. the rest is receipts, contracts, books, crayons, valentines, bills, chocolate wrappers :)... anyhow... i am so chaotic and scattered lately... trying to regroup and avoid being so distracted!

i have had so many emails wondering how sweet mary's surgery went.... and i apologize for not saying until now.. "she did GREAT!".. anyone who knows her will tell you she is a rockstar! ... everything went really really wonderful! thank you for your kindness and good healing vibes. we are so grateful to have so many who give us so much love!

things are pretty much back to our chaotic normal around here... yesterday we took the girls up the mountain to play in the snow... how under prepared we were!  after fifteen minutes the girls had wet freezing feet and tears... i guess, rain boots and fleece pj pants are not enough... i surrendered my socks so mary could play a little longer!  ok by me... i sat in the warm car, knitting and listening to nothing!... you bet i savored every quiet moment!
so again, thanks for all of the well-wishes!  they worked!

on another note... i have had one cancellation for the save the children photo sessions... there is a one hour opening @ 1:45 on march 6. interested? shoot me an email!    booked!  thank you!

Thursday, February 18, 2010