Sunday, November 20, 2011

107*

i am taking a week off to enjoy my family and reflect on all the miracles in this blessed life!

therefore, email communication will be delayed...

may you enjoy a peace-filled, love-filled, cozy thanksgiving!

xoxo
jen

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

106*


finding myself in a lighter space tonight... and reminded of this mantra that i have posted on my inspiration board...

Make today a breeze not a battle.

Never fight.  Nothing is worth fighting for.  Wisdom never fights, it waits patiently, speaks positively, releases easily, sees benefit in everything and envisions a future of abundance knowing that all needs will be met at the right moment, in the right way.  If you think life is a struggle you will always be struggling.  If you think life is a breeze, your attitude and actions will convey lightness and easiness.  And that's what attracts everything you need, and much more.

Make today a breeze not a battle.

peace to all, life to all, love to all..
xoxo jen

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

105*


at my dining table this morning...

the day felt so delicate.


sunlight streamed through the windows.... forks clanking against plates as they rush to finish breakfast and head off into their day...

... and i am stuck in the moment.

focusing on bubbles and light and petals and pollen...

wanting to freeze time...

fear crept in...

knowing how blessed this life is.  my life.  so full and precious.

"this is too wonderful.." i think to myself.

and then i read this... and thought... "hell yes."  love how rumi puts it all in perspective.

let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absentminded. 
someone sober will worry about things going badly.
let the lover be.
- rumi

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

104*

ethan vlah 
this is ethan.. he is one of my all time favorite people in the world - and i am lucky to be related to such an amazing talent.

a musical genius, although i imagine he would argue with me about giving him that title...

a beautiful man... body, mind & soul.
a natural and gifted teacher.  he reaches the masses through his mind blowing ability to translate the complexities of what is to be a human being through his hands. the music this one creates with his tablas is pure, ancient, and soul healing.

ethan is the percussionist of austin based trio - atlas maior.  austin friends... you gotta check. them. out.

you can find atlas maior on facebook, you tube, and on their website.

do what you love... give love...be love,
jen

Sunday, September 18, 2011

103*

Add caption
this beautiful lady is my new friend jess...  when i saw this quote over on pinterest this morning, i knew i needed to combine this image with those words..

if anyone knows the author, please share... i would love to give credit to these beautiful words that resonated so deeply with me.

happiest sunday to you.
xo
jen

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

102*

this might just be my favorite song ever...  ok, probably not ever.. but at least favorite of this fall.. check out m83's song: raconte moi une histoire

http://soundowl.com/track/1lm2/m83-raconte-moi-une-histoire

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

101*

a few of my favorite people on earth...

i have so many updates to post... most from my Tucson sessions... a few from my Cleveland sessions... they are all so very lovely...

if you haven't yet entered my Holga Giveaway, there is still time... see post 100* to enter...

now.. get off your computer and go live in nature!

besos,
jen




Thursday, August 11, 2011

100*

winner of the Holga...
CONGRATULATIONS BROOKE!  I will be connecting with you soon!  xoxo

**********************************************************************************

what better way to celebrate my 100th blog post...than posting a few images from the sweetest wedding ever and hosting a little giveaway!!!

first is the free stuff...

up for grabs is one Holga 144120 120N Camera...
a funky way to document the beauty that is all around you!  using a Holga infuses your images with a little magic by lending an ethereal quality to the prints!  its light, small and a perfect way to capture all of life's miracles that touch you everyday!
amazon.com - photo credit
ready to win? good!

Leave a comment on this post telling me one beautiful moment of your day. (Required)

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* giveaway open to everyone... domestic and international!

Comments will be closed @ 10pm on August 31, 2011.  The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Thursday September 1, 2011.

good luck!

now... here is a little beauty from the sweetest wedding in Eugene OR...






be good folks.


xoxo.
jen

Monday, July 25, 2011

99*


life is so full and precious...

we just spent a small amount of time in the mountains to celebrate our friends' wedding.. time with friends, celebrating love, meadow upon meadow of wildflowers, creeks and cabins...bliss!

the air up there was so sweet and pure, unlike anything i have ever experienced... with one breath, it felt like inhaling the very essence of everything beautiful in life.  we returned home, so much lighter, yet so full.  each of us, incredibly happy and laughing.. so much more in love with one another.

colorado is so very good for my soul.  there is no other place i'd rather be.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

98*

today i was reminded...

to let go of fear and run into the cold crashing waves.
arms extended..
embracing the wild rapture
of living without a safety net.



Friday, July 15, 2011

97*


additional bonuses open to all!

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or
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do both and you get 20% off your print order!


xoxo
jen

Thursday, July 14, 2011

96*


sessions available throughout the day on 9/17 and early morning on 9/18.   so excited to be offering sessions in Alaska!  i am reading a lot of wonderful comments about Alaskan light in the fall... and we all know how i feel about good magic light!

and...

a giveaway to be announced tomorrow morning!  good stuff friends...

xoxo
jen

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

95*

three gorgeous women...   

i am so honored to share these images from a beautiful and empowering afternoon in Steamboat Springs.

three more session to share soon... 

with love and  joy, 
jen

Thursday, June 30, 2011

94*


only two sessions left!!!!

call or text asap for a session at a deeep discount!  970-219-0530

with love and joy,
jen

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

93*


Just 3 session spots open for Cleveland area!!

$200
- on location one hour photo session

- an 8x10 and two 5x7 heirloom quality prints

- creative post editing 

- a private password protected online viewing gallery 

- 50% off any additional purchase* 
*discount extended to:: albums, heirloom quality prints, 
wrapped canvases, full resolution digital files

call or text to secure your space 970-219-0530 
or 
email jen@jenlongphotography.com

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

90*


my beautiful little sister will be headed back east this weekend.... 
i'm a little sad.
xo

Saturday, May 14, 2011

89*

what clients are saying...
part three

88*




call/email today to reserve your space or for more details!
970-219-0530
jen@jenlongphotography.com

87*

what clients are saying...
part two

86*

what clients are saying....  part one

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

85*

lauren.

my hair stylist, whom i do not do justice.

she is a miracle worker.

seriously...

i now have beautiful highlights
and
the best cut of my life.



more to come...

that's all i can say for now.

other than..

oh my..
isn't she incredible??!!!!

and if you are in colorado, book an appointment with this beauty above.. you will be beyond impressed!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

84*

miss anna
yesterday, i was blessed to photograph two beautiful and inspiring women...

i left our sessions so inspired that i knocked out ALL the editing last night...

this is unheard of for me... it usually takes me at least a week... at. least!

***

you know those subtle signs the universe throws at you...

those magical alignments that stop you in your tracks to ponder the synchronicity... the perfect timing of it all... 

the people who show up at the right moment...

the words that make everything completely clear...

the witnessing of action that reinforces why you are here....  what your purpose is....

i experienced those by the minute yesterday.

***

stay tuned for the exciting new direction of Jen Long Photography! 

in joy and peace,
jen

Thursday, March 31, 2011

83*

this past tuesday, i  had the pleasure of sharing a beautiful afternoon with Sara and her two gorgeous girls...


we were headed to chautauqua for some late day play, and swung by longmont on our way.

you know sara right?
sara of walk slowly, live wildly..
sara of the happy hoop...
and the live lightly tour, the happy janssens, happy foody...
sara the incredible photographer..

yes, that sweet sara.

her gorgeousness framed in dreamy dreads...
she speaks with the articulation of deep intelligence and gentle compassion...
more simply put::    she is lovely.
so so so lovely.

and her girls are two beautiful spirits who my girls loved and still talk about daily...


we talked shop over mate and tea while sitting on the grass in the sunshine while our kiddos played in their worlds of imagination...

sweet lucy was so tired...

before it got too late, yet an hour after i told my girls we were leaving (does it take you ten times as long to get out of the door too?)  we headed towards chautauqua to catch the late afternoon sun, but not before a quick stop to cold stone creamery to pay out my bribe to get them into the car..  **note to self.. if you want decent pictures of kids, do not give them ice cream prior to the shoot.. hyper children adorned with chocolate stained faces and clothes is not what i had in mind...

sophia had fun in the bathroom.. oh my, i try not to think about what is on that floor.


required bathroom shot


sophia refused to play by the "stay on the trail" rules...

happy girls

my favorite shot of the afternoon...
this is Sophia...
walking to the beat of her own drum and not giving a damn about anything else...
i wish i were more like her.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

82*

sitting in panera in longmont..
overhearing two high school aged boys converse...
about the girls they are lusting after
the grand awesomeness of trucks (i almost wrote cars, but it is trucks, this is colorado after all!)
their buddy who is dating that girl who is untouchable
the video game they conquered

and they are laughing
and one has an infectious laugh
and it makes me smile

their insecurities masked with false bravado
they appear so tough...
but all i see are two little boys...  seeking... scared of failure...
scared of the unfathomable humbling of acknowledging their humanness.
it helps me forgive those stupid boys i knew in high school and college.

******

i keep thinking about getting a new tattoo...

i have one
one small beautiful flower

and i love it
never once regretted it

and i am not one who wanted another tattoo as soon as i got my first
i know plenty of people who got hooked on the tats

but i'm thinking...

a mandala...
sun and moon....
feminine and masculine convergence...

i can see it clearly in my mind.

we'll see....
we shall see.

******


i am in the early stages of planning to trip to NE Ohio
it will be a beautiful trip
may is always beautiful along the 41 parallel

not quite summer
but way beyond spring
i've always loved the light in may...

the return of the yellow light.
yellow light
it is comfort and relaxing... mellow.
yep... may will be a nice time for a visit.

******

we adopted a bunny
a little cottontail
his name is basil helios
he is our little herbal sungod

helios... i've been reading so much ancient Egyptian history, it is spilling over into my life...

instead of letting the girls name him,
i came home and declared his name because selfishly i did not want him to be called
"foo-foo fa-la-la"
or something along those lines
which is precisely what mary would have chosen.

i'm a pretty giving mama,
so i feel ok with being a jerk on this one.

anyhow...
basil is sweet and beautiful.
and i never thought i could love a little fluff ball so much. 

mike is building a hutch for him
with the help of our wonderful neighbor
who happens to be a sustainable building contractor
he used all reclaimed wood... and repurposed materials
it is gorgeous
and my dream of having a living roof is finally coming true by way of the hutch...

we will be vermicomposting the manure into beautiful black gold. 
a wonderful thrilling thing for this girl.
and it feels good to be using my degree in sustainable community development again.
******

i must leave my free wifi haven now.

enjoy a lovely evening.

xo.
jen

Thursday, March 10, 2011

*81

i was recently interviewed by the gorgeous Amy Komar-LaPlant, of Artist in the Arctic.. Amy is one of the most creative spirits i have ever met.  soul-filled, beauty, light.. a lovely bundle of creative inspiration.

you can read the interview here:

happy thursday loves.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

80*


today we started our spring seeds...
i felt a little magical!

***
i miss my nose ring
although, i do enjoy scrubbing my face without getting it caught on the washcloth.

***

i totally dropped the ball on my 4 x 12 project.
maybe i will start again..
or maybe i'll just start back up this month
i guess, i never said it needed to be 12 consecutive months.

***

i read somewhere that most artists' minds are filled with fabulous ideas and even better intentions
but rarely do they follow through with the project.
...i totally identify with this.

***

today i breathed easier than i have in many many months.
i was reminded of life's ebbs and flows.
my mama told me the truth.
"the only thing certain in life is change, so be flexible."

***

really looking forward to mid june
i will be immersed in the divine feminine.
girls weekend in steamboat...
a reunion with my magnificent friend and goddess mama to my girls...
new connections with women i already adore.

***

its almost my bedtime
and i still have so much to edit...

xo.
jen

Saturday, March 5, 2011

79*



let's celebrate springs impending arrival with a photo session special!!!

$125 for a 45 minute on location photo session 
with a disc of full resolution proofing images.  
PLUS!  if you refer a friend you get 
$25 to put towards your photo session 
or towards prints!  
WOO-HOO!

i have been preoccupied with the return of warmth...
awakening...
the return of green!

i am giddy with anticipation!

***

darbi and ilia..  this gorgeous couple...
i.
love.
them.

they are one of the best rewards of my job.
clients turned friends.

i am hoping they will make the trip up to no. co. this summer for a week of hot springs, camping and pure joy.

darbi and i are so connected... our kids are the same age... our minds seem to work in the same way.. she is a great true beauty.  i am constantly blown away by her radiance.. the love in her actions... her compassion for others... she is breathtaking in every imaginable way.

and ilia is such a beautiful soul.  the kind of man you respect and love all in one moment.  he is kind and gracious. to watch him with his family is one of the most beautiful things i have witnessed.  the outpouring of love and loyalty he displays is beyond beautiful.  he is comfort, grace, and protection rolled up in one handsome man.

so...
let us celebrate love... and rebirth... and spring!

let us celebrate this wonderful beautiful life!!!

blessings to each of you.

xo
jen

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

78*

my sanctuary

monday and thursdays, this is where you will find me.  

barefoot on this floor

***

under dimmed lights and amongst beautiful souls

dancing and balancing

drinking in the goodness

embracing the vibrational pull of gathered energy

releasing the joy and the grief

through conscious and unconscious movement

and sweat

laughter

and occasional tears

***

major soul (sole) work happening on those wooden floorboards

my inner and outer strength growing

rejoicing in the beauty all around 

life, body, love, mind, connection

and...

the magic

the beautiful greater power that holds me and never lets go.  

****

where is your sanctuary?  

Saturday, January 29, 2011

77*

this family....
what do i say about a family that is so special to me?  

paloma is soooo incredibly sexy yet sooo humble.   a super smarty pants yet so relatable.   the kind of woman you want to get to know, share a bottle of wine with and laugh until your sides hurt.  

and nolan.. the definition of a fair and honest man.  not only is he handsome - he is one of the most logical, considerate and intelligent people i have ever met.  plus, he is also known to totally rock the pirate look which the neighborhood children totally dig (and the mamas too )

and then there is joaquin... 

here i am without words.  
i love this little guy.  those eyes and that smile.. just such a pure sweet little one.   light and love radiates from him... you can't help but feel uplifted and hopeful in his presence.  

this family... 
they are something spectacular.

xo.
jen

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

76*

:: four people ::
:: twelve months ::
::  december edition::


let me tell you..  this photograph cracks me up.  we stopped on our way home from estes park for our holiday picture.    as you can tell it was snowing... a lot!  and it was cold.  whoa, it was cold!  i still have desert blood.  ya know, the kind where when its in the low 60's you break out a sweater and jeans and wrangle a pair of socks on feet that haven't even seen shoes other than flip flips in months.  that's me.... and here i am, without a coat, because i didn't want a jacket on in our holiday pic... not that my shirt is so wonderful, it has a gigantic stain on it, but mary's beautiful head is covering it up...  i'm funny...  ok, ok.  i am weird.

onto why this picture is so funny..

it was a saturday and we were looking for a perfect spot to hike... on our way to find a great new trail, we got lost and ended up in estes. when we arrived it was snowing so hard it was a whiteout!  no hiking to be had for us, especially since little sophia was super whiney and not at all interested in being out in the cold (she too has yet to adjust!)  so here we are in a majestic spot, so i hear - all i could see what white.. after a quick trip around estes, we venture home and on the way i am pestering mike to stop for a picture... now, mike is a perfectionist when it comes to finding the spot (when we met, he was the photographer in the relationship)..  he needs all the elements, light, sky, color, and crazy awesome rock formations are a bonus... usually i am right there with him, but i was in mama mode.. two whiney girls and no hiking.. i just wanted to stop and  take the damn picture.  so, i convinced him to stop at one of the pull offs, usually designated for slow drivers, and glory glory he listened (he usually pretends he can't hear me)!   we set up the tripod and timer and rushed into position and what would come by?  a snowplow.  a freaking snowplow is barreling towards our tripod... in a white out... ah!  that is what i am looking at in the picture... as you can see i put on my cheery fake smile and then high tailed it to the camera... lucky us, the snowplow driver swerved, saving our little camera...
once, we were back in the car.. we laughed and laughed.  well.. mike and i did... sophia and mary still whined...

that was kinda like our month in december... narrowly adverting disaster.  putting on our cherry faces and getting through it!  there was disappointment and a high hope crushed. there was whining and tears, but in the end we made it through.  lessons learned and we are better for it!

we celebrated christmas with a hundred dollar holiday.  i think we spent much less than $100 actually.. i made the girls waldorf dolls, and they turned out great!  then i sent out cards to everyone else.  it felt so great to simplify the holiday.  i thought it would be harder, since i love, love, love giving gifts. i usually make them, or buy from local independent artists...  but it felt right and good this year to go light.  simple and beautiful.  fires in the fireplace... movies and popcorn... snuggles on the couch while reading our own books.. hikes and trips to the park...  sipping on wine and tea... it was just so lovely.  it was simple and perfect.

sophia also turned two - and boy is she two!  wild and curious.  strong willed and so affectionate.  she is amazing!

ok.  i'd write more, but the girls are needing their mama.  and mama is needing some wine!

be well friends and happy 2011!

xo
jen

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

75*

being...

its the best gig ever.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

74*

i am back and i am putting on a happy face...

i've been feeling so much lately... so so so much and of such an array of emotions... 

i had many thoughts of giving up the business... not for the lack of love of photography, but for the lack of clarity and focus to move it in the direction i want it to grow..  i have a big desire to limit the type of photography i offer... i can't really describe it yet... the idea still brewing inside... but i can for sure is that it is love centered.  healing.  and accessible to everyone.  anyways. i'll post about it once i have decided how to explain this vision of mine to the world.

so... the rest of life... yeah... its been hard.  of course, it has been filled with countless blessings and perfectly ordinary wonderful moments... it is life, after all... messy and chaotic and ever changing... that is why this is all so beautiful... its temporary.  everything is constantly changing.  

everything changes... i've tried to hold that in my mind as we deal with the sale of our tucson house.

while, i never believed selling would be easy, i never imagined it would ever be such a heart-wrenching emotionally difficult process.  i realized i can no longer hold any emotional space for this massive issue i have absolutely no control over.  
no control. 
none.  
either buyers want it or not.  what i know is that it is a damn cute house, in a wonderful community, and listed so far below what we bought it for.... and that's all i can do.   

just yesterday, i sat down alone and promised myself to let it go... because everything, every single thing,  i was fretting over, i had no control over.  so i breathed deep and let it go.. 

and know what?   the elephant stepped off of my chest for the first time in months.  

it really was just as simple as that. 

good bye guilt, and shame, and feelings of inadequacy... now i am putting on my happy face because i am enough.  exactly who i am, exactly where i stand.   i am enough.