Your Whole World

Newborn Photography Seattle Tacoma Gig Harbor Ca Your Whole World
I love this Scale prop.  I love that so many parents chose it when they come to see me for their newborn photography session.  It was one of the very first props I purchased for my studio.  It was the beginning of Jennifer Wilcox Photography.  Even from the beginning I knew I wanted to be very selective with the props that I purchase and use for baby sessions.  I really, REALLY, want your baby to be the focal point of his own portraits like Callum here.  I don’t want your friends and family to say, “Wow, what a great bowl…”  My goal for this prop specifically was for a baby’s parents to see there portrait like this and to remember how small and fragile their little one was.  How their whole world was wrapped up in just 7 pounds of PERFECTION.  Your whole world, everything…your future, the point that life has led you to…all in 7 pounds.  That is what I want parents to see, not a scale…  And that is exactly what I hope Callum’s parents will see and feel.

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amber - February 12, 2013 - 2:03 am

What a beautiful timeless photo! And I believe you captured his essence perfectly with such a simple prop :)

Krysia - February 8, 2013 - 9:24 pm

Wow. I am in awe. This is so timeless. Breathtaking. Love.

Anya Wait - February 6, 2013 - 4:04 pm

*sigh* absolutely, positively, stunning!

Jessica - February 6, 2013 - 4:24 am

So beautiful, Jennifer! His parents must love this!

laura farris - February 5, 2013 - 6:13 pm

What a great philosophy. So many newborn images are so much about the prop and not about the sweet baby. Beautiful beautiful image.

Windows To The Soul

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I knew Tori’s newborn photography session was going to be a little different than normal.  She was coming to see me 6 weeks old, not my normal 7-10 days.  Let me start by saying that there was NO sleeping going on in the studio that day.  We tried really hard to help her drift away into dream land.  But she is a big girl and there was no telling her what to do.  I was a little discouraged after her session, feeling like my “baby whispering” skills had been defeated.  And then I sat on the couch in my studio as my five year old came in for snuggles and we looked at the images I had taken.  They are stunning.  She is exquisite.  I had so many beautiful images that her session has been one of the hardest to cull (pick the best) ever.  I love that you can see right into her tiny soul through her bright blue eyes.  And her sweet little smiles; they kill me.  When I look at these images, I think, was she looking at me like that.  Looking right at me, all sweetness and happiness.  She is a treasure.  These awake images make me want to have another baby, because I captured her and the true unconditional love a baby has for everyone.  Even if you are just their humble photographer.  And it makes me yearn for another.

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Anya Wait - February 4, 2013 - 8:40 pm

She is stunning! Such beautiful eyes :)

Sarah - February 1, 2013 - 11:32 pm

Such a sweet face! Love her expression.

Angela - February 1, 2013 - 7:52 pm

Love those wide eyed shots…and that is a fabulous head band! So cute!

Shower Gift For Sarah

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I am so happy that with the blessings modern technology offers us I can set up digital registries like this for my clients.  Sarah’s family asked me to set up a group buy donation site so that YOU can help give Sarah the PERFECT gift!  Babies outgrow outfits in just a few months, sometimes weeks.  Blankets get lost on vacation.  But fine art newborn portraits become family heirlooms that will be treasured for a lifetime!  You can be part of this wonderful experience by donating to Sarah’s session.  My sessions are $650 and come with a CD portfolio of beautiful portraits (she will receive all the portraits from her session, full resolution and fully editited) and a lovely 6 x 6 album that Sarah is sure to treasure.  Anything donated over this amount can go towards prints to share with friends and family, or canvases to adorn her daughter’s nursery walls.  So when you hit that donate button you can be sure that you will be contributing to the very best gift.  Every penny donated is Sarah’s to use.  I do not charge any fees.  I will provide her with a gift card with the names of all of the friends and family members that made her session possible for her along with your donation amounts.

Shower Group Gift for Sarah Dempsey

Sarah is due in May and expecting a little girl, Penny Rose.


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Baby Photographer Seattle Tacoma Gig Harbor C1 Joyous
I LOVE Carter.  She has been coming to me for portrait sessions ever since her newborn photography session a year ago!  Her personality has done more than blossom   It has exploded.  If I were a toddler I would want to be her best friend.  I love her giggle.  I love her smile and dimple.  I LOVE that she dances when I sing to her.  She is so full of joy.  Her parents are definitely doing something right!  She was dancing so much during her session it was hard to get images in focus.  When trying to select images from her session to edit I had the hardest time.  Not only did I find it impossible to only select 20 images, I also included some of those blurry ones as out takes, because even if they aren’t perfect they will be treasured.  Carter, as you grow continue to be full of joy and blessing to everyone you know!!!  Hugs from your photographer;-)

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Amanda Lipsey - February 4, 2013 - 5:45 pm

This is SO cute!!

Anya Wait - February 4, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Adorable! The expression on her face is priceless!!!

Meghan Rickard - January 31, 2013 - 10:43 pm

This image is just darling!!

Sarah - January 31, 2013 - 12:53 am

Adorable! Love her expression!

Angela - January 30, 2013 - 9:39 pm

So sweet! I just love the set, so cute!

Tender Mercies From The Lord


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Today I could have lost my life on a way to a session.  It has been a long evening.  I am a ball of nerves still, I’m hoping that as I write I will be able to let go of some of the pent up tension.  I left my house this afternoon at 2:45 with my car loaded up with goodies to head to the snow for a special maternity session.

Tender mercy number one, I thought better of taking Sara (my five year old with me and waited until Emily got home from school to care for her).  I am so glad I didn’t have her with me.  I had planned for a 45 minute trip.  It wasn’t until using my navigation system that I realized the trip would be more like 1 1/2 hours.  So I was making up for lost time trying to get to my appointment on time by speeding a little.  At Eatonville the snow started coming down.  I slowed to about 30 mph as it had become difficult to see.

Tender mercy number two, David (my husband) had just a month before replaced my headlights with brighter bulbs, polished the plastic on the headlights so that they shown brighter and applied a rain ex coating to my windshield.  Without those two things I don’t know that I would have been able to see.  Right at Alder Lake I lost control of my car and started fishtailing back and forth ALL OVER THE ROAD.

Tender mercy number three, there were no other cars on the road.  I went back and forth between both lanes barely managing not to spin out of control.  If there had been cars behind me or coming the other direction I would have been hit and likely would have gone off the cliff into the frozen lake below.  I STILL feel like I have adrenaline pumping through my veins and it has been several hours.  There is a sickness still in my stomach at the thought at what almost happened.  At that point I wanted to go back home.  I called Dave first, because I needed comfort.  My phone didn’t have any reception.  Without being able to reach my clients I felt like I had to go on.  Honestly I didn’t know if when the weather hit they had decided to turn around or not.  But just the idea of having to strand my clients without a heads up with a phone call was enough to make me continue on.  I drove on nervously.  At Mineral the snow was coming down so hard and fast that there were already several inches of snow on the ground.  I was driving very slowly and carefully.  Again I wanted to turn around thinking about what the road conditions would be on my return trip home scared me. Right outside the park entrance for Rainier  I was stopped by a huge fallen tree blocking the road.  It took 15 minutes for the crew to clear it.  All the while I kept looking at the clock.  I hate being late, I hate not being dependable.  I was in a fit.  I made it to the park entrance  just a few miles away from my meeting spot with my clients, 15 minutes after our session was supposed to start.  I had used up all of my “prep for the location time” getting there and I was still late.  At the entrance I was met by a ranger who told me I needed to have snow chains to continue.  I told him that I thought I had some in the trunk but did not know how to put them on.  The ranger, bless his helpless cold heart, told me it was against the law for him to help and that I would need to turn around.  I was dumbfounded!  Here I was just 5 minutes away, with no phone reception and I was being turned around!!!  So turn around I did.  Except I had to clear a bank of snow in between the inbound lane and the outbound lane and you guessed it, I got stuck.  I hop out of the car and try pushing and I naturally didn’t budge.  The very helpful ranger walked over with an orange vest for me to wear for protection and stood there.  Again, it was against the law for him to help me.  I started shoveling snow out from under the car with my hands as the helpful gentleman stood by to watch me in my misery.

Tender mercy number four, a few minutes later a car stops on their way off the mountain to help me.  It took four of us to get me un stuck.  The kind Samaritan also put my chains on.  So I headed home dejected and feeling like a total failure, after all that hard work and perseverance (not to mention near death experience) I was still standing up my client.  Driving with chains was slow.  I was only going about 10 miles an hour because they were making such a horrible racket.  At one point I even got out to check on them.  One looked loose but I couldn’t figure out how to make it any tighter.  Not even a mile after getting out to check I hear a horrendous noise.  I get out once again (in the freezing cold dumping wet yucky snow) and the chains on my left tire had broken and were now wrapped all along the axle, stuck tight.  I wanted to through my hands up in the air instead I cried.  What a crazy unlucky night.  There is no one around and it is dark and cold.   I start thinking that the odds are great that I am about to spend the night freezing to death in my stuck car.  I wonder to myself if at some point Dave will be worried and come to my rescue.  After about 5 minutes of furtively trying to tug and pull on the broken chains a car stops to help.

Tender mercy five.  And you will not believe it…it was the same good Samaritans that helped the first time.  They had stopped for dinner with their family at a diner and had ended up behind me, but because I was driving so slow they weren’t too far behind.  I was mortified, but VERY grateful.  The gentle man starts to take my tire off to remove the chains.  I am lighting his work with my cell phone (which by the way when it did start to receive reception again it would not cooperate.  I could make calls but no one could here me).  I am positive that ,my poor abandoned clients had to have passed me at some point on the side of the road, lol!  What rotten luck!  But I am home in one piece and my car still functions and all is well.  Except I did not get to take beautiful portraits of a lovely expecting mommy.  And I wasted 1/2 a day driving around in a blizzard.  ARGH…

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Jessica - January 29, 2013 - 3:39 pm

Oh my heavens! I am so glad that you are okay and that you had so many blessings along the way, as well as the Good Samaritans!

Shelly - January 29, 2013 - 6:45 am

I am so grateful for those Good Samaritans that helped you. I am sure your clients understand, and are appreciative of your efforts. Sending hugs your way!

Susan Gertz - January 29, 2013 - 5:21 am

OMG, what a story! I would be a basket case. So glad you are OK.

Melissa Berg - January 29, 2013 - 4:53 am

Oh Jennifer just so glad you are ok. What a scary chain of events. I hope that your clients are ok as well. Take care of yourself.