{{.Get In The Shot!}}

After a crazy year of self doubt, and self discovery, of learning and growing, I’ve realized that I don’t get in the shot enough. I’ve made it my mission to just jump in. I want to make sure that my loved ones have something to hold on to, proof of my existence..

And with that, I handed my camera over to first our dad, then my Love, so they could snap a few pictures of my sisters and I, and even a couple with my mini human. I love these girls! One day, I’m going to get all FIVE of my sisters and all of our kiddos together for a photo shoot.. One day..

#CaptureTrueLife  //  jess@truelifepics.com

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{{.My Dad and my Love both did a great job!! // #CaptureTrueLife

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{{.Summer Solstice 2016.}}

The summer solstice was on June 20 this year. In our house, we celebrate the changing of the seasons. For summer, I made our mini human a flower crown made out of clovers and some little purple and white flowers that I can’t identify after a couple hours of research. (I’ll edit this post to include them when I finally identify them.)

Just before sunset, I took my mini human to the field across the street , sprayed her down with bug repellant, and let her twirl around in her new summer dress. I just adore this mini human. She’s my favorite, and one of the most amazing humans I’ve ever met.

It’s been a while.

I know, I know. I keep saying I’m going to get this blog on track. Honestly, when I say it, I really mean it at the moment. Life happens though, and family things sometimes get in the way.

I’ve been away from my business since April, and things are finally starting to get back to “normal”. I’m really hoping to start blogging again, for real this time. 😉

Last week, my mini human decided that going outside to see a rainbow and a really cool sky was tolerable, so she twirled for me a few times in the field near us. I think I’m finally ready to get things back on track, just in time for summer sunsets!

Here’s to more sunset twirling in the months to come! -Jess

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My Mini Human, twirling in the field near us. I’m going to miss it when she’s “too old” to twirl in the late spring sunset.

{{.Rainy Days are SO MUCH FUN.}}

Another perk of being a VIP client, is that if ever I need to create an advertisement, I offer my VIPs the first pick! I mentioned on Thursday that the weather was going to be perfect for a “Rainy Day” session, and that I wanted to start advertising on Facebook for it. I posted in the VIP facebook group that I wanted to do the shoot. One of my favorite little families said they’d LOVE to! * yay *

We met at 10:30a on Friday morning at the park. Mom and I chatted a little bit, and then we got right to playing! I’ve been photographing these mini humans for over two years now, and I’m so excited I get to watch them grow. When we meet up, I already know that E will be full of smiles and giggles, and S will want to run around. I knew that I wanted to show them the waterfall, but to do that I would have to take them through an area that snapping turtles use for laying eggs. I told the mini’s that there might be snapping turtles around, and S was a little nervous about being snapped, so I even pinky promised him I would never let that happen.

We had so much fun playing and exploring that before we knew it, we had been playing for almost an hour and a half! I just love when I get to have days like that!

 

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Rainy Day Fun // March 25, 2016 // truelifepics.com

 

To book your rainy day session, e-mail Jess at jess@truelifepics.com today!

{{VIP Client Information.}}

Did you know that True Life Photography of MA (TLP) have a VIP program? We love to watch your families grow up, and as a Thank You for letting us be part of your family we offer 10% off session fees, and a few other fun perks to clients who come back twice!

WHO: VIP clients are clients who have been with TLP for more than 2 photo sessions.

WHEN: You become a VIP after your second photo session. For your 3rd photo session, you get to take advantage of all the VIP extras, like 10% off your session fees.

WHAT: VIP clients are the first ones I notify for model calls. You get access to a VIP group on facebook where I announce model calls, giveaways, contests, and new break out of the box ideas. When I want to try out a new technique or test out some new props. When I try out new ideas for prints and products, I’ll often use VIP client session images as well.

COST: Nothing. Becoming a VIP is not something you can buy into, but after you have two sessions with me, you become a VIP. VIP clients also get a single folder for all of their sessions, so they only need to remember one password.

Do you want to know more? Contact Jess today at jess@truelifepics.com, or text (774)293-8165!

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Robins Welcome spring to New England // March 2016 // True Life Photography of MA

{{.First real snow. february 2016.}}

Our first “real” snow of the winter.

I’m a summer baby, so I’m generally unhappy if the weather dips below 70*. Winter is my least favorite time of the year, and I’m not one to hide my hatred of shoveling. However, I feel like there is something to be said about the beauty of freshly fallen snow. I feel a childlike excitement seeing the first “real” snow of the year, every year. By “real” snow, I mean at least 6”, and school closings, not 1-3” of light powder that you can’t even make a snowman with.

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Falling Snow in Southern Massachusetts // February 5, 2016 // http://www.truelifepics.com

 

While I prefer the summer, I can take comfort in the knowledge that winter is only a few short months, and soon enough I can put away the winter clothes for another 7-9months. I hate the winter less if I get a few warmer days (days above 40*), and get to go exploring in the sun.

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What a difference 3 days make, oh New England. // Hassanamesit Woods, South Grafton, MA // Hiking with my Love

 

Our first real snowstorm of the year this year was on February 5, 2016. We got maybe 8-9” of heavy wet snow. It bent and broke trees all over my neighborhood. I had been battling some serious sleep deprivation, and my Love let me nap and took care of the Mini Human (and even cleaned a bunch), since they both got a snow day. He woke me up about 40 minutes before the sunset so I could go for a walk and get some great pictures of the freshly fallen snow, since it had finally stopped snowing. (Did I mention I love him??)

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The snow stopped falling, just in time for sunset // February 5, 2016 // South Grafton, MA // http://www.truelifepics.com

xoxo, Jess


PS: I have plenty of dates available for photo sessions in the months of February and March! (If you’re looking for a May date, book ASAP!! I’ve only got 3 available weekend dates in May 2016!)
PSS: If you’d like to purchase prints from my walk in the snow, please {{Prints For Sale}}

{{.Heart Health Awareness.}}

February is heart health awareness month. Did you know that I (Jess) am a two time heart surgery survivor.

My first surgery was in October 1984, just 4 months after I was born. The doctors tried a new procedure, and used veins from the back of my leg to repair my heart, instead of putting in synthetic ones that would have to be replaced as I grew.

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Me in 1984 at Boston Children’s Hospital – After open heart surgery for “miswired” veins in the heart – they experimented on me and used veins from the back of my leg to repair my heart

They told my parents that I would be lucky to reach the age of 2. When I was 2, they told my mom I would be on medication for the rest of my life. When I was 5, they told my mom that I would be just fine. She never treated me like I was sick, and as she says “I just let you take naps whenever you were tired”. Now, I’m almost 32, and I KNOW I have limits, and I don’t push myself too hard (usually 😉 )…

Then, when I was 12, I started having crazy chest pains. I wouldn’t be able to breathe and it felt like my heart was going to beat out of my chest. It didn’t last long, only a minute or two, but I’d be exhausted after. This went on for years. When I was 16, I finally started seeing a cardiologist again, and after just 2 heart monitors and 3 visits, I was told I needed to have another operation.

My cardiologist was stunned when I didn’t freak out, but honestly, after hearing for years the only reason I was having these chest pains was because I was “too skinny”, it was really nice to know there was an answer for it. There was a reason I felt awful. New Years Eve 2001, I went in for my second surgery.

Now, I’ve gotten an (almost) 30 extra years, and I’ve got a mini human. I love hiking, exploring, and in general, not defining my life by my limitations.

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2016 – Now, almost 32 years later

{{.Frozen Bubbles, Finally!}}

After seeing an image of a frozen bubble I decided to give it a hand.

I see so many images in my newsfeeds on facebook and instagram that I am guilty of just scrolling by things. A frozen bubble stopped me in my tracks a few weeks ago. I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days. I wanted to see one for myself, in person. It took me three tries to get these shots, so I’ve decided to save you the frozen fingers, and, *gasp* tell you how I did it!

The first time I tried it was at night. It was 18* outside, and quite windy. I set up my cell phones flashlight on the railing of my front steps, and tried to get bubbles to land on the flat white railing in the light from my phone. After about 10 minutes outside with my 50mm, I couldn’t get the bubbles to land and freeze. My Love did a little research on his phone, and suggested I add a little dish soap to the mixture and let it sit outside for a little while to cool.

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Failed Bubble – January 21, 2016 – First attempt at photographing a frozen bubble – True LIfe Photography of MA

 

After eating a few bites of dinner, I went outside to try it again. While the mixture set well enough, it was too windy to be able to let the bubbles freeze without popping. My Love suggested I try to catch the bubble on the wand. As the bubbles freeze, they shrink slightly though, and when they started to shrink, they imploded.

Second Attempt Frozen Bubbles January 21, 2016

Not so frozen bubbles and the set up – January 21, 2016 – Second Attempt at a Frozen Bubble – True LIfe Photography of MA

 

This morning though, when I brought the kids out to the bus, it was 21* and the air was pretty still. I brought the bubbles out. The bus came before I could get any to land on the frost on my car, but I finally got them to cooperate!

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Finally Frozen Bubbles – January 28, 2016 – Third time’s a charm – True LIfe Photography of MA

This is my favorite image of the set, and here are the exact settings for it:

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Favorite Bubbles So Far – January 28, 2016 – Straight out of the camera, with my settings, etc // My final edit, out of Lightroom – True LIfe Photography of MA

xo, Jess

ps: Do you like the bubbles? You can order prints of them here: Here

{{.Memory Boxes. January 2016.}}

Memory boxes are my sentimental go to gift.

I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of a little box full of trinkets and pictures. I have saved many sentimental trinkets and pictures over the years. I love going through them every now and then and seeing all the little pieces that have made up my life so far. This last holiday season, I was going through all the prints that I’ve ordered through the years for various projects, and for scrap books that I haven’t made yet. I realized that I had a lot of extra pictures that were just sitting in boxes on a shelf, so for Christmas I gave a few people ‘memory boxes’.

Memory boxes are little cigar, shoe, or other small boxes that I personalize and fill with pictures, and sometimes trinkets for family, friends, and clients. They can be as simple as a shoebox covered in tissue paper or wrapping paper, and filled with little 2×3” card stock prints. They can be as intricate as a hinged and clasped wooden cigar with prints from my printing company, and some other small trinkets.

One of these was for a VIP client, we’ve done 4 shoots together this year, and hers was the first one I made. I printed 27 of my favorite images from our sessions this year, hand wrote the date, location, and a small caption about who/what/why/etc was in the photo on the back. Her box was a small shoebox with a top covered in silver wrapping paper, and a bottom covered in teal tissue paper.

The other was for a dear friend of mine who had one hell of an ending to the year last year. Her house had a fire, and nothing was salvageable. For hers, I gathered old snapshots from the last 15 years of our friendship, and printed a few new ones from our ladies day at the beach. I also added some sand from the beach in a little bottle I found at the craft store, and some scrapbook post cards, as well as a small framed picture of her & her hubby during their first dance as a married couple. All this went into a hinged cigar box that I painted and personalized for her.

If you’d like to chat about a memory box today, please e-mail jess@truelifepics.com or call Jess at (774)482-0339 today to schedule a consultation. We can discuss box and photograph options, and create a one of a kind heirloom to pass down for generations.

Memory Shoebox

Memory Shoebox – Printed Photographs – Client Gifts – True Life Photography of MA – This simple memory box is made from a shoebox and contains (27) 2×3″ card stock prints.

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Memory Cigar Box – Printed Photographs – Client Gifts – True Life Photography of MA – This wooden memory box is made of a hinged cigar box, over 80 prints, and has a handful of trinkets in it.

 

To see more, visit: http://www.truelifepics.com/MadebyJess/Memory-Boxes/