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I never had an opinion on the nature vs. nurture debate until I had a boy of my own. Now I have no doubt that boys are just plain different than girls and that is a good thing (it explains a lot). It’s hard for me to get photos of Ben that look like “Ben”. Maybe it’s because he is always so active… or hamming it up for the camera. I got a few this weekend though so I thought I’d post a Ben list… just because.

  1. You started kindergarten this year. There were no tears (except from Mom) although you do keep asking me when camp will be over.
  2. You recently stopped putting your underwear on backwards. Is it weird that this makes me sad?
  3. You want to be lots of things when you grow up, but my favorite is when you told me you were going to grow up to be a builder and you would build a house for me with a tunnel to yours. Your wife may have something to say about that.
  4. You went through a Michael Jackson phase and several times you would make us save a spot for him at the dinner table… “You can’t sit there Mom; that is Michael Jackson’s seat.” Now you really like Justin Beiber. I know this will embarrass you later, but it’s true.
  5. Biased or not, you have the cutest and most infectious laugh I have ever heard.
  6. You are not much of a “cuddler”, but you love it when I “tickle” your neck or arm. You get this from me (ask your Dad) who got it from Ya-Ya.
  7. Daddy thinks you will grow up to look like Jason Stackhouse. I can kind of see it in the last photo. I hope you will make better girlfriend choices.
  8. Dad is coaching you in your fourth season of soccer. You are pretty competitive (you got this from Dad) and you love it. Go Fantastic Fours!
  9. You are surprisingly neat (compared to your sisters at least) and lately a bit of a germaphobe. You are obsessed with brushing your teeth correctly (to the point of tears sometimes–”I don’t want pirate teeth!”) and you hate it when someone coughs or sneezes on you. This, however, does not stop you do from doing really gross stuff… “Mom, is it okay if I licked the banister at school?” Ummm… ya, no.
  10. You crack me up with your “I love you more than ______.” Like the time you announced, “I love you more than one robot.” Or the other time when you blurted out “I love you more than guns.”

Ben-Ben, I love you more than all the photographs that have ever been taken and all the “I love yous” that have ever been proclaimed.


Leilani - September 26, 2011 - 4:32 pm

I say this every time but I just LOVE your work! Every image is pure perfection.

Leslie - September 26, 2011 - 9:29 pm

What a sweet post Jody!

Cyndi - September 26, 2011 - 10:22 pm

Love love love!

Shelley - September 26, 2011 - 11:47 pm

I love the last photo…Then read #7 and cracked up…Dad might be right! : ) Great captures as always, my friend.

Megan Cieloha - September 29, 2011 - 1:28 am

Beautiful, Jody :) Ben sounds like an awesome little guy!

Ashley Spaulding - September 29, 2011 - 2:05 pm

This post makes me smile from ear to ear, Jody – the images and your words are so precious!

Rashmi - October 9, 2011 - 4:10 pm

Such a sweetheart. Love the words and the photos. xo

Luke Chisholm - October 13, 2011 - 11:02 am

Hi Jody, I was blown away to have you comment on my blog! I have been stalking your blog for a fair while now and I must say ‘you got it going on’! Congrats on your work and I can only hope to achieve the consistency you have! Peace… :P Luke

sneak peek: september morning

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Waking up at sunrise on a Sunday morning when the rest of the family is sound asleep is always hard, but I always come back with a full heart. Especially when I get to photograph beautiful families like this.

Kimberly - September 12, 2011 - 11:43 pm

Gorgeous! Beautiful light, Jody and beautiful family too!

Megan Cieloha - September 14, 2011 - 1:30 am

What a beautiful family! And that light, amazing!

Brandie - September 15, 2011 - 10:47 am

Gorgeous Jody! Love morning light♥

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I met Jen a few months back via our blogs… or facebook… or somewhere “out there”. One of the best things about discovering photography is the other photographers I’ve been meeting and becoming friends with. Talking with someone who understands this absolutely crazy obsession keeps me grounded, motivated, and sane. I think my family and non-photog friends appreciate it too. I’m pretty sure one of them was going to slap me if they heard me talk about “this photographer” or “that camera” or if I said “look at that light!” one more time. The other bonus in meeting photographers is swapping sessions which Jen and I decided to do. We both wanted to do in-home sessions (my favorite–have I said this enough on my blog?). I haven’t done mine yet, but we did hers earlier this summer. It was a little crazy (as always) but a lot of fun. The last few in the session were done in film. I am still too chicken to try to do an all film session. Thanks Jen. You and your kiddos are gorgeous and I can’t wait for my session (which will be more crazy I’m sure!) later this year.

Speaking of photographer friends, this weekend I am flying out to Denver to attend a Cheryl Jacobs Nicolai workshop with some amazing photographers from across the country. To say I am excited would be an understatement. I am terrified of flying, but I couldn’t miss this opportunity to see CJ in action and to meet these other amazing women.



Cyndi - August 30, 2011 - 1:49 pm

I love these! The emotion is so telling from these, they are awesome. Great job, Momma!
Jen, again I love your room!! And the kids are way too adorable! I can’t wait to see you soon!!! oxox

Shelley - August 30, 2011 - 3:16 pm

These are beautiful…Love seeing more of your film work. Have a blast at your workshop. It will be incredible, I’m sure. I’m so excited for you.

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Tamara - August 31, 2011 - 9:50 pm

Jody, as ever, you complete a truly stunning session. Love love love love love xo

sarah costa - September 20, 2011 - 11:41 am

I just found your blog on clickin moms. Your work in incredible. The colors, the light the textures and especially the emotion, just stunning

karen - September 21, 2011 - 11:08 pm

just beautiful, jody!

fingers crossed

Styled Session - Child Photographer Twins

I’m still here. Is anyone else? This is a quick preview of a session I shot this week. I shot most of this session in film. I am really hoping I didn’t screw it up because these girls (identical twins) and the location were gorgeous. It was a crazy session (more on that later) but a lot of fun. I guess we’ll see in a few weeks. Fingers crossed. I am really hoping to blog some recent and old sessions that I’ve never blogged, but these three little munchkins keep demanding all my time. As if.

Leilani - July 29, 2011 - 5:20 pm

I am definitely still here and these are absolutely stunning!

Brandie - August 1, 2011 - 4:23 pm

Still here and those 2 shots are lovely!!! Don’t stress too much you know they’ll be gorgeous;)

Kimberly - August 11, 2011 - 1:07 pm

Beautiful. And I’m still here too! xo

kate - August 13, 2011 - 6:02 pm

Looks great!! I want to see more…

Luke Chisholm - August 20, 2011 - 11:35 am

Great blog! I’ll be checking it out regularly… Beautiful images!

sooc baby (i think i love you film)


This post probably won’t be very exciting to you unless you are a photographer and even then the word “exciting” might be pushing it, but being the super geek that I am… I am super duper excited. That is because these photos are SOOC baby! Meaning they are STRAIGHT OUT OF CAMERA from my Contax 645. No editing. Zip zero nada. Not even a levels or curves adjustment. Could they use it? Maybe. Could I have done better? Always. But I wanted to share my first batch of film back from the lab. If you are wondering, what the big deal is then you probably don’t realize how much time photographers spend editing their photos. Yes, you need to get it right in camera (meaning you want to get your metering and composition right when you actually take the photo) but there is always more work to be done (to at least get the look that I like). I spend a lot more time editing photos than I do actually taking them. So the chance that I may not have to spend hours editing has me optimistic and thrilled. These photos aren’t “all that” and I normally wouldn’t share all of these but I am pretty happy all in all. These were from one roll of 120 Kodak Porta 400 film and shot with my Contax 645 around 4pm in the afternoon.

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Sally - July 7, 2011 - 5:33 pm

Lovely! I love the skin tones. :)

Sarit - July 7, 2011 - 6:32 pm

Awesome Jody! I knew you would love it. I miss my film days… seemed like I had so much more time on my hands and got stuff to people sooooo much faster ;)

Enjoy!!! :)

ShannonW - July 7, 2011 - 6:59 pm

Jody- these totally rock – the skin tones are awesome. Just beautiful! <3

megan - July 7, 2011 - 7:17 pm

Ummm, I might need one of those. These are fantastic, Jody!! Love your color.

karen - July 7, 2011 - 9:34 pm

you rocked them, jody! totally impressed and i am inspired to move back to film for a bit:) beautiful!!

alessandra Manzotti photography - July 7, 2011 - 10:16 pm

you should throw your digital away…or at least give it a little vacation. these are superb and so moody. ok now I want one too :-) )

Ashley Spaulding - July 7, 2011 - 10:52 pm

These are AWESOME, Jody! No wonder you’re feeling giddy about them! What are you going to do with all the extra non-editing time you’re going to have now?!? ;) I adore the one of all three in the red chairs. Very cool location, by the way!

Nancy - July 7, 2011 - 11:28 pm

Film is making me love color images so much more. These are amazing. You rock the film.

Leilani - July 8, 2011 - 8:05 am

I love these so much! Film never ceases to amaze me.. and neither do you!

Brandie - July 11, 2011 - 3:39 pm

Jody, these are absolutely gorgeous!!!!!!! I am in LOVE. You rock everything you do. I absolutely adore the look and feel of these images♥♥

Shelley - July 11, 2011 - 8:11 pm

Oh, Jody…These are absolutely amazing. I just can’t get over how rich they are and the mood they set. Wow, wow, wow! Best of all, it just shows how incredible of a photographer you are–SOOC and on film! Congrats girl, you totally rocked this!