Thursday, September 29, 2011

Natalia + Tyler are having a baby!

Natalia + Tyler have got to be one of the cutest couples ever :)

They are both very sweet and instantly easy to get along with. They have a gorgeous cat named Misha who was very camera shy (much like my own cat) but also very sweet.

I had the pleasure last weekend of visiting them at their home to photograph a very special time in their lives - the count-down to their first baby's arrival. While I was there, we talked about travel, families, and our mutual love of furniture and things handed down from grandparents (Natalia has a fantastic pair of suitcases - among other things - that used to belong to her grandmother). We debated hyphenated last names for babies, and traded stories about our cats' mischievous habits. It was a lovely way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday :)

Here are some of my favourite images from our session..

I love this fabric, which matches the wallpaper that will be going up in the nursery..

I had such a great time photographing these two, and can't wait to come back and meet little Baby Sullivan when he arrives!

xo Jessica

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Something Different

As you may have noticed, we've been photographing a lot of weddings, newborns, and baby bumps this summer - which is awesome. But when someone contacted me last week and wanted to see some new work that involved shooting food on a tabletop, I was really excited to try something different. After almost a day searching for props at Value Village, shopping at 5 different grocery stores, and borrowing a great little roasting pan from a neighbour, I was ready to spend the rest of my long weekend shooting every stage of the food I was making. This was a bit tricky (trying to chop leeks with a tripod over one shoulder) and I thank my lovely husband very much for his patience when dinner was very late and needed to be re-heated after sitting on set. In the end, it was pretty fun - here are a few of my favourites from the shoot...

This was my first time cooking a whole fish, and it actually turned out really well (thanks Jamie Oliver!).  Hopefully there will be more food shots to come...

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Norman & Jessica's Destination Wedding + Photography Adventure (Part 5)

First time visiting? Here's what's happened so far:  Part 1 - The Proposal, Part 2 - The Wardrobe, Part 3 - The Adventure Begins, Part 4 - The Ceremony

This week...

Part 5 - The Awesome Place We Went for Lunch After the Ceremony

I can see your eyes squinting up with doubt, I can hear you saying "why on earth would I care where you went for lunch after you got married?", but that's only because you've never seen this place:

Recommended by Norman's cousin Cathy, it's called AM:PM and was right around the corner from Belfast City Hall. It reminded me of if my dreams turned into walls :) Big gold frames, fake flowers, and purses everywhere. Chandeliers, candles, and every colour in the known universe finished off the look.

Joe & Elaine, considering their options..

Norman with his best friend Ian, who was fantastic enough to do our pictures at City Hall

This was the best lunch I've ever had :) Duck and hoisin were involved..

the first picture Norman took of his new wife :)

So - as if that restaurant hadn't been perfect enough (and of course the ceremony was perfect!) - when we headed over to Tesco to pick up some roadtrip groceries there were cupcakes! These cupcake people had never been there before, and it was like magic how they showed up for us on our wedding day :) 

My violet cupcake won the beauty contest, but Norman's raspberry cupcake was by far the yummier one

(I had changed out of my dress to go grocery shopping, but thought it best to leave my veil on haha..)

In case you're wondering why we were at Tesco on our wedding day, it's because I think we went to Tesco or Asda (the other big grocery chain) - or both - every single day we were there. Elaine can probably verify this. My lovely husband enjoys a good grocery shopping trip like nobody else I know, so much that it's actually fun to go with him :)

Plus, we had to pick up some groceries because the next day we were heading out on our honeymoon roadtrip around Ireland! This is where it gets kind of exciting - Norman had this idea for us to bring our wedding outfits and all the camera gear with us while we travelled, so that we could take our own wedding pictures in many beautiful Irishy places :) It was sometimes stressful, always windy, and a bit crazy - but the pictures are awesome! 

Here's one of my favourites...

xox Jessica + Norman

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tamara & Edward are Having a Baby!

Tamara and I have worked together quite a few times over the past 5 years - I've photographed projects with her for Ikea and Style at Home magazine, and most memorably I photographed the day she married Edward. They are an awesome couple, one of those couples where you can clearly see how each compliments and balances the other. They are fun to be around, and we had a great time visiting their new home to photograph them while Tamara is radiantly pregnant :)

I love this next one - Tamara referred to it as "classic Ed" :)

love. love. LOVE this image below...

It will be a busy couple of months for Tamara & Edward I'm sure, but we can't wait to meet their baby boy (and see the nursery finished - I think it's going to be super-cute!)..

Jessica + Norman

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Newborn Baby Ben at 7 Days

We had the pleasure of photographing Jane & Ned's lovely wedding last summer, so we were SO excited to find out they were expecting an addition to their family :) And when he arrived, we felt honoured to be on the list of people who got an email at 4:40am announcing him to the world. When we finally met the little guy 7 days later, he was very alert and quite calm - ready for his close-up. Some of my favourite images ended up being of the three of them together.. Jane & Ned are such sweet people and seem very happy and natural as first-time parents. Anyways, enough chit-chat, here's the star of the show...

Baby Ben!

I love how Baby Ben's name floats in the background of many of these images..

This is one of my favourites :)

perfect tiny toes..

(Ned admitted that what at first appeared to be a "J" turned out to be a "T" - in his defense, how many husbands do you know who would have bought his and hers monogrammed pillows in the first place? We thought it was very sweet..)

I love Ned's home office, and I think this is a really cute one..

We had a really great time photographing the newest member of Jane & Ned's family. It was so nice to visit and catch up, and Ned was kind enough to make us really yummy sandwiches :) We really look forward to watching little Benjamin grow up!

Thanks so much Jane & Ned!

Jessica & Norman

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