SUMMER STATUS 2022

“We may lose and we may win; but we will never be here again.”

The Eagles

Where have I been? What have I been doing? Maybe you’ve been wondering. Maybe you haven’t. Anyway, I’ll tell you — I’m taking it easy for the summer.

“Summer status” for me means jumping off the prep-shoot-cull-edit-share-ogle-design hamster wheel and taking a big, deep breath.  

In summer, I only schedule sessions for newborns and Baby Planners.  I’ll be tap-tap-tapping away at my laptop in my (new!) Breezy Point beach house in between those sessions making things happen behind the scenes, but the magical family session cycle has otherwise been put on pause. I’ll be catching up, recharging the batteries, working on the business side of things, and spending good quality time with my family and friends. I’ll be back full-time in late August, ready to hit the ground running for a crazy fall.

Summer 22 has exciting new things in store for me personally. We’ve upgraded our Breezy house – moved across the sand lot from our beloved 600 square foot bungalow to a new house that has some extra elbow room — finally, we’ve got space to host our friends, kids’ friends, and some day, their significant others (and even, some day, grandkids!) Renovating and decorating this new house has been an exciting new creative outlet for me. You’ll see some new, pretty backdrops if I ever catch up on sharing personal photos!

The new house will also be part of the multi-family venue for a massive family reunion early next month. (You remember hearing about my awesome cross-continental cousins’ reunions, right? The one in Italy in 2017 and the one in Canada in 2019?) It’s gonna be big, friends, and I’m excited.

What else. One kid is back from her fellowship in Spain, one kid has graduated from college, moved into the city and started a job as an engineer. One kid is lifeguarding and road-tripping the country (or so it seems) to watch live music. One kid is currently living two weeks of camp life and will spend the rest of the summer stocking shelves, scooping ice-cream and going to the beach. All of this means lots of moving around for me. The summer schedule is fun, I tell you – and fitting work into all this fun takes some real discipline. But trust me — it’s still happening!

You can still keep up with me here on the blog and on Instagram, where I’ll be getting back to sharing photos from the last gajillion sessions, and possibly penning an occasional thought on life and photos and whatnot now and again.

So, that’s the story. I hope you’ll stick around and see how it goes.

Can’t get enough of my ramblings and this summer pace just isn’t doing it for you?

Well, if you’ve got travel plans, you’ll definitely want to have a look at this article I wrote for the National Association of Professional Child Photographers about how to take photos on your trip that you’ll treasure forever. I shared some thoughts recently about what family travel means to me now — as a mother of ‘big kids’ — that you might enjoy.  I’ve also shared some more general tips about Traveling with a Large Family more recently in response to being asked by so many clients how I get past the craziness and just do it.

If brushing up on your photography is on your summer bucket list, you can pick up my free downloadable guide for taking better photos of your kids here.   If that whets your whistle for some more in-depth photography instruction, check out the workshops I offer for parents and get on the list for info when dates are announced.  

If organizing and printing your personal photos is on your to-do list for the lazy days of summer, you might enjoy my  “Cobbler Series” on the blog.  

And whether you’re traveling or staying home, take a second for a refresher on my favorite crazy-time-of-year advice — It’s become a bit of a tradition for me to share this twice a year at Christmastime and every summer. So many people have told me they’ve enjoyed it and taken it to heart, I’m continuing the tradition. (You know you’re curious. Go ahead, click on over. You won’t regret it. Promise).

That’s all for now, friends.  If you’d like to book or to chat about anything at all, be sure to use the “contact” button above or shoot me an email.  I may be a bit slower to reply, but I promise I’ll get back to you.  Any updates are always shared first via email with my VIPs —  you can become one here.   My annual Christmas Card Micro Mini Session event will be back this fall, and clients who have already booked a date for 2023 will get first dibs on those slots when they’re announced in September. 

Thanks for stopping by!

~Jaye

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