j Elizabeth Photography ™: Blog http://www.jelizabethphotos.com/blog en-us (C)j Elizabeth Photography 2018 jelizabethphotos@gmail.com (j Elizabeth Photography ™) Thu, 14 Jun 2018 19:39:00 GMT Thu, 14 Jun 2018 19:39:00 GMT http://www.jelizabethphotos.com/img/s/v-5/u185514873-o367664384-50.jpg j Elizabeth Photography ™: Blog http://www.jelizabethphotos.com/blog 80 120 Highway 101 Road trip. Checking in on life a year ago. http://www.jelizabethphotos.com/blog/2018/6/what-a-difference-a-year-makes-highway-101-road-trip A year ago, I set out on my first solo trip that was just for me. I didn't have any shoots booked or reason to go, but I knew I needed to do it. I wasn't in the best of places personally and needed to do something that was 100% for myself.
Over the last few years I have been traveling more to meet clients in different states/countries. I began adding extra time while in those places by getting there early and leaving as late as possible. Then adding an extra day just for me. Then I realized I had never gone on a trip just to go on a trip. There had always been a reason at the destination. It was the middle of wedding season, how could I leave and go anywhere just for myself? 
A few weeks before my trip, I was visiting my parents and my mom was having a hard time with the idea of me going on a road trip alone. Her fears and hesitations only made it seem like something I needed to do more. I couldn't be held back from this because of other people's fears. My Dad and I sat on the porch and talked for a few hours about life and travel. Places we want to see and go. He told me I should go on my trip. Little did he know that in that moment he gave me permission to be free. 
For months I had been struggling with a lot. From feeling stuck in my personal growth, to my business meeting it's goals but not knowing where it would go next, and in between all of it I had no idea what I was going to do with the relationship that I was failing to fix and make better. I just needed to get away. I needed to clear my head. I've heard people say those sorts of things before but it was something I needed more than I could have imagined. To shut off from the world and just be. Let myself be in the emotions as they came and take a few days without responsibility to fix everything around me. 
So I went. I spent WAY too much money on a rental car. I ate crap road trip food. I stopped when I wanted to and no one could tell me otherwise. I drove from San Francisco to Seattle. It took a week. The coast is so pretty and I cannot wait to go back. I went on walks and took a lot of self timer photos that didn't turn out. I hugged the Redwood trees and cried in the forest. I sat on the edge of Crater Lake in the snow and reveled in its beauty. It was June and the snow was still higher than my head in parts. 
I could caption each photo but I wont because I want you to experience them however you want. So enjoy. 

   

 THE BAG. My friends at Peak Design sent over their EveryDay Backpack to carry with me on my road trip. It fit everything I needed it to and more. I was able to carry all of my gear, my essentials and had pockets for every memory card, pen and notebook. My computer and hard drives fit in there too and I had the 20L, not even the biggest one they make. I have received so many compliments on this bag about it's design and functional aspects. It's perfect for so many things. I've even had people tell me it would make for a great diaper bag. Go check out all of their awesome gear HERE.

 

This photo below was the photo that summed up my trip. The idea of me doing exactly what I wanted to do because I wanted to do it. That was reason enough. I felt so happy in this moment. This was also the day that I gave myself a deadline. To pull myself out of the depths of what was bringing me down. I had to choose to continue putting more work in and figure it out or start fresh. But whatever my choice would be, I couldn't continue to be in the darkness.  Life is not always cookie cutter. It can surprise you sometimes. When we were younger, my sister Jessie and I learned that we had another sister (half sister from biological father side) out there somewhere west of us. Then about 9 years ago we found her on Facebook. Im not sure how it happened or who made the connections but it did. Our lives were completely different. She hadn't learned about us until later in her life. We lived across the country from each other. None of us were quite sure on how we would fit, if we would fit in each others' lives. Last year, while on this trip I made the decision to reach out and finally meet my youngest sister. I meet people all of the time and after years of Facebook friendship I figured it wouldn't be much different than meeting other people from the internet. I didn't take in account that she might be nervous or not want to meet me or any of the things. But we made it happen. She took a chance on me too. I was on this road trip and I had places to go and stops to make. Along the way, I picked her up and she headed to the coast with me. We chatted and found similarities and some differences. She told me about her life and growing up as an only child. She took me to meet her Grandmother and showed me her favorite places. She wouldn't let me sit on the edge of the sandstone cliffs and warned me about how people died doing what I wanted to do. We sat in silence a few times and took in the views. I got to visit with her again this year when I was in Portland for a friends' birthday and Im sure we will see each other again many times in our lives. This may seem not as warm and fuzzy as a movie would make it play out. Long lost sisters and family we didn't know of. Here is my reality of the entire thing. I'm the oldest, well sort of. (different story maybe one day) I've always had a little sister. One that I love with all of my heart. Before meeting JC I felt so much guilt and nervousness that my sister Jessie would feel less than or something along those lines. I made sure to ask about her feelings of me meeting our sister and with her approval I moved forward to do it. I went in with no expectations and left feeling relief and content. We don't know where our relationship will go or what it will become but what we do know is that we had different upbringings, different lives and experiences. We have our own lives and it's ok that we don't fit into them in an intense way. My family is made up of what a lot of families are: step siblings, step parents, half siblings, crappy family members, divorces, marriages, crazy aunts and uncles, some cousins that are weird and extended family that you aren't sure you would admit to being related to. You know the drill folks. Families are weird. But I am a firm believer that you get to choose your family. I have the best family I could ever ask for. That family is always accepting of adding new people into our chosen family. I feel so privileged to have met Jennifer and that we continue to be in contact. I cannot wait to see all of the incredible things that she does with her life. (she's already doing great things)  It's crazy how the world works and how with the internet you can find people you are related to like never before.  After I returned from my trip I was met with a lot of negativity and confusion. As soon as I was back in STL I was ready to go again. My wanderlust had only began to take flight and I knew this (traveling) was something I needed more of in my life. To feel connected to the world and to myself. Someone told me "I thought you would be better when you got back" as if my anxiety and constant daily struggles would magically disappear. Another person told me "Jenna, I know you see other people doing this, but the grass is always greener...." I tuned them out. Listen folks, the grass is greener where you fucking water it ok? Take care of your grass whatever form that comes in. For me, I needed to take care of myself to learn from the struggles. To allow change to happen even though it was met with the most resistance. There were others that asked me about my trip and genuinely wanted to know how it made me feel. To those people, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. 
This last year has been the most awakening year of my life. I hope to be able to write about it in more detail and share my journey with as many people as want to listen. 
To anyone who is considering traveling or doing something that feels scary, I say do it. I mean yeh maybe don't do scary things that might cause you or someone else harm. But if you feel like going on a trip by yourself but don't think you are brave enough to do it, just go. You have to take risks on yourself to grow. Don't live vicariously through anyone else's life online. Go and live your own. Experience as much as you can. Enjoy the tiniest of things. If you feel as if you need permission, here it is.  

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Owens Family 10.26.17 http://www.jelizabethphotos.com/blog/2017/12/owens-family-10-26-17 There was never a dull moment with the Owens family. My favorite part of this session is when everyone decided to get on the trampoline! Photo by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.comPhoto by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.com Photo by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.comPhoto by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.com Photo by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.comPhoto by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.com Photo by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.comPhoto by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.com Photo by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.comPhoto by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.com Photo by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.comPhoto by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.com Photo by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.comPhoto by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.com Photo by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.comPhoto by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.com Photo by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.comPhoto by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.com Photo by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.comPhoto by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.com Photo by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.comPhoto by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.com Photo by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.comPhoto by J Elizabeth Photography www.jelizabethphotos.com

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Rotty family 10.25.17 http://www.jelizabethphotos.com/blog/2017/12/rotty-family-10-25-17 Love these coordinated but non matching outfits in fall colors to compliment the leaves around them! It all looks so pretty in photos :-)

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Ledbetter Family 10.24.17 http://www.jelizabethphotos.com/blog/2017/12/ledbetter-family-10-24-17  

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Dunbar family 10.23.17 http://www.jelizabethphotos.com/blog/2017/12/dunbar-family-10-23-17 Spent some time at the Dunbar family household to capture these sweet moments :-)

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Lecointre Family 10.19.17 http://www.jelizabethphotos.com/blog/2017/12/lecointre-family-10-19-17 Playdate with the Lecointre family at Forest Park!

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McGinnis Family Session 10.16.17 http://www.jelizabethphotos.com/blog/2017/12/mcginnis-family-session-10-16-17 A stroll through the park with the McGinnis family!

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Robinsons 10.9.17 http://www.jelizabethphotos.com/blog/2017/12/robinsons-10-9-17 Such a beautiful family session on one of the last nice weather days we had this season! Lynette looked stunning as usual and her hubby and baby girl were just the cutest. 

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Vacca Family 10.8.17 http://www.jelizabethphotos.com/blog/2017/11/vacca-family-10-8-17 For this session we hung out at the family farm :-) We picked sunflowers, pet horses and even caught up with the grandparents for a bit!

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Patel Family 9.22.17 http://www.jelizabethphotos.com/blog/2017/11/patel-family-9-22-17 For this session, I met with the Patel family at a farmer's market in Seattle, Washington. We explored the market & tasted some fruits, had dance parties on patios & snuggled up on some benches. 

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Perry Family 11.4.17 http://www.jelizabethphotos.com/blog/2017/11/perry-family-11-4-17 This family gets more beautiful with every. Single. Session. I swear. Love them to pieces. 

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Lola Pinkston 10.3.17 http://www.jelizabethphotos.com/blog/2017/11/lola-pinkston-10-3-17 We usually try to write up a little something about each of these sessions, but we felt this new mom said it best.

Amber (mom): "Joel wanted everything to be normal and comfortable with the least amount of posing. I was exhausted because I generally get 4-5 hours of interrupted sleep at night with Lola, but I still wanted photos that captured us at our best. Lola was her normal chill self. As long as she was fed and tummy time didn't take too long, she was happy. Franklin was excited someone new was there to give him attention. He's not so sure about what the baby means to him yet, but as long as he is also getting love, he is happy. We went through what a good day would be with Jenna in tow (tummy time, breastfeeding, playing together on the bed, porch time, a walk) and I think the pictures really captured how happy those moments make us in between all the exhaustion of having a newborn."

 

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Whealon Family 10.20.17 http://www.jelizabethphotos.com/blog/2017/11/whealon-family-10-20-17 For this session we wandered around the Grove Neighborhood in St. Louis, had a mini-dance party & then stopped for a game of Candyland! Mom leaves us with this advice: "Jenna is a pro! Just be yourself and do the things you love. Jenna is great at capturing the fun and it translates into photos that are real and beautifully depicts who we are!"

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McGrath 10.6.17 http://www.jelizabethphotos.com/blog/2017/10/mcgrath-10-6-17 We met the McGrath family at Forest park on a beautiful October evening. They had the toddlers and puppies in tow and came ready to make some magic. We ran through the park, played in a dried up lotus pond, had some snacks by a willow tree and found a cool tree to hang out on. Carrie tells us why it's important to her to have photos taken: "Our lives are so full. Everyone of us is living these full and fast lives where days and weeks and months slip by in lists of to-dos. Taking the time to go have the photos taken is a stake in the ground saying, "This time is sacred. This time is the only time we have." Then putting them up and looking at them each day reminds me again that the time we have is a gift." Beautifully said. :-)

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Meet The Webers http://www.jelizabethphotos.com/blog/2017/9/meet-the-webers The Webers were a delight to photograph. They're an incredibly easygoing family and enjoy the simple things in life like shopping at the local farmer's market, romping around on playgrounds & then coming home to cook a big meal and read stories until bed time. 


If you're looking at these and thinking, "I wish I had photos like this of my family!" Chances are, we'd be a good fit. The real moments in life are hard to capture, but that's my passion and I am committed to creating an experience for you rather than just a series of posed photos. I want you to remember this day fondly and enjoy yourself, and have that feeling again every time you look at your photos. Email me to set up a session. I am looking to add more travel dates to my schedule.. So let me know what city you’re in & we will get it booked!

 

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Liz & Ryan in Thailand http://www.jelizabethphotos.com/blog/2017/8/liz-ryan-in-thailand This last trip I took to Thailand was special to me for so many reasons, but in particular I'm grateful to have met Liz & Ryan. We were set up through a mutual friend (Thanks, Linda!) and it couldn't have worked out any better. Ryan even took a last minute bus for 16 hours each way to make it for the shoot. The couple chose Mala Dhara eco resort and farm for the first location because they believe it truly showcases the beauty of Thailand. The owner is an incredible woman that built farm and eco resort herself. We were so grateful she opened up the space for us to have a delicious meal at and run around in! We encountered some critters including a grumpy buffalo that Liz & Ryan can be seen laughing and running away from! Next we moved to the night market in town. We felt it featured the of the beauty, culture and even chaos that is Thailand.
Ryan and Liz have both been living in Thailand volunteering with YWAM for a few years. They met and fell in love there, far from their families and many of their friends. Their family and friends in America, Singapore and abroad have gotten to know the two as a couple through pictures and stories via facebook. Because Thailand is such a big part of that story, it was important to them to have their engagement shoot there and gave them the opportunity to share their lives with those they love no matter how far away they are.

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Lee Family Session at Home http://www.jelizabethphotos.com/blog/2017/8/lee-family Meet the Lee family. They are a newly wedded couple, and just welcomed their first born child. Mom is a seventh grade science teacher and Dad is a lawyer. They have two pets at home - a dog and a cat that used get all of the attention.. and are still getting used to sharing it with their newest family member!

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McGrath Family Session at Home http://www.jelizabethphotos.com/blog/2017/7/rose-mcgrath Meet the McGraths! We wanted to spotlight this family so you could get to know them a bit more. 
The youngest, Rose, is not afraid of using her voice to get what she needs or keep from being left out. She is also a goofball cuddler and will often flip herself around in your arms or on a chair to see where the action is or get in a  quick snuggle.

Justin, the big brother, will ask for a book about twenty times a day. He loves to hear a funny story and talk about the pictures or make up a silly game. He's a little more hesitant to get in the mix, but he 's great at quality time and making one on one connections.
Michael (dad) is top notch at playing with the kiddos. He is amazing at spontaneous creative high energy play. He makes up funny names for the toy people, like Squeaky Steve like Bouncy Bob. He is able to just play as usual during photo sessions and appreciates how the moment shows up authentically in the photos. 
Carrie (mom) is a bit quieter than Michael with her play and has a tendency to be more of a planner and organizer. If left to her own devices (sans children) she is reading, playing in the dirt or creating domestic loveliness. If with children she is following his lead, doing parades and doling out goldfish.
Lola Bean (the blonde dog) is loyal and lovable and will do anything for a belly rub or a romp. She is a classic annoying younger sibling to Howie and has been known to dive-bomb his face and then run away. Her favorite place to rest is the cool tile in the fireplace.
Don't tell Howie Dog (the black dog) he isn't people. He won't believe you and will likely be offended by the suggestion he shouldn't sit on the furniture or sleep in the bed. He still remembers using a doorbell to get in and out of the house. 

 The whole whole circus can often be seen waking around Shaw or through Tower Grove Park. 

If while looking at these you found yourself thinking, "I wish I had photos like this of my family!" Chances are, we'd be a good fit. The real moments in life can be hard to capture, but that's my passion and I am committed to creating an experience for you rather than just a series of posed photos. I want you to remember this day fondly and enjoy yourself, and have that feeling again every time you look at your photos.

Email me to set up a session! 

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