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  December 20, 2016

I started off 2016 with a bit of a break from work to spend time with my kids and then jumped back in the Spring with family sessions. From April until just last weekend, it was packed full of smiling faces… I am ever so thankful for all the wonderful people that I was able to work with.

This year definitely threw my family a few curveballs… The biggest curveball of them all was my Dad getting ill and passing away in the Fall. Obviously you can never prepare for this type of loss but as most of you know who have gone through something similar, Life. Goes. On… There’s really no stopping or slowing down when you’re a parent, spouse, friend, business owner, etc. 

I was pleasantly surprised at how healing it was getting back to work and being around my client’s positive energy. Photography is obviously a huge part of my life but the importance of a frozen frame of time that you can literally hold in your hands has even more magic and meaning to me now than it did 12 months ago. Whether it be me or another photographer, I can’t stress enough the importance of taking photographs of the people and the places that you love the most. 

I’d like to especially thank all the wonderful people that came back to me for another year of photos, for the amazing new clients that I met, & everyone who kept truckin’ along side me during a difficult year. I look forward to taking a break with my family for the remainder of 2016 and can’t wait to see everyone in 2017.

xo
Jen

 

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Moving into 2017, I will continue to focus on lifestyle/documentary photography with families and will also be adding Intimate Weddings + Elopement Photography. I will post something in more detail the first week of the New Year but wanted to add a bit of info to this post for anyone interested. If you are planning an elopement or small wedding where you need wedding photography for 2-4 hours, please send a note for collection information: info@jenmeneghinphotography.com

 

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A & E

  July 28, 2016

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2015

  January 07, 2016

I usually have a really long end-of-the-year post but I’ll keep it semi short & sweet this time around (minus the million photos). 2015 was straight up AMAZING. I was able to continue doing more documentary style sessions, started my “This is Motherhood” project, traveled to Mexico to photograph a wedding on the beach, volunteered with Minnesota Heart Gallery, photographed & 2nd shot weddings, did 5 weekend days of back-t0-back mini-sessions, worked with families that I’ve known since my first year of business, and met many new smiling faces. 

Besides blogging more, I don’t really have a big “must do” list for 2016 except that I want to keep the momentum up for documentary style couples/family sessions. I’ve been doing this type of work for the past few years but really want to make it a focus going into the New Year. My goal is to have you look back at these photos years down the road & remember what life was like at that moment in time. 

I want to also continue creating photos that focus on you & your life story… This means staying away from any fuss like props (I personally find them to get in the way & distract), minimal editing on images (because laugh lines make you awesome & I don’t want you to look like a painting), and photographing at locations that are meaningful to you (which allows everyone to be much more relaxed = authenticity). I will have the option of adding an album to every session & it will be included with the Livet Colletion (2-3 hour documentary session) to show your session from start to finish. 

THANK YOU to every single person that I was able to photograph this year… Cheers!

xo
Jen

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2014 WINTER – SPRING

  February 24, 2014

WITH THE EXTRA FOOT OF SNOW THAT FELL ON FRIDAY AND THE SUBZERO TEMPS THAT WILL BE HERE THIS WEEK, I FEEL LIKE WE ALL NEED A BREAK FROM THE WINTER SHENANIGANS…

FROM NOW UNTIL MAY 1ST, ALL MINI-SESSIONS WILL BE DISCOUNTED $25 AND FULL-SESSIONS WILL BE DISCOUNTED $50. 

ALL SESSIONS CAN BE DONE AT MY NATURAL LIGHT STUDIO IN SAINT PAUL OR AT AN OUTDOOR/TWIN CITIES LOCATION (IF WEATHER PERMITS). 

IF YOU’D LIKE MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEND AN E-MAIL TO: INFO@JENMENEGHINPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

xo
JEN

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GOODBYE, 2013

  January 13, 2014

I BLINKED AND 2013 HAPPENED… WHAT A CRAZY, BEAUTIFUL YEAR THIS HAS BEEN.

THIS YEAR I DECIDED TO ONLY TAKE IN A FEW WEDDINGS AND TRY TO FOCUS ON BIRTH AND LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY. I HAD HIGH HOPES OF REALLY ATTEMPTING TO GET MYSELF OUT THERE IN THE BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY WORLD AND THEN LIFE HAPPENED. AND HERE WE ARE IN 2014… I TRULY, MADLY, LOVE BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY BUT I DON’T THINK IT WILL BE FEASIBLE FOR ME TO TAKE ON A FULL-TIME BIRTH SCHEDULE WITH ME BEING A STAY-AT-HOME MOM WITH LIMITED CHILDCARE OPTIONS RIGHT NOW. MY GOAL IS TO DIVE IN ONCE THE BOYS ARE IN SCHOOL FULL-TIME… WHICH I CANNOT BELIEVE IS ONLY 1.5 YEARS AWAY FOR MY OLDEST SON.  

THIS YEAR I WAS BLESSED TO BE ABLE TO COLLABORATE ON A FEW DIFFERENT STYLED SHOOTS WITH A GROUP OF AMAZINGLY TALENTED LADIES IN THE WEDDING INDUSTRY. TWO OF OUR STYLED SHOOTS WERE FEATURED ON RUFFLED BLOG AND A NORTHWOODS WEDDING. I REALLY ENJOYED WORKING IN A GROUP SETTING (THE TEAM-SPORTS GIRL IN ME) AND I’M CROSSING MY FINGERS THAT I CAN TALK SOME OF MY WEDDING VENDOR BUDDIES INTO DOING THIS AGAIN FOR 2014.

LIKE I HAD PREVIOUSLY TALKED ABOUT, I TOOK IN ONLY A FEW WEDDINGS FOR 2013. AFTER THE WEDDINGS THAT I PHOTOGRAPHED AND THE 2ND-SHOOTING OPPORTUNITIES THAT I HAD, I REALLY MISSED FOCUSING MY TIME ON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY. I AM EXCITED TO BE ADDING BACK IN WEDDINGS FULL-TIME FOR THE NEW YEAR. SPEAKING OF, IF YOU ARE ENGAGED OR KNOW OF SOMEONE WHO IS ENGAGED… PLEASE CHECK OUT MY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY INFO FOR 2014.

I FEEL LIKE YEAR 3 OF MY BUSINESS IS ABOUT DIGGING DEEP, GETTING OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE, AND FINDING WHAT FIRES ME UP. I’M AT THAT WONDERFUL AND WEIRD STAGE OF ARTIST SOUL-SEARCHING… I SPENT MY FIRST 2 YEAR GETTING MY FEET WET (AKA – FIGURING OUT HOW THE HELL TO USE MY EQUIPMENT AND NOT LOOK LIKE A COMPLETE IDIOT IN FRONT OF CLIENTS), LEARNING THE BUSINESS SIDE, AND MEETING CLIENTS/INDUSTRY FOLK. THIS YEAR I AM GOING TO FOCUS ON PUTTING MY HEAD DOWN, CREATE WORK THAT MAKES MY HEART HAPPY, AND NOT TRY TO KEEP UP WITH THE JONESES. 

LIKE I SAID… GOING ON 3 YEARS… SO THANKFUL AND BLESSED FOR THE AMAZING PEOPLE THAT HAVE TRUSTED ME TO CAPTURE SUCH WONDERFUL MILESTONES IN THEIR LIFE AND THE CONTINUOUS SUPPORT THROUGH THESE YEARS. I TRULY AM SO GRATEFUL FOR EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU… THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

2014… I HAVE A FEELING YOU’RE GOING TO BE A DAMN GOOD YEAR. WELCOME!

xo
JEN

A LITTLE… I MEAN, A LOOOOOT OF IMAGES FROM 2013. CHEERS!

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PREVIEW: O. FAMILY

  November 13, 2013

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LAST OCTOBER I WANTED TO MOVE AWAY FROM THE FALL MINI-SESSIONS AND TRY SOMETHING THAT INVOLVED OUR GORGEOUS, MINNESOTA WINTER LANDSCAPE. I E-MAILED THE OWNER OF HANSEN TREE FARM AND HE KINDLY AGREED TO LET ME PHOTOGRAPH CLIENTS AT HIS CHRISTMAS TREE FARM JUST NORTH OF THE CITIES. LAST NOVEMBER/DECEMBER WAS MY 1ST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE FARM MINI-SESSION DAY (PLEASE CHECK LINK FOR LOCATION PHOTOS).

I DECIDED TO HAVE THE 2ND ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE FARM MINI-SESSION DAY EARLIER IN NOVEMBER TO GIVE FAMILIES EXTRA TIME TO ORDER CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY CARDS. WE WILL BE USING THE TREE FARM THE WEEKEND BEFORE THEY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC TO HAVE EXTRA ACCESS TO THE LAND AND NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THEIR CLIENT RUSH. 

MUCH LIKE LAST YEAR I WILL HAVE BIG FLANNEL BLANKETS AND MODERN, HOLIDAY INSPIRED PROPS FOR FAMILIES TO USE. THE ROWS OF CHRISTMAS TREES, PRAIRIE LAND, AND BEAUTIFUL PATHWAY OF BIRCH TREES ARE THE BACKGROUND SETTING TO EACH IMAGE.  LAST YEAR WE HAD SNOW IN NOVEMBER AND 60 DEGREES ON THE DECEMBER DATE SO WHO KNOWS WHAT THIS SEASON WILL BRING FOR WEATHER. EITHER WAY, WE WILL HAVE A GORGEOUS NORTHERN-WOODS BACKDROP TO BRING IN THE WINTER FLARE. 

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2013 CHRISTMAS TREE FARM MINI-SESSION 

HANSEN TREE FARM | RAMSEY, MINNESOTA

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16th (MORNING AND LATE AFTERNOON TIME-SLOTS) 

$225 ($100 DEPOSIT DUE)
20 MINUTE SESSION
10 HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGES SENT VIA DIGITAL DOWNLOAD 1 WEEK AFTER SESSION
PRIVATE ONLINE GALLERY
PRINT RELEASE

* NO MORE THAN 5 PEOPLE IN GROUP (PLEASE INQUIRE FOR LARGE GROUP RATE)
* DOGS WELCOME

PLEASE E-MAIL FOR ANY QUESTIONS AND/OR TO BOOK A SPOT: INFO@JENMENEGHINPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

xo
JEN

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ALISSA: BIRTH STORY

  May 17, 2013

I WAS BLESSED ENOUGH TO CAPTURE SOME VERY SPECIAL MOMENTS FOR ONE OF MY VERY BEST FRIENDS DURING THE 9 MONTH JOURNEY… ONE OF THE EXTRA SPECIAL MOMENTS WAS BEING APART OF HER BIRTH TEAM.

WE HAD SCHEDULED TO DO HER MATERNITY PHOTOS LAST TUESDAY WHICH THEN TURNED INTO LABOR/DELIVERY PHOTOS…

I WILL LET THE IMAGES SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES BUT I HAVE TO SAY THAT I’VE NEVER BEEN SO PROUD AND IN AWE OF MY BEAUTIFUL FRIEND… IT STILL AMAZES ME TO SEE HOW STRONG WE ARE AS WOMEN. YOU CAN’T EVEN PUT INTO WORDS THE PAIN, SWEAT, AND TEARS WE GO THROUGH TO GET TO THE MOMENT WHERE WE CAN HOLD OUR BABY FOR THE FIRST TIME.

THANK YOU TO THE AMAZING STAFF AT THE MOTHER & BABY CENTER AND TO ALISSA & ALEX FOR LETTING ME CAPTURE SUCH A SPECIAL DAY FOR YOU.

WELCOME TO THE WORLD, ELLE!!!

xo
JEN

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EMILY + JASON

  May 03, 2013

I HAD SO MUCH FUN CAPTURING EMILY AND JASON’S MATERNITY SESSION ON THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DAY IN MINNESOTA.

WE STARTED AT MY STUDIO AND I ALMOST JUMPED IN THE AIR WITH HAPPINESS WHEN I SAW HOW ADORABLE EMILY LOOKED WITH HER BLACK/WHITE STRIPED DRESS AND PINK LIPSTICK. ANYONE WHO KNOWS ME KNOWS HOW MUCH I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE BLACK AND WHITE… I KNEW THE WHOLE ENSEMBLE WOULD PHOTOGRAPH PERFECTLY IN MY STUDIO SPACE.

JASON AND EMILY ARE SO INCREDIBLY SWEET… MY CAMERA CAPTURED THE PURE LOVE THAT THEY HAVE FOR ONE ANOTHER. THEIR LITTLE BABY IS GOING TO JOIN SUCH AMAZING PARENTS.

THE NEXT TIME I SEE JASON AND EMILY WILL BE WHEN BABY BOY ARRIVES. CAN’T WAIT! :)

xo
JEN

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N. FAMILY

  May 03, 2013

I WAS SO EXCITED TO WORK WITH THE N. FAMILY A FEW WEEKS AGO IN DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS. WE HAD SOME UNSEASONABLY CHILLY WEATHER SO WE HEADED INTO THE GUTHRIE FOR A BIT AND THEN BRAVED THE COLD AIR AT THE END OF THE SESSION.

THE N. KIDDOS REMINDED ME SO MUCH OF MY BOYS WITH THEIR HIGH-ENERGY AND MATCHBOX CARS IN HAND. THIS FAMILY IS SO VERY SWEET AND I CANNOT WAIT TO HEAR IF BABY N. IS A BOY OR GIRL.

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