Women’s March Minnesota

  January 22, 2017

 

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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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IN FRONT OF THE LENS

  April 15, 2015

LAST WEEK I WROTE OF A PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE THAT I ‘M EMBARKING ON FOR THE YEAR. I HAVE BEEN PRESENT FOR 100% OF THE SPECIAL MEMORIES THAT MY FAMILY AND I MAKE BUT YOU’D NEVER EVEN KNOW I WAS THERE DUE TO THE ABSENCE OF MY FACE IN PHOTOS. I WANTED TO GET OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE AND PUT MY BIG FRECKLY FACE IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA… SO WITH THAT, I WILL BE TAKING A PHOTO OR TWO WITH MY KIDS & I EVERY DAY. 

MY GOAL FOR WEEK 2 IS TO HAVE DAN TAKE MORE PHOTOS OF THE BOYS AND I… MAYBE ALSO A FULL BODY PHOTO… EEEEEK! RAISE YOUR HAND IF ALL PHOTOS OF YOU ARE FROM THE SHOULDERS UP… ME! ME! ME! I WILL SLOWLY ACCEPT THESE BIG BIRTHING HIPS. ;)

I HOPE MANY OF YOU ARE ALSO MAKING A PRIORITY TO GET IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA WITH YOUR FAMILY! 

xo
JEN

 

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VANCOUVER

  January 02, 2015

“EARTH AND SKY, WOODS AND FIELDS, LAKES AND RIVERS, THE MOUNTAIN AND THE SEA, ARE EXCELLENT SCHOOLMASTERS, AND TEACH SOME OF US MORE THAN WE CAN EVER LEARN FROM BOOKS” – JOHN LUBBOCK

WE WENT UP TO MY HUSBAND’S HOMETOWN OF VANCOUVER FOR THE HOLIDAYS… IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT WE’VE TAKEN A FAMILY VACATION (OUTSIDE OF THE MIDWEST) SINCE LEO WAS 4 MONTHS OLD. IT WAS THE MOST AMAZING SITE TO SEE MY BOYS PLAYING ON THE BEACH WHERE DAN AND I GOT ENGAGED AND RUNNING BY THE BUILDING WHERE WE GOT MARRIED… TRAVEL WAS SUCH A BIG COMPONENT OF MY LIFE GROWING UP AND I CAN’T WAIT TO EXPLORE THE WORLD WITH MY LITTLE FAMILY OF FOUR. THERE IS SO MUCH BEAUTY AROUND US AND LIFE IS MUCH TOO SHORT TO NOT HAVE ADVENTURES… NEAR & FAR. 

xo
JEN

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BRYNN’S SMILE BOX

  October 03, 2014

THIS PAST SUMMER I DECIDED TO START A PERSONAL/PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT TO HIGHLIGHT A FEW AMAZING & INSPIRING PEOPLE IN OUR OWN COMMUNITY WHO ARE MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. I HAVE A FEW WONDERFUL INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS TO SHOWCASE ON MY BLOG LATER THIS FALL & WINTER BUT WANTED TO KICK-OFF MY PROJECT WITH BRYNN & HER FAMILY.

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BRYNN’S SMILE BOX FOUNDATION

BRYNN WAS BORN JUST OVER A YEAR AGO WITH A UNILATERAL COMPLETE CLEFT LIP & PALATE. HER PARENTS, WHITNEY & ARIK, STARTED THE CLEFT JOURNEY WITH BRYNN AT GILLETTE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IN SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA SOON AFTER SHE WAS WELCOMED TO THE WORLD. THEY WANTED A WAY TO CONNECT & HELP OTHER FAMILIES WHO WERE ON THE SAME CLEFT JOURNEY AND STARTED BRYNN’S SMILE BOX FOUNDATION. EACH SMILE BOX IS $10 AND HAS SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR CHILDREN USING AN ORTHO CLEFT RETAINER. THE SMILE BOX CONTAINS: A SCISSORS TO CUT THE TAPE THAT PULLS AND HELPS RESHAPE THE AREA, A FLASHLIGHT TO LOOK INTO BABY’S MOUTH, AND A GIFTCARD FOR PARENTS TO USE AT GILLETTE’S CAFÉ. THE HOSPITAL ALSO ADDS IN NEEDED DENTAL SUPPLIES FOR EACH SMILE BOX. 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO HELP BRYNN’S SMILE BOX, PLEASE VISIT THEIR PAGE:  BRYNN’S SMILE BOX

ALSO, YOU CAN VIEW THEIR STORY THAT APPEARED ON FOX 9 NEWS

THANK YOU TO BRYNN, WHITNEY, & ARIK FOR SHARING YOUR STORY AND LETTING ME CAPTURE YOUR BEAUTIFUL FAMILY. YOU ARE SUCH AN INSPIRATION AND A REMINDER THAT WE CAN ALL MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN OUR EVERY DAY LIFE. THANK YOU! xoxo

 

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MAXWELL IS 4

  June 30, 2014

MY OLDEST SON, MAXWELL, TURNED 4 AT THE END OF APRIL SO I’M A FEW MONTHS BEHIND ON HIS ANNUAL PHOTOS… OUR AIR CONDITIONER WENT OUT EARLIER LAST WEEK AND WE DECIDED TO GET A HOTEL ROOM FOR ONE OF THE MUGGY EVENINGS. I DECIDED TO DO A LITTLE IMPROMPTU PHOTO SESSION OF MAX WHILE WE TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE COOL, AIR CONDITIONED ROOM… WITH BEAUTIFUL NATURAL LIGHT, MIGHT I ADD. HE DESPERATELY NEEDS A HAIRCUT BUT I LOVE HOW HIS CRAZY CURLS REPRESENT HIS FREE-SPIRIT NATURE.

xo
JEN

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A DAY IN THE LIFE: SARAH

  March 24, 2014

I WASN’T SURE WHEN I WAS GOING TO POST THESE IMAGES FROM ALMOST 6 MONTHS AGO BUT AFTER MY “AHA MOMENT” LAST FRIDAY I FELT THAT IT WAS TIME TO SHARE THIS SESSION THAT HAD A PHOTOJOURNALISTIC APPROACH…

LAST WEEK I WENT TO A BRANDING WORKSHOP AND HAD A CHANCE TO DIG DEEP INTO WHO I AM AND HOW I WANT TO INCORPORATE MYSELF INTO MY PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS. THE MORE I WROTE THE MORE I UNDERSTOOD THAT MY PASSION IN PHOTOGRAPHY IS TO DOCUMENT ONE’S LIFE IN THE REAL, ORGANIC MOMENT. I HAVE WRITTEN THIS DESCRIPTION OF MY BELIEF IN PHOTOGRAPHY AND MY BRAND FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS BUT HAVE ALWAYS ENDED UP FALLING INTO THE SAFETY NET OF WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING AND WHAT I “THINK” MY CLIENTS WANT.

EVEN BEFORE I BECAME A PHOTOGRAPHER I ALWAYS LOVED THE “CUTTING ROOM FLOOR” IMAGES WHERE NO ONE WAS LOOKING AT THE CAMERA… WHERE YOU COULD FEEL THE EMOTION COMING THROUGH THE PHOTO. ONE OF MY FAVORITE PHOTOS OF MY SON, MAXWELL, AND I IS BLACK/WHITE, KIND OF BLURRY, AND ME HOLDING HIM AND CLOSING MY EYES. I REMEMBER THAT EXACT MOMENT, 3 YEARS LATER, AND THE EMOTION THAT WAS SURGING THROUGH ME. MY GOAL, AS A PHOTOGRAPHER, IS TO CAPTURE YOU IN YOUR REAL EVERY-DAY-LIFE SETTING WHERE YOU CAN LOOK BACK AT THE IMAGE 10 YEARS LATER AND YOU CAN ALMOST SMELL, HEAR, AND FEEL WHAT WAS HAPPENING AT THAT VERY MOMENT.

I NEVER WANT MY PHOTOS TO LOOK CONTRIVED OR OVERWORKED… I BELIEVE THAT SMILE WRINKLES, FRECKLES, AND ROSEY CHEEKS SHOULD NEVER BE SOFTENED OR EDITED OUT BY A PHOTOSHOP TOOL. I BELIEVE THAT YOUR IMAGES SHOULD BE TRUE TO THE MOMENT AND NOT MANIPULATED BY AN EDITING BRUSH THAT MAKES EVERYTHING LOOK LIKE A PAINTING.

IN THE FALL OF 2013 I CALLED MY FRIEND, SARAH, AND ASKED IF I COULD TAG ALONG WITH HER AND THE KIDS FOR HALF A DAY. I TOLD HER THAT I WANTED TO BE A FLY ON THE WALL AND CAPTURE THE 4 OF THEM DOING THEIR EVERY DAY ROUTINE. WE STARTED THE DAY WITH BREAKFAST, READINGS BOOKS, AND GETTING READY FOR THE DAY… THE NEXT STOP WAS AT SARAH’S CROSSFIT GYM WHERE THE KIDS PLAYED NICELY WHILE SARAH GOT HER WORKOUT IN… THE LAST PART OF THE DAY WAS AT A NATURE CENTER BY THEIR HOME WHERE THEY OFTEN GO TO RUN AROUND OUTDOORS AND EAT LUNCH. THEY WERE HAVING A DEER HUNT THAT DAY SO WE SPENT MOST OF THE AFTERNOON IN THE NATURE CENTER. I HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME RUNNING AROUND WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL FAMILY AND I HOPE THAT SARAH CAN LOOK BACK AT THE PHOTOS YEARS FROM NOW AND REMEMBER THAT DAY VIVIDLY. ESPECIALLY AS A MOM, WE ARE OFTEN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CAMERA AND I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT SARAH HAD THE CHANCE TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED WITH HER BABIES.

GOING FORWARD IN 2014, I WILL BE ADDING IN A MORE EXTENSIVE LIFESTYLE SESSON THAT CATERS TO YOUR EVERY DAY LIFE. THESE TYPES OF SESSIONS ARE NOT LIMITED TO FAMILIES… FOR EXAMPLE: IF YOU ARE A BUSINESS OWNER WHO WANTS TO DOCUMENT YOUR DAY AT WORK, BEST FRIENDS WHO ARE HAVING A GIRL’S DAY DOWNTOWN, COUPLE WHO IS ENJOYING AN EVENING OF COOKING AND SITTING OUTSIDE ON THE PATIO, OR AN INDIVIDUAL WHO IS TRAINING FOR A MARATHON… I WANT TO CAPTURE YOUR DAY IN THE LIFE. 

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN GETTING MORE INFORMATION ON THIS TYPE OF PHOTOGRAPHY PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SEND ME AN E-MAIL: INFO@JENMENEGHINPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

THANK YOU, SARAH & KIDDOS, FOR LETTING ME SHARE SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY WITH YOU!

xo
JEN

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WINDY CITY

  March 12, 2013

LAST WEEK MY FRIEND, BRIDGET, AND I HEADED OFF TO CHICAGO FOR A QUICK DUAL-BIRTHDAY/WORK TRIP.

WE BOTH HAVE BIG CITY HEARTS LYING IN OUR LITTLE MINNESOTA BODIES. WE COULDN’T WAIT TO GET TO CHICAGO, TAKE THE TRAIN INTO THE CITY, AND WANDER THE STREETS LIKE THE LOCALS. IN 48 HOURS I THINK WE WALKED 50 MILES, DRANK 20 VENTI STARBUCKS COFFEES, AND ATE 1 OF THE MOST DELICIOUS CUPCAKES THAT WE’VE EVER TASTED.

CHICAGO WAS SO GOOD TO US… THE WEATHER, THE FOOD, THE DRINKS, THE SCENERY, THE COMPANY, AND THE PEOPLE OF THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY WERE THE NICEST OUT OF ANY PLACE THAT I’VE EVER WENT TO VISIT. I AM COMPLETELY SMITTEN BY THE WINDY CITY… NOW I MUST CONVINCE DAN TO LET US BUY A BEAUTIFUL BROWNSTONE IN THE GOLD COAST DISTRICT. MAYBE SOME DAY… ;)

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JEN

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DUE TO THE HIGH MILAGE OF WALKING AND THE WEIGHT OF MY MASSIVE DSLR, MOST OF MY PHOTOS WERE TAKEN ON MY iPHONE WITH INSTAGRAM (USERNAME: JENMENEGHIN). HERE ARE A FEW EXTRA PHOTOS FROM THE TRIP:

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VOTE

  November 06, 2012

REGARDLESS OF WHICH PARTY YOU SUPPORT, PLEASE GO OUT TO THE POLLS AND VOTE TODAY.

UNLIKE MANY PLACES IN THE WORLD, WE ARE SO BLESSED TO LIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE WE CAN FREELY EXPRESS OUR BELIEFS AND OPINIONS.

PLEASE EDUCATE YOURSELF AND EXERCISE YOUR CIVIL RIGHT AS AN AMERICAN MAN AND WOMAN… GO VOTE!

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN

  November 01, 2012

I HOPE EVERYONE HAD A HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

MY BOYS, MAX AND LEO, DRESSED UP AS A FIREFIGHTER AND DALMATIAN. I FIGURED I ONLY HAD A FEW YEARS BEFORE THEY WANTED CAPES AND SWORDS SO I KEPT WITH THE CUTESY-THEME.

ALRIGHT… NOW I HAVE TO MENTALLY PREPARE MYSELF FOR THE NEXT HOLIDAY… AND YES, I FULLY EMBRACE THANKSGIVING BEFORE EVEN DUSTING OFF OUR CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS. I LOVE ME SOME CHRISTMAS BUT I ALMOST EQUALLY LOVE TURKEY, MASHED POTATOES, PUMPKIN PIE, AND FOOTBALL. ;)

CHEERS.
JEN

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