Heather’s Autumn Outing {Murrieta Senior Photographer}

Heather is a truly unique beauty that I had the pleasure of photographing recently. I was completely inspired by her gorgeous features and coloring! The setting and styling were so deliciously Autumnal and I adore her set of images! Setting her stunning beauty aside, Heather is also a budding creative with a refreshing personality that I was instantly drawn to. I can’t wait to see what she will do with all that talent in the future. Call me for your head shots someday “daaawling!”;)

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Authentic . A new kind of capture

AUTHENTIC. Genuine. Real. YOU. 

I will start this post by saying, I am not too sure whether this will be a wonderful opportunity or a complete flop. But I am going to pour my heart out anyway and see where we end up. I am taking a risk and hoping some of you will come along in this crazy journey with me. Over the past couple years, I have began to make a small dent in the senior photography community. It was when I found senior photography that my passion for images became clearer than ever. That was it! I finally found my niche. I couldn’t’ be more thankful for that realization. I find meaning in making teens feel beautiful and showing them the light that they have inside them through photos (I have 3 girls of my own and know how important their self worth is). Sometimes it takes seeing yourself from another person’s perspective to realize your inner beauty. It hasn’t ever been about the hair and makeup and “dolling” girls up to be something they are not. Those things were just a facilitator to help make each girl comfortable in their skin. To bring forward their best qualities so that they focused on the good. I still whole heartedly believe in these sessions and what they can do for a young woman’s self esteem. I love watching that transformation; because what I am really seeing ,when a teen turns around to see herself in the mirror, is not eyeshadow and lipstick, it’s confidence!

Somewhere along my journey of photographing these genuine, well rounded, talented young women, I longed to dig deeper into who they were at the core. I would come into their home and meet their parents, see them kid around with their younger siblings and love on their family pets and I would leave feeling so honored to be a witness to that. Human connection. Real life. Good and Bad and all the In Between. That made me wonder. What if I were to capture that?!

More photo sessions came and went. I met more great people and made wonderful memories with them. I was content with that. This thought of “digging deeper” faded as life sped forward. My everyday activities with friends, family, and business pushed this thought deeper into my mind, away from sight. That is, until I read a blog post that caught my attention and my heart strings. As I read this woman’s eloquent words (way more eloquent than mine), I felt something stir inside me that I had pushed down. Why haven’t I taken the risk to offer client’s something different? There is a one word answer for that question. FEAR. Fear of failure was stopping me. I knew that this new concept of photographing teens would not simply be a new business move but it would be an experience that would take something more than photography skills. Coming into someone’s home and photographing them in an authentic way takes a lot of trust. “So what if they don’t trust me?” “What if no one is interested in this?” “What if I fail?” Those and a million other questions flew through my mind in a matter of seconds.

Then a lightbulb came on! “What if they ARE interested?” and “What am I so scared of?”

I know that lifestyle sessions aren’t for everyone and that’s OK! But what about those of you who want to jump right in? To be captured authentically.  So here it is. The end to a very long-winded post. I would love to offer all you ladies the chance to freeze your memories in time. To capture an authentic reflection of who you are right now, in this moment. It’s not overly complicated. It’s simple and beautiful. I will come to your home (most likely on a weekend) and capture you in your element. Imagine having an old friend over with a camera in hand to document all the perfectly imperfect moments of your day: From sipping on your favorite coffee mug at breakfast, to snuggling with your dog on the couch, to throwing your hair in a messy bun and taking a walk in your neighborhood or watching the sunset at your favorite beach. Those are the little things that you will hold dear when you are sitting in your dorm away from home. Those are the moments that we treasure yet seem so mundane and ordinary at the time. AUTHENTIC sessions are a way to artistically preserve those memories . The images will be photojournalistic in style and tell a story of who you are. The opportunity is there. Will you take a chance and be AUTHENTIC with me?

 

To learn more about AUTHENTIC sessions, please message me at jessiekenney@rocketmail.com or use the contact form on this site. I am happy to give you details!

Welcoming Baby B { San Diego Maternity Photographer }

I am so happy I get to share this session with you all! You might recognize this beautiful lady’s face, and if you don’t, I will give you a little intro! Alison is not only one of my dearest friends but also the talent behind our high school senior makeovers. My senior shoots are elevated to another level with her makeup skills and I am so blessed to be able to work with her. When Alison announced that she and her husband (who I have known since I was in grade school) were pregnant, I was thrilled beyond words. They are some of the most genuine, kind, and big-hearted people I know. This little bundle of joy hit the jackpot when she was placed with these two. I can’t wait to see them jump into this journey of parenthood and share in their happiness. This session was not just a day of photographs but a memorable afternoon spent with friends. Here are the highlights ….

 

 

 

We couldn’t do this shoot without capturing Alison and Matt’s “fur babies.” They are going to be wonderful siblings!;)

Be-still my country girl heart {Murrieta Senior Photographer}

Kylie is my 5-HUNDO instagram contest winner from a few weeks back ! I was so excited for this session because I love to give back to my fans and show them how much I appreciate them. I am somewhat new to instagram and the community there has been so kind and supportive to me. Kylie is an amazingly sweet girl (and no need to mention how stunning she is) and I loved spending time with her and her down to earth family. They were such a great group and we loved our perfectly country location complete with vintage truck and garden teepee! Here are the highlights from our day together.

Well Rounded Beauty {San Diego Senior Photographer}

Rebecca is a bright girl with big dreams and a heart for community. Giving back to others is not only something she is committed to but a passion that runs deep. Through conversations we had while walking around downtown San Elijo, I got the sense that Rebecca is going to be a great influence to others on her college campus next year. I can’t wait to hear of her accomplishments to come!

This girl’s smile lights up her entire face! I just loved her laughter and spirit. Here are some highlights from our afternoon together…