8.20.2008

My son Jack

So Jack and I needed a breather and what better place for a dose of fresh air? DULUTH! This was Jack's first trip there so I was beyond excited to show him all the things I grew up experiencing. Little did I know its turned into quite the nice vacation spot. I haven't been there in at least 5 years and a lot has changed.. and for the better! The aquarium was new to me, and just the whole cohesive flow of Canal Park. We LOVED IT! Jack and I had a blast and really got some time to bond and just have FUN~! Here are a couple of shots from our trip! Next year we are insisting upon going with Steph, Matt & Baby OOCKA, since they pretty much have a second residence there.

Oh and btw, those are Jacks favorite boots! He wears them almost every day and calls them his "rickets" which is his version of "ribbit" and is symbolic to frogs which is what his boots are! Yes this is part of the vast new language of "jack speak" Just ask Daddy, Nana, Mimi (our daycare lady) or myself to translate - we are fluent!





Twin Cities Luxury & Fashion

Here are some of the spreads from this mag!






METRO MAG

Ok, I know I promised some of these magazine tears a while ago, but like I said, I have been to busy shooting to write about it! Here are a couple of the spreads from past issues. Hopefully you got to see them in person, they are much better that way! FOR sure please check out the spread I did in the Sept issue, which should hit stands next week. I AM IN LOVE WITH IT! From what I have seen it turned out great... and the cover - YEAH! THE COVER!! SO PUMPED!!


















Sexy B-pics!

This blog will be dedicated to some fab ladies and they're boudoir sessions! I LOVE these sessions and so do the ladies that do them! They not only walk away with classy, unique and magazine quality photos for their love, but from what I have heard it has been so easy and made them feel EMPOWERED, BEAUTIFUL and well, like a real woman! THATS awesome!

NOTE: I will post some now and am awaiting permission for others...


Oh and if you want to do one for your self. Its only $300 - that is for 2 hours and a ton of images on disc.

Here are some kind words from these beautiful ladies....

Jenn

Thank you again for Sunday. It was amazing! You really made me feel so comfortable It's so cheesy to say, but I have felt so empowered since the shoot. Like you and everyone making me feel so comfortable and glam, it's like a super huge confidence boost. I was telling Angie that everyone needs to do a shoot like that, because you feel so empowered with your sexuality and woman-ness afterwards. You get that "I can conquer the world" feeling. Is that lame? Haha. Probably, but really, the shoot totally had the effect on me.

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I just wanted to say a big thank you! The photos are awesome. I can't believe there are over two thousand! I went through quickly and narrowed it down to 200, and picked the ones I really loved. I think I have it down to 50. I'm so impressed. I feel like I have a lot of variety to work with, so I'm super thrilled. I had a hard time picking just a few. Who would've know (other than you) that it'd turn out so well??!! Thank you again!!

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Jennifer Cress did a photo shoot with me as a wedding gift for my husband. She was great to work with and the photos were amazing! She made me feel comfortable and at ease. She also inspired me and gave me confidence. Jenn has the ability to capture people in a new light that lets their true beauty shine through. I had a blast and my husband....well he was speechless when he looked at the photos:)

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Hi Jen!

I JUST finished looking through the photos, I started at 10 this morning! Thank you so much, you are so gifted! These are amazing, I wish I could show my mom! I'll be reccomending you to everyone I know who's getting married!


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Link to a SAMPLE ALBUM from a recent session









More to come..

Sept-Dec discount on Family Sessions

Christmas is coming! So lets get the ball rolling EARLY this year instead of 2 weeks before ;)

All family sessions are $200 with a free 8x10! Plus I have a kick butt new studio to shoot you or your entire family at!

Also if you refer a friend you will receive an additional 10% off of your session!

Please call 2 weeks in advance to book your appt.

See you at the studio!

-jc

Blogathon 2008

Well its for sure the busiest time of this season! I have been crazy busy and need to blog about a million things, including a ton of Weddings! Can I tell you all how much I love shooting weddings? They are just amazing. How awesome is it to be a part of such an emotionally charged, life changing event. This year I have been so blessed with beautiful and UBER in love couples that have made my job (and my assistants jobs) so easy!! Thank you to all of you for allowing me to be a part of such a wonderful day!!

So stay tuned, in the next couple hours *well into the night probably!* I will be catching you up on many things, of course some weddings, but also some kids - including my own! - and also of my other adventures..um I mean endeavors =)

Including an upcoming COVERSHOT for the September METRO magazine.

Thank you everyone for your patience as I am not the best blogger, I still can't get over the fact that people might actually be caring enough to read this =)

xo-jc

6.26.2008

Jaxon aka "J"

I have been so lucky to photograph so many babies lately..Baby J belongs to Brenna and Scott, I had the pleasure of photographing their wedding! It honestly feels like just yesterday that we were downtown at the swanky Graves 601 for their wedding & reception and now here they are the lucky parents of this adorable baby boy - who they lovingly refer to as "J" - IN FACT Brenna has changed the words in "O say can you see" to O "J" can you see! NOW THAT is adorable! Its amazing what we as parents do for that sweet little smile or that perfect shot. In FACT. Sometimes we put naked babies where naked babies don't belong. LIKE IN A BOWL! If you don't believe me, see below. It might be one of my best shots ever =) He actually liked it. OR at least dealt with it long enough for me to get a couple dozen great shots!


Hope you enjoy Brenna & Scott, it was so nice to meet little "J" and see you both!

xxo-jc










Sophia & Olivia - SISTERS!

Oh how lucky are these 2 girls? They will share secrets, dreams and giggles for a lifetime! I just can't help but think about how many memories these 2 cuties will have together!

Sophia is the older of the 2 girls and she she sure is petite, but don't let her size fool you! She is as witty as they come for a 3 1/2 year old! She doesn't miss a beat. The minute I arrived she pegged me for the sucker I am to all adorable little kids. The entire time she was saying "Jen, lets go out side, Jen can I have more skittles - which of course I obliged. Anything for a photo right?

Here's my tip for all of you parents who want great photos. Get bags of skittles.. VERY BIG BAGS OF SKITTLES!

Hope you enjoy these photos! I sure enjoyed taking them!

xoxox-jc









Anemonie Sushi & Oyster Bar

If you know me, you KNOW I love sushi and I love photographing it EVEN MORE! This place is wonderful and the chefs are amazing! The created these amazing dishes (I shot quite a few more!) in just minutes. I suggest the Caterpillar roll with EEL and EEL Sauce, ALWAYS good! If EEL is to much for you they have PLENTY of other options. This fab. lounge also boasts a great nightclub and is owned by Azia. YES I know, what a rough job I have, photographing and eating some of the best food in the Twin Cities
=)

xxo-jc






Baby George




Just thought I would share some photos - in the form of announcements I did for a friend! He is welcomed home by his adorable sister Bella -- who I will get to photograph later this year along with the entire Harig family! This baby boy is the exact replica of his Daddy! HOW adorable!!

6.04.2008

Changes are coming!

Another reason I have been so very busy (besides my son and becoming his vacation bible school teacher! YIKES!!! They couldn't find anyone more qualified?? ;) I have had been re-doing my logo and creating 3 brand new web sites! 2 of the 3 should be ready by the end of next week.
Apparently June is a big month around here! ahahaha

over & out
jc

Twin Cities Luxury & Fashion

UPDATE!

I photographed a 6 page fashion spread for this awesome magazine and it should be out on the stands in a couple days. As soon as its out I will be posting it here. I AM BEYOND excited! This has been a huge undertaking and it turned out really great!!!

can't wait to see it in print. Its always cool to see something hard copy!

xoxo-jc

Best Buy Circular - Argus Cameras

Great News!

I will have some images in the June 15th Bestbuy Circular. THIS is very exciting for me! It will be for a great kids digital camera made by Argus

FYI- My shots have NOT been updated on their website.. I will update you when they are!

I can't share the images yet, but they will be kids and the product in a fun "camp" setting. Plus the basic product shots! When the circular hits the stands I will scan and post here!

xoxo-jc

Busy season!

Hello everyone! Well I have been so busy working I have not had time to blog about my last several *and I mean SEVERAL* weddings nor my other sessions.

I PROMISE I will do that this week! YOu can expect an update of at least 5 weddings and a bunch of other fun photo sessions!

oh and check out a couple other new updates I have coming up!

hope everyone is enjoying our PSUEDO spring!

xoxo-jc

4.23.2008

A couple newsworthy topics!

Since I am posting =) I thought I would share some big news! I have been so blessed with this wonderful career and now as it grows I can't help but be appreciative for some upcoming events

First off, I have been asked to do a fashion spread for a new fashion magazine - It is called Twin Cities Luxury & Fashion - you will see it on stands in June! www.twincitiesluxury.com

Secondly, I have been shooting for another magazine recently, METRO. I have been lucky enough to get some great stories on unique restaurants. The first was "The Strip Club" - www.domeats.com, SUPER good, locally grown food. Expect a wait though!!! It seems to be the place to be "SEEEEEN" right now and requires a reservation at night. The other place I was at was a total unknown for me, although I think its been around for a while! Its called Babani - it is a small Kurdish restaurant in St.Paul. The food was right up my alley, lots of spices and rice - plus it was very quaint - Not sure if they have a web site - but let me know if you want to try it and I will email you directions

Look for this and a 10 page spread I will have in METRO in the next couple months!


ok, last but not least an image that I provided to a local company that produces gift bags (you know the ones you buy for all the showers and weddings you go too?) was sold on a bag they will produce next year for baby's! It is adorable.. pink which is funny since it is my son's hand and feet in the picture! - I am hoping it sells well!


Thanks for reading my posts-- feels good to share some good news!

Hope everyone is enjoying the great weather-- I know Jack and I can hardly stay indoors.. unless of course I am blogging for 8 hours straight =)

NOAH/SAM/MOM/DAD

Just this past weekend I photographed this foursome at my studio-- It was great! Everyone worked and worked at getting some fun and unique photos. I am sure Dad was through with all of the crazy ideas, but in the end I know it was worth it. They haven't seen all of the photos yet (this will be the first time!) but I know they will love the variety. I really try to get everyone's personality and also a couple different settings and of course a mix of family members.

Thanks Dunlap's for being so relentless and relaxed.. It makes for a fabulous shoot!!

xo-jc