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I have a confession to make - I don't like the word blog. So if you don't mind, this is my "journal," a corner of my site to share some recent client and personal work as well as photo tips I've found helpful. Enjoy. Explore. Leave a comment behind. xo

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PERSONAL

CLIENT WORK

TIPS + ADVICE

This family keeps getting sweeter and sweeter

Hi journal, it’s me Janis. It’s been too long. I’ve been meaning to get back to writing and posting, and thought this sweet family session was a great occasion to jump back in. This is the third shoot we’ve done together – and the first with their new baby girl! Two things I’d like to […]

February 28, 2018

client work

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My Top 5 Summer Photo Don’ts

If you follow my Instagram feed (and if you don’t here’s the link :)) you probably already know: a) I’m having a pretty sweet summer and b) I’ve been taking a lot of photos of my kids. With more than FOUR weeks of summer vacation still ahead of us, I figured it’s a perfect time […]

August 3, 2017

personal, tips + advice

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It’s different the second (and third) time around

If I could have a do-over (and I realise this is a very dangerous game to play), I would go back 4.5 and 2.5 years and tell myself to book maternity sessions to celebrate my second and third pregnancies. For my first, the uber talented Emma McIntyre took my photos and I love them. Those […]

July 20, 2017

client work

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3 month olds get a bad rap

Here’s something I’ve heard from more than a few clients: “I really want to take family pictures now, but my youngest is 3-months-old. We should probably wait.” I couldn’t disagree more. I love 3-month-olds. Possibly even more than squishy newborns or silly one-year-olds. Why? In no particular order, here’s what I love most about 3-month-olds: 1) […]

March 27, 2017

client work

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Never underestimate an only child

I’m an only child. It’s a fact that defined my childhood and still defines me as a person. I like my space. I like things to go my way. I like being treated as an equal. I don’t like being underestimated. So shame on me for underestimating one of my own at a recent shoot. […]

February 22, 2017

client work

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5 ways to improve your next vacation pics

I hope this doesn’t come across as a humble brag, but I just got back from a great vacation (with 3 kids under 7, it was more like a tropical relocation) in the Dominican Republic. The trip provided a week’s relief from taking snowy or indoor candids with my kids. With the tropics fresh in my […]

January 25, 2017

personal, tips + advice

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A New Year’s Resolution: 6 months in the making

Last summer, I took a documentary photography course with the incredible Ruth Kaplan. She showed us how to look at the world, and our own work, through a different lens (pardon the pun). Our final project was completely open. We could document anything we wanted. My mind was racing. So many choices! I had an idea to capture […]

January 1, 2017

personal

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