I’m Jen, and I am SO excited to be NRP’s new Family Photographer! Let me just start by being super cheesy and saying I can’t even believe I get to do this! There’s not enough time here to describe what family photography means to me (we’ll save that for another post!) but as a mama myself, I so value the images of my children through the years and I am honored to do the same for each of you!
So, a little about me: Like I said, I’m a mama myself, and have 3 precious kiddos. Eden is 9, Hudson is 7 and Asher is 5. They are truly God’s grace in my life, and are growing up so quickly. Eden is basically wearing the same size shoe as I am, Hudson has lost 2 (now three!) teeth in a matter of a week which has COMPLETELY changed his look, and our blue eyed baby is slowly loosing all his squishy rolls. It’s wonderful and heartbreaking all at the same time. And let me tell you, I am so grateful to have images that capture them in each stage of their young lives because they are changing before my eyes! I’ve been married to my husband, Aaron, for 12 years now (umm WHAAAT!?) and he’s pretty much the glue that holds this crazy family together. Like for real though. He’s steady, wise, and never fails to point us to the One who’s got us ALL in His hands. Side note: he’s recently become this super stud of a runner and is pretty much in the best shape of his life. That man moves more before 6am then most people I know. Love ya’ babe.
I’ve been behind the scenes at NRP for sometime now, and have even moonlighted in a few of their yearly recap blogposts. My time here began in Spring of 2014 when I started as NRP’s Intern and, after that, began assisting, followed by second shooting at weddings. A few months ago I officially accepted the role of NRP Family Photographer and have been photographing clients for the past few months. I am THRILLED to finally be announced to each of you, and I can’t wait to get to meet you and your beautiful families. Plus, I can’t count the number of times I’ve started to post an image from a recent session, or some behind the scenes goodness and then completely backtracked. I’ve got a whole lot of catching up to do, so if you don’t already, follow me on Instagram to see what I’m up to!
Speaking of following (see what I did there….) I’ve been following Nancy and her photography business since she had a blogspot, and if you haven’t yet, do yourself a favor and look that gem up. She started taking our family photos when our oldest was just about 2, and I was pregnant with our first baby boy. It was the coldest January day but man those images have stood the test of time, and are definitely some of my favorite. Since then, both Nancy and Elizabeth have been taking our family’s pictures on and off throughout the years. And their images of our family cover the walls of my home. Like literally. Everywhere. More on that later, too! God’s timing in my new position with NRP has been so perfect, and it brings me so much joy that now I get to be the one to hand over these precious images to families. I can’t wait to meet yours!
All Images by Nancy Ray
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