Not too long ago I had the opportunity to photograph this beauty at a photographer’s shootout.  I normally don’t schedule too many teen/senior shoots throughout the year.  Only because I enjoy family and children sessions more… I mean can you blame me.  We get to play the whole time! But teen shoots are very different… I’m sure you can imagine.  And so I have stayed a way quite a bit. But after this session I think I have changed my mind.  It was not only a growing opportunity for me, but it was also a chance to experience something completely different.  And how I loved it! And so, I am ready to photograph more teens this year.  If you know of any, send them my way.

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I am going to try my best to write this right now without crying but I can’t make any promises.If you know me well you know that I am the most sensitive person in the world (well almost)… and so even thinking about this precious girl and all that I want to say makes me get a bit choked up.  But here goes…

You all know i have photographed her since she was a few weeks old…and on that day we placed this crown on her teeny tiny head and captured moments of her sweet young life.  And since then… every year… we make it a tradition to photograph her with the same crown and every year her mommy and I are in awe of how much she has grown since the time before.  And I will not lie, I actually imagined photographing her on her graduation day and her wedding day with this same crown on her head. Can you imagine??? And so as I look at these images .. and I think about what she means to me and my son… here is what I wish for her.

Miss “M”.. I wish that you continue to grow up knowing that you are loved.  I wish that you always find the confidence you need to live the life you desire and that you are brave when fears get in the way.  My wish for you is that you have many adventures.. big ones and little ones.  I hope that you find what always makes you happy and that if your heart ever hurts that you know that there will always be another day.  My wish for you is that you will always surround yourself with people that value you and feel grateful for you.  My wish is that you never forget us… because we will never forget you.  You are so precious and you are in my heart forever.

and yup… didn’t make it without some tears.

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It is that time of year… flowers are blooming and the light is golden which means spring minis are right around the corner.  This year the minis are styled…. which means adorable dresses and  headbands by Wild Grace Boutique will be provided.  All you have to do is show up…. to book a session email me at jess@jessicaidalia.com. These are very limited so to reserve your slot you need to act super fast! Ready go!

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Back in November, I invested in a photography shoot out with one of my favorite photographers… jackie of Jackie Jean Photography.  I am a huge advocate for life long learning and so whenever a learning opportunity comes my way I jump at the chance to be part of it.   And this opportunity couldn’t of happened at a better time…

Going to be totally honest with y’all… last fall was filled with so many cloudy days.. AKA tough situations.  And so getting away for a weekend to surround myself with other women who share the same passion as I do was more than just a creative outlet. It was also an escape from those dark clouds that had been following me for so long.

And so for a moment, I found myself behind my camera..eager to learn something new and ready to focus more on the things that make me happy.  I found myself being creative and inspired and I remembered why I became a photographer.  It isn’t about taking pictures for others or because I have always dreamed of owning my own photography business.  I became a photographer  because photography makes my heart happy…

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I recently started reading a book… a book that has reminded me that in every day I need to find time to look for what’s lovely in the world.  Whether its the beautiful sunrise or the loving words of a loved one… there is always something LOVELY to find.  And when we find it and focus on it, we are braver and happier and feel more alive.  And so I have been thinking a lot about collecting the moments that matter… what I consider to be just LOVELY.  And one moment that came to mind… is photographing a family.  Family sessions fill my heart… not even kidding.  There is something about being surrounded by amazing people and watching moments unfold… the laughs and cuddles and hugs and so much more.  I just love every moment of it.  It is LOVELY to see..

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