Baby C–Halfway to One! {Spring, TX | Baby and Family Photographer}

She’s grown so much since I photographed her as a newborn 6 months ago (does anyone sense another “How They Grow” post in the near future :)?)!  I just love getting to see how quickly they change–not just in appearance, but in personality as well!  Baby C is growing into a very smiley, bubbly, and curious little girl.  Did I mention beautiful?  She’s oh so pretty (just like her Mama!)!  I had such a great time photographing her with her family, and hope to get to photograph them again soon!  Enjoy the images–I apologize for there being so many…I just couldn’t pick this time!, and don’t forget to enter to win the Christmas in July Giveaway, going on now!

Ruffle Romper and flower headband from Baby Cake Bowtique…www.babycakebowtique.com

Princess Crown from Splendid Play…www.splendidplay.com

Headband from Baby Cake Bowtique (www.babycakebowtique.com)

Headband by Splendid Play for image above and below (www.splendidplay.com)

Sara Jensen Photography…Where Life Meets Art {The Woodlands, Conroe, Spring, and Houston, TX | Photographer}

Hello, and welcome to my blog!  I am a Custom Portrait Photographer in The Woodlands, TX and I absolutely love my job–it is truly my passion, and I’m grateful every single day that I get to do what I love for a living.  I specialize in Newborn Portraits through the First Year of Life, but am also available for a limited number of Family, Child, and Senior Sessions.  I use natural light and a fun relaxed approach to capturing whatever age or stage you are at in your life.  My experience in photography goes back almost 20 years–I found my passion early in life, but took a while to truly realize my dreams.  If you are looking to have custom portraits done in The Woodlands, TX or surrounding areas, take a look around and see what my style is like!  Then feel free to e-mail me or even give me a call if you have any questions–I would love to chat with you!  I believe that having your portraits done should be a fun, unique, and very personal experience.  It’s an investment in your memories–images to be treasured for years to come and passed down through the generations to help remember and document this time in your life…who you are, where you were, what you loved, and how you felt.  Every client is important to me, each one has a story to tell and I am honored to play a part in capturing that story from behind the lens of my camera!  Below are just a sampling of images from past sessions, but feel free to click around and find all kinds of images and information here on the blog, or head to my website, www.sarajensenphotography.com, or Facebook page, www.facebook.com/WhereLifeMeetsArt, for even more!  Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to get the chance to help you tell your story soon!

 

 

 

Welcome Baby T! {Newborn Photographer | Conroe, Texas}

This first image is so fitting for Baby T’s welcome to the World!  Just over a week old, he was such a little angel for me during our session, sleeping a lot and only fussing once or twice for a little snack before we continued!  I got to try out a couple of different things, and love that we got to use a couple of rooms from his house for a backdrop.  I really like making each session personal and unique, so doing a few shots on Mom and Dad’s bed as well as a couple in the Nursery really make these images one of a kind for him and his family.  Have I mentioned that I absolutely LOVE photographing newborns?  They are truly a challenge, but so incredibly worth it!  I think my background as a labor and delivery nurse makes them a natural subject for me–I’ve handled plenty of very new babies :)!  If you know someone expecting a baby soon, tell them to give me a call or send me an e-mail!  I have some special offers available for babies expected to be born in March, so spread the word!  Here are some more of tender Baby T….

40 Years Strong! {Anniversary Session|Houston Texas Photographer}

This is the first “Anniversary Session” that I’ve done, and I can’t wait to do another one!  It is absolutely amazing to photograph two people who know each other so well, who have spent that much time together, and have that much history connecting them.  I love that they were willing to have fun with this session, showing that they are still young at heart, and still very much in love.  Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. D on 40 years of marriage this year!  If you are interested in an Anniversary Session, or interested in getting a gift card for someone as an anniversary gift, send me a note at sara@sarajensenphotography.com or you contact me through my website:  www.sarajensenphotography.com

 

 

 

On the Eve…

Every year, as the New Year approaches, I like to clean.  It’s just what I do.  And I’m not talking about the run of mill dusting and vacuuming that goes on throughout the year, I mean I like to CLEAN.  I feel this urge to organize, sort, toss out the old, donate the unused.  It’s almost like nesting during pregnancy it can get so intense.  And although it has become more and more futile as the years have passed (read–I have two toddlers who can destroy 2 weeks of organization in about 10 seconds flat), I still can’t resist the urge to straighten it all up in an attempt to simplify my life.

This year was no exception, and as I was going through my office, I came across some pictures I had taken 19 years ago.  They were not the first pictures I ever took, and they were not just snapshots of friends and family.  They were pictures from a “photographic outing” that I used to take often when I was young–to find things in nature or architecture or anything that struck me as visually unique or beautiful and capture it on film (literally–there was no such thing as digital at that time!).  It made me realize that I have been pursuing this dream for over 20 years–studying the craft, experimenting with different subjects, and dreaming of a life where I could do this for a living.

Fast forward to today, and I am wrapping up 2010–the year I went into business for myself, doing what I love.  What an AMAZING year!  Now, I have worked in photography in the past, in several different ways–I’ve done nature photography, engagement portraits, wedding photography, concert photography (I even photographed for an interview with Willie Nelson in his trailer!), but it was always something I did “on the side”, as a pipe dream, not to be confused with real life.  It took me a LONG time to get here, but the journey really makes you who you are, and that is so true of me as a photographer.  I don’t believe that I could be as good at what I do, or anywhere near as appreciative of being able to do it, if I hadn’t taken the road that I did.

There are SO many people I have to thank for getting me to where I am today–living my dream–I could write a blog post on each and every one of them (and maybe I will in the year to come!), but to summarize, I have the most amazingly supportive family.  From my parents, to my husband and two little muses :), I am wrapped in a blanket of eternal support, and it really does keep me warm!  I have not forgotten my sister (I bet she thought I did for a second there!), who has not only been supportive, but also is probably the person who finally pushed me off that cliff and made me learn how to fly.  After she set off on her own life changing journey in 2009, I finally found the courage to follow my own dreams.

And I am of course so grateful for all of my clients!  Each and every one of you has a part in this–please revel in it for me, because it is so amazing!  Each one of you has helped me to realize a life long dream, you have changed my life and I really can’t thank you enough.  My business has grown almost entirely from word of mouth…so just by sharing my work with and talking to your friends, you have helped me make this dream a reality.  Thank you, a million times over!  I hope to see all of you again in the coming year, plus have the opportunity to meet new faces, hear new stories, and capture it all through the lens of my camera.  Happy New Year everyone!

More From the First Inspiration Session

The entire gallery from the first Inspiration Session–The Bald and Beautiful Betsy–can now be viewed at http://www.sarajensenphotography.com under “Featured Galleries”.  If you have visited my site before, be sure to refresh your browser and delete your history, because this site is all new and improved (although still in need of little work, so please excuse the new construction mess going on!).  Thank you for your patience Betsy, and thank you again for letting me into your life to capture these very special moments!

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The Bald and Beautiful Betsy! {Inspiration Session The Woodlands, TX}

The first Inspiration Session is completed!  (You can read more about the meaning behind an Inspiration Session in the previous post).  Betsy is not only an inspiration, but a reminder to us all about being proactive about your health.  Earlier this year, she decided to get tested for the infamous Breast Cancer Gene–she has a family history of both breast and ovarian cancer, and wanted to be safe about her own health.  She is after all the most important and irreplaceable person in the lives of three precious little girls!  The test came back positive, and the journey began.  What started out seeming like proactive treatment to rid herself of the possibility of getting cancer in the future turned into a battle against something that was already there–something probably too deep and hidden to have been found if she had not decided to take that initial test.  Betsy is likely to have saved her own life with that simple decision. But now the gears had changed, and the approach needed to be as aggressive as possible.  Betsy was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer, and opted to go for a double mastectomy and complete hysterectomy–leave nothing there for that nasty cancer to grab hold of again!  Along with the multiple surgeries, Betsy underwent Chemotherapy–and opened up her body to what she, and others before her, have labeled the Red Devil–a potent drug intended to kill cancer, but it makes your whole body sick and vulnerable at the same time.  She reminisces that despite all of the hype and all of her nerves about that particular drug, it didn’t feel like anything at all as it entered her veins for the first time–an eery feeling that something so seemingly innocuous will have such a powerful impact on your body.

I met Betsy when her mastectomy was completed, and her chemotherapy had not yet begun.  She has been through a lot over the last several months, and I’m sure there have been some tough days, but every time I have seen or spoken to her she has exuded nothing but strength and positive energy.  She kept her children’s lives so normal, and did such a great job of being there for them as a Mom despite all that she was going through as a woman.  I cannot help but think that I could not possibly have handled her situation with such grace.  Betsy told me that the cancer had changed her life–she is less likely to stress over the little things now–having a perfect clean house is not as high a priority as playing with her children.  That alone is a lesson I think most Moms could stand to learn to some degree (myself included).  It’s hard sometimes to slow down and take the time to really see and appreciate and understand your children.  It’s just one of the things I’ve tried to take away from meeting Betsy–to remind myself of what’s important in life, and how to let go of the things that just aren’t.

Betsy’s journey is far from over–she herself admits that the scariest time is just beginning.  When I went with her to her last treatment at the Cancer Center, she told me that ending treatment left her feeling somewhat uneasy.  While she was undergoing treatment she felt certain that the cancer was not growing, and now that the treatment was ending she was entering into more of an unknown.  For most of us, there is a sense of security in knowing that something is actively being done, and now Betsy is beginning the waiting game–cancer leaves lots of scars, some that will stay with the survivors their whole lives.  So, remember that for anyone you know that is having or has undergone treatment for cancer, that the support should not end when the treatments do–sometimes that is emotionally the most difficult time.

Every person I meet through my work gives me something that I know I will hold onto forever.  Every single one of them teaches me a small lesson as they open themselves up to allow me to photograph who they and their family really are.  Betsy opened up a huge and very vulnerable part of her life to me, and for that I will be forever grateful.  She has given me new goals, a new sense of what is truly important, and a smiling face to remember when I want to feel sorry for myself for some trivial hardship ship I’m having to face–she has faced worse, and with a smile, a laugh, and enough love to embrace three beautiful children, a loving husband and a sea of family and friends.  They say that it is not what life hands out, but how you handle it, that defines you as a person–I think we can all tell who Betsy really is!  They also say that if you change one life, you have changed the world.  Well, Betsy, you have changed my life…and I’m sure I’m not the only one!  Thank you!

A place where Betsy has spent a lot of her time in the last few months….

undergoing treatment to help rid her body of cancer for good.

And except for a few understandable grimaces of pain, you hardly saw anything but smiles from Betsy.

And she will tell you that she has had a fantastic support group of friends to help her through this….

Such good friends, that one even lent her some hair for this photo 🙂

But even without hair, Betsy truly is beautiful….inner beauty shines through, even when you are stripped away of those outer coverings.

Covered in the scarves and hats she will not need much longer (not that she ever needed them at all :)!)

In the comfort of her home, with a trademark smile that has not been faded or worn down by this illness.

And who says cancer can’t be fun–when your Mom is bald, why not paint her head?

Messy is almost always a sign of the best fun…

Saying goodbye to an illness that could not take her…her body may have changed but her spirit has not faltered.

A 12 balloon release–the number no accident, it was Betsy and her husband’s 12th Anniversary this year!

The full gallery of images will be available for viewing within the next few days…hopefully on my new website!!!  Check back soon to get the link!