so get this, we were on a little vacation in sandpoint, idaho which seriously has the best little antique stores. i was browsing through some racks of clothes when i saw this little yellow polka dotted number and about DIED. and then i really died, because it's brittany's size (aka 00) not mine. needless to say after seeing it on her i KNEW we had to do a little shoot and let this girl be a model for a day. i don't know though, maybe this needs to be more of a permanent occupation for her. don't you think? we seriously had like 15 minutes before the sun went down on our last night in town and check out what we got!! i could have blogged a million pictures... SERIOUSLY.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
well hello folks, here i am with another disappointing non-post. sorry! but at least the one picture is reeeeal pretty. right?
ANYWAY, i just wanted to quickly post about 2010 weddings. i don't know what the deal is, but apparently you people are out there getting engaged left and right in the last couple of weeks! i have been getting tons of inquiries for SPRING AND SUMMER 2010 weddings, and dates are piling up! yay! but i guess what i'm saying, if you're already engaged, now is the time to start booking vendors. i could not be more excited about the brides i am going to be working with next year! oh the fun we will have... the pretty pictures we will make together... i can't wait!
Monday, December 7, 2009
oh my. has it really been that long since i blogged? REALLY? i guess i got nothin' but a big fat sorry. i have been doing everything possible to get all of my clients galleries ready and orders put in, not to mention prepare for christmas and enjoy this time with my own little family. plus we are almost done with our basement! all the painting is complete, we just need to put the finishing touches on our fireplace and carpet the place. you should see my bathroom tile. i'm obsessed. ahem, back on track. anyway, i am afraid when things get hectic, this little blog first he first thing to be put on the back burner.
but, oh, the things i will blog...
FOUR, yes FOUR weddings (and the accompanying bridals and engagements!! ahh!)
countless portrait sessions
trip to california
thanksgiving near yellowstone
TWO big COMMERCIAL SHOOTS.
yep, things have been busy. but i am still here. anyone else up for a 2 am chat? the other thing to go straight out the window with blogging is SLEEP.
here is just one little peak at the scenery on the way to island park for thanksgiving. it was absolutely gorgeous.
oh, and if you think i am done with my christmas cards, let alone my shopping?! you could not be more wrong.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
i love you. you are beautiful, fun, and make my job so easy! and did you know, after your sessions are over and the orders are placed, i miss you, and wonder how you're doing. boo. anyway, i am just reminding you that if you want to order prints before the holidays, all orders must be placed before december 1st. that way all of your lovely images can be tied up in a bow and placed under the tree! framed pictures make the perfect gifts (especially for parents and grandparents and such, but you already knew that!). please contact me with questions. you know how to reach me. =) also, will you e-mail me your current address? yes, you. all of you. that way, i can send you a holiday card, and we can keep in touch. it will be great.
Posted by Jessica Kettle at 12:26 PM
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
i would like to preface this by saying that this post was really intended for my personal blog. because it's, you know, personal. but then i thought, you know what, this is WHY i photograph, what makes me who i am. this is my inspiration and motivation. i guess this is also, in my own way, how i express love and gratitude in my life. so it felt appropriate to perhaps share it here as well. i hope i am right.
danny arrived today and we had the most beautiful evening with joe and brittany at the beach. the guys went running, the boys ran around in the sand, splashing and throwing rocks, the moms, we watched. and of course i photographed. it really was the most perfect, beautiful night. i have a ton of pictures to share, but right now i am getting ready for bed and just savoring the evening.
i have been thinking about the balance of living in the moment and capturing the moment. sometimes i hear people say that sometimes they have to put down the camera and just BE in the moment. i get that. i TOTALLY get it. but i also feel almost exactly opposite 99% of the time! to me, i feel most ALIVE on nights like this, beautiful setting, my family, best friends, and camera in hand. everything just feels right. i believe i actually enjoy the moment more completely when i capture it in a photograph. i am also the kind of person who prefers to do two things at once- movie and a craft, internet and music, bath and a magazine, clean my house and talk on the phone, i enjoy each aspect more by doing them at the same time.
i have felt for some time now, that because of my relationship with photographs, i see the world differently, i see my life differently. i am more aware of the beauty all around me, i see the art in everyday life as a mother, the little details stand out in a different way. my son's eyelashes or a sandy toes, the colors in our halloween pumpkins, the way the light peeks inside my kitchen in the morning. it's all clearer, it's all better, i appreciate it more.
there are of course moments that can't be photographed, only felt. tonight, just after the sun went down behind catalina, the sky was bright peachy-orange and the water so blue. the colors danced across max's skin and glistened in his eyes in a way i have never seen, it was absolutely breathtaking. i already had a couple hundred images on my memory card that i just knew i would love, but all i wanted was to catch this moment in the most perfect way so i could keep it forever. but wouldn't you know, max was wet. a little cold. and just wanted a snuggle. i squatted down in the sand for some hugs and just let my camera hang from the strap while i just snuggled max and watched the fleeting light on his face, just inches away myself. it was beautiful, emotionally and artistically. no buttons to push or focus to adjust, but it was art just the same. i thought to myself that even though i couldn't actually take a picture of this moment, that i would take a little mental snapshot and always remember his sandy fingers at the nape of his neck and his soft cheeks pressed to mine, while that orange light touched us both. part of me was sad for a second that i missed the shot but i am finding my mental snapshot to be just as rewarding to come home with as the many physical images from the night at the beach. nights like this i am truly so thankful for my happy, simple life and the little family we have created together and that god has given us. the opportunity to step back and look at it through my lens has shown me just how remarkable it is.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
can you handle mr. owen in his little get up? he has to be the cutest 18 month old on the PLANET, and the beach today was breathtaking. i brought the vintage cardi and bow tie along with me and was thrilled when they fit. i have only been here a few days and already i have SOOOO many pictures to share. we have been spending a lot of time at the beach and i am reminded why i had such a hard time leaving orange county (it's where we lived for about a year and a half pre-utah). it never gets easier...
Posted by Jessica Kettle at 9:42 PM
Monday, November 9, 2009
ok, seriously is this not the most GORGEOUS family? families with 5 or 6 kids usually make me a bit nervous, especially when they are so young. but this family was SO well behaved! i had so much fun with this bunch, and boy are they just an easy group to look at or what!?
his mom and i were absolutely dying over the pictures of little bronson. i can't quite get over him!
miss shelby was NONE too excited when it was her turn for her individual shots. but we got her warmed up after a minute and i was so thrilled with how these turned out!
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Friday, November 6, 2009
hehe. little stinker.
we're just going to have a lazy weekend at home playing outside with eachother! no sessions this weekend (what??! i know.) means a little catching up and relaxation. yay! here's a few from yesterday that put a smile on my face. enjoy.
and look at my friend chelsea's twins lauren and hallie. aren't they just the most darling, sassy little girls in their leopard outfits!? i just love them. thanks for playing with my cranky little boy!
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