I grew up in a large families of huggers. I am the oldest of five children. My mom is one of five children. My dad is one of four children. So, lots of siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles and I have always loved being a part of a large family.
My love of family grew exponentially when I became a mother and I became passionate about capturing my daughters lives through images. It still amazes me how fast they change right in front of your eyes. Looking back at images even from a few months earlier, I could remember how I felt in those moments. That is when I became more determines to learn my camera and create images that showed more how I felt in those moments.
Along the way, I had a desire to capture the life and moments of other families but spent a lot of time deciding what type of photography made me the happiest. Everyone loves a grandma pose where everyone is looking at the camera and smiling, but the images that really make me the happiest are the sweet interactions between a mother and her son or a father and his daughter. I promise you that you will want to remember those simple moments too and you will long for them one day.
I want to love on your families, captures your sweet moments and give you images to remember this part of your journey.
I’ll be sharing more of the families I have had adventures with, but first up, is my sister and her boys. Being a girl mom, I am lucky to have nephews and see what boy mom life looks up close and personal. These boys have a lot of energy but also give the best hugs!
I am so excited to be writing my first blog post! I have always loved photography, but really became passionate about capturing life the way I see it after my first daughter was born and my father-in-law gave me my first DSLR. When I realized that I could use my camera settings to control the way I create an image, I was obsessed with learning everything I could. I took online classes, attended in-person workshops and learned everything I could about editing. I practiced and experimented endlessly until I developed my style. And somewhere along the way, I had a dream to have my own photography business to capture other people’s lives. So, it is with much excitement, I can announce that Jen Harkleroad Photography is finally a reality!