Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lifestyle Photography

Today our little punkin turned ten months old! 

I photograph Emmajean every day with my cellphone and often with my professional camera. Every month I try to take a few extra-special photos on her "birthday"... I am a photographer after all. This month she has changed so much and I wanted to document the day with one of my natural-light lifestyle photo sessions.

I thought you all would like to see these adorable images and also take a look at what I mean by a lifestyle photo session. Verbally, I can tell you that my photographic style is a mix between lifestyle and traditional portrait photography. While I do stage and pose some of the shots, the majority of the photos were taken doing things Emmajean does all of the time in her own environment. 

What I love about these photos is that not only do they capture her curiosity, her exploration, her playing, and her many faces, they do so in a space that is sentimentally significant to us. When we look back at these photos in 20 years, I'll be able to show Emmajean how the banner that hung above her bed was saved from the beautiful baby shower that Cindy and Julie threw for us at our church before she was born. I'll be able to tell her that it hung above her crib that was passed down from her cousins Aubrie and Callan in North Carolina; and how her Gima and Aunt Britty painted the crib the perfect shade of yellow and drove it out to our farmhouse in Iowa. I'll be able to tell her how special it was to read her all of the books that so many wonderful friends gave to her. 

I'll be able to show her that her nursery was neat and tidy...     

and that it was also full of toys, a zoo, and covered in dirty clothes. 

I'll be able to show her how she loved taking out all of the toys and playing in her toy box. I'll be able to tell her how she learned to balance that month and loved to explore in every nook and cranny.

I'll tell her how I put her in her crib to keep her safe while I went to the bathroom or changed out the laundry. I'll be able to show her how we had to lower her crib because she was growing so quickly.

I'll be able to tell her this photo was one of the very first steps she took, off balance, holding onto mommy's leg. 

I'll tell her how she just learned to rock herself in the toy "basket," and how we thought those gappy baby teeth were the cutest things ever! I'll tell her how I let her pull out her clothes for fun because it was so precious to watch her play, even if she made a mess.

I'll tell her how she loved to get her hands on anything made of paper, and would try to eat it! 

I'll tell her how she learned to stand tall and how to squat to get down safely. 

And yes, after all of the playing was done, Mommy cleaned up the nursery for a few tidy photos, too.

And while we had so much fun making a mess and taking beautiful real-life photos, I also captured a few posed images that reflected her new-found joy of her toy basket. 

Yes, it was a wonderful day. We played, we photographed, and we wore this little 10-month-old out!

Interested in one of my lifestyle photo sessions for you or your little one? Visit JillianWebbArt.com for session information and contact me. I'd love to help you save these fleeting amazing moments with your little ones.


Friday, March 10, 2017

About Me



Hi! I thought you’d like to know a little about the person behind the canvas and camera. Among many things, I’m a middle child, I’m a peace-maker, and I love to have fun and make new friends. I’m a wife, a mommy, and an artist.
Nearly ten years ago (where did that time go), I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art, concentrating on painting and photography. Over the past ten years, I’ve worked in studios, shown my paintings in galleries, and participated in solo shows, group shows, and fine art festivals. I met the man who was more than I dreamed, and I married him. I’ve photographed seniors, families, weddings, and recently my very own newborn! I have had my own art spaces in North Carolina and Iowa.  From single to married, from North Carolina to Iowa, from wife to mommy—the past ten years have been a whirlwind of adventure!
I’m currently painting and making photographs in lovely northeast Iowa. I paint from my rural farmhouse studio, and my photography takes me to locations close to the hearts of my clients.
When painting, I create color relationships and use vigorous marks and texture to emphasize moody abstract atmospheres.  For inspiration, I use the world around me, the process, and my own experiences. The works of Mark Rothko, Hans Hofmann, and Vincent Van Gogh all inspire me. While some of my paintings are loosely representational, I find abstraction to be one of the truest ways to emotionally connect the painting and viewer.
When behind my camera, I specialize in natural-light lifestyle photography.  Whether I’m on location photographing a newly engaged couple, a senior excited about graduating, or a grumpy kiddo, I thrive on connecting with my clients to capture sincere emotion.  My joy as a portrait photographer is handing over a gallery of images that genuinely reflects the love, the laughter, and even the tears of real-life people. Life is beautiful.  At the end of the day, not only do my clients have fantastic images and memories that will last a lifetime, but we also have had fun making them!
I thank God for my family, for our blessings, for this beautiful journey we share. I thank God for all experiences, both good and tough, for the relationships developed with friends and clients, for the ability to connect with people and appreciate our differences and similarities. I’m so grateful for the chance and ability to make art.
While keeping very busy, the best job is raising my most precious creation here on the farm, my little cherub. I’m grateful for so many things, but the love of my husband and my baby girl is the greatest!

I hope you’ll stay in touch by frequenting me here on SunnyinSaintOlaf.com, and by visiting my artist website: JillianWebbArt.com where you can find more information and examples of my fine art and photography.