Jennifer Jacobson Photography » San Francisco Bay Area Baby, Child, and Family Photographer, San Mateo County Photographer, Burlingame Photographer, Peninsula Photographer

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  • Hello there! As a mother of four kiddos, I have a seasoned perspective when it comes to creating imagery that is equal parts lovely, authentic, and fun. I achieve this with a mixture of directed and spontaneous shots. When you book a session with me, you can expect to have a fun, affectionate, and memorable time together. I believe if you see your love in pictures, you'll feel it all over again!

This family started following my Instagram and decided to book their first professional photo session–ever–with me! No pressure, right? When I asked them a little about their family before the session, I learned from mom that that older brother “is a fun and very kind kid. His favorite thing is baseball. I want to capture him while he is still a little boy because I can see him growing up so fast! He is very good to his sister, they have a sweet relationship.” Little sister is “adventurous, spunky and girly. She loves to wear pretty things, twirl and twist her curls. She also loves to jump, climb and be crazy.” Their family, in three words, is “fun, adventurous, and extraordinary,” according to older brother. Mom adds that they are a team. I had no trouble at all portraying all of this. They were easily one of the most “fun” and “extraordinary” families I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing! (For those who care, I shot this on both digital and film–Kodak portra 400 and Fuji 400h).

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This gorgeous mama and I went to high school together. Her mom gifted her a session with me for her baby shower (a great gift, by the way. Gift certificates available here). As soon as I walked in the home I nearly swooned at the light-soaked, gorgeous interior. Then I saw the baby and really swooned! This was only my second newborn session shooting some film alongside my trusty digital, and I was really happy with the results. Newborn photo sessions with a couple’s first baby is something so sweet, so peaceful, and so worth capturing.


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2014 was a year of growth, both personally and professionally. My family went through some periods of pretty major transition that pushed me to take the business side of photography much more seriously than I had in the past. I spent a lot of time and head space trying to figure out how to make this outlet that I love profitable and not just the financial sense. To that end I made a few goals, both for and business and for shooting. One of those was to start shooting more film, which I did. I attended the Film is Not Dead (FIND) workshop with the incredibly talented Jonathan Canlas in September. I picked up a lot of technical information about film stocks, cameras, and f-stops. At the same time I learned probably just as much about running a successful photography business. By far the most poignant take-away, however, and the one thing that impacts all the others, was the concept that with every single frame you are saying something.  The best way to grow as a photographer is to find your voice. Know what you want to say and how to say it. All the technical stuff just gives you tools to serve this purpose: to say it–whatever it is–more effectively.

As I reviewed the pictures I’ve created over the year to compile this post, I realized that my work does speak. It comes through in my personal work and in my client work. It comes through whether it’s film or digital.

My goal this year is to say even more. Thanks for listening.

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