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Violet Fay | Charlotte Michigan Newborn Photographer


Miss Violet Fay is a baby close to my heart. She is my bonus daughters newest little sister. And she is just so smooshy and adorable!

I was so honored to be able to come snuggle on her and capture her in the first weeks of life. She fits in perfect with her two big sisters.

Little Olive is convinced that she is HER baby haha.

Violet is a very loved little lady.

And her daddy is officially way out numbered by the ladies! What a lucky man!

Can’t wait to capture more moments with her as she grows.


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My Why. Define School Assignment | Michigan Child Photographer

Its about 2 minutes past midnight and my homework was due about well, 2 minutes ago.

I have been taking THE most inspiring class over at The Define School.

I am SO thankful for The Parsons and all of their inspiration.

I was SO SO blessed to win a free seat through a giveaway over at Design Aglow. I am so grateful.

It was EXACTLY what i needed.

I was feeling like i was losing myself in this industry.

The lines were blurred (go ahead and say that and not start singing THE most catchy song)

I LOVE being a story teller with photography and i somehow was losing that along the way.

This class has really helped me get back to that artist.

This week i was challenged to tell a story.

I chose my son.

He is my why.

He is WHY i started doing photography.

He is WHY i continue to do it.

I love documenting his journeys in this big ol world.

And that is what i like to give to my clients too.

Little things like bed head.

Silly smirks.

And sleepy peaceful shots.

Jeremiah is the most sensitive sweet boy.

He is surrounded by 3 amazing sisters.

He has a very special role.

And most days i think he takes it pretty seriously.

And other days well, he torments them haha.

He is the most gentle soul i know.

He is my why for many things.

He is also my how.

He is how i officially became a mother and photographer.

Pretty neat kid this one.





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November 11, 2013 - 1:57 pm

Mary Phillips - You and your amazing photography and writing skills make my world a better place to live!! You and your “young parent” friends restore my faith in raising the next generation!! (makes me sound ancient, but this is true!)

November 11, 2013 - 2:20 pm

Jennifer Snook - i Love these Amanda. It makes me want to take more pictures of my girls in their everyday life. :-) Great Job!!!

My Fellow Photog | Jessica Higgins Photography Connecticut Newborn Photographer

My Fellow Photog is back in action!

And i am SO pumped to bring you this weeks interview with Jessica Higgins Photography  from Connecticut.

Jessica specializes in amazing newborn photography and i swoon over her work often.

I have also been blessed to have Jessica as a personal friend of mine. I am a lucky girl like that!



How long have you been shooting?

I have been shooting for 5 years

Describe your brand

Organic, simple, pastel and soft colors



Describe a typical work day for you.

Up at 6:30am to get the kids off to school at 7:50.  Then Check emails and small tasks till 9am.  Then the next hour is off to the gym for me. I have learned that you need to put yourself first and take care of yourself. Home from the gym, shower and edit and fill orders and return client phone calls throughout the day.

If it is a day I am photographing a newborn, scratch  emails and other small tasks, get ready for a 9am session.  Newborns go between 2&4 hours. Once the session is over, I come upstairs and start to download my card and grab another shower and some lunch!  I work until my kids come home at 3:30. Most days, I work for an hour in the evening after the kids head to bed to wrap up any open tasks or return phone calls/emails.


Tell us about your family

I have been married to my husband for 12 1/2 years and together for 19! He is my best friend and a great dad to our two kids. Our daughter is 8! Gosh, when did that happen? She is spunky and a free spirit! My little guy is 6 and such a cuddler! I love it! Some days I can’t believe how grown up they are both getting! Time really does go by so quickly!

Tell us something weird about you? Anything goes!

Hmm… well when I laugh really hard, I snort! I used to think it was embarrassing, but whatever! It’s a part of who I am and I like me!


What are you listening to?

It changes all the time and it’s rather eclectic, but at the moment, Muse, The Killers, Snow Patrol, Linkin Park, Mumford & Sons, Florence + The Machine. Well, I warned you, it’s rather eclectic!

What is something you do to save time or be more efficient in your home life?

I try and do on or two cleaning things each day. Like dust and do the bathrooms one day, vacuum and wash floors on another. That way, I don’t have to have a whole day of cleaning.


If you could change something about your home, without worry about expense or mess, what would you do?

Well, it would be two things! I would build a stand alone studio and put in a pool!

What is something that always makes you laugh?

My son! He can be a silly nut!

Share a family tradition you love?

I love going to church on Christmas eve with the kids and my husband. It is one of my favorites! Oh and I love going on a drive with the kids to go look at Christmas lights!

What is your guilty pleasure?

That’s easy! Starbucks! I love a triple shot, skinny vanilla latte, but my hubs hates when I get them, he thinks they are too expensive!

What is your go to dinner on a busy day?

Lazy Shepard’s Pie



If you could do a photo session anywhere in the world where would that be?

The rainforest of the Pacific Northwest! And I was lucky enough two years ago to do it, for my good friend!

Do you like to Bake?


Are you a coffee person?

YES! Did I mention my Starbucks addiction?


When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?

A nurse for a while, until I discovered that I don’t like the sight of blood and then a teacher! (I taught for 13 years)

What is something that you feel has made your life so much easier? Like a new gadget or a new routine or anything.

My iPhone. I have everything on it, phone numbers, calendar, music, even stuff for the kids.




Is there anything else you want our readers to know about you or your business?

I absolutely, LOVE newborn photography! It truly makes my heart sing! I taught school for 13 years and once I started photographing newborns, I just new that this is what I was meant to be doing! I have been solely running my photography business for 4 years! I love photographing little ones who are so new and fresh in the world and I adore the feeling that I get when I give their parents their gallery!

Follow Jessica you wont be sorry!




October 1, 2013 - 5:45 pm

Jennifer Wilcox - I love that you do this. I really enjoy getting to know other photographers;-) Jessica does beautiful work!

October 1, 2013 - 7:47 pm

Angela - What a great feature! Love Jessica!

October 3, 2013 - 4:14 am

Eden - I’m a big fan of Jessica’s work. That last image is to die for!