Friday, March 18, 2011

Baby "J" | Jenn Hoffmann Photography, Newborn Photographer, Bay Area

Just like us, babies have their good and bad days.  Baby "J" is no different.  The first time I visited him to do his newborn portraits he just wasn't having it!  I got a few cute photos, but he just didn't want to be moved and only wanted Mom to hold him!  So I went back today to try to get a few more and he slept like a champ!  Zonked out, happy as can be!  Sweet Baby "J" is just over 2 weeks old and is simply adorable!  Congratulations!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Casting Call Family Chosen! | Jenn Hoffmann Photography, Family Photographer, Bay Area

Thank you so much to the families that sent in a submission for my Family Casting Call.  I appreciate you opening your heart to me in your emails (some brought me to tears) and enjoyed learning a bit about you!  I truly wish that I could somehow pick all that applied, but at this point in time there is just one lucky family.... the Joyce Family!  I will be contacting you with all of the details within the day.
And keep a look out for my marketing magazine coming up in the next month or so that will be featuring this family (and much more!)!  It will be in a few local shops, as well as online!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Baby "R" | Jenn Hoffmann Photography, Newborn Photographer, Bay Area

When I first started posing this little guy for his photographs, he did not want his arms moved at all!  He kept tucking them in tight to his body but after his second feeding he was putty in my hands!  Baby "R" is absolutely precious and looks exactly like big brother!  Congratulations!

Look at that dimple!

Love how big brother is looking at him and caressing his head!  They will be the best of friends!

Ella's First Haircut! | Jenn Hoffmann Photography, East Bay

Ella had starting to grow a mullet in the back, as well as the front.  Is that even possible?  The kid has barely any hair on the sides of her head!  So we made an appointment with Sheila at Shear Adventures in Danville for her first haircut!
Here is her "before"-

Knowing my child and shall we say her "spunkiness", I prepared for the worst.  I KNEW she was going to fight it the whole way, kicking and screaming!  So I brought every candy imaginable to keep her occupied, along with several other distractions.
I would have bet my life on it.... and I would have lost.  She enjoyed EVERY. SINGLE. MINUTE. of it!  If she could talk, I think she would have exclaimed "Finally!" as I put her in the chair!  She sat there smiling, playing with the toys and looked around at the other children as if to say, "Hey, look at me!  I am big enough for a haircut now"!!!!  I know I say it all the time- but she really does want to do EVERYTHING her big brother does.

Candy, toys and a pretty bow- what more could a little girl ask for!?!?!  This is actually where our one and only problem arose... she didn't want to get out of the chair.  I tried to take her out once and she threw a fit, so Sheila let her stay there while Derek got his hair cut in the chair next to her.

Yep, we are still sportin' the "Pretty Smile"!!!

And here are the "after" shots!  How cute does she look!?!?!  And isn't the back adorable too?  No more straggly mullet! Sheila's the BEST!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Monster Jam 2011 | Jenn Hoffmann Photography, Child Photographer, East bay

We took Derek to Monster Jam as a birthday present.  He was over the moon when he found out that he was going to see the trucks "for real"!!!  It was a FREEZING night, but we were just glad it didn't rain!  We went to the "pit party" first where you get to meet the drivers and see the trucks up close.  He was disappointed his favorite "Blue Thunder" wasn't there, but his mood quickly picked up with some cotton candy and a gravedigger hat!
I have to say that this "sport" would be very easy to get in to!  Kai and I found ourselves cheering the trucks on as they raced around the track and overturned during their "freestyle" event!  Derek wanted them to crash more than they did- that was all he really cared about!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Canvas | Jenn Hoffmann Photography, Child Photographer, Bay Area

I just packaged up a set of three canvas wraps for a client; these are going to look fantastic clustered on her wall together!  The largest one is 16x20, the one on the left is 11x14 and the one on the right is a custom size 8x14.  They also have a 24x24 canvas of the family coming!  I can't wait to see it!

When most clients think about wall prints, they think the 11x14 size is going to look BIG!  But in all reality, it isn't.  It works perfectly here as a compliment to the other photos, but in no way would it fill the wall just by itself!  So when you are thinking of how to arrange your memories on your wall or mantle, don't be afraid to go big (16x20 and larger!) or group several smaller prints together!

My clients receive a link to a "Wall Display Idea" slideshow after their session to help visualize how to arrange the photos!  And I am always here to help with size suggestions, etc.!

I came across this read not too long ago and I think it really helps to put the whole "what size should I order" struggle in perspective- Bigger Really IS Better!
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