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“We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in the darkness”
~ Anonymous
What a treasure and a joy it was to photograph maternity portraits for oh so darling Damary and  her adoring hubby Brian. You see, they have been waiting FIFTEEN (15!) years for this baby. Sweet precious Millie will be here in no time and I pray their cup overflows with happiness, blessings, joy and laughter. I am seriously so very excited for little miss to make her grand entrance, for Damary to hold her daughter that she waited so long for in her arms, for Brian to hold her close to feel her heartbeat, to hear that cry that will melt her parents hearts, to touch her, count her toes, smell her, adore her. To be able to sit back and just take it all in, that finally, this child they have been waiting so long for, is really, really here. They might need someone to pinch them! Prayers for a safe and healthy delivery!
 

 

Millie at 3 Months | Kansas City Baby Photographer | Kansas City Maternity, Newborn, and Baby Photographer | Kansas City Birth Photographer | Overland Park -

[…] loved and wanted. She is a baby her parents dreamed into life. Ever since I photographed her parents maternity portraits, I have been just waiting & waiting to meet her. She’s now 3 months old and just […]

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I was tickled pink when Tori found me by seeing my work hanging in the birth center and commissioned me to do my BIRTH Experience! (All three sessions, being maternity, birth, and newborn, are commissioned). This is their first baby AND a SURPRISE! Having a surprise baby is so exciting! (Remember Leslie and Katie? Their wee ones were surprise babies too!  So we met up on a not so fantastic day weather wise, a bit cold and windy BUT Tori is a rock star momma and braved it all. I chose a location that we could start outside with and then wrap up indoors to warm our toes. I was secretly hoping for some snowfall. Still hoping… Tori brought some cute accessories and we had fun changing it up a little here and there. This was the first time I had met them and it was just an instant connection, it was like getting to know an old friend you haven’t seen in a long time!

Started off with some of these…

And then to a little bit of this…

And then we went inside for a little of this…

Stay tuned… If you follow me on Facebook (and if you don’t you should!), you’ll be sure to get updates when Baby C makes his/her grand entrance!!

Thanks Tori & Tj! Had so much fun!!

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I was so excited when Khoa’s (pronounced KWAH, Vietnamese for Science) parents emailed me to book maternity and newborn portraits. I had met them at a function over the summer where I won a nursing bra in a door prize (don’t need one of those for myself) so I gifted it to this adorable young couple sitting in front of me. Khoa’s mom and her little bump was so cute! I was bummed when she was put on bed rest and chose not to do a home maternity session (I can do bed rest maternity sessions, I have lots of un ideas for those!) but so excited when Khoa arrived safe and sound and I just couldn’t wait to meet him!! Okay, so when I saw this this little guy’s hair, I thought for sure he was giving Gemma a run for her money. Little Khoa  is a charmer!! I think every time I do a newborn session I have to really fight the urge to just want to sit in a rocking chair and hold the baby the entire time, and especially with  Khoa the second I saw him I just melted right then and there. We took advantage of his sleepiness and set up for his simple solo portraits first. He knocked it out of the ball park, super easy calm baby. Until he woke up, and was hungry, and ate for an army and really just wasn’t impressed with me. I admit, he broke my heart. He’s definitely a daddy’s boy and I could see how his momma just adores the love between them, it’s so precious. I can’t wait to see this little guy grow up. I think the next time I photograph him, I want to do a faux hawk with his hair. My husband doesn’t even have as much hair as this kid! (Don’t tell him I said that, I think he’s in denial!)

Charmer? See for yourself! We did shoot a lot more of the family shots (which I always do in a newborn session after the baby portraits) but some of them are nursing shots and while modest, tasteful and sweet, out of the respect for privacy, I never show those images online.

*PS. This was the first newborn session I’d done with my NIKON D700 lens and shot the entire session in a dark room using only natural daylight from the window only and my 24-70 lens. Swoon!! Love this camera! And Khoa’s little birth mark on his tooshie!

Did you see that? I got a shot of all 3 of them looking at me! Khoa, I love you!! Thanks buddy!

Cheers,

Jessica

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First off, I have to say, Canon and I have had a good run these last 4 years. I have loved my Canon gear like I love my dog (and if you know me, I love my dog A LOT) and we have created thousands of beautiful & gorgeous images together. I’ve traveled everywhere with my Canon gear, nationwide and internationally, and it’s always been there for me. But, like young love, all good things must come to an end.

 

I have to admit, when I started my photography journey, I chose Canon because the system was easy to use, within my budget, and everyone I knew or researched was shooting Canon. I started off with the 40D (skipped the Rebel entirely) and it really opened up the doors for me to take my love for photography further. It wasn’t long before I outgrew its capabilities and invested in the 7D. I chose the 7D over the standard 5D Mkii because the 7D was in my price range and the AF system in it was superior to the MKii, this I had tested first hand and heard from many other potographers who had the Mkii. Plus, and this was a perk, the 7D could use my EFS lenses, whereas the full frame MKii couldn’t. As a girl on a budget, this was a critical point in my decision making.

 

Thoughts of Nikon have been in the back of my mind a lot over the last year or so. My dad always used Nikon and he would always say there was nothing like it. My older sister likes Nikon and I used to think it was only because my dad did, and well, I had to be different. Now mind you, My 7D has been wonderful, enough that I purchased a second one as a back up. But here’s the thing, even though the 7D has a better AF system than the Mkii, it still isn’t all that its chalked up to be. Atleast in my humble opinion. I would find all the time that while culling images in Lightroom, every 5th or 6th image in a succession would be OOF (out of focus). At first I chalked it up to user error, told myself to pay more attention, but it kept happening. When I bought the second 7D, I told myself that if the focus issue didn’t happen with this new one, I would be able to send in the other one to Canon to repair (keeping in mind, when I had one camera, it was never the “right” time to send it in just to be looked at, leaving me out of business while Canon did whatever it is they do). But… dun dun dun, sure as the sun rises, the same problem happened with the second one straight out of the box. The vast majority of images were good and great, it’s still an awesome camera, but I found myself always overshooting to compensate for this problem and to me, that’s ridiculous. I’m not an idiot, I pay attention to detail and my camera is an extension of myself, but I demand performance. My clients expect nothing but the best out of me and I expect nothing but the best out of the camera I choose. Doing more research, I discovered other Canon users having the same issues, even on different models, and that many of the photographers I really was in awe of their work, well, they all use Nikon…

 

Here’s the thing about damn brand loyalty, you feel like you’re cheating on one brand when you try the other out. But I couldn’t resist the temptation when my mentor and great friend, Heidi Abbott of Thrive Creative Studio (who I second shoot weddings with), let me borrow her Nikon D300 and a couple lenses and flash. The Nikon D300 is pretty much the equivalent to the Canon 7D for those of you who are curious where in the camera body line up it falls. At first I felt awkward with it, trying to figure out where things were. After being with Canon so long it was like driving on the left side of the street, just a bit off kilter. I even had to Google how to open the CF card drive. I wasn’t sure… But, but, but… you bring that thing up to shoot and… oh my gosh, I hate to say it, but it was like losing my virginity all over again. The clouds opened up and sang Hallelujah!

 

I first tested it out on a single subject, a semi-mobile 7 month old baby. The images were crystal clear, EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Sharp, gorgeous, awesome. The recycling time was incredible. The FIFTY ONE AF points? The 7D had 19. Need I say anything else? I fell into infatuation with this camera, amazing. So I put it to another test, a family session with 5 kids; twin 1 year olds, a 3 year old, a 5 year old and a 7 year old. Now was the time to find out if it could really move fast and how easy it would be for me to manhandle the beast shooting completely in manual mode. You want to know the only problem I ran into? I overshot like I was on my Canon and the recycling time was so fast that I now have over 500 CRYSTAL CLEAR images to cull through. I fell head over heels in love.

 

Boom.

 

I am in the process of selling all my Canon gear to fund the switch. My gear (2 Canon 7D bodies, a 50 1.2 L series lens, a 10-22 wide angle lens, and 7D battery grip) is in excellent condition and just needs a loving home. I promise you, I’m not selling any lemons, this is entirely a personal preference. Now I won’t be buying the D300 only because I want to go full frame (probably the D700 because the new D800, while amazing, is going to be around $4000 and I can’t afford or justify that at this point) and I am beyond excited to check out this whole new world and try new things. I’m excited about my photography again, possibly more excited then ever, and I am so much more confident in myself now knowing it was NOT user error getting those OOF shots mixed in with my sessions. I still will highly recommend the 7D, it’s still an awesome camera, but from what I can tell, most all Canon cameras have this issue. If you can look past it, awesome, or maybe you lucked out and your camera is rocking it. The thing is that everyone should have equipment that makes them excited for their photography, excited to capture the world around them in fun different ways, Canon or Nikon. After all, isn’t that kind of the point?

 

Canon, it’s been real. It’s not you, it’s me. (Who are we kidding, it’s you, I’m just trying to be civil). I’ll never forget you, kind of like you never forget the boy you were infatuated with in high school, you’ll always have a piece of my heart. I love you, I’m just not IN love with you. Let’s be friends. I’ll call you!

Jessica -

You’re killing me! I’ve had those same focus issues with my 5d since day one, and like you, I thought it was me. But when I got better and better and the focus issues continued, I knew the truth. Every time I get up the guts to cross that line in the sand, I’m held back by my love of my 50mm 1.2. How do you like the 50 1.4? Can it compare?

Amy Moore -

Great post, Jessica! I love it for so many reasons, the honesty, the humor to name a few. Looking forward to foliowing your Nikon journey!

Rachel McCauley -

Loved your story about the switch what other lens other than a 50 are you interested in for your new NIKON adventure, especially more for the birth photography, I know something with a big apature but do you have any ideas what you will use?? I love my 50 f1.4 for portraits.

Kelly -

LMAO “it was like losing my virginity all over again”. Great post, but no surprise, everything you do is amazing! I did not realize about the “issue” with Canon. I have the same problem and totally thought it was me. Might have to rent a Nikon and do the test! Thanks (**i think**)!

Kelly Hosch -

HAHAHA… I LOVE the way you ended it! GO NIKON!!!! I love my D700…. and you will too!!!

Kassi -

Such an interesting post! I was not quite as invested in my Canon gear, but as I began researching upgrades from my Canon 30D (talk about old school!) I couldn’t begin to justify a camera that was going to have repeated problems and every direction I turned Canon gear was being sold right and left… So I too made the Nikon switch and am soooo glad I did!!!

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