Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Home Sweet Home - Quad Cities Infant Photographer

I was thrilled to get to see Jaida again the day after the Bower Family got home from the hospital.
Not only did I get to photograph her at 1 day new, but I also got to photograph her at 4 days new!
So happy for this beautiful family.  They were tired after their first night at home, they were all smiles nonetheless! 
And this shot is one of my favorites...
And if it's possible to do in 3 days, Jaida managed to get even more beautiful than she already was!

Are you kidding me?!  I want her...I want to steal her!

And a little smile for me.  She is too much!

Jay plays guitar and so he got his guitar case out and we found that Jaida felt quite comfy in there.

Thank you Jay, Kandis and Jaida for welcoming me into your hospital room and then your home to photograph your new love!  And as if that wasn't enough, Jay jumped my car in weather that was approximately 167 degrees below zero.  Thank you, Jay!!!

Yup, I have the best clients ever!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

He's got it all! - Quad Cities Children Photographer

Watch out 2 year old ladies, this one's got it all!  He is going to make the ladies swoon one day...or maybe now.
Oh my, Xavier is one amazing little 2 year old!
He's got a great sense of humor...

Is so sweet...
He is super intuitive...
He is full of energy and so much fun...

And he is pretty much a little boy genius.  For real, it's amazing how smart he is!

He isn't uptight and stuffy...he likes to be casual. ;)

He has an all around great personality,

and incredible style!

And just plain gorgeous!!!

Okay, so probably a bit young for the dating scene. ;)

It was so much fun spending some time running around with this little guy.  He was a super easy subject and made my job easy.  It's almost not fair to other little 2 year olds out there how gorgeous he is!  And he really does have an amazing little personality to boot.  He's got good genes (and jeans!). ;)

Jaida Rose: 1 Day New! - Quad Cities Infant Photographer

See that beautiful baby bump that graces my header?
Her name is Jaida Rose and she is perfection.
Jay and Kandis invited me to the hospital the day after Jaida arrived to photograph some candid shots of their new little miracle and family...what an honor!
Have you seen such perfection?!?!  And at 1 day new!
And these 2 know it.  There just isn't anything like seeing a new baby and the adoration of it's parents.  It is a sight to behold.

And I was so happy that BOTH sets of grandparents were there while I photographed the new Bower Family as well.  All of these people are wonderful and it was so fun to spend a short time with them during this super special time!

I loved every second of being in this moment with Jay, Kandis and Jaida.  I am thrilled they opted to do a photosession at the hospital as well as an infant session at their home (which I'll be doing tomorrow!) to capture these moments that oftentimes go undocumented or with very little documentation.

All of the little details at the hospital that we don't always remember without this documentation are so special.


I have to say though, that what is so special and frequently is put in the background amidst all of the oooing and ahhhing over the new bundle, is the new found love that a new mommy has for her husband.  I loved capturing little Jaida and watching Jay and Kandis melt at the sight of her.  What I think I may remember most though, is when Jay left the room and Kandis stopped me to tell me how amazing he is, how incredible it is to see him as a father and how much she loves him.  Of all of the moments from that time spent with her and her new family, that moment is one I will remember most.  That relationship between she and Jay is the foundation of their new family.  The love they have for EACH OTHER will spill over and make even more meaningful that love they have for Jaida.  The most important thing a mom and dad can do for their kids is to love each other.

And these two do.

Jay, Kandis and Jaida.  I don't know that you truly understand how honored I was to be brought into the hospital during this special time to capture it for you.  It touches me so much that you allowed me into that moment.  It has been a pleasure meeting you and getting to know you and I couldn't be happier for you all!  I pray that the love you feel for each other only gets stronger as time goes on.  It is apparent to anyone in your presence and Jaida is so blessed to be able to witness that love between her Mommy and Daddy for the rest of her life!

I look forward to seeing you again tomorrow...treasure every moment of your first day home!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

What a year!

2012 was an incredibly busy and wonderful year for Jennie Peakin Photography! I am continuously amazed at how blessed I am to have worked with each and every one of you.  It was a year of lots of new clients and that is mostly due to all of you and your referrals.  There is no better compliment than a referral client, so thank you a million times over for recommending Jennie Peakin Photography to your friends and family.  And I also want to thank you for your return business.  I love watching your families grow and change and taking your pictures again this year was so much fun!

In 2012, I shot my first maternity sessions, several families, children and babies, engagement sessions and special events.  I was honored to photograph an infant only minutes old meeting her new family members and also blessed to photograph a family growing through adoption.  I have discovered new locations that I have fallen in love with and even had an incident of getting kicked out of a location!  Oops! :)  It's been an eventful year and I couldn't feel more grateful.

2013 looks like it may be a year of new ventures for Jennie Peakin Photography!  I have been approached about a couple of Senior Portrait sessions which I have not yet ventured into doing and also have been approached about a birth story session.  What an amazing experience it could be to photograph the birth of a baby!  I will be photographing a maternity session of the couple I had the pleasure of photographing their wedding...what an awesome documentation of their journey to becoming a family!  I am just so excited about what 2013 will hold.

There will be some price changes for my 2013 sessions, so please email me at for a price sheet if you have any questions!

Thank you for being a part of my 2012 and I look forward to seeing you in 2013!