photography and design paired to create
stunning pieces of art for your home
When "Gigi" was born, she weighed a mere 1 lb 14 oz. Her mom and dad's devastation soon turned to wonder as Gigi steadily grew, becoming the biggest baby at the NICU. After spending her first 5 months there, the nurses referred to her as a Senior Citizen! Today Gigi is over 10 lbs. We just photographed her "newborn" session.
Whether it's Sergio Garcia's Master's Portrait for Augusta or documenting a premature baby's miraculous discharge from the NICU, being commissioned by families is profoundly meaningful. As adoptive parents of 2 toddlers, we have no history of our children's first years. No newborn photos to share. No stories to tell. Providing these precious memories for other families is what drives us.
Jenn abandoned her studies at Cambridge University to dedicate herself to shooting hard-hitting photojournalism. Her work has been published in the New York Times, US News & World Report, Marie Claire and many others. She won a "Picture of the Year" award from the National Press Photographers Association for her portrait of an Arican boy orphaned by AIDS. Jenn started photographing weddings & portraits as an antidote to the daily suffering she witnessed as a photojournalist. Being surrounded by beauty and connection made a welcome change from the gritty realism of her work. In 2012, Jenn became a mom through adoption, growing her family with a beautiful son and daughter from China. Becoming a mother changed her, and she began to shift her creative focus to families. Today Jenn's mission is to record family histories. Her portraits--including the posed ones--are characterized by a relaxed authenticity. She lives with her husband and partner, Jim, in their Victorian home in Lockhart, Texas, with their two children. They love visits with Jenn's wonderful stepdaughter when she gets days off from her medical residency in San Antonio. They recently purchased and restored a historic building on the town square that is now a Destination Studio & Gallery. Slowly but surely their lives are looking less and less like an HGTV show!
With a background in engineering and management consultancy, perhaps Jim is an unlikely photographer. But truth, as they say, is stranger than fiction. Jim studied photography in college and when he met Jenn in 2006, he started assisting her on weekends to spend more time together. When they got married in 2008, Jim gave up corporate life and devoted himself to photography full time. He loves capturing those small moments that unfold quickly and he has become a lighting expert, both for outdoor and Studio Portraits. Jim grew up on a family farm in Iowa and also spent a couple of years in Japan, so he's a pretty Zen guy, low key and patient. When he's not taking photographs, he turns his creativity to woodworking and meticulously restoring the Victorian home he shares with Jenn. He has also been involved in remodeling their historic Studio on Lockhart's Main Square, hand scraping the long leaf pine floors that were discovered upstairs. Jim is proud to have a daughter who is completing her Medical Residency while also serving in the U.S. military, and dotes on a couple of adorable kids he adopted with Jenn.
Julia has a European flair for naturally beautiful retouching which is not surprising since she's based in Europe. She's a bit of a Photoshop nerd with oodles of skill and meticulous control who constantly takes courses to become even better. Julia is also a talented painter who began her journey as an artist in grammar school. She has been working closely with Jenn and Jim since 2012. Together they've created an aesthetic of timeless elegance that looks great today and will look great years from now. Julia delights in making sure that your entire family looks gorgeous. As a mother of two boys, she relishes the opportunity to indulge her femininity and make people look fabulous. In her spare time, Julia studies Japanese, Russian and Polish and takes her family's Saint Bernard for walks.
Commissioned by our clients to create original artwork of those they love most, their family portraits become beloved heirlooms. When children see themselves on the walls or in an album, their excitement and pride is palpable. Custom family portraiture isn't right for everyone, but what we hear time and time again is that it's beyond compare.
Drawing on decades of experience, we offer a four step process to ensure that every family we photograph receives extraordinary portraits and service. Below you'll find a short description of each step. Our lifestyle family portraits are a blend of moments captured as well as posed, relaxed photos of everyone looking at the camera. We believe both are an important part of a family's recorded history.
Planning is a critical step in the creation of beautiful and meaningful portraits. We talk in depth to design your ideal portrait session.
All of the details were taken care of and now you can simply relax, take this time with your family & entrust us with creating your portraits.
At our historic Lockhart Studio, attend a special cinematic screening of your portraits. We assist you with selection & portrait ordering.
Your artwork has arrived! Perhaps you ordered a gorgeous Italian canvas or a custom Japanese silk album. We deliver and you enjoy.
Jenn & Jim took our wedding photos, our daughter’s 1st year portraits and most recently,, our Christmas Cards. The beautiful framed portrait hangs over our mantle, and is something our guests admire and unfailingly ask about. We plan to have family portraits annually and display the gorgeously bound albums in our home like the works of art that they are, as a visual reminder of our family's constant, ever-evolving love.
These are the sweetest images I've ever laid my eyes on! There are so many amazing portraits and moments. You are a magician, I swear!!
Thank you so so much. We will treasure these for years and years.
" Jenn, this is perfect and exactly what we wanted. We love the pictures!"
They are beyond beautiful. I am not sure even where to begin!
Such amazing work.
The first time Jenn took photos of our daughter, she was 5 months old. Our son was literally minutes old as she met us at the hospital at 4am. The kids are totally themselves with her. I love that.
"The images are a testament to how comfortable my family is around you both. They are just perfect."
When I saw the portraits, I lost my breath. The 42 years that have passed seemed to stand still. The pictures you took are so “us” that I will forever be able to see and feel Ray’s love and be able to conjure up all the millions of small moments that have made our life together so meaningful. I did not realize just how important these pictures would be for me. We are appreciative to have had our portraits taken by the best.