I have spent my career studying the unique shape of the pregnant woman using my camera. With my most recent series, I am studying the landscape created by this form. When the images are printed large, the form becomes foreign. more…
Acclaimed photographer Jennifer Loomis and journalist Hugo Kugiya combine captivating fine-art photographs of pregnant women with intimate stories of their transformative journey into motherhood. The inspiring words and gorgeous photographs of these strong women from all walks of life show others how to deal with conflicting feelings of vulnerability and joy, and underscore that when a baby is born, so too is a mother.
For more than fifteen years, I have been photographing mothers and families. During our photography sessions, these women and their partners have shared with me their personal triumphs and challenges. It is their wisdom, guidance, laughter, spirit and grace that has inspired me to be all I can be not only as a photographer, but also as a person. I dedicate these stories to all of these women who have blessed my life in the past seventeen years. I share these stories here and more of them in my book Portraits of Pregnancy: The Birth of a Mother so others can benefit as I have. Continue reading →
I have a wonderful client who has hired me for maternity photography and then subsequently for newborn photography for all three of her pregnancies. Not only is she a gracious lovely woman, but she is also my muse. Every time she steps in front of the camera, I just go wow. She has this gorgeous alabaster skin and dark hair.
For her most recent newborn shoot, we did it at her house in NJ. It was late and the kids were tired, but we tried a bunch of different things that all came together. For this posting and probably future postings, I am going to publish what I consider the best images from our shoot. I also included two of her maternity photographs. Oh and instead of one or two, you are going to get all the good ones. Be sure to go to the last photo. It is priceless, and her idea! Continue reading →
Holiday Photo Tips from Jennifer Loomis
How to take professional looking photos of your child and baby
• Pick the right time for your children. You and your children need to be at your best during the shoot, so don’t attempt to try a family portrait when everyone is hungry and tired.
• Set up a home studio. Create a studio-like setting in your house or outside your house. Clear away the clutter, put away toys, and remove anything else that is distracting from the area or background, such as plants and chairs. Near the tree, or in front of the fireplace are classic. But use the stairs in your house if you have a large family. Outside look for a tree that doesn’t have cars or other houses behind it. Sitting on the front steps or porch are also classic.
• Dress for the holiday! If it is a holiday card, then get festive and colorful, but avoid words or branding. Patterns and stripes can also be distracting, but be you. Continue reading →
There is an immediate sense of familiarity and comfort when you step into one of Jennifer’s studios where she can usually be found running around barefoot and sipping a cup of tea. You almost completely forget you are about to have photographs taken because of her laid back demeanor and sense of humor. Before your maternity shoot, Jennifer, Tiffany or Michelle sit down with you to chat and get to know you. They wants to learn about what you like about your body, what you are comfortable with and which style of photographs you prefer, so they can then outline roughly what will happen in the shoot. Before your family shoot, the photographers like to chat about your priorities for your shoot as well as what you like about your children and their interactions. Our family shoots tend to be four shoots in one, starting with the entire family and ending with the children. Continue reading →
Now that family photography is dominated by color lifestyle photography, black and white photography, and black and white film photography, has started to become unique and special. I like that. I like that I am still offering film. I like that my 20 years of training and expertise has to be distilled into one, two or three rolls of film. I have to get it right. I can’t put the camera on auto and just click away. I have to know what I am doing. I have trained to anticipate the image and the moment. A specialist processes my film; an artist who has trained for years to perfect her craft, creates my prints which are retouched by a master using a real brush and special dyes that he creates. These prints are museum quality and will last for a very very long time. Although not everyone appreciates this in today’s digital world, I do and my clients who find me through many avenues definitely do. Continue reading →