i will do what i can

Coke can on asphalt

I picked up a Coke can today.
Lying on the pavement
Forgotten, crushed, tossed aside, still half-full.

I saw it on the way into the pharmacy.

When I came out, it was still there.
Bright, shiny, red,
Contrasting against the dull, lifeless, cold asphalt.

Why bother?
Who cares?

My dear friend’s son is
Dying of cancer.
So many people I love in
Broken relationships,
Trying to pick up the pieces.

What is the point of picking up a can
That I’m sure no one cares about?

I decide to take it home.
Drain it, pull off the tab to donate to Riley
And then into the recycle bin it goes.

I can’t pick up all the pieces.
I can’t make the angry, raging tumors disappear.

But I am able to pick up one can.

I will, in this moment,
Choose beauty over barrenness.
Choose to do something small
Rather than sit back, wishing for something big
That may never come.

I will choose hope.

I will choose to care.


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Jan Landis - Wish there was a “like” button!

linden at six months

This is one of my baby packagers, and I’m so glad I get to see this little sweetheart every few months!  It’s so special to watch babies grow and document their milestones.  Linden is one laidback bambino.  Seriously, the dude is so content!  His big brother Layton is so much fun, too.  Whenever I’m there Layton shows me his latest creation, costume, or entrepreneurial enterprise.  The mom and dad are both amazing artists, so, um, no pressure, right?!?  But they’re so down-to-earth that I feel like we can just shoot the breeze.  Honestly, I just love hanging out with this family!  Enjoy these chubby little legs, the sweet toes, and the beautiful big eyes on this munchkin… <sigh>  He melts my heart every time.

baby portraits


And I just love capturing the bond between Baby and Momma…


family portraits


… and of course we can’t forget about Big Brother Layton:  Protector, Buddy, Entertainer, Helper.


children portraits


Happy Friday, everyone!

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winter wonderland

We finally got some snow!  It came after Christmas, but– at least we got something.  We couldn’t wait to go out and tromp around in it.  I begged asked the boys if they would please let me get some shots of them enjoying the snow, promising if they cooperated then I’d let them play to their hearts’ content afterward.  I wanted to do something different for our holiday cards this year, and get some wintertime shots for a change.  Taking family pictures isn’t easy, I know.  Taking family pictures of your OWN family, well, that’s another ball of wax.  Or snow, in this case.  At any rate, after the pics were done, we went sledding, cross country skiing, and had hot chocolate afterwards.  It was really a fun day– got me really excited to build our house in these woods someday soon!

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Tonia - Gorgeous photos Jen. (as always) Your family is so very handsome! It is nice to see a bit of your new property. I would be excited to live there too!

admin - Thanks, Tonia! I’m sure you would appreciate that setting… you are a “nature girl” at heart! 🙂 Hugs to you. <3

hello, world!

Well, I’ve gone and done it. Created a blog, that is. Why, you ask? Well, for me, it’s all about the journey I’m on. A journey where I’m continually learning, growing and evolving as a photographer. Until now I’ve used my website and facebook as my only way to reach you. I found myself being limited in the ways that I could post pictures and tell the story. YOUR story. So, here we are! You can mostly expect to see lots of my work on here of my photo shoots. But I’ll also sneak a post in here and there about what I’m up to when I’m not taking pictures of other people. My kids, food I love, thoughts about life– it’s all fair game! So, welcome to the blog– I’m glad you’re here!

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Martha Helmuth - Nice! I’ll be your first and most loyal fan!

admin - Thanks, Mom! 🙂

Jeff Shenk - Woot-woot!!! Well done!

admin - thanks for all your support, Jeffie! <3

Liza Slabaugh - It’s amazing how much better picture quality is on your website versus facebook! Also I must say, the graphic design of your website is fantastic; very inviting as well as descriptive of you! Congrats!

admin - Thanks, Liza! I know, facebook is a great tool for getting the word out, but this just takes it to another level. 🙂