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Five Years

The now-familiar feelings are here again: dread, panic, sadness. Dulled by each passing year, but they still showed up. Today, the fifth anniversary of the day Hannah died, is different from the four other September 4ths, though. It’s ordinary. Mike has work, Eloise has school then tap, Mae has swim, our garage door is being replaced. And that feels weird.

For the past four years, on September 4th, Mike and I have stuck together like glue. We could, because for the past four years, Hannah’s anniversary has fallen over the holiday weekend. I buy her flowers. I blog (because it’s always therapeutic for me to pull the thoughts out of my heart and throw them out into cosmos), and then we “go dark.” Try to hide in a crowd somewhere…we take her sisters to the zoo or aquarium, or spend the day together outside, as I always feel close to Hannah in the fresh air. We honor her with family time.

Mike and I think about Hannah every single day. We have ways that we honor and celebrate her as a family. But September 4th is just bad. It’s not a day to celebrate. It’s an anniversary, not a birthday, and a heavy one, at that. A day when our forever grief visits again. A day that will always hold power over us. A day we don’t want to forget, but don’t want to dwell on, either.

So, I bought her flowers. I wrote my blog.  And then, in a major effort not to get sucked into a vortex of flashbacks and despair, I will stay distracted with everyday life until the day is done and I can breathe again. Safe for another year.

This weekend, we will all participate in a 5K for GLASA in Hannah’s memory. On that day, one not overflowing with sadness, we can honor our amazing, strong baby, and the ways she has enriched our lives, shaped our perspectives, and changed us all for the better.

We love you so much, Hannah Felicity.

Tyler and Andrew

Oh. My. GOODNESS…this session was so much fun! I’ve gotten to know Sarah a little bit over the past year, a new friend in my still-new neighborhood, as we stumped for a local politician together and support the same Moms Demand Action group. She’s just one of those people you can’t help but instantly like: happy, driven, interesting, and so nice. I was thrilled when she reached out to do a family session at my studio. It didn’t take more than one minute with her two adorable boys for me to learn that her entire family is the same amount of fun. They just bring the sunshine! I didn’t stop smiling and laughing the entire time we were together. Tyler and Andrew were stars. So sweet and accommodating with just enough mischief to make these portraits so joyful. Again…can’t help smiling to look at them! Thanks so much for coming over, Sarah, Jason, Tyler, and Andrew!

Adorable Ashton

One of my favorite families just got a little bigger! I was thrilled to meet Alexandra and Andrew Jr.’s new brother the other weekend. Baby Ashton is a star already at just one month old! He seriously smiled for most of the photos, and was so snuggly with his siblings and parents. I just love the joy in these photos. Even the family pets all insisted on being a part of this session! Congratulations again on your beautiful new addition, Amy and Andrew! I can’t wait to watch him grow up as I have the twins!


Ori and Tali explore the Skokie Sculpture Garden

I was excited when Judith suggested the Skokie Sculpture Garden as a backdrop for her family photos this summer. I’ve never shot there before, and it was just right for this awesome family. Quirky, fun, relaxed, easy…we had a fantastic time walking through it and goofing around together. Ori and Tali are both getting so big! I can’t help but remember sessions when they were babies, and marvel at how fast the time has gone. Thanks for another great time, Judith, John, Ori, and Tali! It was wonderful to catch up.

Fall Sessions

That time of year is just upon us once again, my dear friends: when everyone starts thinking about fall foliage and holiday card photos. I’m scheduling differently this year, and sessions are more limited than they have been in the past. Here’s the deal:

*The Standard Session: $450 for 1-hr, Saturday or Sunday mornings, on-location, full rights to 50+ final retouched digital images

*The Mini Session: $170/Studio, $200/On-Location*, 20 minutes, Monday-Friday, full rights to 5 final retouched digital images, and the option to purchase additional. (*Outdoor location must be nearby Jen’s studio in Chicago’s Northern Burbs. Contact Jen for more details).

I only have some flexibility, so reach out with those specific idea pitches sooner than later so I can attempt to accommodate. Dates are booking up VERY FAST this year. So, if you have your heart set on a JSP photo session this year, email me today to secure your spot on my calendar. Can’t wait to catch up and have some fun with all of you soon!

Heidi Carey - August 15, 2019 - 12:29 pm

Looking to schedule a mini-session at Gillson this fall. Late September (on a Friday) would work best!

Jen Soares Photography - August 16, 2019 - 9:49 am

Great, Heidi! I would love to see you guys this fall! I will email you specifics.