Jessica Standish Photography » NEPA Photographer specializing in Newborn Photography & Family Photography

Lifestyle Storytelling sessions are becoming increasingly popular at JSP… and I am ecstatic about it! There is something so magical about being able to capture you and your family in the relaxed space of your home. Doing you. The real everyday moments. The ones that are definitely not getting documented enough.

This quote resonates with me so much in regards to my documentary work. Reminding families that we are really there to stop, slow down, and really enjoy the real stuff… and let me document it all along the way. Really when you think about it… 50 years from now. We only have these memories. These images of the most important and ever so fleeting moments in our lives.


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So… first things first. A few simple steps to prepare your home for the big day:

  1. R-E-L-A-X. Relaxed is the beauty of your in home session. Please don’t stress. There is no right or wrong way to do a lifestyle session. These images will portray the real everyday beauty of your life at home with your loved ones. That’s it. That simple. No need for any stress… unless you’re trying to dress everyone in florescent colors. Then I might stress a little. But. We will get to what to wear later!
  2. Tidy up any clutter. I won’t judge a few loads of backed up laundry on the floor. Believe me. I have 2 kids, one on the way, and three dogs… and a husband. I get it. Just hide the clutter stuff. Counter space should be cleared of any unnecessary small appliances, toys cleared from the floor, nightstands cleared, bedrooms straightened up, and backed up laundry neatly hidden behind the laundry room door!
  3. Lighting is important. Open any blinds/window coverings that are not sheer. Turn off all overhead lights and lamps.
  4. Prepare a mental (of physical) list of activities. I want to photograph your family doing your favorite things. The things that might go un photographed, but really make your time at home special to your family. This doesn’t have to be fancy. At all. I like to start with a good old fashioned family snuggle in the master. Then we might want to read some books, make lunch/cookies/cocoa/coffee, cuddle on the couch – whatever feels natural to how you spend your time at home. Love board games, or puzzles? Let’s do it. Little guy obsessed with legos? Let’s build some. Kiddos love bath time? Yes, yes, yes! Bath time is one of my favorite parts of a lifestyle session! Just have a little list ready of your favorite stuff. The real life good stuff. That’s what we are after.
  5. Stay of Pinterest & embrace the unpredictability. Pinterest can’t tell us how to capture the real life you. Lifestyle sessions flow based on our list of chosen activities. Toss your pinterest list, and perfection expectations out the window. Let’s focus on the moments and let our time together flow like it’s any other day at home. Your life is special, and it deserves to be documented as it is. Not how Pinterest says. Or how any of my other lifestyle clients were. If you’re a planner, I totally get the desire to know what exactly this session will hold, but I promise it will hold a lot more magic if we just let the activities set the flow, and embrace the beauty of this unpredictable session style.

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W H A T should we W E A R for our Lifestyle Storytelling SessionThis my friends is the only place of session planning where any amount of stress comes in for me. Why? Because what you do wear is always important. Studio session, outdoor session, lifestyle session. It doesn’t matter. What’s on your body, and your feet, is always important.

Check out this pinterest board for outfit examples — >>> What to Wear – LIFESTYLE

  1. Coordinate. Not match. Start with your color scheme, and coordinate from there. Please do not put everyone in jeans and white shirts. I might rum back out the door. If you aren’t sure email me pictures! I almost always help plan outfits in my sessions. Still not sure. Let me know so I can arrive a little early and raid your closets!!!
  2. Be comfortable. We are home after all. Leggings layered with a favorite tank/t-shirt and an oversized sweater would 100% be my outfit of choice for my own in home session. Or maybe even a comfy stylish maxi dress… depending on what season/style I’m going for with my crew.
  3. Light colored neutrals. Why? They always, always, always work. Coordinating layers of gray, white, cream, tan, and blacks etc. Always classic, and always work together. We want to avoid bold colors for indoor sessions most importantly because the changing lighting situations can cause some awful color casts on skin from dark.bright colors.
  4. No logos. Unless it’s something relative and trendy. For instance if I was planning an in-home session right now for myself. When coffee is my life force. I might just wear my “coffee saves bro” shirt 🙂 No big Nike logos, or GAP Inc. logos, please.
  5. No polos. If I could pay everyone in my client base to never wear a polo shirt to another session, I might. What should you choose instead? A nice v-neck, henley or even a button up left open with the sleeves rolled if that’s more comfortable.
  6. Newborn? Simple white onsie is my favorite. I want to see those chubby baby legs. And knee dimples. Simple as that!
  7. Still confused? Please email me!!!

 

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Newborn Lifestyle Storytelling  Session — >>> If we are preparing for a newborn lifestyle session the only one change in planning is that we want baby freshly fed prior to my arrival. UNLESS you’re nursing and want to incorporate some nursing images into the session. Chances are we will stop for another feeding regardless, but I do like to start the session with a happy full babe.


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Ready to book your very own Lifestyle Storytelling Session? Head on over to the online booking website to secure your date!

—>>> JESSICA STANDISH PHOTOGRAPHY ONLINE BOOKING <<<—

Not in the NEPA area? No problem, limited travel sessions within 60 miles from her NE Pennsylvania newborn studio are available, contact for details prior to booking. Use the contact button on this page, or email me at hello@jessicastandishphotography.com

Jessica Standish Photography is a full service boutique photography studio. JSP is located in Shavertown, PA and services Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Allentown, and the surrounding areas. Jessica specializes in newborn photography & family photography.

JSP is currently booking custom studio newborn sessions & in-home lifestyle storytelling newborn sessions with due dates of October – early November 2017!

 

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Baby G was in for her custom studio newborn session recently, and I just sent off her gorgeous gallery to Mama. Isn’t she the prettiest little thing? Those eyelashes though! I’ve seen a few newborns in my day, and I have never ever seen such long beautiful eyelashes on a new little babe. They rival mine, and mine are extensions!!!

Keep on scrolling to check out a handful of my favorites of this little love from her studio newborn session at JSP!

I wanted to include a little shout out to some of my favorite vendors featured in this (and all!) of my studio newborn sessions:

Created by Carli – crowns + tiebacks

The Indy Cottage Prop Shop –  fabric backdrop, stretch wraps + tieback

Roses & Ruffles – fabric backdrop

Intuition Background by Becky Gregory – froth floor mat

The Original Photoblocks – little wooden bed

Oh Love Props – quilt pieces

Luneberry Flokati – not pictured in this session post, but always always used!
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Ready to book your very own Northeast Pennsylvania custom studio newborn session? Head on over to the online booking website to secure your date!

—>>> JESSICA STANDISH PHOTOGRAPHY ONLINE BOOKING <<<—

Not in the NEPA area? No problem, limited travel sessions within 60 miles from her NE Pennsylvania newborn studio are available, contact for details prior to booking. Use the contact button on this page, or email me at hello@jessicastandishphotography.com


Jessica Standish Photography is a full service boutique photography studio. JSP is located in Shavertown, PA and services Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Allentown, and the surrounding areas. Jessica specializes in newborn photography & family photography.

JSP is currently booking custom studio newborn sessions & in-home lifestyle storytelling newborn sessions with due dates of September – early November 2017!

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A little IVF round 2 update, a long overdue one! So — where am I at in this cycle? In a nutshell? Still on meds, and awaiting the big embryo transfer day! But, there has been some news!

Before we talk about the news though, a confession. Truth be told I thought I had this cycle in the bag. Thought I was doing so well handing it all! Thought I was above letting it make me crazy this time around… but. I was wrong. This last week has been hard. Really hard… and I’ve been mess. Emotionally. Physically. A mess. It’s affecting my work. I don’t like to admit it but I caved a bit to the pressure of it all this week. The side effects of the meds, the stress of scheduling my shots while Troy is out of town, a crazy schedule, already anticipating how stressful the wait after the transfer will be, how I will handle the news if it isn’t in our favor. Trying to pull it together over here, but I have to say thank you to my sweet clients for your understanding and to the friends that have come down to visit and helped keep me distracted ❤

The news — We were delayed from our original hopeful transfer date of March 25th-ish… so my drug schedule was extended, and we waited. I went in for weekly checkups. Not much happened… until March 30th! On March 30th I had a checkup in Allentown, and it was the news we had been waiting for after having been delayed a handful of times because my body wasn’t responding exactly as it was supposed to be. So, later that day after awaiting the news of my latest bloodwork a few hours I got the call. Green light for embryo transfer! That call from my nurse consisted of a whole lot of note taking on times, med changes, and blur. Embryo transfer was scheduled for April 9th!!! We chose to transfer one embryo. Our highest graded embryo — we will know the sex of that embryo because of our extensive PGD chromosome testing on our embryos.

So, now what? My meds are in high gear right now. A handful of pills and 2-3 injections a day. On April 8th I will go in for a final ultrasound and blood work, my meds will change a bit again, then if all goes as planned we will head to RMA of NJ for our transfer on April 9th. Then we will wait. I’m not great at waiting, but who is? In all of this so much is hard, but nothing is harder than those days of not knowing if sinking my soul and so much money into this cycle will end in a healthy pregnancy. Of course we hope and pray it will, I try not to dwell (too much) on what will have to happen if we don’t. If it will knock me off my feet. If I’ll be strong enough to handle that gracefully. I try not to get too excited, because I fear that means if it doesn’t work it hurts even more. I’ve had hundreds of negative pregnancy tests in my hands in the 6ish years we tried to conceive Madilynne. So, knowing that there are no guarantees in any cycle, I am cautiously optimistic.

On April 18th I will have my first HCG test in Allentown. Now that we have the transfer date set, the next big date is looming in the distance. I hope to be back with some exciting news shortly thereafter!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to those of you that have reached out with words of encouragement! I appreciate you more than you know ❤


I haven’t gotten the big camera out at all since my meds arrived, but I have been sharing some random updates in Instagram, as promised!



 

The walls of this cycle seem to have come crashing down around me in the last few days. I’m struggling. I was doing so well. Felt like I really had it together this time. The last few days the weight of it all is sitting in a heavy pit on my chest. I actually uttered the words “I don’t think I can do this” in a fear and hormone induced fit to Troy last night. Tomorrow all hormones are jumping in the party and we are full steam ahead for transfer on the 9th. Alarm is set for new early morning meds doses. Tomorrow’s a new day. Get it together, Jessica. #ivf #ivffet #ivfmeds #ivfcycle #ivfround2 #ivfjourney #infertility #infertilitysucks #infertilityjourney #infertilityawareness

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I was feeling bummed this morning for missing taking Madilynne to school for the first time because I had to be up before the sun and in my way to Allentown for monitoring. Then I got on the turnpike in the wrong direction because I was half asleep, and it was dark out. Double bummed. I finally arrive for another round of testing to determine where we go with this body that isn’t following directions… to find a sobbing woman in the parking lot. My heart hurts so bad for her Now I’m feeling like a total ass for feeling sorry for myself, and my craptastic start to the day. This place has that affect on me, always. It wasn’t too long ago I found myself sobbing alone in my car in the parking lot all too often after my appointments. This waiting room is full to the brim today. Full of hopeful women fighting through whatever gets thrown at them, jumping all the hurdles, pumping themselves with hormones, spending hours in the car a day for monitoring appointments, crying by themselves in the parking lot… all in effort to start or grow their families. I wish they all had a little Madilynne at home to lift them up in hard days, to give them hope, and fill them up with strength to keep going #madilynnejuliet #ivf #ivffet #ivfcycle #ivfround2 #ivfjourney #infertility #infertilitysucks #infertilityjourney

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Newborn photographer life… it’s the good life. Although my newborn sessions take the most shooting time, and the most editing time, I could shoot them every single day. All day. If only I had enough time to keep with all of that editing! 2017 has been good to me so far, and I hope it has been to you! The studio has been bustling, as usual, and it’s been raining newborns… and I. am. loving it. Miss Amelia here was the perfect little model, and I had such a fun time getting to know her sweet and gorgeous family! Keep scrolling to check out a few of my absolute favorites from her gallery!

 

+ important scheduling note – my 2017 calendar is now closed to new clients again, aside from newborns. 2017 newborn schedule is full aside from September & October due dates!

 

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Ready to book your very own Northeast Pennsylvania newborn session? Head on over to the online booking website to secure your date! JSP is currently booking newborn session due dates September & October of 2017. All other months are full at this point!

—>>> JESSICA STANDISH PHOTOGRAPHY ONLINE BOOKING <<<—

Not in the NEPA area? No problem, limited travel sessions within 60 miles from her NE Pennsylvania newborn studio are available, contact for details prior to booking. Use the contact button on this page, or email me at hello@jessicastandishphotography.com


Jessica Standish Photography is a full service boutique photography studio. JSP is located in Shavertown, PA and services Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Allentown, and the surrounding areas. Jessica specializes in newborn photography, & family photography.

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IVF round 2.0 is officially upon us. Tomorrow evening I will stab myself (or my husband will if I chicken out) for the first time in this new cycle. Un-boxing all these meds + allllllllllll the needles made me feel two things… terror. and hope. I feel like those two feelings were present through so much of our past journey. I’m not one bit surprised by the flood of emotions to be honest. It’s a roller coaster trying to create a life with the support of medical professionals vs. the good old fashioned way. One I had absolutely zero understanding of until we struggled (for almost 6-years) to get pregnant with this little love bug. Equal parts sweet + sassy with a dash of bossy pants. We have one little IVF miracle right here at home, and because of her I know in my heart I’ll be able to keep myself more sane this time around. We have seen the light through this tunnel of terror <3

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As I was un-boxing and triple checking to make sure every single thing was there little Miss came over to check out the goods… and entered for a few photobombs… AND used her little hands to “take pichurs” along with me. I mean. She’s the best. This process was a detailed one because many moons ago I had a traumatic and failed IUI treatment all because of one missing needle! I refuse to let one needle stand between me and anything after that stressful and traumatizing cycle. With this blog in mind as I started to sort it out into what needed to be taken when, and getting my little IVF calendar updated, I snapped a few shots of to share… because who doesn’t want to see what $850 worth of fertility drugs looks like? Let’s be honest, this stash was not even a quarter of what the first round cost us in drugs. So this one felt easy peasy, really. I mean, we pay more than that for rent on our little frozen embroys a year! Yes, our future babies are snuggled up, and flash frozen in a lab, in NJ!

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This needle. This damn needle. He will be the death of me. 10ish weeks of that monster in the bum is the pits. I mean obviously I will and have walked through hell to create a little life. I’m thankful that it’s medically, and financially, in the cards. But. Some of it just sucks. Sucks. Sucks. Sucks. Tell us about a few of the absolute suckiest parts, won’t you, Jessica? Ok! I was planning on it!

1 – Driving to NJ to get pregnant in a room full of people, with my feet in stirrups. It’s not passionate. It’s not intimate. It’s weird, and scary, and uncomfortable. It sucks. Am I beyond thankful and excited to be there waiting for a team of embryologists a nurse or two, and a doctor, deposit one of these precious embryos in my super prepped up uterus? Yep! Does it suck? Yep!!!

2 – Internal ultrasounds. Enough said. IVF brings along far too many people up in your lady bits. so. many. Is it worth it? 1000%! Does it suck? Yes. Yes it does.

3 – Stress. Craziness. Stuffing syringes and pills full of hormones into your already hormone filled body. I aspire to make it through this cycle and keep my ish together. I hope I can. If I can’t. Oh well. I know it’s ok to let myself go through this however I can make it through the days with my sanity.

4 – The two week wait. Gah! It’s hard/nearly unbearable when you’re just trying the all naturale way, right? Imagine if you just spent somewhere in the range of 5k-25k prior to driving yourself crazy about every crazy symptom you can dream up in your head + trying NOT to pee on 75 million sticks. And probably failing. 

5 – (I’m sure there are more, but you’re probably bored now :P) THIS NEEDLE! This progesterone shot. It is one of the hardest parts. It. Hurts. BAD. Imagine that ginormous needle, attached to a syringe or OIL. Not liquid. Oil. So not only is that needle evil, the stuff you are shoving through it with all of your might (or my husbands, or anyone really that will take pity on me and do it for me when he’s traveling!) is THICK. It’s a slow slow process, and if you don’t get that stuff massaged in and get on a heating pad right away you can bet your bottom (ha!) that it’s going to ball up like a little knot in there and torture you until it disperses. Not to mention the lost feeling in that area from every day stab sessions for 10ish weeks. Ouch. I have a few days before that little bigger enters the party, but I’m looking forward to that day -1000%. Will I deal with it? Yes. Will it suck? Yes. Will I be damned happy I did it in the end. Yes.

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She’s adorable, right? Worth every single needle, tear, EPT, Clearblue, surgery, doctors appointment, specialist, blood test, internal ultrasound, mile, sharps container, finally getting pregnant in a room full of people, tear… did I say tear? Yep, she’s worth them all times a million.
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She is literally saying “smile for yer pichur” “take yer pichur” “click click” 
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What’s $844.27 in the grand scheme of things? Compared to our last cycle, it’s a breeze forking over the cash for this one. Like a $20k discount this time around! Assuming this cycle works of course… but we won’t go there. Yet. I’m cautiously optimistic. Stay tuned ❤

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