Santa Cruz, California, October 28th, 2014

Santa Cruz, California, October 28th, 2014

Monday, October 21, 2013

Photo sessions, friends and all kinds of FUN!



I have known Teri Graham-McAllister for almost as long as I've lived in New Brunswick.  I'd say we've known each for roughly 17 years.
I first met her when she was sitting in the church library, on a kiddie chair, having contractions. I may have freaked out. She was all "chilllll, they're just labour contractions, relaaaaaaaaaaaax."

Okaaaaaay.

I did NOT chill!! I was mildly stunned that anyone could be that calm!


Teri is one of those people who smiles. She smiles all over. You cannot spend time with her and feel anything but good about yourself. She is LOVELY! 



Just LOOK at that smile!!! Isn't she gorgeous!?!?!?


And yes, that is her natural hair colour. Like, whatever...


Life hasn't always been roses and rainbows for Teri, but you know what? Lately, it's gotten pretty awesome. She has this sweet husband who ADORES her and awwww, I'm SO happy for her!!

So, what does Teri have to do with this blogpost?

Teri can take some fairly great photos. Go check her Facebook page out, then come back, we'll wait....

https://www.facebook.com/pages/McAllister-Studios-Photography/189738384438944



But even a master can only work with what she's got...


Poor sweet Teri...







And when I finally got my chin to behave....she captured these...











I really like this one...







But this one is my favourite. This is probably one of the few photos of me that I actually love.
And it took someone who knows me well to draw that confidence out and make me forget I'm posing.





My husband was SO IMPRESSED, he asked me to email the photos to him so he could have them on his office computer.

Now THAT is high praise! 


My agent, Mary Keeley, now has a copy of that bottom photo, ready to share with my fan, (Hi Mom!) for if/when/oh Lord, please I ever get published and they need more than this.

Or this...

Because I'm totally built like that. And have no hands or feet. Or ears. Or lips. And one leg that's kinda squiggly and shorter than the other...and eyes stare off to the side...




See? Thank goodness Teri saved the day!!!




17 comments:

  1. McAllisterstudiosphotographyOctober 21, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Awww Jennifer, you made me tear up just a bit. I look back on our friendship with fond memories of Mom`s group, monthly birthday celebrations at the diplomat, and play dates galore :) It was an honor for me to spend time with you bringing together both your inner AND outer beauty in photographs. Congratulations my friend, someday I will have the privilege to call you friend when you are a famous author <3

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    1. The Dip! Yes!! Cheesecake night!! And thank YOU, you always make me feel so special. Sniff.

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  2. Jennifer,

    Very good photos! Does Teri ever do road trips to Ohio? I hope when I am ready to have author pictures that I find someone who can take great shots of me.

    Lori

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    1. She did a great job, didn't she? Umm, I'm not sure about Ohio...I'll ask. ;)

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  3. Wow, lots of lovely photos!! It's so great to find a photographer you feel comfortable with! Teri really captured you so well--very beautiful, lovely, and wistful. You need to get some framed for John!

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    1. She made this experience a lot of fun! And she knows me very well, so it was a lot easier to hear "chin down...that's it".

      Good idea!

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  4. Love this! That one is my favourite, too. So beautiful, and just crying to be on the back of a book cover ;). I'm so glad you got Teri to do your "professional author" pics! No one can bring out your true beauty like someone who knows and loves you! I love watching both of you now, pursuing your creative passions and bringing glory to God. Wish I didn't have to watch from afar (sniff sniff) ;).

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    1. You're not TOO far, right? At least you're not in BC or somewhere crazy!

      Aww, thanks, Leanne. And don't forget, YOU are a part of my pursuits, your input is invaluable.

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  5. Beautiful photos, Jenn. I can't wait to see one on the back of your book. :-)

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  6. Jennifer, your photos are beautiful! They capture the inner beauty. I love the ones you have posted!! And yes, it's great to have a photographer who can help you feel comfortable in front of a camera!

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    1. PS—Not QUITE sure how a "q" managed to slip itself onto the back of my last name. :)

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