2014-2017 | Apple Harvest Sessions

As summer comes to a close, I begin my apple themed sessions. I have been photographing children with apples for many years and they are one of my favorite themes to offer.

Inspired by the two master’s works below, I mix portraiture and storytelling into one session for timeless pictures that celebrate childhood and the transition from summer into autumn.

 Inspiration // LITTLE GIRL WITH A BASKET OF APPLES // By Daderot // [Public domain or CC0], from Wikimedia Commons

Inspiration // LITTLE GIRL WITH A BASKET OF APPLES // By Daderot // [Public domain or CC0], from Wikimedia Commons

 Inspiration // YOUNG WOMAN PEELING APPLES // by Nicolaes Maes // ca. 1655 courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art free download

Inspiration // YOUNG WOMAN PEELING APPLES // by Nicolaes Maes // ca. 1655 courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art free download

While preparing for this year’s sessions, I realized that I have taken pictures of my own son with an apple for 5 years now. I went back to look at the files and realized I have enough to make a book to compile the images from all the years so far. In looking back at the images, I wanted to see how my work has changed and to see the faces of the children I’ve photographed over the years again. I continue to photograph many of these children annually and to see them grow each year and to be a part of documenting that fills my heart ❤️ I hope you will enjoy this series of photographs from 2014-2017.

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Sessions are available on weekday evenings in September and October. Please contact me for information.

SUMMER 2018

A collection of images from some of the commissions I had this summer for family and child sessions...

To learn about the sessions that I offer, my prints and pricing, please contact me. Families across Long Island have trusted me for many years to photograph their summer traditions. Our sessions are relaxed and children play freely in the sand, water and around the yard. We share a lot of laughs and fun new memories are made.

May through August is a great time for your family pictures. If you often have fall / autumn portraits, switch it up and schedule a summer documentary session. You will have meaningful art to warm your home all year and I promise you can still make a holiday card from your summer pictures. ❤️

I begin booking summer dates in March. Would you like me to remind you? I send a newsletter out from time to time, typically only once a month. I will notify you of special session offers. If you are a client, I will notify you of print sales.


Flowers In Her Hair | How I Work With Children

This session was a combination of fine art portraits and documentary-style imagery capturing the wonder this sweet 3 year old girl felt as she explored the beach for her birthday portrait session.

Younger children play during our session and during that time I talk with them. I feel that observing them and talking with them brings out authentic expressions and what successfully captures the true essence of childhood and of your own child’s spirit. ❤️

Every photographer has their own way of connecting with children. Some photographers are gifted comedians, they can make children laugh and smile and their gift for that shows in their work. Some photographers are talented with set design and create scenes using props that have a magical look, whimsical trends or are inspired by classic tales. I have a small collection of modern toys, vintage / antique items available for sessions. I sometimes bring flowers or fruit. My way of working with children is to use my artist’s eye to make art what they are naturally doing. I move around them a lot. I take pictures from different perspectives. I prompt them to a new series of photo opportunities by changing their activity. Prior to the session, I have sent a questionnaire that gives me a glimpse of the child’s personality and I know some of their interests and I talk with them about those things. For children’s sessions, one parent is present. I encourage this rather than both. I have just found over time that this leads to a more successful session. If I feel I would like mom or dad’s assistance with “opening the child up” I will call the parent over and they usually tell a funny story or joke that is personal to the family. Depending on age and child’s disposition, I often take a few moments of lightly posed portraits. I am patient and intuitive and know how to pace the session, when to direct and when to observe.

Wardrobe suggestions are provided for every session. Rocking Horse & Antique Box are available in my prop closetFlower Crown is available in my wardrobe closet

Telling Your Story At Home | Long Island Family

I walked into their home and they made me feel like a friend coming to visit. Their little boy had such a friendly disposition. He wanted me to hold him for much of the session - I called him "My Koala". 

The family moved about the house without much direction from me. The girls were excited when it started to snow outside, standing by the window together they watched it fall. 

Their gallery is made up of lots of little things, as you'll see. Some moments of play, some in-between quiet moments, connection portraits... We ended with time in the snow. It's an authentic story of a Saturday morning at home. 

 

Sea Cliff Family at Home

I am catching up on my writing and this post is long overdue, as the photos were taken over a year ago and this family has since then welcomed a baby to their family! 

I was first greeted to their Gold Coast home by their St. Bernard then by Luisa, who welcomed me as if I were a friend already. Their house was warm and full of treasures that are part of the things that matter most to their family - learning, creating and truth. It's hard to try to put words to the things that I observed about them, everything seemed to be in balance is the best way I can put what I noticed about how they live and communicate and keep their home. 

Just a couple of months ago I was invited back to photograph their baby shortly after he was born and I look forward to sharing those images with you as well in a future post.   

FEBRUARY 2017

In February, we had cold weather as expected on Long Island, so most of our days were spent at home. We had a snow day! On the snow day I documented an hour of our day. We made 100 pieces of popcorn out of tissue paper for the 100th Day of School project. During winter break, we had unusually high temperatures on LI. Many photos for that week were taken outside. On day 55, we went to Planting Fields Arboretum which is a historic state park in Oyster Bay. 

singapura cat | Long Island Lifestyle Photographer | Jennifer Tippett
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365 project 2017 | succulent | Jennifer Tippett Photography
lego head | 365 project | Jennifer Tippett Photography
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365 Project | Jennifer Tippett Photography
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lifestyle photographer 365 project Jennifer Tippett
lifestyle photographer Jennifer Tippett 365 project
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Long Island Lifestyle Photographer | 365 Project | Jennifer Tippett Photography
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make popcorn out of paper | make fake popcorn | 100th day of school project | Jennifer Tippett Photography
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365 Project | Jennifer Tippett Photography
365 project | Jennifer Tippett
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long island children's photographer | Jennifer Tippett | 365 project
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365 Project | Jennifer Tippett Photography
365 Project | Jennifer Tippett Photography
365 Project | Jennifer Tippett Photography
365 Project | Jennifer Tippett Photography
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365 Project | Jennifer Tippett Photography
Italian Greyhound | 365 Project | Jennifer Tippett
365 Project | Jennifer Tippett Photography
Lifestyle Photography | LEGO | Jennifer Tippett 365 project
365 Project | Jennifer Tippett Photography

JANUARY 2017

Here it is, the first 31 days of my 365 project. My goal when I began this project was to simply take a photo every day, to honor the commitment of that, regardless of how I was feeling that day or how truly mundane the day seemed. I am not the most self-disciplined person... on top of some recent medical problems and battling chronic conditions, I felt that simply following through with one photo a day was going to be a mountain of an undertaking in itself. 

I started to realize early on in this project how much I depend on my comfortable way of doing things. That I don't push myself often to do new things when taking pictures. I prefer certain light, I book clients for outdoor sessions during the golden hour, I avoid using flash, I am anxious about grain and ISO +3k. I am insecure about shooting in public places - places where a good amount of life happens - restaurants, shops, parks, the library... I will push myself to photograph my family's important moments outside our home. 

I'm grateful that my boy has enjoyed participating in this project with me and that it has given us an opportunity some days to be creative together. 

You can follow this project daily on Instagram . Thank you for looking at this post! If you feel inspired to, leave a comment! 

Wiffle Ball, Flowers + A Bronco | East End, Long Island

It is seldom that I can produce words for pictures. I am insecure about my ability to express myself through words, I never seem to have the right ones to tell the story of my heart or what I see when I am making pictures for you.

But today, I my heart feels open and so I have a little story to not only show you, but to tell you. 

It begins before the pictures. A couple of years ago, photographer Jennifer Johnson and I began talking through facebook messenger about photography and then about heavier stuff. We found we had a lot in common and had many heartfelt conversations over a year online, before ever meeting in person or hearing each other's voice. 

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One day, she asked me to photograph her family at their home on the east end of Long Island. I was nervous, as I always am, to photograph another photographer's family... but I was excited, too. Knowing so much about what she loves and what she values her put a fire in me to produce pictures that would make visuals for her heart's voice. 

It's a story of absolute passion for her handsome, strong, funny husband. About the joy her two boys bring her... their humor and sensitivity, athleticism and playfulness... These pictures portray dream life and I think in many ways she really has it. 

We began in her light-filled home...

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then moved to her back yard, where her boys play baseball and other games. She also uses her back yard for sessions. What a perfect place! I have location envy! 

playhouse - clubhouse - backyard play - outdoor playspaces
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boy photo session - lifestyle - Jennifer Tippett Photography
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As the day progressed, we took a ride in the family's 1978 Ford Bronco for a game of wiffle ball at a nearby farm. 

ford bronco - wiffle ball

But first we made a stop. Jen's oldest son had gone out one day on his bike and returned with flowers for his mother. I think any mother would have loved to have seen this story unfold... Jen asked me to photograph it, so that she could have these images always. Does your heart just fill up at the thought of this?!? Mine does... I loved taking these pictures! 

Off to play wiffle ball... These boys are both sweet and pranksters. The ride over was full of silliness. 

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I am grateful to my friend and her family for trusting me with photographing them in such a way that requires openness and trust. Their session will be one I remember forever.

I am grateful for every family that welcomes me into their home and into their day, to make into pictures the story of what is meaningful in life. 

Growing Up

We are expecting snow this weekend, reminding me of photos I took of my son last winter - pictures that capture a season of play, but also a time in life when he was moving out of this very special capsule of time that we had created together - his years of being home with me.  He is wearing the same coat this year, but the boots don't fit and he has outgrown the rest. The hat and gloves and pants are folded up in the basement waiting for the second child that I still pray to have.  Long Island was covered in snow for what seemed like three months last year. We spent more time inside than usual.  Hot tea, warm almond milk… Raffi Radio on Pandora… in a few weeks I would be registering him for kindergarten and he would be gone "all day". Time was slipping away… I took a lot of pictures to try to preserve what is intangible and fleeting. 

playing in the snow

He spent hours each day deep in imaginative play. For the first time he was really lost in his work as a child. He was in a different place from me, though I sat right by him on the same floor. He was a sailor, a knight, a fox on a boat… He was a superhero, a baby, a world explorer… I was invisible, in the corner, capturing Quiet and the smooth sound of wooden toy moving across wooden floorboard. 

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superhero play | dress up | pirates

I am very introspective all winter. It is my way of hibernating. I go inside and get quiet. And the light is like that through the windows, quiet - while nature is asleep on the other side of them. 

anacardia | waldorf dolls | boy doll | handmade doll | children's rooms
children's rooms | winter light | cats
blue eyes | boy | child portrait

I was 40 and just starting to feel like a real grown-up… and at the same time becoming acutely aware of time. I am in a place now, a year later, of trying to hold onto things that I have no control over. Mainly my son's growing away from me. And so I take his picture. It is my "woobie" right now, my security blanket. 

beanie babies | lovie | lovey | security blanket | worn toys
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And so it has been a year. And he IS gone "all day". And I am alone in the quiet light of winter. Working on pictures and learning more, as he is having his own time at school. Sitting down at my computer today, I found these images, some that I had not worked on, some that I thought were "throw aways". They are gems to me now. I get the housework done while he is at school and we have time together to just Be.  Last year I knew that I couldn't keep him little. And this year I am learning that I wouldn't really want to.