#realtalk: What does Mom REALLY wants for Mother’s Day!

While the media might try to sell you on the idea that Mom really wants breakfast in bed, the truth is she probably doesn’t. And, while we all love the homemade coupon books, the reality is, they never get redeemed. Ha! So what does Mom really want?

She probably wants to sleep in, alone. 
She probably wants to not answer 100 questions before 8am._
She probably wants to finish a cup of coffee before its cold and has to get reheated 4 times.
_She probably wants to read a book or take a bath without fingers coming through under the door.

While we can’t help you with that, we can help you give her a gift that will last long after the sink full of dirty dishes, the glittery carpet and the luke warm coffee.

A gift certificate to document this time in your life when those handprints are leaving marks on every wall. Those markers are smeared across the kitchen table. The playdough is ground into the rug. Because the truth is, one day she’s going to miss that.

Skip the hallmark gifts and give her (or grandma!) a gift that will be able to be enjoyed for countless moments for years to come.

We are here to do that. We have a custom designed Mother’s Day Gift Certificate all ready for you! All you have to do is decide the amount that feels good for you (start at $100) and we take care of the rest! Sign your name and watch her heart melt as she opens this Sunday morning!

Remember – this can be gifted to a Soon-to-be Mom — Your own Mom — Grandma — Sister — Step-mom — Momlike special person! The special motherly figure in your life will love it!

Mother’s Day Gift Certificates!

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Click Here to Purchase Mother’s Day Gift Certificates

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And if you think your wife/daughter/sister/Mom is going to say – “But I don’t want to be in the photos!” You just let her read this:

Can you imagine if your children grow up and ask you for some childhood pictures of you both together, and you don’t have any? What will you say? “I had a few extra pounds to lose?… I had a haircut I didn’t like?” What a tragedy! We are their caregivers. Their person. Their safety. Their unconditional love.

Please, if its not for you, do this for them. Document this time in their life with them. Show them you were there. Show them the way you look at them only the way a mother does. Show them you cared enough to give them the gift of memories. Let us give you that gift.

And yes, I get it, us Moms never want to be in front of the camera! We all have ‘flaws’ that we need to ‘fix’ before we get those family memories, right?

We all have just a few more pounds to lose, or haircut to grow out, or whatever your excuse is. But let me share with you a big juicy secret. Your children love all of you. Your children love you the way you are right now. They don’t see the few extra pounds or the haircut you hate. They see the one who loves them. The one who kisses their boo-boos. The one who makes their favorite dinner when they have had a hard day. The one who sneaks them treats and notes to say I love you. They see the one who’s arms they need when they are upset, and the face they can’t wait to see when they have done something amazing to share. They see you. For your heart. For your spirit.

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Want to skip the decision making all together?

If you want to give Mom a gift that is taken care of all together? You can ago ahead and gift her our Exclusive All Inclusive Collection!

The All Inclusive Includes:

*Session fee for your 1-2 hour family session ($275 value)
Pre-consultation to discuss exactly what fits your family! 
All high resolution digital files in your finished gallery! ($1300 value)
10% off any additional prints, gallery mounts or fine art canvas!

Full retail value: $1575 + tax
Limited time Pre-purchase price: $1395 + tax

This All Inclusive Collection is only available until May 20th or until all our 6 spots are filled. Once you purchase the collection we will confirm the date that is both available on our calendar and works with your schedule as well! We have limited openings for July, September and October.

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A Note From My Mama Heart:

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Pictures of my family is one of the most treasured gifts I have. While the kids aren’t too old yet, 10, 8 and 7, I look back to the memories when they were just 3, 4, or 5 and even those few short years ago make my heart miss them. Their squeaky voices, toothless smiles and mismatched outfits — Even that feels like forever ago.

So many times I hear people say, “Oh I’ll get to family photos next year!” But the truth is, next year you have missed a whole year of memories already. That means the kids are a year older, a year bigger, a year closer to being independent!

So if there is one thing I can tell you from my own heart, its do this. Even if it’s with your iphone or in the backyard — if a professional session isn’t in the cards for you right now.

Document this time for your family. Your kid deserve to have their memories in print. Mom, the way she is right now, beautiful as ever, is a big piece of those memories.

Wishing you a beautiful Mother’s Day Weekend!

With love,
Keri

My friend and musician Stephen Kellogg’s song title says it best. “Long days, fast years.” Can you relate?

As a Mom of an almost 11 year old, I have to say I agree. It’s crazy that in just a few short weeks my sweet baby boy is going to turn ELEVEN. I’m not sure how that is even possible but I can definitely attest to the fact that the saying the years go fast is absolutely the truth.

When I look back over the years at my own family memories, there are photos that stop me in my tracks. They probably aren’t the ones that you’d expect either.

Often they are the blurry, out of focus, cropped, and likely unedited images that crush me. Of course, the perfectionist in me loves the beautifully light, nicely posed, crisp images as well, but the messy ones – those are the ones that pull at my heart strings. Why? Because that’s the accurate documentation of our lives. The messy middle moments.

You see, in the hustle of it all, especially motherhood, we are often so caught up in getting to the next item on the to-do-list, the next milestone, the next birthday for the kids, whatever it is, it’s the messy middle that makes us so busy. It’s also the part that makes the memories. The rushing around, the last minute dinners, the untied shoes. Those are the day to day events that make up the stories of our lives. So, it only feels fitting when I go through some of our family memories, it’s those images that remind me of the day to day life, the daily journey; those are the ones that mean the most.

So much of my business is based on documenting connection. It’s what speaks to my heart. It’s what I want to remember as a Mom and want to give you as your photographer. As we approach Mother’s day in just few short days, I want you to stop and think about the Mother’s in your life.

Your own Mom, your sister, your wife, your best friend, whoever it is, just think about them for a minute and imagine, what will they want to remember 10 years from now? I can promise you without a doubt, it’s the relationships, the connections, the childhood smiles, the teenage haircuts, the graduation smiles. It’s the messy middle moments they will want to look back on.

Give them the opportunity to remember the moments they are creating right now. Gift the amazing Mom’s in your life the gift of memories of the things that matter most to them. Keri Jeanne Photography gift certificates are available in various denominations. Simply click here to make your purchase - OR come into the studio at any time and we’ll get you take care of!

card1cardWishing you a beautiful Mother’s Day Weekend celebrating all the Mothers in your life!

In love and gratitude,
Keri

It was around 2am and my son was around 3 months, awake for a feeding. We sat in the rocking chair in his room and the light from the full moon came through is window almost as bright as daylight. Maybe it was the way the light fell across his sweet little face, or maybe it was the pure exhaustion of having a 3 month old, but can still I remember in that moment - I wanted to stop time.

Have you had experiences in your life when you wanted to just stop time? Almost all parents I talk to can relate to that feeling when you first become a parent.. (And also, you’re more scared then you have ever been in your life!) This new little baby – your so consumed with love – you just want to hug and kiss them all the time, right?!

(That is until you are so sleep deprived and exhausted and you feel like maybe you fell into a time warp and you may have lost days at a time!)

So many of those early days of being a new Mom shaped my perspective for my photography style. I have always photographed my own family but especially my clients through the eyes of a Mother. You see, I don’t photograph what things LOOK like, I photograph what things FEEL like.

It is my deepest desire for you to pick up a photograph we created and FEEL that moment. When you see that photography I want you to go back to the place where you can *hear your child’s giggle, feel the sand under your feet, touch the crinkling fall leaves.*

I want you to time travel to that very moment when your now 12 year old, had just lost his first tooth. Maybe your daughter, now a high school senior, had picked out a special dress for family photos when she was 8 and it was against everything you wanted but she loved it so much you allowed it! Those are the things to remember.

Let us help you document your legacy with this EXCLUSIVE opportunity!

I feel so passionate about clients preserving their family memories I created this SURPRISE SPRING EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITY for 2017.

This exclusive opportunity is only available to 4 fast acting clients

It will be honored on a first come first serve basis. It is designed to be an all inclusive collection so that you don’t have to make any decisions and we take care of everything for you!

This surprise spring exclusive opportunity includes all the digital files, AND a beautiful heirloom album! There is something magical about memories printed in a custom designed album that is a gift to your family legacy unlike anything else!

But here is the BEST PART! As a way to say thank you to our amazing clients we have decided to offer this to our fast acting clients who KNOW this is for them right now at a very deep discount. Spring – Summer and Fall months are our busiest time of year, and our schedule only allows 4 openings for this opportunity.

If you KNOW you are going to update your family memories this year – do not miss this opportunity as it is 45% off! Yes — 45% off.

Simply click HERE and enter the code “KJPFamily2017″ at checkout and take 45% off your purchase!

This includes:

*Session fee for your 1-2 hour family session

*Pre-consultation to discuss exactly what fits your family!

*8×8 Custom designed keepsake album – 20 pages!

*All high resolution digital files in your finished gallery!

*(2) 5×7 gallery mounts – perfect for gifts

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Ready to lock in your spot before they are gone? [HERE] and enter the code “KJPFamily2017″ at checkout and take 45% off your purchase! Can’t wait to be a part of your family memories in 2017!

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It’s an honor to be a part of your family memories.

As always, reach out with any questions!

To your legacy with love,
Keri

**Promotion Valid through April 2017.

*cannot be used for extended family session
*must be used before December 2017*

This sweet little lovebug celebrated her SIXTH birthday a few weeks ago! I swear we were just taking her newborn photos but somehow, time has passed so quickly she is now SIX!   In true fashion, her birthday party was beautiful and full of tons of giggles, sunshine and fun!  Between a make your own teddy bear and a very funny magician, Abby’s party was a big hit!

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As always, thank you for sharing your birthday with me, sweet Abby! I am so grateful to watch you grow up — It is such an honor to document your parties every single year!

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Can’t wait to see you guys again in the fall!

Big hugs and lots of love!
Keri

xoxo

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A few months ago one of my soul sisters asked me to consider hearing about a new business.  Between running my photography studio and my Confidence and Mindset Coaching business daily, the thought of adding another business was almost laughable.  I initially shrugged it off with the old, ‘thanks but no thanks, it’s not for me,’ response.  She asked me to just have a conversation about it and I agreed.  What did I have to lose? I figured hey, it’s just a conversation.  I mean, after all, she was doing it and I knew that had to count for something. I’ll spare you the conversation details but I will tell you that very week I became an independent consultant before I had even tried the products.  After doing some research it was a no-brainer.

That was 2 months ago. If you have seen my Instagram or Facebook posts you have obviously seen that I have jumped in and joined an amazing team of beautiful women in this incredible company of Arbonne.  I have always had a pretty hard line against network marketing companies – they have just never felt right to me, until I was introduced to Arbonne.  I had never heard of the company before, but they have been around for over 35 years providing amazing safe, pure, beneficial, botanically based, anti-aging skin care, makeup, health and beauty products.

Over the years I have grown conscious of the type of foods we are and are not consuming.  I have done my homework on organic vs. non organic items.  I am a lover of essential oils and have been over the last 20 years.  I’ve known for years essential oils are absorbed quickly into the body through the skin, the largest organ of our body!  While I’ve been mindful of what goes IN our bodies, I have somehow missed the mark on considering what goes ON our bodies (and ultimately into our bloodstream!). After my initial conversation with my soul sister and hearing about a product line that is not only safe, pure and beneficial, I couldn’t walk away.

One of the biggest shifts for me was the fact that these are products I have to (or choose to!) use every single day.  Lotion, sunscreen, facial cleanser, make up, as well as protein powders, probiotics, and the list goes on.  Turns out the items I had been using that I thought were ‘natural’ weren’t very ‘natural’ at all.   Now that I’ve been using these products for the last 2 months, I have seen a dramatic difference not only in my skin (and the kids!) but I also feel different. I participated in the Arbonne 30 day detox program and it was amazing. It’s a 30 day hand-held program designed to remove the buildup of toxins in our bodies.

Since I had discovered a company that believes in self care from the inside out – it felt completely aligned with the rest of what I believe in.  My entire coaching practice is based around self-care.  My photography clients are always asking for make-up suggestions and looking and FEELING beautiful for their photos.  My kids have had skin issues most of their lives.  This company has given us answers and solved problems for us in ways I never knew existed.

So, as a Mama, a friend, a daughter, a soul sister, I will lovingly share my knowledge with you. I will not harass you, push you, pressure you or guilt you into hearing about this opportunity.  I am simply here to share the information I have discovered first hand. I am here to give you the same opportunity that was given to me.  I am here to support you in sharing with the people you love products that support your highest and best version of you, your family, or your kids.

How would it feel if you had the opportunity to use products that can change lives and the way you feel about your skin while being • Vegan-certified skincare • includes NO phosphates • no gluten • no petroleum • no phthalates • no animal testing (ever) • no benzene • no formaldehyde-donating preservatives • no SLS • no synthetic dyes • no talc • no triclosan • no TEA • no artificial flavors or sweeteners • no bisphenol-a • no carbon black • no mineral oil • and so much more!

From a business perspective this made so much sense as well! As a Creative I have to create everything I share.  This opportunity gave me a business in a box, an incredible team of support and unlimited personal development opportunities.  Who wouldn’t want to hand pick their co-workers while creating a business of residual income in a way that feels like a perfect fit?

You know my heart and you know I am here with love. If there is any bit of you that is interested in this, I would love to share it with you!  I have hosted parties at the Studio and at friends houses and it’s been so much fun.  We spend 2 hours or so chatting about products and hanging with friends – it’s like soul food if you ask me! Interested in hearing more or hosting your own party to receive amazing discounts and free products? Let’s connect – keri@kerijeanne.com — Yes, you can order directly through the website without hosting a party but you can also receive discounts by hosting an Arbonne evening with friends so be sure to reach out if you’re looking for amazing opportunities to save! You can view all the products HERE.

Some of my personal favorites this month

Fizz Sticks  - Chocolate Protein Powder – Sunscreen – All my new make-up!

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