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Self Portrait | 52 Frames Challenge | South Jersey Photographer

Here at Little Bear, Photography is all about telling a story. They say "A picture says a thousand words"... but so often those words are manipulated. There is some beautiful artwork out there, glamorous portraits, technically sound and stunning images.. but then there is photography of real life... That's where I hang out. I have lost my passion for photography since starting my business. Instead of being about having fun, documenting beautiful stories, and practicing my craft, photography has morphed into a "job". Get the shots the client will love, not always the ones I love. Sign the clients who want to sign because it pays the bills, even if it's not what I want to shoot. Photography has become mundane. But it's a new year. That means a new start right? My goal fro 2019 is to fall in love with photography again. To shoot as much as possible whether I have clients or not. Shoot for me sometimes. That's why I decided to participate in the 52 Frames Challenge. Each week photographers submit a photo of the weekly theme. Week 1 is #SelfPortrait. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to portray. Did I want to go the road of a technically sound, but simple head shot? Or did I want to stay true to myself and tell a story? What story did I want to tell? I decided to get a little creative. No, it's not the most genius concept, but it was a perfect depiction of my morning nonetheless.



Week 1: Self portrait | "Mom's Morning: Kitchen Chaos"

So what story am I telling here? I guess this image says a lot of different things to a lot of different people. I'm a hot mess. I'm 36 weeks pregnant. Pants are uncomfortable. The kitchen is a never-ending mess that could keep me busy as a bee. The mug says it all: "Motherhood. Powered By Love, Sustained By Wine, Fueled By Coffee". Lord that's right on. I wouldn't have gotten out of bed this morning if I didn't love those little bears so much. I can not wait til I can have my trusty evening bottle... I mean glass ;) ... of wine again. And this morning... the only way I kept going was that cup of coffee. Perhaps my favorite thing about this image is a little detail none of you honed in on. You can't really see it. You'd have to be looking hard and zoom in.... On the windowsill there's a little block that says, "You make the world a better place". This simple gift from my husband is one of my favorites. Every morning when I'm exhausted or overwhelmed, I see that sweet little reminder that my job is to make the world a better place. Even if it's just my children's world that I'm making a better place. That's my job: to brave the chaos, the exhaustion, coffee in hand, to bring love and a sense of belonging to their little worlds. That's my story. Messy hair. Messy Kitchen. Messy Life. Pantsless. Somewhat dependent upon caffeine. Yet always striving to make things better for other people. Stay tuned for next week's challenge update!


Jaimie is a Motherhood Photographer, Birth and Postpartum Doula, and Certified Breastfeeding Specialist. She is the Mama Bear behind Little Bear Services, LLC. Jaimie lives in Pemberton, New Jersey and services the surrounding areas of Burlington County, Mercer County, Ocean County, and Camden County. Jaimie is also an Air Force wife who serves the JBMDL Community with in home support and photography. For more information on booking your session with Jaimie, send an email now! Don't forget to also check out Little Bear's Birth Support Services!

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