The Northrop Family : Anytime

It’s sort of like going on a blind date.

You don’t know what to expect…you don’t know if you’ll mesh well…you don’t know if it’ll be worth the effort it takes seeing each other for the first time. So like a blind date.

When JD and I moved a year ago, I arranged a series of blind dates. With fitness instructors. I downloaded various workout schedules from gyms here in Orange County and set out finding a good match for my get-off-my-rear-end-and-do-something needs.

Trina taught classes like it was geriatrics aerobics.
Sophia taught classes well, but made these weird whooooop sounds every few seconds that drove me nuts.
Craig’s shorts were so short I couldn’t focus on the class, and instead found myself wondering if I was going to be harmfully exposed to his impropriety.

The dates were not successful. Until I met Christy. Then it was love at first sight. Or sweat.

I found myself working out with a new passion and, although I hated her halfway through her class, at the end I was so proud of making it through. And not fainting. I continued going to Christy’s classes and became one of her cult-like followers, attending her classes throughout Orange County. Recently, she came across my blog and we got to talking. What initially started as taking her headshots morphed into a family session. I don’t photograph families at this point in my career (and instead focus on wedding as a preferred niche), but I agreed to the session because I felt like it was the least I could do for Christy. Afterall, we’ve been dating for a year already! ;)

I was quite nervous photographing their family, but once the camera began clicking, I had a blast! Thank you Berkeley, Christy, Summer, and Kylee for making my day so enjoyable! Your family is beautifully kind and loving...something you should take pride in! :)

We started the day just hanging out with Kylee and Summer in their playhouse (which, incidentally, was the playhouse of my childhood dreams) and capturing them doing what they love: mothering their dolls...

Frustrated with a birthday hat that wouldn't stay on, Daddy came to the rescue and saved the day with scotch tape! Loved it! :)

Here's the amazing Christy...

Just before sitting down for a family portrait, Christy tied up loose ends, but Summer was ready to go!

Swinging from monkey bars...

I can't place what exactly I like about this picture, but I kinda just do!

The beautiful Northrop you guys! :)

If you'd like to see more of my first family session ever, CLICK HERE for a slideshow! :)
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New York City Wedding Photographer - I love how the oldest daughter is the spitting image of her daughter.  04.20.08 - 11:27am
Lydia - Beautiful pictures! You did a wonderful job capturing who they really are!  04.19.08 - 12:22am
cassandra m - I know your focus is weddings, but WOW, what a wonderful shoot with this family. Guess now & then a break and something different is nice. These pics are awesome girlie....  04.17.08 - 7:51am
Amelie - What an awesome family session ! They are all so beautiful and I love how many different little moments you captured for ever. I bet now you're going to be submerged with requests for family sessions :)  04.17.08 - 1:59am
TonyaPeterson - I love the one of the little girls toes curled up under her. These are adorable  04.16.08 - 12:02pm
Erika Lais Photo Blog - Thanks J* for the information ... I'm so happy, because I just bought the same lens last week and I'm in loving with them ...  04.16.08 - 6:13am
New York City Wedding Photographer - I love the upside down shot! peace, parris whittingham New York City Wedding Photography  04.16.08 - 1:52am
Natarsha - What a beautiful family!  04.15.08 - 10:23pm
aps - hu-WOW!;)   04.15.08 - 10:00pm
Jasmine* - @Erika: I shot the entire session with a 50mm, 1.4. I love this lens SO much that I'm seriously considering investing in the 50mm, 1.2 soon! :)  04.15.08 - 9:38pm
Jenn - you are AMAZING at what you do.. these family pictures were beyond great!  04.15.08 - 6:15pm
tish - WOW! You should teach a seminar...but you have to allow a few spots for non-photographers like me!   04.15.08 - 3:43pm
YazyJo - Love them so much!!!! And the music for your show is awesome!! Me and my daughter were dancing to it yesterday! :)  04.15.08 - 1:53pm
david & kimi b ~ ohana photography - beautiful little girls! spot on as usual miss jasmine!  04.15.08 - 12:11pm
Lindsay Kipp Photography - I loved these! The family is beautiful and you are amazing! I have been wanting you to do our family portraits since I first saw your blog! So do you like doing families? what was harder? hehe! Beautiful job!!!  04.15.08 - 10:38am
Bartek - Rock on! These are great! I love the diffuse light, not to mention the infectious smiles :)   04.15.08 - 10:17am
Erika Lais - Hi J*, as always a great shoots. So lovely, so cute ... Wich lens do you use for this session??? the pics looks so clear ... Thanks for sharing ...Great!!!!!!!!  04.15.08 - 9:20am
Charmaine - Wow, this family was very lucky to have you shoot them! I want my family to be next!  04.15.08 - 7:52am
Shandon Smith - Better watch out... you're gonna have people calling you for family portraits! Those were great! You rock!  04.15.08 - 5:23am
Simply Modern Weddings - super cute family!   04.14.08 - 10:46pm
Brandy - SUCH a beautiful family!  04.14.08 - 10:32pm
kerri mcconnell - wow... could those girls b e any more beautiful!  04.14.08 - 7:04pm
wale - the shots were great! inspiring as usual.  04.14.08 - 5:27pm
Caitlin Domanico Photography - Awwwwww what a pretty family! Love the shots.  04.14.08 - 5:18pm
Rachel Brooke - You're images are always so diligently classy! These little girls are just gorgeous...beautiful family!  04.14.08 - 4:45pm
Cathy Crawley - I love that photo of the little girl sitting on her chair! Soooo adorable! This family looks like they belong in a commercial!  04.14.08 - 4:20pm
Tanya Jose - the photos with the girls kissing daddy is priceless. they'll thank you for those photos when they get older & will treasure them forever.  04.14.08 - 4:10pm
Kristine Waubbler - With subject like this, it's so easy to photography them...great job!  04.14.08 - 3:28pm
Ashley - Oh, how I wish I could snap my fingers and be as good as you! I am just starting and was curious if it was normal to be so nervous at a shoot... if you're nervous then I will probably never get over it! :0)And I love your heart behind the camera... You are great at capturing God's creations!  04.14.08 - 3:27pm
lesley - J* you are so ridiculous being nervous for a fmaily portrait session. These are great! I don't think there is anything you can't do.  04.14.08 - 3:08pm
gabriel.ryan. - rad back at ya! and i agree with that image on the swings... it seems so natural & un-posed, but then she caught the camera with her eye, but without reacting to the camera... i feel like i'm rambling... better left said "i like it but i don't know just why"  04.14.08 - 2:50pm
Jamie Z - Imagine my delight to pop in here and see my favorite photographer trying her hand at family pics! Whoo hoo!! I would never expect you to keep us thousands of commenters separated in your mind--I'm the Mom in Oregon who just wants to get good pics of my kids, so that's why I was so excited to see Jasmine-style fam photos!! I actually snapped some pics of some girls from our church this weekend, and was feeling pretty good about myself until I saw these. LOL They're FABULOUS, of course! Thank you sooo much for sharing!! And thank you for your advice on metering dark skin--it's working! (Sorry this is a mile long; I guess I'm making up for the gazillion times I read your blog but don't comment...) Blessings, Jamie :0)  04.14.08 - 2:42pm
Lezlie - You are the master! The image of Summer swinging is stellar. I love the movement in that one.  04.14.08 - 2:38pm
Amanda Forbush - Beautiful, crisp, and real. What lens is that by the way?!  04.14.08 - 1:23pm
Cathy - Your ability is incredible! You "captured" my sister, brother-in-law, and nieces fabulously! I wish you did families, as my seven would love to have a slideshow like you did here!  04.14.08 - 1:06pm
Tira J - What a beautiful family and beautiful pictures. Great job Jasmine!  04.14.08 - 12:59pm
Amy - What a sweet family! Beautiful job as always!  04.14.08 - 12:44pm
B - Slide show is too cute!  04.14.08 - 12:43pm
Bree - Stunning and beautiful as always... perhaps you've found a new niche to occupy? :)  04.14.08 - 12:42pm
Navy Sou - Beatiful family! You captured their essence and the girls are just stunning!  04.14.08 - 12:23pm
Christy - Jasmine, you may be my stalker at the gym, but I am your blog stalker. I have attended all of these weddings, just not in person. Thank you, thank you , thank you. I love my family, and I love you for capturing them as you did. You're the best!!! Really, the best!!!  04.14.08 - 12:10pm
emily griffith - This "first time" family portrait could pass as your "millionth time" family portrait. Beautiful work, as always! And I love your commentary too!  04.14.08 - 12:06pm
carlie renee - those girls are so beautiful! what a fun family!  04.14.08 - 12:05pm
Nena - THE SLIDESHOW MADE ME CRY!!!! What a beautiful family.  04.14.08 - 12:04pm
Miriam Gunnarsson - You Are just amazing Jasmine!   04.14.08 - 11:59am