How Much do you Really Love Your Family?

I love my family.  I know this because I have found myself in situations that test "that" love.  Nothing bad, but there are moments that make you ask yourself “How much do I really love my family”.  For example: If you are at a barbecue and your family tasks you with the job of standing out near the entrance to the amusement park to direct latecomers to the party, how much do you really love your family? Or how about this?  You are at a family gathering and in some warped reversal of musical chairs, you are left to talk to grandpa who is in his 90s.  It’s not that he is boring, it’s just that the story you know he is about to tell you has been told at least seventeen times, and while you are sitting there saving face, all you are able to do is to try to drown out the sounds of all of the fun around you that you are missing out on.  While other family is bending over in belly laughs, you are reminded of what life was like in the 40s.  In this case, how much do you really love your family?  For me, I REALLY love my family. 

I have learned that it is not a menial task to direct latecomers, but it is being the helpful one and showing them love.  I am the first person they meet when they show up, and I love that. It’s not that pop pop is boring, but it is that he is instilling values in me that have long been forgotten and it takes more than one lesson.  My encouragement for you is that if you ever find yourself in a situation that makes you question the love for your family, change your perspective.  When you do, you will realize that the experiences that you may find mundane, are often the most insightful and beneficial

Announcing Holiday Photo Mini Sessions!!

Christmas is coming! Can you feel the excitement in the air? The temperatures are dropping, and soon friends and family will gather in worship and cheer. Let us help capture the joy of the season with you and your family.  Dee Jestene Photography is offering mini photo sessions just in time for you to get the perfect family photo to send out with your holiday cards. See details below.

Mini Session Details

What: 20 minute stylized session, resulting in 15-20 high resolution edited files
Where: Upper Marlboro, MD
When: Saturday, November 12, 2016 or Sunday, November 27th
Time Slots available from 9:00-11:20 AM and 1:00-4:40 PM
Cost: $125.00 includes up to 5 people, $20 each additional person

Appointments are open TODAY and will be available first to all past clients until Friday, November 5, and then any remaining time slots will be opened up to new clients!

Email to reserve your session!

Are you excited yet?!? I have an INCREDIBLE team who helped bring my vision to life and created a gorgeous set for us to use! There are banners, sleds, antique christmas lights, christmas trees, maybe a little SNOW, and so much more! :) 

Now Offering: Gift Cards!!

What do you buy for the person that has everything?

Answer: Memories.

Regardless of how much or how little someone has, time is their most precious commodity and the only way we can hold onto our time is by capturing it.

That's why what we do and how we do it is so important. Treat yourself and your loved ones to a Dee Jestene Photography Gift Card.  Be the star of the family when you give them the gift that cannot be quantified: love. Love that is found in a memory captured through quality photography. 

Our gift cards are conveniently sold on my website and can be given in any amount you require.

Pickup the perfect gift for any occasion today!

Happy Birthday Cake Smash

Happy Birthday Cake Smash

Let me set the scene. I'm in my home setting up the backdrop for a special session. The props are in place and the lights are set, and deep down, I know it's all about to be destroyed.  Im actually excited that my subject is making her way to me but I don't think she is fully aware of what is about to happen or why. What am I talking about? Well, the subject is my 11 month old and the setup is for her first birthday cake smash.

OMG…My Baby is Learning to Stand!

I am such a softy.  It feels like everything my baby does is sooo adorable.  Just this week, I saw Natalie learn to stand unassisted. She still needs help sometimes, but she is definitely on her way. More and more she is letting go of standing aids and holding her balance. It is such a gift to witness these moments. When she learned how to sit up, I was amazed; when she learned to rise to her feet, I was in awe, but now that she is learning to stand, I can’t help but to feel an overjoyed sense of fear.  Why you may ask?  Well, because there is a small part of me that knows that this is where “it” all starts.  Now she will be running all over the house.  Now she will be jumping off things and now that she is exploring her new found independence, perhaps she will start to let go of me??? I was once her standing aid.  OMG, my baby is learning to stand!!  Lord, help me!!

I went to Babies 'R Us and all I got was a lousy.... water bottle???

I love playing with my daughter. It amazes me how much she is learning and growing. And how little it takes to actually amuse her. As a new mom, my major focus is on her development. So, throwing caution to the wind, I dove head first into the toy aisle. I bought toys for hand eye coordination; I bought noisy toys, I bought quiet toys, and I even bought toys for when she gets older (just in case she's advanced). But after all of that, when we finally got home, you know what she was most interested in? She was most interested in the water bottle that I bought just as I was leaving. At first, I was taken back. After all my hours reading those crazy "what to do the first year" books and after all my research and spending, all I needed was $1.56 and few popcorn kernels to put inside. Go figure. I can only imagine what I am getting her for her first birthday. Can you say "cardboard box"?

HOMEostasis: A Day in the Life with the Moshers

HOMEostasis: A Day in the Life with the Moshers

As dawn approaches, somewhere around 5:30 in the morning, Jill and Daniel Mosher stir themselves awake.  While most use this time to hit the snooze button, Jill and Daniel wait expectantly on their morning visitor. Every morning without fail, young Jonah makes his way to his parent’s room to seize some snuggle time with them before his brother Emerson wakes up. Having become used to this routine, Jill and Daniel are already prepared with open arms and space on the bed for their precious little invader. Just as they were saying this, in walks Jonah. For the next few minutes, they each take turns talking through yawns and stretches while Jonah slides into mom’s arm. Soon after that, Emerson joins the party.