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01.23.12

ROB SKOG | the wedding of Rachel and Blake

I just love this ultra chic edgy wedding shot by Rob and Shannon!


























































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01.18.12

Valentine's Day Surprise!

BRIDES AND GROOMS! You don't want to miss this! Book your wedding by February 14th at 11:59pm to receive a HUGE gift from Jennifer Skog Photographers! Email us at studio@jenniferskog.com for more details!


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01.09.12

2011 : what a wonderful year it was!

It has taken me a while to reflect upon 2011. So much has happened and it has all flown by so fast, it's hard to even sit here for a moment to write this. Aside from a few obstacles and disappointments, 2011 was the best year of my life. I entered the year almost into my third trimester with my first child. I was excited, I was anxious, I was scared, and I was very busy preparing, both professionally and personally. I shot until I was 8 and a half months pregnant and worked around the clock until it was time. On Easter Sunday, April 24th, our own little miracle happened and we welcomed Jane Ryan Stewart into our hearts forever. From the moment I held her, it was as if I had always known her AND she was the cutest thing I had ever laid eyes on.

This past year, I became a mother for the first time. Among many things, what I didn't know was how it felt to actually be a mother. Immediately it made me very protective, but also critical - I would inspect her everyday to make sure nothing was wrong. I felt the desire to be a better person; to lead by example. I want her to grow and be an independent woman who goes after her dreams, whatever they may be. Suddenly I realized I was incredibly nervous about anything that could ever possibly happen to her, at times in my mind she turned 15 and I was worrying about those things to! I got sad thinking about her growing up and the many fights we will most likely get in. I learned to appreciate my parents, especially my mom, for everything they have ever done and continue to do. My perspective of things has changed forever.

In 2011, I witnessed my husband become a father, my parents become grandparents, my brother become an uncle, and my sister become an aunt. I've never seen anything put a brighter smile on their faces. It's amazing to see how much happiness one little tiny human being can bring.

I vowed to take on a lighter load, instead, I tried to do it all in half the time. I went back to work about 4 weeks after Jane was born. The wonderful thing is that my parents had decided to start a day care, so she is being cared for by people who love her the most, and she is around other children all the time. When she was 5 weeks, I shot my first wedding of the season. While I couldn't stop thinking about her, it felt good to be back in the swing of things. I'm still working...

In 2011 my mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer. And in 2011, she beat it. She is a fighter and my inspiration.

I came to the realization that I just can't do it all and built a team for Jennifer Skog Photographers. I'm anxious for the many projects and great things we have planned in 2012!

This past year has certainly been a challenge finding a balance with being a mom, wife, and business owner. I can't say that I have even found that balance, I think it will just be something that happens one day. maybe. Before I could even blink, I have this 8 month old baby girl who's trying to walk around and grow up as fast as she can. She has so much vigor for life, it's incredible. She's determined and fearless, and I'm just so proud and in love with her. It's amazing to think of all if the things that had to happen for her to be here. She is meant to be and she will be something great for this world one day. She's already started with my world :)

But... It seems to only get better!

Thank you for taking this journey with me, allowing me to follow my dreams, and your continued support in Jennifer Skog Photography. It's people like you that make our jobs so rewarding and enjoyable. I wish you all the best that life has to offer and please remember to cherish every moment.

Happy New Year!

{this is Jane at 8 months, she is climbing, waving, and loves to dance!}





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