Photos and stamping…

Hey there.  Forgive me – I have a bit of non-stamping to share first.  (Feel free to scroll down.)  But I know a lot of you are scrapbookers and appreciate photography, so I want to share some things…

So… I have a bucket list.  You know, the list of things you want to accomplish or do in your life.  Most things on my list are places to visit.  But there are 5 that are about photos.

See, there are 5 photographers who I adore for different reasons.  And getting my family in front of their cameras… that is on my bucket list.  And now I am so thankful to say I have now accomplished two of these.  Here are the five (in no order)…

1. Cathy Blackstone Photography

I have known Cathy for many years.  We both won the CK Hall of Fame the same year, and I contacted her and we got together.  We hit it off immediately.  Cathy is as real as they come.  True and honest and fun.  (Want a peek at how great and honest she is?  Click HERE.  Love the idea of "therapy photos."  Took some of them today.)  And when she decided to start a photography business, I wanted to be first in line.  Why?  Because of how real, true, honest and FUN she is.  Well, back in November, we got together.  It was a cold day… Colin was sick… Audrey was grumpy… but we still had fun.  Cathy made us laugh and captured those happy, laughing moments – which is so "us."  (We are a very "laughy" family.)  She is amazing.  If you live anywhere near Columbus, Ohio – contact her.  You won't regret it.  Here are some of my faves – they are so "us"…

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My brother was behind the camera making us all laughing like crazy here.  This is SO us. πŸ™‚



2. Lisa Russo Photography

Lisa is another one I have known for years, and was lucky to work with at Autumn Leaves, too.  I can't say enough about what a good person she is.  Back when I had post-partum depression, the doctor suggested I go away and visit a "fun friend" for a weekend.  I instantly called Lisa.  And, I can honestly say, she was a huge reason that I survived.  Soon, she left the scrapbooking industry and started in photography.  For a couple years now, I have admired Lisa's work.  Her photography is perfect in my eyes – classic, loving and timeless.  I would go to her blog and stare in awe… but then have to leave quickly for fear of getting sad that she lives so far away.  So, I started nagging Ken.  :)  Begging him to help me find a way for our family to get to Atlanta and in front of her camera.  A few weeks ago on our lake trip, her family came to stay with us.  We had such fun with her – she seems to have been doing this for years and years – a true calling.  If you are interested in seeing the slide show she made for me (it moves fast since she had so many good ones), you can watch it HERE.  And here are a couple (and more are HERE)…


(Yep, the girls have grown, haven't they?  Kay is taller then me.  I haven't published pages of them in the last few years because they are older and enjoy scrapping their own photos.  They LOVE to scrapbook.) 

(Cathy and Lisa – thank you. love you. owe you. πŸ™‚

3. Traci Turchin Photography

I met Traci through the scrapbooking industry, too.  She is now an incredible photographer with an amazing eye.  Her photos are also so real… so true.  I love that.  The type of photos you will still love in 20 years down the road.  I hope to someday get out to Colorado (somehow) and get in front of her camera.  Someday.

4. Melissa Deakin

I don't know Melissa very well, but she just has this kindness about her – it is something that is obvious.  And, she is starting a photography business, which makes me so happy.  Her photos also have a kindness and comfort about them.  Simple, sweet and classic.  Who wouldn't want to have photos of their family like that??  I wish I lived closer to Buffalo.  A girl can dream…

5. Erin Cobb Photography

Sweet Erin.  This girl is a doll, and she makes cute babies, too. :)  I have been chatting via email with Erin for a long time now and she is always so generous when I need photos for assignments.  Her photos have a refreshing, cheerful, eye-catching look to them… capturing everyday moments with shine.  Love that.  Huntsville – I need to head your way.  Would love to have my kiddos captured by Erin.

OK… enough photo chat.  But I have been wanting to share that for awhile now. :)  Do you have a favorite photographer?

On to stamping…

Here is a page I did for the Hero Arts Blog.  (In fact, it uses a photo by Cathy Blackstone.)  Just shows the power of black and white…

062009 Black and White (c) Hero Arts Blog – for info and supplies, click HERE.

Next up, a quick couple of cards I did awhile back using leftover class kits.  These are examples of the goodies shown in the first week of Thinking Inking Class.  These have inking and stamping with Distress Ink… followed by a bit of water splotching.  Love the Papertrey Ink Damask stamps.

061909 Distress Scraps Supplies: Hero Arts notecards and flowers and buttons and stamps (flourish and greeting), Papertrey Ink damask stamps, Creative Impressions ribbon, Distress Inks, twine, white embossing powder

OK… off to watch some mindless tv.  Gotta love it.  Night!

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40 thoughts on “Photos and stamping…”

  1. Wow Jenn…that was a great and informative blog entry. Thanks for sharing those awesome pics and all those links.
    And yes, Erin has gorgeous babies!
    I just discovered Moon Ko, I’m a bit behind. I swear, I must have been living under a rock or something.
    Here’s her blog:

  2. so lovely, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen your girls before! I would love to find a photographer like one of these ladies in the Baltimore, MD area?


  3. Wow… those pictures are great and I expecially love the black and white layout!

    I know of an amazing photographer in the Lincoln, CA area, her name is Alexandra Frankel. I’ve had the pleasure of having my photos taken by her and she manages to capture that moment that is just so you! You should check out her blog at:

    I’m sure you’ll be awed by her as well. =)

  4. Jennifer you and your family look so happy and wonderful together. What a blessing. TFS!!!. I love that you have captured distress in a feminine way. Your cards a very pretty.

  5. Jennifer,
    Wow! Wow! Wow! Lisa’s photographs are absolutely amazing! Your family is beautiful. I think my favorites are of Collin with his little tongue sticking out – so sweet! It is definitely not easy to pick a favorite!

  6. Jennifer,
    You have a beautiful family! The pictures are wonderful, not sure how you can pick a favorite. Fortunately for my family, we live within two hours of Erin Cobb so that may be a possibility for us. Thanks for the information.

  7. I almost cried watching the photo slide show. Such AMAZING pictures capturing wonderful relationships (my hubby’s usually the one who cries over sentimental things).
    Thanks for the layout and card shares too. Great stuff!

  8. Hi Jennifer,

    I love all the great photos that you shared – both the “portrait-type” and the real life shots.

    I also LOVE that turquoise dress that you are wearing in the Lisa Russo pics. Can I ask where you got it?


  9. oh jennifer,
    i have goosebumps.
    i am so touched that you would include me on your list.
    i am honored.
    thank you so much.
    these photos by cathy are amazing.
    love them all!
    (thank you for your kindness!)

  10. oh jennifer,

    i have goosebumps.

    i am so touched that you would include me on your list.


    i am honored.

    thank you so much.

    these photos by cathy are amazing.

    love them all!

    (thank you for your kindness!)

  11. What a beautiful family you have! This is the first time I’ve seen photos of the girls. I love the fact that you all laugh together a lot!

  12. Jennifer, the slide show is amazing. There’s so many good pictures, how do you choose a favorite?? Your family’s love shows on all the pictures. Thanks for sharing this.

  13. I am off to watch the video, but jsut had to tell you that those are the most awesome photos of your family!!! How I wish I had phots like that taken when my kids were younger! Guess I better just find someone good and do it soon!

  14. Awwww, your family is beautiful. Love the slide/photos from lisa, had tears in my eyes…it was just so beautiful that I got all emotional, hehe…thanks for sharing!

  15. Hi Jennifer, you’ve hit the spot again with these photos today. I’ve been hooked on Cathy Blackstone’s blog since you Tweeted it (is that how you say it?!)last week. It doesn’t matter that I don’t know who the people in the photos are, the pictures are so amazing I could look at them all day! Lovely to see these gorgeous photos of your beautiful family, especially seeing your precious girls. Praise God for his grace in the gift of family, and for the creative gifts of those who can capture that blessing in a photo. God is good. πŸ™‚

  16. Omg–I was practically crying and they aren’t even my family!! The pics are sooo beautiful and the kids are so sweet–you are one lucky girl, Jennifer! Thanks for sharing and tell your family you guys are so beautiful together.

    Kudos to your photog!!

  17. Jennifer,
    Thanks for posting those links. I knew Lisa left 2Peas for photography but I always wondered what happened to Traci. I will take a look at her site, so thanks for sharing. You asked who we like as a photographer…I guess I would have to say and

    It was great to see your girls again. Kay is a little mini-Ken. They look beautiful. Thanks for sharing them – what a treat to see all five of you together! Beautiful pictures. Of course I love all your stamping too, which is why I really am enjoying your your videos.

    TFS, Louise

  18. Thanks so much for sharing these great photographers (and photography) with us! I have a quick question: Where did you get that adorable teal dress you wore in the Lisa Russo photos? I just love it! πŸ™‚

  19. I just scrolled up and was reading some of the other comments. Someone else must have asked about the same dress b/c I see your response. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  20. What amazing photos! You are so lucky to have been able to work with these amazingly talented women! Recently I have been in awe of Maggie Holmes’s photography blog ( Not only is her photography amazing, but her photo editing skills make the photos just that much more amazing. She is in Gilbert, AZ. I would LOVE to have her photograph my family. Someday…

  21. OK, just read my post. Apparently I’m in an “amazing” mood. LOL. That’s what you get when you hit the “post” button before proofreading your message. Tee hee.

  22. Before I forget…the famiily photos are gorgeous! I just LOVE, Love, love the Lisa Russo slideshow!

    Thanks for the Thinking Inking class! I’ve been enjoying it.

  23. Such precious photos!!! So fun to see you and your family enjoying each other so much! What great captures. Thanks for also sharing the blog link to “therapy photos”, I laughed my head off (because I can totally relate!), and I think I need to make a folder of therapy photos for myself! Love your LO with the splash of red, it’s wonderful. And your cards are so gorgeous and elegant. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Hi Jennifer! I just LOVE Lisa’s slide show – love how you have captured all the different relationships in your family…. what a treasure to have these photos!!! πŸ™‚

  25. What gorgeous photos. And such a beautiful family. I can’t believe Kay is taller than you!! I subscribe to your blog but don’t usually post but these pictures *made* me write. πŸ™‚ Just beautiful.

  26. I just watched the slideshow. WOW. The picturs are incredible. Your little man is too cute for words. Those eyes. I love the one of him on the bench with his tongue sticking out. πŸ™‚ And the girls are beautiful.

  27. I loved this post Jennifer! Thanks for sharing such great photographers with us. I love looking through various sites of photographers…it’s so inspirational to get out there and “shoot” some more photos.

  28. Thank you for sharing such amazing photos – you have a beautiful family. Katherine, England xx

  29. The pics of the fam were PHENOMENAL. I don’t know you personally, but after looking at those pics I can tell what how much your family has love and affection for one anohter. Fantastic!

  30. You’re crazy. I love you. I have gotten so many nice posts on my blog because of you. It is always so nice to know that we are all on the same ride as mothers:) My therapy picture post day was a BAD day. I am also so lucky to have Lisa and Traci as mentors. They are the best. Lisa’s pics are amazing. It will be awhile before I even come close to having her mad skillz. Can’t wait to see you again and thanks:)

  31. Well Jennifer you did it (or should I say Lisa did it). I am sitting here crying my eyes out. The photos were amazing. I love the emotion and feeling brought out in each one. It made me feel like I knew each of you. Fabulous job Lisa.

    You have inspired me to research photographers here that I would love to get my family in front of. The closest I have been to finding this is Lisa Watson in Alberta, Canada – she did our wedding photos.

    You have also inspired me to pullout my camera and get practicing. If I can get just a fraction as good as that, my photos will be the better for it.

    Thank you ladies!

  32. Jennifer

    Both sets of photos turned out great! Like your idea of a bucket list too.

    Here is a photographer I like and have seen her in action one time.

    I really enjoyed seeing your family. Love how the photos turned out.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Sandi N.

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