rye, new york photographer specializing in newborn + family photography
In this day and age it’s not uncommon for our family digital photographs to remain on our hard drive or USB, and although the intention is to print them we often forget. Working with a family recently on a custom designed album reminded me again just how important it is to print those photos, and an unexpected comment in their feedback made me realize how it’s even more important right now.
I’ve been working with this family for a few years now and they reached out last Fall to schedule an extended family session. They all live close to each other and the original plan was to include the two Moms (sisters) and their families (7 kids between them), plus their Mom and Dad. The relationship began when one of the Moms booked a portrait session for her nephew and 2 nieces and surprised her sister with photos of her kids – such a special gift! A year later I captured the 3 kids again, this time with their Mom and she was so happy. As Moms we often forget to get in photos with our kids but it’s so important and they’ll thank us when they’re older.
So back to the family session story…..as we got closer to the day the grandparents decided they didn’t feel comfortable coming out and joining in, which is totally understandable during these unsettling times. We went ahead with just the 2 families and it was so much fun spending time with them, watching the joy and interaction between everyone, especially the 7 cousins.
After seeing their session gallery the sisters decided it would a nice idea to gift an album to their parents for Christmas so I designed a beautiful leather bound book with a selection of images from their session. I knew the grandparents would be thrilled when they saw the book and photos but I wasn’t expecting to hear about the added joy it brought them:
“Our parents LOVE the album – it’s particularly lovely for them because they don’t see us as often as they’d like, and we are in masks so it was the perfect gift for them this year.”
Hopefully it won’t be long before they can hug those 7 grandchildren without masks. How I would love to be there to capture that moment…….
Stay well everyone.
XOXO – Jo
"I cannot say enough good things about Jo. She not only took beautiful pictures of our family but also helped me the day of the shoot to style our outfits. We have two very active kids under 4 years and she still managed to capture some beautiful pictures!!! Jo will definitely be taking our pictures over and over again!"
"Jo is fantastic! She did professional headshots for me, and I'm super happy with the results. I would highly recommend Jo to anyone looking for a professional photo. She was responsive and flexible, working with my schedule and adapting location as needed. She coached me on how to get the best, most flattering shot, and the photos were great!!"
"Jo is amazing!! She really is able to capture the emotion and love between the people she is photographing. We had a wonderful experience working with her from start to finish and couldn't be happier with the results. We will absolutely use her again!"
"Jo is amazing! She has been photographing my family for years. She captures the personality of my children perfectly & is a joy to work with. I can't recommend her enough!"
"I cannot say enough good things about Jo. This past session was our 5th time working together and as always it was such a pleasure! She is very responsive both before and after the session. During the session she is engaging and always gets my sometimes reluctant little one to feel at ease and have fun. The quality of the pictures are beautiful and I look forward to working with her again and again to capture my family."
"I couldn't recommend Jo Bryan Photography more highly! I was dreading having a professional work photo taken, but Jo actually made it enjoyable. Not only is she an extremely skilled photographer, but she also has a gift for making people feel relaxed and natural. Jo is also extremely professional--the housekeeping part of my experience was simple, efficient and best of all--I had my photos in less than a week which I felt was above and beyond. The only problem I had was that I had a hard time choosing!"
"After pouring over all the images, I can honestly say they are the best family photos I've ever been part of. Jo is as patient and kind as she is talented. Despite four rowdy kids ages 4-9, she was able to capture some of the most precious moments through her lens. Working with Jo was great and she made what usually is my kids least favorite family activity (family pictures) so easy! She's flexible, friendly, calm and makes everyone feel at ease. I will treasure all the photos she took of us this year and am looking forward to continuing to work with her well into the future."
"I worked with Jo for my recent branding session and had a fantastic experience! From the planning stages to delivering my gallery, Jo was so responsive and professional. During the shoot she made me feel comfortable and confident and helped me pose to look both authentic and flattering! She really nailed my vision. The turnaround time was also excellent! I am so pleased with my images. They reflect my personality and brand perfectly. Can't recommend her enough!"