Panama City Beach Family Photographer – August 17-22nd


Panama City Beach, Florida! BraskaJennea is coming for you! BraskaJennea-Photography-Steckley-Family-Panama-City-Beach-Photographer_0019.jpgIn the Panama City or Destin Florida Beach area? Want to have professional Family, Senior, Engagement, Bridals, or Anniversary portraits made on those pristine, sugary, white sandy beaches backed up by those clear, emerald ocean waters?  Contact us to get your pick of appointments (only 2 prime Sunset sessions available), or schedule a mini-session.

Collections will start at only $250 and include: 20 minute Mini or 45 minute Full Session for up to 10 subjects (additional subjects addable), clothing consult, 3 weeks Online Gallery storage for viewing and ordering, Signature BJP Collage Design AND professional 10×10 Collage print, Professional Print Credit to purchase your desired pro prints, and choice of 10 Hi-Res Digital Files with print release OR all finished, fully edited images with print release.

You don’t want to miss this fantastic opportunity to save some $$$, and have KILLER Family Beach Portraits…or another session that strikes your fancy.

Check out some highlights from last year’s PCB adventures, and if you’d like to purchase an Oceanic Scene for your home check out the Beach Gallery in the BJP Fine Art Gallery Here. BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0012 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0013 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0014 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0015 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0016 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0017 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0018 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0019 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0020 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0021 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0022 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0023 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0024 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0025 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0026 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0027 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0028 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0029 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0030 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0031 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0032 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0033 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0034 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0035 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0036 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0037 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0038 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0039 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0040 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0041 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0042 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0001 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0002 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0003 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0004 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0005 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0006 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0007 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0008 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0009 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0010 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0011

 

 

Christmas Mini Sessions & Pictures with Santa – Athens, TN Photographer


It’s that time again! Christmas Mini Session time! AND….. “SAAAAAANTA!!!! SANTA’S COMING!!!!  I KNOW HIM!!!” 

Mark these dates down: November 29, 30, and Dec 1st as well as December 6th, 7th, and 8th for Christmas Mini’s at the BJP Studio, and December 7th from 4-8pm (see details below) Santa Portraits at the studio!Christmas Mini Sessions - Athens, TN - BraskaJennea Photography_0008.jpg

Last year was a blast…cold, but a blast. So, this year Christmas Mini’s will be in the nice, cozy, warmth of the BJP Studio. Complete with hot cocoa and treats!

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This year’s studio Mini’s will have four scenes and 3 Mini Portrait Collections to choose from. I’m bringing back Santa’s Sleigh (the one that even adults can sit in!), and Gingerbread Lane (my GIANT Gingerbread house also big enough for adults to enter…though on their knees 😉 ), and there’ll be two more Contemporary scenes for the slightly older kids, couples, and families. Not your grannie’s cookie cutter studio portrait session 😉 You do not want to miss these!

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As always BJP Mini Portrait Collections will offer professional prints AND a selection of your favorite images with print release. This year’s Studio Mini Sessions will be a lot different however, as you’ll sit down and pick your print and digital negative images before you leave (or you may opt to come back later in the day). This will allow you to get your prints and digital images much faster.

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So, send me an e-mail for full details, and let’s get your session reserved before they’re gone. With Collections starting at only $100 with prints AND digital negatives they won’t last long!

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Santa Portraits will be Saturday December 7th.  That’s also the weekend of Athens’ Downtown Christmas, so come for Santa portraits, and stay for the festivities on the square!  4-7pm will be by appointment, and 7-8pm will be first come first serve for walk-ins.

Leave the mall, and the loooooong Santa line, far behind you!

Details are as follows:
One image per child (Photographer’s choice…but trust me it’ll be the best one!)
Families with multiple children: the larger 2 Print Collections may be split between 2 children, you can add a smaller package for a 3rd, or divide another larger collection between the 3rd and 4th children, and so on.
Deposit of $25 (regardless of # of children) is required at booking and is non-refundable.  
Please be early for your appointment to complete the registration information, and to choose and pay for print package.
Prints will be available for pickup the following weekend at the BJP studio, or may be mailed with prior arrangements. 
Professional Print Collections are listed in the below. Digital download with print release is available for $5 when added to “Prancer” and “Rudolph” Print Collections.BJP Santa Pictures Flyer

A Family Affair – Parker Family Beef – Nashville Commerical Photographer


The Parker Family farm lies out in the expansive beauty that is the country side of Manchester, TN.

I met Brian years ago at Church in Murfreesboro, and we became fast friends. A few in our group made fun of us for our phrase “I need to go to town”, but they just never quite understood what it is to live so far out in the beauty of the country that going to town is literally what you have to do…because unlike most in Middle Tennessee you don’t live IN town…Parker though has me beat! Hahaha!

It was a GORGEOUS evening when I met up with and followed him out to his family’s farm….which he wasn’t kidding was about 20 minutes from the interstate.  We, Momma Parker, Brian, and I, hopped in the RTV and made our way to the fields in front of the house, and their GORGEOUS Red Barn (which Red Barns are my absolute favorites!).  The corn was beautifully green, and the hay swaying in the breeze was breathtaking…something out of a movie!

We boarded our chariot again and headed for the weather vane on top of another of their barns. God showed off with the sky and sun rays right at the perfect moment right behind where I was shooting. Love that weather vane ya’ll!

Our next stop was the back pasture where allll of the cows had migrated.  We crossed their creek that runs between the houses and the back fields, and a stray dog who’s basically made it’s home the Parker family farms accompanied us on our journey…and just looked so cute playing in the creek I had to snap a picture 😉  I dipped my toes in the creek for a bit, and then we were off again…to hunt for the cattle!

We found them, and I have to say those are some pretty smart cows ya’ll because they positioned themselves right.in.front. of the setting sun! BRILLIANT!  I shot, talked to/”coached” them, and we laughed as the said stray dog decided it wanted to play with a momma cow and her baby who just wasn’t going to have it.

As the sun faded behind the trees we set off for one more field, and I captured one of the prettiest sunsets I’ve ever seen right over the tops of the sealed hay bale rolls. The only big green tractor (John Deere) they have on the property (they’re more of a big red tractor loving crew) came rolling through so I grabbed it’s picture too.  A farm, cows, sunset, a tractor…this southern gal’s heart was right.at.home!

We headed back to the house where I met one of Brian’s two sisters, and was thanked with samplings of their new venture. I promised I’d taste test it, and give my honest review in this post…well…the results are in, and Parker Family Beef is literally the best meat I’ve ever laid my taste buds on!  I photographed the fillets and a sirloin on the grill, and had plans to photograph the fillets on another plate, but they never made it off the serving platter! So, the sirloin and a side salad were the only photographic evidence I could wrangle from watering mouths!  The ground beef is ridiculous as well.

If you’re wondering if finding a local farmer to get your beef from is worth it I’m a testament that it absolutely IS!  I’m a little bit of a steak snob, no really, and the Parker Family Beef steaks now hold the blue ribbon in my book!  Check them out on Facebook for their contact info, and to track them down at a Middle Tennessee Farmers Market near you!

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Annnnnnd to top it off check out the first ever BJP Images used in mobile Advertising… The Parker Family Beef truck!  EXCELLENT work by Silver Lining Signs!  It was great work with you Donna!

Parker Family Farms Truck(Image above borrowed from the Parker Family Farms Facebook page)

Back to Cool Studio Bash – Cool “School” Pictures – Athens, TN Child Photographer


It’s BACK TO SCHOOL time in Tennessee!  You know what that means….time to get pictures of the kiddos made in their new school do, and their new school duds!  Plus you could win a 16×20 Professional Canvas Gallery Wrap!  Don’t have school aged children yet? Well as long as they can sit up on their own they’re welcome to come too!

Why “Back to Cool”?  Because my school pictures were not cool…they were TRAUMA!

When I was in school there was only one day I dreaded more than the most dreaded day, the FIRST day, and that was PICTURE DAY! I still shudder to think about it!

Part of what drives me in my photography business of photographing children and teens is thinking back to how awful my photos always were…and how I felt afterward.

I was always one of the tallest kids (and it was 2 or 3 of us girls who were tallest until boys hit puberty about 9th grade), and muscular even for a young child.  I mean when you’re 12 and have such large, defined thigh and calf muscles (twice the size of your 24 year old brother’s) that you’re getting recruited for sports teams 3 grades older, then you’d think you should thank genetics (which I do now because they’ve stuck around), but at 12 it wasn’t so cool…it was down right mean!

The poses were bad for my frame, the lighting was harsh, my hair ALWAYS fell and was disheveled loooong before it was my turn, and the angles…ohhh don’t get me started on the angles!  Picture day was traumatic…to say the least…and THEN we’d get the pictures in the mail a few weeks later…

I remember one specific time I thought I was looking cute, and my hair was decent by the time it was my turn, annnnd then the actual picture came in.  I was devastated! Yet ANOTHER school picture that we only kept the tiny, stamped, proof copy of! (Because 1) they were way too expensive, & who wanted expensive reminders of how horrible you felt about yourself, and 2) back then you only had pictures made at school, and there had to be a picture of your kid from that year in some form.)  Nevermind the fact that if you had a breakout, or the lighting made your teeth look yellow…you were stuck with that horrid reminder, as I am from a few of those proof only years.

Fast forward to now. I make it my mission to NEVER have a child feel ugly…I want to boost their self-esteem! Therefore it’s ALL about posing them, angling them, styling them, etc… to make sure they FEEL as beautiful or as handsome as they ARE!  It’s an art form that takes time to not only train, but to execute…time I don’t think mass photo days would have time to execute for each individual child’s body need in that 1-2 minutes they might have.  And heaven help em if they have a break out, or their teenage skin betrays them the day of…I’ve got them covered in Photoshop because I’m a retouching NINJA!

SO now that the studio is ALMOST finished I want to give kiddos the chance to have what I never had…a “School Photo” they can be proud of!  August 10th and 11th I’ll be doing “Back to Cool Super Minis”!!!

These will be 10 minute sessions for up to 2 kids, and 15 minute sessions for 3 kids (more kiddos can be added for $15ea.).  Have some young ones not in school yet?  Bring em’ on and get their picture made too as well as an image or two with their older sibling(s)!

Sessions will include professional prints of your choosing so that how you see the image in your gallery and online will be how you see the image hanging in your home, or in your wallets! Plus you’ll get to choose your favorite 2 or 3 digital negatives, depending on option chosen. (Digital Negatives are the fully retouched and edited “finished” images that you can choose to download from your child’s gallery once they’re uploaded, or can be burned to a CD!)  See the flyer below for pricing and what’s included in each option!

The backgrounds will be simple, either white, beige, or a solid teal color, and there won’t be props unless it’s something you want them photographed with, that you bring, like their backpack, notebook, sports equipment, etc…

I want these sessions to focus on their sweet faces.  I want to capture those eyes that captivate you when they look at you, that sweet smile, or that wrinkle in their nose when they laugh!  Sometimes less is more, and plus there’ll be plenty more “prop” sessions coming up as the holidays approach 😉

Here’s what we’ll have going on that day:

We’ll have light snacks and drinks, as well as a few booths featuring local vendors setup for parents to do some last minute back to school shopping while they wait! 

Melissa Coffey with Mary Kay will be there for appointments after 1pm on Saturday who’d like a quick Eyes, Cheeks, and Lips makeover for the 13 year old girls and up. (These mini-makeovers will only be $10, but you’ll need to arrive 20 minutes prior to your appointment time)

Everyone family that comes will be entered to win the 16×20 Professional Gallery Wrap!  The winner will be drawn from the bowl at the end of the last session on Sunday, and announced via Facebook on Monday. Winner will also be alerted by phone call and text message about claiming their prize.

Once images are live in your gallery you’ll be given a 24 hour promo code to take 50% off your print or extra digital negative orders!!! Plus you can send friends and family their own code to order at 25% off for 24 hrs…you know…so you don’t get stuck with the bill! 😉 

You don’t want to miss this first ever “Back to Cool” BraskaJennea Studio Bash so email Info@BraskaJennea.com to reserve your appointment ASAP!

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Help Grow A Family – Win Wedding Photography – Adoption Auction – Athens, TN Wedding Photographer


If you’ve known me for any time at all then I’m sure you know how much I absolutely adore babies, and there’s nothing sweeter than a new baby in the arms of new parents.

What you may not know is how much I want babies of my own, and how I’ve always wanted to be a foster parent, adopt at least one child of my own, and be a surrogate if the opportunity ever presented itself.  Want to hear God laugh, then tell Him your plans.

I never thought His plan for me would have me behind a camera capturing those things that I want most, but it’s a blessing…a HUGE blessing, and a calling that I’m thankful He’s walking me through.  It’s not easy, I’ve shed more tears editing sessions than I care to admit, but I can honestly say I now cannot imagine doing anything else…funny how that works…how God works…how His plan for you will put you right where you need to be.

So, here I am, 30, and no where close to being able to start having the large family I ache for, and clearly not in any position to adopt, foster, or surrogate. But yet I still have a desire in my soul to help those who cannot have a baby of their own.

I’ve known Kathryn for a while, she’s besties with my old home girl Leighann, who with the help of another of our mutual friends, Monica, is hosting this blessed auction, so I know Kathryn by-proxy. I’ve never met her hubby, Ryan, except through Facebook posts, but I have to say it’s clear 1) they’re madly in love with God, 2) they’re madly in love with each other, 3) They will be amazing parents.

Here’s their story from the Facebook Auction Event: (Get your tissues ready…you’ve been warned!)

“About 4 years ago, Ryan and I (Kathryn) decided we wanted our little family of two to grow into a family of three. I was about to have surgery on my kidney the summer of ‘09, and we thought once I fully recovered from that, we could start trying.

We tried on our own for about a year using Clomid off and on. After having no luck, my gynecologist referred us to a reproductive endocrinologist. We met with Dr. Harris, and she decided to start me out on Femara and trigger shots. We did this for 2 months but still did not get the results we were wanting. She then decided to do a laparoscopic surgery to make sure my tubes were not blocked and everything looked ok. Luckily, my tubes were fine, however, she did find a dermoid tumor located behind my right ovary. It was positioned so that it did not show up on any of the ultrasounds I had had done. She removed it, and we later found out that had I gotten pregnant with the tumor still inside me, it would have ruptured and caused major complications for the baby and me. I also had some endometriosis that was removed as well. She placed us in a very small category: “unexplained infertility.” From a doctor’s standpoint, everything was lining up perfectly for conception to take place.

From March-October of 2010, we tried several different medications and shots. Unfortunately for us, none worked. We did two rounds of IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) in November and December. Both resulted in negative pregnancy tests. That is when Dr. Harris recommended we do IVF (Invitro Fertilization).

In March of 2012, Dr. Harris transferred two very healthy (and cute…we have pictures) embryos. We waited 10 days and then went in for lab work. I’ll never forget the phone call as long as I live. Extremely nervous, I answer and the nurse says, “So, what obgyn do you all want to use?” To say we were excited is an understatement. This is something we had wanted more than anything…something I had dreamed of since I was a little girl. Sadly, we found out not long after that I had miscarried. Highest of highs to lowest of lows all in a matter of a few short days.

In June of 2012, we decided to switch to a different doctor. We immediately fell in love with Dr. Donesky and his staff. He scheduled us for our second IVF procedure for July. After all of the stimulating medication and shots, I was put to sleep again for the egg retrieval and after 5 days of growth, we had 4 sweet embryos. We decided to have two transferred and to freeze the remaining two. We waited the 10 days and went in for the pregnancy test. I knew immediately from the nurse’s facial expression that it had not worked. We were heartbroken. However, we still had one more shot. We still had our 2 miracle embryos that were frozen (I called them our snowflake babies).

Ryan and I both felt we needed a break from all things fertility related. With school about to start back up, we decided we would take a year off to let my body have a break from all the shots, being put to sleep, medications, etc. In May of 2013, we had our third and final IVF procedure done. We both felt so good about this last one. I felt like we had the whole county praying with us. Another phone call I will never forget as long as I live… “I am so sorry, Kathryn. It was negative.” Our last chance at being biological parents had resulted in, yet again, a negative pregnancy test.

Even though doctors have pretty much ruled out the possibility of us ever being biological parents, God has not ruled out the desire in our hearts to be parents. There are many stories of adoption in the Bible, but the greatest one is the story of our “adoption” into God’s family. Through His Son, He takes us in as His adopted sons and daughters. What greater gift to give a child than to rescue him/her and show the same love and compassion that Christ shows us. And so the next chapter of our lives begins…”

I knew they’d been trying from posts I’d occasionally see on Facebook, but I didn’t know the depth of how hard they’d tried.  While I don’t know their specific heartbreak, I do know what it’s like to want something so desperately that you ache inside because you know it’s missing…someone is missing.  Their’s is a wee one of their own.

If you don’t think God works in mysterious ways, and in ways you’d never imagine, I feel sorry for you.  When I first read their whole story a few weeks ago, in the request for auction items to be donated on the auction page, “A WEDDING” resounded in my mind…sort of alike a flashing billboard if you will.  “Where’d that come from?” I thought.

Like a lot of Christians, and Biblical characters, who were called to do big things they thought they couldn’t…I then fought it… “that’s A LOT of work I won’t get paid for”, “I could just donate a canvas print, or a regular portrait session.”, “People will question my motives for donating something this big!”, “That wasn’t God…that was my own sappy uterus speaking out of turn”… HA! And then I’ve had some of the worst weeks since I started this business!

Fast forward to yesterday. I sat working on sessions, feeling absolutely emotionally and spiritually drained, questioning if this crazy leap of full-time photography was really what I was called to do…. And then… I can’t remember what prompted it, but I stumbled back on to their Auction page. “A WEDDING!” again rang through my head.  I’d been fighting it, and all along He was there telling me to just give in. To let the “I can’t”, the “What if no one bids?”, the “What if it only goes for a $1? All that work and they’ll only get a dollar!?”, and the seemingly impossibility of it all, just go. “What I call you to I’ve already worked out!”.  Man I needed that reminder…oh boy did I need that reminder!

Then my favorite thought happened, the one that’s pushed me throughout my life, and in this beautiful passion I call a career…. “Do unto others.”  Just being transparent (which you know I’m good at) “I mean what if this was me, and my future hubs?  What if the large family I want can’t come naturally, and we’ve tried everything else?  I’d hope someone would do the same if I was in the same boat.”

Through their story, their journey, their struggle, I was ministered to! WOW!  So, here I am, jumping in and praying that this auction helps bring the future Stamey Baby home to his/her eagerly awaiting mommy & daddy as soon as possible!  THOSE are some images I definitely can’t wait to see.

In an age where we take so much for granted, and it’s all about “what’s in it for me”, I hope at least one person is moved to do something big, giant, and grand to help someone else. Yes, it’ll be a blessing to them they may have never expected, but, trust me, there are plenty of blessings that will follow being obedient and giving with a cheerful heart!  I’ve already received mine…a good kick in the rear reminder from God of just what procrastinating, and doubting Him will do, AND that HE’s got.this…HE’s got.my.back!  🙂

Here’s to believing that this auction brings more than any of us dream.  Please help spread the word…there’s TONS of fantastic items for any budget.  You get something great, and you give something great!

Note: for those interested in the Wedding Collection, but you may not win it, OR you’re interested in a larger BJP Wedding Collection, for the month of August 10% of EVERY wedding or floral design (yes I do that too now on a selective basis) retainer deposit received will go to the Stamey Adoption Auction!  It’s a win win…you get the beautiful photography or floral design you want, and they’re a little closer to bringing home baby!  Let’s do.this!

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