Jessica Riehl Photography Blog » Ballston Spa, New York Children and Family Photographer

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  • Welcome. Friendship, love and simplicity are at the heart of my photography. I’ve been fortunate to photograph the weddings, babies, and families of many of my close friends. These are dear memories and experiences. When I am allowed into your life, something truly special happens. My photographs become more meaningful and distinctive. You won’t find props or backdrops, instead you’ll find favorite toys, places, and clothing. Every now and then, you’ll see an antique chair, couch or stool that is a beloved piece from my family. We’ll photograph the everyday experiences of your children or family. Those fleeting moments that become etched into your memory. I love the quiet in-between moments, young explorations, and sheer joy of childhood.

    I’ve had a wandering path through my photographic career as we have moved with the Navy. We are now settled in our new home in Tigard, Oregon. On these pages, you’ll find old and new adventures. Join me and welcome to this Riehl Life.

    Your friend,
    Jessica

Sometimes Life Just Plain Sucks | Virginia Beach, VA

Sometimes life just really, really sucks. Two Sundays ago, friends and clients, Katy and Adam lost their home in a house fire. I connected with Katy and Adam through the It Factor Job Club and then when I photographed them for their 6th anniversary in Williamsburg, VA. They were married near this inn and go there every year for their anniversary.  We created a canvas collage for them from their images, but below is what’s left of it. However, thanks to the generous help of  Simply Color Lab, my canvas company, we are getting them a new canvas cluster! While these might seem like the last thing necessary to rebuild your life and your personal space, they are critical to feeling normal again and having something familiar around you in trying times.  These images will find an amazing new home with Katy and Adam in their rental home, while they are in the rebuilding phase.

Photographs are so important and you don’t really know how important until they are gone.

If you feel like helping out, you can go to this link:  http://www.myregistry.com/visitors/giftlist.aspx?nowelcome=1&publicusername=coppinhousefire

Photos from their anniversary session are here: http://www.jessicariehl.net/katy-and-adam/

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  • Jaime - That is so wonderful that your canvas company is going to help!!

  • Katy - Just saw this…made me cry, but in a healthy way!! We’ve started hanging the new canvases–we’ve split them up so we can enjoy them more. =) Will send you photos as soon as we finish getting them up!

  • Jessica - Ah, Katy…I am just glad we were able to replace them so fast and it can help your life feel a little bit more normal! When I saw the photo on your Picasa album, it made me cry too!

The Farmer’s Market | Saratoga Springs, NY

I simply love the farmer’s market. Big or small, here or there. They are always fun and I love giving my money to the gent or lady who made/produced my product. If you counted the number of years of experience at a farmer’s market, you would be blown away by the collective knowledge such a small space can hold. Farmer’s markets are wonderful because you can talk to your producer, ask questions about how to use the food your are purchasing, and find out exactly how your product was made (family secrets withheld, of course). If you want your children to see, touch and learn about their food, take them to a farmer’s market. Maybe even you can get a tour of the farm!

Here are this weeks finds from the farmer’s market (russian kale, garlic scapes, blueberries and currants):

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  • Ellen Montemurno - Gorgeous photos…and luscious looking treasures…nice!

Bubble 2 Boardroom | NYC

This past Friday, I ventured down to amazing New York City to photograph a very timely event called Bubble 2 Boardroom. Dani Ticktin Koplik, the mastermind and creator of Bubble 2 Boardroom, aims to teach critical skills and strategies for success in the corporate world. In an age of digital overload, gadgets, and texting, many of the finer points of the job search and professional value are lost on the millennial age group. The art of the hand written note is lost on 20 somethings, many don’t make eye contact or fail to turn off their phones and truly engage in what is happening around them. Others don’t understand that social media has rules; such as, if you don’t want your momma to read it, don’t post it. Learning to dress appropriately and working on your handshake are other indicators of a well rounded individual. These and many, many more insights were hopefully gleaned by the attendees.

If you live in NYC and are struggling to figure out how to fit into the new job market, need to pump up your personal brand, or gain career insight, you need to be at the next Bubble 2 Boardroom event. It’s a tough world out there and many hiring managers are “old school”, so understanding the tried and true finer points of marketing yourself and your career is critical. Your smart phone will only get you so far…

Bubble 2 Boardroom provides a timely and needed message. As the world grows smaller and the economy goes up and down, we all need to take charge of our personal brand. However, understanding how to do that in a vastly more technologically enhanced world is daunting. Bubble 2 Boardroom even has it’s own piece of the sustainability pie. By educating our youth to be successful, get jobs and provide for themselves; they will continue to be successful and contributing members of society.

Rob Roy, Navy Veteran, Seal Team Six and owner of Special Operations Training Group

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Ted Rubin, Chief Social Marketing Officer of Collective Bias. You can find him on Twitter.

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Personal Career Coaching sessions were available to all participants.

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Lisa Birnbach, author of the Official Preppy Handbook, NY Times Bestseller. You can find her on Twitter. She has a new book out called True Preppy.

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Eric Barron, Personal Branding Guru. You can find his blog at Eric Barron Live.

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Leslie Grossman, creator of the Women’s Leadership Exchange.
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Dani Ticktin Koplik, mastermind behind Bubble2Boardroom.

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Future leaders…

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Pinhole Pro visits JRP in Ballston Spa!

Before I tell you what Pinhole Press is, I am going to tell you how I found out about them. This spring one of my classes for my grad degree was Strategic Management for Sustainability required us to do company case studies. I choose Mohawk Papers, located about 30 minutes south of my house in Cohoes, NY. After spending several weeks researching their sustainability efforts, I developed a great respect for their company and their environmental efforts. They were the first paper company to hire an Environmental Coordinator, and the same gentleman is now the VP of environmental affairs. Mohawk is always pushing the limits and boundaries of sustainability, looking for better products, methods and equipment. In greening my business, it has been a struggle to find companies that walk the walk, have invested in the right kind of initiatives, and truly understand what sustainability means. Through my research I found Pinhole Press, which was such a relief! A parent company that leads the way in sustainability, has the purchasing power to make changes and is committed to great design and product, perfect!

Now, what is Pinhole Pro, you say? Pinhole Press is an online press lab offering cards, press books, calendars, framed prints, note pads, and journals. Their press items use beautiful, thick, luxurious, matte paper. Pinhole Press is a consumer lab, allowing everyone the ability to use their services. This spring, they came out with a new feature to their offering called Pinhole Pro. Pinhole Pro allows me to be an associate photographer. By visiting my photographer page or using my photographer code, you can access a greater and more expansive product line up. The best part: when you purchase through Pinhole Pro, you support JRP (and fund my graduate degree). JRP receives a commission on any product sold through my link or photographer code. So please, it’s time to switch to a more environmentally friendly company and make this world a little bit better in the process.

If you are ready to find a better press lab, more environmentally friendly and one who supports their professional photographers; well then visit Pinhole Pro! You won’t be disappointed. The peeps from Pinhole Pro came to visit the studio last Thursday to show me a line up of their products and give me a catalog of products. If you see their car this summer, honk! You can’t miss it.

My link: Pinhole Pro

My photographer code: IHEARTPHOTOS

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Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

I know this is a sad post, but I think it is important to spread the word about this service. I am a member photographer for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep and recently helped staff a both at the NY state Perinatal Conference in Albany. We had a wonderful opportunity to chat with the doctors, nurses, social workers and nonprofits who help parents and families through the troubling times of a premie birth. A mother who used the service was able to join us to share her experience.  NILMDTS is an important service to know about, because there are babies who don’t make it home from the hospital. In speaking about NILMDTS to parents and families, many mothers wish they had images of their child. Many babies don’t receive birth or death certificates, so this is often the only tangible memory from the birth of their child.

We offer a free service to photograph the babies with their families at the hospital or at home if hospice is an option. Families receive a free CD of images and we have recommended at cost labs who can print images so the uncomfortableness of going to Walmart is eliminated. We are all also on call, so we can be at the hospital in a relatively short time. And, there are 8,000 photographers all over the world who donate their time and services. So, we are everywhere!

If you or a friend you know of is in need of the service, please go to the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep website and click on Find A Photographer. Simply email or call a photographer and tell them your situation. They will help you out.

On a positive note, many babies who were photographed go on to live famous and profound lives. They inspire the creation of playgrounds and scholarships, helping those around them live happier lives.

I was very proud to find out that one of my images was used for the national brochure and exhibit. It just reminds me how important these photographs are. They are literally priceless. If you’d like to read an article on Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, please follow this link. You can also visit their website for more information.

Here is the image that was featured on the exhibit:

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Here is the photograph that was used in the brochure:

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