Environmental Portraits of a Gymnast

As I promised here are some of the portraits we took of Zak at his gym for his senior photos. I know these aren’t the typical images of a senior portrait but they are more of a glimpse in to how many hours and years he has dedicated to this sport. Being a gymnast like any sport is a lot of dedication and sacrifice. You really have to love it since it is an all year round sport. The training never ends.

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San Francisco Boudoir and Beauty Photography | Ceremony Magazine

The past couple of months has been a little bit of a roller coaster for me and I knew it was time to make some changes.  So, I took out my trusty, rusty, compass (who remembers Ernie’s from Sesame Street) and waited for it to tell me where to go.  It told me what I already knew and it was to slow down a little in 2013. Which meant taking a leap of faith and making some changes. But I knew it was time for some new priorities and to take the time to work on some photography projects that I really wanted to concentrate on this year.

So when Amy, the editor of Ceremony Magazine, called me and asked if I wanted to do an editorial on Boudoir I jumped on it. Beauty, Glamor, Boudoir, whatever you like to call it I love making women feel beautiful. Whether the women decides to just do a beautiful portrait or if she decides to reveal a little more the results are always the same.  They’ve find liberation, a self respect, self confidence, and new appreciation for themselves they didn’t have before.  That is why these photographic sessions are so rewarding. Whether it is for a special someone or just  for yourself something good always comes out of them.

One of the best things about this session was the wonderful women who helped make it wonderful.  It may of been cold, and rainy outside but inside the suite was full of warmth and laughter.  Special thanks to Tanja Lippert who did hair and make-up, Maria Chang for doing just whatever needed to be done, and Rachel Perscott from Scout Model Agency  who didn’t even question what we asked her to do.  The energy and excitement these women brought to the project just made it that more special and just one of the many reasons I love what I do.

Interested in setting up your own session? Just two words of advice “Do it”!  You won’t regret it.

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End of Summer Sale! Canvas’s up to 30% off

Hey everyone have you been putting off getting your pictures on the wall? Well today til Wednesday if you order a canvas 30×40 or larger it’s 30% off. Under 30×40 they are 20% off. Under two or more get an additional 5% off. Contact Jill with your order no later then Wednesday August 29th @ 11:59p.m. to get in on the deal! just e-mail Jill@jilljohnsonphotography.com and in the subject line write I WANT ART FOR MY WALLS! List size and images you want and Jill will get back with no later then Thursday to get your order in.

For example 16 x20′s are $300 You get it for $240! Buy two 16×20′s you pay $450 a savings of $150!

Mason is One | A Year in the Life of Mason

A Year in the Life started as a personal project for me as I wanted to see if it was a service I wanted to offer to clients.  Now there is a lot of baby’s first year programs but I wanted to to be a little bit more then just portraits and documented growth spurts.  Don’t get me wrong I wanted cute little portraits because who can resist a sleepy newborn or baby grin?  But I wanted more. I wanted to document daily life with baby from bathing to feeding to the changing of the diaper. Just simple daily things that parents do, and to give them a reminder of those quick (even thought it doesn’t feel like that when your in them) weeks of change in the first year.  In fact, for some they change weekly and sometimes daily.  From rolling over, to the first giggle, to those few precious steps.

Over the past year I have had the privilege of photographing the Life of Mason Henley from the Womb til his first year.  He has been such a joy getting to know and I can’t wait to see who he becomes.  He is just the happiest little guy and is loved very much.  Below are some photos from his first year session.  What I love about his year old session is it’s the same location we did the maternity session.  What a difference a year makes.  The photo from maternity on  is just a snippet of some of the photos we captured over the year. We ended up doing four sessions: a maternity, 3 weeks old, 6 months old, and 12 months old. I’m sure you can tell which ones are which.  Please leave them some love below and if your interested in a year with your baby or family let me know.  I’d love to talk to you about possibilities.


New Wedding, Engagement, and Boudoir site is live| Leap Year Tradition

Well this is the year people! A year when you get that extra day to catch up on something.  You get an extra 24 hours that you don’t normally have. I’d love to know what your going to do with your extra time.  What is leap day and why do we have it?  The geeky version of why we have leap year is so that the Gregorian Calender ( that most of the world uses) lines up properly with the earth’s rotation around the sun.  The more fun and romantic version is that women can propose to men.  Myths are that if a woman proposed to a man on Leap day he couldn’t say no.  It was a way for a woman to take control of her own love life and to help along those men who were sitting on the pot a little too long if you know what I mean.  This was a tradition that was pretty rampant until the 1960′s and free love took control of the world.

Well for me no matter why I’m thankful for the extra day. Here at Jill Johnson photography it is a very exciting Leap Day because we are launching the beginning of our new sites. Yes sites, you heard me correctly.  We will be launching our new wedding, engagement, and boudoir site today which can be found at www.jilljohnsonweddings.com.  Hopefully in the next week or two our new site www.jilljohnsonkids.com will be completed as well. (It is currently live as well as a teaser but is still under construction).  On top of all that our blog has been experiencing a new overhaul and will shine in it’s full glory with all it’s bells and whistles.  It has been very exciting and busy around here as we worked on creating a new  interactive and user friendly site.

Now is all of it complete?  No, but honestly, when is a site ever completed?  It is like a woman’s wardrobe constantly changing and evolving.  But I would love to point out some of the things about these new sites.  First of all you can still find all of my work at www.jillljohnsonphotography.com.  Here you’ll find a landing page that can direct you to the site you are most interested in.   It will also give you a sneak peak of some of our most recent gossip, news, and photos on the blog preview strip, and last but not least special flower buttons for you to share what you found with your friends, families, and social medias. Keep checking back because we are still adding more things to all of these sites as they evolve but for now we felt it was a great teaser.

The blog and the kid/creative portrait site will also have some of these great features as well as some other little tidbits that we’ll share when they are closer to completion.

Most of all I would love to thank all the people who have helped me put this all together.  It would have been released on the next leap year if not for their amazing help.  Pamela Francisco of Pamela Francisco Illustration, Eric at Big Folio, Ken Leslie (blog builder extraordinaire),Luke Goodman for the films, Andy Mark, and of course all my fellow photo peeps for their support and suggestions.

I hope you enjoy looking over the new look and I would love to hear what you think!  Stuff you love! Stuff you would still like to see! Suggestions will be taken in to consideration :).  I love what I do and I”m so excited to be sharing just a little bit about my world.