Welcome to Kelly Janssen Photography
Welcome to my blogsite! Here you will find some information on how to commission photographic art, as well as samples of my work.
Kelly Janssen Photography is located on Anna Maria Island, FL and specializes in capturing your spirit and documenting it in art. We focus primarily on maternity, newborn, child, and family photographic art.
Kelly Janssen Photography tends to attract clients who are in search of a unique and specialized look. We may not be the best fit if you are looking for a quick session simply to photograph what your child looks like at this age. We are a much stronger match for clients who are looking to capture and display the essence of their child or family.
This is a feature where each month a group of photographers post about what Motherhood looks like to us for that particular month. This month the post due date was just after a very long week with a lot of personal and national tragedy and heartache. I decided to look over the images I had been taking, and see what I could find within them. I was expecting to talk about peace, love, family, bonding-or something of the like. Instead, I discovered something unexpected-quite literally I saw the light.
As a photographer I am always drawn to light. I find myself looking for good light (or complete lack of it), interesting light, warm light, small slivers of light….really I spend days chasing light. It is quite often that motherhood feels like this as well-chasing the daylight until time for the kids to go to bed, and then rushing to complete chores and get some sleep before daylight. What I noticed is that I very rarely have to position my children within the light. They simply find it themselves. I set out to see how and why they could so easily find this often elusive perfect light.
I discovered that my children are drawn to light. It gives them energy and joy. They turn to face the sun, they alert me to the gorgeous light of the sunrise or sunset, they love how the clouds glow at the beginning and end of the day, the can always find the moon-even in the glare of the sun. Children are always seeking the light, and choose to have their face toward the sun. They bathe in the light, are warmed by the light, play with the light, and in darkness are even comforted by light.
I am not quite certain when we lose this ability to always be drawn to the light, but I know it happens. I know now I have to look for light, and it doesn’t always come naturally or easily. I also found that my children look to me to provide the same warmth and peace as the light. It is my job to be the light for my children and others. I want to be the place that can brighten their shadows, that can provide warmth when it is cold, that can offer comfort in the night, that can help them find their way when darkness falls. My focus now is on how to be the light each and every day. I also plan to learn from watching them and allowing them to teach me how to find the light in every day.
Please continue the circle by viewing the work of Melissa Hines HERE
This is a blog that I participate in on a monthly basis. We examine motherhood, and what it looks like for each of us. This month I focused on water. I love this quote:
Thousands have lived without love, not one without water. – W. H. Auden
I am so grateful that we have the opportunity to raise our children by the water. After a busy day going down by the water is cathartic. It is amazing how the salt water can wash away the challenges of the day and restore a renewed faith in tomorrow. The ocean can definitely be a dangerous place as well, so it is my hope to make certain my children realize the power of water as well. Mostly, I love how it connects us all, and how there is such beauty in so many areas. Even when the road floods after a few hours of rain, the boys find beauty in the puddles.
Please continue the circle and view the work of Gretchen Willis HERE
This is a monthly project that I take on with a group of photographers to showcase what motherhood looks like each month.
A couple of years ago I was walking on the beach with my then 2 year old. He was picking up every single shell and exclaiming how beautiful they each were. Some of the shells were broken, some were only small pieces, others had holes in them-but he didn’t care. Here I was scouring the beach for the “perfect” shells, yet he was able to see the beauty in each and every one of them.
I think about that lesson often, and I am trying to make a conscious effort to find the beauty in each and every moment of every day.
Here are some of our beautiful moments over the past month.
Please keep the circle going and visit Courtney at The Rusty Lens HERE
Each month I participate in a blog circle that looks at what motherhood looked like for me each month. This month was all about exploring. One of my boys got to take a field trip to Mote Marine, so I highlighted that. He is so drawn to animals and discovery, and I hope that he continues this passion throughout his life.
and, we snuck in a field trip of our own exploring a local preserve on a chilly, cloudy day.
Please take the time to continue the circle by exploring the work of Jessica Mason HERE
Every month I take part in a blog post related to motherhood. I am part of a group of photographers that examine what motherhood looks like for us (or to us) each month. For 2016, I have decided to do it a little differently.
I purchased a very large piece of art for a planned gallery wall. It has the following words:
I will let you be little
Fill your heart with laughter
Help you grow wings
Nurture your sense of wonder
Inspire you to believe
And love you, like there is no tomorrow
This perfectly captures exactly why we moved our family to this little island. It sums up exactly what I am looking for in my motherhood. I want to keep this as my focus, and raise little boys into grown-ups that do not need me, but want me in their life. So my focus for 2016 will be related to this. It means you may get iphone photos, or old film ones, a freelens shot, or even a drugstore cheapie camera. Enjoy my perspective of motherhood, and complete the circle by checking out the work of the next photographer.
Check out the next photographer Courtney of The Rusty Lens
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. -Denis Waitley
I could not be more grateful for these moments, these children, this privilege of motherhood. Loving the everyday beauty in our lives.
Continue the circle by viewing Kortnee’s view of Motherhood this month HERE
I usually showcase other mothers for my monthly project. However, I spent a bit of time going through some of my old photos of my boys, and wow-SO MANY EMOTIONS! I do not think that I can accurately describe how it feels to watch your babies grow up. I feel like I see them every day-and cherish any time I have with them. However, when I go back over these photos-I am just a mix of sweet memories and the painful tugs of time gone by. I know I don’t have much longer until they want to spend all of their time with friends, and this month it was such a strong reminder to live each day in the present with them.
Please continue the circle and view LaShawn’s work HERE
This is a monthly project which looks at difference facets of motherhood. This month, I decided to go back to the beginning. Motherhood is nourishment. Nourishment for the mind, body, and soul. My job as a mother is to nourish these little beings with all that I have. I have so much power in what I put into their minds and bodies, it is something that should not be taken lightly.
This month I photographed a stunning mother/daughter breastfeeding session. It was this session that reminded me of how nourishment begins at conception, and then continues for the rest of their life.
Now go and follow the circle to view the next photographer and their monthly view of motherhood HERE
This is a monthly blog post about motherhood. For me this month is about holding on, and letting go. Sometimes it is so hard to decide which one we need to do. These photos illustrate the connection, and then also letting our children go to explore some of the world on their own.
Check out the blog circle here
As a photographer I get the opportunity to photograph many different families. Every time their story is unique and special. This family had just finalized their adoption, and these girls had not seen the ocean before this trip. It was a beautiful occasion, and such a celebration of motherhood-however your story unfolds
Please continue the circle by checking out another incredible view of motherhood HERE