Category: Children

Motherhood is….all about the light.

June 25, 2016

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.

anna maria island photographer

anna maria island photographer

Please continue the circle by viewing the work of Melissa Hines HERE

Motherhood Is…May

May 25, 2016

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

Anna Maria Island Beach Photography {Sisters}

June 28, 2014

Anna Maria Island is so beautiful, and provides many hidden location gems. I tend to chase the light and find these little spots of sunshine. This session is meant to showcase the bond between sisters. It also shows how the same location can be photographed in two very different ways.

Anna Maria Island Photographer

Anna Maria Island Photographer

Anna Maria Island chid photographer

Anna Maria Island Photographer

Anna Maria Island Photographer

Anna Maria Island Photographer

Anna Maria Island Photographer

Contact Kelly Janssen Photography for your Anna Maria Island photography needs. Kelly is an Anna Maria Island Photographer. Click HERE for home page.

Anna Maria Island {Florida Child Beach Photography}

June 11, 2014

Here is a quick image share of a recent child session on the beach. Anna Maria Island offers countless opportunities to photograph children against stunning backdrops. Our sunsets do not get more beautiful than this 🙂 The photographs were taken on the north end of the island in Anna Maria City.

Anna Maria Island photographer

Anna Maria Island Photographer

Anna Maria Island photographer

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Beach child photography

Florida beach photographer

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Anna Maria Island Family Photography

August 5, 2013

Anna Maria Vacation Photographer

This gorgeous family has a lot to celebrate. A recent move to an island paradise, an anniversary, a recent birthday, and two beautiful children. It is so nice to live and photograph in this paradise. I love to capture the connections that are weaved between mother and child, father and mother, children and their environment.

Anna Maria vacation photographer

Anna Maria vacation photographer

Anna Maria family photographer

Anna Maria child photographer

Anna Maria family photographer

Anna Maria Island photographer

Anna Maria Island Photographer

boy on beach photography

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Anna Maria Island photographer {Children}

July 24, 2013

Anna Maria Island Photographer
Kelly Janssen Photography

The beautiful soft, white sands of Anna Maria Island are crowded during the summer days with families. Children play in tidal pools, and splash in the small waves. Families experience a throw back to the old Florida days with unspoiled beaches. Summer nights bring turtle walks lit only by the moon. A lucky few will see a turtle lay her eggs, or perhaps a nest hatch. This stunning barrier island is the perfect backdrop for some gorgeous smiling children.

I spent some time with these stunning children one summer evening. I enjoyed watching them interact with each other. We had a beautiful sunset and clear skies, which led to some incredible images. Children and the beach, what could be better? This is one of many reasons I so love to be an Anna Maria Island photographer. Enjoy these few images from that evening.

child beach photography

Anna Maria island photographer

Anna maria island child photography

Anna maria island photographer

Anna Maria island photographer child beach photography

Anna maria island photographer

Contact Anna Maria Island photographer Kelly Janssen Photography for your photography needs
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What little boys are made of {Anna Maria Child Photographer}

October 11, 2011

A boy’s story is the best that is ever told. -Charles Dickens

Kelly Janssen Photography is an Anna Maria Island photographer specializing in maternity, newborn, child, and family Anna Maria Island Photography.

One Comment

  • lindsey · Posted October 11, 2011 at 10:15 PM · Link

    i am so thrilled with these pics! Where did my baby go? i cant wait to see the rest…