Speaking of Change…

Speaking of Change | Hailey Get’s her hair cut |

Tucson Child Photographer


My little Hailey girl has been wanting her hair cut for as long as I can remember. I couldn’t bring myself to let her have it done. I just couldn’t. I love her hair. Anyone who has seen her knows how thick, soft and luscious her beautiful hair is. It was LONG, I mean down to her little tiny booty, and seiously her pointail was a good inch and half thick.

But it also gets very very knotted and sometimes even matted when she sleeps. It got to the point where if we didn’t have it tied back it was just too overwhelmingly difficult to comb. She pushed the subject even more. She wanted it cut and she wanted it cut very very badly. I was having flashbacks to when she was 2 and 1/2 and cut her hair herself. Gave her self bangs and gnawed with the scissors at her ponytail. I had to cut 6 inches off then, I cried. I didn’t want her to take matters into her own hands again.

So a week before we were set to start school I made an appointment with my good friend Hailey J. who is just finishing beauty school at the Aveda Institute here in Tucson, Arizona. I asked her if she had time to get Hailey {and Belle of course!} in for a cut that week. She did. Crud. Now I had to let her cut it. I thought about it all week. I questioned anyone who would listen. Bobby and I talked about it {more than he would have liked to I’m sure!}  numerous times that week. And finally Friday morning came, it was time. I knew I HAD to let her do it.

I was so sad though. This was a big step. You see when I’m nervous and I have to talk to someone I play with HER hair, not my own. Her hair was my safety net. When we snuggled at night I would twirl her long locks in my fingers. I didn’t want to loose it. But I decided I was being selfish and that some very lucky little girl would LOVE to have her hair. A little girl who maybe lost her hair due to some God forbid horrible disease.

We decided we were going to donate it to locks of love. The wonderful girls at the salon showed us some other ponytails that had been donated and Hailey’s was by far the thickest and longest. I can just see them making a wonderful wig out of her beautiful hair. And the sweet little girl who may receives it, I can see the newfound confidence on her face.


Her hair will grow back eventually. Although I’m not sure she’ll ever let me have it that long again! She loves her new short hair and will periodically {out of no where} yell out just how much she loves her new short sassy haircut!

I love this baby so much and as much as I hated to cut it, it looks pretty cute, right?

Love and Hugs, Jess

stephanie newbold - It’s adorable on her and suits her perfectly! Big hugs to you, momma! xoxox

LizzieB - LOVE she looks adorable!!!

Silver Price - Broke down and cut the curls off just a week and a half ago. I thought I was going to die, but I absolutely love his short hair! And luckily the curliness to it actually stayed a bit. Not the ringlets, but the body.

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Samantha Quinn

6 day old Samantha Quinn | Tucson Newborn Photographer

This summer has been the summer of change for our little family. You see we moved from Vail into Tucson to be closer to family last month and moving is a HUGE undertaking. Especially with two little girls and a pooch with more toys than she knows what to do with!

Right around the time we were getting ready to move I started working with a wonderful graphic designer (see! more change!!), Ms. Brianna Venzke of Brianna Venzke Photography and Design based out of San Diego. She is an amazingly talented photographer as well as graphic designer. Check her out here. Anyway we started working together to develop my “brand”. To get my website looking more like “me” rather than a thrown together looking site. A site that I could call home, where I would WANT to blog. About three weeks after we moved into our new home Brianna informed me my site was ready! Yippee!! Awesome! But, I didn’t do anything.  We were moving, getting situated, and trying to find some sort of peace to sit and work was nearly impossible at that point. I need things orderly. I need things in their own place and boxes stacked up all around me was not conducive to working efficiently. So it took me a little while to get things done and still balance my work load. Still make my clients happy and deliver things in a timely manner.

But I FINALLY got it done about a week ago. The really awesome part about our new house is there is a space for me to WORK. A cute little room with awesome light all day long where I can store all of my props, parents can lounge and I can photograph their adorable little additions!

Then on the 16th my girls’ started back to school! In the Vail School District they go year round so we just finished our 8 week summer vacation. Little Miss Hailey started first grade and Miss Belle started two full days of preschool. This enables me actually get things done! WOW! I had no idea how much I could get done without two little munchkins under my feet! Our house is clean, our laundry is washed, folded AND put away (hahaha!!) and I am actually up to date on all of my sessions! Because both of the girls are in school I will be opening my home studio (by appointment only) to my newborn clients (and maybe first year sessions) for a pretty little discount on Tuesday and Thursday mornings:)SO if you are having a baby anytime soon be sure to contact me about your session and where you might like it to take place! I will still be happy to travel to you. It is HARD being a new mom. Hard to look photo ready AND be somewhere on time. I get it! Trust me I do!

Meet sweet Samantha Quinn or “Sammy” for short, she was my first little newborn in my new space. I have to admit it was nice having everything set up and ready to go when she arrived. Everything was at arms reach and Momma even got some input on what she would like me to use! Not that Momma’s dont usually, but it was especially nice for things to be visible AND accessible!

Sammy came to see me in my new home studio in East Tucson at just 6 days old. She is quite possibly one of the squishiest babies I’ve ever been fortunate enough to work with. She was a dream baby and very easy going. I could expect as much Alison and Isaac are very laid back as well!

I look forward to watching little Sammy and Big sister Charlie grow up and blossom into beautiful young ladies!



Sara - What a beautiful baby girl!! And her older sister is just as gorgeous! I can’t wait to see future sessions!

Celesa - Beautiful job Jessica I love everything about it! Happy for you.

Erica Toney - Great Job Jessica! Love the new site and Love, Love, Love the cute pictures.

Deone - Love the new Website/blog!! Baby pic’s are awesome too! :)

Jessica Millward - Absolutely precious!! What a gorgeous family! Beautiful pictures, beautiful memories :o)

Courtney Anton - What a beautiful little one. Gorgeous shots!

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Hello world!

Welcome to my new blogsite!

I have been working very hard to get everything just right. So pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and have a look around! I’d love to hear what you think!

And because you can’t post a blog without an image, feast your eyes upon perfect little 6 day old Samantha Quinn “Sammy”. Is she not one of the cutest, squishiest, babies you have ever seen?



Jessica - I love your photos Jess!!!

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