Class of 2020 - Senior Portrait Sessions with Jennifer Birney Photography

Jennifer Birney Photography is currently booking Senior Portrait Sessions for August, September, October & November.

For Senior Portrait Session details and galleries, visit JBP at http://www.jenniferbirney.com/

Senior Portrait Session FAQ:

HOW DO I BOOK A SENIOR PORTRAIT SESSION?

Contact me via phone, email, text. I will connect with you related to session details, cost and dates of availability. You'll receive an online Questionnaire to complete and return to me which will help me begin planning and preparing a custom Senior Portrait Session for you. Once a date and time is secured, I will send an invoice for secure online payment and a Model Release to be completed online before your Portrait Session. I'm available to consult with you throughout the process and answer any questions you have, as I'd love the Senior Portrait experience to be extraordinary.

WHEN SHOULD THE SENIOR PORTRAITS BE TAKEN?

You may schedule at any time. I have seniors asking for pictures in the snow, with spring flowers, summer beach and fall leaves. I take senior portrait sessions all year long, but summer and early fall are generally the busiest season. Just make sure you check with your school about the Yearbook photo policies, requirements and deadlines. 

HOW WILL WE KNOW HOW TO POSE?

You don't need to know a thing about posing. This is my forte! I'll pose every bit of you for the most flattering angles and portraits. You will be coached every step of the way and can relax knowing that we have your posing covered. Portrait Sessions will include a mix of posed and candid portraiture.

HOW DO I CHOOSE A PLACE FOR MY SENIOR PORTRAITS?

Together we will talk about the look and feel that you want for your Portraits. Maybe that means you love fields, streams, beaches, school/college campus, athletic fields and bridges. Maybe you prefer a more modern look with an old abandoned building, architecture, urban or industrial locals. Or perhaps you're somewhere in the middle. Whatever your style is, we can find a location that you love. It's your decision, but if you need assistance I have many recommendations for fabulous locations. After you have filled out of your online questionnaire, I will start brainstorming locations to discuss with you.

WHAT IF IT RAINS?

I will watch the weather closely as your Session approaches. If it looks like rain, we'll reschedule to a day/time as soon as possible. I typically don't cancel for overcast skies as they can provide some of the best diffused lighting. If you have specific weather concern, let me know.

CAN I BRING MY PARENTS?

Of course! I encourage you to bring someone that will help you relax and have fun. In fact, I require that anyone under 18 come accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. I suggest you have only one adult join you for the actual senior portrait session. The less people watching, the more comfortable you will feel. A Parent or a legal guardian is required at the shoot unless written permission is obtained from the parent and agreed upon prior.

HOW LONG WILL THE SESSION LAST?

A typical Senior Session will last between 1 to 2 hours.

HOW MANY CLOTHING CHANGES CAN I BRING?

I don't limit this; however, 2-3 clothing changes are just about right for the length of time we will be photographing. I always recommend choosing clothing that you feel fabulous in. If you feel fabulous, you'll be confident, comfortable, and more relaxed. Accessories (hats, glasses, scarves, jackets, other layers, etc.) are a fun way to change up or build upon a look or style as well.

DO YOU PHOTOGRAPH IN A STUDIO OR ON LOCATION?

All sessions are photographed on location. There is no limit to where I photograph my clients, as every part of the experience is customized for you.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF DAY FOR MY SENIOR PORTRAIT SESSION?

This answer depends completely on the location for the photoshoot. The best time is typically first thing in the morning or a couple hours before sunset for the most flattering light. 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?

Along with your change of clothes, I recommend bringing basic stuff like a brush, powder, lip gloss/Chapstick, etc.

CAN OUR PETS BE A PART OF OUR PHOTOS?

Absolutely! Pets are like family and can be a huge part of your life. I'm always happy to include them in your Portrait Session. 

WILL WE HAVE THE OPTION TO USE PROPS? 

Of course, anything that has meaning or is special to you, may be used in the photoshoot. Boats, cars, bikes, chairs, athletic gear, instruments, hobby items, etc. 

I'VE SEEN SOME PHOTOS IN PINTEREST OR IN ADS. CAN WE TRY SOMETHING LIKE THAT?

Absolutely! I love to see what my clients have in mind! You can email or text me photos as well. I love to see what photos you like and together we can create our own unique version based on your vision or inspiration.

HOW LONG BEFORE I CAN SEE MY IMAGES?

Turnaround time is two to three weeks after your Portrait Session. I do offer a rush option in which provides your images within 3 days after your Portrait Session. The fee for the rush option is an extra $75 plus tax.

WHAT SHOULD WE DO TO PREPARE FOR THE SESSION? 

I recommend that people get a good night of sleep before their photoshoot, bring a water bottle if we are shooting outside. Make sure to pay attention to details on yourself, such as finger nails, tan lines, hair and makeup.

WHO DO I RECOMMEND FOR HAIR AND MAKEUP?

If you're in need of hair and/or makeup services, I highly recommend my daughter Ekaterina "Katia". Her hair and makeup services are available at Studio 890 Salon in Brookfield, WI. Ph# 262-785-2899. She's incredible!

WILL THESE IMAGES BE POSTED ONLINE OR ANY SOCIAL NETWORKS? 

Yes, unless specifically requested otherwise, I love to share beautiful portraiture online through Instagram, Facebook and our website. Feel free to follow Jennifer Birney Photography so that we can tag you if you'd like!

DO YOU OFFER DESTINATION PORTRAIT SESSIONS?

Yes, I offer a limited number of Destination Sessions. Let me know what area you would like to travel to, and I'm always happy to make that happen! Keep in mind, however, that travel outside of our area does incur a travel fee that reflects the cost of getting there and possibly staying over.

WHAT IS MY PERSONAL GALLERY LIKE?

I will email you and let you know when your online Gallery is ready [usually 2-3 weeks after your Senior Session]. The email will provide you with a Password and PIN. The Password allows you to view the online gallery of portraiture. The PIN allows you to download the Portraiture. Feel free to share the password with family and friends. Your online Gallery will be full of fully edited images from your Portrait Session. You'll have 3 weeks to view and download your portraits. You're welcome to order professional prints and products directly from the online gallery. Orders are processed immediately and sent directly to your home. Your online gallery will expire after 3 weeks, so download your gallery within that time. I highly suggest saving them in multiple places, just for backup purposes. If you need additional time for your gallery to remain active, just let me know and I'll happily accommodate the request.

HOW DO I ORDER PRINTS AND PRODUCTS?

You can order two ways: through me in person or you can order directly through your online Gallery. Family or friends can also order through your password protected Gallery. Prints and Products will be shipped right to your/their door. You are also provided a Print Release with your Portrait Session, so you have the option to print portraiture on your own as well.

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New Year, New You…2019 Head Shots with Jennifer Birney Photography

Jennifer Birney Photography is kicking off 2019 with upcoming availability for Head Shot Portrait Sessions. Start the New Year with new or updated professional Head Shots for all of your branding, business, portfolio and social media needs. 

Head Shots for Commercial or Personal use.

Corporate/Executive/Professional, Actor/Actress, Artist, Talent, Athlete, Musician, Model, Fashion/Beauty, Pet, Website, Dating sites, etc.

Dates and Times:

  • Saturday 1/26 (10am - 3pm)

  • Sunday 1/27 (12pm - 3pm)

  • Saturday 2/2 (10am - 3pm)

  • Sunday 2/3 (10am - 2pm)

Investment: $225 plus tax.

Included:

  • Time and talent of the photographer

  • 20 minute indoor Head Shot Portrait Session in Milwaukee, WI.

  • Choose between white, black or grey backdrops

  • 4 low/web and high resolution digital images delivered via online gallery with print release for unlimited personal and/or commercial use.

Fine Art Prints, Professional Prints and Products are available for purchase ala carte. 

Head shot sessions are customized to your profession or needed/desired look.

To express interest or book your spot, email me at jennifer-erin@live.com with your complete name, desired date and time preference. I will send you a Head Shot Questionnaire and Consult with you via phone prior to the Head Shot Portrait Session.

If you’re looking for on-location Head Shots at your business or a location of your choice, contact me directly.

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Today is Melanoma Monday - 5/7/18

The aim of Melanoma Monday is to raise awareness about melanoma. Melanoma is an aggressive form of skin cancer in which cells within moles on the skin becoming malignant (cancerous) and can spread rapidly to other areas of the body if left untreated.

Of the different types of skin cancer, melanoma is the most deadly and accounts for about 75% of all skin cancer fatalities.

Melanomas can also develop in other areas of the body such as the eye, underneath nails and inside the nose and mouth. Whilst melanoma is thought to be a less common form of skin cancer, in recent years the incidence of melanoma seems to be increasing.

Melanoma is more common in people with white, fair skin and those who have experienced high levels of UV exposure. Sun burns, often experienced during childhood and the use of sun beds are two risk factors associated with melanoma.

Melanoma Monday aims to encourage people to examine their skin regularly and seek medical assistance if there are recognized signs of a malignant mole. Early detection and treatment is associated with a much higher survival rate.

By educating as many as possible about melanoma and encouraging early detection, Melanoma Monday have helped saved lives.

Melanoma Warning Signs: ABCDE

  • A - Asymmetry: is the mole asymmetrical? If you imagine a line drawn across the center of the mole, if the two halves do not match then they are considered asymmetrical. If you have an asymmetrical mole seek medical assistance.
  • B - Border: does the border or edge of the mole look uneven? If so, please seek medical advice.
  • C - Color: is the mole one uniform color? If there are several colors or shades of a color within a mole this could be a warning sign. Seek medical assistance.
  • D - Diameter: how big is the mole? Melanomas often have a diameter of 6mm (1/4inch) or more (diameter is the length across the mole).
  • E - Evolving: has the mole changed in shape, size or color? Have you noticed any other changes such as bleeding, itching or puss coming from the mole? These may be signs of a malignant mole so seek medical assistance.

Early Detection Is Crucial For Treatment Success

As with many other types of cancer, treatments are more successful when there is early detection. However, unlike most cancers, melanoma does normally not respond well to chemotherapy, radiotherapy or medication.

When melanoma is at a later stage and has metastasized (spreading to other parts of the body), treatment options are limited and palliative care is the main course of action.

Drug treatments for melanoma, when successful, do not provide a cure. They may extend life for a time measured in months not years. There will always be exceptions and some people with metastatic (stage 4) melanoma will live for many years after diagnosis.

However, the prognosis for advanced melanoma is normally not good hence early detection is critical for success.

My message for a lifetime will always be to encourange prevention by:

  • Seeking the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
  • Do not burn.
  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning beds.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside.Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
  • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.

Since my diagnosis, I encourage everybody I can to get naked, self check and be evaluated even  for baseline purposes.  It’s not always comfortable for some to shed their clothing, but it’s important for good reason, to be aware, stay aware and be evaluated when necessary. 

I am proud to have been selected as the 2018 Honorary Survivor for Ann’s Hope Foundation for Melanoma Cancer.  Join us for the 14th Annual Block Melanoma Run, Walk and TEAM CATHY Kids Fun Run on May 20th, 2018 at the Milwaukee County Zoo.Register today for the 5k Run, 3k Walk and TEAM CATHY Kids Fun Run which includes FREE Zoo Admission and Parking for the day and a long sleeve SPF 40 Performance shirt. Staff from Froedtert/ MCW will be on hand conducting skin spot checks as well! If you’d like to join or donate to my team, my teams name is “Sunshine Daydream”.

For more information, to register, volunteer or donate, click here:

https://portal.annshope.org/events/14th-annual-block-melanoma

I recently photographed a series of fine art portraiture with the focus on the human body, highlighting the skin. Slideshow is attached and will hopefully motivate you to get naked, check yourself and love the skin you're in…enjoy! Not only am I hyper-aware of my own skin and markings, but I’m aware of those in my family as well. As a mother, it’s also of utmost importance for me to teach my children about doing self checks on their own skin, to be aware of markings, and what to do if something appears or seems to be irregular or changing.

Don’t forget to check your self and those you love. After, drop me a “selfie” in the comments with a thumbs up.

Thank you,

Jennifer

To read my original blogpost related to my diagnosis, please click here:

http://www.jenniferbirney.com/blog/2017/10/4/i-want-to-save-your-assliterally-so-read-up

Head Shot Mini-Sessions with Jennifer Birney Photography on 3/24 & 3/25

JBP is offering Mini Head Shot Portrait Sessions, one weekend only!

Head Shots are for, but not limited to Corporate/Executive/Professional, Actor, Artist, Talent, Musician, Model, Fashion/Beauty, Pet, Athlete, Website/Branding and Dating sites.

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What: 15 minute Head Shot Portrait Session. 

  • Indoor location
  • Choose from a white, black or grey background
  • Head shots are customized to your profession, brand, talent or representation.

Where: Milwaukee, WI.  Location will be communicated directly to clients one week prior to the session.

Dates and Appt times: 

  • Saturday, March 24th (morning, afternoon and evening availability)
  • Sunday, March 25th (afternoon and evening availability)

Cost: $160 plus tax per session

Includes: Portrait session, 4 retouched digital images with print release.

How to book a session: contact me via this link http://www.jenniferbirney.com/contact-1/

Professional prints and products will be available for purchase a la carte.

Mini-Portrait Sessions are great in providing a limited amount of images. If you’re looking for a larger amount of images or for a session at a location of your choice, please consider booking a Regular Portrait or Head Shot Session and contact me for additional availability.  

Regular Portrait and Head Shot Session information and pricing can be found here: http://www.jenniferbirney.com/investment/

To express interest or book a session, text or call 414-771-7270 or email jennifer-erin@live.com

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Phoenix, Arizona Mini Portrait Sessions with Jennifer Birney Photography

Phoenix, Arizona Mini Portrait Sessions with Jennifer Birney Photography

What: 20 minute Portrait Session.

Where: Morning sessions in the Scottsdale/Tempe area.  Afternoon sessions in the Buckeye/Verrado area.  Specific locations will be communicated directly to clients one week prior to the session.

Dates and Appt times: Monday, February 26th, 2018

·      Morning availability (Scottsdale/Tempe area)

·      Afternoon availability (Buckeye/Verrado area)

Cost: $225 plus tax per session

Includes: Portrait session, 8 digital images with print release.

How to book a session: contact me via this link http://www.jenniferbirney.com/contact-1/

Professional prints and products will be available for purchase a la carte.

Mini-Portrait Sessions are great in providing a limited amount of images. This session can be for an individual (child or adult), siblings, families and couples.  This also can be booked specifically for a Head Shot Portrait Session as well.

If you’re looking for a larger amount of images or for a session at a location of your choice, please consider booking a Regular Portrait Session and contact me for additional availability.  

Regular Portrait Session information and pricing can be found here: http://www.jenniferbirney.com/investment/

To express interest or book a session, text or call 414-771-7270 or email jennifer-erin@live.com

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Nina & Larry - Serendipity Farm Wedding

It was a warm, sun-filled Saturday in September at Serendipity Farm in Waterloo, WI for the wedding of Nina and Larry.  They were surrounded by their adoring family and friends to witness their intimate, beautiful, vintage and romantic wedding. They celebrated the night away under the stars with all of the glistening outdoor lights throughout the farm!  

Venue: Serendipity Farm
Bride and Groom's Cake: Debbie, personal friend.
Cupcakes: Trishia Schroeder, personal friend.
Flowers: Candy Cannon, Studio Flowers
Food: Augie's Elite Catering 
DJ: High Energy DJ's 
Make-up: Be Inspired Salon
Hair: Carmen Mayorga, personal friend.
Musician (ceremony): Adam Bartels.
Honeymoon destinations: Tanzania and Kenya
Second shooter: the incredible Chrystal Chartier-Wittenmyer

Thank you for the honor of photographing your special day!