Lilly & Drake [Northeast Ohio Family and Child Photographer]

Every year I look forward to photographing my sibling's kiddos, and Lilly and Drake hadn't had updated photos since this winter and they've already changed so much! I've been living with them for a few weeks prior to my big move, and these two are fun to watch together. Lilly has an infectious laugh and is just a sweet, thoughtful girl. Drake cracks me up, loves dogs, and gives great hugs. Here are a few of my faves from their session a couple weeks ago!

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Jen Madigan Photography is an Ohio based family photographer. She specializes in capturing the love in life's big and little moments. She is a Cleveland, Ohio Photographer and specializes in maternity, newborn, and lifestyle sessions.

I would love to tell your family's story through photos! Contact me for details and to book: info@jenmadigan.com

The K Family [Madison, WI Family and Child Photographer]

I can't believe I haven't blogged this session yet!! This was one of my Madison minis from the spring, and if you've followed my work for any length of time you know I just ADORE this family. Coelle is one of my dear friends that I met through photography (when I photographed Julian's newborn session...FIVE years ago! Where does the time go?!) and I basically consider her kids to be my nephews. They moved to Madison, WI a couple of years ago and I finally made it up there a couple of times this winter/spring.

I think I'm going to have to return to Madison next spring to do more mini's in this spot. It is SO beautiful! Who wants to join me?


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Jen Madigan Photography is an Ohio based family photographer. She specializes in capturing the love in life's big and little moments. She is a Madison, Wisconsin Photographer and specializes in maternity, newborn, and lifestyle sessions.

I would love to tell your family's story through photos! Contact me for details and to book: info@jenmadigan.com

Kayla, Jae, and Khari [Mentor, Ohio Family and Child Photographer]

Kayla came to me with the idea of a session that celebrated motherhood, the strength and bravery it takes to raise these little people and I couldn't wait. We actually rescheduled this three times to get the perfect day, as a sunny evening in this magical little spot full of wildflowers is really when it shines.

As we packed up that day, Kayla said something that gave me chills - she said "I'm proud to be a mother. I take this responsibility so seriously. It is what defines me and I am honored by it." What a beautiful way to look at this journey she's on as a mother. I'm not a mother myself, but I know that it's not for the faint of heart. My goal was to capture the strength and the softness that all women have inside them, and I am really proud of this session. I hope you love it too!

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Jen Madigan Photography is an Ohio based family photographer. She specializes in capturing the love in life's big and little moments. She is a Cleveland, Ohio Photographer and specializes in maternity, newborn, and lifestyle sessions.

I would love to tell your family's story through photos! Contact me for details and to book: info@jenmadigan.com

The L Family [Mentor, Ohio Family and Child Photographer]

Ciarra's kiddos participated in my "Let Them Be Little" minis this past winter, and she approached me late spring to ask if I would be willing to do a similar style shoot for her entire family. Of course I said, YES! The idea was the same, just candid style portraits in classic black and white to really showcase their personalities. I loved this session!

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Jen Madigan Photography is an Ohio based family photographer. She specializes in capturing the love in life's big and little moments. She is a Cleveland, Ohio Photographer and specializes in maternity, newborn, and lifestyle sessions.

I would love to tell your family's story through photos! Contact me for details and to book: info@jenmadigan.com

Girl Boss: Kelly from KP-ing It Simple

Happy Friday all! This post is part 3 in my weekly "girl boss" series (view the others HERE!) and this week is dedicated to Kelly from KP-ing It Simple. She has a fantastic food and wellness centered Instagram and blog, which you should definitely check out! I love her stories on Instagram where she breaks down some of the weight loss programs out there, from a very honest and science based point of view. This girl knows her stuff, and not only is she incredibly knowledgeable from a science perspective, but she also has first hand experience from her own weight loss and fitness journey about how to start and sustain the path to health.

Kelly's story has inspired me, and I am constantly liking her food photos on Instagram (drool worthy) so I have reference points on those "what do I make for dinner" nights. Check out the answers to my questions below where she shares her journey, advice to future entrepreneurs, and challenges she's faced along the way. She calls this her passion project, and I think you'll see why! Make sure to check out her Instagram (linked above) and blog KP-ing It Simple.

One other thing - if you don't have any plans this weekend, make sure to go to Marquee Pizza in the Iowa River Landing and order her collaboration pizza called "KP-ing It Local" through Saturday, June 30th! It's really delicious (I've had it twice already) and benefits the Coralville Food Pantry!

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Also, thank you to Elizabeth from Girl Wonderful who sent me some shirts after I bought two for myself and was inspired to do this project. Please, check her out - I love what she stands for and her tees would make a great gift for yourself or any awesome girl you know!

Tell me about your business, how did you begin?

In January of 2016, I tore my ACL when a snowboarder collided into me while I was skiing (an athletic activity that I really enjoyed!). While recovering from that injury, I decided that I was sick of being limited. I was sick of being tired, drained mentally and physically. That spring, I made te decision to start a nutrition program which served as a catalyst for a passion for health and fitness. What began as an Instagram food and fitness diary to keep myself accountable slowly grew into a platform where I dish out healthy recipes and evidence-based nutrition and exercise principles, served with a side of humor and sass. In 2018, I began partnering with brands to promote product lines and taking on sponsorships. My platform is now a side hustle that I am proud to call my own.

Advice you would give to future female entrepreneurs:

Just go for it. Don’t dwell on your ideas. Make them tangible. Whether that is finding the right people to help you form your idea into something concrete or sticking up for yourself and knowing your worth, just do it.

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What decisions have you made that you feel have gotten you to where you are with your business right now?

I created something that is uniquely mine. While there are tons of “foodie” accounts on Instagram, I have found that my platform is different. It is different because I KP It Real. I share my authentic self and I do not deviate from my style. This allows me to come across as genuine, which is something that consumers value.

What are some challenges you've faced along the way?

For a while, I felt that I needed to build a large following before monetizing my work. This resulted in me putting a lot of work into things that had very little return. Once I understood my value, I was able to ask for what I felt that I deserved. As it turned out, I was worth even more than that. I think sometimes we can have tendencies to be more accommodating and do what we are asked, without asking for enough in return. This was certainly a challenge initially, but now I’m not afraid of asking for what I know that I am worth.

When my platform really started to grow, there was a lot of question about why I was spending so much time on something that “didn’t matter.” While it hadn’t taken off yet or had any potential as a source of income, I was seeing growth that others weren’t. I had faith in it, and I knew that I could make something out of what I had created. That faith in myself and what I had built was enough to keep me going through all of the doubt.

Tips for balancing career and family/personal life?

I am a nurse, nursing faculty, a PhD student, a lifter, a wife, a dog mom, and an influencer. It takes a lot of time to do all of those things and to do them well. It is absolutely essential to prioritize your time and put value on what is important to you. While some days I cannot go through and engage with my followers, I make up for it on other days. I also think it’s important to see what has the biggest impact to your business. Previously, I posted three times a day. This became entirely unrealistic. Instead of focusing on quantity of posts, I focused on producing quality content. Since then, my engagement has drastically increased and I reach far more unique accounts on a weekly basis than when I was posting three times per day.

Describe your journey so far in three words:

Surprising. Simple. Real.

What as been the most rewarding part of owning/running your own business?

I have gotten many messages from women who have told me that what I said resonated with them. That they experienced the same thing in their diet history or fitness journey and that they learned something from what I posted or shared on my Instagram stories. I’ve gotten messages saying that women have hated the idea of eating healthy, but that they tried one of my recipes and are now hooked. I’ve gotten messages from women saying that they feared the gym but saw that I worked out in shorts for the first time in years and that inspired them to go to the weight room. I feel as though I’ve touched lives, and that is extremely rewarding.

If this is your part time thing, what else do you do for a career?

I am a nurse, nursing faculty, and a PhD student. I’m BUSY.

Where do you see your business in 5 years?

Ideally, I’d love to see it grow into a 100k+ platform that with ongoing brand partnerships. I’d love to be able to source some of my research sample from my follower base. Finally, I want to keep enjoying producing quality health-related content. This is a passion-fueled project and one that I am very thankful to have.


Do you know an awesome Girl Boss you want to see featured? Email me: info@jenmadigan.com!

The S Family [Detroit, MI Maternity Photographer]

This maternity session is for some of my favorites! My boyfriend Jakob's cousin and his wife are expecting their first little one (a boy!!) and I traveled to the Detroit area to meet up with them for a maternity session back in late May. It was POURING the day that we had set aside for their photos, and with a jam packed weekend we had to figure out a way to make it work.

We scrapped our original location, due to the 30 minute drive, and changed it to one closer to where we were all staying. I was up at 7:00 AM watching the radar like a hawk, and when we spotted a brief 20-30 minute break in the rain we managed to sneak in this quick maternity session. Thankfully, Michigan spring was still in full force so the trees were all still blooming and I was SO excited for all these pretty flowery photos to document this time in Genevieve and Scott's journey toward parenthood. I can't wait to meet baby S!

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Jen Madigan Photography is a Michigan and Ohio based maternity photographer. She specializes in capturing the love in life's big and little moments. Jen is a Mentor, Ohio Photographer and specializes in maternity, newborn, and lifestyle sessions. 
 
I would love to tell your family's story through photos! Contact me for details and to book: info@jenmadigan.com

Miles [Mentor, OH Lifestyle Newborn Photographer]

This session was so much fun - big sister Nora is such a cutie and baby Miles was so sleepy and snuggly for his entire session. I always joke when I've had a few sleepy babies in a row that I'm due for a squirmy, wide awake little one, but my streak stayed alive with Miles!

I love lifestyle sessions for a few reasons - the family is much more comfortable and relaxed in their home environment which translates to a happy newborn. No stress of having to pack up baby and head out to a studio somewhere! Plus, there's the opportunity to utilize items that the family already owns, such as the little rocking chair so Nora could rock her "baby" Claire while Alyssa rocked Miles. So many favorites from this session, which one is yours?

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Jen Madigan Photography is an Ohio and Iowa based newborn photographer. She specializes in capturing the love in life's big and little moments. She is a Cleveland and Northeastern Ohio Photographer and specializes in maternity, newborn, and lifestyle sessions. 
 
I would love to tell your family's story through photos! Contact me for details and to book: info@jenmadigan.com