Happy Holidays!

This will be my last post of 2013, and I just wanted to take a moment to wish you all a very happy holiday and a fabulous 2014!! Thank you all for your unwavering support - I couldn't ask for better clients and friends (and clients who have become friends). See you next year! :)

2013 Year in Review [Personal]

This year has been a complete whirlwind, even more so than years past. The year began with Julian's lifestyle newborn session, which completely changed the way I approach newborn sessions, and ended with a newborn session for my cousin's sweet Emersyn. I found that maternity sessions are some of my favorite, and I am so blessed to have wedding couples that I absolutely, 100% ADORE (no bridezillas here!!).

This year was very difficult on a personal level for me, as I left my job of 11 years to do photography full time in September. It was no doubt, one of the hardest, most emotionally draining decisions I've ever made - but at the same time I feel so lucky to be able to do what I love full time. On the up side, it's also been an exciting year for me personally as I welcomed 2 beautiful nieces, made some amazing new friends (some of whom have absolutely changed my life in the short time I've known them), and had the opportunity to travel and relax (a little).

To all of those who have supported me both personally and professionally in the last year - thank you. I couldn't have done it without you. I have realized this year the importance of having a great support system of friends and family who will stand by you no matter what and I can't thank them enough.

As for 2014 - I don't know what the year will bring, but I hope it brings lots of love, laughter, and good health.

Here's a little sample of my year in photos...

New for 2014: Styling by Coelle

Some of you may have noticed on my website, and I've mentioned it on here as well, I am now offering styling by Coelle for all newborn sessions (also included in the newborn portion of the Belly to Baby packages) for new moms. I am so excited about this new addition, as it's extremely important to me that new moms feel super pampered and beautiful the day of their newborn session.

You met Coelle in an earlier post, and now here's a little bit more about why she feels the styling consults are important. (Note: This service may be added on to ANY session, just ask!)

"I went through the process of having a newborn session with my son one year ago, and figuring out what to wear for a photography session was a bit daunting only a few days after having a baby! I understand the importance of looking good and feeling confident the day of the session, but I also understand that this can be difficult for a brand new mom with a changing body and many other things to think about. Having someone to help go through clothing and accessory options prior to the session can save a brand new mom a lot of time and worry, and it also provides the mom with a little bit of time to focus on herself! Additionally, styling provides reassurance that the entire look of the session will come together - as I will also discuss your significant other’s clothing choices and the blankets the baby will be wrapped in. As an added bonus, stopping by and meeting with the new parents before the session will allow me the opportunity to check out lighting and locations that Jen will use the next day. I am so excited to be providing styling as I believe that it will ensure comfort and confidence the day of the session as well as helping to make your photos personal, cherished memories."

A few kind words from Aubrey about her experience working with Coelle at her recent newborn session with her son Liam. 

"It was so great to have Coelle help out with the styling of our photo session. She pointed out styling details I never would of even thought about, and made me feel comfortable with my outfit selection. Living so far from my girlfriends it was great to have another girls perspective on selecting what to wear, and she made me feel stylish at a time when I feel like I'm lacking in the looks department. Not only was she great with helping out in the styling process, but she also did an awesome job keeping my little guy calm and comfortable throughout the picture taking process. We deemed her "the baby whisperer" that day!"

Meet Coelle!

I have been so excited to introduce Coelle to all of you here on the blog as the newest addition to the Jen Madigan Photography team! Coelle is my new assistant and also the stylist that will be providing consults to all of the moms at newborn sessions (but is also available for any other session, just ask!). She is also joining me at sessions as an assistant, and will hopefully be shooting alongside me by the end of 2014. ;)

I had been looking at hiring an assistant once I went full time in September, but wasn't quite sure how to find the perfect person. Like all good things, everything seemed to fall into place when I told Coelle I was looking for someone and she was also looking to add a more creative, flexible job into her life as she cut back hours at her other job to spend more time with her son.

Coelle, in my opinion, is the perfect fit for Jen Madigan Photography and I know you all are going to adore her as much as I do! She has fabulous taste, is incredibly stylish (obviously), hilarious, and so much fun to be around. She is an amazing addition to my team, and I can't wait for you all to meet her!

A few words from Coelle…

"When Jen and I first discussed the idea of me working as her assistant and stylist for her clients, I thought she was joking; it was too good to be true! I had been thinking about what I could do to incorporate more creativity and my love for design into my life. My hobbies have always included the arts, and I have been a go-to source for design advice with family and friends for as long as I can remember. I met Jen when my husband and I contacted her to photograph my newborn son last year. Our session was a ton of fun and I was blown away by Jen’s work! She captured the love and excitement we felt in such a beautiful and soft way. I am thrilled and honored to be a part of Jen Madigan Photography! I am excited to learn all about the process and details that go into delivering wonderful images, as well as meeting all of Jen’s fantastic clients!

I live in Iowa City with my husband, Christopher, and my one year old son, Julian. I grew up in New Glarus, Wisconsin (yes, home of the New Glarus Brewery for all you Spotted Cow fans). I moved to Iowa City to get my Master’s in nursing, which I now use to work at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in the general pediatric clinic. I love hiking, running, yoga, and traveling (although my son has put a new spin on flights, eek!) I can’t go too long without shopping, Pinterest, or attempting a new crafting project. If I find extra time you might find me reading, searching iTunes for new music, or baking. A few of my favorite things: leggings, polka dots, office supplies (a new pack of pens or sharpies!), children’s books, live music, and organizing!"

Emersyn [Grinnell, IA Lifestyle Newborn Photography]

I had the opportunity to photograph Morgan (my cousin) and Chris' sweet little girl Emersyn about a week and a half ago, when she was just 1 week old. She was SUCH a great baby!! We took a ton of photos and she slept nearly the whole time, she's a natural model I think. ;)

It's been so fun having all of these new babies born to family members, I am so thrilled for Morgan and Chris - Emersyn is just perfection. I can't wait to see her grow over the years.

Morgan and Chris - Congratulations again!! It was so great seeing you guys, and of course meeting sweet Emersyn. I hope you like this sneak peek!

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Liam [Solon, IA Newborn Lifestyle Photography]

Sweet Liam. This little guy was such a great model during his newborn session a couple of weeks ago, on a very snowy Sunday. His mom, Aubrey (a Kate Middleton lookalike, no?), runs the awesome local wedding site called Bride Meets Wedding (check it out, it's a fabulous resource!!). Liam is Aubrey and Nick's first child, and they were total naturals. I just had so much fun photographing this little guy, he is so sweet and so handsome!

Aubrey and Nick - Congratulations again on the birth of Liam!! Thank you so much for choosing me to come into your home and photograph such a special time in your lives. I hope you like the sneak peek!

Styling provided by Coelle! :)


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Julian: 1 Year [Iowa City, IA Child and Family Lifestyle Photography]

Oh Julian. This kid is just…the best. I'm so happy to have met this family, and now Coelle is the new assistant/stylist at Jen Madigan Photography! Not only am I getting more work done, but my abs get quite the workout too, as I don't think I've ever laughed as hard as I do when we get together. :)

Anyways, back to Julian. Little guy turned 1 last Friday, and is just as cute as he was when I photographed him as a tiny newborn. He makes the best faces, his laugh is infectious just like his mama, and he got those great blue eyes from his dad. I'm sure he will grow up to be hilarious and kind as well, as both Coelle and Chris are some of the funniest and sweetest people I've ever met.

I hope you guys like this sneak peek! Styling for everyone was of course, done by Coelle. Hair and makeup by the very talented Kayla! :)



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