i inspire myself?

Is it weird that these images inspire me? Not because I think my images are awesome, sillies, but because of what this family allows me to do every time I photograph them. I photograph them knowing that I have complete freedom and support to capture them in the world as I see it.

I get it. My view point is sometimes a little distorted. Sometimes my images chop off tops of heads and cut limbs in half. Sometimes I post images that are out of focus. Sometimes I make Dad’s do weird things, like jump off canoes.

Sometimes I hold back for fear that people or clients won’t accept my style and I teeter on the side of Traditional Jean rather than Free Jean. But, I love these images because they are ME. They tell the story of this wonderful family that I am secretly thinking would be really fun to hang out with. They are THAT cool. Thank you, M family, for showing up with your cool clothes, awesome personalities, canoe and accessories, and most of all, for accepting and encouraging me to photograph you in my style…even though you have never said a word and didn’t even know it.



  1. amy says:

    This is the COOLEST, most beautiful, personality filled shoot I have ever seen from you…maybe ever seen EVER…I absolutely ADORE every single flippin image…stunning.

  2. heather saunders says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the off camera lighting and the daddy jump shot is the BEST!

  3. kelli taylor says:

    “Free Jean” should really come out to play more often. I may just have to hire her for my family photos next year! 😉
    P.S. I’m also a big fan of “Traditional Jean”

  4. Mikki says:

    I pretty much said it all on facebook, but I want to reiterate that these pictures are FREAKING FABULOUS!

  5. Malea Ellett says:

    Oh my goodness, one of my favorite family sessions EVER!!!!!!

  6. Jess says:

    Oh my are you kidding me. I am so in LOVE with this session. Thanks again for inspiring me.

  7. Mary Mouser says:

    I loved your write up … you had me at the title. 🙂 Your work is always so inspiring and these are nothing short of that as well. These kids have some fun parents it’s plain to see! Can’t wait for your next post. Mary

  8. Jessica says:

    Very, very inspiring! What a beautiful session. Thank you so much for being yourself and creating these images, you inspire me!

  9. “Free Jean” rocks but then again….I’ve always known that. As a matter of fact I do believe I knew before the masses knew, lol. Fantastic session! Fly your freedom flag more often!

  10. Dana says:

    FANtabulous! You continue to inspire me Jean. So, so awesome.

  11. Jaci says:

    Breath taking Jean!!! You are incredible!!!!!!

  12. Amber says:

    Free Jean is amazing, and that is why I follow your work. SO many people do traditional, your work is unique, and that is why I. LOVE. it. Keep it up! And again, I beg you, please please please come to AZ so you can do my family pictures? I would die of happiness.

  13. Joy says:

    You should be free Jean all the time so I can covet all your talent. These are gorgeous, fun, amazing!!

  14. Kim Nehrt says:

    These images are perfection! Congratulations and keep doing this!! We all love to see images like this!

  15. I LOVE these Jean! Of course you know I love the traditional and the free Jean, but this work is just amazing!

  16. laurel says:

    I HEART HEART HEART THEM!!!!! Beautiful job.

  17. Monica says:

    I love the picture w/ the feet and hats. Are you Mary Poppins and you were just floating above them w/ your camera and umbrella? tell the truth. Or do you carry a ladder w/ you to every shoot? and if so how tall is it?

  18. michelle says:

    So so fun! Love them all and I’m sure they did too!

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  20. Max says:

    These fun-filled images are awesome and inspirational to us too! Thanks for sharing!

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