Every August for the past 3 years, I’ve had the pleasure of photographing Quinn and her family. This year, Quinn turned 3 and unfortunately I missed her party due to my own birthday celebrations (I turned 30 and spent the weekend in Montauk) but I made sure to come back early enough to photograph her family the Sunday after the festivities.

Being an end-of-summer-child myself, I will say there is something magical about this time of year. The weather is generally not as unbearable as it is in July and early August and most, if not all of your friends have returned from vacation due to all that is the dreaded academic calendar. 

Documenting Quinn’s life has been a privilege and bearing witness to the magnificent connection that she and her parents have makes my heart grow three times big, every time. I get especially sentimental when seeing how Quinn and her mother relate; it makes me think about my mother and how much I miss her.

As summer is slowly but surely ending and fall vibes undoubtedly upon us, I wanted to take this time to mention that I am available for family portrait sessions in Prospect Park on select weekends this month and in October.

If you are interested in booking a session, please don’t hesitate to reach out! 

- Janae Jones

Greetings from Cape Cod

My most recent escape from New York led us to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He grew up spending his summers on the Cape with his family and wanted to show me how truly superior New England beaches were/are to what I had experienced in New York. 

Immediately upon arrival I noticed two things: how much personal space I had on these so-called public beaches and how breathtaking they were. Granted, those two things go hand in hand and are what any New Yorker would notice and say right away, but it bares repeating. The beaches in Truro were far more picturesque and peaceful than I imagined. At any given moment I could have taken a photo that would have worked as a postcard. All I really needed was the cliche phrase in italics on the image: Wish You Were Here

We ate scallops everyday and I had my very first clam bake, which I will remember forever. We biked the trail to Racepoint Beach in Provincetown, which was described to us as a “photographer’s dream” and did not disappoint. Though surprisingly, I did not stop on the bike ride to take any photos. I was too busy being present, which now sounds counterintuitive and kind of dumb, but when you’re in vacation mode and you’re a photographer, it’s a real thing.

Regardless, I just want to take a moment to say thank you to the universe and to my love for gifting me with so much adventure this year. I truly am thankful.

- Janae Jones

All We Need is Love

A few weekends ago, I had the honor of assisting the incredible Lisa Berg while she photographed the wedding of one of her dear friends.

The bride was Jewish in both religion and ethnicity and the groom was Persian and Muslim. Their wedding ceremony was a combination of all the magic and love that makes both cultures authentically their own. They were married under huppah with a breathtaking sofreh on their left. During the reception everyone danced the hora and after, the chairs were placed on the ground, and the couple sat while the Persian female family members danced the raghseh chaghoo. 

Through out the entire day, I had several moments of pure joy and gratitude wash over me. I was honored to be able to witness the seamless synergy of love that this couple had for each other, but also for their religions and their families. Even with all the insanity that is the United States of America right now, it was a timely reminder that all is not lost. Not on me anyway. 

At the end of the day we are all the same and love is all we need.  

- Janae Jones

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