PORTRAITS | Summer Maternity Session in Lynchburg, VA

Emily is another client that I’ve known personally for a long time!  I’ve photographed just about everybody in her family over the past five to six years! For me, capturing the same client or family’s milestones over a period of time is one of the greatest joys of being a photographer!  In front of my camera lens, Emily has celebrated the milestones of being a high school senior, a bride, and now a mom-to-be!

Emily was such a trooper during our session!  It was already a hot and humid summer day and only made more grueling by the fact that she was 39 weeks pregnant at the time!  I know what I felt like as my due date approached in March and boy was I glad that I wasn’t due in the summertime!

Can’t wait to photograph their little newborn when she arrives!

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SENIORS | Victoria, Brookville High School Class of 2018

My husband and I are the youth pastors at our church and have been blessed to watch Victoria grow into an awesome young woman!  We’ve known her since middle school and seeing her start her first semester of college is surreal!  With my being pregnant the majority of last year and having my first son this past March, it was a little bit difficult to schedule her session.  So, we finally met a week or two ago for her senior portrait session!

Victoria wanted to head downtown for her senior portrait session and so we did!  We started down on Commerce Street outside of Interiors by Moyanne’s studio.  The charming columns and portico facade, gray painted brick, and blush pink door was the perfect backdrop for her first outfit!  Our second stop was the Bluffwalk for her cap and gown images!  The Allied Arts building on Church Street has become a favorite location for my sessions lately!  I love the smooth teal colored marble and the concrete steps!   After the sun had set, we headed back down to the main street parking garage for a few night time photos with some edge!  I hadn’t brought a flash with me for this session so I did a little on-the-spot lighting with my camera flashlight!  Sometimes the best images are the ones you create with quick thinking!

Victoria has wanted to be a teacher as long as I’ve known her and she explored that role this past year through assisting in a local classroom!  She loved it and will be completing her education degree through the University of Lynchburg!  This year she’ll be joining our college group at church and I’m looking forward to walking alongside with her for the next four years!

Congratulations Victoria!



Any Class of 2019 Senior session booked before November 1st, 2018 will receive $75 off the standard session!

 In order to reserve the savings, 50% deposit of the session fee is required!  The session must take place before May 1st, 2019.

Contact us via email to get started – jaestudios@gmail.com!

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WEDDINGS | Kelsey & Jacob – Sneak Peek

Happy Friday everyone!  Tomorrow will be one week since Kelsey & Jacob tied the knot (they actually tied a knot in their ceremony!!) at Boxtree Lodge in Vinton, VA.  I wanted to share my top six favorite images from their beautiful rustic wedding!  Hope that it leaves a smile on your face for the weekend!


Kelsey had a stunning dress with some gorgeous details!  Just check out the detailing on the bodice alone!  Wait until you see the rest of it!Boxtree-Lodge-JaeStudios-Lynchburg-Virginia-Wedding-Photographer-Photos_0243

Jacob had a really fantastic group of guys to stand with him on his wedding day!Boxtree-Lodge-JaeStudios-Lynchburg-Virginia-Wedding-Photographer-Photos_0244

An adorable moment during their ceremony!


Honestly, I love EVERYTHING about this!  The sun flare, the bridal party, the rustic building, and a sweet look between my bride and groom!  My favorite kind of bridal party shot!Boxtree-Lodge-JaeStudios-Lynchburg-Virginia-Wedding-Photographer-Photos_0241

Congratulations you two!  Can’t wait to show you the rest!

To inquire about booking your wedding with JAE STUDIOS, contact with Janine via the Connect link in the menu, or email directly at JAESTUDIOS@GMAIL.COM.

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  • Raven

    Hi! My fiancé and I are getting married on September 24,2016 at stonebridge center. We’re still looking for the perfect photographer to capture our big day. I really liked your pictures and I’m just wondering if you’re available that day and if you have any wedding packages you could send to me. I got your name from Kelsey schwenkReplyCancel

    • jaestudios

      Hi Raven,

      Thank you so much for checking out my work and reaching out to me about your wedding day! I am glad to say that I am still available on September 24 of this year. Stonebridge looks like a fantastic venue and the fall in the Natural Bridge area should be really lovely.

      I see that there is an email listed with your comment. mizzrb1306@aol.com – is that the best way to reach you?

      I can send you my wedding package via email so let know if you prefer this or a different address.

      Looking forward to hearing from you,


      Jae Studios

Happy Father’s Day

In honor of Father’s Day yesterday, I wanted to share some of my favorite father daughter moments from some of my Jae Studios brides and their dads as well as several weddings I’ve assisted on over the past three years!  Each dad is different –  some dads’ shed tears, others absorb the day quietly, and still others offer support and laughter as they enjoy your wedding day with you!  Most dad’s do all of the above and more!

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The moment when the bride’s dad sees her for the first time in her wedding dress is a special moment!  It’s usually when dads’ realize it’s their little girl’s WEDDING day!!



Coming down the aisle is another great moment to for father’s of the brides’ on the wedding day!  Julie’s dad only has eyes for her and Hilary’s dad was her strong support as they headed down the aisle!

Father-Daughter-JaeStudios-Lynchburg-Virginia-Wedding-Photographer-Photos_0035Father-Daughter-JaeStudios-Lynchburg-Virginia-Wedding-Photographer-Photos_0044Breana’s father gave her a kiss at the church door entryway of their aisle and I love how Kari’s dad reassuringly squeezed her hand as they approached her groom!Father-Daughter-JaeStudios-Lynchburg-Virginia-Wedding-Photographer-Photos_0038Father-Daughter-JaeStudios-Lynchburg-Virginia-Wedding-Photographer-Photos_0036Rebecca’s dad thoughtfully walks her down the brick pathway to where she’ll say “I Do!” in just a few moments!
Father-Daughter-JaeStudios-Lynchburg-Virginia-Wedding-Photographer-Photos_0050The father and daughter dance at the reception is another moment that capture at most weddings and it’s usually a treat!


If you and your father have a lighthearted and fun relationship, the father/daughter dance is a great way to highlight that!  Jessica and her dad did a fantastic choreographed father/daughter dance and really brought the house down!Father-Daughter-JaeStudios-Lynchburg-Virginia-Wedding-Photographer-Photos_0031Kari and Addie and their fathers’ were full of smiles and laughter as they danced to the music!Father-Daughter-JaeStudios-Lynchburg-Virginia-Wedding-Photographer-Photos_0047Father-Daughter-JaeStudios-Lynchburg-Virginia-Wedding-Photographer-Photos_0041Hilary’s dad held her close and enjoyed their sweet father/daughter dance!Father-Daughter-JaeStudios-Lynchburg-Virginia-Wedding-Photographer-Photos_0043Breana’s father shed a tear while they swayed across the dance floor while both Bridget and her dad cried during their father/daughter dance!
Father-Daughter-JaeStudios-Lynchburg-Virginia-Wedding-Photographer-Photos_0040Father-Daughter-JaeStudios-Lynchburg-Virginia-Wedding-Photographer-Photos_0045Father-Daughter-JaeStudios-Lynchburg-Virginia-Wedding-Photographer-Photos_0046I think this look from Rebecca’s dad just says it all!  So much love from this dad to his daughter!Father-Daughter-JaeStudios-Lynchburg-Virginia-Wedding-Photographer-Photos_0048

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!  I hope it was a wonderful day and included those new son in laws!

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Wednesday Trends Day – Senior Style Series

June 4, 2015 BlogHey Seniors!

Graduation is finally (or almost) over and summer vacation has begun which means Class of 2016 your SENIOR YEAR will start before you know it!  Time to start thinking about your senior portraits!

I want your senior session images to be modern, fun, totally awesome, and totally YOU!!

Fashion lets you express who YOU are -whether your style is urban, glam, casual, country, hipster, or your own personal category!  So don’t make your senior style choices an afterthought!  I’m here to guide you on selecting your session outfits without putting a giant 2015 TIME STAMP on your senior portrait images!  I know what looks best in portraits and how to mix classic styles with current trends so that your senior imagery doesn’t end up on Awkward Family Photos one day in the future.  I’m pretty sure no one wants that . . . .

Lynchburg Senior Photographer, Senior Portraits, Downtown portrait session on a sunny day in an alley

Liberty University Graduate, Lynchburg Senior Portraits, Senior LU graduate, graphic designer, outdoor portraits on footbridge


Lynchburg Senior Pictures, Lynchburg Virginia Senior Portraits, Gladiola Girls dress brunette standing near an iron fence in downtown Lynchburg

Lynchburg Senior Portrait Photographer, Liberty University Class of 2015, LU College Senior with a hood on, portrait with off camera flash taken outdoors in Riverside Park Lynchburg Virginia

So each Wednesday, I’ll be sharing on the blog about a current style trend and how you can incorporate that trend into your senior session (and your #ootd too of course!)!  These style tips will help you with how you can take these trends, make them your own, and do so on a variety of budgets!  I’ll be sharing inspiration from the runways and designers but also fashion and accessories found in the Lynchburg area at the two local boutiques – Salvaged and Gladiola Girls that partner with Jae Studios!

I’ll be using the hashtag #wednesdaytrendsday on Instagram weekly with each new post!  I’d love to see how you are making each trend your own!  So hashtag #wednesdaytrendsday and tag @jaestudiosseniors with a picture of your style and you might get reposted to the Jae Studios Seniors Instagram (@jaestudiosseniors) feed!

So stay tuned for the first trend coming next week!  Feel free to comment with the trend suggestions  or senior session style questions you have too!

Lynchburg Senior Photographer, Golden hue to this blonde senior model looking down in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia

To learn more about booking your CUSTOM SENIOR session, contact with Janine via the Connect link in the menu, or email directly at JAESTUDIOS@GMAIL.COM.

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ENGAGEMENTS | Patrick & Rebecca – a rustic fall Lynchburg session at the lakeside

April 22, 2015 Blog

I’m super excited to share this sweet engagement session on the blog!  Patrick and Rebecca are absolutely adorable together and I had so much fun at their session last fall!  We met at Ivy Creek Park here in Lynchburg, VA (quickly becoming one of my favorite places to shoot!) for the rustic lakeside backdrop and fall foliage!  I will photograph Patrick and Rebecca’s wedding in just a few short weeks at the Trivium Estate here in Forest, Virginia.

I want to come aside my couples in telling their love story!  Starting with my 2015 wedding season, I will be including their stories in THEIR words – sharing about how they met, how the proposal went, what they love about each other, how they made decisions for their wedding day, just to name a few! So read on to find out more about this sweet couple!

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Patrick and Rebecca in a rustic session with fall colors and red plaid.

How did you meet and how long have you dated?

We met through mutual friends (his roommates) in August 2012 and have been dating for a little over two years.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Strolling through the woods and looking at nature.

Where was your first date? What did you do?

Our first date was on February 16, 2013. After going to a hockey game together on a Saturday night with some friends, he and I then went out to dinner together at Macado’s. A few days later, he called my dad to ask for his blessing and we “officially” started dating.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Holding on to each other and gazing into each other's eyes.

How did he propose?

In June 2014, Patrick and I took a road trip up to northern Wisconsin to spend vacation with his family. They had rented a lake house for a week on Little Saint Germain Lake. On the afternoon of the last day that we were staying at the lake, he asked if I wanted to go out on the boat. He then rowed us out to a little secluded island in the middle of the lake. Just a minute or two after we got out of the boat he got down on one knee and popped the question! About a half hour later, we went back to the house and surprised his family with the news!

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Kissing on a path in the woods and princess cut diamond ring on white wildflower.

What are your favorite things to do together?

Outdoorsy activities (hiking, etc.), watching movies, cooking, going to sporting events, various games (cards, etc.), hanging out with friends, going on walks.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Sitting in the fallen leaves and walking through the fall scenery holding hands.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Smiling while hugging each other in front of a lake with a house in the background.

Any funny stories about yourselves?

On the way up to the lake in Wisconsin where we got engaged, we decided that it would be a good idea to drive instead of fly to save money. To save time, we also decided that we would make the trip without stopping other than quick gas and food stops. By the time we got there we had been in the car for 24 hours straight and by the time we finally went to bed, we had been awake for 40 hours. You could say we were getting pretty delusional at that point!

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Embracing on an aged bridge in the woods.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Standing on either side of the bridge gazing at each other and grasping her close while his hand is in his pocket.

What kind of job do you both have?

I am a writer/editor at a non-profit called International Christian Concern. He is a supervisor at a plastics manufacturer called Tessy Plastics.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Princess cut engagement ring sitting on a rock and sitting on a fence while he holds her up.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Sharing a kiss while sitting on a fence in front of a lake. She is wearing a bold pink cardigan while he is wearing a blue button up shirt.

Do you have everything in common or do you have things that you can’t agree on but poke fun about?

We are pretty similar about most things but joke with each other about different habits all the time.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Embracing from behind on a dock in front of a lake.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Cradling her in his arms from behind while the picture is focused on the band signifying their commitment to each other.

GROOM: What things do you love the most about her?

Her kindness, compassion and how she brightens a room whenever she enters. She draws me closer to God and she is a great partner for life.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. A low shot of a quick peck between the couple on a rustic background.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Lying in the yellow and brown leaves while they exchanged a kiss and snuggled close to each other.

BRIDE: What things do you love the most about him?

I love that he constantly inspires me to be a better person. He is one of the most Godly, generous, and kind-hearted men I have ever met, yet he is so humble that he never seeks to take the credit for it. He is incredibly hard working and I know without a doubt that he would do anything to protect and provide for me. He is also so hilarious and always keeps me laughing.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Peering over the pond while she squeezes him from behind.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Relaxing in the leaves while watching each other.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. She is perched on an wood fence while they stare into each others eyes with their foreheads pressed together. He holds her close from behind while the look to the side.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Standing on either side of a red lifesaver while he grabs her hand. She puts her arms around his neck while pressing the sides of their faces together.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Putting her hand on his chest while gazing at the ring as he looks at her. Draping her arms around him as she stares at the camera while he watches her.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Princess cut diamond ring hanging from a red fall leaf. He pulls her close while they stare into each other's eyes.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Sitting and laughing in front of a blue wooden door. She lays in his lap while they look at each other. She is wearing a white lace top with a brown cardigan and he is wearing a red and gray plaid shirt.

Lynchburg Engagement Patrick and Rebecca. Resting on the side of the road in front of a purple flowering bush while they hold hands and smile at each other.

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SENIORS | Emily, Brookville Class of 2014

April 22, 2015 Blog

Here’s Emily – just like I promised!  I met Emily when we started attending Forest Community Church a couple of years ago.  She is a 2014 graduate from Brookville High School here in the Lynchburg area.  We had a really fantastic session shooting in both downtown Lynchburg and at Old City Cemetery.  She even brought her cap and gown for a few images too!  This beautiful girl has a sweet smile and an awesome laugh – we captured both during her late summer session!

Lynchburg Senior Girl Emily 2014. Emily is sitting on a log in a white dress and white flats while surrounded by plants and yellow flowers.

Lynchburg Senior Girl Emily 2014. Emily is perched on a swing while wearing a blue and gold dress with spots of black and white and black flats.

Lynchburg Senior Girl Emily 2014. Emily can be seen from between the leaves as she is swinging on a long swing while a church is in the background.

Lynchburg Senior Girl Emily 2014. She is resting by a small pond as her reflection can be seen in the water while lily pads float at the bottom of the picture.

Lynchburg Senior Girl Emily 2014. She is sitting in a white dress on a bench in front of a large window with the cobblestone street at her feet. Then, she is posing in front of a bush with pink flowers.

Lynchburg Senior Girl Emily 2014. Emily is relaxing on the ground with a blue flowered dress and a gray cardigan in front of pink flowers while perched on one arm. The other arm is resting on her opposite shoulder.

Lynchburg Senior Girl Emily 2014. She is crouched on the cobblestone path in a blue flowered dress and gray cardigan. Then, she is sitting on a stone bench in front of pink flowers while looking to the side.

Lynchburg Senior Girl Emily 2014. She is lounging on steps next to a black metal fence while dressed in a yellow shirt and jeans. Next, the photo is focused on her hands and ring while she is still on the steps.

Lynchburg Senior Girl Emily 2014. She is laughing while relaxing on the stairs.

Lynchburg Senior Girl Emily 2014. The first is a full length shot of her on the stairs. The second is her in front of a brown door while leaning on the frame. In the first photo, she is wearing a yellow shirt and jeans. The second photo shows her in a white dress and white high heels.

Lynchburg Senior Girl Emily 2014. She is leaning against a stone wall while standing in the grass in her yellow shirt and jeans. Then, she is posed on the stairs with her elbow on her knee.

Lynchburg Senior Girl Emily 2014. She is reclined against the stone wall while smiling at the camera.

Lynchburg Senior Girl Emily 2014. She is facing the wall as her hands rest against it.

Lynchburg Senior Girl Emily 2014. The girl is laughing as she lounges on a bridge with one leg bent as her arm are draped around it. Then, she is cross legged on the bridge while looking to the side. She is in a blue plaid shirt with a purple cardigan under it and jeans with black flats.

Lynchburg Senior Girl Emily 2014. The picture is looking down the bridge as she is in the middle of it sitting cross legged.

Lynchburg Senior Girl Emily 2014. In the first photo, she is sitting cross legged in the same area as the last picture, but she is looking at the camera. In the second picture, she is again in the same location, but she is standing with her hands on her hips while smiling at the camera.


Lynchburg Senior Girl Emily 2014. These last pictures show her in her white graduation gown with a white cap and white high heels. In the first one, she is holding a chalkboard with the words "Class of 2014" written on it. The second one shows the tops of her cap, which says "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them - Walt Disney."

Want the chance to WIN an awesome senior session like Emily’s? Find out about the Jae Studios SENIOR SESSION GIVEAWAY on the blog!

To learn more about booking your CUSTOM SENIOR session, contact with Janine via the Connect link in the menu, or email directly at JAESTUDIOS@GMAIL.COM.

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Senior Session Giveaway!!

Ins (4)In my previous post, I announced the 1st annual 12 HOUR SENIOR SALE on April 30th, 2015!  I said in that post that I would away a couple of forty percent off certificates to use any other day before August 31.

Well, I’ve decided to UP THE ANTE a bit and give away 2 STARTER senior sessions instead of 40% off certificates!

One will be given away via this blog post and the other will be given away via my NEW Senior Instagram!  Please choose one method in which to enter!

Senior Portrait Lynchburg Session, Black and White, Button shirt and Tie, Male

*Only the senior session is included in this giveaway.  Prints, products, digital images are not included and will be purchased at the premier ordering session after the session.*

The contest is runs from April 22 -24, 2015!

All persons (excluding Jae Studios senior models) are eligible to enter but session MUST be used for a Class of 2015 and 2016 high school or college senior!

Here are the RULES to ENTER:

Senior Portrait Lynchburg Session, Redhead, Female, Girl, Gray Button up shirt, Skirt


Senior Portrait Session, Brunette, White Dress, Yellow Mustard Shoes, Brick, Stairs, Downtown Lynchburg

 The two winners will be selected randomly from those who have entered and followed the instructions for their platform of entry.  The winners will be announced Saturday morning at 10 AM via the blog.  The winning persons have 48 hours (by April 27th, 2015 at 10 AM) to claim their session by contacting Jae Studios by email at jaestudios@gmail.com after which another winner will be randomly selected from those entered.

To find out more about the 12 hour sale, read the blog post here!

To learn more about booking your custom SENIOR PORTRAIT session, contact with Janine via the Connect link in the menu, or email directly at JAESTUDIOS@GMAIL.COM.

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Today is April 16th and that means the 12 HOUR SENIOR SALE is just 2 WEEKS away!!

 You want to find out more – AWESOME!  Read on – I’m laying out the 5 W’s and the H in this post (remember those from writing class)!

YOGA RETREAT, Senior Portrait Lynchburg Session, Purple Sweater, Jeans, Brown Boots, Yellow Shirt, Red T-Shirt, Male, Female, Blue Dress, Sale

WHO: Class of 2015 and 2016 SENIORS! High School or College! You’ve worked hard and you deserve a fantastic senior experience to celebrate YOU and your accomplishments!


WHAT: The 1st annual senior session sale and the ONLY one this year!  BOOK and SAVE 40% off your Jae Studios custom senior experience!


WHERE: I am based in Lynchburg, Virginia and serve schools in the Central Virginia area – Rustburg, EC Glass, Heritage, Virginia Episcopal School, Liberty Christian Academy, Amherst, Appomattox, and Brookville for starters!

Not in the Central Virginia area but still want to book Jae Studios – see below for more information!


WHEN: ONLY on APRIL 30, 2015 between 9 AM – 9 PM!


WHY: You’re a senior!  Why NOT?!  You want an exclusive senior experience at an exclusive price!  You GOT it!


HOW: Call on April 30th, 2015 to BOOK your senior session!


I am anticipating a busy day with lots of seniors booking their sessions! YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT!


Visit the SENIOR EXPERIENCE page to find out more about Jae Studios custom senior sessions!  Want more? Contact me via the CONTACT menu and I’ll send you the Jae Studios Senior Magazine!

*Please NOTE: Session fees do not include images digital or printed. Prints, albums, digital images and other products are available for purchase either in collections or a la carte.


Special Notes

BLUEFIELD HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS – Jae Studios will be coming to Bluefield, West Virginia for June 12-14th!!  You are able to book your session for those dates on April 30th, 2015 and receive 40% off your session!  Katie Rochetti, Bluefield Class of 2015, is one of my senior model reps!  You can check out her session here!

Not located in Central Virginia or Bluefield, West Virginia but still want to book Jae Studios – get in touch via the CONTACT menu or email me directly at JAE STUDIOS@GMAIL.COM.

Want to get a guaranteed 40% off your senior session? I am giving away 2 coupons to use ANY TIME before AUGUST 2015 for 40% off when booking!  The contest will be announced on the BLOG on MONDAY April 20, 2015!

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