Documenting who you are. Not just what you look like.


I focus on lifestyle sessions that capture families, couples, and high school seniors. My first love will always be engagements, bridals, and weddings. I've previously spent time photographing in Dallas and Chicago, and currently call the San Francisco Bay Area my home.

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December 20, 2011 in Maternity

It is around this time of year when inquiries slow down due to cold weather that I find myself itching to photograph something. Something other than my kid, because as cute as he is, getting an interesting/unique portrait of him can be really exhausting. I asked my friend Paige if we could get together to do a maternity session, and we were all ready to head outside and tough-it-out in the freezing Chicago weather, when she reminded me of this club room we have in the top of our apartment building that remains empty most of the time.

I’m so in love with how these turned out. I haven’t ever done anything in a studio style setting before, but I really enjoyed working with the light. I know it’s not everyone’s favorite thing, but I actually enjoy photographing my friends. We talked and laughed our way through the session, with no awkward moments filled with my racing brain trying to say something to relax her. Paige was relaxed because that’s how we are around each other. :)



Easily my favorite of the day. She looks relaxed and ready to be a mama of three. And Holy Cheekbones!

Inspired by all of the maternity silhouettes I see floating around Pinterest.

After we finished upstairs we went back down to their apartment, pushed a couch against the wall, and tried to get some shots of the siblings lovin’ on baby-in-utero. It didn’t quite go as planned, but I manage to grab some sweet moments anyway.


Let’s finish with a little demonstration of what life is actually like for this family.

I love you guys! I’m looking forward to meeting your little one and doing a whole lot of free babysitting when that happens. :)


categories: Maternity

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  • Anni says:

    Beautiful session, Jenna! I love that top photo especially.

    (December 20, 2011 at 12:21 pm)
  • Kat says:

    So cute! Do you mind sharing your b&w treatment? I’m loving it!

    (December 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm)
  • Jenna Cole says:

    Everything is done with the VSCO presets. I’m not at home or else I’d tell you which one it was (I might have used multiple, I can’t remember).

    (December 20, 2011 at 3:30 pm)
  • These are beautiful! I love the last three with her kids- so cute how they’re moving and she’s sitting still :)

    (December 20, 2011 at 10:08 pm)
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