Portraits

A Winter Mini Session!

After crazy meteorological reports, New York City was pretty much stopped at a halt today for Winter Storm Juno. With the lack of reliable public transportation, us Brooklynites were stuck home with only 6" of snow on the ground. Despite the predicament, I was inspired by the snowfall and had to take advantage of the lovely backdrop. Today I photographed my great friends Ashley and Brett in our neighborhood of South Slope Brooklyn. We walked along Green-Wood Cemetery with their pit mix Mason while enjoying the winter weather. Only two blocks from our shared block, we found beautiful scenic places to stop and take photos.

My mini session rates are $250 for up to one hour - please email me at jenna.salvagin@gmail.com to check my availability!

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Farewell Crown Heights Family Session!

On Father's Day, I had the honor of photographing a family that I've become close to over the last year. Little Mei, her mom Rie, her baby sister Asia (Ah see ah) and dad Luca have become good friends through my time spent in Crown Heights. Amazingly for them, a move to Hawaii is on the horizon for their family! While I selfishly feel sad that I won't be able to spend time with my friends, I am incredibly excited for their new chapter (and really, I just imagine Mei becoming the most perfect little hulu girl ever!) IMG_9279 IMG_9304 IMG_9395

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Central Park Family Session

   

Sunday afternoon's family session in Central Park was a ton of fun. It's rare that I get to photograph multiple generations of a family, let alone one with international relatives. Sachiko contacted me to commemorate her parent's visit to New York from Japan. This was an exciting occasion for little Hana, as both sets of her family live in different countries, Jamaica and Japan respectively. Hana is a true ball of energy, and certainly kept me on my toes! Running around Central Park and documenting their time spent together was lovely!

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Penny at two weeks old!

Yesterday I was lucky enough to meet the loveliest two-week-old baby, Penny. Born to my friend Colleen and her charming husband Andy, Penny is as precious as they come. It was incredibly exciting to see their brand new family function together; Andy and Colleen exhibited perfect team work during outfit changes and keeping Penny engaged, and she was her happiest snuggled up next to her parents. While editing this shoot, I was overwhelmed by the family's radiant energy and happiness, which I hope I captured in these photos. ImageImageImage

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Michigan Mini Session!

Last week, my boyfriend Josh and I did something we haven't done during the 4.5 years we've been together - we went to his hometown in Michigan for a holiday. Being out there is relatively rare for us, we usually only head to Grand Haven once a year, so our friends Stu and Mary decided it was a perfect time to score a mini session photographing their family. Robbie was born the week Josh and I met, so seeing him age is mind blowing to me. He is the best of both of his parents - Stu is incredibly witty and smart (he's an electrical engineer!) and Mary is vivacious and creative. We explored the Grand Rapids Public Museum, which was quite impressive for a city museum. Robbie loved checking out the exhibits and goofing around and we all had fun spending time together.

Asa's mini session!

Today I did a 45 minute mini session in DUMBO on my lunch break. My friend is Asa's nanny and wanted to have photos done for his mom's birthday. I'm pretty sure she'll be excited about these - Asa is so photogenic! Despite Hurricane Sandy, we were able to get in to Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is definitely one of my favorite places to photograph in Brooklyn. Check out Asa's birthday gift to his momma!

H. Family Preview!

Right before I went on vacation, I worked on a super fun shoot for my friend Risa's extended family. Risa, her mom Gay and stepdad Bill, and her four step siblings and their families were my subject. I drove up to the Rockland County/NJ border to Gay and Bill's new house. Her family lives all over, so having everyone (except her sister-in-law, Jessica) in one place was a big event. I spent the afternoon coordinating family shoots and capturing candid moments - it was a blast. The best part was definitely all of the grandkids! Three out of four of Risa's siblings have daughters under a year old. They all had wonderful personalities and were beyond cute. Image Corinna gives Josie a kiss on the cheek.

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Family Photos in Prospect Park!

Yesterday afternoon I fulfilled a promised photo shoot with my favorite Brooklyn family; my friends Ora and Dave along with their 18month old daughter Ayelet. I met Ora through my job at BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn. We became fast friends and worked together for a year. She recently left back in June to pursue the awesome local business she co-owns, tABLE health and of course, spend as much time with Ayelet as she can. ImageOra sings Ayelet's favorite songs from music class.

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Haley's 3rd Birthday Party!

Saturday I drove out to southern NJ for my friend Emilie's daughter's third birthday. Haley, the birthday girl, had a Hello Kitty themed party. I arrived a little bit early and was lucky enough to spend some time bonding with Em's four month old baby, Harper. Harper has the most amazing blue eyes I've ever seen on a baby. It's really funny because Haley is the spitting image of Em, while Harper looks exactly like her dad, but with Emilie's adorable nose stuck on. Em and Mike are really fortunate to have such a mellow, happy baby. Harper wasn't fazed by all the people and chaos the day brought, and totally went with the flow. Anyone in the Tri-state area probably knows that yesterday brought along some crazy weather. Being along the coast, Forked River got the brunt of the storm during the party. Poor Em and Mike's power went off just before the guests arrived! Luckily, they had a big tent set up outside so everyone could keep dry. Despite the storm, everyone had a great time. Kids were playing in the rain without a care, Haley was having the time of her life. I got to see one of my favorite people from SVA, Naomi, and her awesome boyfriend Wayne. I also met Sara, Naomi and Emilie's great friend from high school.

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Looking Back at Fall Family Sessions!

The day after Thanksgiving last year, I was double booked for family sessions. I started the day out by working with some of my extended family, photographing a birthday party they were having for my cousin Madison. My great Aunt is awesome and loves themes, so she had everyone wear white t-shirts and blue jeans. I spent a few hours photographing the various families and had a mini shoot with the lovely birthday girl. It was a great way to kick off the day.  

Afterward, I had an extra special assignment. One of my best friends passed away a few years ago (crazy to even realize...it had been just over 3 years when I did this shoot) and I've stayed in contact with his mother. Diane welcomed her first biological grandchild the year before and wanted me to come meet Denton's niece and photograph the family for her older son's birthday. It was really moving spending time with her and her family. I was fortunate enough to actually be given Denton's 35mm camera after he passed away, and promised myself I wouldn't use it until I had the chance to take photos of his family with it. So that afternoon I used both my Canon 5d (digital) camera, along with Denton's film camera.

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