Jena Lee Photographs’ Beautiful Line of CORE Print + Display Products

If you have followed along with any of my social media accounts (Facebook or Instagram), you know that I am thrilled to offer my clients a beautiful line and high-quality print products for them to choose from to display their new photos. Everyone loves the experience of looking through the books, albums, and prints and then choosing their favourite core product for displaying in their home. 

Think about the last time you looked through your parent’s old photo albums or flipped the pages of the book you printed from your last family vacation. Each photo is looked at with intention and a smile. Perhaps some brought on laughter from an old memory or caused tears from remembering a lost loved one. This is the way photographs were originally meant to be enjoyed, physically in real life for you to look at. Clicking through images online just doesn’t bring the same joy and nostalgia the way printed photographs do.

Don’t get me wrong, Jena Lee Photographs is not anti-digital photography. I am pro social-media, pro iPhone-photography, pro digital photos. In fact, Jena Lee Photographs includes a watermarked social-media image with every printed image purchased — because if you are anything like me, you love sharing your images online with friends and family. Document your images however in whichever way is best for you, just make sure you print them out too!

… and when you are ready to have your most cherished memories professionally photographed, we will work together to choose which print products are the right one for you and your home.

Without further ado, I am happy to introduce Jena Lee Photographs’ carefully selected line of Core Products:

Leather or Linen Heirloom Album 

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This album is incredible. Its heavy weight sits comfortably in your hands while also speaking towards its quality and durability. The Heirloom Album comes with thick sturdy pages that lay flat on the table and are each custom designed by hand.

There are a variety of luxurious linens and leathers to choose from. You can match your home or pick a colour that catches your eye. The leather or linen Heirloom Album is available for all photography sessions and can hold between 20-50 images — that’s enough room to include every image, in case you love them all.

Hardcover Coffee Table Book

The Hardcover Coffee Table Book is just as beautiful as the Heirloom Album but offers a bit more subtlety. It can hold all of your images or maybe just a few that you want to keep for yourself. This book is durable, beautiful, and printed with only the highest-quality artisanal papers that are only available through professional labs, so your images will be elegantly preserved forever.

The Hardcover Coffee Table Book comes in a variety of linen colors, can hold up to 50 images and is available for all photography sessions.

Artisanal Wooden Memory Box

If you want something different from a traditional photo album/book, the Artisanal Wooden Memory Box is for you. This is my personal favourite Core Product because it is handmade, unique, and gives you the ability to hold each individual photo in your hands. There are small boxes to display your entire photo session or large boxes that you can continually add to over the years. Each photo is mounted onto 3mm styrene board so that it stands up on its own in the box, ready for you to look at.

Signature Wall Art 

A classic way to display your absolute favourite portraits. All wall art comes ready to hang and can be framed or float mounted (see picture below). Each piece is built to last for generations and is laminated to protect against dust and fingerprints. You can choose to exhibit large statement pieces or you can create a collage that grows with you and your family over time.

I love the print products! How do I get my own?

When you are ready to have your extra-special memories professionally photographed by Jena Lee Photographs, all of these display products will be available for you to choose from plus the line of ‘Add-On Gift Items’ which will be introduced next week.

Your first step to displaying these gorgeous products in your home is to book your photographs with Jena Lee Photographs. There are Lifestyle Family sessions or various newborn/baby sessions available. To start your perfect family photos, leave Jena a message and she will personally get back to you within 2 business days.

I can’t wait to hear from you.

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Angela + Navy — Six-Month-Old Baby Photography

Angela & Baby Navy Mae

Angela said what every parent says but truly means with their whole heart: “It sounds cliche but I just want her to be happy.”

Navy is one of the happiest six-month-olds ever. Anybody who meets her wants to keep her. I want to keep her, all you have to do is look at her and Navy is thrilled.

“I also want her to go to college and to go through that life experience, meet other people and cultures… I want her to turn out fabulous like her mum!”

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I couldn’t agree more, fabulous is correct. Spending the morning with Angela and Navy was like hanging out with old friends. There were many things to talk about with many baby cuddles in between. It is a true pleasure when someone can speak honestly and openly about themselves and their experiences. Angela has a calm confidence in herself that came through in the stories she shared with me about her life and new experience with her and her partners new baby, Navy.

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Angela explained about her pregnancy with Navy and how she was born breech, which means that she was born bottom first instead of head first. It’s clear that Navy still finds this position quite comfortable and that it is how she prefers to sit. When left on her own, it’s only seconds before Navy has her foot in her mouth or her heels above her head.

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Navy inherited her love for people and being social from her mom and has the busyness and energy of her dad. She inherited her names from family members and is always wrapped in a sentimental sweater or blanket. Her mom explained that she found her voice last week and hasn’t stopped babbling and yelling about things. She likes to grab everything and hold everything, all while continuing to stare into your eyes and smile.

Thank you to Angela for being such a lovely mom and to Navy for being the character that she is. I loved spending the morning with you both xx

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Diane, Emma, Molly & Mac — Family Lifestyle Photography

This was one sweet sister session.

The secret to great family lifestyle photos is to let everyone be themselves. Family dynamics will naturally take over and people will act as they always do. Those are the special moments I watch for: when people are being themselves.

Sisters Emma and Molly planned photos together with their Auntie Di and her dog, Mac, as a surprise Christmas present for the rest of the family. After the Holidays, I was told that everybody was in tears upon receiving their photo gifts. Can you imagine receiving surprise portraits of your beautiful daughters and their auntie as a gift? No doubt there were tears, and no doubt the girls ‘won’ Christmas this year.

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Newborn Family Photographer — Golden, B.C.

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Pamela, Cole & Logan

There were several wonderful things about this session and I wish they could all be this soulful and honest.

It was an early smoky morning in Golden B.C. when I showed up to photograph Pamela, Cole, and their six-week old baby, Logan. They are originally from Golden and came home to visit their parents and escape the city for a few days. Pamela and I are old friends since elementary school and it was special to reconnect over a photography session.

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Pamela and Cole didn’t say if they felt like natural parents, but the way they moved and watched their baby it would seem so. The two of them worked together as a team in a constant sway of snuggling, changing, and feeding little Logan. There were a few moments where the new parents snuck in a quick kiss or hand-hold in between tending to their little one. Everything about Pamela, Cole, and Logan was very real.

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There were no apologies for his tears or fussy moments, there didn’t need to be. These are moments that come and go and you never know when the last time you soothe your little baby will be. My heart swells knowing that Logan is going to grow every day and that Pamela and Cole now have their beautiful memories documented forever and ever.

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For part of their newborn family photography session, Pamela and Cole held their baby in the same spot that they exchanged vows last Summer. I told them to take a moment to really sink into this moment of holding Logan where, only a short time ago, they were committing to becoming a family. The three of them seemed to melt together and hold each other as they thought of where they were at this point in their lives. It might be a year before they come back to this place and Logan will be running around the yard exploring instead of sleeping squished between his parents.

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As I said, it was a session full of honest love. Thank you, Pamela and Cole, for being so open and genuine throughout your newborn family photography session.

Newborn Family Lifestyle Photography is part of Jena Lee Photographs’ Baby’s First Year package. Four photo sessions bundled together to preserve important milestones: Maternity, Newborn (your first 48 hours together), 6-months, and one-year celebration. Choose individual sessions that suit you best or pick all four to preserve your baby’s first year forever.

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“We can’t wait to see the photos because we feel like we don’t remember everything…”

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This is something a couple actually said to me earlier this month.

After each photo session, once every photo is enhanced and perfected, I put them all together in a beautiful slideshow to show them to my clients for the first time. It is always an emotional event, full of happy tears and many thanks. Delivering photos is one of the best parts of my job.

A few weeks ago, as I sat down in their home to set up the slideshow, the couple confessed that they were very eager to see the photos because everything went by so quickly that they felt like it didn’t even happen. Obviously, they know it did happen, but the brain can play tricks on you sometimes during a big event and memories can become blurred. It has happened to me before, as I am sure it has happened to you.

“The day just went by so quickly after we spent so long planning for it. It felt like everything was over in an instant.”

Since meeting with this family, other parents have shared this feeling as well. They felt like the day was never going to come and then all of a sudden it was here and gone. Suddenly you have this child you are responsible for and can barely remember them arriving. Photographs are a powerful tool that can ground you and bring you back to an event. It is a very special thing if you have a photograph to help you remember one of your biggest life events.

As they watched their slideshow, there were happy tears and laughs throughout the whole thing. There were many moments of ‘I forgot that even happened’ and ‘I am so glad we can look at this memory forever’. We designed a book for them to relive their special day and show it to their friends, then they picked their favourite image for a large framed print to look at every day.

As a Photographer, I see this happen all the time. I work with couples who are so thankful that somebody pushed them to get photos done, even though they were busy. I work with parents who save up for photos because they know how quickly their baby will grow. Everyone loves to relive their memories and I feel so lucky that it’s my job to help people save them. Once that image gets printed and hung up on the wall, it’s always worth it.

Have you ever been so in the moment for an event that you have a hard time remembering it after? I would love to hear your stories and experiences, please share below!

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Jena Lee Photographs is a family lifestyle photographer located in Golden, British-Columbia.  Lifestyle photography is perfect for families who love candid and natural looking photographs and want to document the art of their everyday lives.

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How Printing Photos Makes You Happier — The New Line Of Products at Jena Lee Photographs

How to get the most enjoyment out of your photographs:

1. Take photo
2. Print photo
3. Put on wall
4. Happy

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I have only very recently been rescued back into the world of printing photographs.

When I was little, I remember dropping rolls of film off with my mom at Overwaitea and then picking our prints up the next day. That was the normal thing to do. Taking pictures only happened during special occasions — unless your kids got a hold of the camera — and they always got printed because otherwise, you’d never see them.

Then came along the world of digital photography. The excitement of being able to take a photo and view it moments later took the world by storm. Photography was changed forever, in positive and negative ways. We are now free to take as many photographs as we want, but the immediate satisfaction of seeing your photo almost always means that it never makes it out of the camera. Pictures are left on your phone or computer until they are lost or technology changes and they can no longer be recovered.

I think that there is a way to combine the nostalgia and tangibility of the film photography days with the demand for instant and abundance of today’s digital world. All we have to do is remember to print the digital photographs we take. What good is that family photo if nobody ever sees it in the real world? Sure it got lots of likes on social media, but what good are likes if that is the last time you see it?

Something that I take pride in as a photographer is encouraging my clients to display their photos. Their experience with me does not end once they see the digital copies of their photos, my clients get to choose how they want to display their photos from Jena Lee Photographs’ beautiful line of products.

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Maybe their session was more personal, and they want to keep their photos more private in a folio that fits on their bedside table. It would certainly make me happy to see a photo of my family before drifting off to sleep. Or maybe they got married in a beautiful mountain scene and they want a giant print on their wall that their friends and family will ooh and awe over.  Perhaps they loved every single photo from their session and chose to put them all in a coffee table book that they browse through when they have an extra five minutes.

Imagine your favourite photo printed, framed, and hung somewhere that you get to see it every day. You get to walk by it all day long and every time you catch a glance of it, it brings you right back to that happy memory.  There is no way you would sit down, plug in a hard drive, dig through computer files, and then browse through digital images in the same way you would if they were printed and sitting on your coffee table, ready to be looked through and held.

So if you want to feel happier, print your photos and hang them up. That is all.

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Intimate wedding and family photography for Mother’s and Father’s.

Jena Lee Photographs is the photographer who helps you value the love of your everyday relationships by creating beautiful photography experiences that capture the true story of your life.

For more information please visit the inquire page.

The B.C. Wildfires — Your keepsakes and your photographs

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This week, I can not stop thinking about what I would grab from my home if we were evacuated.

For the first time in 14 years, British Columbia has declared a state of emergency due to the 200+ wildfires across the province. My heart breaks thinking about the families who are forced to leave their homes and who have to decide within minutes what to bring with them. My stomach turns at the thought of having to leave our home.

I am privileged to have never really had to think about where I would go if Golden has to be evacuated. Our sweet little mountain town always seems safe. As I drove through Rogers Pass this weekend, I pictured burning forests and flames rolling over the mountains. I asked my colleague:

“What would you grab if we get evacuated?”

We both had a similar list of things; mine included photo hard drives, photo albums, my cameras, the dog, the cat, my dad’s old sweater. I even thought about bringing all of these things to work with me today, just in case an evacuation was issued and I wasn’t at home (except the cat, he would not have been impressed by this).

These are six out of the hundreds of things in our home, what makes them so meaningful that I would delay leaving a burning area to save them?

Well, the cat and dog are obvious because they are living creatures that I love. My dad’s old sweater is the one thing of his that I kept after he passed away. The hard drives and photo albums are full of memories, frozen moments in time that tell my story here in this life. They are so important that if my hometown, my house, my belongings are all destroyed, I would be thankful to be alive and to have my photos.

The more people I asked, the more it became clear that photographs are one of the first things people think they would grab in an emergency.  Chances are, your list is also very similar to mine: in an emergency, you would grab your keepsakes and your photographs. You would grab the photos that will forever preserve your memories and the people that you love.

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Jena Lee Photographs is thinking of the 10 000 residents who have been forced from their homes and everyone who has been affected by the wildfires in British Columbia. I would like to take this opportunity to remember that it is the people around us that are most important in life and am wishing everyone a safe return to their loved ones and homes.

The Canadian Red Cross is accepting donations. You can text FIRES to 45678 to donate $10 to the Canadian Red Cross BC Fires Appeal.

Lifestyle Family Photography · The LaRoy’s · Tofino, British Columbia

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After our Langara Professional Photography graduation gallery, my family and I traveled to Tofino British Columbia for beaches, surfing, and tacos.

Families are my favourite thing to take photos of, especially my own. It is fun to photograph people you know so well because you can be pretty certain about how they are going to react. With family, everyone knows that just one certain look can invoke anger or laughter.

I tell people all the time that photography helps you feel connected to each other. It sort of helps you rekindle your love and remember all of your favourite things about each other. Spending time in Tofino beachcombing, surfing, and exploring with my family was the best way to reconnect. Watching them all through the lens — and even being on the other side of it a few times — was a special experience. After losing Dad two years ago, we know too well how quickly life changes and we all deeply appreciated getting to spend time together.

Love to my pham xx

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THE RESULTS · The Golden Give-Away

Thank-you to everyone who participated in the Golden Give-Away and shared their stories – I hope it provided you all with as much happiness and heart-warming as it did for me.

There were so many wonderful entries submitted as part of the Golden Give-Away, I feel very lucky to have had the privilege of reading everyone’s beautiful stories.

Three entries, in particular, stood out from the rest and truly aligned with Jena Lee Photographs’ mission: to help people value the love of their everyday relationships and to make the world a bit kinder by promoting acceptance of all types of relationships.

It is my pleasure to congratulate Jamie Henderson and Debbi Jones on winning the Golden Give-Away and to announce that an additional family photography experience was added to include Alice Phillips as well.

These three hard-working, spirited women shared heartfelt stories as part of their application and are sincerely deserving of the gift of photography. ❤

Lifestyle Newborn Photography · The Grimard’s Tiny Home · Deroche, B.C.

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Lifestyle Newborn Photography · The Grimard’s Tiny Home · Deroche, B.C.

When a fellow photographer wants newborn photographs taken in the tiny home her and her husband built, you say yes.

Dori and her family live in the small community of Deroche, British Columbia (I hadn’t heard of it either). This quiet neighborhood is located at the base of the mountains just outside of Abbotsford and Chilliwack and is the perfect place to build a tiny home and raise a family. Dori and her husband Justin embody what it means to live simply and slowly. They enjoy a quiet life spending time with each other, playing music, and planning their future. Justin and Dori explained that they plan to build another home so that they can one day adopt more children. In the meantime, they are living out the dream of having a tiny home. They wanted photographs to tell the story of their life at this point in time: a husband, a wife, a toddler, and now a newborn, all in one tiny home.

Earlier this month, Dori, Justin, and Jaipheth welcomed to the world the newest member of their family: Amaziah. At only a few weeks old, Amaziah already has a calm and observant personality. He seemed content to just be held and seemed peaceful in his mother’s arms. I don’t think he stopped happy baby babbling the whole time. Dori shared with me that she knew right away when her oldest son, Jaipheth, was born that he would be a busy and curious body. She said that she could see her own personality as well as her husband’s expressed in their sons.

It was a beautiful, sunny, early Spring kind of day and it was wonderful getting to know the Grimard’s and experiencing their tiny home. Plus, I will never say no to newborn baby cuddles.