By Alicia Dziak
I was the parent who took my babies to be photographed every chance I got. After I had two little girls, less than two years apart, I was running out to buy matching outfits and stopping into the mall photo studio almost as often as I went to the grocery store. When I look back on those photos now, I’m so glad I have them, but I also wish that I had known a good newborn photographer!
Enter Jamey Jean Photography.
Any parent knows that babies change from day to day. If you don’t capture their tiny moments while you can, they are gone in the blink of an eye.
Jamey Jean Photography, located at 56 East Main Street, offers a comfortable studio space, and owner/photographer Jamey Woodruff offers professional service and a genuine love of what she does.
“I’ve had an interest in photography since I was a little kid playing with my Dad’s Polaroid,” said Woodruff. “I moved on to a 35mm film camera and became more interested in photography when I was assisting my mom on her wedding shoots. From there, I bought my first digital camera and became completely fascinated with the art of photography.”
Woodruff quickly found that her niche was with the tiniest of clients. “I adore newborn photography,” she said. “Besides the fact that I love babies, I really love all the creative aspects of it, like designing different backgrounds to complement each baby’s personality.”
It’s obvious that Woodruff has fun with it, as her studio is filled to the brim with all kinds of fabrics and props. “I like neutral and organic looking setups, flowers, feathers, bonnets and natural fibers,” she said.
Newborn sessions should be booked soon after a woman finds out she’s expecting, and Woodruff added that she’s careful not to overbook these kinds of sessions so she can be flexible with the dates.
As a profession, Woodruff notes that she loves how photography evolves. “You can constantly grow and learn and change,” she said.
One of Woodruff’s learning ventures took her to Indianapolis last year, when she took a workshop with Rachel Vanoven. “I consider (Vanoven) to be the best newborn photographer in the United States,” Woodruff said. “Her focus is on safety.”
The workshop entailed hands-on safety training, and when it comes to newborn photography, that specifically includes things like properly supporting a baby.
“A baby’s safety and comfort is always my top priority,” she said. Adding to the comfort of the studio is the warm temp it’s kept at to keep babies warm during their sessions. Woodruff also offers snacks and free Wifi to parents who come in.
Woodruff sees this continuing education as a differentiator for her business.
In addition to doing newborn photography, Woodruff also likes to focus on maternity, older babies and families.
“I love the personality that develops at that (sitting) age and their different facial expressions,” Woodruff said of her baby clients. She also does cake smashing sessions to celebrate first birthdays, that while messy, are always fun.
When families request a photo session, Woodruff prefers the great outdoors, year-round, although she said, “It’s nice to have the studio as a backup.”
“I like to have the relaxed natural feel of the outdoors,” she said. Woodruff explained that while she gets the traditional “everyone looking at the camera and smiling” shots, some of her favorites end up being the ones of “families interacting.”
While clients always have creative control of their locations, Woodruff said she has plenty of suggestions as well.
Woodruff does high school senior portraits too, mentioning that she can even do yearbook-style photos for girls. Senior portraits are usually taken in the summer and fall, and Woodruff is currently booking sessions for the class of 2018.
While Woodruff opened her studio in May 2014, she is no stranger to Springville, having been born and raised here, graduating from SGI in 2001.
Although I met Jamey a few years too late for her to photograph my girls as babies, in the several years that I’ve known her, she’s photographed my now teen and tween numerous times, both inside and outside her studio, always making sure they were relaxed and comfortable. Gone are the days of heading to a mall studio; it’s pretty cool you can stay right in Springville and get professional photos done that are anything but cookie cutter.
For more info, visit www.jameyjeanphotography.com or visit her Facebook page, where she regularly holds contests.