Jenna Reich – Photographer » Birth and newborn photographer based in Frankfurt, Germany.

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An Awakening

I’m gonna go ahead and be melodramatic. The workshop in Paris was an awakening.

I didn’t learn many technical skills (although I did learn some) or gain expert business advice, however what I did gain was much more valuable.

First, let me begin by stressing how much I admire Alain Laboile’s work. I found his work on Flickr about 7 years ago when Logan was just a toddler and I had just learned how to turn on my first DSLR. That’s all I knew how to do 7 years ago. I searched for “documentary children’s photography” on Flickr in hopes to find some inspiration on how to document my first-born’s daily adventures. When I came across Alain’s page for the first time, I felt an instant and undeniable connection to his work. Every single image struck me. His work was magical. His ability to make the most normal everyday moments look riveting and jarring at the same time fascinates me.

After following his work for so long, you can imagine how much anticipation that was building up inside me as my workshop with him drew closer.

After a beautiful slide show of his most characteristic work, he explained how he shoots his images and why. THIS is where my head began spinning and all the light bulbs were illuminating. His technique was so different from my own and I soon realized why his work is so intriguing. He made me think about the capture in a new and invigorating way. He shared with us so many tips on what to include and not include in the image and gave me the BEST constructive criticism on my work. He saw my strengths and weaknesses, even though I was blind to them.

One of the most mind-blowing revelations I had, (even though it’s so simple!) is where to shoot. By that, I mean where I take my photographs. I have felt compelled to take my camera EVERYWHERE since the beginning. Although it’s gained me some much-needed practice and beautiful images, I have never felt comfortable shooting away from home.

Right there, in my chair, at the workshop, I realized I don’t have to shoot everywhere. I CAN pick and choose where I want to shoot. The concept was eye-opening, ladies and gentlemen. I know I could have learned that without having gone to a workshop, but there’s something about your favorite photographer validating it for you. I DO NOT HAVE TO PHOTOGRAPH EVERYTHING! There, I said it out loud. I don’t have to photograph our trip to the zoo. I don’t have to photograph our time at the pool. I don’t have to photograph our library visit. But, you know what, the content I REALLY enjoy shooting only takes place when we are alone as a family, in our own yard, house, space.

I have put a lot of pressure on myself to capture amazing photos everywhere we go. And yes, I do enjoy photographing my kids when we are at a secluded beach or in the middle of the forest. But I guess I like privacy. When I’m forced to shoot with an audience, (whether people are actually paying attention to me or not) I just can’t perform at my best. Because of that, I’ve been reluctant to share my images and haven’t felt pride in my work in a long time.

A Plan

So, after this awesome realization, I’ve decided to shoot when and however I want. I pledge to spend my summer sorting my images and giving my fine art photography its own space. On my blog, you will continue to find personal images and stories, (which I will still likely take from time to time just for my kid’s sake) but the majority of my fine art work will be shared in a dedicated space on Facebook and on a new website. (Both are in the works)

I’m excited to finally have direction and a new set goals for my work. Internal dialog about my artistic purpose has plagued me for far too long and has discouraged me from shooting and sharing my images.

Perhaps some of you photographers I know out there can relate. As an artist, staying true to yourself can be a struggle. However, challenges are never overcome without a little perseverance.

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Jenna Reich Fine Art Photographer

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The sun has returned and so has my photography spirit. It’s been difficult teaching and still setting aside time for photography.

I feel like sharing my last two weeks as I emerge from the deep dark depths of photographic depression.

After next week’s workshop with Alain Laboile I’m certain to feel passionate again. (at least that is my wish of all wishes) He’s been my favorite since the very beginning. After following his work for the past 7 years, I will finally have his words to accompany the images I’ve so admired. It’s going to be life-changing, I know it.

Paris, I’m ready for you.

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Frankfurt Newborn Photographer

Let’s begin by discussing newborn photos, shall we?

I see many Frankfurt moms opt in for the hospital photos offered directly after their baby is born. But, can we please talk about why that’s NOT the best way to spend your money?

While I can see how the hospital photos seem convenient, practical and easy, there are better options for you parents. Still, consider an in-home newborn session from Life Aglow because newborn sessions can be so much more!

Why You Should Hire Me as Your Newborn Photographer in Frankfurt

  1. You want your images to express how you feel, not just how you look.
  2. Home is quiet, comfortable and private. It’s where you can be yourself.
  3. Professional photography is something you value.
  4. Capturing the connection between you and your baby (and other family members, including siblings) is important to you.
  5. You want time to feed, change and nurture your baby during the session.
  6. Deciding the time of your session ensures that everyone is available and rested.
  7. You want authentic imagery, rather than generically posed photos. (No baby in a basket pictures please!)

Let’s end the cycle of mediocre hospital pictures! I will happily come to your home and customize a session for you and your family. Let us create images that show how much you love being a mom in a comfortable and honest way.

Finally, I’d love for you to have a look at one of my most recent newborn sessions to get an idea of what you could be missing out on if you decide to buy those hospital pictures.

I had the pleasure of photographing this sweet family in their home in Karlsruhe. It was such a beautiful session! I love when older siblings get to show off their baby brothers and sisters!

Frankfurt Newborn Photographer

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Want to see another photo session? Check out this recent family session in Frankfurt!

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greater good:
Actively participating with accountability in the positive growth of social, economic and political change.
#greatergood
During the last two years of watching the tension and growing divide in our country as the presidential campaign unfolded, I’m feeling as if my naïvety has fallen to the floor in a great heaping pile. It’s kind of uncomfortable.
After the election, I thought my country had just died. I’m not even exaggerating when I say I went through all the stages of mourning. I kind of felt like throwing in the towel and saying, “Ok, fuck it! You win! Our country is doomed to a collective mentality of hate and loathing.”
But, thankfully that feeling has passed. Because you know what, that way of thinking will only add to the problem we’re facing.
The thing is, we are all so much better than that.
There’s something we CAN do. In fact there are endless things we can do. We have so little time and there are many ways we can impact this world in a positive way.
Not sure how? Check out my ever-evolving list:
I CAN volunteer with my kids.
I CAN offer my time to a neighbor who needs help.
I CAN help extended family members who are struggling.
I CAN buy less and quit supporting consumerism.
I CAN shop locally.
I CAN pick up trash when I’m walking to work.
I CAN take shorter showers.
I CAN vote in every (including local) election.
I CAN stand up for someone.
I CAN form alliances with friends/family who don’t share my political views.
I CAN attend protests that support my views.
I’ll admit, these actually sound so easy. But, I promise they’re not! How easy is it for me to have my entire family make an Amazon wish list, throw those exact items in my cart and “BAM”, done. Shopping locally isn’t the easiest way. These “easy” tasks take work and effort. Admittedly, some of them are already making me cringe. (I mean, I freaking love long showers)
But, we have to get uncomfortable.
We have to wake up. Quit blubbering. Stop spreading hate and reading article after article, that outlines our rapid decline to Hell.
We must unite.
We must begin a ripple…  of love, kindness…
For the #greatergood.
Join the community of #greatergood by photographing your steps toward positive change.  Then, tag it #greatergood and inspire someone else to follow suit.
Accountability. That’s the first step.
Start in your own family. Then, increase your reach. Invite others to join.
This is synergy. This is community. This is The United States of America, damn it.
Let’s quit crying and DO something.
Together.
#greatergood
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