New Blog!

I’m excited to announce that I have a new blog:

www.jacquelynsenske.com/blog

This blog will no longer be used by Jacquelyn Senske Photography. Please update your *favorites* as I know I’m on there 🙂 and we’ll see you at the new site! Thanks for stopping by!

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Change and more change.

By now this is ‘old news’ – well, in the world of Facebook and countless other immediate gratification tools I feel like it is. Ha! Isn’t it amazing how quickly we can find out about someone’s life by a simple status update on Fbook, a tweet on Twitter, a text…sending an email seems so old school now. I can’t imagine when my boys are my age where technology will be. Kind of cool to think about but also kinda scary. Alright, so you may or may not know that Brian and I have made some recent changes in our family. The biggest being I’m now a ‘stay at home mom’ a SAHM, apparently. Yes, there are acronyms outside of Target I guess. That one I’ll have to get used to, I think. I officially resigned from Target last Thursday, August 12th. It was such a hard decision for us to make but also kind of easy at the same time. Easy because we felt like the Lord led us down that path. Hard because I was praying for an obedient heart and found myself not wanting to listen. In true Jacquelyn-stubborn form. Everything was calling us to this decision. First, our amazing Nanny Annie was leaving us to join YWAM (Youth with a Mission). Super excited for her and not surprised at all but so saddened to see her go. That really started the train for us to start looking at everything else and determine what made the most sense. Me working part-time and paying for 2 boys in daycare…or me staying home with them and soaking in every last second I can with them before they are 18 and heading off to college. Okay, a little dramatic I know, but I honestly can’t believe how quickly the past 2+ years have gone with Logan. I feel like they are going to get quicker and quicker every year.

So we kept praying. And waiting (always comes back to waiting patiently or maybe just waiting…with us). Finally we knew the decision was here. I was scared. I felt like I was losing a part of myself that I had so loved. The corporate, high-heel, suit-wearing, Starbucks-loving, ‘status’-crazed self. I’m still scared a little bit. I know there will be days where I would pay money to be downtown on Nicollet Avenue going to Panera with girlfriends. Or moments where I wish I was doing nothing but checking emails on my laptop at Starbucks. Or times where I’m reading “How Does a Dinosaur Go To School?” for the hundreth time and wishing I was in the front of newbie Target class training them on HR policies. I will absolutely miss this:

and I will most definitely miss them (and countless others!):

but at this point in my life I would miss them more:

I do want to thank the Bullseye for so many awesome years. I was there for over 6 years and absolutely loved it! I met some of my best friends there, was inspired by incredible people, attended Bible studies there and met some amazing believers, discovered more about who I could be than ever before, and grew up with my Target newbie group – it was an incredible company to work for and I would go back in a heartbeat if that was what the Lord desired for our family. For now, He has other plans in store for us and I am thrilled with what is to come!

I don’t know what any of that is yet…but I do know I’m going to soak up as much time with my little guys as I can. I’m going to encourage my husband and support him in this football season, and I’m going to dive deep into photography! Whoo hoo!

What does this mean for Jacquelyn Senske Photography? It means CALL ME! It means change. It means a lot of ‘NEW’ for me so stop by sometime soon to see some changes coming my way. I am so excited with the results and you’ll see a blog facelift soon! I am ecstatic about having time for this passion and business in my life again, I’m thrilled to start new relationships with clients and keep the old ones solid, I’m filled with nervous energy for all that I want and have to do soon! So thrilled!

Thanks for reading. Thanks to all of you that keep up with our lives through this. Thanks for your support and love. We feel so loved and so encouraged. And thanks Target, and everyone who had an impact on me there, for everything. I couldn’t have asked for a better company to work for.

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Ms Nora Louise Johnson: Baby Photographer, Minneapolis MN

This little cutie was full of personality and spunk! When you see the images, you’ll notice that little Nora wears all of her emotions on her face – from her contagious, wide-open smile, to her adorable, hilarious expressions, she is sure to steal your heart. I have known her mom & dad for a long, long time and it was an absolute joy to watch them as parents. I was even able to watch Grandma in action! They are a beautiful family and Nora has definitely filled them up to the fullest – she is an incredible addition and I love seeing friends so happy and doing exactly what they know they were meant to do.

Sam & Nicole, congratulations on your darling little girl. It was truly my pleasure to capture her adorable 6-month-old antics and watch the two of you with her. She is beautiful and such a light in your lives! I wish you the very best as you watch her grow and change. I hope these images are ones you treasure forever!

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Hello World.

My name is Bennett.

I’m 12 weeks old.

I love to eat….Clearly. I’m a chunk. My mommy loves it.

I can roll over from my tummy to my back.

I’m “talking” more and more these days.

I hope you have a really good day!

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Terese & Jeff Engagement Session: Minneapolis Photographer

I have known this beautiful couple for a long time. The bride-to-be, Terese, is my gorgeous and fun cousin. Her handsome groom is Jeff and they met in college at St. Bens/St. Johns. I love different sessions for different reasons. This one was so much fun for me because of WHO I was capturing (love capturing family!), being at Minnehaha Falls and the beauty that surrounded us, the fun we had doing different and crazy things, the fact that I hadn’t had a session in a while, the list could go on.  It was just a really great afternoon and I loved seeing Terese & Jeff through my lens. They really are a fantastic couple together. I don’t know how many times Terese laughed during our session together. Most of them came from something Jeff did or said. They are so in love and just have a really good time together. I love seeing that. Seeing happy and loving couples is part of the reason I love my job so much. But when I have a personal interest, it is that much more fun for me. I am so excited to capture their wedding this Fall. It is going to be a gorgeous location – more to come!

Terese & Jeff, I am so glad this day is finally here! And your wedding is just around the corner! I have loved watching the 2 of you in your relationship and seeing you interact with each other. You have something very special and I am thrilled you found each other!  I am so honored to be doing this for you – and love both of you! Can’t wait for another wedding together with family!

{turn up your speakers and click the ‘play slideshow’ icon below. see below for additional photos}

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Almost 10 Weeks Old.

Our little Bennett is such a lovable guy. He is such a sweet baby and just a joy to be around. He and Logan just had their 2-month-old and 2-year-old check-ups, and yes, at the same time, and yes, Brian absolutely came with me! Here are their stats:

Bennett:
length/height – 23 1/2 inches (75%)
weight – 14 lbs 2 oz (97%) …we definitely have our little ‘chunky monkey’

Logan:
length/height – 36 1/4 inches (95%)
weight – 29 lbs (50%)

Bennett got 5 shots, Logan got one. Both handled them like tough guys – stickers helped with Logan, sleeping helped with Bennett. It was an experience! On the way there I had told Logan we were going to see the “Doc Doc” and he kept saying “frow rocks, see phishes, pontoon” and I realized he thought the DOCK at Grandpa & Grandma’s house. That was fun to have to explain to him 🙂

Here are some recent pictures I took of Bennett at 9 weeks. He truly is such a gift – as both of our boys are. He has a gentle spirit but I feel a strong one that we’ll start to recognize later in his life. He is very sweet and laid back so he doesn’t make too much noise except when he has the obvious – hungry, tired, or wet. We’ve kind of decided that Logan took after me and Bennett takes after Brian. The best of both worlds for us. Lately, when we ask Logan who his best friend is, he says “Baby Binit” and we pray this for them in the coming years.

Tomorrow night Bri and I are celebrating our 4 years of marriage together – so excited for a date night!

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Happy Anniversary to my Darling Husband!

Four years ago today I was getting married. I love, love remembering that day! It was hot but beautiful and I loved every second of it. I married an incredible man. Someone that I love more now than I ever have. Someone that reminds me that life doesn’t need to be so complicated and to enjoy the little quiet moments we have together as a family. Bri, I love you so much. Thanks for all you have done for our family and will continue to do so. When we met at 19, I didn’t know that by 28 I’d be married to YOU and share two beautiful little boys with you. Blessed doesn’t even come close to how I feel about our life – and sharing everything with you.

I love you. Happy Anniversary!

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