Hi. I’m Jaye.
My camera is my freeze ray gun. I use it for good.
Cute outfits and perfect smiles are not my primary targets. If those happen to happen, then sure — I’ll get ‘em. But what I’m really aiming at is the REAL stuff. Your story right now. The way her eyes squeeze shut when she’s laughing. The way he gazes adoringly at you when you hold him on your hip. The way she streaks through the house in her diaper when you’re trying to get her dressed. The relationship between the oldest and the youngest. How little brother idolizes his big sis. And you — the hugs and the tickles you give them, the love in your eyes when you play with them. It’s all beautiful, and I want you to slow down and enjoy it — and to remember. I also want to give you something you can show them years from now — so their future selves can see with their own (future) eyes how much you loved them, and what that looked like.
I’ve wielded my magical weapon for a long time now. When I started having my own kids, taking pictures became a way for me to freeze and keep those little moments that made up the long days of being a mother to babies and toddlers. Over time, I have come to realize that most of the memories that I have from the fog of those early years are anchored in my mind by photographs that I took. Trust me when I tell you that as much as you think you’ll remember every detail of these crazy years, the memories will fade. My kids are now 15, 14, 11 and 7, and there’s no way I could hold onto these moments with them without the help of my trusty freeze ray gun. And I really want to hang onto them. I appreciate how beautiful these moments are — more beautiful than anything I can buy in a store. My freeze ray gun (and the books I make) allow me to hold onto them — to enjoy and share. That’s not all though — photography isn’t only about archiving moments for me. Taking pictures has helped me see the beauty in my own life, even when I’m not taking pictures. Pretty great, right?
I’ve been doing this family lifestyle photography thing for other people as The Life in Your Year Photography since 2010. I’ve gotta say, it’s awesome — truly the best job ever. I love what I do, and I have lots of fun with my clients. I think that shines through my images, and I assume it’s one of the main reasons why my clients have me back year after year.
My work has racked up some pretty exciting recognition over the years, too. Most recently, I took home First Place and Recognition of Merit Awards in the July 2014 NAPCP International Image Competition. Wee Westchester featured me as one of Westchester’s Best Family Photographers. Hulafrog Mamaroneck/White Plains named me the Most Loved Family Photographer for 2014. My images have been featured in The M4H Weekly Project (HERE and HERE), In Beauty and Chaos, Yip Yap Girl, Light Inspired, The Fort Magazine, I Heart Faces, MCP Actions Project 52 and Where Women Cook.
You can find me on Facebook, where I keep you up to date on the LYYP news, on Instagram, where I mostly share my personal snaps, and on Pinterest, where I’m sharing my most recent personal project, pairing words and pictures.
Here’s a picture of me with some of my favorite muses.
Now, enough about me — click over here to see what my clients think about me! (Har, har).
“And in the end, it is not the years in your life that matter. It’s the life in your years.”