emma…class of 2015

August 31, 2014

Lovely Emma. Downtown Birmingham. Super awesome at soccer and super awesome at being in front of my camera.

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musings

August 27, 2014

We cannot become what we want by remaining who we are. – Max Depree

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leo and whitney

August 25, 2014

Beautiful lovers in downtown Seattle…

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the british us

August 19, 2014

Over the next year, rather than hop hotels, we decided to rent a home in each country we visit. Because, let’s be real, we’re a big family and we don’t really fit in a hotel. Plus, we wanted a HOME, with rooms, and a kitchen, and all of that good stuff that homes have. The homes we have chosen to live in are as important to us as the new foods we will try, the sights we will see, and the experiences we will have. We may be nomads (of a sort) for the next year, but each home will be OUR home and we want to remember each and every one. To make that happen, we decided to photograph our family in each of the homes we rent…kind of a little peek into our daily life. Of course these images don’t show any bickering, dirty dishes, or little ones running around in their roos, because we all know that never happens around our house…ahem.

We (we being mostly me) are completely obsessed with the restored chapel we chose for our stay in England. This home (as were the other homes we’ll be staying in) was found on airbnb.com…our new best travel friend.

Smiths. Wellingore, England. July 2014-August 2014.

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downtown family

August 18, 2014

In our mad rush from workshop to packing to goodbyes to finally getting to England, I have barely even mentioned our Salt Lake City workshop. It was so fun coming to our home state and teaching and meeting so many cool people. A few favorites from the gorgeous family who modeled at the workshop…

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australia workshop

August 12, 2014

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What? A lifestyle photography workshop for awesome people

Where? Brisbane, Australia

Location? Exact location to be announced, but somewhere super wonderful

When? February 6-7, 2014

Time? Hang out and image/portfolio review on the 6th from 6 to 9 pm, and workshop on the 7th from 9 am to 7 pm

What will I learn? Creativity and style, adding a lifestyle look to your photography, equipment, choosing and using your location, natural light, artificial light, working with your subjects, workflow, post processing, business, and time management. There will also be a live shoot where I will be demonstrating how I shoot, work with subjects, and use light and location. I will be sending a questionnaire to all attendees so I can cater the content of the workshop around the wants and needs of the attendees.

Price? The price is $850 per person with a minimum of 8 attendees required, and a maximum of 15. If you refer a friend, then you will receive $100 off your registration price.

I’m ready to sign up! How do I register? Simply email me at jean@jeansmithphotography.com and we’ll be hanging in Brisbane together soon :)

madison…class of 2015

August 10, 2014

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I’m in love with so many things about this engagement shoot. First, we were lucky enough to have our lives line up so that we could shoot this session while we were all in England. They were here for business for a few days during the same six weeks we were living in England, so we were thrilled we could schedule the session here. Two, all of these images were taken around and within a few blocks of our home, so you can get a peek of what our world looks like. And last, and most important, Andrew and Amanda were just so, so, so cool as I dragged them around my neighborhood. Super excited for their 2015 wedding!

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england

July 28, 2014

Hi friends. We have arrived in England, and we are settled, happy, and safe.

Wait, what? Huh? Why and when did you move to England, Jean?

I figured there would be several people who didn’t know our situation and we’ve had tons-o-questions on why we moved here.

So, here’s us in a nutshell… Travel has always been our passion. We knew we wanted to do a big adventure around the world once the kids were grown and out of the house. But one day it occurred to us…why wait? Our kids are the perfect age to travel and our jobs allow us to have flexible schedules and work at different locations. Our life might not have the same flexibility in two, five, ten years, so…we started dreaming of a year long family adventure.

Enter planning…and saving…and working extra hard for extra money…eating out much less (oh, good food is our other passion)…dreaming…and more planning…

We sold our house in 2013 and rented an apartment for eight months. Cars were sold, and a storage unit was filled in early summer 2014. On July 14, 2014, we left our beautiful country of America to head to our first destination, England. After England, we head to France, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Cambodia, China, and finally, New Zealand to end the year of travel.

We have so many gaps to fill in and questions to answer. How did we plan for this financially? What about the kids and school? How did we find housing? How are we traveling with FOUR kids? All of that will be coming soon, pinky promise. We are starting a travel blog this week or next that will include our videos and weekly blog posts. I will continue posting images of my work, as well as our adventures on this blog. Stay tuned for all of that crap.

For the time being, here’s a very quick look into the first almost ten days of our life in the land of brilliant accents, fish and chips, and amazing architecture.

We’ll get into home life and our quaint little village soon, but let’s skip straight to the road trip. We headed up to Scotland, stopping at castles and towns along the way. You might say I’m obsessed with European architecture, whether it is perfectly preserved or in ruins. Other places visited and not shown (simply because I haven’t gone through the photos yet)…York Minster, Durham Castle, Edinburgh, Lincoln Cathedral.

Dunstanburgh Castle. I know it just looks like ruins, but this entire experience was magical and was probably my favorite stop. It was a bit of a hike get to the ruins, but it was flat with golden fields with sheep on one side, and rocky cliffs down to the ocean on the other. Not to mention the perfect evening light. Kind of took my breath away. jeansmith65

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Resting. Because little five year old legs get tired A LOT.
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Little coastal town of Pittenweem in Scotland
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mountains

July 28, 2014

I have been shooting for eight years now and never once have I photographed in the mountains. I guess the fact that Michigan doesn’t have mountains attributes to that. But, my home state of Utah has mountains and they are amazing. I was thrilled when Idie + three asked to shoot their session atop a lovely mountain. Enjoy!

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