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About jMaltbie Photography

And...off we go.

Welcome to the adventures of jMaltbie Photography. You have arrived at the weblog. My name is Jayne and I will be your guide today. Please fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride.

Party On

May 2nd, 2010

April 18th started as a temperate Sunday morning, with dark skies looming overhead. This was the day we would have our mini-sessions at the park–our (Portrait) Party For Layla.

Layla Grace Marsh was a sweet 2 year old girl that lost her battle with cancer in April 2010. Her story captured the hearts of people across the country.

How would we honor her memory? The plan was simple; ten boutique photographers across Houston provide affordable mini-sessions for children with 100% of session fee proceeds going towards the Layla Grace Childhood Cancer Research Foundation. Participants give a session fee “donation,” and receive a 20 minute photography session and an 8×10 print. Getting back while giving back–easy, right?

Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans. Rain started pouring down by noon that day and only a few photographers were able to shoot before the deluge. Luckily I was one of them, photographing almost all of the children on the schedule. And what little beauties they were! We had so much fun being silly and chasing each other around. Even the Channel 2 News crew came out to do a story on the event (gasp! I was so nervous!).

For those who were not able to be photographed, the rain-out date had been set for the following Sunday.  It was a perfect day for Houston area photographers to shoot children in locations all over the city.  Thanks in part to our excellent media coverage, the event was a huge success!  Sadly I was not able to participate then.

But don’t worry, I’m hosting another date on Sunday, May 23rd. Yay! I’m am almost completely booked, so if you’d like to take part in an awesome opportunity to raise money for childhood cancer research, please click the banner below to get redirected to PartyforLayla.com to book your spot. Currently, there are no plans to make this a monthly event, but if we’re lucky, it might be a yearly thing. We’ll just have to see. So sign up and support the cause. Let’s party on!

(Psst, If you’re on Facebook and “like” the photos, tag yourself! You know you want to.)

A Penny For Your Thoughts

April 19th, 2010

Why am I so lucky?  I consistently get the most beautiful families and children to work with.  I love my job!  This lucky little Penny was photographed at two and a half weeks old along with big sister Lucy, who is a future aspiring photographer herself.  Lucy is such a charmer.  It’s no doubt that Penny will be the same way.  I’m so excited I get to watch them grow!

Which Craft?

April 12th, 2010

I wish I had more time to do crafty things.  People think that since I’m a photographer, I must be artistic or creative, but really, no.  Not that much.  At least I don’t think I am. 

Sad but true facts about yours truly:  One, I have been knitting the same red scarf for the past six years.  You heard right.  Unfortunately, it’s the same single knit stitch.  Two, I am a lover of all things Etsy.  I will share those things with you in a few.  And three, I wish I was a quilter. 

I mean, who can resist this? I know its just the fabric, but how cute is that for a little boy? Like I totally need to take up another hobby. Sure.

Etsy Saves the Day
Ah, Etsy.  Yet another collection of things you don’t really need, but really want anyhow.  Ok, so I have a few Etsy sites I love and I am constantly looking for more. If you have any that I must see, please, please share your favorites in the comment box below. It can be anything Etsy; I’m not picky.

A few of my faves (photos courtesy of Etsy):
Mama May I: Sweet and colorful toys and blankets to stimulate baby’s senses.

 

Njia Studios/SoulyYours: Rustic, handmade fine silver pieces.  Eco-friendly and modern.

 

Lil Boo and Co: Creatively shaped crayons, adorable monogrammed cupcake toppers and more. 

I have more…much more.  But not today.  Saving it for another day of Etsy adventures.

Be a Part of Something Big

April 6th, 2010

There was once a little girl named Layla Grace.  She lost her battle with stage 4 Neuroblastoma cancer at age two last month.  Her presence here on earth was short, but her legacy will endure.  And I know she will help start a change.

Have you ever wished you had the power to do something that could make a change?  I am a huge advocate for causes, mainly children’s causes–specifically, children’s cancer.   So it is an honor for me to be part of something big.  And you can help too.  Give back while getting back and join us in a Party for Layla this Sunday, April 18th. 

Backstory
Being an avid Facebook junkie, I followed a blog link that my friend Christie Lacy posted on her page.  What I read really hit home with me.  I heard my own personal emotions and struggles with childhood cancer echoed in the voice of a mother watching her baby die.  I prayed for her, and thought about her family often. 

On the morning I opened Christie’s email about Party for Layla, I was overwhelmed.  I knew God had a hand in this and we were just a small part of the big picture.  Christie’s email detailed a wonderful opportunity for a community to honor Layla Grace while getting some portraits back in return.  A portrait party with 100% of the proceeds going towards the Marsh family and their cancer research foundation to fight Neuroblastoma.  Click on the blog banner above to find out more.   

It is so important to cherish every moment with your children and family.  Its also especially important to capture that time with photographs. 

Now if only the weather would stay nice…

Here Comes the Sun

April 3rd, 2010

The best part of my job is that I get to watch families grow.  This is pretty little Payton at six months old.  Another one of my baby plan babies and the heart of this cute little family. We decided to venture outdoors in the beautiful weather and take advantage of the setting sun. I love lens flare.

Retro Audrey

April 1st, 2010

Part of my new blog commitment will be to do what I like to call “retro-blog.”  Essentially digging into my old image files and posting things that the general public has never seen before.  That is a ton of stuff, seeing to how I was such a terrible blogger.  I have about two years worth of unblogged images so there will be plenty of “new” content here.  New to you, at least. 

Who doesn’t like a trip down Memory Lane?  If you do happen to spy some images from your old sessions, shoot me an email.  Let me know you’ve seen your old stuff on the blog, and I will set you up with a brand new, complimentary 2010 session!  They’re called “Memory Lane Sessions.”  This promotion applies only to sessions shot prior to 2010.  Posts must be tagged with “retro-blog” to qualify (see bottom of the post); one complimentary session per family, please.  

Let the trip down Memory Lane begin! 

First up, baby Audrey.  This was quite some time ago.  She’s grown so much!  Hope I get to capture her again soon.  Oh, and guess what?  She’s a blonde now, but still so beautiful.

Love the little swirl in her head below. 

I’m a Poster, Child

March 21st, 2010

Get it?  Poster, child?  Blog post? Poster child?  Yeah. Ok.  For what?  Me: for being the worst blogger on earth.   Oh, yeah.  But don’t mind me.  I’m just blogging now.

This is little Ava.  She is the poster child for cuteness.  I think I want to steal her and keep her for my own.  I’ve always wanted a blue-eyed baby.  Here she is in all her cute, chunky glory at six months old.  She’s one of my “baby plan” babies, so you will be seeing a lot more of her.  Yay!  You can’t wait either can you?

Blogdiggity!

March 20th, 2010

Welcome to my new blog!  Yippee!

Can’t believe I’ve made it this far and I’m actually managing to make a new blog!  Unbelievable!  I hope you enjoy what you see.  Like I said, it’s still a work in progress, so don’t be surprised if at your next visit, everything is different.

Everything prior to this post has been imported from the old blog.  So just for kicks, you can scroll down and see what jMaltbie Photography was like two years ago.

Bye, Bye Blogspot!

March 19th, 2010

I have finally moved my blog over to a WordPress blog. Hooray! Bigger, prettier photos, and a promise of more of me…blogging. Sure–I know.

If you subscribe to feeds (yeah, like anyone does) please make sure you change it up and subscribe to http://www.jaynemaltbie.com/blog. You won’t be sorry! The new blog is still a work in progress, as is everything in my life, so expect to see it change every now and then. I like to mix it up a bit.

My next trick is to retro-blog all of the shoots I’ve done since July 2008. If you are bold enough, become a fan on Facebook and take a peak before I get to blogging it.

Coming Clean

March 17th, 2010

Hello 2010
In case there are actually people out there that follow this blog, a few things:

1. There is a new blog in the works, so stay tuned.

2. I’m down, but I’m not out.

3. Two years ago in June, I stopped writing in this blog. That day changed everything. My oldest daughter, then 3 1/2 years old, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The road has been a long one, and I am now a different person to say the least.

Her name is Emma and she’s the light of my life. Since then, she has been through two brain surgeries, countless therapies, and six weeks of radiation. She is a cancer survivor…at age five. She is my inspiration.

What I have learned from her, I share with others. Emma has taught me strength and thoughtfulness, and has shown me God’s grace. I have learned that life cannot be taken for granted. Not a single day.

I put my photography business away for a while, fulfilling only a very few previously booked commitments for the remainder of 2008. I contemplated closing up shop and only taking photos for my personal use for the next year. But in January 2009, I was contacted by a family with a 2 year old boy who was going into battle with leukemia. They asked me to photograph their little boy before he underwent treatment, as their cancer journey would be a long one too.

I think that was a sign of what I was supposed to do; to continue documenting families in their everyday lives. To not stop, but to go on. Bigger and better, wearing your courage, and showing your strength. I now go into shoots with more heart than I had before. Taking nothing for granted. Not a single day in their lives, because you just never know.

Late last year, as Emma was recovering from her second tumor resection, I delivered my third child, a son named Joshua. Our family is doing very well. Here is Emma’s story if you are so inclined.

All About Amy
When I saw a blog post about photographer Amy Wenzel‘s workshop giveaway at I Heart Faces, it made me sad. I realized that I had been slacking for too long. Not giving people an explanation of what had happened in my previous post.

You see, the irony is I have been a HUGE Amy Wenzel fan for years, reading her blog, being inspired by her work. So when her husband David was diagnosed with brain cancer last year, I was surprised to learn that she didn’t hide. Not like me. She took the Lord’s hand and He gave her the strength to continue. Now that’s inspiring.

This made me realize that though I had made my cancer journey public, it wasn’t exactly “public” in my work life. But now it is. Amy Wenzel has made me come clean. Thanks for that. Will I be a chosen for her workshop? I doubt it. One thing is for sure though, I have gotten it off my chest. Like it or not, I won’t hide anymore.

That said, look who’s back. :)

 

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