Jennifer Pearce

Hi there! My name is Jennifer and I am one of the newest members to MomTalk and JustKiddin'. I am a 40-year-old mother who works outside the home. I live with my husband of eleven years and our two young daughters. After being a stay-at-home-mother for six years, I re-entered the workforce when my husband was briefly unemployed. When he returned to work, I chose to keep working due to economics and the age of my daughters at the time. I now work as the advertising manager of a community newspaper and appreciate how working has gotten me much more involved in my community. However, I often miss the opportunity to spend more time with my daughters, or to volunteer more time with their school and activities. My older daughter is a 10-year-old fourth grader, and my younger daughter is a 6-year-old kindergartener. Their many activities and my husband’s complicated work schedule make scheduling our number one family challenge. He works a rotating shift in a retail store that includes many nights and weekends. We struggle to preserve our time together as a family and make the most of it, while still finding time to accomplish our individual goals and pursue our favorite interests. My interests include reading, writing and photography. I love taking family photos and completed a Project 365 in 2010, taking a photo a day for the year. It was a wonderful experience to document our life for a year and appreciate all the little pieces of it. I am currently working to put the 365 pictures into a scrapbook…if I can just find the time. I look forward to sharing our journey with you here on JustKiddin'!


Say Cheese!

This past weekend the girls and I got our pictures taken together as part of a belated Father’s Day present for their Dad once he returns from deployment.  It took a while for us all 4 to get ready but we did and were there on time and ready to go.  The photographer we used was a new one that I had found online and I was hopeful that we would get at least one or two really great shots.

Well the baby was kind of fussy but we managed to make it through however, using this photographer really made me think and truly believe that a lot of people think they are photographers simply because they own a nice camera and this just isn’t the case.  There is so much more to being a photographer, from knowing what locations work best for which clients to understanding lighting, how the camera works, posing, being able to work with children, editing, and the list goes on and on!

Don’t get me wrong, the lady who took our photos was really nice but I felt like I was doing all the work and I felt like she was just snapping a few shots and not worrying if all of us were looking and smiling, particularly the baby.  I could be wrong but, I am nervous about receiving the pictures because I am afraid we aren’t going to have very good many photos, if any, for our present.  Lesson learned, I will definitely stick with those photographers I am more familiar with and I am praying there is at least one good picture for us to use!

Have you ever had a similar experience with a photographer?

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