Our very own family photo session | 2019

Welcome to our family, where we embrace imperfections, love evening light, can’t get enough of fall weather, cherish our old apple tree, and adore our baby girl.

Today, I just wanted to give you all a glimpse of our own family session and the beautiful chaos behind this adorable, seemingly calm, September evening on the farm.

First things first, I LOVE this image of my family and it will for sure be one that I print to hang in our home. I’ve already made it my profile photo on Facebook and smile every single time I look at it.

I love that we’re all smiling and looking at the camera, even if that only happened for a handful of photos. What can I say, we have a strong-willed, super silly, three-year-old! I also love: that we took this on our land under Emmajean’s favorite tree, that I listened to that little voice in my head of my mom-in-law telling me to put on lipstick (even though I NEVER wear lipstick), that I took five minutes to curl my hair (even though I burned my finger in the process), that I took one minute to take my chipped nail polish off, and that we somehow managed to pick out color-coordinated outfits in the last minute scramble. I can’t wait to print this image for our living room.

What you can’t see from that first image though, is the wonderful rambunctious nature of our spirit-filled, redheaded-superhero princess warrior, or that we have a charming gorgeous tri-color collie. (That’s why I include so many images to choose from in my client galleries.) While I LOVE the first perfectly posed, perfectly lit image above, I also adore so many of the other posed images, along with all of the silly fun candid images in between.

The next group of images show a few more poses, a little more spunk, and so many sweet moments.

Taking family photos takes patience… and sometimes the promise of a reward at the end! Emmajean definitely earned a lollipop for her efforts. We opted to take our group shot without forcing our collie into the mix, but I was sure to get a photo with our handsome boy at the end. We took a break and played in the playhouse for a few minutes and enjoyed the chaos and natural beauty of the evening and our girl.

And, while that first image is the one I initially shared with the world, some of these last images are the ones that personally make my heart sing.

Watching her daddy help her with her boots, seeing her face light up for a Buddy snuggle, watching her dance over the yard, and reliving those sweet hugs where she ran and tackled me, melting into my arms, those are the things I never ever ever want to forget.

So, while I absolutely love that first posed image that captures our family so peacefully, I can’t get enough of these candid playful images that capture our family so perfectly.

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I know our little girl won’t remember this particular evening, or how tired I may have been, or that we had to promise her a lollipop to get her to smile for the camera. My hope is that when she looks back at these images in the years to come, she’ll feel that sun-kissed snuggle and a warmth in her heart, knowing how much her mom and dad loved her silly, sweet and spicy, beautiful three-year-old spirit.

Family Photo Tips

Don’t be afraid to mix it up with patterns and solids

Boots are always cute .. in my opinion! ;)

Ladies, put on your lipstick - even if you don’t typically

Avoid fabric that wrinkles

Watch out for lint on dark clothing

Embrace the chaos

Don’t stress, let the little ones play

Keep smiling!

Cheers♥

Jillian

If you’d like me to document this season of life for your family, find out more here and send me a message.

Commissioning Artwork - Where do you start?

Commissioning Artwork – Where do you start?

Over the years I’ve done my share of commissioned paintings and have had several questions about the process. So, I thought it appropriate to share some of my thoughts and tips when it comes to commissioning artwork. Enjoy!

Artist Selection

Selecting an artist whose artwork speaks to you is my number one recommendation. If you love the artist’s previous work you’ll be more confident and comfortable with your commission process. If you’re looking for a bold large abstract painting, you don’t seek out a pet portrait painter, and vice versa! After you’ve selected an artist that specializes in the style of work you’re hoping to receive, reach out to them about budget, size, colors, and time-frame. If it’s important to you, ask your artist if they will show you progress photos, and if they’re willing to take input.

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An abstract yet obvious imagery commission…

This commission was created for Crossing River Health and was done in my abstract style with obvious imagery. The client gave input along the way and we love how this cheerful 48 x 48 inch painting takes the viewer on a healing pathway.

Sketches. Input. Adjustments…. and success!
Thanks to Brian with Art Partners for being great to work with, and to Crossing Rivers Health for supporting local artists!

Questionnaire

When I take commissions there are a few things I let my client know and a few things I like to learn from them upfront.

To make it easy, I have a short list of questions that I like to ask you before we get started.

Since I specialize in creating abstract artwork, my first question is typically geared toward finding out what scale of abstraction you are interested in.  I also make sure you have viewed some of my previous artwork examples. I must know you like my style from the start, because that is something that is steadfast in all of my work. I ask about color palette, size, and budget. I also ask you to give me adjectives to describe what feeling you want from the painting.  Artwork can and should influence the mood and tone of your room. 

Having the answers to these primary questions before we begin is the key! 

Photos

It is also a bonus if you have reference photos to show me. These can include photos of paintings you especially like. Knowing whether it’s the color, bold marks, size, texture, etc., that stands out to you is helpful.  Photos of the space you envision hanging your painting can be especially helpful if you want guidance on deciding the appropriate size, or color. If you have paint swatches or fabric samples, I can reference those, too!

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Reference photos for an abstract escape…

This client sent a great package of reference photos and fabric swatches, when they hired me to create an abstract commission that would remind them of their adventures in Iceland. “Glacial Escape” was born.

Input and Completion

You can rest easy knowing that I will create your painting with the highest quality materials, that you will receive progress photos, and that I will take your input along the way.  I send progress photos once the color palette has been determined, at about 20 percent finished (to make sure we’re still on the same page), and then again at 75 to 80 percent complete. I value your input, and it’s encouraging to know we’re on the same page!  

The best feeling is seeing my artwork in its forever home and knowing the collaboration has made my clients truly happy….success!

Obviously, this is my own personal and professional opinion and what works for me; other artists may do things differently! :)

"We have a commissioned JWebb original painting in our home in Houston, Texas, and we couldn't be happier with it!  Jillian captured exactly the mood and atmosphere we wanted to evoke - an abstract renditioning of glacial landscapes and the winter "blue hour."  At first, commissioning a painting seemed strange -- how do you tell an artist what to paint? But Jillian was so easy to work with - she listened carefully to our description of colors and mood, consulting photos we had provided and checking in with us during the process.  The result - our "Glacial Escape" painting - is a treasure that we will enjoy for years to come."

--  LeAnn and Craig Watson

 

Ready to dive into a commission of your own?
Contact me to get started!

Jillian@JWebbArt.com