Newborn Baby Workshop in Atlanta

As a passionate photography educator (on CreativeLive, in her online school Jewel Education, and in person all over the world), Julia teaches photographers how to elevate their photography skills and business strategy. Photographers love her for her no-nonsence, authentic personality and approach to business. Parents love her for her kind, baby-whisperer effect on newborn babies. So more often than not, these teaching experiences  involve a fun group of eager photographers and a ton of incredibly sweet newborn babies. What a lucky girl! (Enter the quote we hear so often around the studio “My job does not suck.”)

While in Atlanta for Imaging USA, Julia taught a small group of photographers the art of newborn photography and little baby Grayson was the beautiful model on this day. The studio? Blume Babies in Watkinsville, Georgia. Through a somewhat serendipitous FaceTime call, Blume Babies studio owner Eileen Blume agreed to be the host studio for the workshop and we couldn’t have been happier. A 1400-square-foot space full of reclaimed wood, white brick and exposed concrete. A Restoration Hardware lover’s dream!

Eileen wrote a great recap of the day from a student’s perspective and so we thought we’d share some of the behind-the-scenes and also final images of baby Grayson.

So please meet Grayson. She’s a Georgia peach if there ever was one!

Newborn baby photo Jewel Images Julia Kelleher Bend, Oregon
Newborn baby photo Jewel Images Julia Kelleher Bend, Oregon
Newborn baby photo Jewel Images Julia Kelleher Bend, Oregon
Newborn baby photo Jewel Images Julia Kelleher Bend, Oregon
Newborn baby photo Jewel Images Julia Kelleher Bend, Oregon
Newborn baby photo Jewel Images Julia Kelleher Bend, Oregon
Newborn baby photo Jewel Images Julia Kelleher Bend, Oregon





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Baby Branson and Big Sister

Have we told you how much we love baby number two? Don’t get us wrong, the first baby is so incredibly special in every way and we adore watching families welcome their first newborn baby. But there is something so sweet for us as photographers to have the opportunity to meet a family’s second baby. Maybe it’s us being selfish, not wanting to have to say goodbye to the family that we fell in love with the first time around, or maybe it’s because one of the most amazing things in the world is recognizing how different, beautiful and wonderful two siblings can be. Whatever the reason, when news of baby Branson’s arrival hit the studio, we were thrilled to know that we’d be seeing this sweet family of four once again!

Today, to celebrate Branson’s arrival and his big sister Taylin, we’d like to take the opportunity to share why we think siblings are so special (just a few of the reasons anyway):

  1. You have a built-in role model to look to and trust during life’s most difficult challenges.
  2. Laughter! There’s nothing like two times the laughter when dad tells a funny joke.
  3. Your sibling is usually the first one to tell you the god’s honest truth. And that’s a good thing.
  4. Hand-me-downs! Whether it’s toys or clothing, you might complain a bit, but deep down inside, it’s nice to have twice as many options.
  5. Once you’ve met your sibling, you can’t imagine life without them.


We wish baby Branson and big sister Taylin many years of happiness, support and laughter! And we hope mom and dad have a ton of fun helping them both learn, grow and love.

Why do you think siblings are so special? Share with us in the comments! We’d love to hear from you.


Newborn baby Jewel Images Julia Kelleher Bend, Oregon
Newborn baby Jewel Images Julia Kelleher Bend, Oregon
Newborn baby Jewel Images Julia Kelleher Bend, Oregon
Newborn baby Jewel Images Julia Kelleher Bend, Oregon
Newborn baby Jewel Images Julia Kelleher Bend, Oregon
Newborn baby Jewel Images Julia Kelleher Bend, Oregon
Newborn baby Jewel Images Julia Kelleher Bend, Oregon






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10 Inspiring New Year’s Quotes for New Parents

Since ancient Greece, the baby has been the optimistic symbol of ushering in the New Year. We are lucky enough to meet this symbol of rebirth and renewal so often here at Jewel Images. The newborn babies we photograph are a constant reminder to us of how every day is a brand new chance — a fresh, clean start — to learn, grow and love.

We can’t imagine a better way to celebrate the passing of 2015 and the “birth” of 2016 than with a collection of some of our beautiful baby photography from this last year at Jewel Images in Bend, Oregon. We’re sharing a very special video over on our Facebook page to celebrate 2015 and welcome 2016, we hope you’ll take a peek!

10 Inspiring Quotes for New Parents | Newborn Baby Jewel Images Bend Oregon Julia Kelleher


We’re also sharing some of our favorite parenting quotes as a reminder to us all about what truly matters — in the life of a child and in the evolution of the parent. Because even though parenting is the most difficult challenge we face as human beings, it is absolutely the most important and rewarding and, in the end, it’s all about the love you share. Because that special place in your heart you never knew you had is forever changed with the birth of a child. Enjoy and Happy New Year to all!


10 Inspiring Quotes for New Parents


“Babies are such a nice way to start people.” -Don Herrold

“One thing I had learned from watching chimpanzees with their infants is that having a child should be fun.” -Jane Goodall

“The soul is healed by being with children.” -Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them.” P.J. O’Rourke

“We’re always bluffing, pretending we know best, when most of the time we’re just praying we won’t screw up too badly.” -Jodi Picoult

“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” -Benjamin Spock

“There is no such thing as a perfect parent, just a real one.” -Sue Atkins

“The way we talk to children becomes their inner voice.” -Peggy O’Mara

“Remember, you are not raising an inconvenience; you are raising a human being.” -Kittie Frantz

“There are really places in your heart that you don’t know exist until you love a child.” -Ann Lamott

Do you have a favorite parenting quote? Share it with us in the comments!



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Holiday Cards: 9 Tips & Tricks

The holidays. It’s one of our favorite times of the year! We’re busy prepping our “Restoration Hardware” style Christmas family mini sessions happening this Saturday, November 21 in our studio in Bend, Oregon. We’re featuring milk and cookies, holiday pajamas, and tons of joy! Just a few slots remain and today (Nov. 18) is the last day to book! We’re so excited.


We love to send out holiday cards. The entire studio gets so giddy about our photos and designs! Here are a few of our favorite tips to make this holiday tradition meaningful and memorable. It’s one of our favorite ways to print and share family photography and for us, it will never go out of style!

Here’s how to make your holiday cards extra special:

1. Think of them as a gift to your loved ones
No matter how electronic our society becomes, there is nothing quite like venturing out to the mailbox on a cold December afternoon and collecting handwritten holiday wishes from friends near and far. There’s something so comforting and lovely about opening those paper envelopes (maybe with a cup of hot cocoa in-hand) and seeing that once-a-year greeting. When you use professional family photography to create a custom card showcasing the love you share as a family, it suddenly turns a simple card into a beautiful gift. Add custome photo cards to your gift-getting list, the joyful feeling your recipients get will last so much longer than the holiday season!

2. Organize your address list
Don’t order cards until your address list is in order. An excel spreadsheet works perfectly for this. Keep your database up-to-date and addressing your envelopes will be a breeze! You’ll also be sure to order enough cards the first time, so you’re not stuck at the last minute without a card for your favorite aunt.

3. Purchase fun stamps, pens, ribbon
So these cards are little gifts for your loved ones, right? Make them look super special! Grab some metallic pens (gold or silver are our favorites) from your local craft store to use on your notes and envelopes. Make sure the color and texture fit in with the overall design of your card and use your prettiest handwriting. There are so many great ones to choose from, metallic Sharpies work great and are quick drying so you don’t get smudges! Try incorporating a little burlap ribbon or even a tasteful sprig of pine to take your card one step further. Also, holiday postage stamps are important! Make the extra effort to purchase the design that matches your card.

Holiday Cards 9 Tips & Tricks

4. Make sure your photos look festive
In our opinion custom holiday cards using professional photography is the only way to go. There’s nothing family and friends love more than seeing your bright and shining faces arrive in their mailbox this time of year. Hire a photographer you love to capture your family at its very best. Many offer mini sessions at an affordable rate during the holidays. And just think! The images are a gift to you too, to enjoy for many years to come!

Holiday Cards Tips and Tricks


5. Include a list of Highlights from your family’s year
Work a list of highlights into the design of your card. This could be on the back of your card or even on a separate piece of cardstock you include in the envelope. People love hearing about your year and what everyone has been up to. This is a fun way to make your card festive and unique! Include family vacations, kids’ milestones, favorite books and movies of the year, even a recipe that the entire family enjoyed cooking together!

Holiday Cards Tips and Tricks


6. Write a thoughtful handwritten note, even if it’s quick
Handwritten notes mean so much! Even it it’s just “Wishing you the best. Love, Mike, Allison and John.” Your signature means you spent extra time thinking about the recipient, instead of simply stuffing a card into an envelope and sending it off.

7. Encourage the whole family to get involved
Have a holiday card night around the kitchen table. Enlist the entire family to help sign, stuff, address and stamp the cards. You’ll get the help you need completing the sometimes daunting task, and you’ll encourage meaningful conversations about old friends and family and the importance of staying in touch with those you love and hold dear.

8. Order extra and every year, put one in a frame and add to your holiday decorating collection
Okay, so your holiday cards turned out so incredibly cute, don’t forget that you’ll need a few as keepsakes for yourself! Buy a sweet frame to hold yours as a memento and Christmas decoration. Next year, add to the collection and keep them on the mantle or switch out one of your wall photo displays for a perfectly seasonal photo story of your family.

9. Mail on time!
This one’s key. After all that hard work designing and prepping, you want your cards to arrive on time. For expected delivery by December 24, the United States Postal Service deadline for Standard Post Service is December 15 and First-Class Mail Service is December 19. So get working!

Most importantly? Have fun and don’t get stressed. What are your holiday card traditions? How do you make them special? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!



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  • November 19, 2015 - 1:51 pm

    Ashley Short - Great tips! I love your holiday cards this year. I hope it goes well for you!

  • November 19, 2015 - 2:22 pm

    Julia - Thank you Ashley! What are you doing for holiday cards this year?

  • November 20, 2015 - 12:51 am

    Zita Makkos - such cute card the back info , thanks for sharing them…hope it all goes well for you and your clients!
    Happy holidays!