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Photography is an investment in your children and your family.  Beautiful portraits hung carefully throughout your home bring smiles, hope, and pride.  Portraits that are visible in homes have been proven to raise the self-esteem of children.  And let’s be honest, from frazzled-mom-to-frazzled-mom, walking by that beautiful gallery wrap of your child, showing a moment of pure blissful delight and laughter, helps remind us why we put our heart and soul into caring for our family, doesn’t it?  Seeing beautiful images of those you love on a daily basis creates a feeling of pride, peace and satisfaction that cannot be replaced by images on a computer or cell phone.  Below are some examples of the beautiful collections of portrait art I can provide for you.

If you want more  than a USB of digital photos, if you know  you’re too busy to get those digital files up on your walls, and if you’re like everyone else and need help figuring out what sizes will fit on your own walls, then I welcome you to come in for a complimentary consult so I can show you just how delightfully easy it is.  I’m a full-service photography studio – let me show you what you’ve been missing.

I look forward to meeting you!

Warmly,
Jenn Bates
Proudly serving the Naples & Fort Myers area.
Feel free to text or phone, 239-207-0003
Families – Seniors – Newborns – Beach

“You never truly own a family portrait, you merely hold onto it for your children and your children’s children.”

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In the Fall of 2005, a man broke into our home where me and my two young daughters lived.  Truth-be-told, he actually just opened our unlocked front door and walked in y’all, because we lived in a very “safe” and tiny rural town and I didn’t believe in locking anything.  (I do now!)  Thankfully we weren’t home at the time, especially since my kids were ‘latchkey’ kids.   I was a single mom at the time, we didn’t have much worth taking, but along with a few other things, the man managed to steal our video camera and pocket-sized camera that had been gifted to me by my parents.

The silver lining to that story is that when I received my insurance check, the tiniest of ideas spouted up.  I considered taking some of that money and putting it towards a larger digital camera.  I don’t remember if I had “photography business” in my subconscious at that point, but I had a passion for photography.  At the time, I worked ridiculous hours at a corporate job that I dreaded.  So after several days of research, I pulled the trigger on my first Canon DSLR.  I can’t even tell you how excited I was when it arrived on my doorstep!  I still remember unboxing it with great care.  I began a ritual of climbing into bed at night with the instruction manual and would pour over it, taking notes and dog-earing pages.  It took me a good year of practice paired with tons of reading and lessons before I could take a half-way decent picture on ‘manual’ mode.   I would practice on my own kids, bribing them to sit still with candy then eventually money.   Finally in 2007, when I began taking on paying clients, I realized I needed to know more about running a profitable business so I threw myself into my education and embraced my official title as a “photographer”.  That was also the year Neil and I got married!

After 6 years of working both my corporate job and “doing photography on the side”, in 2012 I said good-bye to corporate America and hello to being a solo-preneur and full-time photographer.  I think most people think being a photographer is snapping pretty pictures, and it is!  But that’s only about 10% of it.  The rest of the time, I sit in front of a desk editing photos, or in a room full of other professionals at a networking event, or on a couch with clients helping them select the best wall portrait for their family room, or with my accountant getting tax advice, or on the phone with a prospective client asking about my favorite Naples beach to shoot at, or on Instagram posting about my latest shoot, or on hold with my backup storage company while they help me migrate my data to their new server, or in my design software creating the perfect album for the sweetest high school senior, or online updating my website, or watching the latest educational video to constantly be at the top of my game.  It’s a never-ending To-do list that I could work 80+ hours a week on.   I think back on how I got my start, and how God-awful my photography was those first few years, and I can’t help but feel joy in all the little risks I took along the way and all the pep talks my husband and daughters gave me, an endless supply of encouragement.   Being a business owner is not for the weak-spirited.  Sometimes you have to pull yourself through the day, month, or year, sometimes you have to learn stuff that you have no desire whatsoever to learn, and then squeeze in time to vacuum and clean toilets and feed the dogs, because you also work from home.

But here it is… This is a glimpse into why I do what I do.  Picture this… A new client comes in for her consult, she’s 14 years old, no makeup, hair pulled back into a ponytail and her mom is with her.  We’ll call her Casey.  Casey is quiet and nervous, I can tell.  We chat about where her and mom would like her photoshoot to take place at.  Mom and Casey both laugh about her latest school photos, which Casey refers to as hideous. Fast forward to her photoshoot.  We’re at the beach, and I raise my camera up and I see Casey’s body language is all closed down.  She’s not quite ready for me to photograph her yet but she doesn’t know that.  I keep chit-chatting from behind my camera, and I can see her listening to my direction as I snap away.  I know from experience that if I stop talking, she’s going to think about how self-conscious she feels, so I keep chatting away while I coach her to “pull your elbow back”, “tip towards me”, “good job, Casey, that’s perfect!”  Click-click-click.  I can see her start to relax and enjoy herself and that’s when I capture my first honest  photo of her.  She’s not smiling, she’s not even looking at the camera, but her look is authentic and real, and it took my breathe away.  I step forward and show her the back of my camera and I hear a sharp inhale, along with “Oh my gosh Jenn!” and she looks at me with excited wide eyes.  I know she’s ready now.  I bring my camera back up and I see an entirely different girl through my viewfinder – one who is letting herself enjoy her experience in front of my lens, one who is about 100% more confident than she was 60 seconds ago.  SHE finally saw the beautiful girl I saw when I first met her.  SHE saw the girl her mom sees every morning when she steps out of bed.

Even though I’m using a young teen as my example, almost all of my clients are “Casey’s”.  I watch this exact transformation with nearly every client who graces my lens.  And THAT why I love doing what I do so.darn.much.

So today, as I reflect back on the past 11 years of my journey as a professional photographer, I celebrate the JOY of taking risks and stepping out of comfort zones, and the JOY of pursuing my dream.  It hasn’t been all ‘joyful’ but when I experience moments with Casey, and all of my other clients; when I take my client’s breath away because they see their own beauty, THAT is worth celebrating, and that is enough.

I welcome you to come in for your very own consultation and look forward to taking your  breath away!   CLICK HERE to reach out to me through my contact page and let’s chat!

Warmly,
Jenn
Photographer Naples & Fort Myers Florida
Cell/text 239-207-0003
jenn@jenniferbatesphoto.com
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I had this gorgeous high school senior in tonight for her Ordering appointment.  Toni-Leigh was my first official senior photoshoot in Florida, since our recent move.   I knew I was going to enjoy working with Toni-Leigh and her family when our 45 minute consult, that we had scheduled several weeks back, stretched well over 2 hours as we talked on and on, mapping out the perfect senior shoot for her.  During her photoshoot, I had both Mom and Dad assisting me, which was especially helpful since I’m still a little unfamiliar with parts of Fort Myers.

We started Toni-Leigh’s shoot hitting a few downtown Fort Myers locations, then visited her favorite ice cream shop on our way to Sanibel Island, where we finished up her senior pictures.  That was my first visit to Sanibel Island, I’m completely smitten!!   I love it when my clients choose locations that are meaningful to them, and every location we hit during Toni-Leigh’s shoot was well thought out – and gorgeousAnd  her choice of outfits perfectly suited each location. Toni-Leigh has such a genuine and easy smile, and was so easy and fun to work with.

It was such a joy working with this beautiful and kind-hearted young woman – it will be my pleasure to watch her finish up her senior year and see where she goes from here!

xo
Jenn
Proudly serving Naples & Fort Myers Florida
Cell/text 239-207-0003
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Are you relying on school pictures to capture this stage of your daughter’s life?  Some people think of tweens and teens as an awkward stage, but I completely disagree.  Let’s get your daughter in front of my lens and let me show her how uniquely beautiful she is!

I specialize in FUN, creative photoshoots for tweens & teens.  Shoot me an email, jenn@jenniferbatesphoto.com, or text, 239-207-0003 to inquire about booking your own photoshoot!

Proudly serving Naples, Florida, Fort Myers, Florida, and surrounding areas, including Estero, Bonita Springs, North Naples, and Marco Island.

I look forward to infusing YOUR daughter with confidence! She will LOVE her photoshoot!

xo
Jenn
Cell/text 239-207-0003

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Check out more gorgeous photos by vising my website: Jennifer Bates Photography!

Ready to schedule your senior pictures? Let’s go!

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I’m so excited to share this beauty’s senior pictures!!!  I’ve had the pleasure of getting this girl in front of my camera several times this year for our awesome Elite Model Team shoots, but she first graced my lens early last year for a fun Mother-Daughter shoot in my studio.

I love how versatile this positive & lovable young woman is, both as an athlete and a musician.  (And I personally think she should add Modeling to her future resume!)  It’s been awesome not only working with her, but to see her shine, confidently, in pictures.  I think one of my first questions to her was, “Do you have colored contacts in??” (She did not, her eyes are really that piercingly blue!)

We photographed Celeste’s senior pictures in one of my most favorite ‘country’ locations.  Her family decided to purchase my ‘digital image file’ USB option, which always thrills me when clients get to walk away with a complete digital archive of this memorable and huge milestone.   Using my preferred lab, they’ll be able to make print enlargements with the same quality as what I product.  They’ll also be able to order gallery wrapped canvases, and make a beautiful keepsake album and order their own custom grad cards too!

Enjoy!
xo
Jenn
Proudly serving Naples & Fort Myers Florida

 

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