Everyday, I am humbled by the privilege of being a mom. And yet, in the daily cleaning cereal off the floor and regulating sibling arguments, it's so easy to lose sight of the joy of motherhood.
I first picked up a camera when my oldest was a baby because I just didn't want to forget all of his adorable little faces and Im so grateful that I did! Over time, I've realized that as I look at those pictures on our walls, they have served as a visual reminder that family is a gift, no matter how hard the day has been. It's so easy to get lost in the daily struggles of motherhood and lose sight of that. That is why the heart behind Be Thou My Vision Photography is to encourage thankfulness in my clients by providing beautiful portraits for their homes.
When I'm not taking pictures, you'll find me at home doing some of my favorite things: drinking coffee, homeschooling, making a spreadsheet (because how much fun is that!?!?), playing in creeks with my kids, eating ice cream with my husband, vacuuming (yyyaaassss), reading fiction, refilling my coffee cup, or mowing the grass.
elcome to this little glimpse of my life. My greatest joys come from my relationship with Jesus, my husband and our five children. My hands and heart are full.
A snapshot into my life
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I am a BIG believer in letting children learn and experience life through play. Watching their imaginations run wild, seeing what games they'll concoct, or what fabulous crafts they'll create is one of the highlights of my day! Giving my children the opportunity to experience childhood, in all it's wild and free glory, is one of my top priorities and joys.
play is the highest form of research
watching my kids play
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Call me crazy, but breakfast food is the hands down, the best! Eggs and sausage in the morning? Sure! Crepes with peanut butter and bananas for lunch? OK! Pancakes and bacon for dinner? Of course! Plus, if you eat breakfast all day, you get to drink coffee all day, so it's a win win! Am I right?
get in my belly!
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I know it's not for everyone, but our family has embraced the life of home education. One of the greatest parts about all of us being home is the sheer amount of time we get to spend together, for better or worse. Getting to pray with my children daily about the world around us, reading and discussing amazing stories from history, doing science projects and investing how our world works, and giving them the freedom to pursue their own interests is one of the greatest privileges of my life. Not every day is "good", but I'm incredibly grateful for the privilege to be their teacher.
studying the middle ages
teaching my kids
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Reading with a cup of coffee is how I would spend every day if I could. My favorite genre is historical fiction (WW2 in particular) but I can also get down with some young adult novels/series (Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Hunger Games). As a mom and teacher, I love watching my children learn about history from the pages of a story and seeing their imaginations ignite. Reading about Pa digging a well in Little House on the Prairie was the inspiration for a week long "well digging" adventure that turned into a big mud pit in my yard,
give me all the books
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Hands down, my favorite holiday is Easter. Nothing gets my heart more excited than taking the time to dwell on what it means... that because Jesus died on the cross to bear the punishment that I deserve and then rose, He conquered sin and death. I became a Christian at the age of 19 when I realized that I wanted to be forgiven for the things I had done wrong and trusted in Jesus. I now have true hope for eternal life, where "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Rev 21:4)
easter window art
Jenny is an incredible photographer. She is so gifted at capturing the moments and seamlessly guiding you through the whole session. She is also a beautiful human being and wonderful with kids.
family portrait session
Maretha & Johan
Absolutely AMAZING photographer!!! The pictures she took of our family are simply stunning. She was easy to work with, patient with my kids, fast and so professional. We are thrilled and will definitely be calling Jenny again!
Amanda & Danny
Jenny was absolutely great to work with. She is effortlessly laid back in her personality and ability to capture great shots while adapting to the vibe of the session. We love the photos she took of our young family and will definitely use her again for family photos. Highly recommend!
Kyle & Shannon
Jenny contacted me when my son was born about doing a newborn shoot in her brand new studio in downtown Harrisonburg! I was EXTREMELY pleased with her photos and the way she handled my son getting the best photos and not to mention her studio is beautiful!
studio newborn session
Olivia & Kohen
Our experience with Be Thou My Vision Photography was fabulous in every way! Jenny asked all the right questions to assure our pictures came out just the way we envisioned. She perfectly captured the personalities of my children and the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley in portraits my family will enjoy and cherish for years to come.
Sandy & Jonathan
Jenny is a fantastic photographer. She provides top quality photos with reasonable costs . She has photographed both of my girls numerous times for their senior photos and also did a family session. She is creative, pleasant to work with, and made us all feel comfortable. I highly recommend Jenny.
Stormi & Travis
Being new to the area we had to trust google and reviews in finding a new photographer. Jenny is absolutely amazing! We booked her for my maternity and our daughter's newborn session. I love that she has an entire wardrobe to pick from and has so many options for newborns. She did such a good job with our daughter's photos; I was amazed of how many she was able to capture of a newborn! A thousand percent recommend!
studio newborn Session
Amanda & Walker
Jenny is an amazing photographer! She is so laid-back and professional and I also love all the help she gives when figuring out clothes. We have five small boys and I was amazed at how many great pictures she got of them!! They far surpassed my expectations. My mother-in-law is a portrait artist and when she saw our pictures by Be Thou My Vision, she was so impressed and said, "She is an artist!"
outdoor family session
Megan & Christopher
your family time is valuable
I want you to spend more time with your family, living your life, than planning out this session which is why I will help you every step of the way - from styling to picking out artwork that you can put up in your home. Let me help you plan a beautiful session!
This free group is for moms (and moms-to-be) around Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Charlottesville, and the surrounding areas. And when you join this free Facebook group, it is my mission to provide you with an encouraging, supportive, and authentic place where we can share wins, resources, and connections in the local community. From the challenges to the joys - let's all support each other!
And in here, you'll also be notified of my limited edition sessions and get the opportunity to be one of the first to grab your spot when those do get announced!
Candid, supportive, and real.