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Jen Altman Children’s Portraiture

Oh, boy. Let me tell you something friends. Lately, things are all about swimming. As in, we took Huxley swimming for the first time in a real pool on Sunday (he loved it). There’s been enough rain to render our garden and creeks into swimming pools. And, perhaps most importantly, I am swimming, swimming, SWIMMING in work. I’m on the home stretch of manuscript writing for my book on homemade beverages (it publishes Autumn 2014 from Roost; I’ve also got Handmade Gatherings publishing from Roost Spring 2014-that’s two books publishing in 2014, got that? Goodness sakes ALIVE!). Oh, yeah. It’s a big time ’round these parts lately. Did I mention that we’re also leaving for a week in Cancun, Mexico with my in-laws on July 13th? Yeah, so, there’s that, too. Like I said, swimming!

But that’s not what I really wanted to share with you here today. What I want to tell you about is the amazing Jen Altman, and her children’s portraiture. Jen knows a great deal not just about photography in general, but how to best capture children on film. So much so, in fact, that she wrote an incredibly thorough yet easy-to-read book on the topic this past spring.

Jen and her sweet family live here in the Asheville and she shared with me recently that she’s doing some child portraiture this summer. All sessions will take place in her home, using primarily a chalkboard paint backdrop, as shown in the images above. Rates and information regarding the sessions can be found here. If you’d like to see a bit more of her work, here are some additional links:

Editorial website :
Portrait and wedding work :
Blog :

That’s my sweet baby Billy Idol on the right side in the final image, doing his best to sneer and snarl (“Growl like a dinosaur!” we kept yelling at him). Her daughter, Aela, is doing her best Joan Jett on the left, while baby sister Ari (at whose 6 year-old “Pop Icons” birthday party this costume revelry was taking place last weekend) gives Debbie Harry a run for her money as Blondie.

You can easily see by looking at these images that Jen knows just how to best capture the beauty, innocence, and, well, fun of children and childhood. If you’re in the area, I highly encourage you to book a session.


One Response to Jen Altman Children’s Portraiture

  • Melanie J. says:

    Congrats on being flush with work! With just the one gig right now, my thoughts are turning to book proposals and unsolicited articles. PS: that Huxley pic is 10 kinds of awesome! :)