Jessica Wayne Photography

Raising 3 Boys on a Farm

 

Raising 3 boys, to be respectful, kind, hardworking gentlemen…is HARD work! I am so lucky God picked me to be these boys’ mom. I wouldn’t trade it for the world! But there are days, lots of them, that I wonder if I am doing “it” right. We live in the country, on a farm and farm life is amazing for raising children, especially boys. However, I don’t have any girls to compare my boys to. 🙂 haha. It is so important to me to make sure I tell my boys every single day how much they are loved and valued.  My 3 boys are different and also a lot alike. They each have a different personality and I always want them to know that I value their unique personalities and differences and also their similarities. 

 

   

My boys play in dirt and sand ALL DAY LONG. We have a large sandbox under their swing set in our yard and that is one of their favorite places to play. Along with our huge skid steer made piles of dirt and in the empty bean fields during the winter! People always say, there’s no harm in getting a little dirty. But, I think my boys  have taken “getting dirty” to a whole new level. And I think they have probably eaten their fair share of dirt and probably some, um…poop too…too much information Sorry! These three youngsters play hard and work hard. Raising a family on a farm is amazing. There is sooo much to learn on a farm. From raising Chickens + bottle feeding calves when their mothers can’t nurse them, to what type of soil is best to grow corn in. Every day on the farm there is something going on. There are times when I chase cows on the 4 wheeler back into the pasture, in my church clothes! Or chasing the pigs back into their pens, in my work scrubs. (I’m a nurse and a photographer). The chickens roam all over the yard and the cats are always up for a scratch on their chins. Farm life is amazing, crazy, loooooong hours + freeing.

Here, (during our family photo session) are my three boys, asking their daddy to show them how many bean pods are on the bean plants. Oh, and some pop up corn, (that’s not supposed to be there!) in the bean field. There’s something enticing about the country air. And no, its not the smell of cow manure, I mean, yes, the air does smell like that, but the air feels so much more free + open in the country. One of my favorite things to do is to look out my bedroom windows at night and look at all the bright stars in the sky.  They twinkle and shine from high above. And in that moment I know God is watching over us all. HE is keeping us all safe on the farm. Speaking of the farm, if you have any questions about farming, you can ask my oldest son, Remy. He knows pretty much EVERYTHING there is to know about farming. He knows WAY more than me… in the farming area that is. haha 🙂

 

  

Remy has always been a daddy’s boy. When Remy was a baby, I was in my last semester of nursing school and my husband would take Remy in the Combine and farm all day long. My husband, Jason, even had a bottle warmer plugged into his combine! Now, that is dedication. We had an extra infant car seat that Jason mounted up in the second combine seat. Rem was always daddy’s co-rider. And that is still where you will find Remy, during the summer or winter break, being a farmer. (If he isn’t on his skates on the ice rink, playing hockey.) Every day, Remy asks what he can work on, he LOVES to work. Seriously!

Bryson, our middle son, is in a lot of ways, opposite of Remy. Bryson is definitely a Momma’s boy, and boy do I LOVE that! Remy was always with daddy and Bryson, at the time, the baby, went with mommy. When Bryson was 2 1/2 weeks old, he became severely sick with RSV and we almost lost him. Since that time, he hasn’t left my side. Bryson has a heart of gold and LOVES to help me with my photo sessions. 🙂 He loves babies and loves to interact with my littlest clients to get them to smile and laugh. Bryson is loving being in Kindergarten and wants to read and learn EVERYTHING. (Again, a little opposite of Remy..Haha. )

Oh, and then there is Colton, “The baby”. He is such a snuggle bug and he loves YouTube. 😉 (I’m a little embarrassed to admit that). Trust me, first child, never watched YouTube or tv…by the third child…well, he is addicted! Whoops. Colton loves to ride in the Skid Steer and help feed the cattle and help daddy.  He loves going to hockey, to watch his brothers play and also so he can watch YouTube. And while Remy is a daddy’s boy and Bryson is a total momma’s boy, Colton is pretty much in the middle 🙂

My number one priority is to make sure my boys are raised to be respectful young men. Teaching our children to be respectful, hardworking and kind is such an important part of being a parent. There is a phrase I use daily with my boys, “Kindness Matters.” Two words, that mean so much. SO MUCH. You can never be too kind and you can never teach your children enough about being kind and why it matters. Everyone is fighting a battle, some battles you can see, but most you can’t. No matter what, Kindness Matters.

But let me tell you…there are times, and  LOTS of them, that I feel like I am failing as a mom. There are days when I don’t know if I am doing “it” right. This whole parenting thing is hard. I want to raise my boys right. I know there are days when I mess up but I feel like no matter what, I try to provide a loving and nurturing home. My hope is that my boys always know that I am here for them and that I will love them no matter what. I will always support them and try to teach them right from wrong.  Even though, there are times, like the photo below, when I just throw my hands up in the air and…laugh…. or cry… but mostly I laugh. (Maybe that is more to do with the fact that I am not a crier! So if you see me crying, you know something is really wrong!) 😉  Even in this moment of me wanting to throw in the towel on our family photos on the farm, there is Remy helping his little brother. 🙂  And Bryson, climbing up the tractor hood. Be still my heart.

I really feel like it takes a village to raise a family. SO…let’s all be a village to one another and help raise our children with admirable values and with kind hearts. 

 

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xoxo

Jessica

 

 

Gabriel 1 Year Session

Gabriel and his 4 siblings came to see me in the studio during Christmas break. Gabe is a whole YEAR old now and is an avid Menomonie Mustang Hockey fan! He is often found cheering on his big brothers and sister from the bleachers!

 

Gabe loves boating and camping along with chewing on toys and snuggling up with his mama.

Gabe’s favorite people in the whole wide world, are his big brothers and big sister. Gabe also LOVES being thrown in the air by his daddy! Gabe was hard to catch during his session, as he was walking all over and enjoyed having his mom chase him around the studio.

 

 

Gabe rocked his session in my studio and I also snagged a few photos of him in my house, where I have a gorgeous handmade (by my amazingly talented husband) barn board headboard that makes a great backdrop!

Jessica Wayne Photography:

Now offering prints, canvases, metals, wood products and MORE!


I am excited to share with you, that I am now offering Prints + Products! Allow me to help you with my expertise on placement in your home, as well as gifts for family and friends. Digital images will still be available as an option.

 I am so happy that after debating doing this for a couple years, I am finally biting the bullet and ordered lots of fun samples to share with you. This came after a lot of thinking and throwing ideas around about how I can best serve you! I want to be honest with you. I want to continue to be in business in the future. I want to be around to take your child’s photos in 1, 2 and 5 years from now. To do that, I needed to offer more in the way of my business. However, my main concern is to still be able to offer my services to everyone who wants to hire me as their family photographer! Another one of my reasons for switching to offering products is that my heart started to break when I realized that not everyone who has hired me as their photographer has ordered their prints + canvases, etc. Did you know that CDs, Thumb drives, jump drives and even digital files of your images can all fail? Yes, CDs can get scratched and files can become corrupt. I always keep a backup of your images, however these can become corrupt or the cloud can fail! I understand that you all are very busy! But…this means that your images may not always be accessible in the future when you are able to get around to developing the images. So, I want you to have prints + canvases + other really cool products that I will be offering! There are so many amazing products out there that I am so happy to be able to provide this service. I would love to help you decide what will look best in your bedroom, living room, dining room, nursery or cabin! Want gifts for your family?!?! I’ve got you covered!

Jessica Wayne Photography         

Self Taught, Natural Light Photographer


Always Learning, Always Growing

To go to school or not to go to school for photography? That is the ultimate question. 

I am a self taught, natural light photographer. I started my photography journey when I was pregnant with my second child in 2013. I now have 3 children, all boys. BOY MOM HERE! I wanted to be able to take “better” pictures of my children and so I bought a kit camera that came with 2 lenses. Little did I know that this journey would lead me into owning a photography business. I have always loved photography and taking pictures. I would take hundreds of pictures when I was a little girl. I loved my grandpa’s polaroid camera that made instant photos! I mean how cool was that?!?! So it does make sense that my love of photography has grown into something more, but I never expected to be an entrepreneur. I’ve never even taken a business class and now I am a business owner!!

Now, I don’t really now how to answer the question on whether or not photographers should go to school. And really I don’t feel like I am the person to provide an answer to that. I don’t think anyone can really provide that answer. I think there are always pros and cons to everything. I think it really depends on the person. I am a self taught photographer, however, I have taken some online classes and I am always researching and learning everyday. You tube videos, anyone?!?!?! I recently took an in person newborn and maternity workshop in the twin cities and I learned soooo much! I think I learned two years of information in one day. So, I think as photographers and entrepreneurs we are constantly learning and  growing and striving to make our business and products be the best they can be. Again, I am a natural light photographer, but I did use studio lights for the very first time at the newborn and maternity workshop and that was an amazing experience. I am so excited to see what the future holds for me and my business.