Bakersfield CA Newborn, Maternity & Wedding Photography | Jess Cadena » Wedding & Portrait Photography for Lovers, Expecting Moms, & Newborns.

Sometimes I’ll sit quietly listening to the two of you talk together. You’ll argue, talk about the things you both love, argue a bit more. And the truth is sometimes while I’m listening I’m dreaming of your sibling friendship years down the road. Will you still be inseparable? Will you still argue over who’s faster, smarter, better? Will you call home from school asking to come home when you realize the other has come home sick, because you miss them? Will you tell me how much you absolutely dislike the other, and will I find you moments later cuddled up together sharing a book, forgetting how mad you were not minutes ago?

I usually don’t interrupt your moments together, even when the bickering is getting out of hand. I think it’s an important part of a sibling relationship and I hope so much that you both carry this bond you’ve created long into adulthood. I hope that the little things still excite you so much that you cannot wait to tell the other, because you know just how excited the other will be too. I see little glimpses of your future as brother and sister and I have so many hopes for the both of you ♥ The whole world is ahead of you, I hope that you have each other to experience it with.

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After every newborn session, I feel incredibly overwhelmed with so much love. Like I’m the luckiest lady in all the land. I get to cuddle all these scrumptious babies that these wonderful parents bring over and trust me with. I get to rock & sway them, listen to their sweet quick breaths, love all their little details that were perfectly created that make up their unique little selves ♥

Riley, you are so precious baby girl. Your mommy & daddy are even luckier than I am because you’re theirs ♥ You were a perfect little lady for your session!

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Dearest sweet Sadie,

Baby girl, you’re a dream. You’re a perfect little butterball of everything girls are made of. Your wispy long lashes and the way you loved to curl your fingers. You are perfect, and everything I know your mom & dad dreamed of when they wished for you. I might have had a few tears when your mommy told me she was expecting you ♥  Thank you for a wonderful cuddly session beautiful girl!

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I’ve put off this post for almost an entire 2 months now so I set aside a bit of time today so let’s do this!

My little homemade photography business is nearing its 5 year anniversary this summer. Which is totally incredible to me. 5 years of collaborating my love of photography with your love of life’s moments have kept me right where I want to be for this long. I can never put exactly how that makes me feel into words, thank you will never be enough! Over these 5 years I’ve learned so much about photography, business, people,  even myself. It’s been a really, really great journey that I’m so grateful that I get to continue in.

And I don’t want to make this a mush fest. I really just want to tell you about a few changes that are big for me and will affect what plans you have for future sessions, especially if you’re my yearly peeps!

As of January 1st, 2015, I made the choice to take Jess Cadena Photography to its new happy place. This place? It’s full of glowing expecting mamas, squishy little newborn babes, & lovers taking the leap into forever after ♥ So that’s it, big huge news is that I’m specializing my photography in Maternity, Newborn, Engagement & Wedding Photography.

I couldn’t completely say goodbye to Family Sessions though, there’s just no way. It’s a piece of your story I don’t want to say goodbye to, but in order to keep my personal life & schedule a little less chaotic, I do have to limit the number of family session I take. So I’m offering Family Sessions twice a year, when the weather is tolerable and the sceneries are gorgeous. These will be very limited and I don’t have an exact schedule just yet, so I’m asking you to sign up on my wait list (at the very end of this post) and you’ll get the important details right to your inbox.

In an effort to not take this to a gushy emotional place, I’ll end this here with a big gigantic thank you for everything, all of it, for the last 5 years ♥
– Jess Cadena

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I’m so excited to share Tracy & Dee’s Engagement slash family session with you all! One of my favorite things about engagements & weddings is that I get to work with my lover. Which means things are usually weird because we’re awkward ducks who tell bad jokes, but I love it ♥

I came to this session with a need to go with the flow, following their natural connections & really just letting go feeling free. It was SO GOOD. So good. The wildflowers and open fields were gorgeous & this beautiful family was freaking amazing. I couldn’t dream of anything better! I mean, look! All this happened…. so much love ♥

Tracy & Dee, we cannot wait for your summer wedding. We hope these next few months fly by!

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