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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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Jess Cadena Photography-Bakersfield Newborn Photographer

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.

Jess Cadena Photography-Maternity Photographer Bakersfield

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.

Jess Cadena Photography-Engagement Photographer Bakersfield

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.

Jess Cadena Photography-Wedding Photographer Bakersfield

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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I love when my friends have babies, because it means I get to snuggle them, give them back and come back again for more snuggles ♥ Beau is a studly little man, nothing but charm to woo you with as he stares into your eyes lovingly. Isn’t he adorable all wrapped up like a little sack of potatoes?! Love him!

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This beautiful couple is expecting their first little girl in March. You’ll get to see her pretty face once she’s arrived but first you get a peek into their sweet maternity session from January ♥

There is no one more beautiful than a woman enveloped in the glow of expectancy & I’m very much a sucker for dads loving on mom & her growing body ♥ A few of my favorites from their session:

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