Hi, and Welcome to the Jackie Ranson Photography Blog

I am an on-location newborn/child, family, and wedding photographer, located in Virginia. Here, you will find a few personal favorite sneak peaks from each recent session. You will also see a few photos of my own family in the mix.

Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to working with you in the near future!

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Happy 1st Birthday Natalie/She Is All Mine

Today is the day that I will never forget one short year ago, I was about to give birth to my beautiful baby girl Natalie Sophia. My husband was away at boot camp for the Marines and couldn't make it, but I had so much family support and love that it made up for it.  She came at 3:03 p.m. weighing 7 pounds 6 oz and 19 1/2 inches long. She was perfect, everything that I dreamed she would be.

Today she is still perfect, and everything I knew she would be. I just don't know how to explain how much I love this child, how she laughs when we play, how she has that cute little pouty face when she is about to cry and how she sleeps with her arms and legs tucked underneath her body. Shes perfect and I thank God for her everyday.

Happy First Birthday Buglet!!

Stay tuned for her smash the cake session :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

L & I {Virginia Couples Photographer}

About a month ago I photographed Lauren and Ians beautiful wedding. On sunday, we got back together for some after marriage photos in Colonial Williamsburg. I don't get to visit Williamsburg as much as I would like but I think I will be going back more and more. Its so beautiful and since its fall the trees are going to be so colorful~ I can't wait!! Photographing Lauren and Ian made me think about how much people really don't get photos taken much after being married. Why do we do that? All I know is it gave me a great idea for my upcoming new wedding packages :) (stay tuned for those)

Thank you Lauren and Ian for allowing me to photograph you yet again! Enjoy your sneak peak~

Friday, September 17, 2010

20 Things You Didn't Know About Me/ Virginia Photographer

As I was going blog reading, I came across a lady who blogged about 25 things we didn't know about her. Even though I didn't really know her, it was cool to read about her interests and cute little tipits of her life. I have decided to do the same thing but only 20 things... im not even sure if I know 25 things of my own self. Some of you might really know all about me, but then again, you might read something you had no idea about.

1~ I'm addicted to Facebook.. I HAVE to look at it, All the time... or gmail...or etsy.....

2~ My husband and I met at college, but we didn't know we could have met while we were younger. His grandmothers house was right across the road and through the trees from my house I grew up in. crazy small world... it was meant to be huh :)

3~ I have found that when shopping, I am drawn to certain colors on certain days. For example, i see something purple that I like, say a purple sweater, then for some reason i keep seeing all this purple stuff that I have to get, or like.. its a bit weird, because the next time it won't be the same color...

4~ When I was younger I did ballet for 7 years.. if i tried it today, i probably would fall on my butt. I hope that one day one of my girls would want to be in it as well.

5~ I have always been a sports fan, played it, watched it, loved it, but since I had kids, that changed. I can't remember the last time i got to pick up my softball glove and threw and i really do miss it.

6~ I often pass up interesting items because I think to myself, “I could make that myself”… and of course, I never do..

7~Ever since I became a mom, I cry over everything, watching my babies grow up too fast, tv commericals, movies.. reading to my girls... everything.

8~ Im a night person, definitely. Its where I can get everything done.. cleaning... editing..

9~ I really love scrapbooking, but i rarely have time to do it anymore. I am surprised that i at least got my oldest 1st year book done.. my baby... haven't even started :( thank goodness for online albums! One day i will get it done... one day...

10~ I find it is rather rewarding to be the grown-up and use the phrase,  ”Because I said so, that is why.”

11~ My favorite number is 11, always has been always will...

12~  I secretly wish that I could go back to college and forget all about responsibility, but then again.. why would i want to start my life OVER again when i actually love it.

13~ I HATE gold.. yellow gold that is, but only in jewelry form. i love gold color, especially in the fall! Its beautiful.

14~ Everytime I watch a movie, i HAVE to eat popcorn! It doesn't matter if i just ate dinner, or what, I still have to get my bucket of popcorn.. its crazy not to eat it while watching a movie.

15~ I wasn't a big fan of my husband going into the marine corps.. not at all.. but now im secretly sad that he is getting discharged and I won't be really a "Marine Wife" anymore.. Even though, he will be a retired marine and I will be a retired spouse, it to me is not the same. Once a Marine aways a Marine (wife) right?! :) And even though I said no to living anywhere then Virginia or North Carolina, deep down I was really looking forward to something different.

16~I love listening to both my girls laugh, its just to die for and I can't get enough of it.

17~I really really really want to live in a 2 story- 5 bedroom house one day with a beautiful space for a studio.. A girl can wish right?

18~ My husband still gives me butterflies everytime he touches or holds my hand..

19~  Im addicted to props... headbands, hats, blankets, bowls, baskets, chairs....

20~  I really love to be organized..if I had the time to do it..

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Liz/ Virginia Portrait Photographer

Liz messaged me a week or two ago and asked me if I would photograph her for her husbands birthday that is this month.  How sweet is that right? She said she wanted to spice things up after a few years of married (aww). We got a few sexy cute ones and a few as Liz said "have on his desk" ones. Thanks Liz for feeling comfortable enough to allow me to photograph for you, and I hope to one day get to photograph your whole family! Enjoy your sneak peak! :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Cutest Kid Contest

Cutest Kid Contest~ Now I know EVERYONE thinks they have the cutest kid in the world, so why not show them off with this contest!!

How does it work?

*** Email a photo of your kid(s) to mailto:jackieransonphotography@gmail.com

~In the email please include YOUR name and email address, the first name of your child and age.


~They must be a snap shot or a picture taken by myself. No other professional shots will be accepted- If I get a professional photo from someone else, then you will be disqualified.

~You may only enter pictures of YOUR OWN CHILDREN. You will be disqualified if they are not personally owned by you. (PLEASE READ THIS ONE AGAIN) :)  

~ Feel free to let all your friends with kids know about the contest. They are welcome to enter. If I
get several kids in different age categories then I will separate them into ages and a winner will be chosen from each category.

***In order to be a part of the contest, you must "like" my fan page. Get your friends involved! Suggest to friends (a link located on the left of my fan page)

*** Submission deadline is September 19th. This gives you ONE week to get those cute kids in.

*** September 20th will be the day will I will post ALL photos that I have received and the voting will begin.

How to vote:

****Once all pictures are posted, you may go in to the album and click LIKE. You can like more than one photo, but the number of likes will win the contest!

~ You must "like" my page in order to vote. Tell your friends and family. :) More likes the better chance you will win!!

RULES: please read each and everyone of these

~  PHOTOS must be a personal snap shot FROM YOU OR a picture taken by myself. If there is a certain picture you would like posted that was taken by me, let me know, and I will get it submitted for you. Out of respect for copyright laws and the other photographer, No other professional shots will be permitted.

~Be sure to include YOUR NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS,the child's FIRST NAME and AGE with the photo submission.

~The Photo must be of YOUR child, no one elses. That means, not even grandchildren or nieces and nephews!

~Session will only be taken place in the state of Virginia only, sorry out of state fans! If you are willing to travel to me, then you are allowed to enter :)

What you will Win~

First Place: FREE MINI session with $35 print credit and 10% off all print orders!

Second Place: FREE SPECIAL MINI SESSION (which will be my Fall/Halloween Session)- includes $25 print credit

Third Place: $10 off session fee and 10% off ALL print orders

Email me at jackieransonphotography@gmail.com and put in the subject I have the Cutest Kid! Get those photos in!! HAVE FUN!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Frankie/ Virginia Childrens Photographer

On sunday I got to photograph the cutest little 3 year old boy. He of course was more into playing than my camera, but thats okay because his cuteness was all I needed. Daddy got in some photos as well. Thank you for allowing me to photograph you Frankie~ I had a great time playing and I hope I get to play with you again some day. Enjoy your sneak peak dad and grammy sue! :)