At JPG, we love reuniting with past clients. Often times, we will be contacted to take pictures of newborns or extended family. We know the Satterly family from Amber and Kevin’s wedding in 2011, and were reunited to take photos of their parent’s home in rural South Jersey. This was a different type of shoot. As photojournalists, we are usually capturing moments as they happen, and creating memories on the spot for our clients because the subjects are typically the people. This was different because, here, the house where the family had lived in Jackson, New Jersey for 38 years was the main subject. How does one highlight 4 decades of a home and all its memories? By focusing on the aspects of the house they didn’t want to forget, we can honor the home and their memories in it.
The Satterly parents are retiring to Florida, and the family wanted to pay tribute. We captured more traditional style portraits — with a JPG twist. They wanted to have formal photos to remember the good times their family had in the house, and JPG was able to switch hats to make that happen. There is a time to pose, and a time to freestyle, and this day brought the best of both! There are many beautiful landscapes in this part of New Jersey, but for the Satterly’s there’s no place like home for beautiful portraits!
Remembering when my childhood home was sold, I did my absolute best to help give the Satterly family a physical memento to hold onto for years to come. We received an email from Amber yesterday, where she expressed her gratitude:
“Thank you so much for documenting such a bittersweet memory for my family and I. The photos of our family and house/yard came out AMAZING (as we knew they would)! They were nothing short of spectacular and you captured everything so beautifully. I don’t think there was a dry eye when we viewed them!! “
A big thank you to the Satterly’s for asking JPG to share in your family memories. We hope to capture many more in the future, too — maybe even in Florida! We love to travel
Best, Joe G.