THE JOURNAL

Welcome to MY JOURNAL: A collection of RECENT sessions, FEATURES, current SPECIALS, TRAVELS and other exciting news - and occasionally a personal project here and there. ENJOY, and don't be too shy to leave a little love about what you see!                           XXO, Chele

Friday, June 15, 2018
By Chele Jones Photography
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Alaina Nesby: Austin's soulful young songwriter is anything but watered down

I wish I could put into words for you the talents and my love for this amazing Austin, Texas teen musician I met only 2 years ago. Her playful spirit and prankster personality easily hides what you would never know lies underneath, as a soul wise beyond her teenage years writes music and lyrics that will blow you away. I met Alaina when she was only 13. At the time, she was already playing 25 instruments, toying with vegetarianism, and quietly working on an album of her own...someday to be shared with all of us lucky folks, when it's all complete

As I got to know her better and learn all of her talents, she became like a family member to us and a best friend to my daughters, and I asked her if she would be interested in modeling and helping me out with test shoots whenever I had new ideas. She was all for it, and after one crazy cool and amazing 7 hour shoot with her, she ordered a cheeseburger and was a vegetarian no more. 

Flash forward 2 years, 5 new songs, and several test shoots later, we now run out and shoot whenever we can and they are some of my favorite shoots, ever. The bittersweet news is that, as we move our portrait business to Southern California, which is a good thing, I will miss my musical muse, and sweet friend, more than anything. This is our last Austin shoot together - at least for a while (don't worry, I'll be back on the regular to continue photographing seniors here in Austin).

I had some ideas I've been wanting to try out that paying clients weren't so ready to do on the fly - all involving WATER - my favorite summertime feature for senior portraits (and flowing dresses). Sometimes you just have to get those creative ideas out of your system, and one of the keys to getting to do what you love, is to shoot it and show it: "build it and they will come." I purchased several flowing dresses to keep on hand in the studio for exactly this purpose! So, if you're ever down for a water shoot, and you don't want to get your own dresses wet - just holla and I will show you what we have here and we are always updating our style closet! (Check out Instagram Stories at @CheleJones_Photo to see some of the styles we have put together). 

Even though we are moving to Los Angeles to continue building our photography careers, my next stop for senior portraits is actually cool, sunny, breezy Duluth, Minnesota! For those of you wanting to book graduation pictures there in late July 2018, there are waterfalls for days all around the area. The nature trails are DIVINE and the downtown urban culture is vintage and fun! Hit that contact button and I will let you know all about my travel/destination specials!  We have only 3 spots remaining out of 6. 

Los Angeles area sessions can book as soon as August 15th. You can expect to see us returning to Austin and Tyler Texas in the Fall of 2018! 

xx, Chele Jones 

 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
By Chele Jones Photography
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Mini Sessions are SOLD OUT! Thank you! I have TWO spots left in November for family, senior, or couples

IT'S TIME TO SPARKLE AND SHINE.... IT'S HOLIDAY MINI-SESSION TIME!

TWO DAYS ONLY - in October - so you and I both get to BEAT the HOLIDAY RUSH! It's like black Friday a WHOLE month early!!! Super limited availability - these mini's will only be available on Saturday October 28 and Sunday October 29th from 4-6pm. Both studio and outside sets (weather permitting) with simple, clean, fun, backgrounds that focus on your family, your kids, your pets, or your adorable romance (if you are a couple) wanting some AMAZING holiday cards!

If you want SPARKLE, we have it! If you want DRESS-UP, we have that, too! We will also have EXCLUSIVE HOLIDAY MINI COLLECTIONS available, including a design-your-own card digital and print set, mini albums, mini video holiday greetings + Black Friday style savings of 20% off all regular products including full-size leather albums and wall art!

 

These discounts are limited to the current mini session offer, only, and do not apply to any other sessions or orders. However, If you already booked a local (Austin Texas) senior session this school year or last, and received your complimentary family session voucher (check your email), and prefer a QUICK mini-session instead of a full hour family session, you may use your complimentary family session voucher to book one of these exclusive mini sessions! Just use the corresponding coupon code, included in your email!

 

Please use the online booking button (above or below this post) to SNAG your spot! All sessions will take place right here at our studio both inside and out - your choice! See you in a few weeks!  xx, Chele Jones

 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
By Chele Jones Photography
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It was time for the 2018 senior portrait season to begin, and summers in our home town of Austin, Texas, are excessively hot, so we decided to take our signature senior sessions on the road for some destination fun, cooler temperatures, and new scenery, in Duluth, Minnesota - where the shores of Lake Superior are only 75 degrees on a hot day, and there are endless hikes with waterfalls for days!  This is where we met Hayward High School senior, Maddie S, from Hayward Wisconsin. 

We especially appreciate our destination clients because often our travels delay us in a usually timely delivery, but each one is always so worth the wait and allows us to see and travel to different parts of the world and make beautiful images in new places! We still take the time to scout locations prior to destination sessions, and plan them out to be just as unique as if they had come to us here, in Austin.

We absolutely loved photographing Maddie doing all the things she loves! She was a natural in front of our cameras and we took the time to carefully plan outfits and locations that would showcase her personality, her love of dance, combined with her nature-loving spirit, to create the special look she wanted for her senior portrait story. Maddie is on Varsity Cheer team for Hayward High School and will be graduating early, in 2018. She plans to attend Winona State University in Minnesota. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and exploring the outdoors with friends. 

One of the many perks of working with our seniors and having the most fun, is bringing along your bestie! Maddie's best friend, Kate, joined us and even got to jump into a few shots! Having professional images made with your best friend is absolutely priceless! Maddie even had an entire spread designed into her senior portrait album, featuring her images with Kate during our session. 

With this amazing flowing gown, by Free People, and this gorgeous hike along the cascades of this waterfall, Maddie's session just kept getting better and better. Planning the right clothing, to convey the story you want to tell is why our pre-session consultations are so constructive, and what makes our sessions stand out is that mixture of visual story-telling and portraiture combined.

If you would love to see Maddie's entire session from start to finish - be sure to scroll to the bottom and watch her gallery reveal video (that actually made her mom cry). Every signature session we produce, is presented as a personalized video reveal set to music! Maddie, it was so wonderful working with you and Kate and your mom, Robin! For any Duluth area Juniors (2019 senior class), we are excited to be booking Duluth again next summer! Be sure to sign up on our contact form to have information sent out when its time to get on the books! As for the present senior class, we are currently booking 2018 Seniors here in Austin as well as for one more destination session this year! If you desire a session in a fun destination location or would like to coordinate your trip with us for a destination senior shoot, please fill out the contact form and let us know! 

xx, Chele 

Maddie's Senior Story

2018 Senior, Maddie S. Hayward High School, Hayward, Wisconsin

 
Thursday, June 29, 2017
By Chele Jones Photography
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As sun has already set on 2017 graduations, you will find I'm still catching up on the blog from Spring sessions... Featured, this week, is recent Gateway Tech senior and 2017 graduate, Camryn! I met Camryn through a family friend and we had an amazing senior session together in May. One of my favorite things about senior portraits is getting to know each student and then planning out their session based on their favorite places, hangouts, and style.

Camryn was excited about the best of all genre's and we definitely delivered! From urban city skyline to forest fairytale complete with mist, and some summer fun and SoCo fashion editorial in between - This session definitely had it all! The best part was that Camryn brought her gorgeous prom dress! I will NEVER outgrow dress-up and a rock the prom dress session is just what I needed! 

Rock your prom dress sessions can be as crazy and fun as you want to make them! Camryn chose to keep her dress in good condition, but for anyone who's interested ... I'm down for all kinds of ideas for anyone who wants to do outside-the-box creative, in their most beautiful gown (AFTER it's been taken to prom, of course)! 

We finished Camryn's session with Austin's downtown skyline + 5 stories. The wind did it's wonderful thing perfectly perfect while Camryn did her thing and we got these amazing images and one of the most insane sunsets I've ever seen from up there! If you want to see what an entire senior session is like, from start to finish, be sure to scroll to the bottom for Camryn's amazing reveal video that was featured at her graduation party! 

Camryn's Senior Session

Tell your senior story with Austin's creative senior portrait photographer, Chele Jones! Camryn's 2017 spring senior session was personalized just for her and tells the unique story of her style and personality!

 
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
By Chele Jones Photography
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Duluth area 2018 SENIORS, Chele Jones Photography is bringing CJ Seniors all the way to YOU from Austin Texas! If you are looking for something edgy and different...something personalized just FOR YOU, this is the week you don't want to miss! We will be taking a limited amount of appointments July 15 through the 23rd. Contact for details! We have AMAZING all-inclusive destination collections available exclusively for travel sessions, only. You can follow us at @chelejones_photography on instagram to see what our incredible and diverse senior experiences have to show. Parent's can follow along on facebook at Chele Jones Photography Facebook Page. 

We'll see you soon! XXO, CJ

 

PS: We are booking couples, too! Are you madly in love with each other AND adventure? Why not try one of our couples adventure sessions to document your love for each other in a way you've never seen before! Your amazing adventures and passion deserves to exist in beautiful prints! Tell your love story in a way that you will cherish forever. We are currently offering amazing specials for Wanderlust couples to build and market our business in this genre. Fill out our contact for details and exclusive pricing to see if this kind of session is for you! You can follow along on our couples instagram at @wanderlustelopement  to see what it's all about!