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Class of 2018 – your time is here! The applications for the Class of 2018 TJP Senior Team are officially OPEN! If you’re interested in being a part of this awesome group of girls, CLICK HERE to apply!

I’m so, so excited to put the Senior Team together for the Class of 2018! I’ve had the greatest year with my Class of 2017 girls, they were SO much fun and I loved getting to know each and every one of them. I’ve been working hard behind the scenes getting all of my plans together for the next batch of girls to form my TJP Senior Team for the Class of 2018 – and I have SO many new ideas and fun things for us to do, I can’t wait! I’ll also be re-vamping things a bit, to make it even more exclusive and extra special:) That does mean that I’ll be taking on a smaller number of girls for the Senior Team, and I know it’s going to be SO HARD to narrow down the applications – it’s so tough to do every year! But I am excited and ready to go for the Class of 2018, so lets do this!

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CLICK HERE TO APPLY TO BE A PART OF THE CLASS OF 2018 TJP SENIOR TEAM!

If YOU want to be a part of an awesome group of girls who come together for a really amazing experience throughout your junior and senior year, make sure to apply to be a part of the team! Applications will remain open through 12/18/16. Selections will be made in early January 2017!

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This is shaping up to be a week full of seniors on the blog, and I’m not going to lie, I love it! Gemma came in for her session premiere right before Thanksgiving, and I’m so in love with all of the products she chose. Her summer shoot was nothing short of amazing. Ever since I learned she is a dancer and wanted to wear her pointe shoes for her senior session, I was SUPER excited. Dancers are always so incredibly easy to photograph – they have amazing posture and they move their bodies with such ease and grace.

Gemma is a senior this year at Mechanicsburg High School, and she’s also one of the awesome girls on my TJP Senior Team for the Class of 2017:) I’ve loved getting to know her throughout this year, and she was a perfect fit for the team! To give you a little more insight into who Gemma is, here is her response about the type of impact she would like to make on the world: “I want to change the world for the better, either technologically or socially. I’d love to discover or invent something in the future that improves the world, but I would also like to promote social equality, especially in third-world countries.”

See why I love these girls so much? Love it Gemma!

Here are a few of my favorites from Gemma’s senior session!

Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Mechanicsburg high school senior Gemma.

 

Gemma, you have the best hair:)

Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Mechanicsburg high school senior Gemma.

 

Gotta love a sunrise shoot in the middle of a country field:

Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Mechanicsburg high school senior Gemma.Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Mechanicsburg high school senior Gemma.

 

I LOVE that Gemma included her pointe shoes in her senior session. Dance is a big part of her life, so we definitely wanted to highlight that:

Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Mechanicsburg high school senior Gemma.Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Mechanicsburg high school senior Gemma.Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Mechanicsburg high school senior Gemma.

 

So gorgeous!

Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Mechanicsburg high school senior Gemma.Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Mechanicsburg high school senior Gemma.

 

So beautiful!

Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Mechanicsburg high school senior Gemma.

 

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Hi friends! Let me just start by saying WOW – I am so incredibly blown away by the number of applications I’ve already received for the Class of 2018 TJP Senior Team. If I thought it was hard to narrow things down last year, this year is going to be torture! Every application I read, I think “ohmygosh I love this girl!” – but I can’t possible take everyone on, or else my senior team would be ginormous;) Lets just say I’m feeling incredibly happy/blessed/fortunate that so many awesome girls want to be a part of this team I’m putting together, and it’s going to be an awesome year:)

NOW! On to the lovely Meghan. She is a senior at Cumberland Valley High School, and she’s on my current Senior Team! I just adore this girl, in every way possible:) She’s hilarious, bubbly, and so incredibly sweet. I’m so happy she is a part of my Senior Team this year! Meghan is also super into photography, so her and I have clicked from day 1. She even assisted me at one of my weddings back in May – it was so fun to have her along!

Meghan just recently came in for her session premiere, and it was so much fun showing her all of the pictures from her senior session back in August. We had the most gorgeous summer day for her shoot – here are some of my favorites of the lovely Meghan!

Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Megan in Mechanicsburg PA.Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Megan in Mechanicsburg PA.

 

These two photos below? Two of my absolute faves -so incredibly gorgeous!

Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Megan in Mechanicsburg PA.Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Megan in Mechanicsburg PA.Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Megan in Mechanicsburg PA.

 

I love that she incorporated an old camera into her session:

Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Megan in Mechanicsburg PA.

 

Love!

Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Megan in Mechanicsburg PA.Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Megan in Mechanicsburg PA.Harrisburg senior photographer Tina Jay Photography photographs Megan in Mechanicsburg PA.

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It’s that time of year – everyone is scrambling to get some last minute family pictures so they can order their Christmas cards for the year. I don’t really photograph families anymore, but my sister (and past clients) is always an exception. I love photographing their little family of 5! But for any of the parents out there who always stress over family pictures, I’m here to assure you one thing – your kids are NOT the only ones who melt down during a photoshoot. It’s actually a pretty common occurrence, and we as photographers just have to roll with it:)

Photographing my nieces can be hard. Like, really hard. They know me, so they’re not as likely to listen to me like they would a stranger. Lets be honest – there is lots of bribery involved. Before, during, and after the photoshoot. It’s normal, and sometimes (okay most times) just needs to happen.

But not to worry! The photos always work out in the end. Even if you feel like you’d like to rip your hair out during the shoot.

So lets use my lovely, littlest nice, Izzy, as an example. Everyone thinks she’s so smiley and happy all the time, but I’m here to reveal her truth – this chick can cop some major ‘tude. And she’s only 1 year old. Now I love her to pieces, but whew….she for sure gave us a run for our money while I was taking their family pictures. She’s at that age where you can’t bribe her yet because she can’t talk…..hopefully next year will be totally different;)

So for everyone who thinks she’s a happy  little thing all the time, check out this series of photos while we were attempting to just get ONE single shot of her by herself, smiling at the camera.

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She was NOT having it. It wasn’t even cold out that day! We gave her food, she didn’t want it. She wanted Jess to hold her, then screamed the second she put her down. Sigh.

Oh then I attempted to get some nice pictures of Jess and Mike alone. All of their pictures were waist up, because this scene was happening from the knees down (if only you could hear the cries and screams because Jess wasn’t holding her):

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But alas, for every crying/screaming picture Izzy gave us (ohhhh and there were many), gems like this are always bound to happen:

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And I always manage to squeeze at least one out like this:

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So for anyone out there receiving a Hetrick Christmas card, now you know what was going on behind the scenes of what looks like a perfect little photoshoot;)

Again – as much as she gave me a run for my money, I love that squishy little Izzy Leigh<3

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving – enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend!

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Happy Thanksgiving, friends! I know I’m a day early, but I wanted to make sure to get my November self portrait posted before I head out for the holiday and stuff my face full of all kinds of Thanksgiving goodness. Tonight we’ll be heading down to Virginia to spend the holiday with some of our closest friends. We’ve never spent an actual holiday with just friends – and I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty pumped. Awesome friends + good food + even better wine sounds like an amazing combo to me:)

SO – back to the point. This month’s self portrait is titled “A Shift”. Last week I posted about my experience with Steer Your Ship in San Diego, and this shift is 100% a product of that workshop. Going into the workshop, I was nervous. Nervous as I could possibly be. Like, feeling sick to my stomach nervous for days beforehand. Not only is it not the easiest thing to walk into a workshop not knowing a single person, but I knew this was going to be an emotional experience too.

Kristen (workshop leader extraordinaire) was all about breaking us down (in the most loving way possible), in order to build us back up again in a way that reflects our true selves, so we’re going in the right direction with our lives – and so our businesses can reflect that.

Let me tell you – the break down process? Getting down deep inside of yourself, going to places you don’t normally go – then SHARING those things with a group of strangers? It was tough. Like super difficult for me.

But while it was really, really hard, there’s a certain shift that happened inside of me. From being open. And vulnerable. And facing some things I haven’t wanted to face for a long time. Lets face it – 2016 was an extremely difficult year for me. We lost Jack back in June, and we’re still grieving and healing from that whole debacle. Which is why I feel like this workshop popped up in my Facebook feed at the exact time I needed it in my life.

Because you know what? I left San Diego feeling different. Feeling better. Feeling really damn good to be honest. There were little things I noticed immediately upon leaving, which was so exciting to see and feel.

I’m still learning and processing. My big takeaway from the workshop was to be open. Kristen literally wrote “BE VULNERABLE” on a note card and gave it to me – and I have that note card sitting below my computer monitor as a constant reminder.

You know what else felt pretty freaking amazing? The connection I made with the other girls at the workshop. There were 6 attendees total, and it really is crazy amazing and beautiful how close you can feel to a group of women after only knowing them for 72 hours. How in some ways I can feel closer to them than some of my friends I’ve known for years. But we were all open, real, and vulnerable with each other – which can be an extremely magical thing. We were all in a puddle of tears when we had to leave each other at the end of the workshop.

So I left San Diego not only feeling a big shift within myself, but also with an amazing bond with a group of girls that I’ll never, ever forget. We all became such tight friends, and we all have the friendship bracelets to prove it:)

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Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

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