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    Jennifer Polson is an Austin and Round Rock area portrait photographer. Jennifer specializes in maternity portraits, newborn portraits, children photography, family portraits, and senior portraits. Here, you’ll be able to find Sneak Peeks and samplings of my most recent work as well as updates and fun photography related info. Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!

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Family Portraits

Are you looking for great family portraits in the Round Rock and Austin area? Capture those special family memories with family portraits today. Click the link below to learn more. Read more »

Newborn Portraits

Are you looking for a newborn photographer in the Round Rock and Austin area? Capture those first precious moments with newborn portraits. Click the link below to learn more. Read more »

Senior Portraits

Are you looking for portraits of your high school senior in the Round Rock and Austin area? Capture those great memories with senior portraits. Click the link below to learn more. Read more »

Child Portraits

Need great child portraits in the Round Rock and Austin area? Capture those special memories with child portraits. Click the link below to learn more about child portraits. Read more »

Maternity Portraits

Do you want to capture the special moments before child birth? Book your maternity portraits today. Click the link below to learn more about pregnancy portraits. Read more »

Mini Session Portraits

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Make a Splash! I Heart faces Photo Challenge

I just love summer! We swim A LOT in the summertime. My boys have really improved their swimming skills and I just love watching them grow. I am not a huge fan myself of swimming, I much rather read a good book poolside and dip in when it gets hot, but I can’t do that with kiddos! So every once and a while I will grab my camera a bravely get into the pool to catch some fun shots of them swimming! I just LOVE this one of London! Such joy as he reaches the bottom of the pool and leaps out of the water with pride!

Jennifer Polson Photography

Photo Challenge Submission

This photo was submitted to the I Heart Faces photo challenge – www.iheartfaces.com
Read more at http://www.iheartfaces.com/how-it-works/grab-a-button/#UXcdv8AZBPV8tVrz.99

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Z - July 9, 2014 - 4:26 am

What a great, happy shot!

Life with Kaishon - July 11, 2014 - 4:11 am

He looks like a little super hero! LOVE the goggles. So fun. I always forget to take my camera to the pool. I wish I would remember.

Jennifer Polson Photography - July 11, 2014 - 4:12 am

Thank you! I try to bring our the “big” camera at least once during the summer!

Jennifer Polson Photography - July 11, 2014 - 4:13 am

Thank you!

Fathers Day 2014

I am blessed beyond measure to be surround by such amazing fathers, all within a few miles of each other. They are all a source of strength for me. They lift me up and encourage me in ways I am sure they don’t even realize.

This last month was really difficult for us as a family. I am eternally grateful for the quiet ways my father and my father in law helped us as we went through our loss. I was touched by the kind words they spoke and am grateful for their good standing within our church. I am grateful that families are forever!

And if you are wondering, I am still very much a daddy’s girl! Love my dad so much!

Words can not even begin to start to explain how LUCKY I am to be married to Justin. He has literally, carried me, fed, washed, and clothed me. He is my rock. He is my best friend and the love of my life. Not only is he a rock star husband, but he is a AWESOME father. He is so active in their lives, he plays with them, reads to them, provides and teaches them. We are crazy about this guy!

Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers out there! I am so thankful for all the men in my life, and grateful for all the men who are great role models for my children!

Our very first Fathers Day together! 2007

Justin’s first “official” Fathers Day 2009

Fathers Day 2012

Fathers Day 2013

Fathers Day 2014

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Where I’ve been lately…

I have been here, there, and everywhere in between. Let’s see I am not sure how to start this so I am just going to jump right in.

About a month ago we announced our very exciting new that we were expecting twins again. I had decided that it was a good time to share our news as I had just passed the first trimester. In my mind I was past the “scary” part I thought. I was just wrapping my head around getting ready to go to inpatient care at the hospital in a few weeks, and even ready for the babies to have a stay in the NICU. I knew that the pregnancy was high risk, I thought with all the care and watchful eyes the doctors had on me, if anything came up, help would be ready.

I was no where even close to being prepared for what happened two weeks ago. I will forever remember that day, and every single thing that led up to it, during, and after. We lost our angels that day.

So where have I been? I have been overwhelmed with a mixture of emotions. A part of me wishes we never announced the pregnancy because then the world wouldn’t have know what we lost. I am grateful of the outpouring of love and support, it has brought me to my knees and I am SO grateful. I am blessed beyond measure and want you all to know how much the love and support is appreciated. I have been clinging to my family and holding them close. I speak softer to my children, they are a blessing and I will never ever take any child for granted. I have good moments and rough ones. Appreciate the patience as we take time to heal.

I am glad we took our family photo for the pregnancy announcement. This photo will always be precious and special to me as it contains our precious babies angels.

 

Thank you so much again for your patience with me as I am healing body and soul.

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capturing joy with kristen duke - May 30, 2014 - 5:18 am

Love you my friend!!! My heart hurts for you, take time to shut out the world and just enjoy your family.

capturing joy with kristen duke - May 30, 2014 - 3:44 pm

P.S. You are stunning in this shot above.

Meghan - May 30, 2014 - 6:59 pm

How difficult this must have been to share publicly. So sorry for your loss– I can’t even begin to imagine. What a precious photo of seven of you!

Jennifer Polson Photography - June 16, 2014 - 9:05 pm

Thank you so much!

Jennifer Polson Photography - June 16, 2014 - 9:06 pm

Thanks, it was really hard to me to have to share this publicly. But I am overwhelmed with all the love that our family has felt this last month.

Jennifer Polson Photography - June 16, 2014 - 9:06 pm

Thanks, love you too!!

My thoughts on Mothers Day 2014

Happy Mothers Day to all women everywhere!

I was on Facebook the other day and I saw someone had shared a link to a blog post that looked interesting to me. Here is the link: http://timewarpwife.com/?p=3120

It was a open letter from a non-mom to her pastor about mothers day. It was so well written and so sincere. I actually really enjoyed reading it and it open my eyes to the wide spectrum of motherhood. Here is the part of the letter I really enjoyed as it pointed out all the different “mothers out there”.

To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you

To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you

To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you

To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you

To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.

To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you

To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you

To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you

To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you

To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience

To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst

To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children – we mourn that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be

To those who step-parent – we walk with you on these complex paths

To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren -yet that dream is not to be, we grieve with you

To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you

To those who placed children up for adoption — we commend you for your selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart

And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you

This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you.

- See more at: http://timewarpwife.com/?p=3120#sthash.drHCs0tZ.dpuf

Wow, right?! I just loved it! I greatly appreciate my mom, my mother in law, but I also really appreciate my sister who is yet to become a mother, and my dear friends and family who love and care for my children. I wanted to make sure that all women feel celebrated today. Thank you to all the women in my life, today I celebrate you! To all who hold children in their arms, and to those who hold children in their hearts. <3

I wanted to individually thank 3 major women in my life.

First off I want to say how much I love and appreciate my own dear mother. She is a rock in my stormy life. She is someone who is solid in her beliefs and have always been there for me, she has never wavered from her calling as a mother. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my dear mom was my mother in heaven and I have ALWAYS been a member of my family. I was placed exactly and directly were I was always supposed to be. My mother is a source of constant inspiration for me. One day my husband and I were talking and we can to the conclusion that OMG I am turing into my mother?!! At first my thought was oh no! There is such a bad stigma on turning into our mothers, but a few seconds later I was like awesome, I would be proud if I turned out like my mother! I am proud of the value of education that was passed down to me and I love to learn, I am thankful for that lesson my parents instilled in me. I love that she isn’t perfect (sorry mom!) But hey who is right? But I have learned to grow from my challenges and never to give up, and I am thankful for her for that. I mean the list can go on and go! She taught me how to clean, a love of cooking and trying new things, the woman can throw one heck of a party! I love you mom and consider my self blessed and honored to be your daughter.

Secondly I have to say how grateful I am for my mother in law! Whaaaat you say? Your mother in law? Yes I said it, I love my mother in law! She is someone who I can always count on to help me with whatever I need and always has an open ear and heart for me. She is such a strong example to me of motherhood and a unfailing love for your children. The sweet Polson family has a amazing son named Joshua. He is severally handicapped with cerebral palsy. He requires constant help, much like having to care for a child that can not walk, talk, eat, he requires help like an infant. Now imagine having to care for an infant for 25 years. That would be my mother and father in law. I love them so much and appreciate the strength and love that they have shown me. You have taught me and my children how to love on a much deeper level.

Lastly I wanted to tell someone happy mothers day to someone I have never acknowledged for mothers day before.  I wanted to tell my birthmother happy mothers day. This topic is strange for me as it bring up feelings of sadness and misunderstanding. Let me just say firstly I LOVE my family and am ever so eternally grateful to be in the Jackson family. As a closed adoption though I haven’t ever received any information on my birthmother other than she had allergies and the short story of her reasons why. At this point in my life that just wasn’t enough for me. I want more. But the questions that I have are out of my reach and closed to me. But on this mothers day as I am feeling so grateful for my mother and mother in law, I can’t help but feel grateful for my birthmothers choice that she had to make. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain of holding a newborn baby in the hospital and then knowing that you could not provide  for her. My birthmother was inspired, strong, and courageous. I thank her for the choice she had to make. I know I wouldn’t be were I am today without her.

So thank you mothers, friends, and all women everywhere for all that you do. I hope you know that you are of worth and value in this world and you mean something. You are special.

 

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capturing joy with kristen duke - May 30, 2014 - 5:20 am

Love this so much, especially in light of our recent discussion about your birth mother. You are beyond blessed to be in the Jackson family, love that I know all of them to be able to say that;)

Big Family News!

It is with mixed emotions and a full heart that we are so excited to share with you our big news: we are having twins, AGAIN!

Can you believe it? This is not joke, its true! We are expecting identical twins due sometime around October.

I would love to share a few thoughts with you and share a little history of our family. Back in 2008 we were living in San Marcos, TX. My husband and I were attending Texas State University. I was working on finishing up my BFA in Photography and my husband was just a semester away from getting his BA in Marketing. We (and by we I mean me) decided it was time to grow our family. You can go to school and have a baby right? My OB in San Marcos had me come in super early to get a ultrasound to confirm a pregnancy. I was only four weeks along. The ultrasound tech told me I was for sure pregnant but there was something else there. Umm hello? What? This was my first time being pregnant, you just can’t say something like that then follow up with silence! She they proceed to tell me that it might be a blot clot but it was measuring the exact same size as the pregnancy, so it COULD be twins. I would have to wait 4 weeks to come back and find out for sure. Can I just say that was the LONGEST four weeks ever! I brought my husband with me to that next ultrasound, it was confirmed, we were expecting fraternal twins. Poor Justin turned white like a sheet and the nurse asked him if her needed juice or a cracker!

We were able to go about our regular schedule, no bed rest for me. I worked up until the week I delivered. I went in at 36 weeks with high blood pressure and had a scheduled C-section. We welcomed sweet London Scott and Kingston Michael on February 18, 2009 at 10 am. The boys were 18 inches long and London was 6.01 lbs and Kingston was 5.05 lbs. It was all such a blur. Let me just say as this was my first pregnancy I totally trusted my doctor. He reassured me that everything would go perfectly and that delivering the boys in San Marcos would be just fine. There was no NICU at the hospital at that time in San Marcos.  Sadly everything wasn’t all perfect. Our sweet London’s lungs were under developed and he had to go in a helicopter to Austin. Kingston was doing great and was able to stay with us.

We got discharged 2 days later. We drove every day to spend the day with London. Keep in mind Justin was graduating this semester and had exams. We were exhausted and we just wanted London home with us. Finally a week later London got the ok to come home! Our family was complete. We could not have done all this without the support of our family. We are SO blessed to have our family so close.

Fast forward to 2011, again I decided it would be a great time to expand our family. I was told after delivering the boys that my chances of have twins again would sky rocket. So as you can imagine getting that first ultra sound was nerve wracking! I just wanted to see one baby! Twins are such a blessing and joy, but man they are hard work!

Yay! One baby, our sweet baby girl Brighton Kay was born on Dec 28th 2011 at 11 am, 18 inches long and 8 lbs. I was overjoyed, as I was able to have a v-bac. The recovery was so much more quick than that of a C-section and I needed to bounce back fast as now I had three kiddos under the age of 3 to keep up with!

Lets fast-forward one more time.

Again I decided it would be a great time to add the last family member to our family. The day finally came for me to go in and have that first ultra sound. I was so nervous as I am always now at first ultra sounds. I told my ultra sound technician that I just needed to see on sac. That is really all I know what to look for on a first ultra sound. No joke, she placed that thing on my stomach and instantly said “Its twins, I’m not even joking, its twins!” Haha I see one sac, she MUST have been playing a joke right? NOPE It’s identical twins!

Yes, yes you read that right, we are having a second set of twins! Can you believe it? I can’t but yup it’s true. We are expecting identical twins in October. I am going to take a minute to explain why this pregnancy is different that that of my fraternal twin boys.  These twins are Monoamniotic twins are identical twins that share the same amniotic sac.  They are called Monoamniotic – Monochrorionic or nicknamed “MoMo” twins. They also share the same placenta but have two separate umbilical cords.  Monoamniotic twins are rare, with an occurrence of 1 in 35,000 to 1 in 60,000 pregnancies, corresponding to about 1% of twin pregnancies. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monoamniotic_twins)

This really neat chart shows the stages of identical twins, so in our case the egg split 8-12 days after conception.

Now keep in mind that I have not and will not do a lot of research on this. There is so much out there on the web I really don’t want to read about the scary parts of this type of pregnancy. My family has done that for me and filtered out what I need to know. I have a great medical team behind me with a plan! I go in every 2-3 week to be regular OB and every 2 weeks to a Maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) is the branch of obstetrics that focuses on the medical and surgical management of high-risk pregnancies also known as perinatologists. I will then go to inpatient care (hospital stay) at 23 weeks, where I will be closely watched and the babies will be consistently monitored.  The goal is to make it to 30-34 weeks.

We feel beyond blessed to have another set of sweet babies come into our family. We are so grateful for all your thoughts and prayers as we go through this process!

ALSO: Just to answer a few questions that you may have

1: Do twins run in your family? They do not run in my husband’s side of the family and I am adopted SO I have NO idea. I know that my birthmother is not a twin that is all I know.

2. Are you on fertility treatments: No I am not. The boys were spontaneous twins and no one can really explain why identical twins happen, they just do.

3. Will they be boys or girls, or one of each? Since they are identical they will be the same sex. We don’t know the sex yet!

Any more questions? Don’t hesitate to ask!

HUGE thanks to Caroline + Ben Photography  my college friends from Texas State University, for capturing my vision! These babies are our grande finale and I wanted to go out with a “spark”! Enjoy!

 

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Tira J - April 29, 2014 - 3:12 am

Oh Jenny!! What incredible news!!! God us so good and we will be praying for all of you. ❤️

Becky Schoen - April 29, 2014 - 3:34 am

Justin & Jenny , London,Kingston & Brighton,
I am so happy for you all & my prayers will be with you all through this pregnancy. What a whirlwind journey you all have had but a Blessed Journey to say the least.
May God bless you & your entire family
Love You guys & hope to see you all soon even if it is at Sam’s,
Becky

Patricia Schatzmann - April 29, 2014 - 3:58 am

Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing. I work OB and work on a floor similar to the one you will be on when you go inpatient. I will be praying for you. The toughest part for you will be growing your babies big while leaving 3 kids at home. You sound like a strong woman and like you will have good help. God bless. Look forward to hearing how all goes.

Jason Campbell - April 29, 2014 - 5:30 am

Such a blessing. My family wishes your family the best.

Jennifer Laws - April 29, 2014 - 2:16 pm

Congratulations Polson family!! Those pictures are amazing. Will keep you and the precious babies you are carrying in our prayers.

Julie - April 29, 2014 - 2:44 pm

I am beyond excited for you guys and will be there every step of the way! You guys are amazing parents and have such beautiful kids! These are lucky babies to be joining your family! Love you guys!

Shelley - April 29, 2014 - 3:04 pm

Jenny, This is so exciting and such a fun, crazy story you have about growing your family! I had never even heard of MOMO twins until last year when my friend in CT found out she was pregnant with them. She went into the hospital at 24 weeks, delivered at 32 and her baby girls are 9 months old and healthy and happy! You guys are amazing and I know they same will happen for you! Congrats again! I know you don’t want to much info or research on the topic, but I know the community is small and if you wanted to ask her any questions, or check her out, she has a blog: http://www.thesmallseed.com/ No pressure at all, just thought I would pass it along because I think it’s crazy I now know two people that have had this miracle happen! SO happy for you and your family!

Tira J - April 29, 2014 - 6:24 pm

Yahoo!!!! Such an exciting time for you and your family Jenny! We will be praying for a healthy pregnancy. xoxo

Jennifer Polson Photography - April 29, 2014 - 11:56 pm

Thank you! Also thanks for sharing your friends blog and story I look forward to reading it!

Kristen Duke - April 30, 2014 - 12:45 am

Woohoo! I’m do excited for you!!!

Meghan - May 8, 2014 - 2:54 am

Congratulations. Thank you for sharing your story. Your work is beautifuland I just love the family pictures you shared.

Farrah Roque - May 8, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Congratulations! Very exciting. God bless! :)