Hi! I'm Niki Jones, the creative behind Niki Jones Photography. Though my love for photography started decades ago, I've been in business for a little over two years. My favorite part of this job is having a meaningful impact on families.
I grew up in a big family. I'm one of five. My mama is one of four and my daddy is one of seven. Family is such a big part of my life and my identity. It's the people who know me best and the place I will always belong. It's my deep love for and appreciation of my family that drives my desire to impact other families.
At the end of an engagement with a family, I want them to walk away from our experience feeling a little more in love with each other. I give them a tangible reminder of where they belong. Life gets crazy. It can take us in different directions. It can test our tenacity. It can break our hearts. I've learned that with love, patience, and grace, we can create spaces where we will always have a place to belong, a place to refill our hearts, a place to call home. And my goal, with each family, is to create art that will remind them of this.
Whether it's the arrival of a new soul earth side that makes a family complete, the joyous celebration of a baby's first year of life (and parents' first year of parenthood!), or just a moment of realizing that though the days are long, the years are short, I feel inspired and awestruck each time I am invited to document the seasons of raising a family.
My style is photojournalistic with an emphasis on connection. I like warmth, I like depth, I like shadows, and I like matte. Sometimes (okay, maybe more than sometimes) I forgo technical accuracy in favor of emotion.
While I know photo sessions can be a source of stress, I've created a process to alleviate much of this! I strongly believe in a collaborative planning process. Each family receives a session guide specific to their session. From style of photography for newborns, to locations for family sessions, to wardrobe, and how to prep kiddos and husbands, I've put lots of info in these guides for clients. Knowledge is power and helps families know what to expect, which reduces anxiety.
Once clients have read through the guide, we have a couple of conversations. We chat about wardrobe, location, and other important aspects of their session. These conversations help us connect and build trust before our session, two components that lend themselves to a fun and heartwarming photo shoot!
While my journey as a creative business owner has had highs and lows, it's one that sets my soul on fire. I feel so incredibly blessed to get to do this job over and over again. So if you find yourself in the Annapolis/Baltimore/DC area, I'd love to connect with you!
Niki Jones, the creative behind Niki Jone Photography, is a family and newborn photographer based in the coastal town of Annapolis, Maryland. She can be found at her website, on Facebook, and on Instagram.