• Hello! If you've reached this site in search of Jennifer Seris Photography...you've found me! However, I'm a full-time mom, with a full-time job, and only do a limited number of weddings and family sessions throughout the year.

    In addition to the shoots I blog, you'll see monthly updates on my family (ok, just my son, no one cares about the rest of us changing month to month) and occasional other thoughts I deem worthy of getting out of my head and onto the interwebs. Thanks for stopping by!

Jackson :: 27-28-29ish…

So I’ve been slacking. Or maybe the reason that everyone stops counting ages by months after 2 is that it’s just too hard to keep up with and between screaming fits, “I can do it myself”‘s, and accidental[ly on purpose] messes it just really doesn’t matter anymore. I’m not saying that 2 is terrible…but I guess I’m not saying it’s not, either.

But, as my wise mother [so] often reminds me: “No one ever said it was going to be easy.”

And as I’m prone to telling her: “I want a refund.”


For all its particular challenges, this phase sure does have some up sides — Jackson’s learning all kinds of things at preschool and has really taken to his new daytime care arrangements since he started there in June. The summer session went quickly between vacations and bug-catching sick weeks, but we loved hearing his version of the day and comparing it to what Miss Hannah had to say on his check-out sheet.

What did you eat for lunch today?

Bread and pineapple.

Are you sure that’s all? What else?

Not anything.


[Checks menu. Breakfast was french toast sticks and pineapple. Guess nothing after that registered. Ha!]

Today was little man’s first day of the fall session at school, and knowing that I already had some lost time to make up or on the ‘big camera’, I was extra motivated to capture the front stoop pics. True to form/phase/funniness, he did not disappoint:

Here’s to a great year at “school”, filled with fun new friends, improving listening skills, bursting imagination and not being the kid who’s loud during nap times 😉


August 19, 2015 - 4:29 PM

Mom - Well, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree… I had a few comments on my own grade cards regarding the inability to work quietly without disturbing others. As I recall, you also had that issue. I’m sure this has nothing to do with anything.

Newlyweds :: Matt + Kate

Having a muli-faceted “role” in the weddings I shoot is maybe one of my favorite parts. Some of my previous titles include:

  • friend [friendographer]
  • roommate [photomate?]
  • matron of honor [matronographer] (one-time deal…won’t do it again, but don’t regret it!)
  • sister [sistographer]

After Kate & Matt’s nuptials, I can add coworker [colleagrapher…?] to the list! I have the distinct pleasure of working with both the bride and the groom at MizzouRec, where we have each spent the better part of the past 6 or 7 years together (if my memory and math are serving me right at this hour).

Following their amazing New Year’s Eve engagement in New Zealand (props again, Matt — first engagement of 2015 in the world. Probably…), I may or may not have been the first “to-do” item to be checked off the list. #honored

The big day started at Stoney Creek Inn, where the girls had a fun and relaxing morning of hair, makeup, music and laughter. Love the detail of the hangers with each bridesmaid’s name…and the fact that Kate thought to bring and use 3M hooks for displaying the dresses!


The robes are a special tradition with Kate and her cousins/bridesmaids — they’ll swap and wear them again in September for Cara’s wedding!


After we left the girls we headed over to have some fun with the boys, who were getting ready at the Rec. The Rec? Oh, yes, the Rec. Most people are aware of how amazing the facility is when it comes to fitness and aquatic spaces, but the history of the complex means there is quite a bit to offer ‘backstage” as well! The Old Varsity Club & Lounge are restored spaces that offer the perfect setting for a group of guys getting ready for a wedding. (I think Matt may have had a little fun all dressed up at the big conference table…)


Kate and her bridesmaids finished getting ready at the Reynolds Alumni Center adjacent to the outdoor ceremony site of Traditions Plaza on Mizzou’s campus. I love the shot of the three girls walking in the room and seeing Kate in her wedding dress for the first time!


There was also a special “reveal” of Kate to her dad and brother, characteristically including a sentimental gift…and a selfie. It was the perfect balance.


Rain clouds threatened and hovered over the ceremony site in the hour before it was to begin, but by 3:00 PM it had all cleared up and the sun was shining!


Loved this special way that the couple honored family members at the ceremony, including Kate’s mom who passed away just over 2 years ago.


[Funny story about those steps: Traditions Plaza is a relatively new site on campus and while it’s perfectly designed for a wedding, it was lacking in one area — the steps in the amphitheater are a bit steep for a bride in a long dress and heels. So Kate measured the existing (during their engagement shoot!) and her Dad built several wooden boxes to use during the ceremony! Here’s the funny part: I believe the stairs were sold less than 30 minutes following the ceremony to a family whose daughter is getting married there next year. How about that?!]


Immediately following the ceremony, we stole away for a few minutes to get some “just married” photos.


[It took some work on my part, but I think I convinced them to love putting their foreheads together…can you tell?!]


When some biker dudes on the Quad offer to let the groomsmen pose with their bikes…you say heck yes!?


After our time on campus, the wedding party crew headed out to Les Bourgeois for some pre-reception fun — we had pushed our luck a little too far for the rain clouds at that point, but were still able to catch a sweet moment in the vineyards before heading back to town.


One of my favorite parts of the whole day [now that I’m a parent, maybe?!] is capturing the father/daughter and mother/son dances. I especially loved the moments we were able to capture here, both the fun and the tender.


Before I “clocked out” for the night and got to put my wedding-guest dancing shoes on (another perk of the multi-faceted role!), I got this quick pic of Kate with her “Wedding Belles” — the hardworking, behind-the-scenes crew responsible for making the Event Planner’s wedding go exactly as she’d hoped (including holding off the rain)! And that’s me there, with the bride herself — couldn’t quite swing the selfie with the pro gear, so we upgraded.

Thank you again, Kate and Matt, for entrusting me to capture your special day — I was honored to be a part of it, and I promise I won’t make you put your foreheads together again! (Unless, you know, someday I’m taking family photos…!)


Wedding Day Vendors:

Planning: The Bride Herself:)
Flawless Execution: The Wedding Belles :: Carrie Steuber, Maria Chandler, Laura Salerno & Kaitlyn Peter
Ceremony: Traditions Plaza on Mizzou’s Campus
Reception: Elm St. Ballroom
Cake: The Upper Crust
Hair/Makeup: Amanda Palmer Griffith
Flowers: Tiger Garden
Rings: The Diamond Shop
Second shooter: Erin Duggin, my favorite sidekick!


August 17, 2015 - 10:17 PM

Kurt Bauche - Thank you for capturing all of the moments of Matt & Kate’s event. It is so enjoyable to see everything that was “behind the scenes” on the wedding day!

August 18, 2015 - 8:24 AM

Ruth Fleming - Thank you these are wonderful pictures of Matt and Kate’s Day.

Excited to see them all!

Will they be on your site?

August 18, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Jennifer - Yes, Ruth — I’ll send Kate and Matt a link and password to their online gallery just like their engagement photos. Should have them ready by Friday! :)

August 18, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Jennifer - It was my pleasure — such a fun family and a fun day! :)

August 18, 2015 - 12:39 PM

Mom - LOVE these photos! Beautiful!

Jackson :: 26 Months

This was it, guys. This was the month my little baby became a little kid. Some may argue that it was before now, but if mommy doesn’t acknowledge it, it’s not true…right?

Anyway, my kid:


He likes his hats and shades. And he wears them well. Chris thinks it’s funny that people will ask him if he watches the Cardinals with daddy…the answer is no, we don’t have cable/TV and while we support the Cardinals it’s definitely in the realm of a cultural affiliation with a bi-annual (or less…?) trek to Busch for the in-person experience. Oh, and of course the World Series fun. Fairweather fans for sure. But cute ones!


This was Jackson’s first boating experience (to my knowledge). He was in good hands with Lifeguard Daddy and that somewhat-suffocating life jacket. I’m glad I went along for the ride and didn’t let photo-mom take over. Much more fun on the boat 😉


These photos are all from our recent Family Reunion in Jerseyville, IL at my mom’s cousin’s house. They have the BEST setup for our shindigs…and if Janet doesn’t think they’re the permanent host site for the two-years-runnning annual party…we’ll just be showing up next year anyway!! This is our little man taking the stair with flare…it pretty much captures his essence completely and I love that I snapped it.


I see little Chris in the first one. In the second one, he’s either being a gorilla or lion. And definitely scary.


Smart little guy at dessert time…”Oh, hi Aunt [cousin, great-aunt, Toodie, anyone with a plate]…I’m cute and obviously STARVING while standing here quick-shuffling my feet in excited anticipation…please spoon feed my face with whatever goodness is on your plate, regardless of the fact that I already had a piece of my own.” He made the rounds. Can’t fault him.


And two weeks from today he’ll be another month older. And coincidentally his father will have his own milestone that day…can’t wait to celebrate my two favorite guys!!


Jackson :: 25 Months

It’s currently June 12. Before time gets too far away from us, let’s catch up a bit shall we?



That was my 25 month old son. He was so little back then. 6 weeks ago.



Remember when his hair used to do that in the tub? (It still does.) Remember when that was the only place he’d sit still? (It still is.)


Remember when there was nothing cuter than that grin? (There still is nothing cuter.)


Remember when he could change moods on a dime? (He still can. Maybe even better than way back then.)


He’s still making me laugh every day and I’m still taking his photos once a month. Check the metadata (or just take my word for it.)

26 coming right up!


Jackson :: 24 Months Old

And just like that, we’re done counting in months!! (Aunt Michelle, I can hear you shouting with joy from here!)


Oh, this boy. And that’s just what he is…A BOY. Not a baby. Maybe a toddler, but his vocabulary negates that on a regular basis. It’s 11:30PM on the night of his birthday party, and I’m not sure I’m going to be able to do anything besides let the photos do the talking this time around. I have no interest in dragging out the emotions I’ve felt over the past week any longer, because to be honest, the range has been rather extreme. It’s a strange feeling to have time sneak up on you when you think you’ve got a handle on how relatively slowly things are going week to week. It’s almost scary how much has changed in a year and it’s just going to keep going. [Pause while mental images of school buses, math problems (cue Daddy!), sports uniforms, car keys and diplomas flash through my head…]


Things that HAVEN’T changed:

  • Those absolutely perfectly squishy cheeks. Both sets. #noshame
  • Love of food…including vegetables, but after the week he’s had I’m pretty sure we’re going to be on a rigorous sugar detox for the next few weeks.
  • We love him. (But honestly, even that’s risen to a new level and continues to, sooo…
  • That’s it.




Yes, that is frozen custard in his hair. Which reminds me, I never cleaned off the wall or picture frames behind him in the dining room…ah, well.

Things that HAVE changed:

  • Shut doors need an extra level of security to be impassable.
  • Counting to 20ish (eleventeen is my favorite number), alphabetting, singing all kinds of songs and randomly reciting pages from books we haven’t read in weeks.
  • No necessary separation of dogs from “baby” due to excessive knocking down…now we’re working on getting him to let them out (and in, and out, and in…)
  • No more binky…this one’s still a little fresh, and “stalling” has entered our bedtime/naptime routines, which is equal parts humorous, sweet and maddening.
  • Chris no longer has an appendix (sorry, just like reliving that one from time to time… #destinationoperation #ridiculous)
  • He yells a combination of the following anytime we drive by Faurot Field: Football Stay-dee-uhm, Go Tigers, M-I-Z, the fight song, Coach Pinkel (seriously!!), Big tiger (over walking bridge), and hot dog (with longing tone).
  • He has a COUSIN!! We love Walter!
  • He’s climbed out of a crib and a pack n’ play one time each. Mommy’s hedging her bets that we have another 6 months before having to trade up!
  • Brussels sprouts and broccoli. More than his Uncle Zach has had in his entire life. Times three.
  • He’s fed a giraffe and a camel. Which is just cool.
  • We’re officially out of “survival” mode (i.e. keep baby alive) and into “actual parenting” mode (i.e. repeating things a million times and still at a loss for figuring out how to keep him from running toward the street.)


Let’s look at some pics of the party guests. We kept it small this year — grandparents and local-ish BFF families — and were planning to have it at a park to accommodate the 3 active toddlers, but SNOW and not-so-warm temps kept that plan from being executed. I shouldn’t be surprised, since there was snow on the ground the day he was born, but SOMEDAY we’ll have a nice last weekend of March, right?!

The Goebel boys (and that big Ferguson boy!) had a great time playing with new toys and eating the good stuff…they also rocked a mean set of TMNT masks…which makes it hard to tell the difference in them in a year (see last pic in section) but I think you’ll get the idea. #toobigtoofast


And for comparison…(we missed you this year, Liz! Feel better soon!)



And now for some family grandma pics (next year, group pictures are mandatory! #dudenotpictured #wheresunclescooter)



And just a few more pics because I can’t stop (won’t stop).

Yes, that’s a fox Camelbak and I’m jealous. Too bad it’s not big enough to join my team of three (3) bottles at work. (Something about minimizing my trips to the fountain in the interest of staying hydrated out of convenience? I don’t know. I realize I work at a gym.)


We ended the day with a little yardwork. Hope his love of putting sticks and leaves in bags sticks around for a few more years!


Ok, I lied. This is the last one. Because. #allthechanges


March 29, 2015 - 4:40 PM

Mom - L. O. V. E.