Welcome BlueJay Photography!

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I am very excited to announce that Michael and I have launched our photography business: BlueJay Photography! The response has been a huge success! We already have 3 bookings lined up and my modeling agency Ford is on board with us doing a fashion/beauty test! I can’t wait to pick a model to work with, I have the perfect story imagined. My dream is coming to life and that’s an amazing feeling. 

Here are a few of my favorite shots from our first two shoots. Both of these family’s were incredible to work with, their hearts came right through the lense. An average of 160 images per family picked, custom processed, retouched by me. I’ve been very busy…and LOVING every bit of it. There’s no better feeling than enjoying your passion and being able to bring joy to others with that passion.

HOW WE WORK TOGETHER

Michael and I both shoot during a photo session, we’re a great team and know when to pass the camera. I’m the creative director, I just see it all in my head. Being so close to my husband, I express how the shot needs to be approached and cropped and he gets it right away. He often say’s, “Jahaila tells me what to shoot and I just shoot it”, but it takes talent to get that shot and he’s got it. I love working with Michael, teaming up together on a creative process has to been amazing for our relationship. It’s fun for us and I think it shows. Plus the families have fun because we’re having fun. It comes together beautifully and doesn’t feel like work, instead we’re all just having a good time.

THE ROTHMAN FAMILY

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THE NAVATA FAMILY

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A warm thank you to the Rothman and Navata family, for allowing us to capture their memories.

**If you are in the Chicago area and are interested in having your family photographed by BlueJay Photography, please contact us at bluejay.photographyinc@gmail.com. We are also on Facebook and Twitter.**

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3 Generations – Happy Mothers Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. We love unconditionally with our whole heart, we nurture, we teach…we wear many hats. This is our day. Even though it’s coming to the end of our celebration, remember that everyday you are loved and valued, you are needed and cherished and you are loved. 

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(photo’s taken by my talented husband Michael and myself and edited by me)

Grilled Tomatillo Salsa

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Happy Cinco de Mayo friends! Bring on the margaritas!!! Ha, after the little one’s go off to bed of course ;) I have a grilled tomatillo salsa recipe for you today that you must add to your menu tonight. It’s so good and easy to make. The smokey flavor that comes from charring the vegetables is completely irresistible.

Tomatillo’s look like green apples in husks, I think their pretty cool looking. Guaranteed when you go to your grocery store and pick some up tonight, you’ll be sure to get that “impressed” look from onlookers. “Green salsa”, as my husband calls it, is a favorite in this house and disappears quickly. This recipe will be sure to make enough for everyone.

Grilled Tomatillo Salsa
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Ingredients
  1. 1 small yellow onion, cut crosswise into 1/2 inch slices
  2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  3. 8 medium size tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  4. 1 medium poblano chile pepper
  5. 1/4 cup of cilantro leaves and stems (never leave the stems out - yum!)
  6. 1 medium garlic clove
  7. 1/2 tsp dark brown sugar
  8. 1/2 tsp kosher salt
Instructions
  1. I prefer to spray olive oil for this, it goes on fast and easy, but you can drizzle the olive oil too if you prefer. Go ahead and spray the onions, tomatillos and poblano chile pepper. Then grill them on direct high heat until the skins are charred all over (6-8 minutes, turning once or twice).
  2. Transfer onions and tomatillos to blender or food processor with the remaining ingredients. Set the chile off to the side to cool.
  3. When the chile is cool enough to handle, remove and discard the skin, stem and seeds.
  4. Add the chile to the food processor and blend until fairly smooth.
  5. Enjoy!
Adapted from Webster's Real Grilling Cookbook
Adapted from Webster's Real Grilling Cookbook
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Thank You God

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 There are moments like these that are just priceless. Beautiful. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Thank you God. This past weekend was all about our little family and we had the best time. The weather was gorgeous! Michael and I started our Saturday with our second family photo shoot with a friend of mine from work. Her and her family are just stunning. We had the best time and couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to capture such beautiful moments. After, Michael and I took Zoë to Millennium Park where she played in the fountains, running and laughing; we could barely keep up. Sunday we went to the beach together and just enjoyed the warm breeze. Later, I grilled up some lamb chops and artichokes for dinner and made my favorite tomatillo salsa (I’ll be sharing the recipe tomorrow). 

Thank you God, my sinus surgery went very well. My doctor is the best for sure. The healing process does not take 3 days as I thought. You’re back on your feet in less than 3 days, but the healing process takes a bit longer. They found bacteria dangerously packed in my sinus’, so I’m experiencing the world’s worst migraines at night now that’s it’s clear and healing. My face no longer looks swollen, I definitely can see the difference. I’m just so grateful we caught it before it became blinding or fatal. A scare like this makes you see your life in a different perspective. You realize just how easily it can all be taken away from you. Our bodies are strong and yet so fragile at the same time.

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 And this man….my love. He’s my hero. My Superman, with very human qualities. We’ve been talking about getting married again. So much has happened in this time that has tested our love. We survived the storm and got through the tunnel, in one piece. We are strong, we didn’t even know how strong we are. So thank you to the challenges, you made us better. We know who we are, apart and together. This time we will do it just for us. No one will know when or where we’ll be when we say “I do” again. We’ll be doing it our way, and for us only. Michael’s idea. How lucky am I that he gets it.

Marriage is between two people.

Mothers Day Gift Guide

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Mother’s Day is my new favorite holiday; a day just for us…so rare, so very very rare. I find myself looking forward to this day the entire year – I kid you not. You would think I have ten kids…no, not ten. Just one very lively toddler I love to the moon and back, a high maintenance senior citizen pug I adore, a husband that keeps me young, and don’t forget the blue fish; who is the only one who behaves in this house. I love that fish. I might not have ten kids, but I sure have a full house of souls that need my attention and depend on me on a daily basis. A day just for me is really appreciated. Here is my Mother’s Day gift guide, just in case the man of the house needs any ideas ;)

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