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Monthly Archives: January 2010

boutique albums. :durango, co photographer:

the boutique is up & running!

what?  you ask…a boutique?  YES, ya’ll!!!  i’m a girly-girl!  i love to shop!  and nothing makes me happier than a darling boutique with cute custom pieces to feed the shop-a-holic in me!

why should your photography experience be any different?  don’t you want gorgeous prints of your cute baby’s tush to hang on your wall…don’t you want an album of your hotness on your wedding day…don’t you want a purse for your album-(more about the purse later)!  YES, you emphatically do!!!

so, i told you i had a lot of new things coming up in 2010…here’s one of them:

i am now working with a graphic designer to design custom albums & cards just for you!  she is cute, she is sweet, she is talented, and she’s going to make us the most beautiful goodies to display your little works of art!  with the purchase of an album through jan schill photography you get an album consultation to see all of your gorgeous choices and you can tell us what your dreams are of your perfect album…and we’ll do it!  there are wedding albums, session albums, baby albums, a-day-in-the-life albums…so many choices you’ll want a few!  AND now i take credit cards, so you can charge it…doesn’t every girl love those two words?!

here’s my latest & greatest album…this baby will be your new bff, see…

oh, the metallic paper…the thick, flushmount pages…the custom, designed layout…the modern, square opening…the champagne cover…

don’t you just want to hug & kiss it because of its radness?…me too…

Jamie Jo - January 31, 2010 - 3:49 pm

Great pictures of your amazing books! I am so excited for people to see these in person! They are so wonderful! I’m so proud of all of the things you are doing with your business while still being a super mom and a great wife!

for. real. :durango, colorado photographer:

and now…it’s time to be frank!  i prefer to be me…like it or not…being honest, real, raw, & frank is essential!  it’s not me to sugar coat things & smile & nod.  i do it occasionally, or just sing a little song it my head to prevent myself from having verbal diarrhea and really offending someone.  it’s not me to be censored or quiet!  a friend recently inspired me to think about the direction my business should go!  what do i want?  what can i handle?  what’s best for my family?  what’s best for my clients?  i admit…and don’t just totally hate me for this…i choose to work!  i’m a stay-at-home-mom…it’s all i ever wanted to do & the fact that my family supports & tolerates me being in business is a super extra bonus blessing!  i love photography!  i love everything about it!  i love my clients!  i love my family!  i love all those goodies that come along with this industry!  so, this is fair warning that i’m going to have a little more real, personal, frankness from now on!  i’m going to share my “life goals” and other tidbits that you may or may not want to know!  i’ll remind you that you totally don’t have to read it…i’d love it if you hang out and read and leave a comment or two, but it’s a personal choice!  part of being in this line of work and being a client of a custom photographer is that you like who you hire & i want to love my clients…i do love you guys!  i am not for everyone…everyone is not for me!  when you hire someone to work with your newborn or spend 8 hours with on your wedding day you need to like that person…we don’t have to be bff’s, but we should be able to hang out without having to have a cocktail or a muzzle!  i’d love to have a coffee or a cocktail with you though…yum!  i do custom photography!  custom photography is not for everyone.  my work & products are a traveling boutique of ideas, possibilities, & love!

so, to start i’m going to tell you a few things: 1) i think adrian brody is totally hot! 2) my biggest fear is anything happening to my children…it keeps me up at night 3) i own my own gun & i’m a pretty good shot! 4) i’m planning to have a voluntary double-mastectomy, a hysterectomy, & reconstruction in the next 5 years because of my family’s history of cancer 5) i’m getting ready to start a 40-day fast from shopping, business stuff included(unless it’s for clients of course)…i need a 12 step program!

Beth H. - January 28, 2010 - 10:00 pm

Jan, I still rave about how much I loved the mini sesh we had with you! And I would love to get to know you over coffee, I’m just shy! GOod luck with the surgeries, my aunt is going to get the same ones this spring. And I too need a 12 step program for shopping, strength in numbers right?
Beth H and baby Kemper

Jamie Jo - January 25, 2010 - 4:25 pm

1. You are hysterical!
2. I love it that you are frank!
3. I’ll work on your 12 step no shopping program. . .maybe we can be accountability partners. . .except, of course, that I will be shopping with janshillphotography very soon
4. your new picture is hot!
5. love you!

Stacie - January 24, 2010 - 5:30 pm

Have I told you how much I love you?! Well I do…your raw honesty and all! Here’s an honest word from me…your new blog picture is totally HOT and let me know how the 40-day fast from shopping goes!

europe. part.2 :durango, co/international photographer:

bonjour…this is the part where i tell you about how my dreams of going to paris came true!  ok, let’s back up about 7 years:  when andrew & i met we quickly started planning our life together-we met, got engaged 4 months later, and married 7 months after that.  so, among those plans was the promise from andrew to take me to paris…and to see the eiffel tower.  so, he finally fulfilled his promise to me…it was worth the wait…

thomas is french, he & andrew met in law school and he was there the night when A & i met too…lovely sarah is french as well…i wish she lived in the states so that we could hang out and talk about macaroons & baking & drink wine & eat pastries with crazy amounts of butter on them…

we had some delicious meals in thomas’ tiny apartment courtesy of the lovely sarah…mmm, crepes with orange caramel sauce…
thankfully i took my uggs-which i completely hated until this year btw!  we walked everywhere in paris…seriously everywhere!  we walked so much for two days and saw so many things that i lost the remainder of my baby weight plus a little pinch here and there.  i thought i could eat enough butter, pastries, & macaroons to make up for it, but that didn’t happen…the city is wonderful…
since it was getting close to the holiday season, street vendors were roasting chestnuts everywhere in the city.  we couldn’t help but try them…yum…
our second day was freezing cold!  all hopes i’d had of dressing cute in my “cute paris outfits” were dashed when it was bitter cold outside & i quickly realized that walking was the #1 form of transportation!  thankfully i was able to borrow some things from sarah so i didn’t lose an ear or a digit while making my way to the tower!
we walked to the second level & then took the elevator to the top.  we had champagne at the champagne bar & stayed there for a long time…it was beautiful…
andrew had been to paris several times before, but never to the top of the eiffel tower.  he said he was waiting for his wife to go to the top with…thanks babe!
mont marte…
the view from mont marte…
on our last evening we were invited to have dinner at thomas’ mothers home on the champ elysees.  she prepared a delicious dinner for us and it was so nice to be welcomed into her lovely home!  on the way over there i ate a rose flavored macaroon, quickly turned green, and became violently ill for the remainder of the evening.  it was embarrassing, not quite the way i like to behave as a dinner guest!  every hour on the hour they light the tower, it’s beautiful!  we happened to visit the city on a holiday and there was a special light show that we got to see…it was gorgeous…
my reason number 101 & 102 to visit paris again soon…macaroons & street cafes…i have great affection in my heart for them both…

our last day there we went to the louvre.  i had no idea how big it was & that we would need at least a week to see everything!  that morning i emphatically declared that i was going to “be cute today” and wear my “cute paris outfit” and i was “not walking anywhere”!  i wore a cute jacket, skinny jeans, and my platform, stiletto ankle boots.  then, we walked about 100ft just to take a bus to the museum and my whole body was killing me!  by the time we arrived at the louvre i didn’t care about the mona lisa, or art, or anything else at all & i was quite sure that i was going to need a foot transplant or the jaws of life because of my incredibly cute & uncomfortable shoe selection!  andrew & thomas were not impressed!  i ended up taking my shoes off and carrying them around the museum & got to experience the louvre in my socks…which i highly recommend!  one woman called out to me in french to put my shoes back on & i just smiled at her & kept walking.  the rest of the day i kept repeating to myself “stupid girl, stupid shoes”!  i mean, i am all for suffering for fashion, but i need my feet!  i went right back to the uggs the first chance i got.  sorry mona lisa, i’ll admire you more next time in my tennis shoes like all of the other tourists there that were so happy in their comfy shoes!

thomas & sarah…we love you guys, you are among our top reasons to go back to france!  thanks for being our hosts, chefs, & tour guides in paris!  thanks for not letting that drunk man on the metro steal my camera, thanks for taking me to every macaroon shop anywhere close to where we were walking, thanks for being great friends!   i love paris!

Stacie - January 24, 2010 - 5:34 pm

Jan these pictures are amazing! I keep looking at them over and over again because they are so rich in substance!

Jennifer - January 19, 2010 - 1:46 pm

HMMM Yum. Now I desperately want a crepe with bananas and Nutella and a sandwich on a real baguette. I am so glad your Paris dream came true. France is a magical place. Paris, je t’aime!

Jennifer - January 19, 2010 - 1:45 pm

HMMM Yum. Now I desperately want a crepe with bananas and Nutella and asandwich on a real baguette. I am so glad your Paris dream came true. France is an a magical place. Paris, je t’aime!

europe. part. 1 :durango, co/international photographer:

i was going through all of my personal 2009 images to archive them & get them off of my computer before it starts throwing things & yelling obscenities at me, & i ran across about 200 blog-worthy, personal images that i intended to share with you…hmmm…
well, instead of starting way back in october, let’s start with our super rad trip to europe:

we left for europe after packing meticulously, weighing our bags to make sure that we weren’t over weight limits, taking only what andrew & i could carry so that we could handle the kiddos, and taking enough snacks, new toys, movies, & comfort items to feed & entertain a fleet of littles…yes, all four of us went to europe…it was an adventure!  we flew durango-denver-chicago-london, got our rental car & drove 5 hours up to the lake district where we were to stay for a few days.  it was really different driving on the other side of the road, but it didn’t deter livi from her typical road-trip pee sessions.

strangely enough, of all three countries that we visited, i had the hardest time communicating in england.  our first stop at the “welcome break” we found the english version of starbucks where i ordered a mint mocha…it sounded yummy & wonderful since i was exhausted, wet, & cold…after saying “mint mocha” about five times & being asked what a “mamocha” was, i finally got my hot, delicious cup of minty-chocolate caffeine & was so happy!

thanks to the tomtom, we made it to ambleside.  the lake district was beautiful!  we stayed at a cozy bed & breakfast that had a perfect little two-room suite for our little family…every morning we woke to our own table next to a huge window with a full-english breakfast & french-pressed coffee.  we tried to enjoy england even though we were extremely jet-lagged, it was cold, & it rained constantly.  i hardly took any pictures in england, but i made up for it when i photographed my first wedding…in england…of these rad folks…

i loved doing the wedding, to see the posts of that go HERE, HERE, & HERE!  oh my…  and have you ever had a kitkat from england…they are so delicious…all kitkats are not created equal…i miss these things a lot…
the day after robert & jen got hitched we packed it up & jumped back in the car…on the way to catch our flight livi completely defiled our car with projectile vomit…thank God for leather & that we were smart enough to have plenty of wipes and a change of clothes handy…
somehow we got to the airport without being covered in puke & caught a flight over to germany to visit my sister & her hubby.  germany was cold & wet too…are you picking up on the weather trend for our european holiday yet?  good thing we were there to see people we love & our hotel was so wonderful!  they took pity on us & gave us a beautiful suite that worked perfectly…plenty of room so that we weren’t on top of one another…livi & harper had their own beds…the breakfast was amazing…and livi was in love with the elevator…
after a few days in germany, andrew & i left the littles with my sister & her hubs for a trip to paris by ourselves.  they were sweet enough to volunteer to watch them & we jumped at the chance to go to paris sans children.  (you’ll have to wait for part 2 to see all of the pics from paris)  a few days in gorgeous paris with our sweet, french friends we wondeful!  we returned to germany after three days in france to see the sights of hamburg & our littles that we were really starting to miss!  we walked all around hamburg…
this is part of the st. nikolai monument.  this church was bombed & burned in WWII…
harper enjoyed the sights from the comfort of her stroller…
livi loved the leaves & the bahn in hamburg…
andrew took a few pictures too…which was so nice…he worked for a photographer in college & has a great eye…i really like his perspective…
we loved the food in germany…not all hot dogs, sauer kraut, & beer like a lot of us think…they have lots of cool, yummy modern places to eat…harper discovered fresh apples at this yummy thai infusion place…
this is a bunker from WWII…they dot the city & are used today for storage…
i was fascinated by these…
also left from the effects of WWII, these markers are outside of the homes of many of those that did not return after the war.  i don’t speak german, so to translate, this brass stone basically says, “Here Lived Peter Perls, born 1931, Deported 1943, Murdered in Auschwitz”…this boy was killed in auschwitz concentration camp.   to read more about them you can go HERE and read what my husband wrote about them on our friend carl’s website HERE.

for part 2, we’ll be in paris…get your wine & cheese ready…

Stacie - January 24, 2010 - 5:38 pm

These are fabulous! And I did not know that Kit-Kats are not equal across the world or that they could be better than they are here…

Jamie Jo - January 20, 2010 - 2:12 pm

love, love, love your europe pics! so fun!!!

janet wisner - January 18, 2010 - 10:36 pm

um, that picture of you and your girls? fab. you’re hawt. seriously, jan schill, these images are truly amazing. incredible eye, you have. love you, dude.