4th of july and remembering the lakehouse

July 4, 2012 |  Category:   holidays life photography press

We’re missing the lakehouse this year, which has sort of become a 4th of July tradition with our friends, the Jensens, over the last couple of years. I know they’re missing it this year too.


Acura, the car brand, publishes a quarterly lifestyle, travel and design magazine for their customer base (a distribution of 850,000 – hey, not bad!) and asked me to submit some photos for consideration for one of their photo essay stories. The lakehouse story was chosen for a 4 page spread and was published this Spring (along with a nice paycheck. Yay for paying photographers for their work!).


Happy 4th of July! We’re going to try and catch some fireworks.

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  • Lois July 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Yay, Jenna! We love your photographs and everyone thought they perfectly captured the essence of summer that fit in so well with this issue. Our editor was just saying how she also loved the images of you flipping through the mag.

  • Justine July 4, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Yahhhh! Money for your stellar photography!

  • Jenna July 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    @Lois Thanks again for emailing me a year ago! It looks great.

  • Jenny July 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    love reading your blog. have been for a while! i feel many similarities between our lives. you’d be shocked too. lol. i’m reading your posts and i get this, “whoa, seriously? me too” reaction…. hope i’m not sounding creepy or stalkerish. lol anyways, thanks for giving me something great to read on a daily basis. your girls are absolutely beautiful. i show my husband your blog and say, “do you think our kids will bel this good looking too??” hahaha

  • Atsuko July 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Awesome! Congratulation. Your story and pictures are comforting to read every time. Happy Independence day!!

  • Margaret July 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Hope you’re enjoying your day :)

  • Vivian Doan July 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm


  • Susan July 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Wow, awesome Jenna!

  • Pink Ronnie July 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    That is so awesome, Jenna.
    Your photos look stunning in print. The people behind the magazine sure know their stuff!
    Ronnie xo

  • katie July 5, 2012 at 3:00 am

    aw congrats! what gorgeous photos! i don’t know if you have Halfords over there – it’s a bike shop – but their latest tv ad is “remembering childhood”: bike rides & campsites & toasted marshmallows – some advertising is so clever / pretty :)

    Katie x

  • katie July 5, 2012 at 3:03 am

    here’s that ad http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtjDai7H2-E

  • Jade July 5, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Well done! Gorgeous photos.

  • jane July 5, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Jenna, what happened to the lake house? I love your past postings of this magical place.

  • Jenna July 5, 2012 at 9:25 am

    @jane – oh nothing happened to the lakehouse. Our friends just couldn’t make their yearly east coast trip this year. I’m sure there will be more lakehouse visits in the future!

  • Julie Tantillo July 5, 2012 at 11:00 am

    That’s awesome. Great pics. Kudos to Acura for recognizing your talent.

  • Sara Jensen July 5, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Jenna! This just made me so happy! Can I get 2 copies of this?

  • susan July 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Your photos are always amazing. Would love to see a book I’m a huge fan of both your images & your writing xo from Nova Scotia

  • jen July 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Absolutely wonderful! Love the photos! And thanks for the day trip info! Adding it to the itinerary :)

  • Lani July 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    What a great accomplishment to have your photos published! :)

  • Liz July 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    The photos look great, so yay. And double yay for a publication being realistic about what they should do. I guess pay = yay.

    (And your photos of the summer so far perfectly capture the languid feeling of the long school break. They have made feel like a child again. Thank you.)

  • Lindsey July 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Freaking fantastic, Jenna! You deserve it!

  • K. Thor Jensen July 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    this makes me happy and sad at the same time. what’s that emoticon, like ;| but we’ll hopefully see you there next year.

  • erin July 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    as always, beautiful photos.
    the lake looks so serene.

  • Christine Witt (Brush Dance) July 5, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Really beautiful pictures. I can’t wait to be back in the Hudson Valley in August – it’s been too long. (Coincidentally, we have a calendar called Simple Pleasures – these photos look like they belong in those scenes.)

  • Jennifer Nichols July 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    How wonderful! Congrats on the feature!

  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag July 6, 2012 at 12:18 am

    YAY you! Your work is so lovely, and it looks divine in that mag!

  • Jessica July 6, 2012 at 1:22 am

    That lakehouse is a dream. Congratulations on the spread!

  • joya July 7, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I loved these images when you originally posted about the lake house. So great you were compensated & featured for your photography (and summer story).

  • F. Royal Baxter July 8, 2012 at 1:18 am

    I am so happy for you and also for Acura since they got a bargain.
    By the way I am enjoying your calender. I found a way to mount two months side by side for I get to enjoy your photos twice as long.

  • kay w. July 10, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    what a great feature, and how unexpected – for acura? what a wonderful tradition, though it looks like you guys more than made up for it with the girls with the fireworks display.