Jessica lives in Ridgefield, CT, with her husband, daughters (2010, 2012), and son (2014). She is a sought-after newborn photographer with JW Brown Photography, a small business she started in 2018. She's a Michigan native, a road tripper, an audiobook reader, a coffee drinker, and a not-so-great skier. She and her husband make international travel with their family of five an annual priority and have learned how to fit it into their life and budget. 
Girls on an international vacation.

How to Enjoy International Travel with (Big) Kids

Our favorite family activity, by far, is to travel. We especially love international travel. We've taken our kids to places all around the world, from Dubai to Scotland, Japan to Guatemala. In our tiny kid...

Explore Fairfield County :: Ridgefield

“Explore Fairfield County” is an informational series that provides a glimpse into the wonderful towns and cities in Fairfield County. Fairfield County is diverse, including big cities, small suburbs, beaches, farms, and busy highways....
Children holding holiday gift boxes filled with Christmas cookies.

Christmas Cookie Magic: Creating Beautiful (and Delicious) Gifts

Last year, we decided to take a break from the typical office holiday gifts and get a little creative (and sweet) with regard to gifts for my husband’s colleagues. After all, who needs another...
A family during a fall photo shoot.

What Not to Wear for Fall Family Pictures

It’s family photography season around Fairfield County! Family photographers like me often work morning, noon, and night every fall because it’s one of the most popular seasons for family portrait sessions! Many families choose...
A tent camping experience.

Reflections on Tent Camping From a Rookie

It was early summer. Our vacation budget for the year had already been blown on a Spring Break trip to Guatemala, but we looked at the calendar and spotted an opening for a week-long...
A family on a Fairfield County beach.

Fun in the Sun: Fairfield County Beaches

Unfortunately, summer is beyond the halfway mark, but fortunately, plenty of time is left before school starts to take advantage of Fairfield County’s beautiful beaches. I’m rounding up some of Fairfield County’s best beaches...
A boy reading a book under a blanket.

Helping Kids Embrace Summer Reading

  Ah, the sun-kissed days of summer! It’s a nice time for kids to bask in the freedom from school routines and homework and appreciate a more laid-back life for a couple of months. At least...
A newborn sleeping during a photography session.

Tips and Tricks for Getting Babies to Sleep – From a Professional Newborn Photographer

As a professional newborn photographer, I have had the privilege of working with hundreds of newborn babies. Many of the babies I photograph come for a studio newborn session, where I soothe, rock, and...
A girl on a smartphone.

The Great Smartphone Debate

If you have kids in the 9-14 age range, this is very likely to be on your mind: Should I get my kid a smartphone? He really wants one. I want to be able to contact...
Two girls in a double stroller next to a pile of luggage.

Meet Jessica: A Reluctant East Coast Transplant

I cried when I found out my husband’s job was relocating us to Connecticut. That was almost six years ago. Fast forward to today, where I’m always meeting new families. Some are clients; others have...