JC - Originals Photography


Hello and welcome to my blog!

This is where I share sneak peeks with my clients and tidbits of my family through photography. I'm very blessed to be doing what I've always wanted to do... stay at home with my 3 beautiful children and photograph those around me; all with the support of my loving husband. In the meantime, sit back, relax and enjoy a little bit of us and my photography! Oh and I love comments... Let me know you're reading and what you like about it! Jill Cornelius **If you're looking for older posts, scroll down to the bottom of this page and you will find the archives. Then you can select the month or exact post you're looking for.

JC-Originals Photography

Jill is a Rockwall, Caddo Mills, Royse City, and other surrounding East Dallas areas Family, Baby, and Children Photographer Specializing in Natural Light On Location Photography.


Almost a goner...

I was re-editing some images that a client wanted to re-order and was trying to 'save' this image. Originally I underexposed it... That day we had massive clouds, then the sun would peek out, then back in again. I'd have all my settings ready for that particular situation and then it would change on me. And then trying to capture those smiling moments with toddlers, well... you snap when you can!

I ran across this neat little action a while back that basically adds 'sun' to your photograph. I ran it, but then toned it down because it was a little too harsh for this image and voila... No more underexposed image! Aren't his eyes gorgeous?

And what the heck... While I'm sharing some of my editing secrets, I might as well show you what we started with... I'm a little embarrassed to show you the before and normally had his expression not been so great, this would have been a trashed image because of the exposure.
Pretty amazing, huh?!


1 2 3 4 5 *** 6 7 8 9 10 ***11 12...

Nope, actually just 3! Yesterday, I had the opportunity to photograph the triplets. They are now 4 months old and getting cuter by the day!

Here are some of my favorites from the day!

I've got lots more to edit... I haven't even looked at their individual shots, but I've got to place a couple of orders for other sessions, edit a maternity, and then come back to this session.

I'll be back soon! Have a great Memorial Day tomorrow...

Oh and in case anyone is wondering about the title to this post... It's obviously an inside joke that my wonderful husband started yesterday during our session. Just think Sesame Street and maybe we'll all have it stuck in our head!


Family Portraits

I finally had a chance to go through some of the photos that my sister's boyfriend took of our family on Mother's Day to pick some of my favorites. As I've mentioned before, we desperately need updated pictures for our frames. Poor Caleb doesn't exist on our walls and Haidyn is still a baby in most of them!

I think I need to remove a little orange from this picture... The orange was obviously reflecting onto our faces.

We loved this pose that some of our friends did, so Kevin thought we should try to duplicate it for our family!

We actually did this pose with Maddie several years ago and thought we'd do it again.

A little too much sun, but I still love it! I'll have to play with it more in PS.

So which one is your favorite family picture? Siblings picture?

Well, I better call it a night... I'm photographing the triplets tomorrow and I'm sure I'm going to need my rest! Fingers crossed Caleb sleeps all night.


L&D + Pre-Wedding Party = ~FIESTA~

Recently I had the awesome opportunity to photograph a pre-wedding fiesta. It was a great experience. It was definitely an event to remember!

There was...
Great Decor Outside

Great Decor Inside

Great Food

Great Dessert

Great Bubbly

Great Music

Great Friends

Great Toast

Great Future Bride & Groom

Best wishes to the future Bride & Groom!


Amateur Photographer

I think all photographers would find this quote quite humorous...

An amateur photographer was invited to dinner with friends, and he took along a few pictures to show to them. The hostess looked at the photos and commented, "These are very good! You must have a good camera."

The photographer didn't make any comment, but as he was leaving to go home, he said, "That was a really delicious meal! You must have some very good pots."

I smile every time I read that!

ETA... Some of my favorite images were from my old P&S camera. And most people probably wouldn't be able to pick those out from the rest that were taken with my current camera!



It's a good busy... I promise more sneak peeks coming soon... Hopefully tonight I'll get some good editing in after the kiddos go to bed.

Here's what to come:
*Dinner Party Sneak Peek
*Baby Shower Sneak Peek
*Caleb crawling
*Cornelius Mother's Day Family Pics

Oh and I still need girlies... I've had several inquiries and I promise you all are on my list to contact soon. Sorry I haven't yet...

Until then!


Baby Brother...

Oh how I love this image... Just Baby Brother wasn't really crazy about the grass. It was also naptime. We did get some smiling pictures of him later, but this image of the girls is so precious. I may still have to frame it! Just for the memory...

Maybe I can clone his smiling face out of another picture... Hmmm... have to work on that!

Mother's Day... My Day Off!

Yesterday was a wonderful Mother's Day. We decided to meet at the park with family members (from both sides) that were available for a no stress day at the park. Each family picked up something to eat on the way and then we just hung out. The weather turned out to be quite nice after the chilly breeze lessened.

As you can see from the title though, this was my day off... My sister's boyfriend enjoys taking pictures as much as I do (if not more!) and he picked up my camera and documented the day for us. How nice was that? As a mom sometimes I get caught in the moment doing motherly things and don't get to catch all the cute things kids tend to do, so it was nice to have someone to capture those moments for us! Thanks Chris! Oh and check out his blog here.

So here is a preview of our day... (remember though, I didn't take any of these pics!) This post is pretty picture heavy though.
Daddy and Son

Grandma and Whitney--Kev's mom

Not so happy Tyler!

Hannah eating with mommy (after not wanting to eat for Aunt Jill!)

Pawpaw and Caleb--my dad

My sis and my girls

Miss A and her son

How many babies can you find?

This one is a little harder to count the babies!

I love daddy and baby sleeping pics. (all my kids have done this)

Mr. J with his cupcake

Maddie-moo and her cupcake

Miss Messy aka Haidyn

All in all it was a great day... We were missing a few people though, so hopefully the next get-together we'll have everyone... My mom, brother and his family, Kev's brother and wife, Kev's sister and family, etc.

Stayed tuned for a continuation post from the park... In case you couldn't tell, our family was in coordinating outfits so we could get some much needed family pics. I've still got to sort through those and find my favorites.

Also, there will be a sneak peek from a pre-wedding dinner party I did Saturday night. It was my first event like this to photograph and I really enjoyed it! The food, decor, etc. were just amazing.


Drum Roll Please!

JC-Originals Photography website is getting a face-lift. Check out the changes as we improve it for you! Let me know what you like and don't like. Maybe even suggestions on how to make it better or what you would like to see (well within reason).

Oh and big news... Little Man Caleb is on the move. Yep, you heard it here... He is a movin' and a scootin' now that he has realized he can crawl. Looks like we'll be babyproofing this weekend. Pictures of him in action to come!

REMINDER: I still need girlies for my website! Call me or email me...


Brother 'C' and Sister 'C' Sneak Peek

I had the pleasure of meeting Brother 'C' and Sister 'C' the other evening at the park. I think Brother 'C' warmed up to me quite fast... He had such a cute little personality. He even asked me to take off my sunglasses so he could see my eyes. I guess the little man wanted to know just who I was since I was taking his picture! Then Sister 'C' was so sweet. She has big, gorgeous eyes! I think mom and I could relate since two of my kiddos are similar in ages to her two.

So here you go... here are a few of my favorites from the session!

This one is my absolute favorite... I'm a sucker for sweet images like this though!
(This would be my pick for a canvas)

Brother and Sister checking out the little house
He was not the least bit scared to get up on this old tractor!

Princess 'C'... I love her expression!

Brother 'C' and Sister 'C'... I enjoyed capturing these moments with you. I hope you enjoy this sneak peek of your session and I will be in touch when your proofs are ready for viewing!


WANTED: Girls!

I've recently noticed that my portfolio consists of a lot of boy 'models'. So with that said, I need girls to even things out. If your little princess is needing her portrait made, then contact me for special incentives during this 'Girls Needed' time. Big or small, I'd love to capture them, so give me a call or shoot me an email!


My '3' at 8 months...

I thought I'd pull up pics of each of the kids at 8 months to see if they resemble each other. I have to say that each one looks unique. You know how people usually comment that so and so looks like so and so at 'that' age. Well, after this little experience, I have to say, they don't. Interesting, huh? Each child is special and unique in their own way.

Here are the 3 at 8 months old each...

Maddie (pre-digital, her photo is actually an old scan)
(isn't she petite? She was by far my smallest)

Haidyn (pre-dslr)
(Haidyn actually looks the chunkiest, but she wasn't)

Caleb (just the other night-obviously)
(the girls weren't his current weight until they were 12-13 mos.)

So what do you think? Do two resemble more than the other? Or do you think they all resemble one another? What about Cornelius vs. Nutt? (and yes, for those of you that don't know... my maiden name is Nutt!). Who looks like a Cornelius and who looks like a Nutt? Go ahead and laugh--I'm smiling just typing that out! Just a little fun I thought of having tonight.


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