Posts with tag: "Jen Lebo Photography, Colorado Springs"


Hi!  I'm Jen.  Teacher to teen girls.  Dorm mom to teen girls.  Photographer to teen girls.  And Mom to my own teen girl.

My mission is to help moms everywhere learn how to connect with and empower their own teen daughters.

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Are We There Yet? My Own Journey To Self Confidence
Are We There Yet?  My Own Journey To Self Confidence

 “You give yourself no credit!  You are self-sabotaging!” Her words, written there in her text, were like a smack to the back of the head, old school teacher style.  Wake up, woman! You’re self-sabotaging! I had been struggling with another moment of self-doubt, and she had called me on it.  I was a bit surprised, but then so thankful. Her honesty had woken me, not only to the moment, but to the journey. Self-confidence. The idea has been a stranger to me for as long as I can remember.  Despite growing up with two parents who poured love and support over me every single day, despite excelling in high school and college, both academically and athletically, despite having great friends, wonderful mentors, a loving and faithful husband, and 3 healthy and happy kids, this notion of self- confidence eludes me. Until recently, I hadn’t put much thought into this.  It was just who I was, and I figured I was never going to change.  But then I started noticing it in some of the girls in my dorm. I began seeing their self doubt.  And then I noticed it in some of my students- girls who were smart, capable, lovely young ladies. And then I began to look for it.  I began to see it in friends, in colleagues, in women who were beautiful, awe-inspiring, brilliant.   And then I saw it in ...

Five Tips For Better Smartphone Portraits
Are We There Yet?  My Own Journey To Self Confidence

 It never fails.   Every weekend, I get to my daughter’s soccer game, or one of the boys’ games, and I think “Aww man!!!  I forgot my camera!” Most days, I shake my head, and simply sit down to enjoy the game.  There’s something to be said about unplugging and being present with them. But there are moments when I want to remember them doing their thing, and so the phone is going to have to do, because yes, the photographer mama left her quality camera at home! I’m telling you, this happens all the time!   So, I’ve learned how to take a decent pic with my phone, and today I’m going to share my FIVE FAVORITE PHONE PIC TIPS with you!  1. FIND THE GOOD LIGHTEven with a smartphone, it’s all about the light.  If you can find nice, even light, you can capture a beautiful photo even without a fancy camera. The trick is to find even light, perhaps using open shade.  Tall buildings, or walls, or even thick hedges can diffuse strong sunlight and create a lovely, well lit portrait- even with your phone.2. CHECK YOUR BACKGROUNDAgain, regardless of the kind of camera you have, your background can make or break your photo.  Take a moment to remove clutter from the background of your photo, and if you can’t move the clutter, move the subject away from it. ...

Five Books Every Daughter Mom Needs To Read
Are We There Yet?  My Own Journey To Self Confidence

 Every woman should have a “happy place”.   A place where she goes to take care of herself, to recharge her batter, to “fill her cup”. Do you have a “happy place”? Maybe yours is on your back deck, with a glass of wine, dipping your feet in the pool at sunset.  Or maybe it’s at the spa, getting a massage, releasing all the tension of the day, week, month. Maybe it’s a night out with your best friends, or a date with your husband, or a morning at the gym with your workout buddy. All those things sound divine to me!  Don’t they? But while they do sound lovely, none of these are my true “happy place”.  For me, it’s always been the same. My happy place is downstairs, in my favorite chair, early in the morning, before anyone else is up, with that first cup of coffee, and a good book.  Preferably during summer months, when things slow down a bit. When I can hear the sounds of chirping birds and watch the sun come up through the windows, the dog sleeping happily at my feet.  I love spending my summer mornings like this. Which is why I’m on the lookout for the dozen or so books that will accompany me in my happy place this summer. I’ve always been an avid reader, and so it makes sense that books are always a part of my summer ...

Why This Is Us Is Our Family Show
Are We There Yet?  My Own Journey To Self Confidence

 **** SPOILER ALERT!****  This blog post does contain some spoilers of our favorite show, This Is Us.  Proceed with caution! When we gather together, the five of us cuddled onto two couches, on Wednesday nights, I know that we’re making memories.  The fact that we all choose to wait until the following night to watch it, so that we can ALL watch it together. The fact that it’s never a question that we will not watch it unless we are all present.  The fact that all chatter stops, any bickering, all distractions fade away.  We are one family, watching another family. And while that other family may be fictional, in so many ways they are just like us.   This Is Us. It’s become our family show, and I love that every one of the five of us will always remember this show and the way it made us feel. I know our family is not the only one sitting in front of the TV on “This Is Us” night (although most families are watching on Tuesdays, not Wednesdays).  Millions of us love this show. There’s something about a show that can have you laughing AND crying at the same time. And yes, that happens often- almost every week! But there is something so special about this show for me.  It’s a show about an imperfect family, trying desperately to love each other, through tragedy and joy, ...

Three Confidence Builders You Have To Try Today
Are We There Yet?  My Own Journey To Self Confidence

 I seriously love my life! I spend my days in the classroom with the sweetest, most energetic 9th grade girls.  I spend my nights in a dormitory, chatting and studying and eating cake with my house girls.  On the weekends, I often grab my camera and capture portraits for local high school girls. And I get to live everyday as mom to the most special of all tween girls.  (We have two boys too- they’re ok… JK!) Seriously, some days are a struggle, but most days I just love the time I get to spend with all these amazing girls! Teen girls are exceptional.  They are bright, beautiful, full of energy and endless questions.  They are precious. But they are too often blind to all of this.  Clueless. Unaware of their beautiful smiles, their captivating hearts, their powerful skills.  Overwhelmed instead with insecurity and low self esteem. So what can we do?   We can build up their self esteem with these THREE SIMPLE CONFIDENCE BUILDERS.  1. SPEND QUALITY TIME TOGETHERThis one is so easy, and can be so fun!  Go grab coffee together, or lunch, or take a shopping trip.  No money? No problem! A simple walk is a great idea. Bring the dog- he’s the only one allowed to join you because he won’t interrupt.  Share time together sitting on her bed at night, or on your bed. ...