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Smolak Farms Apple Season!

Smolak Farms apple picking season is here! Along with crisp weather, snuggly sweaters, fire pits, a rainbow of foliage, and pumpkin spice everything. I love all things fall, and nothing beats this time of year at SMOLAK FARMS in North Andover, MA. There are lots of orchards in this area, but Smolak is the only one I know of with an ANTIQUE APPLE ORCHARD that includes 20 varieties of apples, many of which are no longer grown for commercial harvest. And the best part? The orchard is small enough that even little ones can easily walk around the whole thing and collect a sample (or two or three) of each type of apple.

My daughter and I visited the antique orchard last week, and had a blast picking each variety as we strolled the farm. Afterwards, we cut them up and tried bites of each! Some favorites were the “Sheep’s Nose,” “Pink Pearl,” “Winter Banana,” and “Sops of Wine.” Even the names are pretty fun!

The Antique orchard opens to the public on September 30 (we got early access as CSA members), so if you’re looking for a new apple picking experience, check it out for yourself! One tip: this place is so awesome that everyone loves visiting – especially on weekends. If you can make it there during the week, you’ll have the orchard to yourselves! Grab some food at the farmstead (a cider doughnut sundae, perhaps?) and make an evening of it!

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Sarah Jordan is a lifestyle photographer based out of Boston, MA but often travels to Cape Cod, New York and Los Angeles for sessions.

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Martha’s Vineyard Photographer – A perfect getaway!

Earlier this year, I was thrilled to win CAPE COD LIFE magazine’s photo contest! Not only was my photo featured on the cover of the JUNE ISSUE, but my husband and I were treated to a fabulous getaway to Martha’s Vineyard last weekend. Without kids. Of course, I adore traveling with my kids…BUT…this was our first time away without them in over 10 years. Heaven.

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The ferry ride over was a mini-vacation in itself! A gorgeous sunset, perfect temps, and some yummy beverages set the perfect tone to start the trip.
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Of all the places we explored, the cliffs of Aquinnah were undoubtedly the most spectacular. Their red, orange, and tan clay colors are stunning, especially against a bright blue sky! Other highlights included the gingerbread houses in Oak Bluffs, jumping off the “JAWS BRIDGE” in Edgartown, relaxing on the porch of our quaint hotel (THE DOCKSIDE), and even investigating some family history at the VINEYARD GAZETTE.

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We even stumbled upon a big crowd waiting to see Taylor Swift leaving her friend’s wedding! We didn’t stand around for very long, but did catch a quick glimpse of Taylor and the bride through a window ๐Ÿ™‚
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I brought my “big camera” with me to explore the island, but my husband is master of the iPhone panos! I love how the wide-angle of these images really capture more of the gorgeous surroundings!
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And, last but not least, some regular iPhone pics – because every vacation needs some selfies!
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All in all, it was a wonderful weekend and we are happy to have finally explored this beautiful island so close to home! I’d like to say that we’ll take the kids next time, but, well, we’ll see ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thank you, Cape Cod Life, for a weekend to remember!

Sarah Jordan is a lifestyle photographer based out of Boston, MA but often travels to Cape Cod, New York and Los Angeles for sessions. CLICK HERE to get more info if you are looking for a Cape Cod or Martha’s Vineyard Photographer!

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Smolak Farms Whim Dinner Series 2017

I can’t think of a better way to welcome the official start of summer than by enjoying a gourmet farm-to-table dinner at the bucolic Smolak Farms in North Andover! Everything was ideal for Smolak’s first Whim dinner of the year last night, featuring Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse (Chef Danny Levesque), and O’Brien Estate Winery. The sun set peacefully over the hill behind the elegant tent, while the staff of Davio’s prepared a mouth watering four-course meal in the open air kitchen.

After a brief welcome from Michael Smolak and Davio’s owner Steve DiFillippo, diners enjoyed a first course of Hand-Rolled Potato Gnocchi with Chanterelles, English Peas, Parmigiano, and Lemon Butter.
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Next up was a Watermelon Salad with Strawberries, Baby Arugula, Feta Cheese, and Lemon-Mint Dressing. Watching the plate assembly was like watching an artist paint a masterpiece! The colors alone were gorgeous! Of course, it tasted even better than it looked.
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The main course of the evening was Brandt Beef Short Ribs with Parmigiano Farro and Baby Vegetables – cooked to perfection, served beautifully, and oh-so-tender!
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Last but not least, the evening finished up with Honey Lavender Crรจme Brulee and Smolak Farm Berries.
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If you missed this week’s Whim dinner, be sure to reserve tickets for another one of these unique dining experiences HERE. They are held every Wednesday evening through the end of August, featuring a different chef each week. I hope to see some of you there!

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Reading Wedding Photographer – Eloped!

After years of focusing on babies, families, and local businesses, I am excited to announce that Sarah Jordan Photography is now also photographing weddings! This fall, I took on a limited number of small, intimate weddings, and had a fabulous time capturing the happy couples on their big days!

Even as a little girl, this bride never dreamed of a big wedding with all the fanfare. Instead, she told her family that she wanted to “get married at town hall on a Tuesday”. And that’s precisely what she did! It may have been simpler and more relaxed than other weddings, but it was certainly big on romance!ย  I loved all of the thoughtful little details they pulled together for this beautiful day – I mean, just look at those shoes!ย  And that little ring pouch the bride’s mother made to keep track of their rings?ย  So sweet ๐Ÿ™‚
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Although the temps were downright frigid, we snuck outside for a few minutes to capture some beautiful portraits in front of what might have been the very last bit of foliage out there this fall!

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Then we finally headed over to town hall to tie the knot!ย  I loved how excited everyone was when they saw the couple walk in.ย  Although the ceremony itself was very private, many people happily offered their congratulations as we made our way to the ceremony location.ย  I was honored to be one of the few people in the room that day, and had to blink away the tears so that I could see through my camera!

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Congratulations, K&B!ย  Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness!

If you are looking for an intimate Wedding Photographer, please contact Sarah Jordan Photography. Sarah Jordan is a lifestyle photographer serving the greater Boston area, specializing in photographing small weddings, newborns, babies, families and children.

 

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Harry Potter Photo Session

I know that the days of group costumes are numbered for my kiddos, so I’m enjoying Halloween to it’s fullest while I still can! And by “enjoying Halloween”, I clearly mean designing magical photo sessions to capture the imagination and excitement of the holiday.

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Sarah Jordan is a lifestyle photographer based out of Boston, MA but often travels to New York and Los Angeles for sessions

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North Andover Proposal Photographer – She said, “YES!”

Fall is quite possibly the most romantic time of year here in New England. The rainbow of colors that erupts every October is breathtaking, and apple picking, hiking, and pumpkin carving make for some perfect fall date ideas. Of course, the chill in the air also means that snuggling is, at times, a necessity. For many couples, autumn is also the perfect season to get engaged!

Last weekend, I had the privilege of capturing this sweet proposal amidst the bucolic apple orchards at SMOLAK FARMS in North Andover, MA. I felt like a spy as I hid behind a tree in the pine grove until the moment was *just* right for K to pop the question ๐Ÿ™‚ I kept my distance until it was clear that B’s answer was an enthusiastic “yes”, at which point I got to capture their joy and love for each other up close.

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Once the initial excitement settled down a bit, the couple was treated to a gorgeous picnic in a private gazebo, complete with fresh-cut flowers, pretty linens, LOTS of pumpkins, and a delicious farm-cooked meal. It looked amazing, so I took a few more photos, then left to let the happy couple start dreaming and planning their future together! It was such a beautiful and special day!

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If you are looking for someone to capture your proposal, please don’t hesitate to contact Sarah Jordan Photography. Sarah Jordan is a lifestyle photographer based out of Boston, MA but often travels to New York and Los Angeles for sessions

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FREE Holiday mini-sessions are back!

Holiday mini-sessions are BACK!!! This year’s theme is going to be the most elaborate yet – Santa is letting us use his sleigh for the big event! These holiday minis are FREE for any family who reserves a 2017 session. Email me at sarah@sarahjordanphoto.com for more info!

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Cape Cod Photographer – Vacation

This year, I started offering family and extended family sessions in Cape Cod, MA, and it has been a blast!
I first met this family two years ago (CLICK HERE TO SEE), and since then they’ve added another adorable baby to their ranks. They enjoy vacationing in Cape Cod whenever they can, and this year was extra special because some extended family made the trip during the same week. We started the session by capturing everyone all together, then things calmed down a bit as we enjoyed sunset with a smaller group.
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I loved the variety of backdrops at this unique location. There was a dock, a jetty, a sandy beach, dune grass, and lots and lots of shells. We had so much fun exploring all around the place!
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And, as usual, the Cape Cod sunset didn’t disappoint! It was so gorgeous that we decided to hang out and enjoy some snacks so that we could stay until the sun disappeared. Not only did we capture some beautiful images, but I think we created some wonderful memories at the same time.
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If you are looking for a Cape Cod Photographer, please contact Sarah Jordan Photography. Sarah Jordan is a lifestyle photographer serving the greater Boston area, specializing in photographing newborns, babies, families and children.

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Andover Senior Photographer – Sunset at the beach

It’s always exhilarating when people trust me to do what I love to do, and this gorgeous senior was up for anything! We met at the beach just before sunset, where we laughed, explored, and played until the sun went down. As much as I love photographing babies, it is sometimes refreshing to work with a subject that doesn’t require jokes or silly faces in order to get a smile! And what a beautiful smile she has! Good luck in your senior year, L – I’m sure it will be a stellar one!

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If you are looking for an Andover Senior Photographer, please contact Sarah Jordan Photography. Sarah Jordan is a lifestyle photographer based out of Boston, MA but often travels to New York and Los Angeles for sessions.

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North Andover Family Photographer – Spring fun

Spring in New England was incredibly tough for photo sessions this year! The flowers either bloomed too early or too late, and some bushes and trees didn’t flower at all! Luckily, we were able to catch this gorgeous patch of daffodils right at their peak, and the rest of Smolak Farms was just as photogenic as always. As with most sessions that include toddlers, I was running for about 80% of the time I spent with this energetic family – because running around makes kids happy!
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The kids had a blast exploring the farm, playing tag, and getting tossed in the air (they ESPECIALLY loved that part!). Just look at those smiles – nothing forced or cheesy about those!

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If you are looking for a North Andover Newborn Photographer, please contact Sarah Jordan Photography. Sarah Jordan is a lifestyle photographer based out of Boston, MA but often travels to New York and Los Angeles for sessions.

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Bella Ballerina – Business Spotlight

When I first transitioned from the world of education (I was a 6th grade science teacher) to photography, I decided to primarily focus on photographing babies and families. After all, I had babies of my own, and I was certainly passionate about capturing every little nuance of their childhood with my camera.

Then, a few years ago, I started working for Northshore Magazine as a freelance photographer. I still adore working with families and babies, but this new challenge was fun and exciting too! Every shoot was different, and I had to really hone my camera skills in order to capture some very unique settings in often difficult lighting conditions. My assignments have included a wide variety of businesses, including farms, boutiques, fitness centers, spas, local artisans, distilleries, restaurants, and even beautiful beaches. I’ve met many outstanding business owners, and had the opportunity to learn a little about each business, the people that make it successful, and the resources available to our communities North of Boston. In fact, I’ve enjoyed photographing these businesses so much that I’ve started offering Business Spotlight packages for other local businesses who would like to update their brochures, websites, and other marketing materials. Each package is customized to the needs of the business, and can include anything from headshots to architectural images, food photography, and even action shots.
You can see some of the work I’ve done for local businesses at:
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Imajine That in Lawrence, MA
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Last month, I had the opportunity to work with owner Beth Barlas, of Bella Ballerina Merrimack Valley, to capture images of her adorable dance students enjoying class! There were lots of giggles, tutus galore, and we ended up with lots of great photos that will help other people see just what Bella Ballerina is all about.

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Interested in a Business Spotlight session for your own business? Contact Sarah Jordan Photography today!

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Andover Newborn Photographer -Looking back

After taking a VERY long break from blogging, I was finally motivated to start posting again as I was editing this sweet baby’s first year photos. That’s right, he just turned ONE, and I hadn’t blogged his newborn photos yet! I’ve loved watching him grow throughout the past year during his mini sessions – I’ll try to post those in the coming weeks.

Photographing a newborn and a toddler is always a bit of a challenge, but with a little time, love, and attention, big brother slowed down, snuggled up, and allowed us to get some awesome shots together! The key to capturing this combination is certainly patience ๐Ÿ˜‰

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If you are looking for and Andover Newborn Photographer, please contact Sarah Jordan Photography. Sarah Jordan is a lifestyle photographer based out of Boston, MA but often travels to New York and Los Angeles for sessions.

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Holiday minis are back!

Leave holiday cards to the professionals this year! In just minutes, you’ll have a gorgeous image to send to friends and family. Free with all 2016 sessions!
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