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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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Acelleron Maternal Health and Wellness in North Andover, 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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Spring Mini Sessions are here!

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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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LA Newborn Photographer – itty bitty sweetness

I was going to start this post by apologizing for the excessive number of photos in it….but the truth is that I’m not sorry at all! You see, this bundle of sweetness is my brand new nephew, and I’m sort of obsessed with him ๐Ÿ™‚ He was just 19 days old when I first got to breathe in his sweet baby smell, snuggle him into my arms, and stare at him for hours. While I wish he lived a little (ok, a lot!) closer to us, I’m grateful that I had this time with him while he was still itty bitty! Of course, we managed to squeeze in some photos between all of that snuggling. Since he was still so little and new, we opted to keep things simple and did all of the photos inside. In fact, even though they just moved into a gorgeous new house, we ended up sticking to just two rooms with pretty light. With a baby that cute, who cares about pretty scenery?! I’m sure by his 6-month session we’ll be trekking all over Culver City

If anyone out there is looking for an LA Newborn Photographer (or LA family photographer, or LA maternity photographer, or LA child photographer etc.) let me know! I’d love another excuse to get back to Cali for another visit.

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As much as I adored meeting my nephew, I was equally excited to see my sister in her new role as Mommy <3 She's been around babies and kids all her life, so while I wasn't surprised that she was a natural, it was still so beautiful to watch her love and nurture her very own little one. LA Newborn Photographer_1
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And look at those eyes! So handsome!!
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The baby’s canine big sis is still getting used to the idea of having a little brother. He’s squeaky, but apparently NOT a chew toy…
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I’m already counting down the days until I can squeeze him again over the holidays…

If you are looking for an LA 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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Cape Cod Photographer – Our Family Adventure

Now that the kids are back in school, the weather is finally starting to cool down, and it’s Pumpkin Latte season at Starbucks, I am reliving one of the best summers ever by going through my vacation photos! As usual, we spent two glorious weeks in Cape Cod. Our extended family has grown so much that this year, we opted to get individual cottages around a beautiful lake instead of one large house. It was simply perfect! So perfect, in fact, that we’ve already reserved next year’s trip in the exact same spot! My husband and I grew up vacationing on the Cape, and it’s awesome to see our own kids enjoying things that were such a big part of our childhoods – tidepooling, mini-golf, seafood dinners at picnic tables, watching the sunset at the bay, long walks through salt marshes, and just relaxing at the house with family.
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This year, we created some new memories and traditions lakeside! The cottages were adorable, and the kids loved having access to a swim dock, floats, row boats, and kayaks whenever they needed to get some energy out!
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We had great weather for most of the trip, but there must have been a pretty crazy storm off shore! The waves at the National Seashore were unlike anything I’ve ever seen! Luckily, things calmed down enough to squeeze in a surf lesson for my husband ๐Ÿ™‚ We explored windmills, lighthouses, and a gorgeous hike at Fort Hill – all fantastic adventures that the kids are still talking about!
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We even managed to squeeze in a quick family photo shoot with Grammy and Grampy!
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But mostly, we just played at the beach! Sunset at First Encounter beach in Eastham is absolutely spectacular, and we tried to get there as often as we could to say goodnight to the sun.
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Only 10 more months until next year’s Cape Adventure!
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You can check out last year’s Cape Cod trip HERE if you haven’t seen enough pics of the beach!

If you are looking for a Cape Cod Photographer, go ahead and contact Sarah Jordan Photography! I always love another excuse to visit the Cape ๐Ÿ™‚ 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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