We ran, we laughed, we biked, we played….we did all of the things that this family loves doing in their beautiful home. It was a celebration of sorts. One last hurrah before moving into their new, even MORE amazing home a few towns over! I was so happy to capture memories of this beautiful morning so that they will be able to look back on these photos years from now and remember the house that these boys called home for the first years of their lives.
As I saw down to catch up on blogging, I was a bit overwhelmed by how far behind I was. I haven’t even gone through the images from our family trip to Cape Cod last July, but for some reason I just couldn’t resist starting with my recent trip to Cali! I had an amazing girls’ week with my daughter, mother and sister in sunny (warm, gorgeous) Southern California. Of course we enjoyed the ocean breezes and sand in our toes, but it was truly all of the laughing, eating, walking, and shopping that made this such a fantastic week. Just looking through these images is helping me forget about the foot of snow currently outside my window. Well, almost…
CONGRATULATIONS! This family won a FREE PHOTO SESSION to take place in 2014!
And the 2 runner-ups, who will each receive a 5×5 canvas print and $500 towards a 2014 Flat Rate session, are…
Thank you to everyone who participated and voted in this year’s contest, and congrats to the winners!
It’s here! The SJP 2013 Pic of the Year contest is now underway! All images were selected by the clients themselves – be sure to take a moment to read about how they chose their favorite photos.
Each image will be posted on both Facebook and here on the blog. There are three ways to vote:
That’s right, each person can vote up to 3 TIMES! Votes on the blog will be monitored by IP address, so no multiple voting, please. At midnight on February 4th, I will combine all votes from Facebook and the blog to determine the ultimate winner.
And now, without further ado, I present to you the contestants!
“This photo of my daughter, Alyssa, is my favorite for so many reasons. It looks like it could have been taken 100 years ago. I also love that in this photo – more than any other – I can see her resemblance to many relatives on both sides of our family. Her dress and her eyes are so blue, and her skin looks like porcelain. I also love the contrast of her elegance against the rustic, old Smolak Farms barn.” – Mom
“This picture was taken about a week before Ava’s due date. But, instead of being nestled snugly in my belly, she was already a month and a half old! When I look at this photograph now, it holds so much meaning to me. Ava spent the first month of her life in a NICU and special care nursery after being born nine weeks early. As her mama, all I wanted to do was hold her close. Instead, I savored the allotted hour each day that I got to hold her skin to skin. In those early days, I feared that she would not know me. I worried that among the constant presence of the doctors and nurses, she wouldn’t recognize my voice or my touch as her mother’s. When I look at this picture, I see the bond I feared I missed out on. I am more at peace in this photograph than I ever have been in my life. My girl had come home. I was free to hold my healthy, happy baby and cuddle her whenever I wanted to, free of tubes and wires, without the sounds of monitors and alarms. She is my Ava and I am her Mama, and that is all I have ever wanted to be.” – Mom
“This image conjures up one word that describes the collective feeling of our family in the moment this photo was taken, in addition to the energy of that mid-fall afternoon. That is, “softness”. It encapsulates the overall energy of that day and of my family, taken towards the end of our shoot. It was cool out and there were brilliant fall colors everywhere. We ran around the estate ruins, kicked a soccer ball, read together, and had a blast. This photo is a reminder of that beautiful day in our lives, together as a family. To us, it is more than just a photo.” – Mom
“This photo is so special to me because it is a reflection of such a genuine moment; a mother rocking and soothing her newborn baby. Sarah peaked behind the tree and captured my little Drew tucking into my shoulder as I held him close and quietly sang to him. There are so many of these times during an infant’s first year of life and they truly are moments, because it happens in a flash and suddenly they aren’t a baby anymore. Drew is the final addition to our family and our hearts now feel complete. He is almost 7 months old now and I don’t know where that time went. Every time I look at this photo my heart swells and I beg for time to slow down, if only for a little while, for these days are passing far too quickly…” -Mom
“I loved this image in particular because it not only captured a sweet moment between me and Benjamin, but because it also captured a beautiful look from my husband. The look on his face was one that photographers had previously captured during our engagement session and on our wedding day. It melted my heart to see him still looking at me the same way five years and two kids later. I’m so thankful you were able to capture it!” -Mom
“The gentle natural lighting and angelic wisps of hair are more reminiscent of paintings than pictures. Back arched just enough to counter the little weight in her arms, Mommy gazes with unexplainable depth of love at her tiny miracle while the little one rests comfortably in the strong yet gentle grasp of her mother’s hug. These two are the most beautiful girls I’ve ever seen. It’s almost beyond words, yet this photograph has somehow captured this moment of love, grace, and beauty.” -Dad
“Peace and quiet. A rarity with a busy two year old and a VERY colicky newborn who somehow found a way to stay asleep and silent for this entire session (and not again until 3 months old!) Sleeping Beauty and her Prince who managed to steal not only a quick kiss but also his parents’ hearts inside a single frame. In those moments of craziness it’s nice to look upon this photo and “Awwww” for a split second before heading back into battle…er…the playroom.” -Mom
“This photo makes me smile every time I see it hanging in my living room. I love my kids more than anything and seeing their happy faces and how much they love being together, just melts my heart.” -Mom
“At first glance, this photo of my silly boys might not look as “sentimental” as a photo of them giving each other a spontaneous hug. However if you knew Trevor and Tyler personally, you would know why this is one of the most sentimental photos I have of them. Tyler, my son on the left, is a spunky three year old that lives everyday to make his brother, Trevor, happy. When Trevor is sad or hurt, Tyler is the first person to stop what he is doing to comfort his brother with a tight hug and a whisper, “It’s alright Trevor.” I see the joy in Tyler’s eyes when he has made his brother smile or laugh. It’s as if it is his mission in life!
Trevor is five years old and Tyler’s biggest fan. He cheers him on, and always lets him know how great he is. He finds everything Tyler does hysterical. Trevor is proud like a father when it comes to Tyler’s accomplishments, and is the first person to let him know just how proud he is of him. When I look at this picture, I see two boys who love each other with all of their heart. Best buddies. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Sarah, for capturing that bond between our boys that to anyone else is just a silly face, but to us means so much more.” -Mom
“This image captured the essence of my daughter: Goofy, happy, and beautiful. Despite her offbeat mood resulting from several teeth coming in, this picture was taken at a moment when she was showing us her true self. Lacey is goofy and always laughing. The look on her face in this image is priceless to anyone who loves her, and I am thankful for it every time I look at it with a smile on my own face.” -Mom
“I first came across Sarah’s work when I visited Maternal Health and Fitness when I was expecting. The baby photos on the wall were so beautiful, I had to ask who had taken them. I had never hired a professional photographer before (other than clipping coupons, and going to department store photo studios), so I was a bit intimidated by the cost of a session. I admired the photos on Sarah’s web page for a year before I decided to book an appointment. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner! There were so many beautiful and artistic photos from my session that I can’t really pick one favorite.
I love the details captured in this picture of my daughter: long eyelashes, slight smile, pudgy hands reaching for her hat; soft, pale skin with a hint of a blush from running around outside on a beautiful spring day. It truly is a work of art, and one that makes me smile whenever I look at it.” -Mom
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I distinctly remember photographing this beautiful little girl when she was just DAYS OLD. It was a hot, humid day, and my own morning sickness was in full swing. Holding, rocking and snuggling this little one made me even more excited to meet my new baby! Since then, I’ve followed along as baby girl grew into an active 6-month old, and now a beautiful, happy little toddler! I only hope that my daughter is half as cute in a few more months!
Just like his big brother TWO YEARS AGO, this sweet little guy was sleepy, content, and more than happy to pose for his newborn session this fall! We had originally planned to do most of the session indoors, but were lucky enough to have a gorgeous fall day – so we found a pile of leaves and hung out there for awhile!
It’s been so much fun watching this family grow (and grow up!). Next time I see them, those boys will be running circles around me!
2013 was a whirlwind year for me – both at Sarah Jordan Photography and at home. We welcomed a new daughter into our lives, watched as our boys grew out of toddlerhood, and enjoyed meeting and photographing a record number of families. I hope you enjoy this little video review of the past year!
I am so grateful for each and every family that trusts me to capture their love and personality in images. Thank you! I can’t wait to catch up with many of you again in 2014
For a long time, I’ve wanted to offer a “watch me grow” package that captured babies at various milestones throughout their first year. I’m excited to say that I’ve finally found a way to make this happen – and parents are loving it! Families who book a Flat Rate package in 2014 are eligible for unlimited mini-sessions for the next year. These sessions are quick, fun, and a great way to document all of those important “firsts” – sitting, standing, walking, etc., along with a few “Mommy and me” or “Daddy and me” photos.
And since they don’t take long at all (the session below was done in just 10 minutes!) we can even bundle up and take advantage of that beautiful winter glow.
I didn’t plan on doing a 365 Project again this year. In fact, I had consciously decided against it. Taking a photo of my life every single day is rewarding, but can also be time consuming and at times stressful. So I entered 2013 with the intention of recording just one photo per week.
That plan lasted all of 2 days.
That’s how long it took me to realized that a 365 Project really doesn’t HAVE to be time consuming – or stressful! This year, I gave myself permission to miss a day here and there if inspiration didn’t strike. I also forced myself to let go of the notion that every image had to be photographically perfect. The goal was to capture images that reflected my family as they are right now – with true emotions, natural settings, and less time with Mommy behind the camera.
I’m proud to say that not only was this year’s project a success, but it was actually enjoyable! So much so that I’m going to continue daily photos for 2014, too.
This year was filled with so many amazing things that I want to remember forever – birthdays, recitals, my big baby belly, vacations, and, of course, a new family member! There were also lots of quiet, in-between moments that are somehow just as significant. Last year, I compiled all of my yearly images into a big album for my family to enjoy. That book has been well-loved this year, and I can’t wait to get the 2013 edition!
If you have a little time and want to see everything big, pretty and with background music, check out the full slideshow!
My baby. My love. My beautiful girl.
Julia is 9 months already, and time is moving in fast-forward. She’s growing bigger and more independent by the day – making me both incredibly proud and also a little sad. She crawls like a pro and is already trying her hardest to walk. I know it’s only a matter of time before she’s running around the house with her brothers, and she will realize that she doesn’t need to feel my heartbeat next to her 24/7. Until then, I’m clinging to those everyday moments that I treasure so much – the weight of her little body nestled up to mine as we sleep together in her rocking chair (her favorite way to rest), the sound of her belly laugh as she watches her brothers perform for her, the soft feeling of her little fingers curled around mine, and her beautiful smile. Her enormous, genuine, heart-melting, ever-present smile. No matter how big she gets, and how many challenges she faces, I hope she’ll march through life with that smile on her face.
Thanks so much to Holly Hess Baby Accessories in Scituate, MA for the beautiful baby bonnet! It’s hand-made, and even more gorgeous in person!
While I do enjoy doing some classically posed newborn photography, my heart feels fullest during a lifestyle newborn session. The term “lifestyle” refers to a type of photography that focuses on the interactions between people in everyday situations. There are no artificial lights, no forced poses, and the goal is to document life as it happens in an artistic way.
This session was filled with exactly that. What you see is what you get! Big sis genuinely adored her little brother, and the whole family enjoyed simply being together. We read books, jumped on the bed, snuggled….all things that characterize this amazing family’s life together.
Christmas is a big deal in our house. The holiday season is filled with baking, decorating, evening drives to check out lights, hot chocolate, Christmas movies, advent calendars, secret santas, The Polar Express, and, of course, 24/7 Christmas music. It’s been this way for as long as I can remember, but having young children makes everything even more exciting and magical.
Choosing a Christmas tree was always something the boys looked forward to, but this year we decided to make it a true adventure. Instead of hitting up one of the roadside stands that we usually go to, we decided to head to SMOLAK FARMS in North Andover, MA for a cut-your-own tree expedition. I knew the kids would enjoy it….but it turned out to be even more wonderful than we had imagined! Not only did they love the challenge of scouring the fields for the perfect tree, but CUTTING IT DOWN? With a SAW?? Yup, they were in heaven. Once the tree was safely secured on the car, we headed to the farm stand for more holiday fun! The kids were invited to decorate cookies, do some crafts, and even write a letter to Santa! They enjoyed their treats, while my husband and I relaxed with some hard earned coffee and donuts. We haven’t even decorated the tree yet, and the boys are already talking about doing it again next year!
Of course, I HAD to grab a few photos before we headed off to the field Thanks to my mother for helping me get a few shots with our whole family together!
Check out even more pics from our adventure are in the slideshow below
Most newborn photo sessions take place when the new baby is just a week or two old. We capture sweet, scrunchy, sleepy newness, and I’m usually able to get images of the baby all snuggled up asleep in at least a few different setups. So when this family scheduled their baby’s first photos to take place about 6 weeks after the birth, I didn’t know what to expect! Well, that’s not entirely true, since I did photograph their FIRSTBORN during the same time frame… But still – there are a lot of unknowns. Would the baby sleep at all? Would she be colicky and cry a lot? Would big brother still be interested in hanging out with her?
Well, just like our last session – all the stars aligned, and we captured some beautiful moments. In fact, there are quite a few things about waiting a few weeks to do a newborn session that made the whole thing much more relaxed and enjoyable:
Mom had some time to heal after the birth.
Some of the chaos that goes along with bringing a new baby home had subsided.
Everyone was able to focus completely on enjoying the session instead of trying to get to know the newest family member.
And we even lucked out and got baby girl to sleep for long enough to snap some shots out in her Grandfather’s garden! I’d say it was a success.
I’m already looking forward to seeing these kiddos again for their HOLIDAY CARD MINI SESSION next month, and then again next summer!
You may remember this gorgeous family, who has been featured on my blog every fall for FOUR years now! They’ve always been easygoing and fun to photograph, but this was the first year that I think even the youngest member was out of the “run away from the photographer” phase – making for a sincerely relaxing, loving session filled with smiles and snuggles. I can’t wait to fill their yearly album with these images. They are starting to amass quite an impressive collection!