One short year ago, we welcomed you into our hearts. With your birth, our family was complete, and my heart grew bigger than I ever thought possible. I love your sweet giggles, your sleepy snuggles, and your already fierce independence. You are so lucky to have two big brothers who drop everything to dry your tears. They may have some interesting (and messy) ways to make you laugh, but hey – whatever works! And at the end of the day, watching the three of you snuggle up with a good book brings me so much joy. How did I get so lucky? I certainly don’t take this life for granted. I am truly blessed, and for that, I am forever grateful.
I love you, baby girl!
Happy First Birthday!
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…for a newborn session!
When mom first contacted me about this session, she was concerned that their house wasn’t big enough or fancy enough for a photo session. Luckily, with kids this cute, we don’t need anything else! Although they did have a lovely home, we ended up plopping down on Mom and Dad’s bed, and barely moving for the whole time I was there! Between the snuggles, books, and giggles, we were able to keep busy and happy while capturing these sweet images of those magical first moments as a family of four.
No interior decorator necessary.
Some sessions are just….easy.
I only had a very short time with this family, but we squeezed a lot of laughter, love, and happiness into the session. They weren’t too concerned about “smiling for the camera.” Instead, they joked, they talked, they played with their beautiful little girl – all while I snapped away. I hope these images bring them happy memories of a beautiful fall morning at the park!
See that girl up there? That’s my baby. The same baby girl who looked into my eyes a year ago, curled her tiny hand around my finger, and instantly stole my heart. She is turning one this week, and I already yearn for those newborn days. I miss sitting on the couch and snuggling for hours while one episode of house hunters blends into the next. I long for that warm, sweet breath against my neck as she takes a much needed nap on my chest. I miss the excitement of witnessing the first smile, laugh, roll and step. Yes, this first year of life is amazing and fleeting and filled with irreplaceable memories; but at the same time, I find myself dreaming about what the future has in store for her. Will she continue to look up to her brothers with adoring eyes, begging to join in their games of Legos and trucks? What books will she like? Will she enjoy science like her Mama? Will her love of music and movement lead her to years of dance classes? Will she still welcome me into her life when she goes through the dreaded middle school years?
Only time will tell what life has in store for Julia. In the meantime, we enjoyed celebrating this important milestone! I wish I could take credit for all of the gorgeous details, but I owe it all to some amazing ladies! The incredible candy buffet was courtesy of the fantastic duo over at The Candy Dish in North Andover. I can’t recommend them enough! Not only did they provide all of the yummy treats, but they also set everything up beautifully, and then came and CLEANED EVERYTHING UP after the party! They also sell a variety of amazing homemade candies – perfect for Easter Baskets
The Pinterest-inspired dum-dum decorations were courtesy of my dear friend Lindsay – a woman with a big heart and a ton of patience! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Happy First Birthday, Julia! What a wonderful first party it was!
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…
And just for fun, here are a few iphone snaps from the trip!
This didn’t start as a Valentines Day photo shoot. Really, it didn’t. You see, Oliver wanted to hang up some paper hearts as decorations….and then I saw the tutu in her drawer as I was getting her dressed…and I just couldn’t resist. So this happened…
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:
1 – “like” the photo on FACEBOOK
2 – comment on the photo on FACEBOOK
3 – select the image on the blog poll at the bottom of this post
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
“Brotherly love! This photo captures their bond- 2 brothers-best friends for life!” -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
“The reason why like this photo is that it shows how excited Logan was to be big brother. You can see the love in his eyes!” -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!
Eventually, we did move inside to capture some holiday card pics and spend some time with Great-Grandpa.
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’ve been lucky enough to follow this handsome little guy from the time he was in his MOMMY’S BELLY, then when he was FIRST BORN….and now he’s already 6-months old!
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!