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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 😉

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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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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 🙂 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 🙂 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 🙂 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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Why I love albums (and you will, too!)

It all started when I ran out of wall space in my home. As a photographer, I understand the importance of printing my own family’s photos, and displaying them around the house. But I take a lot of pictures. I mean, a LOT. And I love so many that it’s virtually impossible to choose which ones to display and which to leave on a hard drive somewhere. Each photo captures an emotion, a nuance, a look, a moment in time that I’ll never get back – and I wanted to be able to look at and enjoy each and every one, without having to pick and choose. So, I started creating albums.

I have albums everywhere. I have albums filled with photos of my everyday life, albums with styled session images, and albums of simple snapshots. There are albums in my kid’s rooms, and albums stacked at arm’s reach in the family room. And WE LOOK AT THEM. All the time. My kids often choose to leaf though old albums in lieu of bedtime stories at night, and we laugh and talk about the memories they hold. It makes me so happy to see my photos being enjoyed and appreciated on a daily basis.

That got me thinking – if I appreciate albums that much, then my clients would probably love them too. While a canvas on the wall can display a favorite image from a photo session, what happens to all of those other “in between” shots that capture the little things that define a family? Mom snuggling her babies…a spontaneous hug…Dad giving his son a piggyback ride. All of these images tell a story, and they belong TOGETHER.

And that’s how I made the decision to include an heirloom quality 10×10 photo album with each and every full session that I do. The feedback I’ve received has been overwhelmingly positive. In the past, people have let their images sit on a USB in a drawer somewhere, with the intention of eventually printing them…someday. Now, I do all of the work, and families can enjoy the images easily and often. And that makes me very, very happy.

I’ll be blogging album images more often in the future. For now, here is a newborn album that I recently delivered. It was so beautiful that I was almost sad to see it go!

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If you want an heirloom album like this for your own family, 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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Merrimack Valley Newborn Photographer – Embrace the chaos!

As I went through this family’s newborn images, I realized that I never blogged their maternity mini-session! I know I’ve said it before, but I just love how adding a maternity mini to a newborn sessions allows us to meet, talk, and get excited together before the baby is even born.
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On the morning I first met this little guy, I was impressed by how calm the household was – especially the three older siblings! They all enjoyed holding and snuggling their little brother, and mom and dad were so obviously in love with their kiddos. Of course, there was certainly some craziness at times, but nobody seemed particularly bothered by it. I suppose that’s the only way to successfully parent a big family! Embrace the chaos 🙂
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If you are looking for a Merrimack Valley Newborn 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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Tewksbury Newborn Photographer – Never too late!

I often receive emails from concerned parents who are worried that they waited too long to do newborn photos. The truth is that sometimes it’s actually BETTER to schedule photos for around 6-8 weeks old instead of right away. Why? Parents are more relaxed and comfortable with their new roles, breastfeeding mothers have settled into a nursing routine, and the baby is more alert. Of course, there are tradeoffs – the baby is less likely to fall into a deep sleep, and has typically filled out a bit from the newborn stage. But the bottom line is that it’s never too late to photograph a baby!
*One note – it’s still important to schedule a newborn/baby session while you’re still pregnant in order to ensure a spot on my calendar!

This happy girl was wide awake for most of the session, but we were able to soothe her into a little nap towards the end. And she even flashed a few smiles! I can’t wait to see how much she’s grown in a few months for her milestone mini-session!

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If you are looking for a Tewksbury Newborn 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 Newborn Photography – Baby brother

I first met this family last fall, at their MATERNITY SESSION. The girls were playful, loving, happy – and very excited to meet their baby brother! It’s always so helpful to get to know older siblings before a newborn session. Bringing a new baby home can be a major adjustment for a family, and I love being a familiar, friendly face for the big kids.

On this snowy morning, we snuggled, played, and eventually got baby brother to sleep. Even the dog got in on the love!

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Of course, we had to snap a few shots for their Christmas card!

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If you are interested in Andover Newborn Photography, 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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Newburyport lifestyle photographer – By the water

Three years?! Really?! I recall this family’s LAST SESSION so clearly that I was shocked to realize it was so long ago! Of course, when we met up this time around, I immediately saw that the kids were no longer the babies I remembered. They had grown into beautiful, sweet, happy children who no longer attempted to jump into the water at any given chance!

One thing that remained constant through the years is their love of the ocean. They enjoy boating together, soaking up sun at the beach, and splashing in the water during New England heat waves. For their last session, we played in the surf at Crane beach – this time, we headed north to Newburyport, where we enjoyed watching boats come and go at the yacht club. Such a perfect way to say goodbye to summer!

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If you are looking for a Newburyport lifestyle 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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Apple orchard session – Sweet as pie

This young lady is no stranger to the camera. Her acting and modeling resume is already rather impressive…and she’s only in first grade! (You can check out her talent HERE)

When we were planning the session, Mom wrote, “This time, I want her to just be a kid, having fun, showing off her currently toothless grin and being happy! I don’t want to worry about stray hairs, or everything being perfect.” So, we did just that! We laughed, ran, played, and even picked some apples. We didn’t stop to fix anyone’s hair, and we didn’t worry about posing everyone just right. But somehow, I think the images we captured are…well…pretty perfect!

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To see my favorite image from this session, CLICK HERE.

Don’t forget that if you’re planning on booking Sarah Jordan Photography for a 2015 session, you can qualify for a FREE holiday card mini-session if you book by November 1st! CLICK HERE to see the details…

If you are interested in an apple orchard session next year, 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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Littleton Family Photographer – A morning at home

I first met this family a year ago when B was just a tiny NEWBORN. Mom and I hit it off, and I’m now lucky to consider her a friend! I’ve had the pleasure of watching these kiddos grow through the past year, and it was wonderful to capture their big personalities again with a photo session a few weeks ago. After looking at bare walls in their new house for quite some time, they were anxious to finally fill them with some beautiful, custom wall art. I can’t wait to see these images hanging up!

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I just loved those photos of big sis on the tire swing! Can you believe that I almost left without ever even knowing that it was hiding out back?!

If you are looking for a Littleton Family 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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Cape Cod Photographer – Beach sunset

When this family first contacted me about doing a session during their yearly vacation in Cape Cod, I knew right away that I wanted to find a way to make it happen! As I’ve said before, CAPE COD has a special place in my heart, and I knew how beautiful a sunset session would be. The beaches on the Cape are unique in that the sun sets over the water on the bay side – something that is hard to come by on the East Coast.

Of course, beach sessions are always filled with lots of potential challenges – bugs, heat and wind could all make for less than ideal conditions. That’s why we decided to grab some photos at the family’s house before heading over to our dream location. Lucky for us, the weather was perfect, the wind calm, and the bugs didn’t come out until just after the sun dipped below the horizon. It also helped that baby girl was full of smiles and giggles, and happy to snuggle and play with Mom and Dad. And the light! Oh, the light! It just got better and better all evening, until the colors just exploded right at sunset. Simply amazing 🙂

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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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Gloucester Family Photographer – In motion

Most kids like to run. But these two LOVE to run. Or climb. Or do anything that would make an adult’s head spin! Luckily, I was warned about this ahead of time, and Mom and I chose session locations that would allow for all of the action that the family loves, while still providing a beautiful backdrop. We started at their house, where everyone was happy and comfortable. Then, when things started getting a little crazy, we headed over to a little park right by the water to enjoy some swings and slides. We finished up the session at beautiful Good Harbor Beach, just as the sun was sinking below the horizon. The images we captured are certainly true to life – full love love, smiles, and lots and lots of action!

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To see more of this family through the years, you can check out big brother’s new baby session HERE, and little sister’s new baby session HERE.

CLICK HERE to see another of my favorite pics from the session!

If you are looking for a Gloucester Family 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 Photographer – Natural parents

Many first time parents are a bit overwhelmed when they bring their little ones home from the hospital. Adjusting to long (often sleepless) nights, frequent feedings, and caring for this beautiful – but demanding – new boss of the household can be quite a shock.
So when I knocked on the door to photograph this new family, I expected to walk into chaos. But much to my surprise, all that greeted me was love and patience. That’s not to say that the baby wasn’t demanding, or that anyone had gotten much sleep the night before – but Mom and Dad were so over the moon in love with their baby girl that they welcomed the challenges that came with with her. Mom gives some of the credit to all of the prenatal education and fitness classes she took at Acelleron Health and Fitness . Who knows if that was the reason, or the family that poured through the door to help out, or if being parents just came naturally to them…but I think you can just feel the love and joy in the images we captured together.

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Oh, and did you see that nursery?! Soooo beautiful!

If you are looking for an Andover MA Lifestyle 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 MA Lifestyle Photographer – The everyday

When we first started planning this session, Mom told me that she wanted to capture some of the things her family loves most – including shots of them enjoying beautiful downtown Andover, MA. I loved the idea of including places that are part of their everyday – the library, a favorite park, and walking around the vibrant storefronts. We actually weren’t even going to do any of the session at their home, but a heat wave made us rethink that decision…and I’m so glad we did! The moment I walked into their house, I was blown away by the color, the style, and – above all – the comfortable, homey feel.
The images we captured that evening certainly reflect the love, the joy, and the beauty of a happy family!

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If you are looking for an Andover MA Lifestyle 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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Boston Family Photographer – Together

It’s hard to find the right words to describe this family. Their love is palpable, their energy infectious, and their laughter contagious. They are an inspiration to me and I’m sure many around them – and I was honored to be a fly on the wall as they spent an afternoon at Smolak Farms in North Andover.

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To see another fave from this session, CLICK HERE. And another HERE!

If you are looking for a Boston Family 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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