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Happy First Birthday Jack!

Well, Jack is sick. Yep, on his birthday. He came down with a low-grade fever yesterday afternoon and woke up with it again this morning. So I kept him home from daycare for a day with mama. But a day at home with mama on your birthday seems appropriate, right? Just as long as it doesn’t involve sickness…blah!

But Jack’s a trooper. Ever since he was born I feel like he’s handled challenges well and always seems to adapt to what’s new or what’s next. This is his first fever and it doesn’t seem to phase him too much. He’s a little more whiny than normal and eating less, but still wanting to play, smile and laugh with his sister Ally. :)

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So Jack is officially ONE! Wow, that year went fast! It’s hard to believe he’s not really a baby anymore. Drinking from a sippy cup, eating mostly “adult” foods and even walking! But he still has his baby chunk and rolls, and I’m going to snoogle them as long as I can!

Check out these rolls. Here’s Jack at six months. :)

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And here’s a few fun facts about our one-year old Jack:

1. He’s LOUD! His daycare sitter Miss Delaine first made us aware of his loudness when she called him bossy. He knows when to call out when he wants something, and he knows how to make noises with Ally. :)
2. He’s a BIG boy! Jack has been at the top of the charts for both height and weight. Most recently, he was in the 97th percentile for height and 95th for weight! He’s also starting to wear 24-month clothes. Goodness!
3. He has six teeth. And for the longest time, he had a snaggle tooth kind of look going on.
4. Just like Ally’s appetite decreased at a year, so has Jack’s. He used to gobble down bowls of baby food, but over the past couple of weeks, he’s eating more and more like a bird. His favorites (for right now, I’m sure they’ll be different tomorrow), seem to be hot dogs, oranges and squeezable fruit pouches.
5. He loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse! When that hot dog song comes on, he comes crawling quickly! He just sits and smiles and “dances” to that show…and that’s how we’ll decorate for his birthday party tomorrow.
6. He’s started saying “dada” and seems to know it means Daddy.
7. He’s walking! Ally walked at 11 months and I really didn’t think it would happen for Jack until after he turned one. But he’s really taken off this past week and is crawling less and less.
8. I have had a million different nicknames for him. Buster Magoo was first, then there was Mr. Moo (Ally especially seemed to like that one) and Jack-a-rooni. Right now I mostly call him “Zoo-Zoo.” Don’t ask me how that came about, ha!
9. I think Jack looks best in blue, green, grey and black. Also plaid. :)
10. He gets so excited when Brian walks in the door from work and he loves watching Ally play, and playing with her! He really is a joyful boy…unless it’s close to bedtime. Then he can be a bear.

Now for a look at Jack through his first year!! ENJOY the baby cute-ness. :)

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First official picture as a family of four! The day after Jack was born…

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Ally really does take such good care of her little brother. Always letting us know if he’s getting into trouble and even willing to throw away his dirty diapers! She’s also pretty frequent with her sister squeezes and kisses.

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Some of Jack’s first days at home…

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Official newborn portraits…

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One month old and smiling!

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Two months old:

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Three months old:

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“Fat and Happy”

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Four months old:

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Five months old:

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Six months old:

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Oh gosh! That old man hair!

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Seven months old (and his first tie dye piece!):

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Eight months old (and yes, he tried eating the leaves):

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Nine months old:

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He totally looks like me here!

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Ten months old:

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Eleven months old (and getting harder to photograph!):

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ONE YEAR OLD!

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I can’t wait to take you to Dairy Queen later for a special birthday treat and celebrate YOU tomorrow with family and cupcakes. I love being your mama, Jack William, and I cannot wait to watch the little boy you grow into. I LOVE YOU…and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :)

The W Family: Summer Portraits, Cumberland MD Photographer

There’s so much warmth in this session. The beautiful, glowy sunshine, the very green grass, the playful summer dresses, and the love and cuddles of a family of three.

Lindsay emailed me a few months before she wanted to schedule a session and told me she had been wanting to get pictures taken with JFP for a while. I was not only thankful that she got on my calendar early, but also thankful for “fans” like her. She was so excited and so organized about it all…really made for an easy session for me! We met halfway between our two homes in Cumberland, MD on a beautiful summer evening. We played with little Gracyn, letting her read her favorite books, eat blueberries and frolic among the bubbles. Really, such a perfect summertime family portrait session. :)

And I get to hang with these three again tomorrow! They’re coming to Garrett County for a little getaway and want more pictures! But this time we’ll be braving the cold and taking some snowy portraits. Quite a difference between the two sessions! Enjoy the warmth of this session on this cold and snowy day!

Gracyn wasn’t too sure about picture-taking at first, so swinging was a must! It always helps gets the littles happy and smiling. :)

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Don’t you just love her cute little summer dress!?!

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Lindsay is a teacher and Gracyn loves books. What a perfect pair!

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That bow and that face! So pretty!

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Time for bubbles! So brilliant when photographing little kiddos!

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Summer magic, right here. :)

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I feel like there’s a young model in there somewhere. That face, that turn of the waist, her hair blowing in the wind… ;)

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Time for blueberries!

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A favorite. Just a little girl and her books. :)

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The sun went down behind the mountain in the distance, so our warm glow was gone…but we still snagged a few good ones!

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Husband and wife time! Lindsay warned me that they still like each other. ;)

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Looking forward to seeing you guys tomorrow! Yay for more pictures!!! :)

Savanna: Swallow Falls Maternity Session, Garrett County MD Photographer

It doesn’t happen too often. You schedule an outdoor portrait session in winter and you know it’s probably going to be cold. But cold and snowy and beautiful!?! That hardly ever happens!

I met Savanna and her hubs Phillip at the beautiful, wonderful Swallow Falls State Park in Garrett County, MD on Saturday morning. We had talked all week, watching the forecast and crossing fingers that the road conditions would be good if there was snow. Savanna assured me that they’d be fine making the trip even with a little snow on the ground so we kept our plans. And boy am I glad we did!

Swallow Falls is beautiful on its own, but then blanket it with white fresh snow and it’s GORGEOUS! I’ve been lucky enough to photograph this place in snow two times before so I was prepped. Ski pants, hat, gloves, multiple layers of shirts, hand and foot warmers (I’m a wimp in the cold!). And while we all may have been a little more cold than comfortable at times, I think it was totally worth it!

Thank you, Savanna and Phillip, for not only making the trip to Garrett County but for also braving the elements. It’s not everyday that you get maternity portraits in a beautiful forest with snow-covered trees and trails. These portraits are extra special in my eyes because of that…:)

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I love the softness of Savanna’s face in the next few…

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A favorite for me! That soft smile is just beautiful!

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Snowflakes weren’t falling, as I had hoped, so I found a tree with lower branches and Phillip found a stick…and we made it snow! :)

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A FAVORITE FOR SURE! I especially love how the snow seems to “circle” Savanna’s face. :) SavannaMaternity077

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Fun fact: The blanket Savanna is carrying is mine. It’s from Sucre, Bolivia where we sponsor a little boy named William. Savanna didn’t mind carrying it for extra warmth!

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Some favorites in the next series…I just love the colors and the soft feel!

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SO glad I spotted these snow-covered trees and the wonderful “frame” they created for the next series of pictures…

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So snowy and wintery and wonderful!

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FAVORITE!!!

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Lastly, I showed Savanna and Phillip the falls. Brian and I actually got engaged at the top of these falls, so it’s a “magical” place. ;) The falls were also frozen over, which was a beautiful site to see!

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A final few portraits with a special belt handmade by Savanna’s friend. Pretty perfect for their expected baby girl!

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