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hey jude | Manchester, NH Baby Photographer

This handsome little guy just turned one. Look at that smile.


I typically don’t love shooting mid-day. The sun is high in the sky, and it’s not easy to escape UNLESS you can find some really nice open shade, and of course, I’m always looking for good backlight. I probably should start being less afraid of shooting during the day, this little guy’s session was still so dreamy for being just before lunch time.JIBlog2JIBlog3(5)v2

So very dapper. It’s no surprise that I loved this hat. Fun accessories can really add so much to a session!JIBlog4(5)

OH PLEASE — look at that smirk, this was one of my favorites from the session. I loved the light and the way he was so delicately holding the ginormous balloon.JIBlog4JIBlog5

Here’s where things got a little interesting. This was my first outdoor cake smash session. I’m trying to get away from doing them indoors, so I was really excited for this one. And of course, the cake — could it be more perfect? Chickadee Hill Cakes never disappoints! Mom said that he really got into his cake at his birthday party, so we were ready for some serious smashing.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd then this happened…. cake anxiety. Well, that’s what I’m calling it anyway  :-) Similar to stranger anxiety — this little guy wanted NOTHING to do with his cake unless mom was right there next to him. We tried everything from moving the cake to different stands, giving him a blanket to sit on, even giving him a nice long break for some milk and a snack. JIBlog7

All he wanted was mama.JIBlog8

So, we improvised. Mom wasn’t planning on being in the photos – but we couldn’t let that beautiful cake go to waste, so she joined in on the session. She was a good sport and got covered in frosting. It may not have been the cake smash that either of us were envisioning but such is life with a one year old, you never know what you may get, so you just have to go with it.JIBlog9

See? Such a good sport, SO much frosting.

We had mama move out of the shot and gave it one last try toward the end, and well, you can see that he was having none of it. I’ll probably need to write a research paper on cake anxiety.:-) JIBlog11JIBlog12

This little boy sure loves his mama. Hope you enjoyed your sneak peeks. Happy Birthday, Jude! JIBlog13

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my journey | Auburn, NH Family & Child Photographer

If you don’t follow me on Facebook, or missed the post (Facebook doesn’t even show my posts to 1/4 of my followers), you probably didn’t see the interview I did with I Heart Faces. I was also a guest judge for their photography “Props” challenge. Please click here to see my interview and learn how I got where I am today — you’ll see quite a few familiar faces too! And thank you again to I Heart Faces for this opportunity!


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dandelion wishes | Londonderry, NH Family & Child Photographer

What an amazing session this was… first of all, I hadn’t seen this sweet thing since just before she turned one. So imagine what it was like to show up and see this beautiful little girl, and on top of that, look at these poses and faces — that’s ALL her. I wasn’t instructing her to do anything and she just kept rocking out these awesome poses.


Her parents are so amazingly sweet. I’m really appreciative of such great clients!SMBlog2SMBlog3SMBlog4SMBlog5SMBlog6We didn’t have much sun on this morning — the sky was actually pretty dark as if it was about to burst with rain, but it never did. While I do love my sunflare photos, the cloud cover makes it really easy to shoot during the day, we get nice even tones and all the colorful blooms and green grass more than made up for the lack of sunshine — I’ll take it!

So very loved.SMBlog10

Come on! THAT face! She was probably the easiest three year old I have ever photographed.SMBlog11(5)

Lately, I’ve felt really inspired to do some more whimsical type shots. It’s a small miracle that this came out like it did considering that butterfly wasn’t actually in her hand for the shot, from her facial expression it certainly looks like it was! I also love her little hand placed on her stomach.

Normally, I wouldn’t show the same shot over and over again in a blog post but I had to for this little series because it is absolutely precious. I literally could not stop smiling and giggling as I was flipping through these during my edits. Here she is trying to blow her first dandelion wish (I think her first ever, right mom??) You can see the frustration in her little face as she is blowing and blowing with all her might, and not one single one flies off. Those little cheeks and that pouty face! SMBlog12

And here she is conveying her frustration to me! HA!SMBlog13

Finally, Daddy to the rescue! Hooray!




She was pretty much all about blowing wishes after this so we got several more great shots. THAT FACE!SMBlog17

And here’s another series that I couldn’t leave out… poor Daddy (he had just told me before the session how bad his allergies were!)

So mom and dad asked if we could get a few shots with her very special stuffed animals. If you are a parent, you know almost every child has one thing that is very special to them. Stuffies, lovies, blankies — they mean a lot and can be such a comfort to children. My oldest son still has a very worn Yertle the Turtle, it is old and not that soft anymore, but it is so very loved. I even bought a ‘back-up Yertle’ when he was a toddler because I was so worried we would lose the original one day. What is so important to remember about these sometimes ragged stuffies is that eventually they won’t be around anymore. They will be shoved in a box in the attic, or lost, or even tossed out. Someday we will miss these creatures being dragged around everywhere. So YES, of course they can be in a photo! I always encourage special items for sessions, remember these are YOUR photos.SMBlog20

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOh Miss S, you are precious beyond words. I am so happy I got to see you again. Hope you enjoyed your sneak peek!


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sunshine and happiness | Londonderry, NH Family Photographer

It was a LONG winter here in NH, like REALLY long. There were piles of snow well into April, I’m sure there was even still snow into May up north. And then, like a light switch — boom, SPRING (with a few days that felt more like summer mixed in!) Spring is one of my favorite times of the year to shoot. Bringing out your camera on the first warm, spring evening is like stretching your arms after a good night’s sleep (or winter hibernation!). Earlier this year, I decided to cut back on studio work, and while it felt like something I should do I often questioned if it was the right decision. Well, it was — shooting outdoors on an evening like this is what I’m supposed to be doing — not fiddling with lights and backdrops (though you’ll still see me doing this occasionally for some of my littlest clients!) We could not have asked for a better evening.


This beautiful family lives down the street from us. You know when you first meet someone and you just click right away? Well, that’s what happened here. Our families have only met and hung out together in just the past few months, but it feels like much longer than that. They totally rocked this session.MoyBlog2


Another great thing about spring? Dandelions. You know those ‘weeds’ that most adults pull and toss? They are magical for kids — an easy to pick bouquet for mom, bright colors for fairy houses, and you can even make wishes with them! (Clearly, they’re a little magical for photographers too!)MoyBlog4MoyBlog5

Oh my heart. There is nothing like the bond between a mom and her daughter.MoyBlog6

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a little brother? Here’s a taste…MoyBlog7

This guy did great — moms always stress about their kids cooperating during shoots. PLEASE don’t. 9 times out of 10, they behave wonderfully and when they warm up and get silly toward the end, you get some really good memories and often times, some real personality in your photos (pretty sure he was fighting a dragon here).MoyBlog8MoyBlog9

I could eat this evening light for breakfast, lunch and dinner. MoyBlog11MoyBlog12


Thanks for coming along and putting up with all of my ideas (and the ticks — gah!!!) You were perfect. Hope you enjoyed your very long sneak peek. xo.MoyBlog14


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i heart faces photo challenge ~ rain or water | Auburn, NH Family Photographer

One of my favorite photography resources to follow is iHeartFaces.com. And occasionally (when I remember!), I like to enter their photo challenges. This week’s challenge was rain or water (a face has to be present in all submissions). This has been a cherished photo since the day I took it. Not only does it contain the requirement of ‘water’, it contains so much JOY and embodies summer time and just being a kid. This was taken at their grandparents’ lake and I’m 100% confident in saying that it is one of their favorite places on the planet.

*UPDATE* – I won first place in this challenge and will be a guest judge for their June challenge! Check it out here: Winning Photos



Kersten - May 7, 2015 - 4:22 pm

Lovely! Perfect childhood moment captured perfectly!

Melissa Rohde - May 7, 2015 - 10:52 pm

Love. Summer.

Jessica - May 7, 2015 - 11:32 pm

What a FUN water picture!!

Leah - May 8, 2015 - 4:40 am

Great shot! Love it :)

Briar - May 8, 2015 - 8:15 pm

This is beautiful! Every part of it – the joy, the light, the composition. Just beautiful!

Jenna - May 12, 2015 - 2:34 pm

Absolutely stunning! Reminds me of my childhood!!

Life with Kaishon - May 13, 2015 - 9:02 pm

This picture is so absolutely adorable. Congratulations on being the winner! WAY TO GO!

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