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Our sweet, sweet Baby JJ! He joined our family on November 4, 2011, two weeks early after a very short, but intense labor! I barely made it to the hospital, so it was quite a dramatic arrival! We are enjoying every minute with him, and we are all just so in love!

Joseph James “JJ” Mejaski
November 4, 2011 ~ 5:56pm
6lbs 11oz ~ 18.5in

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Big brother Mack is especially in love!
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And, we are so grateful that my mom, Gigi, is here! Upon hearing that I was in labor she managed to get a last minute flight and make it here by midnight the night he was born.
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I always love the opportunity to photograph my three adorable nieces when we go to visit! Grace was one of my early subjects when she was a baby. Wow, it’s hard to believe she’s about to be in third grade! She is quite the fashionista and loves to strike “model poses”! Shelby was born just two days before Mack, and is seriously such a sweet little girl. She told me over and over again how she wants to come to North Carolina so she can hold my new baby when he’s born! And, Emma… there are almost no words for Emma! She is spunky and fiesty, and yes she has short hair because she chopped it all off herself. She keeps everyone laughing for sure!
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Favorite…
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And just one more, because hanging out with my youngest brother is sometimes surprisingly similar to hanging out with my crazy five year old… 🙂
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Yesterday was my neice Madi’s 6th Birthday! She is such a sweet, sensitive little girl. I am hoping, since it appears I will never get a little girl of my own, that she will be the one to hang out with me and do girly things. Anyway, here are a few pictures of sweet Madi…

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And, her two sisters…

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if your kids don’t really want to participate in family portraits!
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Seriously, this might be one of my favorite out takes ever! I know it was a bit stressful for her parents at the time, but I hope when she’s all grown up, they’ll look back at this and laugh! If your child doesn’t seem like they want to cooperate, don’t worry about it. Many children start off shy, or even defiant, at a session, but they always come around. Or, sometimes we have the opposite, where they start off great, and then get tired, hungry, cranky, and are just done! It’s all ok. I am laid back and patient, and love kids, so we will work through it! This is really the benefit of on location photography – most of the time, it seems like we’re just playing! Anyway, the best thing you can do is just relax. They feel your stress and react to it. This is supposed to be fun! So, here are a few more tips to help prepare your child for our session and make it as stress free as possible:

-If it takes your child a while to warm up to a new location or new person, arrive a little bit early and walk around and explore. Or if I’m coming to your home, talk about the fact that I’m coming and maybe pick out some special toys they want to show me.

-If your child falls asleep in the car, also plan to arrive a little early, so they have some time to wake up.

-If your child has a special toy or object they’re attached to, it’s ok to let them have it in some of the pictures. If it makes them feel secure, that’s great! Plus, when they’re big and no longer want to play with their special toys or blankies, you’ll treasure having a picture of them with it! And, don’t worry, we’ll get some with out it – I’ll ask if I can borrow it to help me take the photos, or they’ll eventually part with it. (And, really, if all else fails, I’ll Photoshop it out!)

-Just focus on it being fun! When you’re preparing for our session, say that we’re going to play with Miss Kate! Keep in mind a few funny words or tricks that always make them laugh, and interact with them throughout our session. We want to avoid the “cheese” face, so interaction is great! I’ll be interacting with them as well.

-Bring a drink and/or snack – especially if we’re doing a full session in warmer weather! Try to make it as mess-free as possible though!

-Sometimes, especially with older children, they actually do better without you present. Please don’t be offended if I suggest that mom and dad take a little walk, or just stand off to the side a little bit.

-It’s ok to bribe your children 🙂 Definitely feel free to promise them a treat afterwards! Rewards and treats work better than punishment or threats – it’s supposed to be a fun experience!

Here are a few more pictures from this sweet family’s session. Her parents reacted perfectly – told her firmly that her behavior was unacceptable (as seen in the first picture!) and then, moved on and ignored it. We did some shots of mom and dad and of big brother, until Miss L decided to join us and get into it!

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“Love is not what makes the world go round, it is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Elizabeth Browning

Someone sent me this quote today, and I just love it! As I always say, I feel so blessed that I get to celebrate the love in my clients’ lives – engagements, weddings, babies, families. Thank you so much for letting me capture the moments and people that make your ride worthwhile! Happy Valentine’s Day! xoxo

Oh, and PS, It’s 70 degrees today!! Time to start thinking about Spring portrait sessions! I promise, some info is coming soon!!

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Happy First Birthday to the youngest member of our family! We had such a great visit with you all, and hope D has a GREAT first birthday! Seriously, he is so cute. I just want to reach through the screen and squeeze him!

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Today is a big birthday for my amazing mom! Happy Birthday, Mom/Gigi!!! We love you and are so incredibly blessed to have you in our lives! And, we’re excited to be here sharing this big day with you!! xoxo

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