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More Mollie!

Mollie is another one of my favorite people to photograph!  I’ve been photographing her since she was a little tiny baby!  I can hardly believe how grown up she looks in these pictures!

Mollie peeking

Part of why I love working the way I do is that is makes the kids I photograph completely relaxed.  Because my studio is entirely portable, we can take the pictures anywhere a parent could want! These were taken in Mollie’s bedroom! It meant that she was completely at ease in an environment she is intimately familiar with.  Kids tend to open up and smile so much more easily when they aren’t uncomfortable or scared by a new place.

Mollie closeup

Mollie in her chair

Of course, it does also mean they are a bit more distractable. This is Mollie showing me her dancing skills. She had the keyboard on the floor set to one of those auto tunes all keyboards seem to come with these days and was literally dancing circles around me!

Mollie running circles around me

And here she is hugging her Mumma’s belly. Mumma is going to have a baby any day now!

Hugging Mumma's belly

And of course, since we took these photos the day before Halloween, we had to see the costume. It’s a real cowgirl costume – all the way from Texas (via her aunt)! Personally, I’m a huge fan of the red boots.

Its a cowgirl!

Jackson, Abby AND Morgan!

So I’ve mentioned before that these are some of my very favorite kids on the planet.  And I am delighted to announce that they have a new baby brother Morgan!  (well, he was “new” 7 months before the photos were taken, but you get the idea)  He is just as adorable as his siblings and already has just as much personality.  He is a super mellow kid, which is good news for this highly energetic family.  He actually fell asleep in my arms while I was playing Rock Band with them one afternoon.  Now granted, I was only singing (and not for instance, playing the drums).  But it was far from a quiet performance I was giving.  I had him perched on my knee and when i looked down at the end of the song it was drool city all over my arm and he was in dream land.  The ability to sleep through anything is an excellent quality to have as part of this family.

At any rate, we did our annual portraits a bit later this year than we usually do them.  But the weather worked out perfectly and we got some awesome shots!

Abby by the tree

Abby with the horse

Jackson IN a tree

Jackson smiling

I had to include this outtake in the mix of photos I posted. Jackson has one of those super expressive faces and this just cracked me up. I’m not even sure what happened at that moment to catch his attention! But the look on his face was just priceless!

Jackson - huh?

And here he is! The newest member of this wonderful family! The ever adorable Morgan!

Morgan sitting

Morgan in the air

Michaela – 10/5/08

Some kids are just born to be in front of a camera. Michaela is one of those kids! She was so much fun to take pictures of! She has a beautifully expressive face and a great imagination and was an absolute joy in front of the camera. We were out at Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. We wandered down among the rocks and tide pools and then back into the woods for a few more formal portraits. I barely worked – I just followed her lead! Here are a few of my favorites from that day (there are even more up on my flickr account).

Michaela 01

more tidal pools

Ew.

Yes.  It is a BEAUTIFUL day.

Michaela 03

Michaela 06

Generations of Friends

Jess and Laura 1983

This is my friend Laura. I have known Laura since we were both 4 years old (yeah, that’s me asleep on her shoulder). For those keeping count, that is 25 years. This picture was taken in 1983, on the way back home from a trip to the Boston Children’s Museum (my family was living in Massachusetts at the time). It was a long ride, we’d had a fun day, and I was pooped. Seriously, how many five year olds do you know who would put up with letting someone sleep on them AT ALL let alone in a bumpy car? That is life long friend material right there.

Jess and Laura 1985

Our families lived in the same neighborhood and we all became great friends. We used to take ski vacations together. On this one, in 1985, Laura gave me the chicken pox. It took me a long time to forgive that one.

Jess and Laura 1989

My family moved away from Massachusetts in 1986. But Laura and I stayed in touch. This photo was taken in 1989 in a subway stop in Washington DC (we were showing off? maybe? who knows…). Laura’s mom and her future step-dad invited me a long with them on a business trip to DC. It was the first time I’d ever flown in a plane. And even though it had been a few years since we’d seen each other, we fell right back into step, as the best and easiest of friends do. As we grew, our trips to visit grew less and less frequent, but we always sort of knew where the other was and what they were up to.

Jess and Laura 2000

In 2000, Laura married a wonderful man named Shane. And in 2001, they had a baby. A boy. Jackson.

Shane Jackson Laura and me 2003

This photo was taken in 2003, the very day I met Jackson for the first time. It’s such an amazing thing, meeting the next generation. Indescribable, really. It was also around this time they decided it was time to move to Maine (finally!). I was so thrilled to have my oldest friend back within a reasonable driving distance!

Less than a year later, their daughter, Abby, was born. And now I have TWO amazing new friends.

Abby peeking

I get to play with them and watch them grow.

Abby smiling

And see them change and blossom. Its hard to put into words how deeply cool I find all of this.

Jackson

To get to photograph them and know them and know that I’ll be part of the things they remember from being little.

Jackson laughing

Such a gift.

Jackson hanging

This is just one of the many reasons I love what I do. I get to record life and watch it unfold all around me. I get to document some of the most important times in peoples lives. It is an honor and a privilege and just so much freaking fun. Especially when you get to do it for people you love.

To see more photos of Jackson and Abby, check out my flickr site. There are two sets, taken a year apart. Its amazing how much can change in just one little year. You can tell that in the second set, they are much more used to me and my camera. They had a very hard time staying serious and following any sort of directions from me. They just wanted to play! Not that I minded – on the contrary, I love just following them to see where they lead. Such imaginations on these two, I swear.

So thank you Laura, for continuing to be one of my dearest friends. In another 25 years, I’ll be photographing the kid’s weddings, telling stories of Abby screaming “TICKLE ME!” and Captain Jackson of Playground Rocket Ship Alpha, and posting photos of us with gray hair and relieved looks on our faces.