Welcome, Baby Jackson! (And congrats, big sister Maddie!)

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I go way back with this family, back to the beginning, back to Rorie and Stuart’s wedding a few years ago.  I was honored to photograph Maddie over her first year of life and was so thrilled to be invited back to meet the newest member of the family, sweet  baby Jackson, who was just a baby hair over two weeks old when we took these photos.

Call me a sucker for awkward love but I’m smitten by these photos of Maddie holding her lil’ bro.  Maybe another photographer would have deleted them since they are less than ideal but Maddie is just so excited about her little brother, who wasn’t quite as fond of all her rocking and jostling but give him time.  Rorie was telling me how Jackson likes to stick his tongue out just like Maddie did as a baby, so I was especially pleased with the tongue shot…

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Maddie wanted to show me her room and recliner and these might have been my two favs from the shoot.  It was completely unscripted as Stuart joined Rorie and Jackson on the bed and I caught a little kiss in the mirror, a quiet moment captured in the background of Maddie’s silliness.

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You can see, from how well Maddie is taking care of her baby doll, that she is going to be a very good helper in the months to come.

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We took a few shots of Jackson in his room and on a very special alphabet quilt that Stuart’s grandmother made for him.  J isn’t just for jelly…

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Why are crying baby shots so dern cute?  The lack of sound, probably!

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Sleepy baby shots make me smile every time.  We took some very similar to these when Maddie was a baby, it was nice to do it again.  Here’s Maddie’s shot in b/w, followed by Jackson in color.  They look a lot alike in sleepy shots!

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There was a lot of family time on the couch, this family definitely knows how to snuggle close and ham it up!   Its deceptively simple, isn’t it?  Happiness?

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Congrats to Rorie, Stuart, and Maddie on the arrival of Jackson.  I can’t wait to come back when he’s 6 months old or so to play again and see how much he has grown!  Not too fast though, Ok little guy?  Take your time.  Here’s a slideshow from the day and an online gallery to check out too.

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