You read about his birth story last week and just like that he’s ONE. It kind of feels like it’s only been a week since Zac was born. Since we don’t plan to be out numbered, he is our last baby so I’ve been trying to soak up every detail. I would smell his soft head so much to try to remember that perfect new baby smell, I hold him for an extra minute before putting him down to bed in his crib, and no matter what I do, he just keeps growing (the nerve….LOL!) So here we are, with a one year old (and a 5 year old that needs his own session soon!) who are as different as night and day. Jesse is my calm, cautious, day dreamer and Zac is my energetic go-getter. I had no worries about his ability to destroy this cake, but I wasn’t too sure how much he would actually like EATING it. Even from his first days of food tasting, he never really enjoyed sweeter flavors. Bananas are about as sweet as gets. Anything with pears or apples… and forget about cinnamon! Raspeberrys and icky faces is all you’ll get from Zac. He was an all vegetables all the time kind of guy (though he is now slowly warming up to fruits.)  Matt enjoys unsweet tea and I have no doubts Zac will follow along in his footsteps. See for yourself how Zac vs. Cake went down:

Oh wait- first! I’m a sucker for side by sides, so here is newborn baby Zac next to Birthday Zac.


6lbs, 12oz; 19″ long vs 20lbs, 2oz; 28″ long! wow.


And we set up a little reenactment of Jesse’s cake smash from November 2012!

Ok now onto Zac’s session:


A little too sweet?


It’s interesting because he has sucked on a lemon slice or two at restaurants without flinching at all!


But a vanilla cake with vanilla frosting? ALL of the icky faces. Haha!


It was definitely smashed though!


Lashes. For. DAYS.


I’d call that a success! Try to slow down with that growing a little bit, ok bud?blogsig

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Today is the celebration of Matt and I surviving another first year of childhood! I mean it’s my son’s birthday. One of my very favorite parts of my job is chatting with moms about their birth stories because literally every single baby and every single birth is unique. And I just think birth is ridiculously cool and endlessly amazing. So in honor of Zac being the big O-N-E today, I will share his birth story.

First, I’ll start off with the part of the day that we didn’t get too much documentation of (mainly because Matt was in denial that I was even in labor when I started.) You see, with Jesse’s birth, I was induced, so didn’t get to experience what it felt like to naturally start going into labor, but I had a feeling…

I woke up around 5:30 am on February 3rd 2016, I was 6 days away from my due date and I was feeling some contractions. I had a feeling this could be it, so I snuck out of bed, did some dishes, put the bags by the door, tidied up the house a little and went back to bed. I saved a bunch of birth affirmations from pinterest onto my phone in case I needed some good mantras to help me through and tried to get some rest. I was timing my contractions around 10 minutes apart. When I told Matt around 7am, he was like “Ok thats fine, I’m going to go to work and you can let me know if things get serious.” LOL!

I ate some breakfast in bed and snuggled Jesse and kept an eye on the time as I felt some mild contractions lasting about 30 seconds each. I had my weekly appointment set for 11:45, but I called to see if I could push it up because occasionally I would only get about 7 minutes between contractions (and this was my second baby which they say can sometimes be a shorter labor.) I got a 9:30 appointment and Matt met me there. I was 3cm and was told to go home and relax until contractions were 5 minutes apart lasting a minute or so, then I could head to the hospital.

Next on my list of to-do’s was getting lunch since it was close to 11 now and I was (as always) hungry! By the time we decided on food, got home with it and sat down, my contractions were getting closer and I was personally ready to head to the hospital.

I won’t bore you with my sitting in the waiting room for 20 minutes while in active labor (even though I had preregistered) but I will tell you that Zac was one of SEVENTEEN babies born that day. So I was in triage for quite a few hours until they could get a room for me. There’s a pretty rediculous picture of me trying to eat a GIANT chocolate cupcake that my bestie Erin brought me (who hightailed it from the school she teaches as soon as I told her it was GO TIME) but I’ll spare you.

So we got a room around 4pm (time was flying by for me and contractions were like 3-4 minutes apart and pretty manageable at this point) and we brought out my camera so here come all of the pictures:


Erin decided to spruce up the white board that usually the nurses use to note things like their names or medication doses. The nurses called her and Matt and his Aunt Debbie the Birth Squad!


I was still feeling pretty good, we were playing some fun dance music.


Until a contraction would roll around, they are about 3 minutes apart lasting a minute each at this point.




And back to smiling. I tried to get my mind off of things with dancing and drinking tea.



I now had to focus on getting through my contractions, usually holding on to Matt or Erin for support.


My water broke while I was dancing around after that things got pretty serious. I went from 4-7cm in 3 hours. It was now about 7pm.







Remember when I mentioned that 17 babies were born that day? Well there weren’t 17 doctors.


The nurse called for any available doctor because it was go time…


And although I tried to wait for one… Zac didn’t want to.


And with one huge push (because no one was there telling me to stop. I was just listening to my body and Zac…) the nurse “caught” him.


Zachary William arrived at 7:30pm looking exactly like his big brother did when he was born and my heart exploded.


Warm and soft and probably not particularly happy to be outside his hot tub.


But we were so very happy to meet him.





6lbs, 12oz, 19 inches



In Dada’s hands.




Time for Jesse to meet his baby brother!


“Hi Baby Zac!”


My heart is so. Full.




Jesse asks about all of the bracelets on my wrists.



I could stare at him for the rest of my life.



Big brother holds his baby for the first time!







Dark hair for baby Zac, not “cherry blonde” as Jesse called his own hair color.


A girl’s gotta snack, birthin’ babies is HARD WORK, guys.


Debbie shows Jesse some pictures and videos she took.


Our little family of four!


Thank you so much for letting me share one of the best days of my life with you guys! I look forward to capturing births of other amazing mamas in the future because I truly live for images like these.

Happy Birthday Zac!


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I LOVE seeing my families back again, especially when I get to meet the beautiful baby that was cozy inside the belly I photographed. This family continues to be the most awesome family ever. I met sleepy baby David (who smelled amazing by the way guys, when did my own baby get so BIG- ah!) who is boy number 3, but I think he’ll fit right in being as sweet as his big brothers! I hardly saw his eyes the whole time we hung out, but I did get a peek that they were the same gorgeous blue that the rest of his family shares! Get ready to swoon over some amazingly squishy cheeks, guys.


I can’t wait to watch you grow, little guy!

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Happy New Year everyone! It’s the first day back to the daily grind and I’m pumped. I love my work days. Don’t get me wrong, I love lazy days with my family (even though most of my weekend was cleaning the house and folding PILES of baskets of laundry), BUT work days give me time every day to do something to get me closer to where I want to be, professionally and personally.

If I’m lucky, like today, after I drop my big kid off at preschool, my little guy will nap and I get QUIET TIME (whaaat!) And guess what I get to do? Focus on ME.

Enter my WORD for 2017: Focus


Focus on what really matters: spending time with my boys (husband included!) and spreading joy to everyone

Focus on one thing at a time: because my brain is like an internet browser with 500 windows open at all times.

Focus inwardly: because I follow a million talented photographers and I need to stop comparing their story to mine and work on my own journey.

It’s also a fun choice because it’s photography related too! Bonus points!

I don’t want to sound like I’m trying to fill space by copying definitions (*pushes up glasses and lifts up pants* websters dictionary defines Focus as…) BUT when I looked it up for fun, I kind of took it further than the regular definition so hear me out.

fo·cus v. – adapt to the prevailing level of light and become able to see clearly.

Which personally, I take as finding the light (however small at times) in everything and use it to see things better. BOOM. What a great idea to keep in motion all year.

I like the idea of choosing a word for the year as your mantra. Especially for our crazy, busy world. Sometimes we need instant coffee, 20 minute work outs, fast food dinners, and one word to repeat and keep us on track. To help us FOCUS.

What is your 2017 word? Comment below- I’d love to hear it!! <3 If you need some fresh vibes for your first work week of the year, check out my This Is Your Year playlist! 



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  • DebJanuary 3, 2017 - 12:53 pm

    Tenacity is my word this year!  The ability to weather the storm and follow the plan and stick with it….regardless of the circumstances or whatever my head starts telling me!  Of course, you kinda need FOCUS to do that, lol….ReplyCancel

Hey guys! Besides the cozy, food and cheer filled holidays that we just had the pleasure of celebrating over the last few months, New Years Eve is one of my favorites. I love the gold, sparkly vibe and the clean slate feeling. Now, I’m sure a lot of you will agree with me that 2016 could have gone better, in a general sense. I definitely had some amazing moments in 2016, and we’ll get to that in another post. BUT guess what?! I got you something!


Music is a huge part of my life and can really turn my day around. I also really crave some new songs after the holidays, so let’s shake off 2016 and start 2017 with a fresh new playlist of great tunes!  I chose songs that had fun beats and uplifting lyrics to keep pep in your step! If you don’t have Spotify, you can listen right here. If you do have Spotify, follow my playlist and listen along with me as the soundtrack to your greatest year yet!

If you have any fun, uplifting songs you think would go great with these, please comment them below! Let’s collaborate for a great year!

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I'm Emily! A photographer, coffee zombie, car singer, baby snuggler, snackaholic boymom serving the Maryland and DC area! Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to click around and check out all sorts of posts about my fun sessions, behind the scenes secrets and snippits of my personal life! Grab a cup of coffee and stay a while- or come hang out with me on your favorite social medias!

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