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Boating means so much to this beautiful family that a nautical theme was the choice for their baby boy’s nursery decor. How fitting it was that a few months before his newborn session, I photographed his mom and dad at the Charleston City Marina for their Maternity session. You can see her gorgeous baby bump and lots of sweet expectant moments HERE. Their Complete Newborn session included a blend of both Lifestyle (candid moments and environmental portraiture) as well as classic Newborn Portraiture with their sleepy new bundle of joy!

Baby’s 1-year old cousin (who looks like his brother, they have such similar features!) joined in for a few photos. Never again will they be this small together. It warms my heart to know that, one day, they will look back at these photos as adults.

I love allowing my clients to share their thoughts about the session, so I started including an “interview” with mom. Here’s her take on their Lifestyle Newborn session with me with the photos below.  Enjoy!

What was your favorite part of your baby’s newborn session?

My favorite part of the newborn session was how kind, warm and patient you were with my newborn. It is not easy to hand over a baby that is just a week old however watching and listening to you with him made me feel 110% percent comfortable.

What meaningful items did you include?

We included one of my husbands favorite shirts from childhood. He wore this shirt in his yearly school pictures from 3rd grade until 9th. It was also so meaningful being in the comfort of our house and having the pictures of the home that we have created. I am sure our decor will change over time or we might move but we will always be able to remember the way it was when we brought Eli home.

Tell me about your favorite images from this session?

It is impossible to say which images are my favorite from this session. I love the family shots especially in our master bedroom with our wedding portrait behind as well as on the front porch of the house with the bright flowers that just emphasize what a great spring it was. I love the individual ones of Eli, that really capture how much personality he had at 1 week old. I also love the ones with our nephew Max. Those two boys will be photographed a million times in their lifetime together but these photos will continue to be so special. Like I said, I really do not have a favorite, how could one with all the amazing photos to choose from.

Do you have any advice for other families preparing for a Lifestyle Newborn session?

Relax. I was so nervous, part of it was being a new mom and not knowing what to do or and exactly how to soothe my baby. Jody is so easy to work with, patient and gentle with babies that there was nothing to be nervous about.

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Thank you to my amazing clients, many of whom have returned year after year, for making 2015 the best ever for my business!

As an expression of my gratitude, I am giving away a full family/child/newborn session in 2016 by a random drawing!

You each have one entry in the random drawing and you may receive additional entries/chances to win by commenting below this blog post, Facebook AND Instagram. You may also “gift” your entry to a family member or friend!

How to receive additional entries:
• Watch the video of my favorite moments from 2015 sessions

• Pause the video when you see your photo.
• Write down the time that you see it (ex: 2min 12sec)
• Comment in on the video’s post (ex: “That’s my baby! Little “L” at 2min 12sec) in up to three locations:
1. Right here (comment below this post)
2. Instagram post
3. Facebook post

• Each comment will count as one entry, so the more people who comment and the more places you comment, the more chances you have of winning.
• Likes are appreciated, but will not count as an entry.
• Please make sure each comment includes the time your photo is shown AND a first name or initials so I can properly identify the winner!
• You may share the link via any social media outlet or via email.
Grand Prize:

An All-Inclusive session with 30 digital images and set of archival prints
($575 value)
The winner will receive a gift certificate for a custom photography session (newborn, maternity, child, senior or family session) with digital images and prints. This gift certificate may be used by the winner or transferred to a family member or friend. Session may include up to 5 immediate family members and take place within a 20-mile radius of Charleston, SC. Prize includes a pre-session consultation, 1 hour custom session, 30 fully-edited high-resolution digital images, a box of archival 4 x 6 prints and a bamboo USB with a lifetime print release. Session must be scheduled prior to 9/30/16.
Contest Rules:

• An official video will be posted in three locations (each are linked below):
1. Blog
2. Facebook
3. Instagram

• Each 2015 client has one entry by default.

• Additional entries can be added by commenting on the blog, Facebook or Instagram posts with the TIME (minutes & seconds) AND the FIRST NAME/INITIALS of the person in the image. Comments that do not have BOTH the time and a name/initials will be void.

• Each comment will count as one entry. Only one comment per person per location (blog, Facebook and Instagram) additional entries will be void.

• You may tag yourself and family members/friends in your image so that more people will see it, share your image link via any social media (Twitter, Instagram, Google +) or email the link to friends and family.

• Likes are appreciated, but will not count toward your entries.

• The grand prize session may be used for a family, couple, individual portrait, maternity, lifestyle newborn, baby, child or high school senior (for up to 5 immediate family members). The session may not be used for weddings, reunions or events.

• Comments/entries can be added from today through noon on Monday, January 11, 2016.

• The winner will be selected by a random drawing on January 11, 2016.

• The winner needs to redeem their prize or gift their prize by 9/30/16 (session scheduled prior to this date).

• The session must take place within a 20-mile radius of the Charleston area.

• Jody Mack Photography, LLC reserves the right to modify the contest and/or prizes as necessary.

• No purchase necessary to win.

• Your participation in this contest completely releases Facebook and Instagram. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook or Instagram.

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  • Heather - Evie’s christening at 2:35ReplyCancel

  • Susan - I see my sweet babes {E} and {W} at 2:41, 1:37, and 0:38ReplyCancel

  • Anna Kunze - Riley 2:40
    Beautiful pictures! You do such amazing work!!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - I see my sweet babes {W} and {E} at 2:40, 1:37, and 0:38ReplyCancel

  • Beth - How wonderful! Millie and Byrdie at 2:44.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - I absolutely love all of these pictures, and the contest, but of course my favorite is at 1:51 where you captured little newborn {L} giving me a hug. Too bad that was pretty much the end of his snuggling days. 😉 Can’t believe that was almost a year ago! Thank you for capturing this and many, many more precious moments!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Avalynn at 1min 26sec sure loves her bubbles!ReplyCancel

  • Alison Schryver - I see my sweet boy at 1min 4sec!!! I love all the pics really, you are awesome Jody!!ReplyCancel

  • Tessa - Allens 23 seconds Love it!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mollie - All such sweet photos. Particularly cherish the ones at 0:12; 0:32 and 1:11!ReplyCancel

  • Cristy Roberts - At 1 minute 51 seconds, I saw baby Lucas’ picture. What a great memory of the photo shoot almost 1 year later. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Libby - I just melt every time I see this love. 1:51 Lucas.ReplyCancel

  • Jaime McBride - 1 year old pics- that’s our girl! 3 minutes 7 secondsReplyCancel

  • Shannon Alberti - Our sweet girl Ryleigh was at :52. It’s one of our favorite photos of her. Can’t wait to have a family portrait done again this year. Thank you so much for this opportunity and just being awesome!ReplyCancel

The floods of October 2015 forever changed the lives of many families across South Carolina. Several areas were impacted across the Lowcountry, including the Johns Island neighborhood of the Kelly family.  The flood destroyed the entire ground floor of their home. It also destroyed their family car and amidst it all, they lost their beloved pet cat. But, in spite of it all, they remain positive that good times are just around the corner. When I met them, their joy was infectious.

Evacuating

The Kelly Family evacuating their home (photo taken by a neighbor)

I was touched by their story (and by the countless others) and wanted to help them rebuild some happy memories. So, together with 3 other business owners, we made it happen. The family received an all-inclusive photo session and the mom, Kim Kelly, spent a relaxing afternoon with hair, makeup (Natalie Bodie, Younique), and jewelry styling (Stephanie Pratt, Stella & Dot) and later received a pampering gift basket of health & beauty products (Elizabeth Brackett, Arbonne).

Meet the Kelly Family

Kim, Kyle, Caden (3 years) and Cael (12 months).  According to mom, “Caden is a strong-willed, but sensitive boy who is really sweet with his little brother. He loves transformers, dinosaurs, riding his bike, and all things purple!” (He also loves roaring like a T-rex, which I find awesome!) “Cael is just learning how to walk and is using his new skill to explore constantly. He is a very smiley little guy (he has a very mischievous little grin) and loves trying to keep up with Caden!”

I loved the boys’ personalities and their endless energy. Their connection to each other is amazing. At the end of the session, Cael fell and bumped his head and big brother leaned in to offer some comfort.

I’m so grateful to have met these amazing people. They have such gracious hearts and resilient spirits. Before writing this blog, I learned that the rebuild of their ground floor is due to be complete before Christmas, so they will enjoy their holiday at home to make new memories. Here’s to a wonderful holiday season and a happy, healthy and rejuvenated 2016 for the Kelly family and for all people impacted by the 2015 floods.

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Sponsors

Jody Mack (Jody Mack Photography, LLC)

I am a lifestyle newborn and family photographer serving Charleston area families with a blend of timeless portraiture and candid moments to share for generations.

Natalie Bodie (Younique • makeup & application)

A blogger of Worth Every Penny Facebook group that specializes in makeup tips and tricks. I am also a stay at home mom of 2 girls under 4 years old.  I love showing women how to apply simple makeup techniques that are easy to replicate. I realize that not everyone knows how to apply makeup and I want to help educate and empower those women to feel confident in applying cosmetics. Please tune in to my facebook group and you too can learn some cool tricks. If you are interested in learning more about Younique cosmetics or how to apply makeup in general, please feel reach out to me or look me up on my YouTube channel or Facebook blog.
I love the fashion, the flexibility, and the fun of being a part of this amazing community of women. Stella & Dot, an Inc 500 Fastest-Growing Company, is a social selling company that creates flexible opportunities for women to be work from home entrepreneurs. We believe everyone deserves great style, fun and opportunity in their everyday lives, and we’re dedicated to providing it in a personal way. That’s why we sell our line exclusively through friendly Stella & Dot Stylists online and at in home trunk shows. Customers and hostesses adore the style, and each Stylist is able to build their own flexible, modern business on a foundation of irresistible product and exceedingly personal service. Go ahead and indulge your friends in a little girl time and shopping by hosting a private party. And don’t be surprised if you enjoy the experience and the rewards so much you decide to join us as a Stylist. We’d love to have you!

Elizabeth Brackett (Arbonne International • health & beauty product gift basket)

The idea to provide skincare products unparalleled in quality and effectiveness developed in Switzerland in 1975, when one man, Petter Mørck, together with a group of leading biochemists, biologists and herbalists, fulfilled his vision and founded Arbonne.

Arbonne skincare products, based on botanical principles, became a reality in the United States in 1980 and are now shared throughout the world through the Arbonne network of Independent Consultants. Building on these same founding principles, the product line has since grown to include both inner and outer health and beauty products that are unparalleled in quality, safety, value, benefits and results.

The wonderful thing about Arbonne is that it’s not just about great products, it’s also about great people. The Arbonne family is made up of thousands of individuals working to make their dreams come true. Through sales incentives and rewards, travel opportunities, a generous SuccessPlan and great products, Arbonne offers a unique opportunity that can help make anyone’s vision for the future a reality.

Contact Elizabeth today to set up a consultation! Email: brackett.je@gmail.com Tel: 843-708-3530

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If you live in Charleston and you occasionally read Skirt Magazine, chances are you have seen the amazing work by photojournalist and wedding photographer, Alice Keeney of Alice Keeney Photography. If you’ve ever braved a spinning class at Charleston RIDE, she may have inspired you as your instructor (baby on board and all, she was fierce until the very end!). It was quite an honor (and nerve-wracking) to photograph her since she has been an amazing teacher and mentor to me over the years. Congratulations, Alice! I can’t wait to meet your little one in a few days!

{Notes: The first two images were using Alice’s Contax 645 medium format camera with Kodak Tri-X Black and White film and Fujicolor PRO 400H Color film. The remaining images were captured digitally on a Canon 5D Mark III.}PINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGE

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I say this a lot, but it’s true… Babies grow up way too fast!

Last October, I had the honor of documenting this sweet baby girl’s lifestyle newborn session in her parent’s Mount Pleasant home. Since the very moment they laid eyes on her they were absolutely smitten. Her sweet dimples are just like Mom’s and the more she grows the more she resembles her. I enjoyed every moment of their session, from the gorgeous interior, the well-planned wardrobe to the beautiful landscape that framed the waterfront property. Just stunning. I was amazed that little {C} was in such a great mood throughout the session… she had no nap during the day and was definitely overdue for an afternoon snooze. She hung in there until the very end of the session and we were able to get some amazing shots!

Enjoy the images and this blog interview with Mom’s take on the session:

Were you worried about any parts of the session beforehand?

NOPE! This was our third session and Jody always makes it so easy. She tells us how to “pose” for the pics and really walks you through the process so there’s nothing to worry about.

What was your favorite part of your baby’s milestone session?

the pictures of course!

Did the location have any special meaning?

Edisto is a special place for us and it was wonderful that Jody did the shoot there.

Tell me about the outfits you wore to the session.

I went with a solid navy dress, {C} wore two outfits, one a simple smocked dress and the second a knit bubble suit. My husband wore a bright buttondown to add some color.

Tell me about your favorite images from this session.

Us holding hands on the dock was pretty special because Jody got one those pics when we did our maternity session. She also got some great pics of us and our dog, Harley which she has gotten each shoot.

Do you have any advice for other families preparing for a Milestone Mini session?

Have fun with it! My husband and I usually have a cocktail before:)Jody’s going to make you look great.

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