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Smithville Mansion Children's Photographer: Blake is one!

Blake is turning one today, and to document this special time, we met at Smithville Mansion in Mount Holly to get some great shots of him and his awesome mommy and daddy. We had a great time exploring and finding fun spots to entertain a one-year-old. Blake is a totally happy, smiley guy- which makes my job easier! To make him the happiest little guy ever- we ended with a cake smash! Didn't his mommy do an awesome job coordinating his outfit and this adorable cake?! Happy Birthday, Blake! Keep smiling :)

Smithville Mansion Wedding: Jessica & Tom

Well... not quite a wedding- more of an anniversary shoot. Jessica and Tom were married five years ago. They decided to commemorate their perfect day by putting on the clothes that they wore that day (props to all gals who can fit into their dress five years and one kid later!) and heading out for a photo shoot. Did I mention who did Jessica's hair and makeup? The wonderful Kate Spencer provided the romantic updo, and Paula Miller with the flawless makeup. I'm pretty sure that these two practiced their poses and faces before they came- they seriously brought it on. Models! I had such a great time celebrating five wonderful years with them. You two are amazing! <3

Ocean City, New Jersey Beach Engagement- Jess and Justin


On a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in June, I met up with Jess and Justin in Ocean City, New Jersey <- the best beach in the NJ! I may be partial to OC because that's where Mike and I were married- so naturally love is in the air there. Jess and Justin are getting married next summer on the beach, so this was the perfect time to invite sand in their toes and the salt water air to celebrate their love. We started off on the boardwalk and ended up on the beach. Here are the results!

Katelyn is One!

You may have seen Katelyn on the blog before... I photographed her about a year ago when she was just born (and just a teenie little babe) and also this summer in LBI. With Christmas was upon us, we got some shots of Katelyn in her Christmas pjs near the tree. Then we ventured outside for sunlight and playtime. There was a gorgeous blueberry farm behind us and her favorite two pups running around us. It was the perfect backdrop! Enjoy!

Five tips for amazing Christmas photographs

Let's face it, the holiday season is hands down, the best ever! So we've gotta capture it! Read below for five tips for amazing Christmas photographs.

1- Choose a versatile location.. This season I chose to hold holiday mini sessions at Smithville Mansion. There are so many different textures and backgrounds, I could shoot there all day!

2. BYOF (bring your own flair) We came prepared with tinsel, ornaments, and Christmas lights.

3. Get sweet. It's cold outside! If you have a cutie in need of some bribing- a candy cane always helps ;)

4. Santa hats. It's okay to get silly for a couple of shots in a santa hat!

5. Sneak in a couple of non-holiday pictures. So the shots you took in your Santa hats probably won't make the cut for a canvas on the wall. Make sure you get a couple of shots sans decorations.

Penns Landing: Fall Family Session

We were so happy to greet Meghan, Dave, and baby Sophie on Black Friday for a long weekend. The Z family is one of our closest friends, but they live too far away... in Massachusetts. Our relationship has been a long-distance one from the beginning, when I first met Dave and Meghan in Aruba (my husband's family vacationed with their family throughout their childhood). Dave and Meghan might look familiar from their maternity session shot in Aruba, or baby Sophie's newborn pics seen here or even Sophie's baptism. We went to Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, and Smithville Mansion the next morning. This is just a portion of the blast we had that weekend. Miss you already Z family!!!!

Smithville Mansion: A Very Ahern Christmas

I may be somewhat partial to this session... it is my fabulous family. Meet my sister-in-law, Lisa, and her husband, Dave, and their two adorable children <3 I feel like I have been documenting their lives for the past two years since they moved back to New Jersey. We also had Pete (Dave's brother) and his son come to hang out at Smithville Mansion. I had a great time chasing around three small children in Santa hats and trying to make them smile... let's just say there was lots of bribing involved. Enjoy! <3

Family Funday

On a warm October morning, I met up with Casey, Frank, their adorable son, Frankie... oh and their cutie boston terrier. Casey and Frank had celebrated their five-year wedding anniversary (though they have been together for quite some time), and their adorable, blue-eyed son, Frankie, just turned two this summer. We played soccer, went down the slide, gave the doggy treats and just had some good old-fashioned fun! I love watching families interact with each other, it is so precious- and those are the moments I love to capture. Thanks for letting me capture this gorgeous morning of a day in the life of the Conn family!

Kevin is six months!

I first met Kevin when he was just a newborn back in April. Life at six months is a little different now. Kevin is moving around, holding his bottle, and playing with his best bud- Cooper. Kevin's parents, Heather and Steve, might be the happiest parents I've ever met. We had a chance to sit and chat while we were waiting for Kevin to wake up from a nap and the way they talk about him is so adorable. It was even more adorable when Kevin woke up and I got to see Heather and Steve in full-on parent mode. They are such an adorable, smiley, little family. Here are some shots we got to celebrate Kevin turning six months old. ...and check out Kevin's adorable Halloween costume! Enjoy!

Holden is one!

You aren't ready for this cuteness. You may think you are, but you really aren't! On a sunny Sunday, I met up with the modelesque Kervick family to celebrate Holden's first birthday. Brittany (mom) is an avid runner, and found the Wenonah railroad station one day during a run. What a perfect place to shoot! Dad (Brett) had the pleasure of helping Holden find and put his dinosaur shoes back on his feet (about a million times). Did I mention there was a cupcake?? Yes, there is a cupcake! You can guess what happens! It was perfection! Get ready to "ooh' and "aah" at the pictures below. P.S. Is this family not the cutest?! I love them!