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It’s Been Fifteen Years…

I can’t believe how quickly time is passing by. In so many ways it seems like just yesterday that I was heading to the hospital—in an ambulance, no less, because you were coming in such a huge and unanticipated hurry!

Life with you has been such an amazing adventure! You have given me two of the greatest gifts I could ever have imagined—the first and foremost becoming a mother (even more wonderfully, your mother), but also, becoming a photographer.

Usually my posts are full of my photos, but today as I was looking back through my life with you, I realized what I have never really shared here are my favorites of your “work” (I put that in quotes because it never really is work—it has always been play for you!). So today, in honor of you turning 15, your first career!


Photographer Laura Aldgridge (she did the curly haired one, above, too):

Marcy Maloy (who has been as kind to me in my photography journey as she has been to you! She also did the Wondertime cover above.):




Photographer Stephanie Rausser (this was done on your 5th birthday—the crew even brought you a cake!):Modeling9

And one of your first formal headshot shoots by Norbert:

This one I took at one of your jobs (with Marcy), simply because it makes me happy!

You have always been my girl—so full of life and personality and charm, so wise and sweet and never letting fear get in your way. I adore you, my love—you make me proud every single day and I am so honored to be your Mama! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

  • Ashley Spaulding - April 30, 2014 - 7:03 pm

    How cool is this?!? Love the tribute to your sweet, beautiful birthday girl! Hope you’ve had an amazing day, Em!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Phillips - April 30, 2014 - 7:11 pm

    Happy Birthday, Em! So cool to see pictures of you as a little girl. Love your mom and am so thankful that you lit the photography bug in her. <3ReplyCancel

  • Lexie - April 30, 2014 - 7:16 pm

    Love these!! Happy Birthday, Emily!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Holden - April 30, 2014 - 7:20 pm

    Now I am nostalgic, too. I remember all of those photos and have copies of many of them. I get teary when I look at them and remember that delightful little girl, so charming and happy. However, I, too, am so proud of the fifteen-year-old Emily who is still charming and loving, also motivated and unafraid to work to make her dreams come true. I love being a grandmother to such a beautiful young woman. Happy Birthday, Emily. You are truly awesome! Love, GrandmaReplyCancel

  • Jes Gwozdz - April 30, 2014 - 9:02 pm

    Wow Jessica, I didn’t know she did all of this modeling! Happy Birthday to your sweet and beautiful girl! <3ReplyCancel

  • Nina - May 1, 2014 - 4:17 pm

    Happy Birthday, Emily!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • […] favorite photographer while Emily was modeling (some examples are here and  here), Marcy Maloy, once invited Emily over for a test shoot for fun, and she […]ReplyCancel