K Family Session | Carroll County Family Photographer

I was so excited when the K family reached out to book a summer family portrait session at Union Mills Homestead in Carroll County, Maryland. (I know, I know - it’s September and I’m behind on blogging!!!). This was my first time visiting this location and I was blown away by how beautiful it was - especially in the early morning light. It didn’t hurt that this family is the absolute sweetest and so much fun!

H Family Session | Kingsville Family Photographer

I have been so fortunate to photograph Megan several times - but this was the first time I got to meet her husband and adorable kids for our family portrait session at Jerusalem Mill. Ok, I am a total Jerusalem Mill junkie. I adore it. There is so much variety close together and it’s a great place for kids to explore and perhaps bounce off the walls a little bit. So thank you Megan and family for exploring my happy place with me and having some fun along the way!

XO Jane

Santa and Cooper | Baltimore Autism Friendly Photographer

My Santa sessions all started out of a goal to give my youngest son, Cooper, an incredible experience with Santa. Coop was diagnosed with Autism just before his 3rd birthday. He has always been obsessed with Santa - even when he was nonverbal, he found a way to show just how much he delighted in seeing the big guy in the red suit. So I set out on a quest to find the best Santa in town. Little did I know that the best Santa in town is also a Special Needs dad. A perfect match.

When Cooper arrived at the studio, I wasn’t sure what to expect. He laid on the floor with his iPad watching a YouTube video. And Santa got down on the floor with him to connect on his level. My mama heart was overjoyed and I probably shed a few tears, too. Because after that connection, Cooper was ready to take pictures with his new best friend.

Wanting to give an incredible Santa experience for your kids? Drop me a line and book a time for our December 15th Santa event!

Jane Mack Photography | Best of Westminster, Maryland

What the what???? I just received a notice that Kimberly Jane Photography - my former business name - was awarded 2019 Best Photographer of Westminster, Maryland! How freaking incredible is that??? Of course, I share this award with my former business partner, Kim Whipps, and we are both delighted at the recognition.

For those just tuning in … Kimberly Jane Photography was the merging of visions of myself and Kim. As our brand evolved, I introduced KJP Teens - which became Jane Mack Photography. At the beginning of this year, we took our business in separate directions but continue to be close friends.

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Cousins Session | Harford County Family Photographer

Absolutely loved this recent cousin session at Historic Jerusalem Mill.  It was totally last minute.  3 of the cousins were visiting from Wisconsin when they realized they had a great opportunity to take some beautiful portraits from their grandparents.  I am so glad we did because the session turned out perfect.  We met early in the morning (well, early in the morning for me!) and explored the beautiful grounds and captured some great images along the way.

Santa is Coming to Jane Mack Photography!

It’s 90+ degrees outside. Humidity is insane. And I’m talking Christmas. For real? For real.

I am so excited to welcome Santa back this year! Last year was so magical - and we’ve added more sessions so everyone can have an amazing experience.

Session Information:

Santa and Me Limited Edition Sessions

Date: Sunday, December 15th

Location: Maryland Creative Collective 1901 Monkton Rd Monkton MD 21111

Times: 10 minute sessions from 9am to 4pm

Includes: A memorable visit with Santa to share your holiday wish list and enjoy milk and cookies or reading a classic holiday story + 5 digital images

Rate: $150 ($50 deposit to book and $100 due before December 1st) OR Prepay at booking for $125

***THIS IS AN AUTISM FRIENDLY/ SENSORY FRIENDLY EVENT***

Secrets to Amazing Summer Hair | Guest Blogger: Kelly Logan Gould

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You may recognize guest blogger Kelly Logan Gould as the beauty and brains behind her former blog Gouldylox. She is a producer, writer, blogger, and creator of the incredible organization, KarmaDogs. She is also a total hair guru so when I needed to latest on the best products to cure my summer hair blues - she was the first person to jump in my head. NOTE: This blog contains affiliate links.

XO Jane


Summer hair, don’t care? 

Nah. You know you do. Here are the latest products to make the most of your summer hair care.

Sand, sun and summer shenanigans all lead to greasy hair. One surefire way to degunk your scalp is with activated charcoal. It’s no secret that charcoal will dry up the yuckies and impurities your hair picks up during your adventures. But using activated charcoal on your hair can end those embarrassing flakies and leave your hair shinier than ever. My choice? OGX Purifying + Charcoal Detox Shampoo. It purifies and leaves your scalp and hair squeaky clean without overdoing it. Use once or twice a week to really clean your hair and scalp. $8.99

Need some style boosting help? Cake is a new drugstore haircare line and it’s got the goods. While it smells like cake, it works like a boss B. Don’t let the strong scent of spice cake scare you, these top-notch budget stylers will save the day. 

The Wave Maker is a light spray in that uses mainly sugar to give you beachy hair. Unlike others, it doesn’t feel sticky, dry your hair out and it brushes out beautifully. $6.99

The Locks Smith Dry Conditioner will add a softness and shine to hair between conditioning treatments. This won’t leave your hair greasy; just gorgeous. $7.99

Can’t stand the heat? Give your hair some Hawaiian tlc with Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Hair Mask. This mask is like a vacation from styling tools for your hair. Shea Butter hydrates and coconut water smoothes and settles hair back into a happier, hydrated state. Throw it in wet hair and a bun and hit the beach. You won’t believe how soft and shiny your hair is afterward! $9.49

4th Birthday Session | Baltimore Child Photographer

I first met Henry and Jimmy long before they entered this world when I had lunch with their mama. She had just found out she was pregnant and said she felt nauseous. Me, with 3 kids, said, “You’re 4 weeks pregnant. It’s in your head. Or it’s twins” and then I laughed and laughed. So I was pretty shocked when a few weeks later, I got a text from her to the effect of “It’s $*%&(ing twins”.

Henry and Jimmy came into this world a lot sooner than planned. They were so fortunate that their NICU stay was minimal and they did not experience the setbacks many other children born at the same gestation have - but that doesn’t mean it’s been an easy path. After their first birthday cake smash, their mom decided to have a portrait session every year for their birthday - and to include their NICU pictures with it. I love this tradition and I am so honored to have been able to capture it.

The Strong Women Series: Motherhood & Autism | Jessica and Camden

TRIGGER WARNING: This article involves child loss.

These sessions have taken much longer than I anticipate to photograph and blog.  But it’s not because I’m too busy or I don’t want to.  It’s because they are so deeply emotional…. It’s a lot.  With each one of these mamas stories, I relive my own.  It gives me comfort that I am not alone … but also makes me mourn for just how many moms are living the same life.

 I’d like to introduce you to Jessica.  What struck me most about Jessica when she entered the studio was just how happy and joyous she was.  I remember going through our own Autism diagnosis and I really worried I would never feel happiness or joy again.  And yet here was Jessica, who walked in six months pregnant and just glowed and radiated joy.  Which is even more remarkable given her story.    

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 You see, Jessica was pregnant (she has since given birth to her beautiful daughter, Ellia) and had her son, Camden, in the studio.  But in between Camden and Ellia is her daughter Kennady, who passed a little over a year ago from neuroblastoma.  I will forever admire the strength and courage that Jessica showed just in her ability to tell her story.  Her bravery in welcoming another baby into the world is incredible.  You can learn more about Kennady and her journey with neuroblastoma by following her on Instagram.  But I will do my best to share it here, as well.

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Jessica was only 23 years old when her son, Camden, then 18 months, was diagnosed with Autism.  At diagnosis, Camden was aggressive and would slam his head onto any surface of flooring when he was upset, uncomfortable, or in any public situation.  He lost all speech and became completely non-verbal.

 The diagnosis turned her life upside down.  She had just given birth to Kennady.  Jessica shared, “I remember being freshly a new mom of two, being told he was Autistic and just cried because I didn’t know how it would affect us”.  They didn’t know anyone else who had children on the Autism Spectrum, and she just felt very alone and isolated, as if she and Camden just didn’t fit in the world.  Not wanting to give up, Jessica put him in every program/therapy she could get him into. 

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Jessica shared, “I knew my son was worth much more … so I fought hard for him to have a productive and happy life, in case there ever came a time where he had to go on without me. I suffered badly with anxiety and still do in moments of how he will be as an adult, which is much different than what parents have to stress about with “typical” children. Everyday is a new “what if” or struggle but sometimes all we can do is look back on the progress we’ve already made and put all the faith into them and know that they are strong and capable and will do big things regardless of a diagnosis.”

Fortunately for Jessica, early intervention was very effective and helped Camden tremendously.  Now Camden is very sweet and loving.  He has found his voice again and has been Jessica’s “rock” through Kennady’s illness and passing. 

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I asked Jessica what she wanted the world to know about Camden and about her journey as his mom.  She simply stated that Camden is different, but he’s not less.  They struggle with his “invisible disability” – or in other words, a disability that isn’t immediately evident to those around him.  They often hear he doesn’t “look autistic” – which by the way, if you don’t know, this is on the list of “never say this to an Autism parent” phrases.  Still, she encourages everyone to slow down and take time to get to know him.  If you look past the quirks and you will find a child who is extremely smart, loving and funny.  He wants what we all want:  to be loved and accepted by those around him.  She no longer fears being a mom to a child with a disability. She knows she can handle anything this life brings her.

“I do worry immensely about his future and what it holds. I’m scared there will be a day I won’t be able to stand up for him or fight for him to have the help and support he needs and deserves. I’m also scared he will be abused, bullied or neglected by people who don’t care to understand his differences.”

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Ok.  So here is where I need to take a pause.  Because this next statement … brings me to tears every time I read it.  If there is one thing Jessica wants you to know about Camden, it’s that he is one of the strongest kids she knows. 

“Camden not only has had to deal with the struggles with his delayed development but he also has had to become a bereaved sibling in the past year to his very best friend. The only child we all saw a genuine connection with. Everyday he has to battle everyday with social frustrations as well as going through the unimaginable. He’s my hero.”

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So I’m sure you’re anything like me, you’re probably on the verge of tears and just feeling so deeply for Jessica and her family.  But for as challenging as her recent years have been, she’ll tell you she is a survivor.  “… my life isn’t over, will never be over because of an Autism diagnosis and that if anything it has drastically changed my life and has helped me view everything from a much more empathetic and loving lens”. 

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She credits Camden’s Autism for helping her become much more patient, much more empathetic and much more loving as a whole. She sees and understands things from a deeper perspective and credits Camden for that. This in turn has allowed her to help and support other parents who are just beginning their journey with an Autism diagnosis. 

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Ok.  Whew.  I did it.  It might not be as coherent as I wanted …. But let me tell you, this took a lot for me to get through.  I have the most amazing respect and admiration for Jessica and her family.  They’re incredible.  Camden was just the sweetest boy during our session and I’m hopeful to see them again.    

P.S. If you’ve submitted an application to be in this series - I haven’t forgotten about you. I am committed to photographing as many moms as i can - I am just working through scheduling now.