This year for Christmas my mother-in-law asked for a family picture, like she probably has every year. And this year, we actually made it happen. AND she received it before (one day before) Christmas. Big success, and I’m very proud of myself.:)We sent her a framed collage with a few of these pictures, taken by us in our backyard.


  • Angela Cays - January 8, 2015 - 5:51 pm

    Love it!

  • Laura Cullen Eft - January 8, 2015 - 7:54 pm

    Nice job! Beautiful family!

  • Sandy Glickfeld - January 8, 2015 - 7:55 pm

    Adorable, each and every!

  • Dona Reynolds - January 8, 2015 - 9:30 pm

    Beautiful family Maegan ! I’m sure your mother-in-law was thrilled !

  • Patti Jeanne Rauch Muller - January 9, 2015 - 3:18 pm

    love them all…pics and people. The one of Jasper with his eyes shut tight made me laugh.

I drove home from this shoot (about 7 months ago) like I do from so many, with a big smile on my face, filled with joy and a sense of purpose. In my passenger seat were tomato, eggplant, and pepper seedlings that this family shared with me for our garden. My windows were rolled down while I enjoyed the green views and the smell of spring. About three weeks prior, I had photographed this sweet little baby’s birth, but his siblings were asleep, and I was sad not to have pictures of them together. The story didn’t feel complete. I was so happy to return to their home to spend more time with this family, especially mom, whom I’ve adored since her first e-mail to me, and who inspires me every time she posts on Facebook or her blog.  And these big kids…I don’t think you can meet them and not instantly love them. I hope you can see in this glimpse of their life why I find this family to be so special.

Plus, are these not the cutest babywearing pictures ever?  :)123456

  • Christine - January 6, 2015 - 10:59 am

    You really know how to capture beautiful family lifestyle photos in North Jersey! What a wonderful way to document this moment for them!

  • Becca Kaye - January 6, 2015 - 6:54 pm

    way too cute!!! Perfect lifestyle session and I am so jealous of your work!!!

  • Cassandra - January 7, 2015 - 6:24 pm

    What beautiful lifestyle family pictures! They will treasure these forever.

  • maegan - January 8, 2015 - 2:24 pm

    I love this comment. Thank you, Rebecca! :)

Two years ago, I met a lovely couple when they brought their daughter for an Under The Nile model shoot. I was surprised to see them soon after that at a community potluck with new friends. The mom and I continued to see each other on Facebook and in person, and I was so happy when she contacted me about photography for the birth of her second baby.

You’ve see the joy of this family here and here on my blog, and I hope you will enjoy these pictures from the beautiful home waterbirth of their second baby girl. A mutual Facebook friend commented that this mother makes “birth look effortless and dreamy,” and while I know there certainly was effort put into the birthing of this baby, she really did make it look (almost) easy. And the presence during every moment, the knowledge of and trust in the birth process, and the love and passion and happiness of the mother and father and their midwives did indeed make this birth completely dreamy! This is what birth can be like!

I am so grateful to these parents for allowing me to document the birth of their daughter, and to share it with you. And I did go back for a visit a couple weeks later, so I look forward to sharing those pictures soon!


  • Doris B. Muller-Schroeder - September 26, 2014 - 2:40 am

    So very, very beautiful! What a wonderful thing to experience!

  • Elizabeth Cicetti Devaney - October 8, 2014 - 3:30 am

    As usual…..Meagan! You captured it….amazing gorgeous work…..