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Jamie Davis Smith
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I live in Washington, D.C. and enjoy exploring the best the D.C. area has to offer and playing with my three young children. I love documenting it all with my ever-present camera. I can be reached at . Visit my blog-in-progress to learn more about my crazy, beautiful life.

Entries by Jamie Davis Smith

The Great Zucchini's All Star Team to Cheer Homeless Kids

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 1:38 PM

Photo: Susan Kang

When a kid in the DC area needs help there is always one guy they can count on - The Great Zucchini.

Although he is best known for his unrivaled popularity on the birthday...

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When Mom Shoots: Mother's Day Gifts for the Discerning Photographer

(5) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 6:41 PM


Many moms who are photographers love their camera and their gear almost as much as their children. If this sounds familiar, a photography-related gift is the perfect match for Mother's Day. There are many options at all price points to bring a...

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Helping Disadvantaged Children Learn Through Theater

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 3:50 PM

2015-04-29-1430336926-1770667-21BenandsarahImaginationStageBlue.jpg All children can learn through a live theater experience

There are many good reasons for children to be exposed to live theater: it teaches children empathy; it entertains them in a way that does not involve screens; it helps them develop...

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My Sons and Freddie Gray

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 4:23 PM

I look at the growing list of recent deaths of black men in police custody, and the reactions to them, with a mix of horror and hope. Horror at the way some black men are treated in this country and hope at the waves of public anger that rise up...

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DC Spring Activities With Kids

(1) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 5:06 PM

This spring, spring breaks in the DC area are taking place over several different weeks. While this may create headaches for parents with children in different schools, for many parents it means that many activities occurring this spring will be less crowded than in past years. Here are some ideas...

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Dear Daughter, Here's Why I Hope You Have the Choice to Work or Stay Home

(8) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 1:00 PM

The 'Mommy Wars' are experiencing a resurgence. One mom recently asserted that she works because doing so makes her feel fulfilled. In response, another asserted that she stays at home because she loves her children more than she loves things like luxury cars and vacations, things...

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Love, School and Birthday Parties on the Circus Train

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 3:59 PM

All love stories are unique, but not many involve elephants, top hats and traversing the country by train. But, for Priscilla Iverson, that is exactly how her love story unfolded.

Priscilla grew up in Brazil and became a dancer who wanted to see the world. She had never seen a...

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Spring Is Coming! A Guide to Strollers For Baby

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 3:52 PM

It's finally Spring! Parents of young children can finally get out of the house with their kids and their strollers. As a Mom of four, I've owned an embarrassingly large number of strollers to suit the different phases of motherhood and different needs. I've listed below what I learned to...

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9 Ways to Photograph Baby's First Year

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 11:25 AM

The possibilities to photograph baby's first year are nearly endless. Here are just a few ideas.

By the Month: One of the simplest ways to document baby's first year and track his growth is by using stickers, such as Sticky Bellies, showing how hold your baby is. A large...

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Being a Trans Man but Were Afraid to Ask

(51) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 3:44 PM


The lives of transgender people have been in the news a lot recently, from the speculation about whether Bruce Jenner is transitioning to the acclaim for Laverne Cox's spectacular performance as a transgender inmate on Orange Is the New Black.

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Por que o meu filho não foi vacinado (não é o que você está pensando)

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 5:52 PM

Eu amo meu filho profundamente e quero protegê-lo de qualquer perigo da melhor forma que eu puder -- e ele não foi vacinado. Por quê? Porque ele é um bebê de sete semanas e, com exceção da vacina contra a Hepatite B, não é seguro para ele tomar vacinas.


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Warum mein Sohn nicht geimpft ist (es ist nicht so, wie Sie denken)

(189) Comments | Posted January 31, 2015 | 12:27 PM

Ich liebe meinen Sohn über alles und will ihn so gut ich kann vor jedem Leid schützen - und er ist nicht geimpft. Wieso? Weil er sieben Wochen alt ist und weil eine Impfung - mit der Ausnahme der Hepatitis B-Impfung - für ihn nicht unbedenklich ist.

Da ich...

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Never Give Up: Overcoming Illness, Injury and International Moves to Become Tinkerbell on Ice

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 5:00 PM

It wasn't always clear that Sasha Nicole Lanser would be successful ice skater, let alone make it to Disney on Ice. When she was just 4 years old, she was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis in her knees and had a hard time walking. Ice skating didn't seem like a...

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Celebrating Valentine's Day at Home With Young Children

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 3:38 PM


Celebrating Valentine's Day as the parents of young children means passing on a romantic dinner out or even a quiet evening at home. On Valentine's Day babysitters are in high demand and the kids still need to eat. But, that doesn't mean parents...

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A Story of Love and Top Surgery in Words and Images

(11) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 9:29 PM



Meet Kris and Bridge, just a couple of newlyweds, giddy with love, who will celebrate their one-year anniversary this month. Although no two love stories are the same, Kris and Bridge's story is exceptionally special and...

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Why My Son Isn't Vaccinated (It's Not What You Think)

(512) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 10:00 AM

I love my son deeply and want to protect him from harm the best I can -- and he isn't vaccinated. Why? Because he's a seven-week-old baby and, with the exception of the Hepatitis B vaccine, it isn't safe for him to receive vaccines.

Because I am unable to...

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What it Takes to Drive Grave Digger

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 11:19 PM


Grave Digger is the undisputed fan favorite of the Monster Jam circuit, appearing in nearly every Monster Jam across the country. Although one of the true monsters of Monster Jam now, Grave Digger had humble beginnings as the old, beat-up truck...

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10 Steps to Breastfeeding In Public Without Fear

(4) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 10:59 AM

Last week, the Pope made headlines when he encouraged mothers to breastfeed in the Sistine Chapel.

Many women want to nurse their babies, but are uncertain about whether they will feel comfortable doing so in public. According to Lauren Reyes, IBCLC, of UpSpring Lactation, without nursing in public,...

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Your Everyday Is Beautiful: Kirsten Lewis' Secrets to Documenting Family Life for Pros and Moms With A Camera

(7) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 11:59 PM

Photo: Kirsten Lewis

It's a new year and new opportunity to focus on photographing your family and documenting your life as it is now -- craziness and all. With time, you may find photos of your everyday life more beautiful than any portrait...

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Ban The Baby Clutter: Gifts That Grow With Baby Through Toddlerhood and Beyond

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 12:19 PM

As a new mom, I was overwhelmed with all of the things needed for a baby. My house was taken over by things for the littlest member of our family and many of these things, I was soon to learn, would be discarded after just a few months to make...

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