updated 05/29/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/30/2012 AT 3:10 PM ET
As an entertainment writer for PEOPLE magazine, my job often affords me the unique opportunity to meet high-profile people in private situations. However, not many of these experiences have been as intimate as PEOPLE’s latest photo shoot at the L.A. home of Jessica Simpson and her fiancé Eric Johnson, with their newborn daughter, Maxwell Drew.
Jessica and Eric’s house is warm and homey, and the new parents couldn’t have been more gracious hosts. After the shoot was well underway, and a few friends had gathered to celebrate Maxwell’s big magazine debut, Eric surprised everyone with glasses of champagne, and Jessica led a toast: “To baby Max!”