This fall I had two Public Garden Minishoot days – one at the end of September, and one at the end of October. During those two shoot days I met about twenty families for quickie 20 minute photoshoots, and lucked out with incredible weather days both days. To streamline my process this fall, I decided to only blog people who specifically asked me to – so that’s why I’m skipping right to minishoot #19 here :)
More info about Minishoot days (and getting on the “contact me first” list for the spring minishoots) is here.
I loved seeing these three handsome boys again this fall – and had to show you these in color, because the Public Garden’s color is always gorgeous…
Ruh-roh. Sorry. I hate it when this happens.
I overshot these two gorgeous girls a few weeks ago, just a couple of days shy of their first birthday. I kid (a little), because I guess no parent thinks there’s any such thing as too many photos of their children, but I do think it makes it really hard on the parents when there are too many photos to consider. I tried, I swear I tried, but I couldn’t cut the gallery down below 93 final images. Crazy! I usually deliver families 50-75 finished (what I’d consider “frame-worthy”) images at the end of a shoot, and that can even be overwhelming, I know. And then when a family asks me to make them a blog post, I like to pick my favorite ten or so pictures for the blog and Facebook. But now, here I was looking at these photos and I had the same problem I know parents have – I couldn’t cut my own list of favorites down.
So here goes, my favorite 18 photos from the first year photoshoot with these two incredible little ladies…
P.S. I know exactly what happened, by the way, in case anyone is curious. I was allowed to keep shooting! These guys got fussy towards the end of the shoot and needed a snack, so they got in their high chairs (adorable – so many chances for pictures) and then finished up, after that, with standing by a big beautiful window smooshing Cheerios into their mouths. Of course I had to keep taking pictures – those wrists? Those fat ankles? I mean, come on. You can’t blame me…
Gotta say I kind of LOVE it when this…
Devolves (or “evolves”?) into this:
Or when this:
Settles into something sweet like this:
See, I just adore these three. Every time I see them, their energy is infectious:
So, even though sometimes they land here:
That’s cool, because that up there is just as much them as this is:
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful to see you guys – as always.
Come on now, with the cuteness? Is this fair? This guy was only two weeks old when we took these pictures, and he was grinning up a storm. Newborn smiles crack me up so much – they’re so random and sweet and we grownups love them SOooo much.
He’s already a football fan and a tennis star, but my favorite picture is, I think, the one where his dad is smooching his mom. I love it because I make the exact same face when my husband plants one on me :)
I was so thrilled to meet you, little man. xo
After a bit of winter cold rescheduling, we finally got these guys documented! 6 year old H and 3 year old W welcomed their new baby sister E in mid-September, and we got to get pictures when she was just about two months old and grinning and giggling up a storm. I’ll let the pictures do the talking, but suffice it to say I adored playing with these guys. And yikes, the picture by the window is killing me with its quiet sweetness.
I loved getting to see these guys again a couple of weeks ago – big 3 1/2 year old R loves his pup so much. You guys tell me – is the lead up to the kissing Dixie picture better, or the ACTUALLY kissing Dixie picture? I think I might like them together on a wall, because I love them both and the story they tell together. But I could be swayed…
What’s happening here? I’ve been in such a color mood recently, I’m loving the trees and the fall colors. And when my clients are older and able to run around and have fun outdoors, I just love when kids have the space to play and be crazy. Makes for such fun pictures.
So this first picture I have here just MUST be printed large and hung somewhere, Amy – I adore it. I love the faces, the fun/sillyness, the angle, the light, the colors… it screams “hang me big!” to me. But I hope you have lots of wall space, because I also think the running one from behind needs to be hung somewhere, and also the feet in the air one…
OK, sorry, I’ll stop. There are a few I like from indoors in b&w, but lots more in color this time. What fun! Thank you so much for showing me the new house – you guys are awesome and I loved seeing you.
I had a great morning hanging the traveling 10 Years of Boston Baby Photos Gallery Show at the Jamaica Plain Library – it’ll be there through Thanksgiving weekend. FYI – this is the last library show on the books until it heads to the Brookline Public Library for the month of May 2014. There are some other library and location possibilities for the show for January through April 2014, but if anyone knows of a local space that might be interested in hosting the show, please let me know. The show will end its one year tour after the May show in Brookline, and I’ll be dismantling and selling the photos to benefit the Jimmy Fund.
(More information about the show and a catalog of all 100 photos in the show is available by clicking on this tag and scrolling down, down, down the page.)
This month the show is hanging at the Boston Public Library’s Jamaica Plain Branch, and it will be there through Thanksgiving weekend. Here’s a taste of how it looks in this library…
As you can tell, I’m not using the white hanging bars here – they have a gorgeous mantle that encircles the entire library, so we got to just lean most of the categories of photos along that high mantle, above the shelves of books.
We even got to lean some up against the windows, since it’s November and they won’t be opening the windows this month…
(And yes, in this next picture – that is Uranus, from the Museum of Science’s cool exhibit installed around Boston showing the scale model of the solar system – more info about that exhibit is here. But I digress…)
And then we were able to hang two categories in the lobby of the library from the balcony level – it’s a little hard to see in this picture, but that’s “gotcha” and “classics” along the top balcony here:
You can see it better in this one – both “gotcha” and “classics” are hung like this:
And last but not least, one in the display case in the lobby:
I hope you can swing by to see the show this month! The library hours are posted here.
Roofdecks are really fun for pictures – and these guys with their apartment on Boylston Street were no exception. I love this first walking big boy picture in color so much, with that gorgeous yellow tree framing the red Copley Square Hotel sign… Of course I’m also a fan of most of them in b&w — and the one where he’s feeding his puffs to daddy kills me.
What a fun year of shoots! I love that I got to see this guy three times this year. I can’t believe how quickly the time flew by. More information about my Baby’s First Year package is on my website here.
Because squeezing a nearly six month old sister can’t be beat. And check it out… in two of the pictures you see here, we get one of my favorite things: a surprise belly button sighting. Oh and dimples. Pinch me. Divine.
(Oh, and I had to include a few color ones here, too – because the leaves are just sooooo killer.)
I loved getting time with you guys, thank you for having me!
The colors outside make me have to blog in color once in a while this time of year.
(FYI – as always, families get every photo from me in both b&w and in color, but sometimes the late afternoon sun makes the light just warm everything right up and I have to show some color pictures on the blog and on Facebook, even though b&w will always be my one true love.)
So much fun to see you guys again – I can’t quite believe everybody’s getting so OLD (and um, I’m referring to the kids – because those of us who graduated together from Conn College just a few years ago aren’t aging a bit). The KIDS are getting OLD, though, man.
Oh, and I love the attitude on Ms. A. She’s killin’ it.
I spend a lot of time with families that I know really well – and I adore that. I’m so lucky to be invited back to families’ homes year after year, and to watch their kiddos get bigger and taller every year. So it’s actually a rare fun treat for me to arrive at a new family’s home and get to meet entirely new kids and parents. And sometimes we get a bonus granddad who’s willing to run around chasing kids in the backyard, too. Because what’s better than that?
I’m doing two minishoot days in the Public Garden this fall, and these guys were the second family of about twenty that I’m meeting there for fun running around. The first day (back in late September) I had a sold-out day of 11 families, and there’s another one in late October where we’ll have a load more. All the details about minishoot days can be found at this link on my site.
(Oh, and to streamline my process this fall, I’ve decided not to do blog posts for all of my shoots – I’m just going to do the shoots that people specifically request that I blog.)
So lucky me, these guys asked me to blog their session! I’ve know big boy D since he was a tiny newborn baby, and same with his gorgeous sis G. Now they’re both big runaround kids :) The public garden was fantastic for them and their energy.
I loved getting to play with these guys ALL over the North End a couple of weekends ago. Little C was hosting his cousin from Chicago for a visit, which meant we got to get cousin playing pictures, which I always love. Also, bonus for me – our walk around the North End included their favorite bread bakery, their favorite chocolate shop… need I go on…?
But we started at home, for a little quick playtime:
And giggles of course:
Then we literally RAN everywhere. Once in while these two stopped for a breath – like here, in a hiding spot that I loved:
The kids got a whirl on the merry go round:
Sisters got hugs:
Kids got wet in the fountain, because that’s AWESOME:
Giggles never stopped the whole time, of course:
And we ended up at C’s favorite chocolate shop, as I mentioned – and they even gave me one. DELISH.
Miss G agreed.
Really fantastic to spend this time with you all!
I’m excited to announce that today I hung the 10 Years of Boston Baby Photos Gallery Show in another library! This time in the Boston Public Library’s South End Branch for the month of October. The press release for the show sounds really official. It says:
The gallery show celebrates 10 years of McDaniel’s work as a baby photographer, whose specialty is capturing warm, natural and spontaneous family moments. This show highlights her black and white photography, allowing the photos and the light to tell the story, from parents marveling at their newborn to a just-sitting-up-baby examining her tummy to toddler siblings giggling at each others’ antics. The gallery show is curated into ten thematic categories and features 100 photos.
“Planning this show has been such a labor of love; it was a matter of digging through thousands of families’ photoshoots from the last decade, considering them as part of a body of work… by far the best part was remembering all these families having fun together,” said McDaniel, who photographs 160-180 families a year throughout the greater Boston area. “I love that each family has a different story to tell. I know how important it is to tell (and show) these stories in my photos.”
This branch is located right smack dab in the South End, at the corner of Tremont and W. Newton Streets.
As you enter the library, they’ve kindly hung up my posters, and you can see a bit of the show through that first window as you enter… Oh, and notice in this poster that I’m doing an opening for the show next Tuesday night, October 8th, from 6-8pm. I really hope you can swing by and join me for some wine and cheese. The street address of the library is 685 Tremont Street, Boston.
If you can’t make the opening, I hope you’ll stop by sometime between now and the end of October when the library is open to see the show.
Then, as you enter the library, you can catch sight of the show over the stacks…
The space is gorgeous, and the ten categories of photos look pretty spectacular on the walls. Here are the first three categories that appear at one side of the gallery…
And then when you look left, you see the little table of marketing shtuff (next to the nice bin collecting the books that have been returned)…
And then when you come around the corner, you walk through the rest of the show, category by category…
This one was hard to get good photos of, since there were lots of people working around the show, and I didn’t want to bother them with my snap snapping pictures. So I guess the best plan if you really want to see what it looks like is to come see me at the library on Tues, 10/8 between 6-8pm for the opening. Mmm… wine and cheese…