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My iPhone is in the wayback

I need to interrupt this regularly scheduled photography blog for a personal note.

So the real truth is I’ve been challenged by trying not to look at my phone while I’m in the car for years. I’ve taken pledges, I’ve downloaded apps to try to force me to not use my phone… and honestly, nothing has worked. The pull of the chance to just get one or two things accomplished at stoplights would win every time.

But then my incredibly disciplined husband (he’s always been better about this than I’ve been) texted me a link to this video a couple of weeks ago. His message said, “I wish everyone who drives would watch this video.”

So I watched it. It’s long, over 3 minutes. But it got me thinking. I would love it if you would take 3 minutes to watch it. Just trust me, it’s not gross or anything, it’ll just make you think.

So I said to him, YES. This video sings my song. The guy in the video parks his car before he calls his wife back. He doesn’t text in the car when the kids are there. But the buzzing draws his eye.

I knew I needed help with the technical side of my problem. The stupid buzzing. I didn’t want my phone to buzz at me in the car, but my big technical problem is that I use my phone as a GPS. I mount it on my dashboard for a huge percentage of the time that I’m in the car – so I see the buzzing. I have a really hard time not looking at it. (The app I downloaded couldn’t lock out iMessages, so it really ended up not being that helpful.)

But guys, I finally figured it out. I have a plan now, and I feel really good about it.

So now, when I’m starting the car, no matter whether I have kids in the car or not, I go through these steps to set my iPhone to “Do Not Disturb”. This means texts don’t get through, no matter what! Hallelujah! And the best part? I can still use my GPS to get to my photoshoots. Phewf.

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And the second part of my new plan is the part I’m liking the best. See, my older daughter is 10, about to be 11. My little one is 7. They see what I do. I am constantly driving them places, and driving their friends around, too. I know in the blink of an eye they’ll be taking the car and I honestly don’t trust that the technology is going to fix the problem of texting and driving before they and their friends get behind the wheel. I know the behavior needs to be modeled now so it’s ingrained.

So now I first set the phone to “Do Not Disturb” (so my Apple Watch won’t buzz on my wrist) but then I hand it back to the kids and I ask them to drop it behind them into the wayback of the car. They pass it from one to the other, and each time we talk about how distracting the phone is. How we don’t need to be distracted. How “annoying” the phone is in the car. How hard it is for me to have it near me up in the front seat of the car. And we talk this way in front of friends when I’m driving carpool. We make fun of mama and how this is the only way she can avoid distraction.

Please please please let this mean that in five short years when I have sixteen year old driver in my house that she will NEVER ever consider having a phone anywhere near the front seat of the car. And “Do Not Disturb” will be her norm every time she turns the keys in the ignition.

Todd Robbins - September 27, 2016 - 12:54 pm

That is my son Finn in that spot. We are so proud that his is part of something so powerful with such an important message.

Seven photoshoots in seven years

This is #25 in my series of Family Retrospective Videos – for more information about this project or to sign up to be added to the list of families who wants one, just let me know. I’ve been trying to make one of these a month since I started this project back in 2014. Now my queue of families who have requested one of these stretches into the middle of 2017, but if I’ve been taking photos of your family for a while, just send me a message and request one – it’ll be a nice surprise when it appears in your email someday.

You can watch more retrospectives here:
http://blog.bostonbabyphotos.com/tag/retrospective/

Our first photoshoot was in 2009, when little Georgie was only one. I’ve been back to see the six more times since then!

So without further ado, here’s a 6 minute video of Georgianna, Beatrix and Violet’s family with photos from seven photoshoots spread over seven years:

(Hint: Start playing the video, and then click on the little gear thing that takes you to “Settings” in the bottom right corner of the video. Choose 720p to make the slideshow play in high-definition. You can also choose “Full Screen” down there in that corner of the video too.)

Eight photoshoots in eleven years

This is #24 in my series of Family Retrospective Videos – for more information about this project or to sign up to be added to the list of families who wants one, just let me know. I’ve been trying to make one of these a month since I started this project back in 2014. Now my queue of families who have requested one of these stretches into the middle of 2017, but if I’ve been taking photos of your family for a while, just send me a message and request one – it’ll be a nice surprise when it appears in your email someday.

You can watch more retrospectives here:
http://blog.bostonbabyphotos.com/tag/retrospective/

We started back in 2005 when tiny baby Zoe was only two years old. Our next shoot was in 2008, and this time Zoe was joined by a teenie baby Aimee. Since then we’ve had six more photoshoots – lots of them in the Boston Public Garden as minishoots. So many years of fun :)

So without further ado, here’s a 6 minute video of Zoe and Aimee’s family with photos from eight photoshoots spread over eleven years:

(Hint: Start playing the video, and then click on the little gear thing that takes you to “Settings” in the bottom right corner of the video. Choose 720p to make the slideshow play in high-definition. You can also choose “Full Screen” down there in that corner of the video too.)

Six photoshoots in ten years

This is #23 in my series of Family Retrospective Videos – for more information about this project or to sign up to be added to the list of families who wants one, click this link and scroll down the pages through the older posts back to the first or second one (where I describe it in more detail).

I first met Max when he was just three months old, back in 2006. Then I got to see him and his sister Sarah five more times throughout the last ten years!

So without further ado, here’s a 4 minute video of Max and Sarah’s family with photos from six photoshoots spread over ten years:

(Hint: Start playing the video, and then click on the little gear thing that takes you to “Settings” in the bottom right corner of the video. Choose 720p to make the slideshow play in high-definition. You can also choose “Full Screen” down there in that corner of the video too.)

Four newborn shoots… and then look at them now!

This is #22 in my series of Family Retrospective Videos – for more information about this project or to sign up to be added to the list of families who wants one, click this link and scroll down the page through the previous posts back to the first or second one (where I describe it in more detail).

OK, so twelve years ago I did a photoshoot for this super cool family and their new baby Grayson. Then I didn’t hear from them for a bit… until two years later, when they called me because they’d had another baby! Tristan this time. Then they called me three years after that to welcome Juliette. Then again two years later for their fourth – Brynloh… (aka Sonny).

And then they moved to Arizona! (Or maybe it was somewhere between J & B that they moved… but at any rate, I was sad that they left and wished I could do more photos.) But now, if we fast forward five years? Guess who came back to Boston for a visit a few weeks ago?? These guys! So we got to do photos five years after their last newborn shoot – and for me there’s really nothing better.

So without further ado, here’s a 5 minute video of Grayson, Tristan, Juliette and Brynloh’s family with photos from five photoshoots spread over twelve years:

(Hint: Start playing the video, and then click on the little gear thing that takes you to “Settings” in the bottom right corner of the video. Choose 720p to make the slideshow play in high-definition. You can also choose “Full Screen” down there in that corner of the video too.)

A two week old sweet girl

I was so honored to be invited to meet this gorgeous new babe last week – sweet little lady girl of a wonderful high school friend. Aren’t these ladies just perfect together?

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Look at that cute little face:

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And even when a little fuss erupted, mama soothed her right down.

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Sometimes all you need is a little mama cuddle.

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Or maybe just a nice tight swaddle…

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We were able to spend a bit of time in her grandma’s beautiful garden.

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And do you believe this foot is smaller than mama’s index finger?

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Photoshoots are hard work, man.

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Adored meeting this sweet love. She’s just perfection. See you SOON!

Four weeks old with her loving pups

Welcome to the world, little B! I got to meet this sweet girl last weekend on the day she turned 4 weeks old. She’s perfect.

First I have to show you this shot – I love when this happens spontaneously! Mama was looking lovingly on in the background and look what we got. Love this.

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What a beauty.

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I also loved getting to know her big (canine) siblings — they’re settling into this new life as protectors-of-the-babe really well! It’s tough when a new little human arrives. But they’re being super sweet with her.

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A smile for Dad!

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Trying on a cute hat…

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Go Huskies!

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It was wonderful to meet you guys!

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Courtney - July 9, 2016 - 5:29 pm

Beautiful family! Xo

Janet Greeley - July 9, 2016 - 7:35 pm

What a gorgeous expression of beauty, love and family!!!! Beautiful, congratulations on such an accomplishment, so much joy, it’s a pleasure to see, Love GiGi

Thomas Greeley - July 9, 2016 - 9:36 pm

Such great photos, they came out beautifully! Bailey is too precious

This sweet boy turned one!

Another cutie pie at the end of his Baby’s First Year package! I can’t believe this big boy is already one. We had three wonderful photoshoots this year, and I was so honored to be able to come document this handsome little dude on a gorgeous hot June day about a week ago. We got to play in the yard! Water table amazingness! And what’s better than playing with a hose? Pretty much nothing, when you’re one. Happy birthday, sweet boy!

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Big sister, little sister, adoration galore

I loved getting to see these girls three times this year! What a treat to get involved with a Baby’s First Year package with these two adorably fun sisters. I can’t believe the year flew by so quickly.

Look who’s one!

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Wonderful to see you guys!

Abby - June 27, 2016 - 2:45 pm

Such great girls-and such beautiful photos!

Eliza - June 27, 2016 - 2:50 pm

Beautiful smiles on a beautiful family!

Betsy Gerlach - June 27, 2016 - 2:50 pm

These girls are both adorable and so are all the pictures!

debbie - June 27, 2016 - 2:57 pm

Great family photos….captured the great smiles and happiness.

Mike Jacobson - June 27, 2016 - 3:19 pm

So cute…great pictures!

Ellie Jacobson - June 27, 2016 - 4:14 pm

There are so many wonderful shots of the girls in your pictures! You capture them as they really are!
Being far away, it is fun to catch these moments in time.

Karen Issokson-Silver - June 27, 2016 - 4:26 pm

Stunning pics. You really captured their energy! Beautiful family!!!

Harold - June 27, 2016 - 4:57 pm

Great photos and a beautiful family. I really like the variety and the naturalness captured in the photos.

Aaron Grossman - June 27, 2016 - 6:32 pm

Great pics! The two of them just get more adorable each day. The kids are nice-looking too!

Beth Jacobson - June 27, 2016 - 9:02 pm

Super cute!

David Magariel - June 27, 2016 - 9:33 pm

Look at that baby smile! Great pictures.

jake jacobson - June 27, 2016 - 9:56 pm

it helps to be able to produce winning, warm pictures like these when you have two adorable little girls to work with..a very skilled photographer

Ruth Grossman - June 27, 2016 - 10:30 pm

Love the photos! They are just precious and truly capture the personalities. And, they

put a really big smile on my face.

Sue LeClaire - June 28, 2016 - 10:35 am

Great pictures!

My goodness, I love bathtime photos

I am going to tease you with these first few photos because you’re not really going to believe how adorable this little girl is when I show you her face. So I’m starting with her 13 month old arms. Because wrist rolls? Knuckle dimples? People, we got it all here.

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Climbing skills?

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GA! Told you!!

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I just adore this exchange of expressions with Mama:

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And now, because you haven’t gotten enough adorableness – it’s tub time.

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And some snuggles with Grandma, of course.

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Just adored every minute of this shoot, guys. Thanks so much for having me.

Minishoots at Turner’s Pond are pretty fantastic

I met these guys at Turner’s Pond a few weeks ago and I keep meaning to blog their session – so sorry for the delay! I just adore Turner’s as a minishoot location – not only because it’s close to where I live, but also because the backdrop is just perfection for minis. Parking is easy and it really couldn’t be more beautiful, any time of year.

But without further ado… here’s Ms. A and her fantastic parents:

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Hey look, I made a video all about BBP!

I recently had the opportunity to bring a video crew along with me to a photoshoot – what fun! They made a really fun 90 second video for me. What do you think?

(Hint: If you want it to look really crisp and sharp, you can start playing the video, and then click on the little gear thing that takes you to “Settings” in the bottom right corner of the video. Choose 1080p to make the slideshow play in high-definition.)

Six months ago today, my sister and brother-in-law became superheroes

Six months ago today, two new people came into the world. They are perfect, amazing little beings, and their giggles and stinky farts impress us all on a daily basis.

But really, I think I need to take a minute to bow down and pay homage to their parents (my sister and brother-in-law). They truly amaze me every day with what they manage and the balls they keep in the air. Whenever anyone asks me how they’re doing, I always say, they’re incredible. They’re exhausted. They’re deep. They’re in this thing. But really, they’re superheroes. Three under three and two full time jobs for most of the last six months isn’t for the faint of heart.

But now I get to regale you with the cuteness. Because come ON? Blow you away adorable, right?

Oh, and guess who got a tooth since I took these photos last Friday?

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Madame:

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et Monsieur:

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Love you all, so so much.

And Jackalacka, I’m so glad those teeth finally burst through. Ouch. Our family’s been just overwhelmed by the addition of a Y chromosome in your generation – so thrilled for your bowties and your sweet amazing boy-ness. ILYVM, sweet boy.

Elliebell, your gravely cry when you wake up from your nap makes me both smile and feel sad for you. Because crying’s no good. But wow it’s a cute cry. And keep grinning your big open-mouthed grin because it makes everybody happy. ILYVM, sweet girl.

And not to forget Jojo — girl, you did it, you made it through the first six months as a big sister. Well done, love bug. It only gets better from here. They’ll be “playing” with you any day now. And even though that’s sometimes hard, it’s also the best thing ever.

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Fanny - May 12, 2016 - 11:19 pm

They are some sweet!!!!!!!! Love your pictures!

Boys will be (fabulous) boys

So I’m not supposed to blog this many pictures. I always feel like I need to apologize when I include this many photos in a blog post because I’m supposed to choose just a handful to show to you, but these guys were just killing me and I had to show you all these.

Guess who just turned one!?! And guess which boys LOVE to play together? I’m going to let the photos do the talking, but COME. ON. NOW. The cuteness will blow your mind.

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LOVED seeing you guys as always. I think you should start doing my new Annual Plan, since your second Baby’s First Year package is now complete (SOB!).

 

So I hope to catch you in the fall for a Minishoot in the Public Garden!

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Everybody welcoming a sweet new girl

This sweet pumpkin has so much love surrounding her! She was nine days old when we took these photos, and her big 4 1/2 year old sister and her big 2 1/2 year old brother just showered her with attention for the whole photoshoot.

Also, I so often blog my newborn in-home sessions in black and white, I wanted to change it up for you here – every session I shoot is always provided to my clients in both black and white and color, but I sometimes forget to blog the color shots so you can see the cuties’ pink cheeks too.

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