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Meetcha at the beach!

Met these three cuties at their beach house a week or two ago – and we had such a fantastic time. And I had to post these in color. I know you guys have heard me tell my color vs. b&w story a zillion times (if you haven’t it’s about 3/4 of the way down this page), but this be bright beachy photoshoot just screamed color to me.

These boys have such fun together – I always love the energy and fun vibe at their house. I loved getting a chance to hang out with them while they splashed in the waves.

Even though it was high tide, we still found ways to have fun and play.

Really fun to hang out with you guys as always!

Catching dragonflies and ziplining

I love meeting new families! So often I get to go back and see children grow year after year – but it’s a really fun change of pace to get a chance to jump in and meet a pair of kiddos for the first time when they’re a bit older: already running around catching dragonflies and zooming along on their zipline.

So here, without further ado, is 7 1/2 year old R and 5 year old M with their super-fun parents:

 

Wonderful to meet you guys!

Two fine young swordsmen

I’ve been taking pictures of these two fine young swordsmen since they were babes in arms (wee newborns, both of them!) and I just adore getting a chance to see how they’re growing and getting more amazing every time.

It was – all swords – all the time – for these guys this visit.

I truly love swords. Really couldn’t be cuter.

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See ya, guys! Keep on dueling – because that rocked.

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6 month old cutie patootie

Oh we had fun! I loved coming back to see this sweet girl for her 6 month pictures – feels like yesterday we did her newborn pictures (she’s doing my baby’s first year package – yay).

She loves looking at herself in the mirror:

Making funny faces with mama:

And just all around being pretty stinkin’ cute:

Sophie the giraffe made an appearance, of course…

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Oh, and her daddy said her little noises sounded like a goat when she was really little – and the nickname stuck. Here she nibbling on her very own goat :)

Look at that balance!

So fun to see you guys!

 

Nonno - August 13, 2014 - 9:31 am

These photos are just amazing. You really capture the love joe and Karen have for their darling Avery. Her Nonno loves them!
Nonno a/k/a Peter Belmonte

Matt Renzullo - August 13, 2014 - 11:26 am

So cute guys!

Honey - August 13, 2014 - 12:07 pm

What a beautiful family! Words can never express the true beauty and love these pictures convey.

thomas G Verzone - August 13, 2014 - 12:53 pm

So Cute I’m so Happy for you guys. A Beautiful Family

Thai Verzone - August 13, 2014 - 2:05 pm

Super Cute! Wonderful photo!!! She’s growing so fast

Tonio - August 13, 2014 - 3:59 pm

She looks like she is levitating in the last photo…so happy and balanced! I love it.

Aunt Dee - August 13, 2014 - 6:15 pm

She is just adorable, and Mom and Dad look great as well. The pictures are wonderful. Love them.

Katharine Keleghan - August 13, 2014 - 8:22 pm

These pics are great!! I love the one where Avery and Karen are making funny faces!! So cute!

Paula Chetkauskas - August 13, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Hi guys! Thanks for sharing the pictures of the baby, what a sweetie.

Six months have flown by so fast,it looks like you are all doing fine. Love, Paula

John Belmonte - August 14, 2014 - 10:14 am

Fantastic photographs. Avery is so beautiful and growing up so fast. What a great family.

Lindsay Renzullo - August 14, 2014 - 10:28 pm

Such a beautiful little baby!! Great photos;)

Three weeks and just adorable

Look at these sweet eyes! Loved meeting this little guy last weekend. Just dreamy.

this next one is just so hilariously sad – life sure does change for pups when babies arrive…

Jess Holden - August 5, 2014 - 5:48 am

Beautiful pictures, Cara. Your poor dog!

Liza Hays - August 5, 2014 - 6:00 am

Love these! You guys, Tucker, and little J are all so adorable!!

Ann - August 5, 2014 - 6:14 am

So cute! The first and the third to last are my favorites!

Ramsey Hassan - August 5, 2014 - 6:46 am

Cutest baby of all time! All the best

Glenn - August 5, 2014 - 7:01 am

Just too darn cute!

Sara - August 5, 2014 - 7:14 am

Love these photos!

Kirk - August 5, 2014 - 7:20 am

Awesome pics, Cara!!! Pup and baby will be fast friends.

Heather Panahi - August 5, 2014 - 7:34 am

You all look gorgeous! And little Jonah has quite the personality already!

Blair - August 5, 2014 - 8:02 am

Cara!! I can’t believe he’s here! He’s so beautiful wishing you nothing but the best!

HUNTER - August 5, 2014 - 8:03 am

Damn my second cousin is cute!

James O'Connor - August 5, 2014 - 8:11 am

This baby is in the top tier of babies that i’ve met.

Joel - August 5, 2014 - 8:17 am

Hot damn if that wee bairn ain’t cute as a muffin

Lia - August 5, 2014 - 8:27 am

What a happy family! Love these pics!

Maggie - August 5, 2014 - 8:30 am

So happy for you both! And I didn’t realize baby pictures were this cool. Gone are the days of the blue screen at Sears.

Mary Beth - August 5, 2014 - 9:08 am

He’s adorable! Congrats!!!

Keith - August 5, 2014 - 9:45 am

Wow. He looks so much like his Uncle.

Jessica - August 5, 2014 - 10:16 am

These are great! Love that your fun personalities are captured and they aren’t just boring snapshots.

Kelly - August 5, 2014 - 10:29 am

Such a cute little yawn, and I love how he looks at you two. Now give tucker some kisses! :)

Kim Dehal - August 5, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Hilariously sad photo . . . Too funny. Congratulations on a great little baby! Don’t forget about his older brother Tucker!

Sherri Geller - August 5, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Whay gorgeous photos!!

Giselle Winchester - August 5, 2014 - 6:02 pm

He’s just the cutest!! Congratulations!

Tiffany M - August 5, 2014 - 7:46 pm

What an adorable cutie! Congrats, Cara and Matt! Beautiful pics.

Renee - August 5, 2014 - 8:01 pm

Stop it!!! Jonah is insanely cute – and SO alert! Job well done mom and dad!!!

Sarah McGann - August 6, 2014 - 12:10 pm

What a handsome kid!!! These pics are so wonderful.

Four of ‘em, daring to be true

Around the holidays last year one of my sister’s best high school friends called me and said that she wanted to give a group photoshoot to three of her friends from high school who’d all had babies in the last few years. I got excited right then – couldn’t wait to make this one happen; and this past Sunday it did.

Nothing beats four little mini-Miltonites playing in the water.

This one reminds me of their mamas in the dining hall not too long ago.

 

So in age order, we had… Ms. J

Mr. G:

Ms. J:

And Mr. M:

Rock band.

So much fun! Love love love.

Four girls over eight years

This is #6 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).

And without further ado, here’s a 3 1/2 minute video of Daisy, Lila, Tess and Cece’s family with photos from seven photoshoots over the last eight 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.)

The ladies, a few years later

So I first met nearly 10 year old K when she was just a few months old (eek!) and then I came back and met four year old S when she was just a few months old… and a couple of weeks ago I got to come back and blow bubbles and pick blackberries and watch extraordinary Karate demonstrations with these two (much older now) lovely little ladies.

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. I adore punctuating childhoods like this. Popping in and out – getting a chance to see what kids are up to, who they are today… it’s the best.

And without further ado, the fabulous K and S.

This one might be my favorite – I love the way S is watching how K does the move…

I also love this one – the blackberry in the middle, everybody focused on what they’re doing…

Wonderful to see you guys again!

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Two boys and the colors of summer

I always love to play outside. Sometimes New England weather doesn’t cooperate, but sometimes it does. Sometimes small people think the grass tickles their toes too much, or the distracting wind is blowing in the trees too much… but sometimes it just works. You never know.

I’ve known these two cutie boys since big brother K was just a couple of months old. And this is little brother C’s fourth photoshoot – he’s doing the five shoots in his first year package just like his big brother did (one of my Baby’s First Year packages), which is great because it means we can do things like take big brother K’s 5 year pictures at the same time as we do C’s 9 month pictures.

That means we get two (adorable brother) birds with one (really fun, jumping, crazy, loving photoshoot) stone.

Aaaand you guys know my thoughts on color vs. b&w (see halfway down this page), but sometimes it takes over and I just have to blog it.

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8 month old fun

These guys got a gift certificate for a photoshoot from their baby’s fabulous godparents, and I was so excited to come document this little 8 month old guy and his kitty at home last weekend. What a perfect little dude.

Kitty friend.

Nothing beats a little applesauce.

And your favorite and mine… Sophie made an appearance!

Wonderful to meet you guys!

The third two year old brother

This is the third time I’ve visited these guys, and we always do it when one of the brothers turns two. What a fun tradition! I love punctuating childhoods like this. What fabulous crew.

Wonderful to see you guys! Hope we can keep up the every-two-years tradition! Easier to have me come back for everybody’s eight year old pictures than to keep adding two year olds to the family ;)

Chris Brown - July 8, 2014 - 2:19 pm

Wow, what fabulous pictures. They really capture the boys and their spirits wonderfully, just like the photographer did with Colin and then, Owen. Great family.

Kerry - July 8, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Jess is amazing with children and these photos are the proof! Thank you for another successful session.

Chrissy - July 8, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Wow, I always love seeing pictures of these boys! And all the pictures I see are wonderful! Looks like it was a fun day with a super fun family!

Christina - July 8, 2014 - 8:49 pm

Amazing pictures again of this beautiful family ;).

Kristen - July 9, 2014 - 6:25 pm

Great pictures of the Brown Boys.

Brian - July 9, 2014 - 6:26 pm

The boys look great.

Cathy - July 9, 2014 - 6:27 pm

The pictures of the boys are wonderful.

Seven photoshoots in nine years

Sorry guys, the summer’s gotten away from me, and I’m back dating this post to appear as if I did it in June. Shh, don’t tell that it’s really the end of July when I’m posting this, OK?

This is #5 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 to the previous posts.

And without further ado, here’s a 3 minute video of Patrick, Owen and Brendan’s family with photos from seven photoshoots over the last nine 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.)

Mmm warmth! Time for another smartphone-free summer…

sticker,375x360Weather’s warming up, kiddos are finishing school – methinks it’s time to do my summer thang – delete Facebook and email from my phone until Labor Day. Anybody else up for it? I know it’s not for everyone, but if you can do something like it, I highly recommend it. Even for a week when you’re on vacation or something. I swear it is the most refreshing thing in the world. Eventually my phone doesn’t even interest me anymore. (Then September 1st rolls around and the old habits come rushing back, of course.)

(This is that thing that’s gotten me some press over the years… The New York Times‘ Motherlode blog two summers ago and then that interview with WCVB Channel 5 last summer…)

I’ll be checking email pretty much every other day, but if you need more more quickly, don’t hesitate to call or text me on my cellphone: 617-501-6078.

Boston’s gonna miss these gingers

You may have noticed an air of sadness in faces around Boston this week. That’s because five amazing people are leaving on Saturday, headed to their next adventure. They’ve graced Dorchester with their kindness, their energy, their love and their smiles for many years now, and it’s time for them to move on to the next big thing.

I didn’t blog many (any?) of my spring minishoots this year – (I’ve been working on – eek, coming soon! – a redesign of the BBP website and it’s been gobbling up my blogging time), but these guys met me in the Public Garden in late May for photos, and I adored running around and playing with them there. I normally blog in b&w (and always provide everyone all their photos in both b&w and color), but this shoot needed to be blogged in color. I’m sure you can see why. These five were just bursting with COLOR.

We love you! Y’all come back now, you hear?

Big hugs, guys.

Twins in their tutus

You know, the thing is, if you’re 15 months old, and you have a tutu, there’s really no reason not to wear it. These ladies were on the same page about it. And I did what I always do with one year old twins – I took too many pictures and adore all of them way too much. The expressions on these girls’ faces were just fantastic, moment to moment.

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Thank you for having me visit three times this year! I love Baby’s First Year packages, because I really get to know these little ones as they grow. It sure doesn’t feel like it’s been a year, that’s for sure. Happy Birthday (a little late) girlies!