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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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It’s Nursery School picture day time of year!

It’s that time of year! This was my 8th annual school photo day at the fabulous Ashmont Nursery School, and I loved it, as always. We shot these photos back in February, but I’m just taking the time to blog them now – aren’t these kiddos just amazingly adorable?

And before I get into the cuteness, I should link over to the page of information about having me come do this at any Nursery School in the greater Boston area – don’t hesitate to reach out if you want me to come do this at your school. I usually do them in January-March, and would love to add more schools into my calendar. It’s free to the school to have me come do it, and parents only pay if they like the photos. Here’s all the information.
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Oh, and bring on the siblings! That’s the best part :)

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Ea the turtle needed to be documented this year. She’s a big part of the classroom!

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My little red car and I will see you next year, ANS!!

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Six photoshoots in seven years

This is #21 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).

I met these guys in 2005 when Abby was three and a half and Emma was one and a half. I got to come back five more times over the next seven years to see them grow into amazing young women.

And without further ado, here’s a 4 minute video of Abby and Emma’s family with photos from six 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.)

Ten photoshoots in ten years

This is #20 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).

I met these guys in 2005 when Alexa and Wilson were just four weeks old. So many photoshoots since then, I just adore going back and seeing them again and again.

And without further ado, here’s a 6 minute video of Alexa, Wilson and Lila’s family with photos from ten photoshoots over the last 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.)

Spring Public Garden Minishoot #8

I met the biggest sister in this family when she was just one, back in early 2005, when I’d only been a professional photographer for two years. And now she’s almost a TEENAGER too…

I’ve loved seeing these guys throughout the years as they’ve grown.

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Always fun.

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Kim - April 19, 2016 - 9:21 am

These pics are fantastic! Thanks Jess!

Spring Public Garden Minishoot #5

This gorgeous older brother here was one of my first photoshoots from the fall of 2003 – he was six months old when I met him and I’d only been doing photography professionally for about half of a year at that point. He was divine and adorable back then, and still is. His beautiful sister blows me away as well. I love these guys so much for support over the years! So many photoshoots and so much fun watching them grow.

Teenager?? Ga!!?!

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Squishable sisters

When you have a two year old at home and you bring home a newborn, sometimes you just have to throw the two year old up in the air. It’s necessary, people. #andalsosuperfun

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The sweetness that big sister A feels toward her new sister T is just palpable – I adored it…

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She is pretty perfect:

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The intensity of the sisterly love was pretty hilarious, actually ;)

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Always wanting to squish and squeeze her… (But actually, T didn’t seem to mind a bit.)

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Wonderful to see you guys again – so excited for another Baby’s First Year package with you!

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Four week old curly girl

I got to meet three new babies this past weekend – I love it when that happens. Lots of weekends I’m going back and seeing older kiddos, but this weekend ended up being baby-tastic. Just my style.

This little beauty and her amazing gorgeous curls made me smile so much on Saturday. Look at her perfect cheeks! Those eyelashes!

She had such wonderfully varied expressions, I just adored it. Thanks so much for having me, guys.

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Six months old and he thinks his brother is pretty cool

Look at this handsome devil. Isn’t he perfect? I got to come back for his six month photoshoot because these guys are doing my Baby’s First Year package.

Oh, and big news, did you guys hear I’ve announced an Annual Plan, for people whose babies are over a year old? More info is here.

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I got to spend some time with this guy and his big brother a couple of weekends ago…

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And even though the smooches between the boys were brief…

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And the desire to be near each other short-lived…

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How could he not idolize this?

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Big brother M did also deliver some obligatory hand licks…

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And little brother A got time to giggle with Dad,

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And some snacks (knuckle dimples and all)…

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We had to get our Michigan appreciation photo in – big brother M helped us out by reading all the letters to us:

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And tootsies, gorgeous, divine tootsies, of course.

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We even had some kiddo table dancing amazingness…

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So wonderful to see you guys, thanks so much for having me!

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Mama and her big girl

Just a couple of years ago I was taking photos of this big two year old girl for her Baby’s First Year series… so imagine how excited I was to hear that she’s going to be a big sister. Her mama told me that she loves to snuggle, so we knew we had to document that before her little sibling arrives…

And document we did!

This photo just melts me. Absolutely melts me.

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See you in a few short weeks when baby makes four!

Mary Rooney-belmonte - March 8, 2016 - 7:16 pm

Love these photo’s! They are the Best!!!

Louise Belmonte - March 9, 2016 - 9:30 am

Beautiful! Thank you.

Twinsfest, the three month old edition

You know how you get to be part of these online parenting forums and the people there become your friends online and you wonder what it would be like to meet them? Well, when you’re parenting twins (perhaps even more so than singletons?), my sister tells me that the group of people in her “November 2015 twins” Facebook group are just such an incredible resource for her. I remember when I had my first baby how important my online group like this was to me — they were the ones I’d ask just about every age-related question and get so many helpful, relevant answers.

Well when my sister told me she was going to meet a bunch of the other parents and their twins from her online group the other day and would I like to come carry a bucket carseat and hold a baby, how could I refuse? A room full of babies? What makes me happier?

And then (seriously, I am not kidding – I didn’t think of it until) that morning, as I was getting in the car I realized I should bring my camera. Yes! Document this! Of course! Why didn’t I think of this before?

So here are a handful of photos I took on Saturday when these three gorgeous sets of twins and their mamas and helpers met up for appetizers, wine, and a delicious lunch.

Amazing dimples and grins for mamas abounded:

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We had six sets of arms and six babies, but sometimes mamas and helpers had to get stuff done, man. (You know, make lunch? Take photos?) That’s the way it is with twins. Sometimes you just need to let them sleep where they land ;). I love this of D next to the wine glass and the half empty bottle!

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At one point the boys even had entertainment from this fantastic great-grandma:

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Look at this grin!

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Oh those twinkling eyes:

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Sometimes you’re not totally in the mood to pose for a photo with a crew of your besties, you know? These guys have a lot to learn before they join Taylor Swift’s group of friends and tweet about their #squadgoals while they walk the red carpet together for photos…

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Most of the time there were arms enough to cuddle all – and everybody loved it.

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It sure was a room full of adorable.

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My niece and nephew were totally cool with the bouncy seats while I shot a handful of photos and their mom noshed some dip. Jack would like some of his mom’s dip, though…

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Thanks for inviting me to your party, guys! Can’t wait to watch these guys grow up together. More photos next time, I hope!

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Completely off topic…

OK, I know this is my work blog, and I use it to show you adorable babies and their chubby wrist rolls and holiday card recommendations and announce minishoots (yes, that’s a link for you enterprising types who are ready to think about my April Public Garden minis – I just announced the date this morning and haven’t sent the email out yet…) But normally this blog is all biz, all the time…

Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 2.22.04 PMBut I just need to take a break from all that work stuff (it is a snow day, after all) and tell you what we did this year to our living room. Because I’m bursting about it. It’s so super duper insanely fabulous now that I just want to shout it from the rooftops and tell anyone and everyone they must MUST hire Meghann Van Dorn to help them with their interior design.

I love beautiful spaces, I really do. I see my clients’ gorgeous homes all the time and I salivate, loving all the beautiful design choices they make. And when we did our kitchen renovation a couple of years ago, the incredible Dennis and Matthew DeMello of D. J. DeMello Custom Building and Woodworking did incredible work and I somehow managed to get through that process only asking Meghann for help a handful of times with some critical decisions along the way (quartz surface for the counters, TYVM). Somehow hard surfaces and kitchen/bathroom design decisions felt manageable. But once we decided our living room needed help last year, I felt completely overwhelmed. For some reason matching fabrics and thinking about upholstery and curtains made my palms sweat. I just didn’t feel like I could trust myself with it.

See, we live in Milton, in a cozy little house on an incredible street, but it’s tiny. We’re only four people, though, and though my smaller people get bigger every day, we really don’t need any more house than we have. We know we’re not moving because we love our street and our neighbors so much, but we are always looking for ways to make our small house even more right for us.

For me, I needed to bring more light into the living room. We had these IKEA shelving units along one wall that were super dark:

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And we needed good seating options for the living room space, so we crowded it a bit with a loveseat that totally didn’t fit and a long rectangular coffee table that I thought fit the space because we loved to play mexican train on it… (even though it made for a good game surface, that didn’t mean it fit the space). The couch was also dark purple from Jordan’s (to hide the inevitable small child mess) and I was reluctant to upgrade it even though Meghann told me it would change everything. Again with the failed before photos, but this should give you a sense of what it looked like:

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Basically it was crowded and had big comfortable pieces of furniture in it that worked for our lives but didn’t look great.

So when we were able to go ahead with the built-ins Dennis and Matt had proposed (insanely talented amazing contractors/builders, amazing workmanship all around), we also got in touch with Meghann and said – OK, let’s do this thing. Let’s take this space seriously.

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So she came back to us with a layout – which was amazing because I’d never thought of a circle coffee table in the space, and the idea of adding another chair blew me away. If they were swivels, we realized, they could work in either direction – pointed at the coffee table and couch to talk, or swiveling to watch TV. Brilliant!

Where Meghann excels is this next stage of things. I’ll admit I guffawed at the idea of buying all this new furniture – it seemed crazy, especially after I put some numbers in an excel spreadsheet and thought about what the entire room’s redo would mean. But Meghann took this project on and became what I felt like was my personal Craigslist savant. She convinced me we didn’t need to buy everything new. We just needed to be patient. She was sending me links at all times of the day and night. “How about these light fixtures?” “OK, hop in your car RIGHT NOW and go get this coffee table for $40, it is perfect!” (note: I do love it – it’s great. Might someday upgrade it but for now it’s fabulous.) “If you recover this chair it will be amazing. Look at the lines!” (note: it is, and after her incredible upholsterer guy recovered it with fabric Meghann helped me choose at an insanely cool fabric store, it is one of my favorite pieces of furniture ever) And I’d get texts with photos from her as she wandered TJ Maxx – “Jess, this rug is $100, and it’s soft and thick like you said you wanted. I think you should get over here and feel it in person. I think it might be perfect.” (note: it was) “What about this side table?” (nope) “This one?” (nope) “OK, how about these four I found online?” (YES!!!)

She just took on the project with such zeal – and it was such fun to work with her. I loved that she had strong opinions for me and told me why – I’m easy to convince if someone has good reasons. (For example, we knew we needed more light, and the Grey Owl paint Meghann had recommended for the rest of the space downstairs seemed like a good starting point for brightening things up in there. It’s so much brighter now.)

So I guess I’ll end this and feed my kids some lunch – it’s time for the big reveal. First, I’ll start with Dennis & Matt’s gorgeous perfect built-ins:

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Don’t you just die? So in love with them.

And then here’s the full picture of the whole room. Thank you thank you thank you, Meghann.
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It’s perfect, it’s finished, and I couldn’t have done it with you guys. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

And now to finish today’s edit!! #yayforsnowdays

Zooming and giggling

Went back to see this guy for his six month photos, and oh my goodness the cuteness! I’m so excited they’re doing the Baby’s First Year package because it means I get to come back for more giggles and fun this year.

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We did have a few moments of calm, not giggly time. I love that kind of photo too…

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Gnawing on a toe can actually hurt, guys…

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So fun to see you guys! Thanks for having me out :)

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Reading and playing with a wonderful boy

I loved seeing this sweet boy again this year back on an unseasonably warm day in October. He spent some time at the beginning of the photoshoot reading a fabulous bug book aloud to his mom – I’ll admit I learned quite a lot ;)

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Wonderful to see you guys, as always!

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Audrey Paek - December 8, 2015 - 5:18 pm

Touching photos of a beautiful family! :)

Toni - December 8, 2015 - 5:19 pm

Love these photos. They definitely show this family’s personality.

Ann Goodwin - December 8, 2015 - 5:24 pm

Great pictures! Love the one standing on one foot.

Kate H - December 8, 2015 - 5:36 pm

Love these pictures!!

Zoe - December 8, 2015 - 5:36 pm

I love the one of Ren!

Tim Fitzgibbons - December 8, 2015 - 6:12 pm

Beautiful pics!

Curt - December 8, 2015 - 6:56 pm

Awesome shots – you guys look great!

Natalie - December 8, 2015 - 7:47 pm

Beautiful photos!! And beautiful subjects!

Jamie - December 8, 2015 - 7:55 pm

Wonderful pics that capture the joys of parenting.

Janet - December 8, 2015 - 8:11 pm

Naomi, I have known this wonderful boy since before he was born. (More intermittently since I moved away.) But I have loved to see him grow up. These photos are exceptional. They capture a rapport between you two that is undescribable…magical.

Mia Shopis - December 8, 2015 - 8:21 pm

Fantastic photos! Wish we were in JP to see you more.

Diane - December 8, 2015 - 9:18 pm

Though I haven’t seen Naomi in over two decades, her warmth and intelligence is ever present. And I sure do miss our hanging out days. No one deserves this more

Matt - December 8, 2015 - 9:31 pm

I’ve enjoyed seeing pictures of this cute kid grow, but these fantastic photos truly capture the family love that has made him so clearly happy.

Valerie Worthington - December 8, 2015 - 10:19 pm

What a precious pumpkin and a lovely mommy! I’m fortunate to count both of them among my friends, and creating more pictures of them will just make the world a more beautiful place.

Lynn Ryan - December 9, 2015 - 12:26 am

Love and miss you! Ren is so grown up! Beautiful photos.

Anne-Marie Aigner - December 9, 2015 - 7:38 am

Fabulous photos.

nicole holt - December 10, 2015 - 5:51 am

What a sweet and loving series of photos!