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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.

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!

 

A black cat and a brown dog. Perfection.

These guys booked a minishoot this spring but then had some schedule conflicts (I actually can’t even remember what happened – I feel like maybe there was a kiddo illness in there, or some yucky weather event… it’s all a blur this time of year) but as we tried and tried to reschedule it became clear that it’d make lots of sense to upgrade to an in home shoot instead.

So I was thrilled to join them at their home this past weekend for the final pictures at their Massachusetts home — they’re moving momentarily to Wisconsin! The movers were coming just two days after we did this shoot (what a mellow mama to let us do pictures in the house mere days before they packed everything! I’d be so stressed out…) and it was so much fun to go with the kids to their rooms to play a bit and document their favorite places and spaces and things.

I am always in love with a good, juicy dog licking picture:

And not to be outdone – a perfect kitty smooch picture:

Mustaches made of sister hair, of course:

Shooting hoops in the bedroom…

J is an amazing gymnast; she showed me so many tricks:

Boy’s best friend begging to join the outdoor fun:

And of course, last but not least, the requisite cheesehead shots :)

Just wonderful to see you guys! Have a fantastic move, best of luck with everything :)

13 days old and check out that grin

Look at these eyes, don’t you just love them? This little guy was 13 days old the other day when I came over for some pictures, and he was just a dream.

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And I have to admit I always love a newborn smile – this one was perfection.

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A champion head-holder-upper already!

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What a fun photoshoot – we exhausted him! Thanks so much for having me, it was wonderful meeting you all.

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Ami - June 14, 2014 - 6:36 pm

What wonderful pictures! What a beautiful family!!! Deven already looks like such a fun kid. Can’t wait to play with him!

Sadhna Vora - June 16, 2014 - 3:03 pm

Jess, you are so talented! And so easy to work with and accomodating as well :-) We will be asking for your services again! Thanks so much for capturing this special time for us!

Suniti - June 18, 2014 - 8:36 pm

Wow these are amazing! The whole family is simply gorgeous. Deven is so expressive already – can’t wait to meet him!

Cary - June 22, 2014 - 10:00 pm

Great shots of the three of you. Deven is a real cutie… Beth and I look forward to meeting him soon!

Laura - June 23, 2014 - 12:37 pm

So precious, what a beautiful family – hope to see you all soon. Congratulations!

K.Amaravadi - June 23, 2014 - 3:46 pm

beautiful. handsome those pretty eyes are really engaging. We fell in love the day one with Deven. All those sleeping pictures are divine. Of course, Jessy the photographer able to catch the joy and adoration of parents holding Deven in their arms.
congratulations!

K.Amaravadi - June 23, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Deven is very handsome. Those big eyes are very engaging and alert. Those sleeping pictures are divine. Of course, Jessy your photographer really captivated the joy and pride of both parents holding Deven in their arms. We fell in love with him the day one we saw him. Congratulations!.

Anand Amar - June 23, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Beautiful pictures. I like the way you captured the love and bonding between the cute baby and loving parents. We look forward to seeing the baby again.

Sarita - July 1, 2014 - 9:00 pm

This is such a beautiful way of capturing such a special time. Deven is absolutely adorable—I love his expressions! We are looking forward to meeting him :) Congratulations!

Adam - July 2, 2014 - 6:07 am

So nice!!!!!!

Carlotta - July 2, 2014 - 9:08 am

Deven is adorable! His fun expressions are super cute!

Rebecca Anderson - July 2, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Wonderful pictures. He has so much hair! I loved all of them.

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Elizabeth - July 2, 2014 - 10:16 pm

So precious! Cannot wait to meet Deven. What a special little baby.

Mona - July 3, 2014 - 7:51 am

Beautiful pictures! He is adorable. Thank you so much for sharing these photos. Hope to meet him soon. Congratulations!

Raghu Amaravadi - July 13, 2014 - 10:12 pm

Thanks so much for taking these pictures…we love your work!

Avni - July 15, 2014 - 9:09 am

How do you two look so well-rested?? Amazing — congratulations!

I never shoot weddings. Well, almost never.

Rules are made to be broken, isn’t that what they say? Well, when my fabulous contractor Dennis DeMello asked me last year if I ever did weddings, my first answer was (as it always is), “No, but I can refer you to some great people…”

But then I got thinking about creative challenges, about the fact that I spend my days capturing emotion in families, and a wedding is just a big pile of emotions, so actually a wedding is a lot like a baby photoshoot, just longer, (um… note to self: 8x longer) and with less crying (um… I guess there’s crying at weddings too, so scratch that). But anyway, I called him back, and we talked… and here it is, a year later and just the other day his wonderful daughter Jen married the amazing Matt… and… I took pictures for them.

Disclaimer: in case you’re wondering, I’m still only in the baby photo business. No weddings. My trigger finger was TIRED after this one. That and my editing workflow doesn’t allow me to do more of these. I shoot about 160-180 family photoshoots every year, and in order to keep my turnaround time tight for those clients, I normally say no to weddings when I’m asked. But you’re looking for a wedding photographer, call the fabulous Sara of Simply Sublime Weddings who was my second shooter for this wedding (her photos are all watermarked with her logo below), or if Sara’s not available, ask me, I have lots of other friends who do gorgeous wedding work. 

But enough about me – on to this fantastic couple. I met Jen at the Ames Hotel, where she was getting ready. She wore Vera, and I just loved the custom Mrs. Walsh hanger :)

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While I was upstairs with the ladies, Sara went downstairs and met up with Matt and his groomsmen, as Matt waited for his Jen.

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And look who surprised the bride and groom during their first look? Only the coolest Converse-wearing three year old ring bearer ever.

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Next stop was Post Office Square for our formal photos, and Matt booked a trolley for the whole bridal party to zip around town in – it was fantastic.

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Then we got to wander around Post Office Square while the trolley went back to pick up the rest of the Bridal Party.  Matt pointed out to Jen that the two little girls in this next top middle picture were looking over at her, and said he thought Jen waving to them was like them getting a wave from a real live princess. And yes, those are sweet little Jimmy Choo’s peeking out from under Jen’s dress.

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And then we hopped back on the trolley for the drive to the church. The trolley had great music playing – everybody sang along.

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The Cathedral of the Holy Cross is extraordinary. Just mind-blowingly gorgeous.

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After the ceremony, the Bridal Party hopped back in the trolley and headed over to the State Room – what a gorgeous space that is! And I do love this shot as they got out of the trolley to go inside the State Room with the old State House in the background — Jen and Matt look so happy.

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The tables looked elegant and the flowers were to die for… (not to mention the view)

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Cocktail hour was relaxed and fun…

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And when it came time to introduce the Bridal Party and the Bride and Groom, everybody had a little fun with it.

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After Jen and Matt’s first dance, more fun was had by all (dancing pictures are coming, I promise), and everyone got to eat the amazing dinner. And then we had the toasts.

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Which led right into the father/daughter dance, and then the mother/son dance. Not a dry eye in the house.

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Then they opened up the dance floor, and everybody got out there and had a great time.

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If you were a guest at the wedding and you’re interested in prints or want to download any of any of these photos, you can get to them here.

And then I’ll add all the photos from the wedding to that same gallery by early August!

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Ceremony: Cathedral of the Holy Cross

Reception: The State Room

Flowers: Cedar Grove

Hair: Jennifer Picanco & Anna Sousa

Makeup: Lauren Vancheri

DJ: Northern Lights Entertainment

 

 

Six months old and just so squeezable

I am so honored to have been able to document this little guy at six months old. His parents got a photoshoot gift certificate from dad’s sister when mama was still pregnant, and they decided to wait and do the shoot at six months. What a fun age!

This little guy just loved his toes:

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And his rice cereal :)

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And look at those twinkling eyes and that smile!

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He just loves his daddy…

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And mama kisses are perfect, always.

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Even Chase, their first baby, did a little posing.

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Just love Chase in the back of this one.

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And a headshot for Mr. C in case he ever needs to do any modeling…

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Silly daddy…

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There’s something so quiet and sweet about this profile one.

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Aunt Meg, giver of photoshoots and cuddles :)

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And when tiredness (or was it an incoming tooth?) overtook him, a quiet moment with mama helped.

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I just adored seeing you guys and meeting J – he’s just amazing! xo

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Nicole Ryan - June 5, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Jess, these are amazing!! You are ao talented! We cannot thank you (and Meg) enough! We will cherish these forever! Xoxo

Meg - June 5, 2014 - 7:45 pm

I agree with everything Nicky wrote. These are fantastic, Jess…you captured so much!! xxoo

Jessica Desrosiers - June 5, 2014 - 8:07 pm

Such sweet moments to capture — amazing photos for such a beautiful family….

Tavenner Bonsall - June 5, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Beautiful moments!!

Leslie - June 5, 2014 - 8:11 pm

These photos are beautiful. Love love the family pics. Jake and Chase are beautiful boys!

Arielle Ruggiero - June 5, 2014 - 9:00 pm

These came out awesome even though mama thought Jake was fuss box the entire shoot! Nick I love the one of you soothing Jake!

Maura Corso - June 5, 2014 - 9:27 pm

Jake is so adorable!! Beautiful pictures.

Michelle Kane - June 5, 2014 - 9:30 pm

The most beautiful baby boy on the blog! I love you Jake xoxo

Kristine santo - June 5, 2014 - 9:41 pm

One good looking family! Such a handsome boy jake is and if course chase! Beautiful photos!

Patty - June 5, 2014 - 10:00 pm

Wow, the rice cereal picture is even cuter than the gerber baby! What a cutie!!

Helen Ryan - June 6, 2014 - 9:01 am

Nana’s favorite grandson looks like an angel. You are an artist, Jess!

Erin Maguire - June 6, 2014 - 9:44 am

What a lovely little family! Jake is soo handsome!! <3

Laureen Dunaway - June 6, 2014 - 9:46 am

Beautiful baby boy and beautiful wonderful parents!!!

BRO - June 6, 2014 - 10:18 am

Wow! Thank you so much Jess, these look amazing. I especially love the headshot of Chase with his crooked haircut, haha!

Diane Regan - June 6, 2014 - 10:20 am

Adorable!! Love the pic of Jake looking over the arm of the sofa!!!

Jodi Abbott - June 6, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Fantastic photos!! Jake on the arm of that chair
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Maeve Ryan - June 6, 2014 - 4:56 pm

You absolutely captured his sweet personality! These are so great.

$6,106.00

Do you believe it? I was wondering if we could hit $5,000 and you guys just kept sending checks! We raised $6,106 for The Jimmy Fund, and I’m just a puddle. I am overwhelmed with gratitude… love… I’m just bowled over by your generosity. Thank you.

I made a trifold brochure that outlines all the pieces of the 10 Years of BBP fundraiser and gallery show, and you can either ask me for one when you see me or you can download the PDF here. There’s also an outline of everything we did this year on this page of the blog.

Thanks for coming on this journey with me – it was quite a ride. And I really, honestly couldn’t have done it without Evan, Meghan and Maggie. You guys made it all happen.

And Annie, thanks for your help today. You and your sister make me proud every day.

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Six photoshoots in seven years

This is #4 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 Jack, Andrew and Jamie’s family with photos from six photoshoots over the last 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.)

Artists’ Round Table at Brookline Library

Tonight I joined four wonderful artists in a round table discussion at the Main Brookline Library (where the BBP show is hung through June 1st) and my head is still spinning thinking of the fantastic conversation. The topics we discussed included managing a career as an artist; social media, technology and art: a changing landscape; and art for sale vs. art for art.

The questions from the audience were great as well – I’m so energized! I’m googling like crazy looking at all the websites of these artists – I loved what they had to say, which makes me already a fan of their respective works.

You’ll find links to their websites below.

From left to right on the panel we had:

Jon Amburg - is a Boston-based photographer and painter who works in a studio at the Boston Center for the Arts.  ”I believe that art is a vessel to our spirituality; a transport, something that flows through us, and also something that contains us.  My paintings, photographs, and mixed media projects derive from many sources including memory and meditation.  The process is a journey inward.  I am interested in spatial relationships, and also in the intimate (and innate) relationship that we have with colors and forms that arouse us emotionally.  My art is about re-visions and layers and absences.”

Then that’s me in the reeeeeally bright blue shirt.

Then the next seat was Robert Baart - he is currently exhibiting his collection of 19th & early 20th century artist materials at the Main Library. Robert is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He recently retired after teaching at the Museum School for thirty-five years. He is an observer of nature and the landscape. His paintings hover between realism and abstraction and embody a language of color, texture, light, and atmosphere. His work is in numerous private and corporate collections both in the US and abroad.

And then next we had our wonderful moderator, Gillian Jackson, who’s the administrator for the Brookline Commission for the Arts. Then next we had Nancy Marks, who is a Boston-based artist who has been making art for over 20 years: first through paper-making and then as a printmaker and a painter.  Her current mixed media exhibit “The Intimacy of Memory” is on view at the Beverly J. Tassinari Gallery at Newbury College in Brookline through May 15.  Nancy is founder of Swing Dog Arts, an expressive arts and healing practice.

And last but not least, on the far right of the stage, we had Ruth Ginsberg-Place, a Boston-based photographer, printmaker and book artist, who produces color photographs, woodcuts and monotypes. Her subjects are water reflections, shadows, arboretums and plants, and she works in a studio at the Boston Center for the Arts.  After receiving her MFA from Syracuse University she held a tenured teaching position in the Art Department of Southern Illinois University. More recently she has taught at Wheelock College and Wentworth Institute. She is a member of EES Arts, a cooperative printmaking studio, The Monotype Guild of New England, Boston Book Arts and Zea Mays Printmaking Studio.

I was so honored to have been included, thank you to Julie Falsioni at the Brookline Library for the idea and all the legwork and then also to Gillian Jackson for making it happen.

What a fun evening!

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Right back at ya, Jessica…The added bonus was being in a room surrounded by your beautiful photographs… babies and family and dogs and love…. Great all the way around!

The 10 Year Anniversary: (Final) Phase 3e – The Brookline Public Library Show

What a year! If you’re visiting this page to learn about the 10 Years of Boston Baby Photos anniversary show, there’s an overview posted here.

Today we hung the show in its final library: The Brookline Public Library (in the Main Branch at 361 Washington Street). It’ll be there all month. A great time to see it would be at the Artists’ Round Table this coming Monday, May 5th from 6:30-8:15pm (more info is at this link).

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And then you’re also all invited to the closing reception at the Library on Sunday, June 1st from 1-3pm. That afternoon we’ll be joined by a representative from The Jimmy Fund, and we’ll be presenting them with a “big check” from all of us. I really hope you can be there.

In case you aren’t able to stop by, I thought I’d share a few photos from today.

The library itself is gorgeous:

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The exhibit is on display upstairs in Hunneman Hall, which is a beautiful, enormous room used by the library for gatherings and events:

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Upon entering the hall, you see six of the ten categories straight ahead:

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And then if you turn around, the other four categories are hung on the facing wall.

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It was such a pleasure to hang the show using pins instead of on those tall white boards we’ve been using all year – it looks so clean and crisp to me! Here’s a closeup of the pins:

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The hall itself is just such a pretty spot – I love the floor, and I’m a sucker for the high ceiling and beautiful light. Can’t wait to celebrate the end of this incredible year on June 1st at the closing reception.

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And, as always, I’m still collecting donations for the Jimmy Fund on a table at the show. The families whose photos are in the show are sending donations now in trade for their mounted photos – I can’t wait to see how much more we raise!

We’re at $3,955 as of yesterday’s visit to the P.O. Box.

To have the checks counted in our “big check” we’re giving at the June 1st event, mail donation checks made out to “The Jimmy Fund” before May 15th to:

Boston Baby Photos
P.O. Box 870144
Milton Village, MA 02187

And if you’re sending the donation as a trade for your family’s photo in the show, and can’t come on June 1st to pick up your photo, it’d be great if you could include a $10 check made out to Boston Baby Photos to cover the cost of shipping.

Keep those checks coming!!

 

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