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Fall Public Garden Minishoot #22

A bit of a throwback post here, but we may as well. It’s so cold and snowy out there today it’s nice to think about those warmer fall days. I’ve been photographing these three girls since they were each teenie tiny newborn girlies, and I just adore seeing how they’re growing.











Really fun to see you guys as always!


Cousins in the leaves

This was one of my last minishoots last fall – on that weekend before Thanksgiving when the leaves were just bursting with color on the ground. And who shows up for one of my local-to-Milton “afterschool minis” (which we actually ended up doing on a Saturday afternoon, but you get the gist), but this crew: five cousins totally bursting with energy.








Kathleen Fahey - January 13, 2015 - 9:30 pm

Hello I am an Aunt of two of the cousins here. The very little boy Ciaran and the red headed girl Annie…..I am completely impressed with your photography and you truly captured the essence of this children. I would recommend you and thanks for taking such beautiful pictures of beautiful children…….All of them not just my niece and nephew but their gorgeous cousins as well……..These are truly special pictures.

Kathleen Fahey

Two grandmas and a big one year old boy

This big guy was lucky enough to have not just one but two grandmas come over during his photoshoot. What fun! I’ve loved this Baby’s First Year of photos with M – he’s grown so much (see those photos in the background in the flying-in-the-air shot? those are from his newborn and six month shoots!)

He’s just fantastic. On to another year of adventures, dude!













Look at that pup

It was just a handful of years ago that this gorgeous mama and I last saw each other. I will spare you the actual timeline, but suffice it to say I may have been missing some teeth in the front and she may or may not have been my sister’s and my super-fun-most-awesomest babysitter. So that must have been at least five or ten years ago… ;)

And you have to see not only fun and amazing C, but also her pup Sunday – who got lots of love during the photos. Because wouldn’t you scratch that face??

Oh, and Happy New Year!













Two little guys getting a kick out of each other

Before I show you all the photos where these two brothers had a total blast together, I had to show you this one, which is just about my favorite one from the whole shoot. Just perfect.






And I’m sorry to go back to more artsy pictures, but don’t you LOVE this of the boys begging mama for a snack from the fridge? I just love their cute little legs and mom’s fabulous boots all together…

One more artsy one and I’ll stop – but LOOK at these boys under the table. C’mon now with the cuteness.






Wonderful to see you guys again, I love your new house!!8167

Neliswa Gogela - December 3, 2014 - 9:01 pm

Lovely family portraits. The boys are simply gorgeous.

The twins in six photoshoots over seven years

This is #10 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 girls back when they were just 8 weeks old, and then I got to come back and see them when they were nine months old, and then again four more times in the last few years. I’ve adored seeing them grow – what an absolute treat.

And without further ado, here’s a 3 1/2 minute video of Beatrix and Stella’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.)

Fall Public Garden Minishoot #18

Look at these twinkling eyes! I loved meeting this guy for the first time at my late October Public Garden Minishoot – he and his mama had such fun playing together in the trees and the leaves there. I love it when we’re able to document a soon-t0-be older sibling – it’s a time of life when there’s so much change about to happen… I love being able to spend some time focusing on #1 for a bit. (But maybe that’s just me, speaking as a first child – hehe…)






Sabari - November 21, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Gorgeous googs and mom!

Acey - November 21, 2014 - 6:17 pm

These are wonderful. Shining eyes and
baby belly! XOXO

Ina Patel - November 21, 2014 - 9:40 pm

Beautiful pictures!!! Love my googs and his mom!

Sujata - November 23, 2014 - 12:07 pm

What a handsome boy!

Minnie - November 23, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Lovely pictures. Beautiful mother & son

Ally - November 26, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Love this little guy..what a natural !

Andrea - November 26, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Precious! I love the one with Sameer in the air!

Kat - November 26, 2014 - 2:49 pm

I absolutely adore these pictures, the first one is just amazing!

Christine - November 26, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Love these!

Erminia - November 26, 2014 - 3:09 pm

Absolutely stunning. So much love in these pictures!

Zelalem - November 26, 2014 - 5:59 pm

Beautiful pics!!! Thanks for sharing.

Kelly - November 26, 2014 - 6:57 pm

Beautiful pics of mama and her little guy!

Sarah - November 29, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Fantastic pictures!

Kerrie - November 30, 2014 - 9:53 pm

Amazing photos….moments to treasure for a lifetime!!

sarah - December 1, 2014 - 7:48 am

#4 makes my heart melt!

Sandra - December 1, 2014 - 8:40 am

What a gorgeous series of mother and son photos! Captures the sparkle in their eyes and the warmth of their hearts

Karen - December 1, 2014 - 9:04 am

So precious! Enjoy this time together.

Cristin - December 1, 2014 - 10:01 am

Looove these!

Nikki - December 1, 2014 - 10:06 am

What beautiful shots that capture the pure love and simple joy between momma and son. Adorable!

Nancy - December 1, 2014 - 10:15 am

These photos are exquisite. The joy and love expressed by them is almost palpable…like you could reach in a touch it.

Margaret - December 1, 2014 - 1:45 pm

These photos are beautiful! Sameer’s a cutie!

Fall Public Garden Minishoot #23

This fall I shot 26 families over the course of two days in the Boston Public Garden, and I’m realizing this is one of the first few that I’ve blogged for you guys. Sorry the blog is a little sparse these days, I’m only blogging and Facebook-album-ing on request, which means there are fewer posts going up.

But here are two amazing older kiddos. I took photos of them when they were babies, and now they done gone and growed up on me :) I loved getting a chance to see them again, it always makes me happy to pop back into children’s lives for a glimpse now and again.

And the colors in the Public Garden during my minishoot days this fall were AMAZING, so I had to blog this in color for you.

See what I mean?

A few of these just cracked me up. The brother creeping up…

Post head-bonk – OW!

Wonderful to see you guys again, thanks so much for meeting up with me!


Rachel - November 7, 2014 - 3:05 pm

These are beautiful, Jess! You really captured who they are. <3

Smiles from a boy and his pup

What fun to see these guys again! And gotta love a little Indian summer in late October (this was about 10 days ago when it was 70 degrees out – you know, the usual – late October hose weather…)

Sue Aoki - November 3, 2014 - 10:44 pm

These are the best yet!!!

Hlee - November 4, 2014 - 8:48 am

What an adorable family!!

Seneca - November 4, 2014 - 9:20 am

These are too cute!!!! Love these guys!

Sarah - November 4, 2014 - 9:36 am

Love these pics! So nice to see Ren and your mom!

Jodi - November 4, 2014 - 12:22 pm


grant - November 4, 2014 - 5:13 pm

these are so awesome!

Jill yates - November 4, 2014 - 9:56 pm

What a stunning family! These are wonderful shots and ren is looking so handsome and old!!

Natalie - November 5, 2014 - 7:51 pm

Gorgeous photos, gorgeous family!! (Both human and canine!)

Michael - November 5, 2014 - 9:33 pm

Love the family tree

Ruth Aoki - November 6, 2014 - 9:59 am

He is growing so fast. He certainly loves the water. These are fabulous pictures. I marvel at how she can catch him in the moment.

mik - November 6, 2014 - 5:37 pm

these are great!

z - November 7, 2014 - 12:29 pm

I like the one of Dixie!!!

Claudine - November 18, 2014 - 7:56 pm

So adorable! What great shots! I love your annual photos! Ren is getting so big… :-)

Chris - November 18, 2014 - 7:56 pm

Very cute!

Lorri - November 18, 2014 - 8:04 pm

Heart warming smiles!!! I love the one of his belly.

Sarah - November 18, 2014 - 8:39 pm

Beautiful shots! Ren is really growing up. And Dixie loved her time in the spotlight too- she is quite the poser. All of you look great! xo

Karen - November 19, 2014 - 1:51 pm

These are sooo fun!

Angie - November 19, 2014 - 2:05 pm

Look at my Ren Ren! So cute!!! Love my Aoki family. Beautiful shots!!

maryellen - November 23, 2014 - 2:40 pm

I can’t believe it’s that time of year. They are just smashing. Captures the love and spirit of your family. And Dixie is quite the model!

Seventeen photoshoots in eight years

This is #9 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).

What fun it’s been watching these two grow from teenie babies into fun, adventurous children. Our first photoshoot was in 2006, and I’ve been able to go back and see them a couple of times each year since then.

And without further ado, here’s a 5 1/2 minute video of Grayson and Helena’s family with photos from seventeen 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.)

Trains, trains, trains

Fun game! If you see the smallest brother in the photo, you can play a fun little game of find the train :) He was in the mood to hold on to Thomas the Tank Engine during the photos, and why not? He’s holding on tight to him in every single photo.

I adore this of the three of them most of all:

Wonderful to see you guys as always! I feel like we need to update your family retrospective video to include these. Or we’ll just think of these as the first installment in the next video we can make for you guys in a few more years. ;)


Two strong, fun, incredible girls

Look at these sweet girls! They’re five months old now, and they’re doing so well. They were born teenie tiny preemies, and they’ve spent these last five months being fabulous, getting stronger and grinning.

It’s always my little challenge to myself when I photograph twins to see if I can learn which twin is which during the hour I spend with a family, and then really get those names/faces into my head so that a couple of weeks later when I’m deep into editing their photos, those names look like those faces. OK, be honest… you have to tell me, did I remember right?

On the left we have Ms. J and on the right it’s V… how’d I do?

And then they’ve switched places in this one, V on the left and J on the right…

You got me on this one ;)

Ms. J…

Ms. V…

Daddy and V:

A big grin from J:

Mama holding V, Daddy with J:

And then V enjoying her mobile:

And Daddy giving J her end-of-photoshoot bottle:

It was just wonderful to meet you! Thanks so much for having me.