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Last photoshoot of the decade

This morning I had my last photoshoot of the decade. It’s been an amazing 7 1/2 years of baby photography, and where better to end the decade than with a beautiful four day old little lady? I was so happy to get to meet her this morning!

Here she is with her big brother T, who was so sweet and loving with her:

Such alert, beautiful eyes!

And Daddy gave big brother T a lift on his shoulders:

A little mommy/daddy/sweet girl time… I love her expression here!

I think this one has the nicest expressions between mama and her girl:

And a quick snooze mid-shoot always helps:

Family hug:

And a Pippi squeeze:

I like this with the whole family plus Pippi having a giggle:

Wonderful to see you guys today – thank you for having me over. I’ll send all the rest of your photos ASAP for cards!

Article on The Small Story

What a lovely, lovely article by Cara Solomon at about our Help Portrait event last Saturday.

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FUN & FACT - December 19, 2009 - 3:59 am

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Season of giving

You know what’s funny? Location shooting with two kids in tow when it’s 30 degrees out and you’re losing the light. Well, actually, I don’t know if funny is the right word. ;)

Normally I’d never bring my own kids on a photoshoot (actually, I’ve never brought either of them before – not likely to be repeated), but this one was a quickie, for my friend Amy at Chubbybum Cards. She had this cool idea of getting photos of her kids putting money into a Salvation Army bucket, so that she could make a card for herself with a giving theme. But I had visions of the yucky Stop & Shop parking lot, without any light… crowded with people… so I tried to dissuade her. But then the other day I was walking out of Macy’s at the South Shore Plaza and I looked across the parking lot at the setting sun and called her. “Amy! I found the perfect bucket with the light I want! Meet me here at 3:30pm tomorrow and we can get photos for your card!” (I may have said it with not quite so many exclamation marks in my voice.) So I zipped over to the Plaza after preschool pickup today and met Amy and her two gorgeous kiddos. You’d never know I had a 4 yr old wrapped around my leg and a wailing six month old in her stroller behind me as we shot this, right?

Luckily it doesn’t even matter – this shot makes me smile so much – the two guys walking into the frame in the back cracking up are the best part.

Can’t wait to see what she comes up with for her card :)

Help-Portrait Boston

What an incredible day! Fourteen other photographers and I came together today to take some pictures just to make people feel good. And look at that. It made us feel good too.

The brainchild of celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart, Help-Portrait is “a community of photographers, coming together across the world, to use their photography skills to give back to their local community. On or around December 12th, photographers around the world will be grabbing their cameras, finding people in need, and taking their picture. When the prints are ready, the photographs get delivered. Yep. It really is that easy.”

This Boston crew had an amazing shoot today at Germaine Lawrence, a residential treatment center for adolescent girls. We shot over 50 girls, aged 11-18, and though I don’t want to put any of the girls’ photos up here, here are a few I snapped of the crazy photographers and the setup there.

We set up four “stations” in the gym:

And the best part was the group of volunteer hair and makeup people (thanks to Empire School of Beauty in Warwick, RI) who came and did hair and makeup on all 50 girls! The aroma of hairspray wafted waaaaay down the hall :) But the girls really felt like rock stars. You could see it when they came for their photos – their eyes were twinkling.

Lisa grabbing some crazy shots of two of our fabulous volunteers (as we waited for hair and makeup on the girls… this stuff takes time, after all!):

See what I mean? You go there, hoping to make other people happy, and you just get happy yourself.

Meg getting a kick out of her subject:

A couple of the sweet photographers gave the girls a chance behind the lens, too – this girl has a future in fashion photography ahead of her…

Another switcheroo – photographer as subject:

It was not only an incredible day because the girls were so awesome, but it was also great to get to spend some time with like-minded photog peeps. This team of people has been meeting and planning this event for months now, and I can’t thank them enough for letting me join them after I wasn’t able to attend ANY of the planning meetings.

Great day, gorgeous photos – I’m so excited for the girls to get their prints (kindly donated by I think they’re really going to love them.

Nate - December 12, 2009 - 10:51 pm

Great narrative. Glad to meet you and look forward to seeing more of your work!

Julia Snider - December 12, 2009 - 10:59 pm

Hey Jess, what a fun time. You are on the ball getting this together so fast! I'm Julia, the volunteer in the photo with Tom.

Rich - December 12, 2009 - 11:13 pm

What a day!
Great stuff Jess.
I too tired to post tonight but I'll have some suff in the morning.


Lone Wolf - December 12, 2009 - 11:42 pm


Great blog. You nailed it as well as your shots behind the camera.

You guys made their day with your skill and I was glad to be a part of it


Brian Matiash - December 13, 2009 - 8:50 am


I am proud to have had the opportunity to see you in action. You did such a great job shooting the girls and assisting the other photographers by emoting with some of the more introverted models.

I look forward to shooting with you again for Help Portrait next year.

Also, like Nate said – wonderful narrative. The shots are perfect.



A one year old book loving monkey

As I was looking back through this photoshoot from Tuesday, trying to pick my favorite shots for the blog, two themes emerged with this big one year old girl. Before I get into themes and all that “I’m working on my homework for junior high” stuff, I have to show you my favorite shot from the session, which happened mere moments after I walked in the door.

As she peeks over at me, doing her crinkle-nose smile:

Where was I? Oh yes, themes. So the first theme that emerges was definitely this sweet girl’s love of her monkey stuffed animal. Here she is, excited to see him as she crawls across the bed:

And this is my 2nd favorite shot from the day – as her dad and she enjoy a hug with monkey:

For her birthday party, she donned this fantastic monkey hat (found by her cool mom on… what a fun site!):

And the other theme that emerged, by far, was the extraordinary love of books and reading for this little one. Here she is, piled in amongst her Sandra Boynton (and other) books.

Had to get a knuckle picture – the dimples kill me:

Bright-eyed after her morning nap :)

Reaching… reaching…

The Curious George balloon was no match for herself in the mirror:

Reading another book with mama – loving those toes:

It was wonderful spending some time with you guys, and fun to meet another Milton family!

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auntie diane - December 12, 2009 - 9:55 am

absolutely gorgeous!!

james - December 12, 2009 - 10:06 am

she so cute!

Amy - December 12, 2009 - 11:31 am

Beautiful photos! Beautiful girl! Beautiful family!

Michelle S. - December 12, 2009 - 12:43 pm

What a gorgeous baby!!!!! Precious!

Cassie - December 12, 2009 - 12:44 pm

Super cute. She sems a very happy baby.

Meena - December 12, 2009 - 6:15 pm

Great job, nice pics!

uncle Mike - December 12, 2009 - 7:00 pm

Awe, ain't she cute!

Justine - December 12, 2009 - 9:24 pm

Wow, these photos are amazing! What a beautiful family.

Tori - December 13, 2009 - 9:26 am

Love ALL of the images of the "bean". And you guys aren't bad either! Great shots!

Nana of the South - December 13, 2009 - 2:35 pm

You have captured our little Doll's personality so well! I love the one with the monkey on the bed and the other after her nap. She is our little ray of sunshine! Nana of the South

Kristin M. Willer - December 13, 2009 - 3:52 pm

Love the pictures of your family Rob! Happy B-Day to your beautiful baby girl! I hope you win!

ellen - December 13, 2009 - 9:36 pm

adorable…she's a natural with the camera!

Colleen - December 13, 2009 - 9:45 pm

Awwww..So cute!! Love them!

kdp - December 14, 2009 - 12:41 pm

i love all of them! sooo cute!!!

Paul P - December 14, 2009 - 12:42 pm

so adorable!!

Three boys give a holler

I think Kathy (mom in this family) gets the prize for most patient waiting list family. She was on the waiting list for what felt like forever this fall, and kept trying to get appointments whenever I had a cancellation. She was always my 2nd or 3rd reply when I’d send out the “there’s a spot available” emails… always just barely missed it. And then when we had a shoot booked back in November, her boys got sick the night before… it just felt like it wasn’t in the cards this season.

But then the stars aligned and I was able to shoot their family this past weekend. This tree shot is making me smile – looks like everyone’s giving a good holler:

And when you’re the middle brother, your picture doesn’t often come first – but this one is killing me…

And sweet baby B:

Handsome big brother P – who seems to have grown up overnight. I’ve known him since he was a wee one, and oh my gosh: huge. Not to mention the best cowlick ever.

Isn’t O’s expression (including dimple) as he looks over at P the best?

Mom and her baby:

Totally unprompted, O wanted to help give B his bottle.

I love this as a wall hanging, big… tootsies!

It was wonderful to see you guys again.
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Oh, and as I was headed to my next shoot, I had to jump out of the car and grab this shot. The road looked so incredible with the snow stuck to the tree branches as they made a little tunnel…

Star Wars and a bright xmas tree

This past Saturday was raining buckets, and I called these guys and said – I think we should do this after the holidays are over. It’s just too gross out, and I know O will have a better time if we can go outside. We went back and forth, and his mom told me she had the tree up… and wanted to get some xmas cards done… we’d already rescheduled due to weather a bunch of times this fall… so we went for it.

(By the way, what has been UP with our weekend weather this fall? Nuts!)

So when I hear that someone has their tree up, I picture nice twinkley lights as a background, but not really that much of an impact on my ambient light for the photos. I was so excited when I saw their funky white artificial tree – complete with super lighting! Look at this – my top pic for their xmas card shot this year:

This handsome boy is four this year – his fourth photoshoot with me. Wow, so big!

I couldn’t resist. Totally cheesy, I know. But I *LOVE* ;)

I love this, especially the glow from the tree on him:

Kooky kid :)

Han Solo’s holiday card picture (complete with matching Star Wars shirt in the bkgrd):

And anyone who follows my blog knows what a sucker I am for eyelashes.

Great to see you guys!

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Lots of twin boy hugs

This photo has me giggling – even at this late hour. C grabs T to plant one on him, square in the center of his mouth. Hilarious. The hugs at this shoot were awesome – the boys had such fun playing together.

During this particular moment, C is seizing the moment and thinking, hmm… this might be my opportunity to take ownership of this baseball…

The ball was a source of fantastic interaction throughout the shoot :)

Playing with Dad was also a favorite activity:

And their ball handling skills were impeccable:

This one might be my top pic for an xmas card shot – kind of non-traditional, but I love how the boys are hiding mom and dad entirely! Too funny.

Dimple :)



Wonderful to see you guys again.

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Anonymous - December 7, 2009 - 11:01 am

Love these, especially Thomas' face! Great expressions.

Patrick - December 7, 2009 - 11:07 am

I think my favorite is the 3rd photo. I want to know what is so funny!! Photos are wonderful. What a beautiful family!!

Grammie - December 7, 2009 - 12:49 pm

Your skills at capturing Thomas and Cameron's unique personalities are terrific. Great pictures of a lovely family.

Anonymous - December 7, 2009 - 1:48 pm

Wow, what amazing pictures! That is one of the best family pictures I've seen. And the "xmas card" photo is adorable. The 3rd and 4th pictures are so fun and natural and really show so much personality.

ethan - December 7, 2009 - 4:20 pm

super cute. 5dmkii/Lseries 28-70mm? very nicely done.

Anonymous - December 7, 2009 - 4:20 pm

Great family photo! Mt favorite of the group is photo #3. Thomas' expression is priceless and Cameron is so hopeful that he will get to hold the ball next. What adorable boys.

Jessica - December 7, 2009 - 5:14 pm

I love the family photo! The photos are unbelievable, I love them all

josh walker - December 7, 2009 - 5:45 pm

Those two boys should be models.

Anonymous - December 7, 2009 - 6:09 pm

I love how much personality is captured in these photos. I especially love the second one where they are hugging.

Olivia - December 7, 2009 - 7:14 pm

What gorgeous tots! Wish we could've been there! Beautiful pics!

Andy - December 7, 2009 - 8:29 pm

Great kids and great parents…what a great family!!!

Corinna - December 8, 2009 - 10:26 am

Great shots!

Anonymous - December 8, 2009 - 1:00 pm

This photographer has incredible patience and creativity, such a gift. And such a beautiful family!

Anonymous - December 9, 2009 - 9:42 am

These photos are adorable. Great job capturing the boys in their element. Amazing photos of a great family!

Frederick - December 9, 2009 - 4:35 pm

These kids should be in the movies!

Shanna - December 10, 2009 - 1:55 pm

Love the photography, love the happiness captured, love these people, love. love. love.

Big brother rocker

This picture cracks me up. Doesn’t big brother P look like Ozzy Osborne or something here? Except he’s a peaceful rocker :)

What a sweet pair:

Running around a bit outside with Dad:

And I know his dad is going to love this picture – as he leans pensively on his walking stick :) (Posed by Dad himself!)

Outside smooches:

Isn’t little Ms. M just gorgeous?

Waving at us:

And a thoughtful baby girl:

One last hug picture. I loved meeting your new sweet girlie!

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Anonymous - December 7, 2009 - 10:36 am

The photos of Pete and Marlena are simply adorable. You have beautifully captured the "adoring older brother"

Anonymous - December 7, 2009 - 1:23 pm

I'm really impressed, both by the amazing pictures taken by you, not to mention the absolutely beautiful subjects!

Anonymous - December 7, 2009 - 2:04 pm

Great photos. I love the second to last one.

Anonymous - December 7, 2009 - 5:09 pm

She's so beautiful…and big brother is pretty cute himself!

Anonymous - December 8, 2009 - 6:54 am

Great job on the pictures. They look so natural–of course having two beautiful children doesn't hurt!

Anonymous - December 8, 2009 - 3:33 pm

These are great! I love the rocker one!

Welcoming a girlie

Patience is a virtue, they say, and these guys’ momma has it in spades! I promised her these photos days ago, and then life got in the way and here it is Friday. But I am so happy with these, I hope you guys are, too. After getting a chance to meet each of the boys for newborn pictures over the years, I was thrilled to get a chance to meet their new sister.

This first one is my favorite. I am in love with all the expressions!

And this next one makes me want to have a third child and get someone to take this picture of my family for me. I love the train book, and the hilarious look on sweet baby I’s face as she ignores her brother’s favorite book :)

Pretty girl and her momma:

Belly laughs:

And F has gotten so big all of a sudden, it’s amazing.

Gorgeous, gorgeous. Thanks again for your patience!

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Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack

In case you’re not a Robert McCloskey fan (the author of the classic “Make Way For Ducklings” book), those are (I think) the names of the ducklings. I did it from memory, because I’m too lazy to walk the seven steps to my daughter’s bookcase and confirm it. But I think it’s something like that.

I met these guys in the Boston Public Garden last weekend for their pictures – they’d gotten a gift certificate for a shoot a while back, and they’d been patiently waiting on my waiting list for weeks and weeks. Finally they nabbed an open spot, and we lucked out with the weather.

I had to post this picture first, even though we took it at the end of the session. Mom mentioned as we were packing up to leave that they had one of those classic Make Way for Ducklings frames, and wouldn’t it be so great to get a picture of their Jack sitting on top of this duckling Jack? Big boy Jack wasn’t so sure about that plan, but I actually prefer this one anyway, with him checking things out in the background with his dad :)

And this is my #1, hands-down, no question favorite from the session. Best smiles ever. Love how his hair matches his mom’s hair.

Isn’t he a handsome dude?

Oh yeah. Forgot this one. Love this one too.

Look at those CHEEKS!


This one is perfect because all Jack wanted to do during the shoot was walk around. He’d just gotten his feet under him, and he was loving wandering all over the gardens. And what better to walk to than a ball from mom?

The weeping willows make such a great background here. Leaf in hand – what’s more fall-like?

Wonderful to get a chance to meet you, I’m glad we got you in there!

One more. Love this pout!

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Molly V - December 1, 2009 - 9:16 pm

adorable pics – great candids of the family together!

Kathy W. - December 1, 2009 - 9:23 pm

I love ALL of the pictures but that first one and Jack with the pouty lip are adorable!

Sean - December 1, 2009 - 9:29 pm

Please don't tell my friends at school that I am tearing up.

Anonymous - December 1, 2009 - 9:42 pm

Dear Sean, you should not have said that and then sent this to your friends at school.

Picture with the leaf is the cutest. Period.

Laura - December 1, 2009 - 10:20 pm

These are adorable!!! Our favorite is #2. It's very natural… and he looks like the happiest baby on earth.
However, I must say that the last photo bears a striking resemblance to his uncle sean…

Sara K. - December 1, 2009 - 10:21 pm

What a happy kid! Even in the pouty one (which is my personal favorite; bust it out at his rehearsal dinner in 20+ years!!) you can just envision that frown turning upside down in a second.

Shawn McQ - December 1, 2009 - 11:02 pm

Adorable! Some great family photos and some great shots of Jack. What a personality!

Vince M - December 1, 2009 - 11:23 pm

Alright so who was the jerk that told Jack there was no Santa Clause in that last picture???

Seriously, cutest. Baby. Ever.

Anonymous - December 2, 2009 - 12:24 am

I can't get enough of those photos! Jack looks so big! I love the second one of the three of you!!


Lorraine - December 2, 2009 - 6:35 am

What BEAUTIFUL family photos! I just love the black and white, so classy! I can't decide which one is my favorite – because they all are!!

Aunt Lorraine

Sasha Gill - December 2, 2009 - 8:41 am

These are ridiculously adorable!!!! But where's Mike's matching argyle sweater?!?!

Anonymous - December 2, 2009 - 8:46 am

Great pics; Jack is a happy kid and the family photo is beautiful. I agree with the comment someone made about having the pouty picture at Jack's rehearal dinner!

Joanna - December 2, 2009 - 9:05 am

What great pics!

Madeline - December 2, 2009 - 9:09 am

I love all the pictures! The photographer did a great job! But this family is just BEAUTIFUL!! What a handsome happy baby!! Mom & Dad aren't Too Dusty either!!

Michelle - December 2, 2009 - 9:19 am

Beautiful pictures! He's adorable-and what great photos to have to remember these days.

Anonymous - December 2, 2009 - 9:46 am

Loved these pictures..Just know that grandma Reilly loves these pictures..

Happy Holidays Mike and Megan

Joseph - December 2, 2009 - 9:56 am

Perfect case of "pictures say a thousand words!" One is more special than the last. Even pouty face seems happy in a strange way. Happy for all of you, Uncle and Great Uncle, Joey.

Mary Lee - December 2, 2009 - 10:05 am

Fantastic pictures but how could they miss with such a gorgeous family!

Mrs. Ramsdell - December 2, 2009 - 10:20 am

What great pictures! Jack's hair really does match yours exactly, Megan!

ANDY - December 2, 2009 - 10:30 am


aehami06 - December 2, 2009 - 11:59 am

What a cutie! He should be a little model :)

Colleen - December 2, 2009 - 12:03 pm

Each picture is cuter than the one before it! Love the way Jack's personality just shines through these pictures!!!!

Rosalie - December 2, 2009 - 1:06 pm

wonderful photos of Jack & of all the children great shots

Ashley Peterson - December 2, 2009 - 2:06 pm

Love, love, love the photos…and the great commentary!

Kathy - December 2, 2009 - 7:44 pm

Adorable photos of an adorable family… love everything about the pictures and description! Thanks for sharing with us!

Candy - December 3, 2009 - 9:01 am

Great PIX! I love them all!!!!!!

Pat and Joan - December 3, 2009 - 4:34 pm

Megan, Mike and Jack,
Thanks for sharing. We are truly blessed that the 3 of you are a part of our lives. We love Jack's personality shining through.

Diane McG - December 5, 2009 - 8:58 am

Great expressions captured! Wonderful photography of a handsome family.

Angela Barek - December 8, 2009 - 7:46 am

These are so beautiful, especially the family ones! And the one with the duck!! Thanks for sharing these Meg. Definitely something to treasure for years to come.