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Tuesday tips: Big sibling/new baby

Trying to get pictures of big bro/sis with new baby? Get prepared first. Be somewhere with good light. Take practice pictures of just the older one in the spot. Have someone else put the baby in and then just shoot like mad. You may literally have only a few seconds of time before one or both of them isn’t enjoying it. Just document what happens, don’t try to force it to be a picture you have in your head.

It’s that time of year – Nursery School photo time!

So this is an old post – I might even back date it to January because I shot these guys on a cold day back then… but I’m finally taking the time to blog it because, come on – these expressions can’t be beat.

It’s the best when you can choose what you wear for school photo day.  Ski goggles? Why not?

Little brothers welcome :)

There’s something so sweet about the angle of this one – I love it.

DIMPLES! (she has great ones, under those poking fingers)

Loads of fun, as always! More info about shooting Nursery School photos (yes, email me, I’m happy to do this at your child’s school next January or February) is available in past posts… from 2011 and 2010.

Help-Portrait Boston, Year 3

For the third year in a row, yesterday I participated in an inspirational day.  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 10th, 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.”

I volunteered with our local group (find yours by clicking around on the community site here) and met some wonderful people, both in front of and behind cameras.  The Hyde Square Task Force hosted the event at their facility, and we (25+ photographers and volunteers) provided over 100 families who live or have roots within a mile of Jackson Square with portraits over the course of the day.

Attendees were welcomed…

Primped, by volunteers from Empire Beauty Schools:

And then they got to show off their pearly whites… here are just a few of the fantastic people I met:

Then they came downstairs to the spot where another group of fabulous volunteers were printing them an 8×10 and two 4×6’s, as well as burning them a CD of all their pictures to take home.  It was so well organized!  So many team members made it happen, but the most visible on our end were Howard and Jessica – thank you guys for doing TONS of legwork before the event (and I’m sure, late into the night!).  All our team members, send me your websites and I’ll link to you! :)

And our wall of love got bigger and bigger throughout the day.  This picture shows only about half of the families we saw.  Go team! Wonderful to work with you all, so fun to get to see all these smiles.

P.S. This was the first year we got releases from the subjects to show their beautiful faces on our websites – to help get the word out about this event so it can spread to more than the fifty countries it already spread to.  Of course, if any of my gorgeous subjects would prefer I not post their picture here – send me an email and of course I’ll take it down.

P.P.S. For historical perspective, I do have a blog post from the first event I took part in here (I slacked and didn’t do one last year, sorry).

brandy - December 11, 2011 - 10:51 am

SO psyched that you got to show the portraits! I remember your post from a few years ago, and back then I thought — this is so powerful, I wish I could see the results!

A few more shoot times available

Thanks to my fabulous husband’s automated process that’s been helping me batch a few portions of my editing process, I’m staying really on top of my editing this season! (Yes, it only took me nine years to get into a really good groove.)

Things are so under control around here that I feel like opening up a few more slots this season.

Check out my most up-to-date shooting schedule here.

Halloween at Music Together

Music class is always awesome, and when Halloween coincided with our weekly Monday music class at Old Colony Music Together, I knew it made sense to bring the camera.

Hilarious.  (Mine’s the kitty with her back to us here.)

They’re free to participate however they like.  Either with instruments:

Or in a more relaxed way… (this cracks me up)

This princess wins the prize for best expression of the day:

My kitty, tongue (literally) in cheek:

Great fun, every week, but especially so when they’re costumed ;)

My girls for Halloween

In a few hours I’ll be back to your regularly scheduled programming – cute clients all the time – but this morning I took a few minutes with my own little halloween goblins outside (in the SNOW).  In past years I’ve invited the whole neighborhood over, but with the weather the way it was this weekend, it was too hard to organize the timing of that, so I just forced my own children to don their costumes one day early and get wet and cold for a few minutes.  C’mon guys, it’s for ART!!  For posterity!  You’ll thank me later… right? Right??

Eventually they warmed up a bit and showed off the Wonder Woman-i-tude:

And the Kitty style: (But don’t ask how many bribes I had to go through to get her into this cat costume.  I kid you not – 30 minutes of begging, lollipops, everything.  She is sooooo two.)

Brrrrr is it time to go inside yet??

sara sun - October 30, 2011 - 2:32 pm

Aww LOVE these!!! They are totally rocking them! Love the Wonder woman costume. I used to have wonder woman underoos…oh man I loved them so :-) Have fun tomorrow.

Lantern Walk 2011

I had such grand visions of tonight’s elementary school candlelit “Lantern Walk” around our local pond, from a photographer’s perspective.  Turns out it was pitch black and I didn’t have any luck taking pictures on the walk around the pond.

Annie, on the other hand, got to walk home afterwards hand-in-hand with my sister (the person she thinks hung the moon).  So it was a success, after all.

Lauren - October 23, 2011 - 7:21 pm

Lovely photo!

2 year old Sadie got “gwasses”

Every once in a while I post personal stuff up here on the blog, because I just can’t contain myself. You guys, my clients, have become such friends over the years that I feel like I need to share momentous family news with you as it happens. So this week we had a huge change – our little Sadie, now 2 years 4 months old, got her new glasses this past Tuesday. She’s had them for three days now, and it’s really pretty amazing all the changes we’re seeing.

First of all, I can happily report they haven’t impacted the cuteness level one bit:

And she did a day at her daycare yesterday where Christine told us she had a fantastic day.  Tons less whining (so sad to imagine she’s been super whiny the last few months because she’s been having eyesight-related headaches), talking a lot, running around, just really enjoying herself.  As I sat here editing some pictures she sat on my lap for a minute and called out, “Mum! There’s a bug!” She pointed to the cursor on the screen.  How many times has she sat in my lap and looked at this screen – but been unable to see the cursor?  Careful, I’m going to start crying soon.

Friends have asked how we figured out she needed them, but it was nothing epic – her eye seemed to turn in a smidge when she was tired, so I called Children’s Hospital and got an appointment with a pediatric opthamologist there (by the way – what an AMAZING specialty — they are such experts at getting a two year old to talk about what she can and can’t see on cards across the room… they’ve just thought of everything (obviously, I guess) – but so impressive).

She’s having such fun discovering her world again.  The details on the side of the pencil she’s using…

Hugging and kissing on her favorite babies…

Concentrating…

Amazed by the beautiful pictures she can draw…

She takes them off once in a while and puts them down, but I’ve been wearing mine more and talking about how they help me to see, and so it’s pretty easy to put them back on her a few minutes later. She really doesn’t seem to mind them.

And haven’t slowed her down a bit.

Next week I’ll tell you the other reason I’m emotional, though – Annie heads off to kindergarten this coming Tuesday. Eek.

David McDaniel - September 2, 2011 - 12:19 pm

You’re right! No cuteness impact at all! Actually, maybe even cuter!

Maybe next time, she’ll not think I’m some scary/blurry over-sized daddy….

Shirley - September 2, 2011 - 12:41 pm

I think the only cuteness impact is that she’s even cuter – who could think that would be possible? just illegal cute now! Yummo. Thanks for sharing these.

Erica - September 2, 2011 - 1:55 pm

Oh my gosh! So adorable!! As a small kid who got glasses, it is so fun to see how much joy she’s taking in it. Thanks for sharing it!

Donna McDaniel - September 2, 2011 - 2:16 pm

Who knew a kid could look even cuter with glasses? And, oh, how much she’s looking like Annie these days (the one without glasses)!

Adelaide - September 2, 2011 - 3:56 pm

Sadie looks SO adorable that glasses seem just a fashion accessory. And—wow!—amazing parental insight to notice something awry with a child’s eyesight.

Kimsoo - September 3, 2011 - 9:34 pm

Thanks for sharing Jess. I’m touched by the process and the whole new world she will discover. Awesome! Love, Kimsoo

There’s just something about two

I made a collage of Annie pictures when she was two – and I look at it framed over my desk almost every day.  I adore two years old.  There’s something magical, hilarious, brilliant, squishy and so lovable about two.

My big girl Annie was a beauty back then (she’s five and a half now) – here’s her collage from 2007:

And now for my Sadie girl’s 2 year old collage. I love you, my sweet.  Thank you for making me laugh every day.

Funniest picture from the Royal Wedding

I had a wonderful (very early) morning with my 5 1/2 year old cuddled in PJs on our couch watching a real live princess get married to a real live prince.  I watched the wedding in 1981 on the floor of our playroom with my mom in our PJs when I was almost six, and in 1952 my mum was six when she watched the Coronation with her mother.  Fun to wonder what will happen with our beloved royals in thirty years that our kids will enjoy.

And I had to share — Matt Dunham filed this photo with the AP this morning, and it’s just the best.  I’m a sucker for kids “ruining” pictures.

Click on the picture to see it bigger on NPR’s website.

Kudos, Matt – LOVE this!

…AND WE HAVE A WINNER!

With 76 comments, we have our winner: hungry, happy Colt, enjoying his mushed carrots.

What a great (virtual) turnout for this contest – thank you so much to everyone who took the time to vote for your favorites and also for promoting the contest to your friends.  It was a lot of fun for me to see so many comments come flowing in over the past few weeks.

Here are the final results – the number of comments appears on the far right of this image in a little comment bubble (see orange arrows):

Colt’s family will receive a custom, hardcover photobook as their prize for winning the Photo/Story contest.  Thanks again, everybody!

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