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Get rid of those shoes – piggy toes are much cuter, always.
Let them play – spontaneous pictures are much more fun than posed ones. You have to take a lot (and put up with a lot of motion blur) before you get something worth keeping, but that’s OK.
Movement and light need to go together – if you’re trying to get a picture of something in motion, make sure there’s lots of light.
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).
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.
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 ;)
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??
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.
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…
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.
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.
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!
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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Thanks for visiting the Photo/Story Contest. Have fun reading the stories and vote for your favorite ones by clicking on the “comments” link here on the blog below the post and entering a quick comment. The photo/story with the most comments posted by 10pm on Thursday, March 31th wins! The winning family will receive a free custom photobook from Boston Baby Photos.
Keep checking back – I’ll be posting submissions as they’re sent to me, so lots more photo/stories to come! Scroll down this page for new entries, I’m posting them below here.
Official Photo/Story Contest Rules for Submissions (entries will be accepted until Monday, March 14th at midnight):
1) The photo you submit has to have been taken by me, Jessica McDaniel
Official Photo/Story Contest Rules for Voting (votes will be accepted until 10pm on Thursday, March 31st):
1) Please be honest and only vote (comment) one time for each photo/story that you like. Feel free to vote for more than one if you’d like to.
I love the pics that Jess took for us and the twins (ed. note – they were just about four weeks old then), because it captures their personality even though they were so little. Everyone including me loves that Katelyn is biting Tyler’s cheek. They were so tiny back then, but still showed lots of facial expression/their feelings, and interaction with us and each other.
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