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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
2) The photo you submit has to have been taken at an in-home photoshoot or Public Garden mini-shoot. This means studio-style photos Jess does for some nursery schools aren’t eligible, I’m sorry.
3) The photo you submit has to be black and white
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.
2) You are welcome to vote for your own post. Just once, though :)
3) I will be moderating the comments/votes that come through, so there may be a delay before your vote appears on the blog. I realize it will be possible for one person to “stuff the ballot box” by commenting many times on one post, but don’t do that — we’re all friends here. Let’s be fair, OK?
4) Have fun!
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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Our family has been through so much in Jack’s four years. I love this picture so much because it inspires me to believe that anything is possible, and makes me proud to be the parent of such a special child. There were times that we were told Jack may not make it through the night or to his next birthday, but we never gave up hope. This picture to me symbolizes how far we’ve come and that we have to remember that life is a journey that you take one step at a time.
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The series of pictures that Jess took in this chair stood out to me more than any of the others – because of the chair. You see, this chair is about 25-30 years old, and it is covered in crazy bright turquoise and purple flowers – it’s not a subtle chair. The chair is a hand me down that I got from my grandmother’s house, when I was 22, and trying to furnish my first apartment after college on as little money as possible. There actually were 2 chairs at one point, 2 twins that demanded attention in any kind of decor, and did not fit with the subtle Pottery Barn looks that are trendy today – true relics from the bright, flower child days of the early 70′s. I have no idea where chair number 2 was lost along the journey of the last 17 years of my life. Chair number 1 is now in our playroom, a comfy place for mom or dad to hang out while the boys play with legos and trucks and use action figures to wage imaginary battles.
The thing is, the chair has never made it into any family pictures we have because it’s, well, really really loud. Untili now. Jess used the black and white medium to take a wonderful series of shots in this chair. I love them, because the chair reminds me of my grandmother so much. The brightness and cheeriness of the perfectly sewn slipcovers she made – that covered up its original sensible beige with turquoise and purple (purple was her favorite color).
The thing is my grandmother never got to meet her 3 wonderful great-grandsons. But when I look at this picture, I see traces of her in each of their faces, especially the baby in his wide, deep, eyes. And somehow, in this picture, her chair seems to envelop them, wrapping its arms around them, snuggling them in tight as they sit on its lap. The picture represents a wonderful image to me – my grandmother giving each one of the boys she never met a big, warm, bright, cheery, hug. Because I know she’d love them with all her heart.
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This photo was taken just six weeks before my bilateral mastectomy, a surgery to free me from the worries of a high risk of cancer. This is one of my favorite photos of our family because it captures all of us in a rare moment of shared joy! We get so caught up in our busy 24/7 lives that we don’t often, as a family, make time to just enjoy the simple things: a sunny day, an afternoon together in the park, and a beautiful person (Jess) to capture these moments. This photo, when I see it now, reminds to me take hold of life’s little laughter, spirit, and friendship. And, it reminds me of the steps we’ve taken as a family to live a longer, healthier, happier life together.
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Jessica loved this photo – from Georgianna’s perfect curl and little kiss, to Beatrix’s tiny baby face – but at first, I wasn’t so sure. It does seem to perfectly capture sisterly love. But when I first saw it, back when Beatrix was only about two months old, I only saw what I was experiencing at the time: Georgie’s ambivalence towards her real life baby doll… sometimes loving, sometimes aggressive. So I went away from the photo for a little while. Now that Georgie has adapted, and Beatrix is old enough to fight back a little, I have the photo prominently displayed in our family room. I love looking at my two beautiful girls. Where I once saw anger, I now see fun and laughter. Where I once felt exhausted, I now feel optimistic. Georgie and Beatrix will always have their ups and downs, but they are lucky to join a long family tradition of strong sister relationships, and that makes me so happy. Thanks, Jessica, for showing me what I couldn’t see right away!
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Daniel is our last baby, and I treasure this photo because it perfectly captures the kind of moment we never want to forget.
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Jess always captures the most magical moments. I love watching her photograph my girls, and they love her as well- they welcome any chance they get to be silly. I love this picture for obvious reasons- two sisters, hand in hand, soaring through the air! So simple, yet it captures them perfectly. I knew when I saw this one that it was special. Thanks Jess!
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I love this picture for a few reasons. First of all, it’s a picture of ALL of us (smiling!) – which doesn’t happen all that often! Also, I feel like it really captures the happiness, silliness and togetherness of our big family. I love seeing us cuddling and laughing with all of our girls, the biggest ones and the littlest ones. This picture is a reminder of how very lucky we are. :)
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This photo makes me smile inside and out for so many reasons. The very adorable dimpled hands, the lovely long eyelashes and the cutest button nose. But most of all, it represents Colt’s huge love affair and passion for FOOD. From Day 1, Colt enjoyed eating and his introduction to solid foods were no different. He likes the taste, the feel, the smell, the whole sensory experience. This picture captures my delicious boy and I am so excited to have it to commemorate this special time.
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I love this picture mostly because Jess took an identical one of my 2.5 year old 2 two years before and I get to see how similar my girls are but at the same time I can really notice their individuality. These pictures are priceless to me, time goes by too fast and in an instant they are crawling and then walking and this little pudgy stage is over…
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All sold out! After last week’s email blast to my newsletter subscribers, I sold out the Public Garden mini-shoot day’s 13 sessions. But… with little kids involved, I do need to plan for cancellations, so please let me know if you’d like to be added to the waiting list. Email jess (at) bostonbabyphotos (dot) com.
Sessions are $250 for a 20 minutes of fun running around the Boston Public Garden. The raindates are the next day, Sunday the 3rd, or if the whole weekend is a washout we’ll do it a few weeks later, on 4/30.
Someone asked me the other day about what comes with a mini-shoot. There aren’t any JPGs or prints included in this day of shooting, but you can order those after the fact for $60 for the first one or $35 or each additional one. Or you can just get individual prints or photobooks… all my product pricing is here.
The whole CD of all the high-res images from the mini-shoot is $375. The good thing about my Public Garden shoot days is that they’re a lot less expensive than having me come to your home… that’s around $400+ for the shoot and $600 for the high-res files.