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Public Garden Spring Minishoot #1

Woo-hoo! We did it, guys, we made it through Boston’s ridiculousness yet again. Well done, peeps. And as a prize for all of us, we got yesterday and Saturday’s weather. Yay!

Saturday was divine in the Public Garden for my first of two minishoot days this spring. (More info about joining me for the May 9th one is at this link.) These guys started me off with a bang for the 9am session. I loved seeing them so much. Had to show you the color shots in the blog today because I need some color in my day, and the sun was just so delicious and bright for us. Not to mention I’m just so excited that we’re back to doing outdoor photos with something other than white in the background.

I’ve been photographing these two since they were mere babes. Taller every year, I tell ya!

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Oh baby B, we love you!

Twenty-hmm-hmm years ago the Conn College housing office placed me in a room with this little beauty’s mama, and after a summer phone call and a few snail mail letters to figure out who was bringing the mini-fridge, we were off and running. I’ll skip the details of the last twenty-hmm-hmm years for little B’s benefit, but suffice it to say we’ve had our fair share of adventures. And now you guys are starting a new one!

Welcome to the world, sweet 2 1/2 week old B! I adored meeting you this week and I can’t wait to see you again soon. Look at this little fair-haired love.

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She has extraordinarily fun parents – things are only going to get more awesome, kiddo. Just wait. Sleeping through the night? I highly recommend it. You should try it.

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Finger toes!

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Wait for it… wait for it… and YES! Doesn’t this expression just kill you? And the dimple? Come on now.

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They’re already having a blast with this little lady.

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I love this one. Neck wrinkles. Yum.

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Ms. B needed her sponge bath – she didn’t mind it a bit. Dad’s a pro.

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But really the bath was all about getting a photo in the elephant towel. Because — elephant towel.

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Those eyes :)

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I’ve developed an unhealthy obsession with this photo of B’s back-of-the-head hair. That spot is just so delicious!

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And one more to make you smile. You’re perfect and amazing, sweet B. I adored meeting you.

xox Auntie Jess

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maeve - April 13, 2015 - 2:34 pm

These are so great, Jess! I can’t get over the “frog face” one. I want to stare at it all day long.

Bridey - April 13, 2015 - 4:36 pm

Great photos! And she is so new in these first photos!

Nursery School photo day amazingness

It’s that time of year! This was my 7th annual school photo day at the fabulous Ashmont Nursery School, and it was divine, as always. Of course, the truth is that it’s now June 1st and I’m finally just taking the time to blog this session (which we shot back in early April), but that fits right into the weird schedule we had this year… would you believe we started out planning to do this photoshoot on January 27th? And it took until the first week of April before the snow melted enough for me to park for the day close enough to ANS to do the school photo day? Of course you believe it. We all lived through this insane winter.

But I digress. I should get back to the cuteness that we had at ANS for their school photo day. And before I get into it, I should link over to the page of information about having me come do this at any Nursery School in the greater Boston area – don’t hesitate to reach out if you want me to come do this at your school. I usually do them in January-March, and would love to add more schools into my calendar. It’s free to the school to have me come do it, and parents only pay if they like the photos. Here’s all the information.

Bring on the siblings! That’s the best part :)

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And then sometimes there’s one or two kiddos who were sick on picture day. So of course I want to come back to grab a few shots of those kiddos and THEIR siblings… but this year I couldn’t bear to lug the backdrop and the lights back to school a second day… so no backdrops for these ones :)

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Wonderful to see you all and spend the day with you! Thanks so much for having me :)

xo jess

Look who’s two

I blinked, and two years flew by. Guess who has a birthday this Friday? One truly incredible little person (aka my fabulous niece)!

See? Two.

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Kinda the best part of a two year old photoshoot is the tantrum. It’s my TURN with the bubble wand, guys!

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And now I will FLING it at you and get you all wet.

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Aaaaand scene.

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And one more tantrum for good measure. This one because she was asked to share her trains. The horror. Mean parents.

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And of course, a little sit down strike when cleaning was requested…

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But then she acquiesced. What a helpful little person.

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Happy birthday, sweet girl!

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Eleven photoshoots in ten years

This is #14 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). And I’ll freely admit it – I’m five months late with this one. I promised them this one in March and I’m really posting it in August but I’m back-dating it. Hoping to do a bunch of these videos this August so I can catch up a bit. Thanks so much for your patience, guys!

The gorgeous mama in these photos was my last boss in the real world – before I left and became a photographer full-time. She hired me for photos a decade ago, and I’m honored to say they’ve had me come back for photos every year since. We started doing photos when Lizzi was three and Will was one – and it’s been such fun touching base and watching them grow since then.

And without further ado, here’s a 5 minute video of Lizzi and Will’s family with photos from eleven photoshoots over the last ten 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.)

It’s maternity and newborn photos time of year!

So if you’re reading this blog from somewhere other than Boston, you may not be feeling the way we’re feeling about the last few months, but suffice it to say, we Bostonians are DONE with winter. Time to melt, snow. Time to get back to real life, where we go outside and say hi to each other. Where the kids can run around outside on the grass. Show us the grass! We miss the grass.

Although I do recognize that this no-one-running-around-outside thing happens every year over here in BBP-land – and I have to admit I adore it. It’s crazy nutso busy from September 1st through December, and then the holidays happen, and there’s this stillness in the air. It’s quiet in my little office. I turn on the space heater under my desk, I wrap up in scarves and sweaters and I get stuff DONE. In the fall I’m taking photos for 5-6 families a week, and when I dedicate a day to editing each family’s photos, you can see how there’s not much time to do other things related to the business during the fall. Now in January-March, I’m taking pictures for one or two families a week – and it’s divine! I get to just sit here, cozy in my little office, thinking about how to improve and change this year.

Oh, so who calls me for photos in Boston in January-March, you ask? It’s mostly people expecting a baby. :) You guys know I love that. So I get to spend these few months taking indoor warm cozy pictures of mamas waiting for babies to be born and then taking pictures of those babies after they’re born. And what’s better than bellies and teenie babies?

So without further ado, I thought I’d show you some fun ones I got to do in February with Kristen and Dan. First, about a month ago we did ridiculously fun maternity photos in their gorgeous home with amazing windows and light…

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Isn’t this the most stylish mirror ever? This was in Kristen’s super cool dressing room with windows all around…

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And then a week or so later, little T joined their family. Here she is at just ten days old, gracing us with a little grin:

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It was wonderful getting to know you guys! Thank you so much for having me out for photos. Nothing beats this, truly.

Nine photoshoots in eight years

This is #13 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 guys eight years ago when Anna was only 15 months old and Anthony was a teenie little 3 month old. Sam was only a twinkle in his parents’ eyes! I’ve been back eight times since then, and we’ve had such fun documenting summer splashing, fall running and winter cuddling with these guys.

And without further ado, here’s a 5 minute video of Anna, Anthony and Sam’s family with photos from nine 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.)

 

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.

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Really fun to see you guys as always!

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Nine photoshoots in nine years

This is #12 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 first visited these guys back in 2006 when the girls were just 3 years old and 4 months old. It’s been wonderful watching them grow over the last decade.

And without further ado, here’s a 4 minute video of Ava, Rowan and Braiden’s family with photos from nine photoshoots over the last nine 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.)

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.

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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!

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