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It’s time for Nursery School photos again

I’m just noticing I forgot to blog the shoot I did for these guys last year. Well here I am, 6 years in, and it’s my last year shooting Ashmont Nursery School photos as a parent. I’ll be back next year to take pictures, but then I’ll just be crazy Jess who makes all the silly noises, not crazy Jess, a.k.a. Sadie’s (or Annie’s) mom. It’s been a great ride, ANS! I can’t really even begin to think how to thank Mary, Kerri and Edna for these years, so I think I’ll wait, I won’t do it now.

Instead, let’s check out a handful of photos from this year’s class of cutie patooties!

Can’t get enough? Click this link to see more nursery school photos, and scroll down down down to see if you can spot some of this year’s kiddos in past years…

 

The 10 Year Anniversary: Phase 3d, TREG Show

Last Friday we hung the 10 Years of Boston Baby Photos show for the penultimate time – this time in Dorchester, at the fabulous offices of The Real Estate Group, near Ashmont T, Flat Black Coffee and Tavolo Restaurant.

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In addition to the 10 Years of BBP show, painter extraordinaire Jennifer Marbury (formerly of Milton/Dorchester, and now living (I am so jealous) in the Bahamas) has shipped some incredible prints that are available for purchase. They’re of gorgeous scenes like this – exactly what we need on these cold New England days.

I hope you’ll hold Sunday, March 23rd from 3-5pm for the wine and cheese reception. The show is in their offices at the Carruth Building, at 1908 Dorchester Ave (you can see Flat Black and the Ashmont MBTA station in the background of the first photo below), and the show will be hanging there until the end of April. Meetcha there!

In case this is the first you’re hearing about the 10 Years of BBP show, you can get more information about it and a catalog of all 100 photos on the blog. We’ve raised $3,610 for The Jimmy Fund so far. On May 1st we’ll hang the show for the last time at the Brookline Library for the month of May. This will close out a year of travels for the show, and on Sunday, June 1st I’ll be hosting a closing reception from 1-3pm in Hunneman Hall upstairs in the Brookline Library (at 361 Washington Street). Families whose photographs are in the show are invited to come to that reception and trade a donation to the Jimmy Fund for their mounted photo from the show. If you’re interested to read all about the show’s travels to various branches of the Boston Public Library this year, you can read everything tagged 10yrs on the blog by clicking here and scrolling down, down, down.

But for now, here’s where the show is happily hanging until the end of April:

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Here’s a sneak peek at the way we hung it in their space:

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Big thanks to the team at The Real Estate Group – they’ve been so welcoming and helpful.

7 photoshoots in as many years

This is the 2nd Retrospective video I’ve made this year – so far, so good. As I mentioned last month when I introduced this project, I’m doing this because I want to celebrate families I’ve come to know over years and years of photoshoots. I’m making one of these a month until I finish everyone who’s asked for one… as of right now my queue of past clients waiting for me to make one of these using the photos I’ve taken over the years of their family stretches into 2016 :). These are so much fun for me. I hope you enjoy them too.

So without further ado… March’s Family Retrospective Video. A little 3 minute video of Jack and his family.

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.

Come to the Ashmont Nursery School Auction

This Saturday, at 6pm at the Carpenter’s Center, our beloved Ashmont Nursery School (the cooperative parent-run nursery school both my girls have adored for the past six years) will hold its annual benefit auction.

If you come, you can bid on my 11am minishoot on April 12th in the Public Garden, plus all the digital files, in addition to loads of other amazing items.

This is my last year as an ANS parent, so as a thank you to the school for all these wonderful years, I’m donating hundreds of marketing photographs I’ve taken at the school in the last few months, and we’ll be running a slideshow of all of them at the auction on Saturday. It’s chock-full of photos like these:

Hope to see you there!

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Six years later

Some families like to have me come back a few times in their baby’s first year, and some families I see just once while their baby is small. Some families like to have me come back year after year to document their families as they grow, and some families wait to call me back until they have a new addition. I’m happy whenever I hear from anyone, of course, but it’s super fun for me to go back and see families I’ve seen before – I love to see how children have grown.

So I was excited when these guys called for a photoshoot with their big boy, T (who’s now SIX, and whom I hadn’t seen since he was 2 months old back in September of 2007), and their little boy, A (who’s just turned one). What fun brothers! Thanks so much for having me, guys, I adored seeing you.

Joe Zec - February 28, 2014 - 8:00 am

Such a beautiful family! Would you adopt me? ;-)

Chuck Staples - February 28, 2014 - 7:24 pm

Hey, there’s a familiar looking bunch! Looking good, guys!

Karin Liu - February 28, 2014 - 10:01 pm

What a beautiful family! Love you guys!

Katy - February 28, 2014 - 11:12 pm

Really wonderful pictures! Just adorable!

Elise - March 1, 2014 - 1:17 am

Absolutely adorable! Love these shots!

Rachel - March 1, 2014 - 9:48 am

I love the pictures! They are awesome! Love u!

Choomsang - March 1, 2014 - 10:56 am

I love the pictures, look like you can step out and talk to me

BILL MAILLOUX - March 1, 2014 - 4:42 pm

Very cute pictures. Kids are growing fast!

Cheng - March 3, 2014 - 11:53 pm

Awesome photos! The kids are adorable. :)

Virat - March 9, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Kids are so cute. Want to hug them

Jack - March 9, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Look like future Mozarts!

Adam - March 10, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Beautiful photos and beautiful family!

SK HO - March 13, 2014 - 10:53 pm

What a lovely family. :-)

Keri - March 15, 2014 - 7:50 pm

Soooo cute! Looks like the brothers get along really well – what beautiful kids!

Justin - March 16, 2014 - 11:11 am

Sooooo cute! Awesome family

Max - March 16, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Thien and Aroon are so cute in the pictures.

John G - March 25, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Hi John & Chris
No. 14 of 14 very nice family pix . I like the black n white shot! Handsome boys

Kristin - April 17, 2014 - 10:39 am

You guys look great! Beautiful family!

RI - May 18, 2014 - 10:31 am

hey Christine, the kids are gorgeous! And I love the pics :-) thank you for sharing with me :-)

George - May 18, 2014 - 10:51 am

Can’t believe how big the kids had grown!! Wonderful pictures.

11 days of sweetness

I adored meeting this little sweet lady a couple of weeks ago. So glad her parents asked me to post a few photos on the blog – these make me so happy. This house was just bursting with 11 days of love :)

Jenn - February 26, 2014 - 5:16 pm

Can’t wait to meet her – she is adorable! Congrats!

John - February 26, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Great photos of a beautiful baby and wonderful family. Congratulations!

julie coughlin - February 26, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Beautiful family! Beautiful photos!!!!

AJ - February 26, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Adorable! Congratulations!

Toby - February 26, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Great photos! Adorable!

Delia - February 26, 2014 - 5:40 pm

Avery is adorable, and the photos are beautiful! The parents are lookin’ pretty good, too!

Bob - February 26, 2014 - 5:53 pm

Karen and Joe – I am honestly thrilled for both of you. And so the long and happy journey (towards Dartmouth?) begins.

Peter "Nonno" Belmonte - February 26, 2014 - 5:57 pm

What stunningly beautiful photos of my new granddaughter and her proud parents. Thank you for sharing these!

Bob "Nonno" Verzone - February 26, 2014 - 6:40 pm

Great selection of photos. Very natural. Beautiful family.

Darlene E Verzone - February 26, 2014 - 7:02 pm

Darlene “Nana” Verzone
Beautiful, wonderful, precious and so special ! I’m so glad I saw these photos today!

Kelly Schick - February 26, 2014 - 8:36 pm

Such wonderful pictures!!! Beautiful.

Lindsay Renzullo - February 26, 2014 - 8:57 pm

LOVE these photos! I am so happy to have such a sweet niece. Joe and Karen I couldn’t be happier for you both:)

Ben Dover - February 26, 2014 - 9:19 pm

Good looking family! Congrats

Ben Dover - February 26, 2014 - 9:21 pm

Good looking family! Happy for you guys.

Andrea Bonham - February 27, 2014 - 8:08 am

absolutely beautiful!

Honey Belmonte - February 27, 2014 - 10:51 am

It’s absolutely amazing how these photographs capture such intimate emotions. Truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing these
moments with us.

Allie Riley - February 28, 2014 - 1:14 pm

She’s amazing!

11 photoshoots in 10 years

Eek! I have an idea and I may be setting myself up to do something way too ambitious… but here goes.

I want to celebrate families I’ve been photographing for years and years. I have a bunch of families who’ve agreed to be highlighted in videos like this on the blog, and my hope is to do one per month.  Let me know if you’d like me to make one of these for your family – right now new families who request one will be seeing it in early 2016, because 2014 and 2015 are already fully scheduled out.

So without further ado… February’s Family Retrospective Video. A little 3 minute video of Kyle, Nolan, Griffin and Ella’s family.

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.

Three munchkins in red

I walked in the door and loved them immediately.  It’s rare that I meet a family for the first time when they’re older – often we start young and continue years and years and years… so when this mama emailed me in November with a completely hilarious message about how she was a surgeon working crazy hours and sure we could never get pictures done in time for the holidays, saying she was sure she was crazy to ever think she could get into my schedule when she only first reached out in mid-November… I felt like it was a challenge.

It was kismet – I’d gotten an email of a cancellation for that very next weekend just an hour or two before, and the message made me belly laugh when I got it – I had to meet them. And then, of course, when I walked in the door – I adored them immediately.  I felt like they were one of my beloved returning families I’d known forever.  They were fabulous, awesome – and the mama was sheepish about the all-red outfits.  But you know what? So what! It looked festive as all get-out. How often do you get to dress your kids up and make them all look alike? They grow up so fast – may as well do this stuff while we can, right?

So here I am again, showing you photos on the blog in color.  You guys have heard it before – I love b&w, and especially when it comes to indoor pictures, I really think b&w looks gorgeous and perfect and gentle and I love the way the light is… but then these guys dress all in red and I just have to blog them in color.  Because, come on now. Check them out.

Right? Adorbs.

PJM - December 18, 2013 - 9:31 pm

These 3 adorable munchkins in red are my niece and nephews! You must be a miracle worker Jessica, because somehow you got them all to smile at the same time, and you captured their unique personalities in the photos. I live in another country but it’s great to see the kids captured in such sweet moments together. Thanks for sharing your work and talents on this blog!
PJM

Beth Rousseau - December 19, 2013 - 7:40 am

Jessica – how did you do it? I had the misfortune of moving away from this awesome family four years ago, and looking at these pictures I get the full intensity of their incredible, unique personalities gifted to me long distance. Now I’m all verklempt. In a really good way.

charlotte fiorentino - December 19, 2013 - 11:08 am

love love your work, Jessica. I look forward to seeing the photos every year

Sharon - December 19, 2013 - 1:11 pm

Wow, great job! Love the family photo in front of fireplace!

KM - December 20, 2013 - 8:52 pm

Terrific photos! I hope to see these three very soon and you have captured each of them in a quiet and powerful way. Great work!

GregT. - December 22, 2013 - 4:43 pm

Such cute kids! Really smart to get great professional pics done.

Emily - December 22, 2013 - 5:57 pm

I can’t believe how big the kids have gotten! The photos are amazing- I can really feel the energy and love transmitted through the photos- great stuff!!

Christine - December 22, 2013 - 7:03 pm

Wow – amazing. Where did you find the time and they look so relaxed and happy. It makes you want to have little ones again. Amazing how you get everything done. Beautiful photos!

Janet - December 30, 2013 - 7:49 am

I cannot believe how big your babies are getting!! What a beautiful family. Hope you enjoy the Holiday Season…still miss you!!!

Clara - January 1, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Love the photos especially the group family photo.

A sweet little brother joined the team

I got to meet this little guy in the middle of November, when he was just two weeks old.  His big brothers love him so much – they’re so gentle and sweet with him.

Oh, and this Santa hat just kills me :)

stephanie foster - December 18, 2013 - 8:42 am

Hey little Santa, I swear I’ve been good this year! Awesome pics. Love the leaves. Looks like skipping chores paid off!

Fall Public Garden Minishoot #19

This fall I had two Public Garden Minishoot days – one at the end of September, and one at the end of October. During those two shoot days I met about twenty families for quickie 20 minute photoshoots, and lucked out with incredible weather days both days. To streamline my process this fall, I decided to only blog people who specifically asked me to – so that’s why I’m skipping right to minishoot #19 here :)

More info about Minishoot days (and getting on the “contact me first” list for the spring minishoots) is here.

I loved seeing these three handsome boys again this fall – and had to show you these in color, because the Public Garden’s color is always gorgeous…

Tim - November 25, 2013 - 9:24 pm

Love the shot of the 3 on the bench!

Amy Diemer - November 25, 2013 - 9:40 pm

Great shots! You have really captured the spirit of these boys and their parents. They look like a bundle of energy and joy! Your pictures say a thousand words!

Patricia Conway - November 25, 2013 - 10:26 pm

Gorgeous boys. Especially happy parents

Patricia Conway - November 25, 2013 - 10:29 pm

JOY

Ann Coughlin - November 26, 2013 - 12:15 am

Such a beautiful family! Their love for one another is so evident is these wonderful photos.

Sally - November 26, 2013 - 7:01 am

Oh what fun it is to be us!!!

Ellen - November 26, 2013 - 7:16 am

Love! I can almost hear them giggling as I look at these. Fabulous shots, fabulous family.

Patty Fee - November 26, 2013 - 7:29 am

Another day in Murphy Land! Smiles, giggles, mischief brother-love. I love the pic of Mom and Dad – two seconds of their own:)

Betsy Ziegler - November 26, 2013 - 8:02 am

Beautiful family! Love all these pictures!

debra otway - November 26, 2013 - 8:19 am

these boys are precious…love the bench with all three amigos!!!

Peter - November 26, 2013 - 9:20 am

Great photos handsome kids…just like their grandfather. Da

Allyson - November 26, 2013 - 2:18 pm

Unbelievable pictures! I love the family shot.

diane long - November 26, 2013 - 8:48 pm

Though I enjoyed the photo posted, I think the picture in the leaves with the middle child eating the leaves is so honest and free in the fall season. Each photo was great and I love FAMILY photos, but sometimes it’s just nice to see innocence

kevin long - November 26, 2013 - 8:58 pm

I’m the Godfather to the youngest, so I think that the single pictures of each boy, represents such a unique photo of the ‘man’ within. With that said, seeing the family photo, makes me realize that the spontaneity of happiness is quite evident in the group picture. Innocence is captured; love is captured. Great shoot!

Betty - December 4, 2013 - 6:03 pm

Darling!

Deb - December 4, 2013 - 6:05 pm

Jess – you did it again. 3rd year running and you continue to capture the personalities of the little guys. Thank you for your patience and silliness. You do an amazing job.

The twins turn one

Ruh-roh. Sorry. I hate it when this happens.

I overshot these two gorgeous girls a few weeks ago, just a couple of days shy of their first birthday. I kid (a little), because I guess no parent thinks there’s any such thing as too many photos of their children, but I do think it makes it really hard on the parents when there are too many photos to consider. I tried, I swear I tried, but I couldn’t cut the gallery down below 93 final images. Crazy! I usually deliver families 50-75 finished (what I’d consider “frame-worthy”) images at the end of a shoot, and that can even be overwhelming, I know.  And then when a family asks me to make them a blog post, I like to pick my favorite ten or so pictures for the blog and Facebook.  But now, here I was looking at these photos and I had the same problem I know parents have – I couldn’t cut my own list of favorites down.

So here goes, my favorite 18 photos from the first year photoshoot with these two incredible little ladies…

P.S. I know exactly what happened, by the way, in case anyone is curious. I was allowed to keep shooting! These guys got fussy towards the end of the shoot and needed a snack, so they got in their high chairs (adorable – so many chances for pictures) and then finished up, after that, with standing by a big beautiful window smooshing Cheerios into their mouths. Of course I had to keep taking pictures – those wrists? Those fat ankles? I mean, come on. You can’t blame me…

Three boys enjoying some leaves

Gotta say I kind of LOVE it when this…

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Devolves (or “evolves”?) into this:

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Or when this:

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Settles into something sweet like this:

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See, I just adore these three. Every time I see them, their energy is infectious:

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So, even though sometimes they land here:

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That’s cool, because that up there is just as much them as this is:

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Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful to see you guys – as always.

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Yaaaaaa!

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Fall Public Garden Minishoot #15

These guys ran and zipped and played around the Public Garden for their 20 minute minishoot in October. Just getting a chance to blog it now!

 

 

Michelle Wall - January 15, 2014 - 5:45 pm

Thx again Jess! Impressed by how many good pics in such a short time!!

Tricia - January 16, 2014 - 12:20 pm

These are so great!