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BBP 10 Summer Contests – “Dads” Category

And the winner in the Dads category, with 35 votes is…

But the other nine contestants were pretty fantastic, too… (in no particular order)

Thanks to everyone who voted in the ten summer contests!

Come back and vote between now and September 12, 2013 in the Grand Prize Contest on Facebook.

Cathy Patterson - September 4, 2013 - 9:53 pm

Daddy and Daughter are pretty darn cute!!!

The 10 Year Anniversary: Phase 3, The Gallery Show

Wahoo-eee! I am thrilled to announce that the BBP 10th Anniversary Gallery Show to benefit The Jimmy Fund is officially hung at the Wotiz Gallery in the Milton Public Library. I hope you can swing by for the opening reception on Tuesday, August 6th between 4-6pm. Plan to bring the kids! I’ll have juice and cookies for everybody. Or stop by the library to see the show anytime between now and August 29th.

There are 100 photos in the show, and the show is broken into ten thematic categories. If you’re curious to browse through all 100 of the photos from the show, you can do that by using the 10yrs tag, so all the blog posts related to the 10 Year Anniversary will appear for you.  All 100 photos are posted there.

Interested in reading more about the 10 Year Anniversary bonanza/extravaganza stuff I’ve got going on this summer? Here are links to Phase 1 and Phase 2 details.

Without further ado… here’s the Wotiz Gallery – you can see eight of the ten categories when you enter the room this way:

And then if you turn around and look behind you, the final two categories are here:

Don’t forget, I’m still taking donations for The Jimmy Fund. Envelopes to mail checks made out to the Jimmy Fund are in a pile at the show:

A bit of a closer view of the wall to the left:

And here’s the back left corner:

If you’re curious – here’s how I hung the show – there’s nothing adhered to the wall whatsoever.  I got these tall pieces of white trim at Home Depot and had my nice friends there with the big old table saw cut them to size for me, and then wired these pieces of trim up to the S hooks along the picture rail. Cool, eh?

The photos themselves are mounted on Masonite, with ribbons that hang over small screws in white boards:

And here’s the wall to the right:

And here’s the back right corner:

I really hope you’re able to catch the show!

A colorful summer boy

I know, I know, I always blog my b&w pictures – but I always show everybody all their photos in both color and b&w… and sometimes a photoshoot just blows my mind with its color. Usually it happens with older children, when we’ve been outdoors and running… and this 4 year old dude is no exception. I’ve been taking his pictures since he was mere weeks old – can’t believe he’s FOUR!

I love going where families love to go – these guys live in Scituate by the water, so we were able to start at home, play in the sprinkler and around the yard, and then head over to the beach for some quick lighthouse / beach fun pictures. I don’t consider myself a typical beach photographer – we get different kinds of playing pictures at the beach, not so posey… but the blue sky that day (a week or so ago) just made me so happy. I think it did the same for 4 yr old K and his hermit crab friends. Can’t wait to meet your new little one in a few short months!

A girl and her dog

So I normally don’t go captioning my client’s photos too much – I know my brand of humor might not be everybody’s cup of tea.  I think I’m utterly hilarious, of course, but I recognize that the people who have me take their baby and family photos might have had me come do that to use my skills as a photographer, and less as that of a standup comic ;)

But here I am, editing my gorgeous niece J’s 3 month old photos from last weekend, and I can’t help myself. I know my sister and her husband won’t mind if I go to town on some captions for these… and hey, maybe we can even get a little caption contest going over on Facebook, too.

I’ll post them on Facebook too so you all can try captioning them there. I know you want to.

“Mmm. Boob.”

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“Aaaak! I left my phone at the beach!”

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“Check me out.

I have the same eyes as the whale on my shirt.

No joke.

Look again.

Right?”

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“Goo.

Yup, I knew you wanted me to do that because I look all “classic baby” here.

I do what I can for you people.”

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“These ‘put-me-with-the-bunny-to-show-how-fast-I’m-growing’ pix are starting to get old.

They bore me.

You?”

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I got nothin. Seriously nothin. This picture kills me.

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“Daddy, seriously, if we do this every day I’ll be able to fly like Superman?

Rock on.”

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“This is my superspy face. I’m hiding, can’t you tell?”

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“Um… ok.

Sure, ya, you can do that.

I had something on my finger anyway.”

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Again, I have nothing. But look at the thighs. The knuckle dimples. The toes. The BELLY.  Words fail me.

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I am realizing this whole captioning plan is ambitious. I’m not really all that clever.  But doncha like how Jakers (the pup) is standing guard here?___________________________________________________________________________________

Documenting the very first ALMOST roll.  She rolled mere days later. Toldja she would :)

Yup, that was me on the news last night…

If you had the local Channel 5 (WCVB) news on last night around 6pm, you might have seen me on TV. You can click on the image below to go TheBostonChannel.com to watch the segment. I’m such a big fat nerd. But it’s pretty cool that it’s getting some publicity – maybe more parents will consider doing something like it.  That’d be cool.

The 10 Year Anniversary: Phase 2, Ten Summer Contests

Hey there! Happy Summer! Here we are, smack dab in the middle of July, and I’m thinking summer is pretty great. Yes, it’s hot, and yes we New Englanders will always gripe about that… but I’ve got to say (as I’ve just spent the past few hours planning my calendar for the fall busy season) that summer is pretty fantastic. Oh, did I mention my kids are both in camp 9am-4pm all week this week? So relaxing.

I realized it’s high time I put together a blog post about Phase 2 of the BBP 10 Year Anniversary bonanza/extravaganza. The 10 Summer Contests launched on Facebook a few weeks ago, and they’re going really well! If you haven’t voted yet, you should really head over to the Boston Baby Photos Facebook page and do some voting – the pictures are really fun.

I’ve told you before about Phase 1, when I hung 100 photos for the gallery show opening at Steel & Rye last month, but now we’re doing…

If you’re interested in a little more detail about the contests, read on.

The contests will be up on on Facebook from June 16th through September 12th. There are two phases: 1) The 10 Summer Contests, which run from June 16, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and end August 27, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET (“Contest Voting Period”); and the 2) Grand Prize Contest, which runs from August 29, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. ET through September 12, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET (“Grand Prize Voting Period”).

One category will be highlighted each week this summer until all ten contests end at the same time – on August 27th. Share the contests with your friends – anyone with a Facebook account can vote, they just need to “Like” the Boston Baby Photos Facebook page in order to vote. Photos appear for every voter in random order on the contest page. Each person can place one vote in each contest until midnight on August 27th. On August 28th the ten winners will be notified by email, and the Grand Prize contest will begin on August 29, 2013.

The Grand Prize Contest, a final contest occurring after the Ten Summer Contests are finished, places the winners from the Ten Summer Contests into one final contest.  It will run for two weeks, from August 29th-September 12th, and the winner (the photograph receiving the most votes 8/29-9/12) of the Grand Prize Content will receive a gift certificate for an in-home photoshoot, including all the final digital files (JPG files) from that shoot. The in-home photoshoot must take place within 45 miles of Milton, MA.

In the Grand Prize Contest, all previous votes from the summer contests are cleared, and we count only the votes voted August 29th through September 12th towards the Grand Prize total. The Grand Prize winner will be notified by email on September 13, 2013.

The 100 photos you see in the contest have been mounted and will be hung in the Wotiz Gallery at the Milton Public Library for the month of August. (We’re calling the library show “Phase 3″ of the BBP 10 Year Anniversary bonanza/extravaganza.) A opening/fundraising event was held in early June for this gallery show and contest and we raised $3,435 for the Jimmy Fund. The library show’s opening reception will be on Tuesday, August 6th from 4-6pm, or you can see the show by visiting the Milton Public Library anytime they’re open between 8/6/13 and 8/29/13. Contest winners will receive their mounted, single edition photo after the August gallery show is taken down. The other ninety photos will likely be available for purchase in September to benefit the Jimmy Fund, or the show may travel to a few other libraries and venues before the photos become available for purchase.

Twin lovelies

Yikes, correction! When I first posted these pics I mentioned that these two had been in the NICU in the early days of their life and I was completely wrong. (No excuses allowed! But I realized I had just spoken to another family that same week about their twins being in the NICU and I misremembered the conversation.) I’d mentioned that these two sweet little ladies spent time in the NICU, but their mama just (very kindly) corrected me! So correction: these two spent no time in the NICU – I don’t want to confuse anyone.

These lovely twin ladies were three months old in the middle of June when we took these photos, and they couldn’t be more perfect. I am so in love with all their expressions – especially the ones they give each other :)

The 10 Year Anniversary: Phase 1, The Jimmy Fund Benefit Party

Truth – it’s actually September 2013, and my kids are back in school, so I now have time to do a few things that I’ve let fall through the cracks.  One fun one is to blog about the Jimmy Fund Benefit party Evan and I threw to celebrate BBP’s 10 year anniversary back in June.  So I’m backdating this post to put it into my blogging timeline in approximately the right place.  The party was a fundraiser – I hung the 100 photos from the 10th Anniversary Show in the back room at Steel & Rye (see more about how I hung the show itself and more detailed photos of the way it looked at this link).  The show itself was designed to hang in the Milton Public Library (and it did, later in the summer, for the whole month of August), but I wanted to host a gallery opening to raise money for the Jimmy Fund, and Steel & Rye was a great place to do it. Tons and tons of friends and clients joined us, and we raised over $3,500 for the Jimmy Fund.

But here’s the thing – when you’re a photographer, and you daydream about doing that thing… that crowning jewel on the top of a decade of photography, and it involves getting tons of friends gathered in the same room… and it’s just so exciting and amazing and you can’t believe it’s happening… and you’re so excited about the show, the people, the venue, the food, the drinks, you know intellectually that you should document that event… you (at least I) totally don’t plan for it.

And that’s where wonderful friends come in.  I reached out to an old friend from college, Elizabeth Horne (who takes gorgeous photos on the cape if you’re ever looking) just a few days before the event to see if maybe she could help me out by using my camera and snapping a few photos at the party, she did me one better. (I thought I could simplify her life by having her shoot on my camera, cut out the editing step for her…) But then she not only showed up with her own camera and proceeded to document the whole incredible party.

So here’s to friends. The ones who joined me for the party, and especially to Elizabeth. Thanks so much. The party was every dream come true.

Here’s a slideshow of about 40 photos from that evening: