Weather’s warming up, kiddos are finishing school – methinks it’s time to do my summer thang – delete Facebook and email from my phone until Labor Day. Anybody else up for it? I know it’s not for everyone, but if you can do something like it, I highly recommend it. Even for a week when you’re on vacation or something. I swear it is the most refreshing thing in the world. Eventually my phone doesn’t even interest me anymore. (Then September 1st rolls around and the old habits come rushing back, of course.)
(This is that thing that’s gotten me some press over the years… The New York Times‘ Motherlode blog two summers ago and then that interview with WCVB Channel 5 last summer…)
I’ll be checking email pretty much every other day, but if you need more more quickly, don’t hesitate to call or text me on my cellphone: 617-501-6078.
You may have noticed an air of sadness in faces around Boston this week. That’s because five amazing people are leaving on Saturday, headed to their next adventure. They’ve graced Dorchester with their kindness, their energy, their love and their smiles for many years now, and it’s time for them to move on to the next big thing.
I didn’t blog many (any?) of my spring minishoots this year – (I’ve been working on – eek, coming soon! – a redesign of the BBP website and it’s been gobbling up my blogging time), but these guys met me in the Public Garden in late May for photos, and I adored running around and playing with them there. I normally blog in b&w (and always provide everyone all their photos in both b&w and color), but this shoot needed to be blogged in color. I’m sure you can see why. These five were just bursting with COLOR.
We love you! Y’all come back now, you hear?
Big hugs, guys.
You know, the thing is, if you’re 15 months old, and you have a tutu, there’s really no reason not to wear it. These ladies were on the same page about it. And I did what I always do with one year old twins – I took too many pictures and adore all of them way too much. The expressions on these girls’ faces were just fantastic, moment to moment.
Thank you for having me visit three times this year! I love Baby’s First Year packages, because I really get to know these little ones as they grow. It sure doesn’t feel like it’s been a year, that’s for sure. Happy Birthday (a little late) girlies!
These guys booked a minishoot this spring but then had some schedule conflicts (I actually can’t even remember what happened – I feel like maybe there was a kiddo illness in there, or some yucky weather event… it’s all a blur this time of year) but as we tried and tried to reschedule it became clear that it’d make lots of sense to upgrade to an in home shoot instead.
So I was thrilled to join them at their home this past weekend for the final pictures at their Massachusetts home — they’re moving momentarily to Wisconsin! The movers were coming just two days after we did this shoot (what a mellow mama to let us do pictures in the house mere days before they packed everything! I’d be so stressed out…) and it was so much fun to go with the kids to their rooms to play a bit and document their favorite places and spaces and things.
I am always in love with a good, juicy dog licking picture:
And not to be outdone – a perfect kitty smooch picture:
Mustaches made of sister hair, of course:
Shooting hoops in the bedroom…
J is an amazing gymnast; she showed me so many tricks:
Boy’s best friend begging to join the outdoor fun:
And of course, last but not least, the requisite cheesehead shots :)
Just wonderful to see you guys! Have a fantastic move, best of luck with everything :)
Look at these eyes, don’t you just love them? This little guy was 13 days old the other day when I came over for some pictures, and he was just a dream.
And I have to admit I always love a newborn smile – this one was perfection.
A champion head-holder-upper already!
What a fun photoshoot – we exhausted him! Thanks so much for having me, it was wonderful meeting you all.
Rules are made to be broken, isn’t that what they say? Well, when my fabulous contractor Dennis DeMello asked me last year if I ever did weddings, my first answer was (as it always is), “No, but I can refer you to some great people…”
But then I got thinking about creative challenges, about the fact that I spend my days capturing emotion in families, and a wedding is just a big pile of emotions, so actually a wedding is a lot like a baby photoshoot, just longer, (um… note to self: 8x longer) and with less crying (um… I guess there’s crying at weddings too, so scratch that). But anyway, I called him back, and we talked… and here it is, a year later and just the other day his wonderful daughter Jen married the amazing Matt… and… I took pictures for them.
Disclaimer: in case you’re wondering, I’m still only in the baby photo business. No weddings. My trigger finger was TIRED after this one. That and my editing workflow doesn’t allow me to do more of these. I shoot about 160-180 family photoshoots every year, and in order to keep my turnaround time tight for those clients, I normally say no to weddings when I’m asked. But you’re looking for a wedding photographer, call the fabulous Sara of Simply Sublime Weddings who was my second shooter for this wedding (her photos are all watermarked with her logo below), or if Sara’s not available, ask me, I have lots of other friends who do gorgeous wedding work.
But enough about me – on to this fantastic couple. I met Jen at the Ames Hotel, where she was getting ready. She wore Vera, and I just loved the custom Mrs. Walsh hanger :)
While I was upstairs with the ladies, Sara went downstairs and met up with Matt and his groomsmen, as Matt waited for his Jen.
And look who surprised the bride and groom during their first look? Only the coolest Converse-wearing three year old ring bearer ever.
Next stop was Post Office Square for our formal photos, and Matt booked a trolley for the whole bridal party to zip around town in – it was fantastic.
Then we got to wander around Post Office Square while the trolley went back to pick up the rest of the Bridal Party. Matt pointed out to Jen that the two little girls in this next top middle picture were looking over at her, and said he thought Jen waving to them was like them getting a wave from a real live princess. And yes, those are sweet little Jimmy Choo’s peeking out from under Jen’s dress.
And then we hopped back on the trolley for the drive to the church. The trolley had great music playing – everybody sang along.
The Cathedral of the Holy Cross is extraordinary. Just mind-blowingly gorgeous.
After the ceremony, the Bridal Party hopped back in the trolley and headed over to the State Room – what a gorgeous space that is! And I do love this shot as they got out of the trolley to go inside the State Room with the old State House in the background — Jen and Matt look so happy.
The tables looked elegant and the flowers were to die for… (not to mention the view)
Cocktail hour was relaxed and fun…
And when it came time to introduce the Bridal Party and the Bride and Groom, everybody had a little fun with it.
After Jen and Matt’s first dance, more fun was had by all (dancing pictures are coming, I promise), and everyone got to eat the amazing dinner. And then we had the toasts.
Which led right into the father/daughter dance, and then the mother/son dance. Not a dry eye in the house.
Then they opened up the dance floor, and everybody got out there and had a great time.
If you were a guest at the wedding and you’re interested in prints or want to download any of any of these photos, you can get to them here.
And then I’ll add all the photos from the wedding to that same gallery by early August!
Ceremony: Cathedral of the Holy Cross
Reception: The State Room
Flowers: Cedar Grove
Hair: Jennifer Picanco & Anna Sousa
Makeup: Lauren Vancheri
DJ: Northern Lights Entertainment
I am so honored to have been able to document this little guy at six months old. His parents got a photoshoot gift certificate from dad’s sister when mama was still pregnant, and they decided to wait and do the shoot at six months. What a fun age!
This little guy just loved his toes:
And his rice cereal :)
And look at those twinkling eyes and that smile!
He just loves his daddy…
And mama kisses are perfect, always.
Even Chase, their first baby, did a little posing.
Just love Chase in the back of this one.
And a headshot for Mr. C in case he ever needs to do any modeling…
There’s something so quiet and sweet about this profile one.
Aunt Meg, giver of photoshoots and cuddles :)
And when tiredness (or was it an incoming tooth?) overtook him, a quiet moment with mama helped.
I just adored seeing you guys and meeting J – he’s just amazing! xo
Do you believe it? I was wondering if we could hit $5,000 and you guys just kept sending checks! We raised $6,106 for The Jimmy Fund, and I’m just a puddle. I am overwhelmed with gratitude… love… I’m just bowled over by your generosity. Thank you.
I made a trifold brochure that outlines all the pieces of the 10 Years of BBP fundraiser and gallery show, and you can either ask me for one when you see me or you can download the PDF here. There’s also an outline of everything we did this year on this page of the blog.
Thanks for coming on this journey with me – it was quite a ride. And I really, honestly couldn’t have done it without Evan, Meghan and Maggie. You guys made it all happen.
And Annie, thanks for your help today. You and your sister make me proud every day.
This is #4 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 to the previous posts.
And without further ado, here’s a 3 minute video of Jack, Andrew and Jamie’s family with photos from six photoshoots over the last seven 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.)
Tonight I joined four wonderful artists in a round table discussion at the Main Brookline Library (where the BBP show is hung through June 1st) and my head is still spinning thinking of the fantastic conversation. The topics we discussed included managing a career as an artist; social media, technology and art: a changing landscape; and art for sale vs. art for art.
The questions from the audience were great as well – I’m so energized! I’m googling like crazy looking at all the websites of these artists – I loved what they had to say, which makes me already a fan of their respective works.
You’ll find links to their websites below.
From left to right on the panel we had:
Jon Amburg – is a Boston-based photographer and painter who works in a studio at the Boston Center for the Arts. “I believe that art is a vessel to our spirituality; a transport, something that flows through us, and also something that contains us. My paintings, photographs, and mixed media projects derive from many sources including memory and meditation. The process is a journey inward. I am interested in spatial relationships, and also in the intimate (and innate) relationship that we have with colors and forms that arouse us emotionally. My art is about re-visions and layers and absences.”
Then that’s me in the reeeeeally bright blue shirt.
Then the next seat was Robert Baart – he is currently exhibiting his collection of 19th & early 20th century artist materials at the Main Library. Robert is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He recently retired after teaching at the Museum School for thirty-five years. He is an observer of nature and the landscape. His paintings hover between realism and abstraction and embody a language of color, texture, light, and atmosphere. His work is in numerous private and corporate collections both in the US and abroad.
And then next we had our wonderful moderator, Gillian Jackson, who’s the administrator for the Brookline Commission for the Arts. Then next we had Nancy Marks, who is a Boston-based artist who has been making art for over 20 years: first through paper-making and then as a printmaker and a painter. Her current mixed media exhibit “The Intimacy of Memory” is on view at the Beverly J. Tassinari Gallery at Newbury College in Brookline through May 15. Nancy is founder of Swing Dog Arts, an expressive arts and healing practice.
And last but not least, on the far right of the stage, we had Ruth Ginsberg-Place, a Boston-based photographer, printmaker and book artist, who produces color photographs, woodcuts and monotypes. Her subjects are water reflections, shadows, arboretums and plants, and she works in a studio at the Boston Center for the Arts. After receiving her MFA from Syracuse University she held a tenured teaching position in the Art Department of Southern Illinois University. More recently she has taught at Wheelock College and Wentworth Institute. She is a member of EES Arts, a cooperative printmaking studio, The Monotype Guild of New England, Boston Book Arts and Zea Mays Printmaking Studio.
I was so honored to have been included, thank you to Julie Falsioni at the Brookline Library for the idea and all the legwork and then also to Gillian Jackson for making it happen.
What a fun evening!
What a year! If you’re visiting this page to learn about the 10 Years of Boston Baby Photos anniversary show, there’s an overview posted here.
Today we hung the show in its final library: The Brookline Public Library (in the Main Branch at 361 Washington Street). It’ll be there all month. A great time to see it would be at the Artists’ Round Table this coming Monday, May 5th from 6:30-8:15pm (more info is at this link).
And then you’re also all invited to the closing reception at the Library on Sunday, June 1st from 1-3pm. That afternoon we’ll be joined by a representative from The Jimmy Fund, and we’ll be presenting them with a “big check” from all of us. I really hope you can be there.
In case you aren’t able to stop by, I thought I’d share a few photos from today.
The library itself is gorgeous:
The exhibit is on display upstairs in Hunneman Hall, which is a beautiful, enormous room used by the library for gatherings and events:
Upon entering the hall, you see six of the ten categories straight ahead:
And then if you turn around, the other four categories are hung on the facing wall.
It was such a pleasure to hang the show using pins instead of on those tall white boards we’ve been using all year – it looks so clean and crisp to me! Here’s a closeup of the pins:
The hall itself is just such a pretty spot – I love the floor, and I’m a sucker for the high ceiling and beautiful light. Can’t wait to celebrate the end of this incredible year on June 1st at the closing reception.
And, as always, I’m still collecting donations for the Jimmy Fund on a table at the show. The families whose photos are in the show are sending donations now in trade for their mounted photos – I can’t wait to see how much more we raise!
We’re at $3,955 as of yesterday’s visit to the P.O. Box.
To have the checks counted in our “big check” we’re giving at the June 1st event, mail donation checks made out to “The Jimmy Fund” before May 15th to:
Boston Baby Photos
P.O. Box 870144
Milton Village, MA 02187
And if you’re sending the donation as a trade for your family’s photo in the show, and can’t come on June 1st to pick up your photo, it’d be great if you could include a $10 check made out to Boston Baby Photos to cover the cost of shipping.
Keep those checks coming!!
This guy has had his fair share of time in the hospital these first six months of his life, but he didn’t even mention it in our photoshoot. He was an absolute dream. His parents call him Freedom Baby, and he’s exactly that these days: free to just wiggle around and be a big six month old boy! Look at those great strong legs :)
He was just absolutely fantastic.
I was so thrilled to go back and see this wonderful cutie pie last week. You’d never believe this guy had open heart surgery just nine weeks before this photoshoot. I mean, he’s amazing! He’s a complete hero, and also an absolutely gorgeous, bouncing, happy-as-can-be six month old guy. Here he is, in all his fun-loving, six month old glory!
One year ago today I had the most amazing experience of my life: I got to be in the room with my baby sister and her fabulous husband while she pushed a person into the world. And what a person. Words are not really my thing – I never feel like I’m telling a story right, like I’m doing it justice. (Pictures, as you might guess, are more my thing.) Suffice it to say the addition of this person into my life, my kids’ lives, our family’s life – it’s been the best thing I could ever imagine. Welcome to ONE, little sweet girl.
She’s off and running.
Oh, but wait, the eyelashes?? Check ‘em out. Insanity.
Hunkered down with Arkansan Daddy in the homeland:
Pondering the Pacific.
xoxox and many MOOOOORRRRE!