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Artists’ Round Table at Brookline Library

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!

nancy - May 5, 2014 - 10:09 pm

Right back at ya, Jessica…The added bonus was being in a room surrounded by your beautiful photographs… babies and family and dogs and love…. Great all the way around!

The 10 Year Anniversary: (Final) Phase 3e – The Brookline Public Library Show

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).

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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:

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The exhibit is on display upstairs in Hunneman Hall, which is a beautiful, enormous room used by the library for gatherings and events:

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Upon entering the hall, you see six of the ten categories straight ahead:

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And then if you turn around, the other four categories are hung on the facing wall.

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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:

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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.

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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!!

 

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Fuzzy-headed freedom baby

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.

 

Open heart surgery conquered!

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!

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!

Every November for nine years

This is #3 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 Finley, Lachlan and Imogen’s family with photos from the last nine Novembers:

(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.)

Look who’s one!

I adored getting to see this guy for his third Baby’s First Year photoshoot last week. Can’t believe he’s one. His mamas have just the best time with him, and boy, does he have walking skeels. Also an undying love of avocados. Words don’t do this amazing little person justice. Gonna have to let the pictures tell the story here.

Oh, and Whose Toes Are Those?

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!