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.
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 :)
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.
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.
Big brother B is two years old and little brother E is five months old – don’t you love it when brothers give squeezes?
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 :)
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…
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…
Gotta say I kind of LOVE it when this…
Devolves (or “evolves”?) into this:
Or when this:
Settles into something sweet like this:
See, I just adore these three. Every time I see them, their energy is infectious:
So, even though sometimes they land here:
That’s cool, because that up there is just as much them as this is:
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful to see you guys – as always.
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!
Come on now, with the cuteness? Is this fair? This guy was only two weeks old when we took these pictures, and he was grinning up a storm. Newborn smiles crack me up so much – they’re so random and sweet and we grownups love them SOooo much.
He’s already a football fan and a tennis star, but my favorite picture is, I think, the one where his dad is smooching his mom. I love it because I make the exact same face when my husband plants one on me :)
I was so thrilled to meet you, little man. xo
After a bit of winter cold rescheduling, we finally got these guys documented! 6 year old H and 3 year old W welcomed their new baby sister E in mid-September, and we got to get pictures when she was just about two months old and grinning and giggling up a storm. I’ll let the pictures do the talking, but suffice it to say I adored playing with these guys. And yikes, the picture by the window is killing me with its quiet sweetness.
I loved getting to see these guys again a couple of weeks ago – big 3 1/2 year old R loves his pup so much. You guys tell me – is the lead up to the kissing Dixie picture better, or the ACTUALLY kissing Dixie picture? I think I might like them together on a wall, because I love them both and the story they tell together. But I could be swayed…
What’s happening here? I’ve been in such a color mood recently, I’m loving the trees and the fall colors. And when my clients are older and able to run around and have fun outdoors, I just love when kids have the space to play and be crazy. Makes for such fun pictures.
So this first picture I have here just MUST be printed large and hung somewhere, Amy – I adore it. I love the faces, the fun/sillyness, the angle, the light, the colors… it screams “hang me big!” to me. But I hope you have lots of wall space, because I also think the running one from behind needs to be hung somewhere, and also the feet in the air one…
OK, sorry, I’ll stop. There are a few I like from indoors in b&w, but lots more in color this time. What fun! Thank you so much for showing me the new house – you guys are awesome and I loved seeing you.
I had a great morning hanging the traveling 10 Years of Boston Baby Photos Gallery Show at the Jamaica Plain Library – it’ll be there through Thanksgiving weekend. FYI – this is the last library show on the books until it heads to the Brookline Public Library for the month of May 2014. There are some other library and location possibilities for the show for January through April 2014, but if anyone knows of a local space that might be interested in hosting the show, please let me know. The show will end its one year tour after the May show in Brookline, and I’ll be dismantling and selling the photos to benefit the Jimmy Fund.
(More information about the show and a catalog of all 100 photos in the show is available by clicking on this tag and scrolling down, down, down the page.)
This month the show is hanging at the Boston Public Library’s Jamaica Plain Branch, and it will be there through Thanksgiving weekend. Here’s a taste of how it looks in this library…
As you can tell, I’m not using the white hanging bars here – they have a gorgeous mantle that encircles the entire library, so we got to just lean most of the categories of photos along that high mantle, above the shelves of books.
We even got to lean some up against the windows, since it’s November and they won’t be opening the windows this month…
(And yes, in this next picture – that is Uranus, from the Museum of Science’s cool exhibit installed around Boston showing the scale model of the solar system – more info about that exhibit is here. But I digress…)
And then we were able to hang two categories in the lobby of the library from the balcony level – it’s a little hard to see in this picture, but that’s “gotcha” and “classics” along the top balcony here:
You can see it better in this one – both “gotcha” and “classics” are hung like this:
And last but not least, one in the display case in the lobby:
I hope you can swing by to see the show this month! The library hours are posted here.