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Three having fun in the late afternoon sun

The colors outside make me have to blog in color once in a while this time of year.

(FYI – as always, families get every photo from me in both b&w and in color, but sometimes the late afternoon sun makes the light just warm everything right up and I have to show some color pictures on the blog and on Facebook, even though b&w will always be my one true love.)

So much fun to see you guys again – I can’t quite believe everybody’s getting so OLD (and um, I’m referring to the kids – because those of us who graduated together from Conn College just a few years ago aren’t aging a bit). The KIDS are getting OLD, though, man.

Oh, and I love the attitude on Ms. A. She’s killin’ it.

Grandpa and swiiiinnnnnngs

I spend a lot of time with families that I know really well – and I adore that. I’m so lucky to be invited back to families’ homes year after year, and to watch their kiddos get bigger and taller every year.  So it’s actually a rare fun treat for me to arrive at a new family’s home and get to meet entirely new kids and parents.  And sometimes we get a bonus granddad who’s willing to run around chasing kids in the backyard, too. Because what’s better than that?

Fall Public Garden Minishoot #2

I’m doing two minishoot days in the Public Garden this fall, and these guys were the second family of about twenty that I’m meeting there for fun running around. The first day (back in late September) I had a sold-out day of 11 families, and there’s another one in late October where we’ll have a load more. All the details about minishoot days can be found at this link on my site.

(Oh, and to streamline my process this fall, I’ve decided not to do blog posts for all of my shoots – I’m just going to do the shoots that people specifically request that I blog.)

So lucky me, these guys asked me to blog their session! I’ve know big boy D since he was a tiny newborn baby, and same with his gorgeous sis G. Now they’re both big runaround kids :) The public garden was fantastic for them and their energy.

North End adventures

I loved getting to play with these guys ALL over the North End a couple of weekends ago.  Little C was hosting his cousin from Chicago for a visit, which meant we got to get cousin playing pictures, which I always love.  Also, bonus for me – our walk around the North End included their favorite bread bakery, their favorite chocolate shop… need I go on…?

But we started at home, for a little quick playtime:

And giggles of course:

Then we literally RAN everywhere. Once in while these two stopped for a breath – like here, in a hiding spot that I loved:

The kids got a whirl on the merry go round:

Sisters got hugs:

Kids got wet in the fountain, because that’s AWESOME:

Giggles never stopped the whole time, of course:

And we ended up at C’s favorite chocolate shop, as I mentioned – and they even gave me one. DELISH.

Miss G agreed.

Really fantastic to spend this time with you all!


The 10 Year Anniversary: Phase 3b, The South End Gallery Show

I’m excited to announce that today I hung the 10 Years of Boston Baby Photos Gallery Show in another library! This time in the Boston Public Library’s South End Branch for the month of October. The press release for the show sounds really official. It says:

The gallery show celebrates 10 years of McDaniel’s work as a baby photographer, whose specialty is capturing warm, natural and spontaneous family moments. This show highlights her black and white photography, allowing the photos and the light to tell the story, from parents marveling at their newborn to a just-sitting-up-baby examining her tummy to toddler siblings giggling at each others’ antics. The gallery show is curated into ten thematic categories and features 100 photos.  
“Planning this show has been such a labor of love; it was a matter of digging through thousands of families’ photoshoots from the last decade, considering them as part of a body of work… by far the best part was remembering all these families having fun together,” said McDaniel, who photographs 160-180 families a year throughout the greater Boston area.  “I love that each family has a different story to tell. I know how important it is to tell (and show) these stories in my photos.”

This branch is located right smack dab in the South End, at the corner of Tremont and W. Newton Streets.

As you enter the library, they’ve kindly hung up my posters, and you can see a bit of the show through that first window as you enter… Oh, and notice in this poster that I’m doing an opening for the show next Tuesday night, October 8th, from 6-8pm.  I really hope you can swing by and join me for some wine and cheese. The street address of the library is 685 Tremont Street, Boston.

If you can’t make the opening, I hope you’ll stop by sometime between now and the end of October when the library is open to see the show.

Then, as you enter the library, you can catch sight of the show over the stacks…

The space is gorgeous, and the ten categories of photos look pretty spectacular on the walls.  Here are the first three categories that appear at one side of the gallery…

And then when you look left, you see the little table of marketing shtuff (next to the nice bin collecting the books that have been returned)…

And then when you come around the corner, you walk through the rest of the show, category by category…

This one was hard to get good photos of, since there were lots of people working around the show, and I didn’t want to bother them with my snap snapping pictures.  So I guess the best plan if you really want to see what it looks like is to come see me at the library on Tues, 10/8 between 6-8pm for the opening. Mmm… wine and cheese…




A last burst of summer…

OK, I’m anticipating my Public Garden Minishoots this weekend, looking ahead at a wonderfully busy fall, but what better to do when fall is upon us — let’s take a few minutes remembering summer fun.  I’ve taken forever to blog this fun family that I met in July, sorry guys – I took a little blogging break this summer, but I wanted to get this posted because the colors at the beach that day were so fun.

Not to mention how fantastic these giggling girls were…

Janna Schwartz - September 25, 2013 - 10:49 pm

Thanks Jess for these treasured photos we’ll enjoy for years to come!

Two under two and their fantastic energy

It was so fun meeting this new little guy this weekend – he’s 2 months old (tomorrow!) and his big brother is having a great time experimenting with his new role.  Whenever I take pictures of little guys where there are two children under two years old in the house, fantastic funny moments always seem to occur.  This time I ADORE the sequence of two pictures here, where big bro C is cuddling on little B, and then in the next moment Mom and Dad’s arms both come in to save B from being a little bit… oversqueezed.  Is that a word, by the way?

Wonderful to see you guys!

Three guys with out of control AWESOME expressions

I can’t tell you how often, when I’m taking a picture with a bunch of siblings together, one of them will pull this move – the backflip :) The best part here is that big brother H totally saw it coming.

I had such fun with these three incredible boys last weekend. And the expressions we got during the shoot were just out of control awesome.  I adore all these faces!  Oh, and the picture of two boys tugging on mama while she holds baby E cracks me up, too. Tells such a great story.

Natasha - September 20, 2013 - 10:12 pm

Awesome was the right word! It’s hard to pick a favorite here. They are soooo cute!

Ken - September 23, 2013 - 4:50 am

wonderful pictures, they do come alive!

margaret baseman - September 24, 2013 - 7:12 am

Amazing shots! These pictures DO tell a wonderful story.

Janna Schwartz - September 25, 2013 - 1:16 pm

Can’t thank Jess enough! These pictures capture our girls in all of their delight and this wonderful stage in time. We’ll treasure them for years to come.

alix aguilera - September 26, 2013 - 7:31 am

Yes, I am so happy Jess was able to capture the boys in such a beautiful way. We will also treasure these forever

Three on a beautiful September morning

What a morning we had last Sunday! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I adore September photoshoots.  The weather is just insanely gorgeous this time of year.

And who better to spend the morning with than these three – big boy F is even able to stand with the help of his big brother and sister. Just perfect.

THIS is who I spent the day with

Mondays I have my 4 year old at home, and I am lucky enough to also have snagged my niece for Mondays too. So I just wanted to brag that THIS is who I spent the day with, and THIS is what she loves to do. Because she’s five months old. Because she rocks. Because she’s amazing, and perfect, and … one fantastic toe-sucker.

Wish I had time to blog many more of this gorgeous girl, but it’s bedtime for me – it’s exhausting spending the day with a 5 month old!

Rebecca - September 17, 2013 - 11:22 am

Lucky you! 5 months is a great age- alert but still willing to be held.

Three and their bunny

How is this my first bunny photoshoot? Is it? I think it is, but I also have a notoriously terrible memory :)

I loved getting a chance to play with these three and their fantastic bunny. It was a quickie shoot in their back yard before they zipped off to a football game, but we had great fun.

meghan crow - September 13, 2013 - 2:59 pm

Love these pictures, thanks for sharing!

Maura Sullivan - September 13, 2013 - 3:15 pm

These are great! Murray is so photogenic. =) Oh, the kids are too!

Lois Luber - September 13, 2013 - 3:15 pm

I love that they look happy. I’m sure Murray is too!

Auntie Chrissy - September 13, 2013 - 3:19 pm

I love them all!

Nancy Sanderson - September 13, 2013 - 3:34 pm

Love these beautiful pictures, love these beautiful kids.

Jenn - September 13, 2013 - 3:52 pm

Beautiful. They look so happy. XO

Erin - September 13, 2013 - 4:26 pm

Your kids are gorgeous!

Erin Hayes - September 13, 2013 - 5:11 pm

So cute!!! I couldn’t pick a favorite photo– they’re all so great! Gorgeous kiddos.

Lizzie Moore - September 13, 2013 - 5:37 pm

Love! It’s hard to pic a fave- but I do love the bench shot;-).

Tania Rooney - September 13, 2013 - 8:06 pm

I can’t stop looking at these pics!!! Pure love, joy and beauty all around!

Danielle Meagher - September 13, 2013 - 10:38 pm

Such gorgeous pics! Can’t decide on a favorite!

Brian Sullivan - September 14, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Patrick sitting while his brother and sister jump… What is wrong with this picture? - September 14, 2013 - 2:15 pm

Beautiful! How did everyone grow up so fast? Who’s the big kid on the bike???

Natalie Vona - September 16, 2013 - 12:54 pm

These are so beautiful! The kids look so happy and relaxed.

Wells - September 16, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Looking good. Great pics.

Kathryn - September 16, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Capturing a bunny is indeed a feat!

Marcela Maldonado - September 18, 2013 - 6:59 pm

These are just wonderful! Thanks for sharing them.

Three gorgeous generations of women

I’m back! So sorry for the blogging hiatus, guys – I underestimated how tough it’d be to end August and begin September without camp or childcare arranged, so I had to cut out blogging all the families I was editing in that timeframe.  Now I’m back, and if you’d like me to go back and blog your session if I missed you in the last few weeks, let me know – school has started and I’m back in the blogging game.

This photoshoot made me so happy. I have one sister, and now I have two daughters and my sister has one daughter… so this family reminded me so much of us. Last fall was a big birthday for the grandma in this family, so her daughters gifted her with a BBP photoshoot gift certificate, and we got to shoot it in mid-August. I’ll let the pictures tell the story, but suffice it to say, I ADORED this :)

An Overview of the 10 Years of BBP Stuff


If you’re visiting this blog to learn about Boston Baby Photos’s 10th Anniversary this year, thanks for coming! I created the show to commemorate ten years and thousands of photoshoots with all of Boston Baby Photos’ fantastic families. The show featured one hundred black & white photos of children and families, divided into ten thematic categories. It traveled to libraries and public spaces around Boston from June 2013-May 2014.

I created a brochure that outlines all the parts of the gallery show and the Jimmy Fund benefit, and you can download the PDF here. Or if you prefer to click around on the blog for more detailed information about each of the phases, the links are below.

Page2Here’s a timeline of events, complete with links to information about each one.

  • June 9, 2013: Phase 1 – A Cocktail Party Benefit for The Jimmy Fund/Steel & Rye Gallery Show (the invitation and photos of us setting it up are here, and photos of the party itself are here) which raised $3,500+ for the Jimmy Fund

And then the show began its tour…

  • August 2013: Phase 3 – The Gallery Show in the Milton Public Library. All of the 100 photos hanging in the show are sorted by category on the blog here.
  • June 1, 2014: Reception at the Brookline Main Library in Hunneman Hall, which closed out a year of travels for the show. I hosted a closing reception, and families whose photographs were in the show were invited to come to that reception and trade a donation to the Jimmy Fund for their mounted photo from the show. A representative from The Jimmy Fund was there, and we presented her with our final grand total check for $6,106. Our “big check” is pictured here.

So that’s a little explanation of the whole hullabaloo.  I described a lot of it in different places on the blog, and they’re all tagged with the 10yrs tag, so you’ll eventually get to all the information if you keep scrolling back through the posts via this 10yrs tag, but I thought it’d be nice to individually link to the details here as well. Thanks for your interest.