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He’s a mover and a shaker

This guy is moving around like it’s his job.  Nine months old, and nothing stops this guy.  He’s just perfection, and I loved seeing him again for another shoot from his Baby’s First Year package.

You really can’t beat the daddy squishing face moments, or the super happy reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar with mama.  I do love the nibbling Sophie the giraffe one, though, and my very favorite might be the one on the bed as he laughs at both his parents.

Really fun to see you guys again!

Spring Public Garden Minishoot #12

These guys were my last shoot of the day, and they were super fun.  It’d been a few years since I’d seen them, and I just love it when I get to see those little guys growing up.

Wonderful to see you guys :) 

Therese - May 17, 2013 - 9:46 am

These are awesome. I couldn’t have asked for a nicer Mother’s Day present! …. and we had fun doing it too!!!

Spring Public Garden Minishoot #11

Look who’s one! And she’s walking around like a little star :) These guys were my 2nd to last minishoot a couple of weeks ago, and we had such fun by the pink tulips, playing peek-a-boo behind the birch trees… she was wonderful.

So fun to meet you guys!

Judi Rubin - May 15, 2013 - 6:07 pm

The joy of motherhood and the joy of Grace discovering the world brings much Joy to all of our family.

Aunt Judi

Barbara Waters - May 15, 2013 - 6:10 pm

These pictures are priceless.

Dottie Funk - May 15, 2013 - 6:48 pm

What a beautiful baby! Of course, we expected nothing less than a movie star with a Mom as beautiful as the one she has. I know she is a delight. Thank you so much for sharing!
Happy Birthday, Grace.
Love you both,

Eileen Harrington - May 15, 2013 - 6:51 pm

I LOVE these photos! Grace is just beautiful, and her many expressions are captured in these pictures!

Annie - May 15, 2013 - 8:43 pm

These are so sweet! They are all amazing, and the #7 peek-a-boo is my favorite, if I have to pick just one!

Phyllis - May 15, 2013 - 10:39 pm

These are all fabulous! What a great time for pics. If I had to pick just one, I think it would be #7 – peeking through the birch tree. Hugs!

Daniel - May 15, 2013 - 10:46 pm


Grandpa - May 16, 2013 - 9:05 am

Terrific job, like the birch trees too. Hope somebody doesn’t get stuck! Was the dress picked to match the tulips, or other way around?

Doug Marlowe - May 16, 2013 - 11:16 am

Wonderful. B&W is still one of my favorite techniques. She’s so photogenic and loves the camera. Check out my cover on FB, it’s one Liz posted and one of the best pics I’ve ever seen; beauty, joy and hope in color.

Jocelyn Whitesides - May 16, 2013 - 3:17 pm

What wonderful pix! Love them all! Aunt Jocie

Josie Wilson - May 16, 2013 - 6:36 pm

Such a beautiful girl! My favorite photos are #3 and #7. Thanks for sharing them.

Joan Barnhill - May 16, 2013 - 8:22 pm

Such fun photos!
I love the outdoor setting.
Sweet baby smiles! :)

Deb K - May 17, 2013 - 2:23 am

Really lovely photos! Such a happy little girl and beautiful addition to the family.

Judy McMahon - May 17, 2013 - 10:35 am

I love number 6 too Barb!! Liz what a beautiful girl!!

love you,

Jason Waters - May 17, 2013 - 11:19 am

Love my beautiful niece Grace!

Glenda Findley - May 19, 2013 - 4:49 pm

My favorite picture is #7. What a beautiful child of God. How precious are these years and they are gone so fast. Children are gifts to our hearts and blessings on our lives.

Nancy - May 19, 2013 - 9:12 pm

Love them Liz! Big fan of #8!

Barbara Oxenhandler - May 26, 2013 - 6:28 pm

LOVE these pics! My favorites are #2 and #7. What a happy Mommy and baby! Thanks for sharing.

Louise - June 30, 2013 - 5:35 am

Grace is beautiful & full of “life”. Enjoy & cherish all of these moments, for they will go by so fast.

Spring Public Garden Minishoot #9

I haven’t seen these kiddos in a few years but I’ve been taking pictures of them since they were both perfect chubby babies. They’re both so old now! Thanks so much for coming back, I just adored seeing you guys. Minis are such a great way to reconnect with old friends :)

Liz Witham - May 14, 2013 - 10:30 am

LOVE THESE PHOTOS! These are fantastic! It was wonderful seeing you and can’t believe how big they are too. Now to the impossible task of choosing some!

Arpi Sarmazian - May 17, 2013 - 10:44 am

Beautiful family photos. Love the ones with mother/daughter, Father/son and the ones with the kids together…(along with all of the others!)

Jen Norris - May 17, 2013 - 10:47 am


Susan Jeune - May 17, 2013 - 11:30 am

Lovely photos. Especially the family portrait!

Sandy Mekonis - May 17, 2013 - 11:38 am

Sheer joy flows through these pictures! Beautiful!!

Leah - May 17, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Great pics !!

Vanessa G. C. - May 17, 2013 - 11:59 pm

So frickin’ cute!!!!

Ellen - May 18, 2013 - 6:16 am

Lovely photos!

Nathalie Logan - May 23, 2013 - 8:54 am

Fabulous photos. You have captured the Witham family perfectly.

Janet Toole - May 23, 2013 - 9:03 am

Once again Jessica has captured my “guys” so beautifully – serious, loving, funny and I can’t wait to get my own prints to add to my collection of photos.


Lauren - May 30, 2013 - 2:18 pm

These photos are AMAZING … very happy looking family!

Kate - June 4, 2013 - 10:09 am

Adorable! A great looking family and beautiful photos!

Spring Public Garden Minishoot #8

It’s so fun for me to know people first as friends and then get a chance to take their pictures – I love that. I’m lucky enough to have met many many people as clients first and then over years and years of watching their babies grow they become friends. But this one is the opposite… friends first, and now yay, getting a chance to photograph them!  I’m feeling gushy today, sorry.  Maybe it’s editing pictures of one of my daughter’s best friends, and one of my favorite neighbors…  When I get a chance to take pictures of kids I’ve hung around with, played with… it’s just such an amazing feeling. I feel like I know the smiles so well, I just adore being able to capture them.

Thanks guys, I’m so glad you did a mini!


Spring Public Garden Minishoot #7

For this minishoot shoot we had a lot of fun with this gorgeous group of pink tulips over in the corner of the Public Garden. In color the photos are gorgeous, but there’s also something really incredible about them in b&w – the light for this 1:30pm shoot was bright and intense, and it caught the light colored tulips just right – letting them reflect light up into sweet A and her mama’s faces.

I really just adore mommy/daughter pictures. Happy (early) Mother’s Day!

Spring Public Garden Minishoot #6

So much happened in these 20 minutes, I almost don’t know where to begin. So I guess I’ll start at the end. We thought we were just about done when mama brought out the bubble machine thing, which she thought was broken… but big brother B and big sister P managed to get it working again (with just a little 8 yr old and 6 yr old elbow grease and sheer force of will, I think).  So THEN they proceeded to have the best time with the bubble gun thing – and we got some of my favorite pictures from their shoot in those last five minutes.

Oh, but I also can’t forget to mention how much I love the picture of the pile the whole family with a minor meltdown happening in the middle of it all.  I just love those kind of real pictures :)

Spring Public Garden Minishoot #5

I was so thrilled these guys bid on and won this session at the Ashmont Nursery School auction last month, because it’d been just exactly a year since their last session with me, and I was so excited to see big 2 year old B again. He did not disappoint – I adore the fun pictures we got. What a dream of a kiddo :) I am especially in love with this mama and B picture (what with Mother’s Day coming on Sunday – I’ve got my mind on mamas)… just super sweet.

Spring Public Garden Minishoot #4

By this point in the day it was 10:30am and the sun was continuing to feel fantastic, the little guys were showing off their skills… and these 20 minute photoshoots were flying.

This guy just turned 1! I can’t believe how quickly the year flew by – and I loved punctuating the birthday week with a photoshoot. Look at those walking skills :)  I think one of my very faves is the daddy rolling onto his back and playing with G down on the ground – it was so spontaneous and sweet.  That and the 2nd walking picture towards the end of the shoot, when G is walking so happily towards mama and daddy’s looking on proudly in the background.

It was such a treat to see you guys with a camera in my hand – thanks for meeting me!

Spring Public Garden Photoshoot #3

So I’m not doing my normal pick a bunch of my favorite pictures and post them on the blog thing because this photo is blowing me out of the water. I adore it so much, and love that it happened super spontaneously.  These fantastic, fun parents wanted to do a smoochy picture, and the rest of the clan decided to show how they really felt about the smooch. It’s one of those staged but not staged shots, and it makes me smile.  I love these guys.  They’re a great example of my not-always-baby photos… it’s the name of the business, but teenagers (and almost teenagers) are always “babies” to someone, after all.

Oh, and I had to show you this one in color. Every one of my photos is always delivered to my clients these days in both b&w and color. I tend to lean toward blogging the b&w because it allows the emotion to be the strongest element in the photo… and I always love the simplicity of light and dark.  But the color here adds so much energy that I had to show it this way. Wonderful to see you guys, as always!

Spring Public Garden Minishoot #2

Now these kind of shoots are SOOooo fun for me – when I haven’t seen a little one since they were teenie, and I get to see how big and amazing they’ve gotten.  I haven’t seen little L since she was mere days old.  And now she’s 20 months old, and just t0-die-for cute.

Am I right?

So wonderful to see you guys again! I can’t believe how quickly the time flew :)


Roberta Skillin - May 1, 2013 - 7:22 pm

They are absolutely beautiful!! You did have an adorable model to work with:)

Spring Public Garden Mini-shoot #1

It’s that time of year again! It’s minishoot season, and the first of the two spring minishoots just went off without a hitch. The day on Saturday was out of this world, and it was so much fun seeing all these gorgeous families.

The day started off right with these two… I can’t believe she’s 18 months old already! Just love how active she is and how much hollering she’s doing these days :)

Two friends, two bellies

Bang for your buck – that’s what I call this. You visited the blog, thought you might get to see pictures of a gorgeous, round, happy belly, and lo and behold, you get two.  How lucky are you?

My sister (belly on the right) and brother-in-law are expecting my niece to arrive momentarily (pinch me, I know, right?) and I’m finally getting the time to blog all these belly pictures. Quick before babies arrive! The fun part of this is that one of her bestest friends in the whole wide world is ALSO expecting a baby girl, just a few weeks later.

Since these two girls will inevitably be best friends and in each other’s weddings in a few decades, I was excited be the first to officially photograph them together.  We also invited daddies and siblings (be they human or canine, it’s all good), and got piles of pictures of bellies, in all sorts of situations. My favorite, you ask? I think I might like big brother H holding up the bellies in the last shot. But there are loads of fun ones in here. Enjoy :)

The biggest BBP picture ever

Just setting records over here… nbd. This has got to be the biggest Boston Baby Photos picture ever.  You may have even seen it on 93 if you were driving North into the city recently. For about three weeks this photo that I took of two fabulously adorable Ashmont Nursery School kiddos has been rotating through the New England Carpenter’s Training Center’s LED sign. The sign itself is 30 ft x 20 ft high – yowsa! You photo buffs will be interested to learn that the image I needed to send them was not super high res at all – this enormous, gi-huge-ic LED display supports images that are only 400 pixels wide by 600 pixels tall. In photo terms, that’s super low-res. For reference, that’s the same size as the photos here on my blog – not normally high enough resolution for print, let alone display on anything large.  Isn’t that interesting? The other cool fact that photo nerds out there will appreciate? Vertically, the display only depicts every third pixel of the image – it’s just a function of the kind of LED sign it is. I just thought that was super fascinating, wanted to share.

Now here’s a shot from the side of the highway (I pulled over completely, don’t worry – and snapped this with my iPhone from a parked, safe position, I promise):

Now wait, Jess, you ask – what is that photo all about? Well, I’m glad you asked. This Saturday, one of my favorite places in the world, the Ashmont Nursery School, is holding its annual auction to benefit the school’s scholarship fund. This spring I’ve donated two of my 26 minishoots to charity, so even though I’m sold out and have a waiting list for Public Garden minishoots this spring, there’s an opportunity this Saturday to bid on the 11am Sat, 4/27 appointment plus all the high res files. In past years it’s gone for lots less than the $625 face value – you’ll likely get a deal.

Interested? You can either come to the ANS auction (see link below) or you can bid via text during the live auction (Saturday 8-8:30pm). To get in on the text bidding, email me and we’ll set it up.

More minishoot info is here.

And here’s the link to the auction itself.