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Turner’s Pond pictures with the whole family, even if we live in two houses

I’m honored to have been taking pictures of this cute face since he was just mere days old. This time we met at Turner’s Pond for pictures on Sunday (when the Walk for Hunger downtown kept us from doing our Public Garden Minishoots – ugh!).

But that didn’t matter to this guy. I mean, look at that GRIN.

And even if his mamas don’t live in the same house anymore, isn’t it so supremely cool that they’d book back-to-back minishoots at Turner’s Pond with me so that we could do lots of pictures of this cute face with each of his moms?

Because there’s no shortage of love and hugs and cuddles and squeezes happening around here. No shortage at all.

And you know what else is cool? Getting a pic of everybody together. Because why not? And also, because MOTHER’S DAY is in four more days! #mominthepicture

Yay for mamas who love their babies above all else.

And if the geese attack, this guy’s gonna just get rid of them with his friendly smile.

Hi there, Goose!

Beacon Hill Newborn Photographer – kissing his baby toes and warm in the sun

I really do get goosebumps when I arrive in Beacon Hill as a newborn photographer. I love walking those streets. Last week it was early morning when I was arriving for our pictures with this new little guy. The sun was warming my back, and I almost skipped as I came up the hill to their house. Nothing like following my GPS, not quite sure where I’ll park, but excited to start a new journey with an entirely new family.

And when I get to be the newborn photographer for an old friend who’s just had his first baby?

Well that’s when it just couldn’t be more perfect.

But wait, there’s more. Because this boy was just too much. Look at that tummy! Those toes! That soft squishy back!

And I didn’t even explain to you about his amazingly creative mama. She takes beautiful photos of her sweet boy all the time. But she’s never IN the photos. You know the problem? Where you’re not sure your child will even remember you were there for those early days? We decided to remedy that, and took special care to really carefully document mama and her boy. (The hair pulling one cracks me up.)

And then it was time to put on some clothes and maybe have a little snack. Because a little nursing break can sometimes fix everything.

And when better to show everybody my new Baby’s First Year coffeetable albums and Baby’s First Year package options. So much to consider!

And then a little pat on the back… Aaaaand burp!

p.s. I adored getting to meet you, sweet boy. Hope you love love love your photos!

 

Barn Babies at our 8th Birthday Party

Once in a while your worlds all come together. Because, see, I take pictures of babies for a living. I’m often a birthday party photographer. (More info on booking me for a party is here.) Back when I was a junior in high school, I did a farm semester at The Mountain School up in Vershire, VT and bottle fed Wendell, the baby calf every day for weeks and weeks while I was there. So not only do I love babies, and birthday parties, and animals… but baby animals at a birthday party?? Eek! When my 8 year old and her best friend asked to do a Barn Babies birthday party, I had no idea how much my loves would all come together in one place.

Because guys, here’s what I love.

Groups of children, coming together, being gentle and adoring animals:

Um, diapered baby lambs? Obv.

Swaddled kittens? Yes.

My baby girl, Sadie, at her birthday party, blissful? Yes.

Tootsie pictures? WITH A PIGLET??? Yes please.

Sadie’s best friend, cuddling a piglet? Yep.

My 4 year old niece, smooching a (momentarily nervous) kitten? Yes, this.

Soft furry kittens, just in general? Uh-huh.

Both my girls AND my niece, holding a bunny and a kitten? #mindexplodes #toocute

Sweet friends, loving on kittens with their mamas? Yes.

Friends taking quiet time to hold and cuddle? Yep.

Besties adoring bunnies together? Yes, this. This right here.

Oh and just bunnies, bunnies swaddled. Goodness they’re cute.

Barn Babies’ operation, by the way, was impeccable. They somehow dealt with the rain outside completely seamlessly, corralling all 17 children in our playroom and even vacuuming before they left. When I woke up yesterday morning to a downpour on the morning of the party I don’t have to explain to you how deeply my heart sank, just imagining my playroom with farm animals running around. But it was absolutely perfect.

The baby lamb, baby pig and three puppies were in pens that the kids could climb into, and the other babies were swaddled so the children could hold them. Dreamy.

Their presentation was slow and clear, the children understood what they could and couldn’t do, and they adored every minute of the hour we had the animals there.

You know how old these baby chicks are? 5 days old!

I will also bow down to the amazingness of doing a combo birthday party. Wow, what’s better than having your best friend’s mom show up with a homemade ice cream cake that looks like this?

Pretty much nothing, nothing beats it.

And getting to be a birthday party photographer at a party with baby ANIMALS? Perfection.

And so I leave you with this baby girl’s sweet face.

Oink!

 

Tub time is the best time

I was on my way home from a morning photoshoot on Saturday and I texted my sister, to ask her if she wanted me to get her anything from the Home Depot near her house. (They have the BEST plants, btw…) She said no, but she was making a sandwich and did I want one… yes, obviously, and she said I should let myself in when I got to her house because she’d be giving the babies a bath when I got there. I said, “Oh, dude WAIT! I have my camera in the car. If you wait I’ll document the bath.”

So she waited.

And I’m glad.

Because I love nothing more than tub pictures. (Hence the Messy-Face-Tub-Time minishoots I just introduced.)

But that’s neither here nor there. For now… just take a look at the awesomeness of this 18 month old niece/nephew/4 year old big sister team.

Do I need to say it again? I’ve said it before, but wet, happy children are REALLY fun to photograph.

New Baby’s First Year Coffeetable Albums

I swapped out my vendor for the Baby’s First Year coffeetable albums and I think you’re going to LOVE the new books. Of course I can still make the old style books if you prefer, but look how fantastic the new books are.

They’re beautifully linen covered, with an imprinted title:

We can fit up to 60 photos in the book, which means we can really tell the story all of your photoshoots from your Baby’s First Year package. The new books are also a lot more flexible with the designs/layouts, which makes it really fun for me…

And ooh, fun, you can watch the video where I turn the pages of this album:

You can also flip through all the page layouts, just in case you’re curious about what kind of photos I take in my Baby’s First Year photoshoots.

Let me know what you think!

New Coffeetable Albums

This is exciting, you guys. I’m swapping out my vendor for my photobooks and I think you’re going to really dig these new books. Here’s the photobooks page on the (new! improved!) BBP website with all the information/pricing.

Of course I can always make you one of the old style of books to match the books you’ve been making with me for years, but new stuff is fun so I want you to check these out.

Look how elegant. Linen covered. Imprinted with your title.

Wait, what’s the Annual Plan? (Two shoots within a nine month period, one at home and one as a minishoot on location somewhere. My Annual Plan #2 and #4 come with one of these books included.)

The layouts for the new books are awesome, and they lay flat so I can make photos spread across two pages (yes, this is COOOOOOOOL).

More info about the Annual Plan is here, and all the coffeetable book details are here.

Is it a Cake Smash or a Smash Cake Photoshoot?

Big news! I just added my version of a “Cake Smash” Photoshoot as a $250 minishoot option onto my website.

The BBP answer to the Cake Smash Phenomenon

So I’m sure you’ve heard of it out there in the world. You’ve probably seen the adorable studio photos lots of photographers like to do — white backdrops, messy babies completely surprised and enjoying destroying their first birthday cake — just an insanely fun mess. The classic “cake smash” (or is it “smash cake”?) photoshoot. Well, I’m not into studio stuff, so this is my way of doing it.

I now offer “Get Messy, Take a Bath Minishoots” at your house!

Well, here’s what I’d like to do instead, and you tell me if you think it’ll be fun.

I’m calling my new offering “Get Messy/Take a Bath Minishoots”, and they’re 20 minute minishoots, at your house, for $250. And you get a framed print of your choice after the shoot. Cool, eh? 

CHECK it out. All the details are on the new website here.

I do have a few rules, though.

  1. No fancy clothes. You’re getting messy. Clothes are extraneous. Bare bellies or clothes you don’t mind getting covered in food are best.
  2. No posing. Nobody looking at the camera, k?
  3. The first 10 minutes we’ll be eating something messy (provided by you – whatever you think your little person will enjoy – doesn’t need to be a cake to smash, could be avocado and blueberries, whatever) and getting completely covered in it.
  4. The second 10 minutes will be our getting clean pictures. Usually in the tub, but sometimes in the sink. Also could be with a hose in the backyard, whatever’s fun.

And then, after you’re completely covered and messy (aka 10 minutes after we start)…

And that’s it! I designed these sessions for babies, but really any children who still like to get messy and then cleaned up in a tub or with a hose outside will be great for this.

It’ll be amazing. Seriously. Read all the details here.

And if you think your bathroom’s big enough, call some friends…

 

 

 

Boston Sensory Solutions & BBP

I had the opportunity this week to hang photos over at a really cool space, and I wanted to show you guys.

Do you guys know about Boston Sensory Solutions? It is an extraordinary place for kids with a sensory processing disorder. It’s just off 93 in East Milton Square, and not only is Bridget, the Occupational Therapist/owner of BSS, a wonderfully fantastic person/clinician/coach, the space itself is has three incredible therapy rooms.

So without further ado, here’s the display I put together for the waiting room walls over there. It highlights my Turner’s Pond Minishoots, which are my most inexpensive photoshoots, starting at only $175. They’re offered year round, on your schedule.

We decided to go with Metal Prints – don’t you love them? Aren’t they so amazingly shiny and bright? They’re even more fantastic in person.

Here’s a closeup so you can see how shiny and fantastic the color metal prints look. I am so in love with these. Thanks, fishtank for the helpful reflection ;)…

And because everybody loves a video, I shot one so you could see all the details even more clearly. My kids find this video so hilarious that they keep making me play it over and over for them – apparently I make extremely embarrassing, silly whooshing noises as I show you guys around the space. Oh well, I have embraced my ridiculousness.

Enjoy.

Introducing shiny, gorgeous metal prints!

I’m excited to take some time here to introduce my new metal prints.

Last month, when I introduced my Jess-visits-your-house-anytime-from-January-to-June-and-makes-wall-hanging-recommendations-and-brings-all-your-years-of-BBP-photos-on-her-laptop-so-you-and-she-can-drink-coffee-together-and-look-at-photos-of-your-babies (aka “Wall Consulting“) meetings, the response was absolutely extraordinary. (Why, oh why did it take me so long to offer this? I adore sitting back and digging through old photos with you all. It’s just the best possible thing to do in my slower season.)

At these meetings I get to bring my samples from the product line I introduced in January, the Frames by BBP Collection, so you can touch and feel them while I’m there. (Tee hee, even just linking to them here on the blog so you can see the photos of the frames means I can hear you all sucking your breath through your teeth and saying,”Oooh, I like those frames. They’re simple… elegant. Clean lines. Niiiiiice. And not too expensive… Hmmm…”)

Now I continue to offer my wrapped canvases (and of course my loose archival prints) but now I’m excited to also be offering these extraordinary metal prints. (I’ve got a whole page on my website about them, too.)

More about Metal Prints

Metals are an extraordinarily clean, simple, modern way to display your BBP artwork. Here are some I made last month for a client:

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And now, to help as you think about it, I’ve created a price comparison chart, showing how the metals compare to my loose prints, my framed prints and my canvases. If you’re on your phone or this is too much information for right now, a nice simple pricing list is also posted on my prints and products page. But if you want to compare sizes/prices, here’s the full chart:

Want to put some metal prints in your house? Send me an email or check out my schedule online to find a time for a wall consultation before I stop doing them in June. (I only do wall consulting meetings from January-June each year.)

Hope to see you soon!

:) Jess

Boston, MA Baby Photographer – three month old newborn photoshoot

I was thrilled to meet this gorgeous three month old baby boy for his newborn photoshoot last weekend. Sometimes people say to me “I missed my window for newborn photos!” when they call me and their baby is two, three, four… five months old. I always tell them not to worry, that doing photos any time in the first year of their baby’s life will be fantastic. Of course I want to get started early so we can tell the story of your baby’s first year fully (I have a package of a few photoshoots over the course of a baby’s first year that’s really fun to do), but any time you want to do photos is a great time to do it.

I mean, look at this cutie patootie – 3 1/2 months old and absolute perfection. I mean, the rolls on the back of his neck? Those tootsie toes? Just divine.

three month old newborn photoshoot

Even through rain, snow, sleet or hail, your newborn photoshoot will happen

This may sound weird, but I love making my way to see families after big snowstorms. They’re snuggled in their cozy house with their new baby, and I navigate the ridiculous Boston roads to make my way there – happily leaving my own wild animals at home… and I arrive at their house, to the warmth, the love, cuddles… I just truly love my job. I adored tromping through the wet slush on the way to this newborn photoshoot, knowing I’d arrive somewhere just bursting with love.

Because guys, even his knuckles have dimples! Squeeeeeeal.

three month old newborn photoshoot with mom and dad

And even better, mama said she’s considering canvases! Mmmm wall consulting, my new jam. Thanks again for having me, I loved meeting you guys and your sweet new boy.

Claudia Ashforth - February 21, 2017 - 5:31 pm

I visited my sister and the baby this past weekend and was absolutely delighted not just with him, but with the amazing pictures you took! You did a fantastic job working with the light indoors to capture all his sweet expressions, ultra-cute chubby rolls, and happy parents. You immortalized all the perfect moments! As a proud auntie I can’t wait to hang up the prints!

Patricia Allen - February 22, 2017 - 10:15 am

So dimply and sweet and just look at those eyes! Jessica, you not only captured his sweetness but also the love emanating from his adoring parents. All of those precious moments are now immortalized by your camera and keen eye. I don’t get to visit my friends as often as I’d like, so your photos are great to see in between since they make me feel like I’m (almost) there! Thank you!

Joyce - February 22, 2017 - 10:24 am

Adorable! It’s wonderful how you captured the joy in their faces, Jess! I’m amazed at the beauty in these black & white photos of L & B & Baby L!

Cassandra - February 28, 2017 - 10:26 am

Love these photos of Leo, Liz, and Bahram! You captured the love in their sweet, growing family, and in Leo’s developing personality. What a great age to do a photo shoot!

Westfield NJ newborn photos with her big sister

On Friday after school my kids and I hopped in the car in Milton, MA and grabbed my husband from work so we could drive down to Westfield, NJ to (finally) take newborn photos of my beloved college roommate’s new baby.

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A busy time of life: but still time for newborn photos

They’re deep in it, guys. You can picture it — they have a 22 month old and a 2 month old. They’re busy! But this also means they’re card-carrying members of that elusive, ephemeral club that I love to document: the two under two club.

We’re talking that time of life when you’re feeding the newborn and you have to call out to the twenty-two month old and suggest she wait to go up the stairs until she has someone with her… it’s a lot.

But I’m so grateful that we took the time to do these newborn photos! Photos are so precious when we’re able to do them at this time of life — so we can remember the way big sister was so loving with her baby sister… the kisses on the top of her head, the gentle pats B gave M… just so much love.

Love just bursting, bubbling, oozing out of them, all the time. Joy, love, gratitude… they have all of it in spades.

newborn photos with her big sister

I adored meeting miss M, and loved seeing big sister B. And they even indulged me and let me do a wall consulting meeting while I was there! May as well peek at frames and talk about what to hang where when we’re shooting pictures, right? Why not?

Wall Consulting and the Frames by BBP Collection

Big news! As of January 1, 2017, I launched a new line of my business. This line of business is only available January-June each year (since I always get busier in the 2nd half of the year)…

drumroll please…

Introducing…

Wall Consulting Meetings with Jess !

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and…

the Frames by BBP Collection !

Where to begin?

Well, for years (I mean YEARS, guys – like fourteen of them) my clients have been asking me to help them hang photos on their walls, and I’ve never had the energy to jump into the world of wall consulting, and truth be told, the last step in all wall consulting jobs — the hanging part — kept stumping me. If I was going to go into my clients’ homes and make recommendations about what to hang where… I really felt strongly that I needed to also offer that final piece of the puzzle: I needed to be able to offer hanging services. And see, I make holes in my own walls when I do this myself. Exhibit A, from my personal Instagram feed from Sept 20, 2013 – see? I kid you not. Hanging is not my forte.

So when I connected with Tom Fiske last fall, owner of TBF Design in Milton, and he agreed to be my hanging partner? And see, hanging IS his forte. And well, the rest is history.

Oh, what’s that you say? You like history? Oh, OK, sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a… no, wait, that’s not it. Not going to sing you the Gilligan’s theme song. How about you get comfortable and I’ll tell you all about it.

Last summer and fall, as I dipped my toe into the world of wall consulting, I had some wonderfully patient clients come along for the ride with me. First I worked with the M family in Newton. At first I didn’t think I wanted to sell frames, so I thought I’d charge by the hour and go into clients’ homes and help them lay out the frames I’d source and recommend that they buy off the internet.

So first I came in and took photos of their stairway and a few other spaces. And then I went back to my desk and laid out some options for them online. But the bummer was that this process took a long time. Time at my desk laying out options, time for the M family to get together and look at the layouts I proposed and email me back to say what they liked and didn’t like. Time for me to adjust, make more suggestions… we’re talking months. But it worked out, eventually we made some choices, they ordered some prints and some frames and off they went.

But now I knew I wanted to be more involved. This was FUN, thinking about years and years of my clients’ photos coming to life in spaces in their homes. I knew I needed to get going.

So I started researching. And researching. And digging. And doo-da-doooooo (that’s like a bugle noise – like a little trumpet noise in your head — k?) I started finding frames I liked!

Frames that WORKED and looked fantastic with my photos in them.

Frames that I felt good about offering to you guys!

So thusly (that’s completely not a word, but I really like it here and I’m going to leave it) the Frames by BBP Collection was born. Ta DA!

I’m offering 3 frames:

And they’re not insanely expensive! They’re gorgeous, and each of the frames come with an archival, matted, mounted print in it as part of the price. My framed print price chart (showing print and canvas prices as well, for comparison) is here.

Aaaaaand then I thought… what does a Frame Collection need to go with it? Of course I knew I’d offer one-off framed prints as one of the things I’d sell on my website, but I also knew I’d need to start thinking about selling groups of frames.

Then came… collections!

So, I’ve developed five collections – they’re groupings of frames that look fantastic when hung together in these arrangements and that you can buy if you’re ready to go for it. The pricing for my collections (and all my frames) includes the archival matted, mounted prints. Of course we can always customize, but here’s a look at the collections:

And then… I emailed/texted/Facebooked a few clients. I whispered. “So, if I were to offer wall consulting? Would you ever want me to come talk with you about hanging photos your walls?” And people started saying yes!

So in the past two weeks I’ve had FIVE meetings with clients to talk about their walls and what to hang where. I don’t charge for these meetings, but I only offer them January-June. I bring ALL the photos I’ve ever taken of your family with me on my laptop, I bring my layout software, sample frames… and it is super duper extremely fun.

Let me walk you through it.

So for example, I met last Tuesday (just 9 days ago!) with one fantastic mama from the D family and I took a photo of her playroom wall. She had this nice big blank playroom wall.

She had an idea of what she wanted to do with the wall, but we looked at lots of options on my laptop together.

Eventually this layout was the winner:

Then she chose a frame from the Frames by BBP Collection. She could have done canvases, or even metal prints (yesterday’s meeting resulted in five 20×30” metal prints that are going in the B family’s kitchen/living/dining room space – EEEEK that is exciting and I can’t WAIT to order those)… but mama D chose the gorgeous Pratt frame in Barn Grey – one of my absolute favorites. She’s doing these six photos as 20×24” frames with 16×20″ matted, mounted archival prints.

And then came the fun part – we got to go back through all nine of the photoshoots she’s done since 2011 when she was pregnant with her first babe and look at EVERY SINGLE PICTURE to think about what to put in these frames in the playroom.

We decided to go black and white for all six photos, and we went with three photos of all three kids from different photoshoots through the years, and one headshot of each of her three kids alone from her most recent shoot. (Well, I kind of gave it away above, actually – those are the photos she chose in that final layout I showed you above.)

Isn’t this going to look amazing?

So she placed her order with me and I ordered the prints and the frames right away (this was only nine days ago, remember!) and today was my day to frame everything. I had such fun.

And tomorrow I drive them over to Tom’s frame shop, and on Monday he brings them to her house in Weston and hangs them. I can’t wait wait WAIT for pictures of the final product. I’ll update this post when they send them to me!

So anybody else want a wall consulting meeting?

Monday, February 6th, 4:30pm update

I just heard from Tom and the wonderful mama from this family almost within moments of each other, and LOOK! They both sent me photos of the six 20x24s hung on the wall.

I like this shot because it’s from nice and far away and you can see how great the photos look in the room and get a sense of how big they are on the wall. Looks pretty close to the way they looked when I laid them out using the wall layout software, eh? Just didn’t get the glass reflections in there, otherwise, yowsa, it’s accurate!

Love love!

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Jamaica Plain MA Kids & Dog Photographer – just add yoga ball

I’ve been taking photos of this fantastic boy since he was tiny – I think maybe these pictures we took when he was sixteen months old were the first time?

He and his pup Dixie are peas in a pod, absolutely.

These photos are from our session last fall and R’s mama has been perhaps the most patient person in the world waiting for the blog post. The crazy holiday season often means I am focused on getting everyone’s galleries posted and not taking the time to blog as much. But I’m trying to get better about blogging more regularly in 2017 – so I’ll post more soon, I promise!

Look at the fun these guys have together. They give me such joy every time.

And really, what’s better than an October day when the sun is shining and you can take the yoga ball outside and have your mom clock you on the head with it? ;) hehe just kidding. Good times were had by all. No tears were shed. Honest.

As always, I love seeing you guys. Thanks for having me back!

Naomi - January 30, 2017 - 4:27 pm

Jess, Love this post — and you! It was absolutely worth the wait. Thanks, Naomi

Claudine Blake - February 12, 2017 - 12:03 pm

Love these photos! Can’t believe how big R is getting!

Sue Aoki - February 12, 2017 - 12:10 pm

I love this annual tradition! Cute as ever and so big!

Tobi Shapazian - February 12, 2017 - 12:27 pm

Such great pictures…just love them!!!

Mary - February 12, 2017 - 1:54 pm

Beautiful people and photos!! Love, love…

Penny Brizzolara - February 12, 2017 - 9:11 pm

I like the ones with Dixie in them!!! So cute!!

Mik - February 12, 2017 - 10:21 pm

Looks like so much fun

Jill - February 12, 2017 - 10:54 pm

We love these pictures every year

Christine Bouzan - February 13, 2017 - 12:00 am

Awesome pics!! ?

James Harder - February 13, 2017 - 9:03 am

Great photos Naomi! :)

Ruth Aoki - March 8, 2017 - 6:19 pm

Fantastic as usual! Jess is very creative!

Boston MA Newborn Session with baby D — it’s a new year!

This sweet girl arrived at the end of 2016, but I got to meet her just last week for her newborn photos. I can’t wait to go back for her six month and one year shots – what a treat. Yay for the Baby’s First Year package :)

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I have to say I think my favorite photo is this last fussy girl/smiling grandparents one. Who better understands that a fuss is just a fuss than grandma and grandpa?

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I adored meeting you guys, what a great way to start 2017!

Needham MA Family Photographer – & let’s overwhelm Instagram with love and joy!

There are two weeks left until 2017, guys! There was so much #loveandjoyin2016 – let’s relive it a little. I’m gonna take the next two weeks to peek back through some of my favorite BBP moments of #loveandjoy from 2016, because everybody could use a little more of that in their lives. You should do it too. Look on your phone, find photos that remind you of the love and joy in your life from this year and post them with the #loveandjoyin2016 hashtag. Let’s overwhelm Instagram with love and joy. #loveandjoyproject #makeseverybodysmile

Follow me on Instagram @bostonbabyphotos and let’s spread love and joy together!20160424-img_1310