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A sweet old pup and her darling boy

This mom and I have been emailing since 2007 about doing a shoot with her family and two dogs… I’m so glad we finally got to do it. Back in April when she booked this shoot, she was concerned about her older pup, Annie – worried that her cancer might get the better of her before we got a chance to take these pictures. But she made it! Sweet old pup – she gave lots of love to 2 year old big boy G:
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And these guys had lots of fun together:
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A shot with the whole gang, yay!
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And a toss in the air from dad:
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A classic shot of this sweet boy. Isn’t he handsome? I love the way the windowshades are reflecting the light behind him, too.
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This is apparently the face G always makes when they get to this page of “How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?” (he’s imitating a dinosaur crying, of course) :)
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And I had to include this one – I love his expression as he finds his favorite garbage man.
It was great to meet you guys and get a chance to take pictures of you all, thanks for everything!
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Drumroll please…

We have our winner! The lovely Katie had 149 votes as of 10pm, and her family wins a free photobook. Yay!  We were down to the wire, I have to tell you. Quite the horse race.

And I do have to give honorable mention (and a photobook of their own) to Sam’s family, because they came in second with 126 votes, and that’s pretty impressive.

Thank you all SOOOooo much for being part of this and for telling your friends about it. It was really fun for me – I’ll definitely do anothercontest another time.

Here are the final stats at 10pm:

A new sister, complete with cute toes

A quick break from the contest… I got to go meet new baby S last Friday, and I’m excited to show her parents these sweet photos. I’ve been taking pictures of big brother M since he was a newborn, just the same size as his new sister. He’s such a loving big brother – very good with his sister. And I’m loving this picture of the two of them. We so often focus (ha ha, no pun intended) on getting smiling pictures of our children, but this one is so nice, don’t you think? They really look alike here, and they’re so content and happy together.
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This next one is the kind of picture I love – I can see it hanging on the wall for a long time… as the kids get bigger and bigger they’ll once in a while notice how tiny they once were, belly rolls and cute toes and all.
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But I love smiles, too. What a sweet girl!
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And obviously already adoring her big brother. Don’t you love the position of her hands in this one?
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A kiss from dad:
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And a hug from mom:
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We had to zip outside for a few quick pictures – amazingly, we caught a bit of sun!
So fun to see you guys and welcome your new addition. Congrats again :)
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Welcome to the Photo/Story Contest

Thanks for visiting the Photo/Story Contest. Have fun reading the stories and vote for your favorite ones by clicking on the “comments” link here on the blog below the post and entering a quick comment. The photo/story with the most comments posted by 10pm on Monday, June 29th wins! The winning family will receive a free custom photobook from Boston Baby Photos.

Keep checking back – I’ll be posting submissions as they’re sent to me, so lots more photo/stories to come! Scroll down the page for new entries, I’m posting them below here.

Official Photo Story Contest Rules for Voting:
1) Please be honest and only vote (comment) one time for each photo/story that you like.
2) You are welcome to vote for your own post. Just once, though :)
3) I will be moderating all the comments/votes that come through, so there will be a delay before your vote appears on the blog. I realize it will be possible for one person to “stuff the ballot box” by commenting many times on one post, but don’t do that — we’re all friends here. Let’s be fair, OK?
and last…
4) Have fun!

Contest Submission #1: My Naked Fairy Princess

“For those who know me, it wouldn’t surprise them to know that I debated dressing my son up in a fairy costume for a photo op. After much consideration, I decided to save him the embarrassment, and hold off to see if I’d have a girl. When the doctors handed me my little baby girl Quinn, I thought “would it be wrong to have her hospital photos taken with fairy wings?”. After realizing how crazy this was, I brought her home, and held off on the fairy costume until our photo shoot with Jessica.

The morning Jessica came, I had several outfits laid out for Quinn, one being her pink fairy costume. It was time, hurray! It was a beautiful day out, and it was going to be just perfect. The photo shoot was going very well, and Gavin and Quinn were having a blast with Jessica. It was time for a costume change! As Jessica watched me try to stuff my meaty little lady into her fairy costume, she must have seen the look on my face go from excitement and determination, to another look. Although you may be thinking this other look was disappointment, it wasn’t. It was the look of a proud mom who doted on her naked little girl. In my eyes, she’s a perfect little fairy princess with or without the wings.

The whole photo shoot was amazing. Jessica improvised after the costume malfunction and took a bunch of shots in the buff, which turned out to be some of my favorites from the shoot. Here is one of them!

– Pam”


Sharon Reiley - June 21, 2009 - 10:06 pm

You're right Pam! She really is a perfect little fairy princess! I'm sure you will cherish those naked baby pictures forever (plus you can blackmail her when she's a teenager!) Absolutely beautiful!

Pam - June 21, 2009 - 10:10 pm

One vote from the Earle Family!!

Dianne - June 22, 2009 - 9:31 am

Pam my vote is for you and Quinn!!!! She looks absolutely beautiful and is a princess whether or not she has the costume on or now (as in this case). This photo is defintely a WINNER!

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Anonymous - June 22, 2009 - 1:33 pm

Adorable! She looks so cute:)

Bobbi Doyle - June 22, 2009 - 2:05 pm

Pam, That is the real Quinn, independent, beautiful and doing her own thing. Qualities of a true princess. Good Luck.


Anonymous - June 22, 2009 - 3:15 pm

Oh Pammy!!! Look at those chunky thighs!! I love that crazy baby!!!
xoxoxoxo tracey

Nicole - June 22, 2009 - 4:16 pm

Completely adorable!!!Love her!!

Grandma - June 22, 2009 - 5:23 pm

Little Miss Independent! One of my favorite pics of Quinn Sophia. I love it when she says "Look at me, I'm nakey!". This girl has a mind of her own. She loves to do her own thing. I love her to death. (and she has more cellulite than me, at least for now) ha ha

Anonymous - June 22, 2009 - 6:00 pm

Anyone who knows Quinn, knows how much spunk she has – and it is captured in this picture beautifully! I know few mothers who are as devoted to their kids as Pam is to hers and as a result of her devotion her kids are always comfortable in their own skin – with or without clothes!

-Aunt Vicki

cait the red neck. - June 22, 2009 - 6:32 pm

soo cute :]

Brad - June 23, 2009 - 8:14 am

So cute, what a great photo!

Anonymous - June 23, 2009 - 9:49 am

I can see Quinn saying to the camera, "Yes, I'm a fairy princess and I can dress any way I want". Quinn is truly an independent little beauty and one of the smartest little 2 year olds I've ever knownl blue and with those big beautiful eyes, she can have any prince she wants.


Anonymous - June 23, 2009 - 2:21 pm

Pam, What a fabulous photo. Such a thoughtful expression, its as if you are getting a preview of the many faces she'll be throwing your way in the future!


Jessica - June 23, 2009 - 2:34 pm

Wow that's definitely Miss Quinn hands down! She keeps me laughing all day long for sure with that determination in her face!


Julie - June 25, 2009 - 1:28 pm

This is the one I kept coming back to to look at more. I lover the defiant toddler look-it's the best. That sums up the toddler years for me! And that belly!!! Need I say more?
~Julie Krintzman

Contest Submission #2: Hayden

“This photo captures for us the perfect innocence of a little baby. We especially love how his two most edible parts, his chubby cheeks and his tush, are highlighted so nicely. And really, has there ever been such a cute tush?

-Marni and Sasha”


patti allan - June 23, 2009 - 9:28 am

I have to vote for Sasha & Marni's son! Love his sweet expression.

Anonymous - June 23, 2009 - 10:18 am

This is the one of the most adorable photos I've ever seen! (I'm also big fans of his parents.)

Anonymous - June 25, 2009 - 9:31 am

What a cutie pie. I love the little finger in the chin.

Anonymous - June 25, 2009 - 9:46 am

I also vote for this one, his little cheeky expression fits all the other cheeks! :)

Lisa Deeley Smith - June 25, 2009 - 10:36 am

I love the expression on his face.

Jessica - June 25, 2009 - 10:56 am

No! There has never been a cuter tush. I vote for Hayden!

Diego - June 25, 2009 - 10:59 am

What a handsome boy!

David Chanoff - June 25, 2009 - 11:43 am

This beautiful child's beautiful personality shines through in this picture, forcing every objective observer (like me) to vote for him.

Hayden's grandfather David

Mary - June 25, 2009 - 11:49 am

Gorgeous baby boy!

Anonymous - June 25, 2009 - 11:55 am

I vote for Hayden! What a pose and facial expression!

Ruth Anne - June 25, 2009 - 11:58 am

Absolutely the most adorable baby in the world.

Margrethe - June 25, 2009 - 12:20 pm

hands up my favorite!

Anonymous - June 25, 2009 - 12:32 pm

Cute, cute, REALLY cute baby!

clairep - June 25, 2009 - 1:26 pm

I love this pic! ADORABLE

Michael Grant - June 25, 2009 - 1:46 pm

My Nephew is the bomb and a winner no matter what the results of this contest will be. I love you Hayden!!!!!

Anonymous - June 25, 2009 - 2:16 pm

Our Grandson is as sweet, and cute, and intelligent looking, as any Grandparent could hope for. Nuni and Papa

Anonymous - June 25, 2009 - 4:45 pm

Very cute baby.

Anonymous - June 25, 2009 - 8:46 pm

Hayden is the most adorable baby and gets my vote.

Anonymous - June 26, 2009 - 1:28 am

He's a cute pie!

Wolf - July 18, 2009 - 3:56 pm

go hayden go

Contest Submission #3: This is Nat

“This is Nat, 15 months old. We took him to Phillips beach in Swampscott at the end of the shoot, stripped him down and let him go. He hadn’t started walking yet, but was crawling at about 15 miles per hour. He was really excited to be naked outside – look at that cute tushie! Jess captured the moment perfectly and I look at this photo every morning when I wake up, it is framed and sitting on our bureau.



Sharon - June 23, 2009 - 8:14 am

I think Jess captured a future member of the Hamilton College Streaking Team!

Anonymous - June 23, 2009 - 8:16 am

What a picturesque and funny shot – got to love that tushi and reminder that we're all meant to be close to nature

Michelle - June 23, 2009 - 9:11 am

I love him crawling on the wet sand, looking at the ocean, and obviously thinking about something!

Michael - June 24, 2009 - 6:02 am

Great shot. Could be one of those motivational or inspirational posters: "Breakaway – it is not where you stand, but in which direction you are going."

Contest Submission #4: Abigail and Brogan

“What’s the best game for a 3 month old?! Surely “This Little Piggy” is tops! Even at 3 months, Brogan was in love with his big sister, Abigail. She (wearing her plastic seashell bracelet for her “photo shoot”) was desperately trying to make him smile & laugh! As soon as she started playing with his feet, the belly laughs started! And what a cute belly it is!!!

Thanks Jess for capturing this moment in time.



Kate Gray - June 22, 2009 - 10:54 am

This is one of the cutest pictures I have ever seen..Love it!!!

Mark Gray - June 22, 2009 - 10:56 am

What a wonderful way to capture this moment. So precious!

kerri - June 22, 2009 - 10:56 am

So precious. This photo captures a truly special bonding moment between a big sister and her baby brother!

Abby Dawson - June 22, 2009 - 11:00 am

This is adorable photo of Abigail and Brogan!!

Kathy - June 22, 2009 - 11:09 am

Cutest picture

Michelle - June 22, 2009 - 11:10 am

love my babes.

Lisa - June 22, 2009 - 11:27 am

Love how it captures sibling affection!

rae ellen stoddard - June 22, 2009 - 11:39 am

hands down the most adorable photo i've ever seen. :)

PA - June 22, 2009 - 11:41 am

best picture ever! love the picture and love the kids!!!!

jen.larson - June 22, 2009 - 11:41 am

What a great photo! There was a time when a plastic seashell bracelet was very important to my little girl, too!

Anonymous - June 22, 2009 - 11:42 am

The picture of these two is precious!

Kelly Pappas - June 22, 2009 - 11:44 am

Nothing could be sweeter…what an amazing photo!

Katie - June 22, 2009 - 11:50 am

What a great picture ! Wouldn't it be wonderful if brothers & sisters always got along so well !!

Kerry - June 22, 2009 - 12:38 pm

What a cute little belly!

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Nancy - June 22, 2009 - 1:13 pm

what an adorable picture of the babies, i can see how much she loves her brother and how much he loves her. This photo is amazing and so precious. It should capture everyones hearts the love between the both of them.

Dianne - June 22, 2009 - 1:32 pm

Just adorable! A precious moment between sister & brother.

Emily - June 22, 2009 - 1:48 pm

They are precious! And what an adorable little belly!

Anonymous - June 22, 2009 - 2:36 pm

Love this photo, they are my precious babes!!!

Elizabeth - June 22, 2009 - 2:54 pm

What a great moment to capture of true sibling adoration!

Kate - June 22, 2009 - 3:57 pm

Great picture! And I love Brogan's little belly!

Michelle - June 22, 2009 - 6:27 pm

This picture is adorable. It is amazing that you captured such a precious moment. A picture like this will be cherished forever.

Lauren - June 22, 2009 - 7:40 pm

Love the belly, smile, and bracelet! This one gets my vote!

Amy - June 22, 2009 - 10:12 pm

So cute! A much better example of brother/sister love than me making John "hide" in the cabinets.

Kate - June 22, 2009 - 10:19 pm

what a great big sister! brogan looks so happy. love it

Maria - June 23, 2009 - 7:18 am

I absolutely love this picture…so genuine and real! Doesn't get any better than this!

Kendra - June 23, 2009 - 11:52 am

What a great photo – priceless!

Kathy Ciota - June 23, 2009 - 7:17 pm

It's the way Brogan is looking at Abigail that gets me…the belly rolls…the perfect bow…this picture captures it all. Love it!

haze - June 24, 2009 - 5:52 am

Makes me want to giggle

jill - June 24, 2009 - 12:01 pm

How sweet.

Ashley - June 24, 2009 - 3:09 pm

Aww so cute! They look adorable! My vote goes to them.

Dad - June 25, 2009 - 9:08 am

My favorite picture – they look exactly like their dad!

Auntie Alison - June 25, 2009 - 9:09 am

Cutest picture!

Gramps - June 25, 2009 - 9:10 am

Best big sister and best belly

Mimi - June 25, 2009 - 9:14 am

Just precious – I love that belly

Lori - June 25, 2009 - 1:57 pm

This is the most cutest picture i have seen in such a long time and i have 5 kids of my own and just looking at abigail and brogan, you can just see the love between the both of them, she is beautiful and he's so handsome with that cute little belly and you can see how great she is to him. So my vote goes to abigail and brogan by far.

Cousin Billy - June 25, 2009 - 1:59 pm

I love this picture of my cutest 2 little cousins, this is what i used to do do my little sister ashley when whe was a baby and i was 4 and it just brings back the memories after seeing this picture and how the love between them is so nice and i still feel that way about my sister

Uncle Bill - June 25, 2009 - 2:01 pm

Love this picture of my great niece and nephew, you couldn't ask for a better picture than this.
They are just so cute!, my vote goes to abigail and brogan.

Aunt Debbie K - June 25, 2009 - 2:06 pm

"This little Piggy" is the best!
I used to do this to my twins when they were this age and now they are almost 25, and seeing this and seeing them just brought back the memories and my vote goes to the princess Abigail and the Prince Brogan, Great belly Brogan and love the bracelet Abbey

Aunt Nancy K - June 26, 2009 - 9:14 am

This picture of my great niece and great nephew is so precious! I remember when my son billy when he was 4 1/2 used to do "This little Piggy" just brought back great memories for me. Billy now is 16 1/2 and Ashley is 12 1/2 and they still get along great. And I hope this will continue with Abby and Brogan, which i know it will. they are just so cute! love your bracelet abby and love the belly brogan. My vote goes to them!

Mary D - June 27, 2009 - 9:20 am

What a precious picture!
Love the bracelet and the cute belly.
My vote goes to Abigail and brogan.

Susan D - June 27, 2009 - 9:22 am

What a perfect picture of a big sister playing with her baby brother, you can see the love between them and how much brogan just adores his big sister.
This is so cute

Molly R - June 27, 2009 - 9:24 am

This is such an awesome picture.
It brought tears to my eyes, just seeing the bond between them.
I love Abigails bracelet, my daughter has one just like that.
And what a cute belly brogan has

Kathy L - June 27, 2009 - 9:26 am

As soon as i saw this picture, i remember the times my kids were doing this and it brought back such great memories and my 3 boys are still close to each other.
My vote goes to Abigail and Brogan, they are just so cute!

Nanci L - June 27, 2009 - 9:28 am

Love Love Love this picture!
Abigail is just beautiful and Brogan is just such a handsome little baby, love the big belly and the laughing and "This little Piggy" So precious

Great Uncle Jack - June 29, 2009 - 3:19 pm

Abigail and Brogan, brother and sister, affectionate and loving of one another.

Anonymous - June 29, 2009 - 5:38 pm

just love this picture of abigail and brogan, you can just see the love between sister and brother and how she makes him laugh, love the chubby belly and her seashell bracelet. Great Photo!

Trisha - June 29, 2009 - 5:40 pm

All I can say is just so very precious and brings tears to my eyes seeing how much they love each other.

Bonnie - June 29, 2009 - 7:09 pm

Just love this picture!
"This little Piggy is my favorite!
My vote goes to Abigail and Brogan by far/

Contest Submission #5: Big brother/little brother wrestle-orama

“When this picture was taken (June’ish 08), we were all realizing that Duncan had moved well beyond toddlerdom into little boy-hood…meaning he’d become a sparring partner for his older brother, Henry. Suddenly, Duncan wasn’t a blob to be tolerated–he was someone to sit on, spin, bury under pillows, throw blocks at, trip, chase, and (as the photo shows), someone to give noogies to.

And while Duncan doesn’t always enjoy the resulting rugburn or bruised ego, somewhere deep inside him, I think he likes having a big brother and all that it entails.



Daddy - June 22, 2009 - 7:37 pm

Well, Jess didn't put the photo of me with no clothes on, so this one will have to be the best.

Anonymous - June 22, 2009 - 7:57 pm

What cuties … Nice to know that my "big boys" are just as adorable as they were when they were babies!

Joyce - June 22, 2009 - 8:08 pm

Love this photo – captures perfectly those great moments between siblings….makes me think of my brother when we were young.

Hannah - June 22, 2009 - 8:16 pm

Pippi & Doggy need to be squished on either side of the two of you! Cutest picture ever!

Nadia - June 22, 2009 - 8:56 pm

This is a fantastic photo (even if I didn't know this handsome guys :)I especially love Duncan's eyes – pure laughter at it's best!

hockeymom - June 22, 2009 - 8:59 pm

They get my vote!!!

NatGurl - June 22, 2009 - 9:29 pm

My vote, too!

Eben - June 22, 2009 - 9:51 pm

Go H&D! Great pic!

Anonymous - June 23, 2009 - 7:55 am

yay for Henry and Duncan! Great photo….

Anonymous - June 23, 2009 - 9:26 am

Great photo. Makes me excited for my own boys to grow up and give each other noogies.

Anonymous - June 23, 2009 - 10:07 am

What cuties! AND they have their clothes on. Here's a vote for modesty ;>

Anonymous - June 23, 2009 - 2:37 pm

You guys get my vote—way too cute.

Chase - June 23, 2009 - 4:20 pm

Great Photo

Contest Submission #6: Jimmy and Mia

“I love this shot because my kids love the snow plus they’re total hams. I love that Jess always captures such candid moments!



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mary - June 24, 2009 - 4:27 pm

I'm smiling just looking at this one. Adorable and happy.

Anonymous - June 25, 2009 - 6:53 am

Love this pic! Really captures the joy of being a kid!

Anonymous - June 25, 2009 - 7:14 am

This looks like the perfect day!

Contest Submission #7: Bella

“This is one of those picture that really truly gives the saying ” a picture is worth 1000 words” some real meaning. Bella was almost a year and had just started walking but when I look at this picture I had that same sense of “YES…I did it..I survived the first year with 2 kids!” Any parent knows (no matter the age difference…) what a challenge and a relief it is to have done so. I loved this photo so much that when I mentioned it to you how great it would be on the front of a greeting card you were so kind enough to make me some!!! I still have them and give them to friends who have babies!



Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 5:21 am

We love you Bella B!!!

Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 6:03 am

Love it!

Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 7:04 am

I LOVEEEE Bella!!! Cat, you have gorgeous kids!

Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 7:10 am

Great shot. Gotta love the rolls on the legs!

Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 7:13 am

So adorable!!

Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 7:15 am

Say's so much without even having to see her expression

Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 7:16 am

Oh, you gotta love those thighs!

Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 7:16 am

Love it!!!!!!!

Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 7:29 am

Love this shot! Bella looks so triumphant!

Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 7:35 am

Go Bella!!

Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 7:40 am

One of my 2 favorite little people! Love this shot!

Beth Lynch - June 24, 2009 - 7:47 am

Will this brings to light the sure delight of a good day! Great Picture and perfect durning the peroid of rain…. Best of the rest! Beth

Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 8:09 am

so sweet!

Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 8:30 am

This is one of my all time favorite photos! It's a priceless shot and yes, it speaks volumes!!

Allie - June 24, 2009 - 8:34 am

Love the chubby legs, so cute!

Catie - June 24, 2009 - 8:44 am

This baby has so much personality and we can't even see her face! She's adorable!

Sal - June 24, 2009 - 9:06 am

Victorious Bella!!! What an adorable picture. Her baby legs are the best!!!

Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 9:49 am

Without even seeing her face, you see her excitement in the picute.
It makes you want to scoop her right up!!

Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 10:58 am

"I just love this picture"!!!!

Bella looks like she just finished the "Boston Marathon".

caterina - June 24, 2009 - 11:36 am

It was hard to choose but this one really makes me smile…everytime

Katelyn - June 24, 2009 - 11:45 am

I love this picture!!! Awesome Shot!

Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 12:09 pm

love those squishy thighs Bella!!

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Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 12:44 pm

Love this picture! I also really loved what you said…being a parent is hard and wonderful no matter what our baby's ages are! This is a treasure, here's to many more! Lots of love, kristin

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Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 2:13 pm

Love the little baby legs and the trimphant pose!

CRoss - June 24, 2009 - 6:18 pm

The champ!! Love the body language in this photo, great shot.

Concetta - June 24, 2009 - 6:37 pm

I would buy this greeting card! What a doll!

Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 6:44 pm


Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 6:58 pm

LOVED Bella, #7! She mirrors what many have felt after a wonderful accomplishment, no matter the age….

Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 9:08 pm

The words "YES" could be on a greeting card and the picture would match the word perfectly.

Bunny - June 25, 2009 - 5:17 am

I love this!

Ketruen - June 25, 2009 - 9:14 am

So so cute, I loved the chubby legs, simply The best.

Anonymous - June 25, 2009 - 9:42 am

A co-worker led me to this site hoping I would vote for her child's picture, but sorry this one stole my heart. I love it! I can sense the moment of triumph when the little girl is finally standing on her own two feet. All is right in the world.


Anonymous - June 25, 2009 - 11:15 am

Such a great picture! (I have a little Bella of my own.)

Anonymous - June 25, 2009 - 5:52 pm

Great photo, doesn't need to have a caption or face, the expression says it all. Youth brings so much accomplishment!… Mo

Anonymous - June 25, 2009 - 8:35 pm

SO cute!! the rolls on the thighs are the cutest thing ever

Anonymous - June 25, 2009 - 9:22 pm

PERFECTION!!! You can imagine the look on her face!!! A photo does have a 1000 words!!

Anonymous - June 26, 2009 - 8:56 am

Future sports star in the making … just put her on a podium :)

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Anonymous - June 26, 2009 - 3:32 pm

This is a great picture. It truly captures a moment…a big moment in this baby's life!

Anonymous - June 27, 2009 - 8:40 am

This is truly an amazing picture. I have two girls less than two years apart and when we have a great day this is truly how I feel!

Anonymous - June 28, 2009 - 1:05 pm

I LOVE this picture!!! My vote is for Bella without a doubt…

Anonymous - June 28, 2009 - 8:18 pm

so cute!

Morgan - June 29, 2009 - 6:39 am

Made me smile and wish that I had a photo of mine like this! It's perfect.

Anonymous - June 29, 2009 - 3:47 pm

I think she is saying…"Life is good!" Let's learn from her!

Anonymous - July 7, 2009 - 11:28 pm


Contest Submission #8: The “Goosemeats”

“If you’ve ever kissed a baby you know that once is never enough. It just isn’t. No one could possibly be satisfied with just one kiss unless they’re a politician in a hurry. Babies have special powers; babies could get me to sign up for a pyramid scheme just waving their soft skin and pudge in front of me. And one thing’s for sure, I love to kiss my babies. The first kiss is just a “Hello, where are you especially delicious right now?” kiss, hunting around, figuring out where could possibly top yesterday’s or this morning’s delicious spot, and then there. There it is. Sometimes it takes some tilting and lifting of limbs on your part, but the perfect spots are there for the taking. My favorite spot is what my mother calls “The Goosemeats” (one of those odd terms you know is centuries old). The Goosemeats are found in the folds of the neck, directly below the ear. You know that spot. It makes baby giggle like no other spot and it’s warm as toast. When you’ve discovered The Goosemeats you’ve created a standard for all other kissable spots. In one of my all-time favorite Jess McDaniel photos, my very obliging baby pudding Bodie is about to get kisses on The Goosemeats, and big sister Hanne is onto something promising up top.



Heather - June 25, 2009 - 8:18 am

Such a beautiful picture!

Anonymous - June 25, 2009 - 9:21 am

How could one not be in love. What a beautiful photo!

elvessa - June 25, 2009 - 9:38 am

Makes me want to kiss my babies right now! I think the Goosemeats are located near the Goozles.

Liz McGill - June 25, 2009 - 10:24 am

This photo is beautiful and makes me want another baby…!!

Jess, your photos are fabulous and so sweet. We need to have you come work your magic on Jack!

-Liz & Kevin

Anonymous - June 25, 2009 - 10:49 am

Oh yummy, I never heard the term Goosemeats before, but I'll buy it. I love this photo. Too cute!

Anonymous - June 26, 2009 - 3:30 pm

Pure happiness!

Amanda Olson - June 26, 2009 - 3:48 pm

Delicious indeed…I just love the expression!

Anonymous - June 26, 2009 - 4:14 pm

This photo makes me smile. That's all I need to say!

N&H Peru - June 26, 2009 - 5:17 pm

Brilliant framing of a lovely baby.

Carmen - June 26, 2009 - 8:07 pm

Love the pic & the goosemeats!

Anonymous - June 26, 2009 - 8:53 pm

This is the best picture ! love it !

Anonymous - June 26, 2009 - 9:21 pm

Awesome shot! This picture brings back some very nice memories. Thanks.

Anonymous - June 27, 2009 - 12:04 pm

Bodie and Hanne are the cutest loving sibs!

Anonymous - June 27, 2009 - 9:51 pm

Absolutely beautiful ! True love was captured!

Anonymous - June 29, 2009 - 12:24 pm

Beautiful picture of those beautiful kids!

Anonymous - June 30, 2009 - 4:28 pm

yay so cute

-nick =D

Contest Submission #9: First smile from Griffin

“Milestones are so important to parents. We write them down in baby books, we stress when we don’t think our kids are reaching them fast enough, we brag about them to eager grandparents. I think, though, that they are best described as bittersweet moments. We want our babies to grow and at the same time want them to stay small. My third boy, Griffin, was very stingy with his smiles for the longest time. We waited and waited to see his first. Then one day, when Jess was over taking photos of Griff and his brothers, it came while he was hanging over my shoulder. I yelled, “did you get it, did you get it?” Of course she had.



Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 1:59 pm

cute boy!

Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 3:42 pm

My favorite picture of Griffy!

his mom - June 24, 2009 - 4:23 pm

I vote for Griff!

Annemarie Reilly - June 24, 2009 - 4:56 pm

Awesome picture!

Jin Jin - June 24, 2009 - 7:28 pm

Too adorable!

Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 7:50 pm

Future Marine !!! I'll Vote for Griffin.

Mark - June 24, 2009 - 8:08 pm

Love the picture! I just saw him and I am afraid if I do not vote for him he may beat me up. Go Griffie!

kristin - June 24, 2009 - 8:16 pm

this is an awesome picture of griff! love him and his smile..he definitely gets my vote =)

Colleen Waterbury - June 24, 2009 - 8:33 pm

Griffin's Godmother said…….
That is the cutest baby picture I have seen in ages!
We love You!!!!!
Auntie Coll

Mike Waterbury - June 24, 2009 - 9:02 pm

my godson rules

Anonymous - June 24, 2009 - 9:04 pm

Nice Smile Griff.

dawn - June 24, 2009 - 9:35 pm

Hands down..he is the cutest!!!

Shelly - June 25, 2009 - 12:56 am

Griffin always has my vote, especially with this adorable picture!!

Paul - June 25, 2009 - 5:46 am

Great picture of Griffy

Anonymous - June 25, 2009 - 7:46 am

What a cutie!! Great picture!

Anonymous - June 25, 2009 - 7:47 am


Anonymous - June 25, 2009 - 7:52 am

Of course lil' Griff gets my vote. He's still so sweet!

Anonymous - June 25, 2009 - 1:08 pm

What a sweet boy! Love the crooked little smile!

Joanne - June 25, 2009 - 1:47 pm

How sweet! And how special to have this moment captured!

Marianne - June 25, 2009 - 3:33 pm

The sweetest little smile!! So precious!

Sayre - June 25, 2009 - 4:04 pm

Such handsome boys!! Can't wait to meet Ella!

Anonymous - June 26, 2009 - 7:36 am

Did you ever see a sweeter smile??My vote's for Griff!

Anonymous - June 26, 2009 - 8:03 am

what a precious moment!

Grammy - June 26, 2009 - 9:39 am

I love this pic!!! I love this boy!!! From grammy

Chrissy - June 26, 2009 - 11:06 am

What a great smile:) The story and picture capture Griff's personality perfectly!

Christine - June 26, 2009 - 11:09 am

great picture of Griff!

Tina - June 26, 2009 - 9:56 pm

Nothing better than a smiling baby! Go Griff!!

Anonymous - June 27, 2009 - 8:32 am

DoFron't forget my vote!!From Pop!

Anonymous - June 27, 2009 - 11:21 am

Love the picture… Good luck Griffin

Anonymous - June 28, 2009 - 6:28 am

Great picture. How lucky you were to have that moment captured. Helena

Anonymous - June 28, 2009 - 1:57 pm

i vote for griffin! …shawn

Siobhan - June 29, 2009 - 3:26 pm

Soooo cute!!!

Cathy - June 30, 2009 - 9:12 am

Griffi has a Big Pat smile!…Cathy

Anonymous - July 1, 2009 - 12:23 pm

Awesome first smile! you have my vote!