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An apology

I had to put a quick note up here to apologize to twenty-three of my November families – I gave up on blogging this month in the effort to get your pictures edited and to you ASAP… but I love being able to choose my favorites and put them up here.  So I wanted to say sorry, guys, and I’ll get back to blogging my 2011 sessions, I promise.

Thanks for your understanding!

A visit from the left coast

I’ve been a terrible blogger this month, I’m so sorry.  I’m rushing to get everyone’s photos edited and out to them as fast as I can, and that often means sacrificing the blog posts, and I’m sorry about that.

So Evan and I always say if we were to move anywhere in the world it’d be San Francisco.  I love it out there.  But it’s FAR!  It’d be hard to leave all our friends and family, not to mention all my wonderful clients. But I’ll admit a part of me was jealous when these guys moved out there last winter – we’d just done their 2nd son’s newborn pictures, and so I was also sad to see them go.  Imagine my surprise when I got an email from this mama saying they’d be in town and could I take pictures of their now 1 and 3 year olds.

For people who have fun like this? I couldn’t say no.

These are the two handsome dudes, inside sitting still for just a minute:

And the fun part of this shoot was that because they were only in town for a few days, we got to double up the photoshoot with a big monster playdate they were having with tons of their Boston friends.  An old bud of big brother S’s:

They got some run-around outside time:

Even little C got to show off his run-around skills:

And some tickles from his mama:

We got some new babies:

And some old friends — beep beeeeeep…

And even some grins from a little guy who didn’t feel so well…

It was wonderful to catch some time with you guys while you were in town.

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Three scooter-riding airplane fliers

I don’t usually start a blog post with a family shot, but this one says so much about this super fun family, I love it.

Best expression ever – and love littlest brother A in the background, also pointing his airplane to the sky…


Hop on the scooters, head to the hill!

What a crew :)

You guys were a treat as always – thanks for having me back!

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Another gorgeous two under two

A kiss? From a big brother who isn’t even two years old yet?

Rare.  And when it happens, and you also get curly eyelashes and an adorable three month old sticky-uppy do and sweet little splayed fingers… awesome.

Love this, nothing beats playing in my sister’s crib while she snoozes…

Great to see you guys as always!

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Big happy sis, leetle sweet brudda

Favorite, favorite, favorite!  I love this one so much.

But this one’s pretty great too.

Wait, wait, I actually love this one a lot too.

The curls on big sister aren’t to be believed.

And the grins on little brother are pretty fantastic too.

These two are really close in age – less than 2 years apart.  So although when we did these photos big girl K was (just barely) 2, I’m sneaking them into my two under two category for this blog post, because I know what a challenge it is for parents who have children that close in age, and it’s fun to see photos of other families who’ve done the same.

Great to see you guys again!

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Six is a charm

I have to start at the end with these guys, because this is one of my favorite pictures of all time.  Dad’s expression, looking over at Mom, who’s just coming into the frame. All four of them, piled up on him… it really couldn’t be more perfect.

Unless, of course, we piled all six of them onto the hammock and the strings of the hammock started breaking one by one, scaring the little guys and making the bigger ones dissolve into laughter until the whole crew ended up with butts on the wet ground.  Good times make for really good pictures :)

But I digress…

Youngest to oldest… (actually, I’m not sure if I got the twins in the right age order or not…)

It was wonderful to see you guys again!

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So many new things

So I think this year marks the most changes in J since our visit last year.  Every year he picks up so many new things, and this year was no different.  Still a huge fan of the swings…

And his Wiggles…

But now also very into water, and standing at the sink and playing with it, so cool. (Yes, you heard/saw right – that’s “STANDING” at the kitchen sink…)

Going down the slide all by himself this year…

As I said, adoring those swings…

Really good at giving high fives to dad and mom:

And I left the best for last.  Walking.

Yup, with or without holding hands.  This guy’s going places!

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Numbers, Numbers, Numbers…

Sunday was an incredible day.  Not only were the leaves gorgeous as I drove around the Boston suburbs (Cochituate Road between Concord and Natick is not to be believed right now), but I had three photoshoots with three families I’ve been taking pictures of for years and then I ended up at Fenway Park for the last shoot of the day, my 1,000th ever.

My mind tends to wander as I listen to podcasts and drive around Boston from one shoot to another, and Sunday was no exception.  I thought about how happy my job makes me, how New England leaves are incredible and make such a cool backdrop.  I thought about the number 1,000, and how eight years can zip by in the blink of an eye.  I thought about how I had been excitedly tweeting and blogging about the 1,000th session coming up, and one friend/client wrote me saying “that’s 1,000 lucky families!”.  Such a sweet comment, but because I see so many of my clients over and over again, it’s not quite right… in fact, my fall shooting season is packed chock full of families I’ve known for years.  (Punctuated, wonderfully, by a newborn every once in a while, beginning the journey again.)

I only rarely take the time to count back, to figure out how many times I’ve taken pictures for any given family.  I’m having fun with numbers this week – looking back at these families over the years and thinking about when they met me.

The first family I worked with on Sunday wins the prize of working with me the longest out of the three.  Their first shoot was in October 2006, my 252nd shoot ever.  They’ve been faithful clients, coming back every year since then, as #443, #634, #809 and then Sunday #998.  Five years, and such a fun family.  Here’s a fun moment from Sunday’s shoot.  (Guys, I’m scheduled to edit your full session early next week – you should see proofs by Tues or so.)

Then there was my 2nd family of the day, another family I met in the fall/winter of 2006.  It’s been five shoots, five years for them as well – big almost 5 yr old E was just one when we met, in December 2006, my 289th shoot ever.  Then over those years they were shoot #494, and #660, and #831, and Sunday they were #999 for me.  And best of all? I got to meet E’s baby brother.

I had to grab this one to show you too, because look at that tree back there!  OK, the munchkins are pretty fantastic too, but the colors this time of year around here are so incredible.  A photographer friend asked me the other day if I’m exclusively a black & white photographer, and I told her of course not.  I love black and white for indoor baby pictures, which is, after all, kind of what started my whole business… and I love the simplicity of a black and white image.  But nowadays I always give my clients all their pictures in both b&w and color, even though I only blog the b&w’s – my first love.  Another photographer friend tweeted a great line recently, related to this.  He said “I dare you to take on B&W photography — stripping out the color forces one to be more articulate and to create stronger compositions.”  I love that thought.  I never could have said it as well as he did, but it’s a perfect sentiment for me.  And it makes me feel cool, as someone who spends a lot of time thinking about and producing black and white imagery.

(And I’m scheduled to edit the rest of your pictures early next week as well, guys – you should see proofs by Weds latest.)

OK, but on to the main event.  The last family I shot on Sunday was having their 8th photoshoot with me.  (See what I mean about not necessarily having shot 1,000 clients?)  The most incredible part for me was the location of the shoot.  Last week as I thought about this milestone, I wondered what I could do to make it special.  I wanted to celebrate, give the lucky family a free photobook to commemorate the session… but what could I do?  Then I got the email – there was a chance they might be able to do their shoot in Fenway Park.  They weren’t sure, but they were working on it.  I did a little dance.  Fingers hurt from crossing them… and it worked out!  We did it at Fenway.

Alan, the dad of the family, offered to take some pictures of me doing my thang, since it’s not every day you shoot in Fenway.  I handed him my phone and he got some great shots…

Thank you, Alan!  Here’s me (do you believe we got on the field?)…

And without further ado…

Here’s a full blog post celebrating #1,000.  Thank you guys so much for making it so special. Oh, but before I get into the pictures, I did your numbers too, because I know this part is just sooo fascinating for everyone.  Your first shoot with me was in May 2007, my #348th shoot ever.  Then over the years, we’ve had seven more sessions.  You were my #404th, my 517th, my 592nd, my 654th, my 730th, my 791st, and now…. drumroll… MY 1,000th!! Woooeeee!

Wait up, guys!

In the bullpen :)

I have you guys scheduled to be fully edited by late next week, Thursday the 4th at the latest.

Thanks again.

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A not-so fearsome foursome

This is one family who knows how to have fun together:

And when baby M had a sad time, all three of the boys were so concerned with making her feel better…

The eldest:

One sweet twin outside:

One sweet twin inside:

And beautiful baby M:


Wonderful to see you guys as always!

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Newborn twins, twins, I love twins, twins, twins…

Twice the babies means twice the gorgeous pictures! I adore taking pictures of twins, and newborn twins are just too perfect.

These guys were 5 lbs each when I met them last weekend, just home after a couple of weeks in the hospital. A beautiful girl and a gorgeous boy.

Sweet girlie toes to start:

Ladies first:

And handsome brother’s next:

Some of the expressions we got were too fun not to post:

A bum shot, of course:

Loving their parents:

And I love that both babies seem to be grinning in this one – hilarious!

Ow! You’re biting my cheek with your… um, well, with your gums…

I loved meeting you guys, thanks for introducing me to your beauties.

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Liliane - October 22, 2010 - 9:38 pm

Beautiful pictures of Tyler and Katelyn! It is so great to have these pictures for future memories.

Jennifer - October 22, 2010 - 10:16 pm

Happy to see Katelyn and Tyler as baby models! They are adorable!

Sophie - October 22, 2010 - 11:03 pm

Congratulations on your baby twins! They are so adorable!!
Love all the photos..

Jinsun Park - October 23, 2010 - 3:49 am

Thank you for sharing these precious pictures. Congratulations!!

Stella - October 23, 2010 - 10:07 am

They are really cute and adorable~!!!!
Beautiful babies. beautiful pictures.

grandparents - October 23, 2010 - 11:19 am

We’re overjoyed for your arrival.
You’re welcomed with lots, lots of love.

JI YOUNG PARK - October 23, 2010 - 11:37 am

The twins are so lovely~ Their parents look so happy, too. Hope the babies are growing well.

Sarah Campillo - October 23, 2010 - 3:42 pm

I loved those baby pictures! Your babies are beautiful, and you both look so happy. Congratulations!

Youngmi Kang - October 24, 2010 - 12:37 pm

Congratulations! Your babies are so cute and healthy. Such sweet pictures! Blessings to your family.

Sue - October 24, 2010 - 4:20 pm

Love the pictures. They are so adorable ! Congrats.

Sonali - October 24, 2010 - 7:48 pm

These pictures are so beautiful – they capture those innocent moments and adorable interactions so well. Take care and enjoy this precious time with your little ones!

Lee, sanginn - October 24, 2010 - 8:35 pm

Congratulations you have birthday for twins.
I’m very happy to see your family’s pictures.
I’m sure you will have a good time for long long time.

From your father’s friend in Seoul.

Kyong sook Kim - October 25, 2010 - 9:46 am

They are so cute.
I am very happy to see them.
And I love so much your family.

Stella K - October 26, 2010 - 9:51 pm

The babies are very cute and adorable.
They filled up their skin! I love love that stage…
Take lots of picture. They grow up fast and soon they will be playing football and you’ll be chauffeurs and logistics specialists.

Martin - October 26, 2010 - 9:53 pm

Great baby photos! I’m happy to see you that Katherine and the twins are doing well.

Lytia - October 27, 2010 - 2:04 pm

They are so adorable! These photos capture their great personalities:)
Can’t wait to see them again!

cindy - October 29, 2010 - 10:36 pm

Looking at them, just take my breath away.
So precious!!!! So Lovely!!!

You are trully blessed.

Joo Yeon Ko - November 1, 2010 - 12:49 am

I love twins. Tyler and Katelyn is very very beautiful~!!
I wish they grow up quickly and healthy.

Well, what are their Korean name?? ㅋㅋ

Joo Yeon