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Personal Project: four people, twelve times (second time)

Now I started this personal project in February to get twelve photos of my family over the course of the year, so I’m two months in at this point, and we got these shots in under the wire on the last day of March (phewf) before we left my inlaws in Florida.

I was still a bit feverish in these photos (had just spent four days in bed with a fever on vacation while my poor amazing husband and inlaws handled the two kids themselves), so the smile’s a bit forced, but whatever.  I love the first giggling one where the girls are both laughing, but even better, the second one where both kids are off doing their thing and Ev and I are still enjoying it.  There’s something just so real about that moment.

And Ev will, doubtless, mention something to me about how many chins he has in these shots.  I love ’em.

Kim - April 6, 2010 - 2:44 pm

So sweet!

3 month old perfect pout

I am officially obsessed with this shot of 3 month old S – her perfect pout is killing me!

And I’m also loving the giggles with her mama:

With her handsome big brother T:

A grab for mama’s finger:

In her pretty headband, with a sweet smile:

Aren’t the expressions incredible?

Big brother T saying his goodbyes as I was heading out:

And one last one of the pink princess, a lovely girl, lovely smile.

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2 pounds of fluff and attitude

Today I got to meet the teeniest, tiniest little cutie patootie Maltipoo puppy.  She’s only twelve weeks old and at her last appointment she weighed in at a whopping one and a half pounds.  She’s been eating and growing like crazy, though, so her mama is sure she’s at least two pounds by now.  She’s the kind of little pup who makes you immediately drop to the ground the moment you see her and not get off the ground until you have to leave.

Here’s my favorite moment from the shoot, as she heads to attack that enormous tennis ball that just might attack back.  Never know.

Introducing the lovely Digby.  Yes, that is a standard-size tennis ball at 1/3 of her standing height.

Never thought I’d post a photo of my own foot on my blog.  Luckily I wore my cute shoes today. I’m a size 8.5, if that helps you establish a frame of reference for this little pipsqueak.

Next to her playpen.

Hiding in a favorite spot.  Yes, that’s Dig’s little nose peeking out.

Can we go outside and play?

Enjoying the sun today (look at that cutie little tail!).  And the face full of attitude.

Getting a scratch from mama.

Her profile makes her look like a big five pound girl, doesn’t she?

Quick rest, sweet wise eyes.

And last but not least, lounging by the pool.

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Kath - March 22, 2010 - 7:39 am

THANK YOU so much for these pics. It’s absolutely amazing what you were able to capture, especially since Digby was running around the entire time. I can’t wait to frame her first official photos!

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Awwwwww! Presh!

Three boys and some cookie dough

Got to come back and see these boys again last weekend, and the two older brothers had been joined by a third.  This one of the three of them cracks me up – I feel like it tells such a story :)

We’ll start in the middle, with sweet brother A:

And littlest handsome brother C:

And last but not least, I love this one of big cool brother O:

And littlest brother C gets an upside-down ride from dad:

And a giggle with mom:

And even though big brother O is the oldest brother, I love how little he looks here, reading:

Thinking mama is hilarious:

And this is by far my favorite shot of the day – as the guys get going on their chocolate chip cookie dough, but are stymied by the hard chunks of unsoftened butter:

But it all turned out OK – the whole fam got in on the dough-nibbling action:

Wonderful to see you guys again!

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Lens slobber never hurt anyone

I’ve been called many, many times over the past eight years to do dog photos, and I’ve always just referred my clients to other wonderful photographers who specialize in animal photography.  But when all of a sudden this month my sister and her fiance adopted a gorgeous 4 month old shelter pup (a lab/husky mix), all my resolve went out the window.  Because dogs are babies too!  Now that I’m a real live aunt of a real live dog, everything has changed.  He’s perfect.  He’s delicious. He’s cuddly.  He’s beautiful.  He’s my nephew.

And his name, ladies and gentlemen, is Jake.

And in my less than 12 hour visit to DC this weekend to meet him, I learned so much.  He taught me how awesome the laser pointer is.  His mom and dad live in an english basement apartment, and they don’t have a ton of runaround room for a 4 month old cutie pie, so the laser pointer is maybe the best invention for Jake ever.  Here he is as he pounces on that silly little red dot (and a side note as a proud aunt – do you see the bright white light on his left paw? he totally would have caught the red dot if it were a real thing!):

A snuggle with his loving mama:

Up on his hind legs (this was before we went to doggie kindergarden later that day… not sure if this is allowed anymore…):

I think he has his daddy’s nose:

And a shot with his favorite toy in the background – the oft-chewed Froggy.  And don’t you love these incredible wrinkles on Jake’s head? What’s more perfect? They remind me of how much I love baby wrinkles.

Playing a little tug-o-war:

I like this one because you can see his sweet little husky tail all curled around:

And had to play with some macro stuff… don’t you love how puppy-ish these paw pads are? Still so soft.

The whole fam.  How awesome is the head tilt on Jake? And Lindsay’s hand over Jake’s little paw is my second favorite part…

Gorgeous, perfect, wonderful nephew, I loved meeting you.  Can’t wait to see you again soon.  So excited to be a doggie aunt.

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Nancy - March 19, 2010 - 1:00 am

SO cute! Will he be at the wedding? :)

BBP, aka Jess - March 19, 2010 - 1:03 am

I hope so, Nancy – but I’m gonna leave that to Linds and Brent to answer… I haven’t heard the final word. I think his house training is job #1 these days, and the success on that front is going to determine wedding attendance likelihood ;)

Mary C. Davis - March 19, 2010 - 10:25 am

These pictures are stunning! I haven’t met Jake, but I feel like I know him now. Beautifully done!

Sara - March 19, 2010 - 10:29 am

These shots are incredible! I just spent an hour with Jake this week and I can’t get over how much these shots capture his personality. Love them!

Cilla - March 20, 2010 - 9:28 am

OMG these brought tears to my eyes. Jake is wonderful, he totally has a photo-future, and I’m thrilled for him and his happy parents! Happy life to all!

Expressions at 9 months old: awesome

So this was my third visit to see this handsome devil – we did three month pictures, six month pictures, and now nine month… it’s so wonderful to see the changes when I get a chance to document little guys in their first year.  This time K is standing, crawling… and isn’t it cool as a baby goes from a darker room into a lighter one? Look at these bright white tiles and K’s perfect big boy crawl…

And the best expression, with his big beautiful eyes:

Look how proud he looks of his standing skills. Showing off his chubby little toes, too :)

A cool grin:

Walking with mom and dad:

I love how these guys are mirroring each other:

A hug from dad, and perfect wrist rolls – wonderful to see you guys!

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An alliterative post: beautiful, blond boys

No question as to my favorite, favorite picture from this session last weekend – this one of adorable three month old baby D with his lovely mama.  I was kneeling getting pictures of D’s toes, and I saw the sweetest moment happening between the two of them, I had to change my focus a bit.

Big four year old brother T was just perfect:

And just like at my house with my two (same age difference as these two), he gave his brother lots of love ;)

Luckily D thinks T hung the moon:

Giggling with mama:

Handsome, handsome, handsome. Not to mention… dimples!

“My mama is soooo funny.”

This is the toe picture I was getting when the other one from the top of this post happened. Both worth having :)

What a treat to meet you guys, thanks so much for having me out.

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susan mosier - March 14, 2010 - 11:21 am

The Bannish family pictures are out of this world!

Pam Loverso - March 14, 2010 - 11:22 am

What a beautiful family!

Sue Wattie - March 14, 2010 - 11:47 am

A love story from picture to picture!!

Karen Scanlon - March 14, 2010 - 1:17 pm

These pictures are just beautiful! Of course, they did have beautiful subjects to work with.

The boys are just precious. Wonderful pictures!

Jules Kaden - March 15, 2010 - 10:02 am

Such adorable pics of all the cuties!!! Love the smiles on the boys!!!

Greg K. - March 15, 2010 - 10:09 am

Awesome pics!!

Alexandra G. - March 15, 2010 - 11:52 am

Very lovely photos

Meg G - March 15, 2010 - 12:48 pm

Are these boys always so sweet to each other?!? Great photos!

Jackson - March 15, 2010 - 1:46 pm

LOVE the pix of my buddies!

jen - March 15, 2010 - 1:47 pm

OMG–sooooooooo cute!!! such beautiful pix!!!

Carolyn Mastroianni - March 17, 2010 - 8:16 pm

What beautiful pictures! The boys are adorable!

Meg - March 17, 2010 - 8:21 pm

All of the photos are beautiful, if only they could get rid of the big goof in the middle of the last picture! Who is that anyway, the landscaper?

Christine - March 17, 2010 - 8:25 pm

These pictures are so adorable!

Joan - March 17, 2010 - 8:25 pm

I agree with Meg’s comment! The kids are absolutely beautiful, and so is their mother! How did she end up with that LOSER!?

Lauren - March 17, 2010 - 8:30 pm

He must have some redeeming qualities……$$$$$$$$$. At least she lucked out and the kids are beautiful!

Lauren M. - March 17, 2010 - 8:45 pm

My cousins look so cute!

Lisa C. - March 19, 2010 - 1:04 pm

What amazing pictures. I love those tiny toes!

Welcoming a lovely lady

I keep coming back to this one as I’m editing these photos –  the curled toes on one foot, the relaxed toes on the other. I love to see how teenie little J’s feet are next to her mama’s thumb.  We got tons of beautiful ones of this little sweet girl’s face, but I thought I’d start here, with the toes.

And this one, such a quiet, sweet moment.  Utter relaxation.

She’s only 4 1/2 weeks old – isn’t she just scrumptious?

Smiling with mama:

Doesn’t she have incredible hair? So thick!

I feel like she’s telling me a story in this one:

All cozied up, and showing off her newborn highlighted hair :)

The two pretty ladies in a family full of boys:

This one kinda reminds me of a Gene Kelly/Singing in the Rain/heels-meeting-in-the-air moment – am I crazy?  J looks like she’s having fun with it, too.

So wonderful to meet you, lovely girl.

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Stepping back and appreciating it

My photographic style often has me really close up to some pretty beautiful little people.  I love being close, capturing those moments as the sneeze happens, as the yawn crests…

But once in a while I see something happening and I have to step way back. And sometimes that works really well.

This is that same shot close up, in my standard style.  Mama and her four week old sweet S. Can’t tell which of these two photos I like better.  Two beautiful ladies in both :)

And S’s mama wasn’t sure about the tutu, but I loved it – and luckily, so did S!

Those perfect toes:

Mirroring faces with dad:

Holding Dad’s finger:

And taking a moment to wail:

So wonderful to meet you guys!

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Rebecca Sullivan - March 11, 2010 - 7:49 pm

Beautiful, Jess. I love the long view and also love how the mom is lovingly holding the baby’s head.

Next month, my 900th photoshoot?!

Wow. I just realized that in April I’ll have my 900th photoshoot ever.  It really feels like just a few years I’ve been doing this, but I guess it’s been a while.  I can’t express how much I’ve loved doing this, and how wonderful it is to spend time with you all, my amazing clients.  So excited to see what the next 900 shoots bring.

That also means I’ll have my 1,000th photoshoot later this year.  I’m going to have to find a way to celebrate and find some special something to give away to the family who ends up with my 1,000th shoot.  Not sure what yet, but stay tuned…

Eve - March 10, 2010 - 12:23 pm

beautiful children! the tones in the photographs are really nice too…..

Thirty tootsies and a big fat kiss

Ooh I had no idea we’d gotten this shot during the session, and when I started editing them I was so excited when I found it!  LOVE this.

I came to celebrate B’s first birthday a couple of weeks ago, and because I’d done cute little nudie bum pictures of his big sisters years ago, we had to embarrass Mr. B the same way.  But this one is just perfect, clenching and all:

Incredible, incredible eyelashes.

This one cracks me up, especially big sister A in the background :)

Those tootsies I mentioned:

What great twinkley eyes on this big one year old boy:

Lovely big sister R:

And what incredible eyes on biggest sister A:

I feel like Mr. B is saying “Wait, wait…!”  :)

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katie - March 10, 2010 - 2:07 pm

I love the toes!

kerry eagen - March 10, 2010 - 3:13 pm

Adorable photo’s! I love that pic of Ava!

Sarah - March 10, 2010 - 5:40 pm

These are great! I *love* the twinkley-eyed B. shot, and also that last one where the girls are smooching the b-day boy. They’re all great, though, as usual!

Christy - March 10, 2010 - 10:11 pm

Amazing photos, as always. Can’t wait to see all the ones you pick out!

kate jennings - March 12, 2010 - 9:00 pm

can I just remark on how beautiful your children are!!!Ava and Rowan are knock outs already-god bless you and Dan! and Mr. B is just so damn cute and loveable.

Patricia Barger - March 13, 2010 - 11:45 am


Your photos are wonderful. You captured my grandchildren so naturally and the fivesome of mom and dad


Alex - March 14, 2010 - 7:24 pm

Adorable as always! The photos are just great, well done Jess! Well done kiddies!

Nursery School Photography? Sure.

When my older daughter started nursery school last year, I heard from her school that they were interested in trying something different for the school photos.  They asked me to go for it, and last year I did, and it was fantastic. Well, last year I was 8 1/2 months pregnant when I was shooting school photo day, so fantastic wasn’t the word I would have used back then, but the photos were adorable, and the achy back was short-lived ;)

This year, in Annie’s 2nd year in her nursery school, I did it again, and this year was even better (no belly to contend with on my end!).  The kids were hilarious and adorable, and I can’t wait to do it again next year.  I loved it so much I wanted to offer my services to other nursery schools, if they’re interested in trying something different this year.  Here are a few cuties from this year (thanks to their moms and dads for letting me share their photos here!).

I encourage parents to bring siblings in for photos, too. ‘Cause nothing beats a siblings shot:

I try to get all the kids to make crazy faces, too, so I can make a “crazy face” collage for the school.  Well, this one’s not so much crazy as jazz-hands-y ;)


Even baby sisters sometimes show up, and show off a smirk:

What are you gonna do?

The style, as you can kind of tell, is just a little different from standard school photos.  Of course I get the standard sitting there, smiling shot for grandma’s wall, don’t worry.  I just get a few others, too.  Here are my two, doing what they do all over my house (and for once I’m not yelling – let GO of your SISTER!)

Each parent gets an individual link to their child’s photos for online ordering for 2 weeks after the shoot.  Expressions are natural, and I think, pretty incredible.  But that’s thanks to the gorgeous kids, not me.

I bring in lights and a white backdrop, just so we get super simple backgrounds and really focus on the kids’ expressions.  It’s also nice because we don’t have to worry about rescheduling for weather.  I don’t charge the school at all – the parents just order their prints on a one-off basis from me a few weeks after the shoot.  Nursery school print prices are half the price of my standard prints.  For more information about having me take pictures at  your nursery school, send me an email to jess (at) and I can send you some more information.

Torns - March 8, 2014 - 1:24 am

This post is giving us the idea of a nursery school.Pre-school is highly required for a child.It helps a lot to make a better career.THank you so much for this post.

8 days old, delicious & time to play “Dare you not to yawn”

Here are a bunch more pictures of the gorgeous Lady Kay – dimples and smiles and all (8 days old and a little smile already?):

And this shot was stolen from another wonderful photographer whose name I don’t know, but who did a much nicer job of this… but I do still kinda like our version.  We have to assume someday it’ll be her album cover when she’s a musician, right?

Big brother is loving little Kay:

And we can’t forget the big boy and how old he’s going to be next week:

A catnap is an important part of any newborn shoot:

Doesn’t Daddy look a little like a heavy metal rocker?

I love when parents try to imitate their baby’s expressions.  Awesome.

Those perfect newborn wrinkles, before the chub arrives…

Doesn’t Kay look like she’s plotting something?

I took Kay’s big brother’s pictures at around this same age, and his toes were exactly the same as hers!

And last but not least, it’s time to play your favorite game and mine:  “Dare you not to yawn.”


Get ready…



Did you yawn? I did. Still am :)

Welcome to the world, sweet baby Kay.  Can’t wait to see you again soon!

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Irene Mahler - March 6, 2010 - 9:08 pm

The photos of Jay, Sara, Nat and Kay are awesome! Thank you Jess,you make a grandmother’s heart flutter.

Introducing Lady Kay

I got to visit my college roommate and one of my oldest and dearest friends today, and meet her new sweet Kay, at just 8 days old.  I must go downstairs and paint my guestroom (long story, but guests arrive Friday and there’s way too much to do), but before I do, I had to quickly post one picture to get you excited to see the rest of the photos of Lady Kay.

This one’s just a little teaser…

Not sure this moment could be more perfect.

I love you guys!

Kim - March 2, 2010 - 9:48 pm

This is one of those photos that they will keep FOREVER…it will be passed down. So incredibly precious. Awesome.

Joseph Katz - March 3, 2010 - 11:57 am

Welcome to the family, Kay, from your Uncle Joe and Aunt Janet.

Sharon - March 4, 2010 - 10:07 pm

Jess, you are fabulous! Of course, the subject matter is terrific, too! Can’t wait to see Kay and Nat in person!
Love, Gramma

Classic six month old babe

I’ve known this guy’s momma for almost nineteen years! We must have been babies when we met… because aren’t I only about 19 years old? Oy.

As I was looking through these photos we got at T’s session, I started to feel like they’re just such classic moments for a six month old’s photoshoot.  The hand reaching…

The awesome facial expressions, showing off his pushing up skills:

Grabbing the toes, of course:

Such a perfect “baby” moment:

Beautiful toesies:

And of course taking a moment to fuss – but so beautifully!  I always feel awful shooting the crying, but it’s just hard not to when they look so perfect doing it.

And a last handsome boy shot.  Had such a great time seeing you!

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Abigail - March 3, 2010 - 10:07 am

I’m an old friend of Elizabeth’s. These photos are amazing. I’d love you to photograph my kids!