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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:

Worms!

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

Seo-Young,
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!
Love,
Sonali

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

Congratulations!
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

Twins – their fifth shoot

Mellow, fun – awesome.  I love these guys.  I’ve been taking pictures of these sweet twins since they were 3 months old, and now they’re big almost four year old kiddos. They’re such a great family, I love spending time with them every year.

The ATV’s have been upgraded this year, to a Barbie Jeep (complete with sunglasses) and a John Deer tractor.  Fabulousness.

Love that daddy and J have exactly the same facial expression here, and mommy matches E…

The kisses just keep on coming.

Loved seeing you guys as always!

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Three squeezes

What a fun crew.  And I just found out that today’s is Mama’s birthday!  Happy Birthday, baby!

Ladies first…

Big brudda…

Little brudda…

And sometimes as we seek that perfect shot, we get some other great ones…

Squeeeeze!

And I had to include this one of sweet sister K – lovely.

Wonderful to see you guys!

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Nikki - October 20, 2010 - 3:58 pm

Beautiful photos!! Great candid moments. And Julie – our daughters have similar taste in clothing. Cute dresses and sparkly shoes!

Zoe - October 20, 2010 - 4:19 pm

These pictures are just beautiful!! I love them!

Mandy - October 20, 2010 - 4:28 pm

Love them – the sense of humor you Krintzmans have is so great…:-)

xo Mandy

Jenny - October 20, 2010 - 4:39 pm

So cute!!

Amanda - October 20, 2010 - 5:11 pm

I love this pictures!! They are beautiful!!

Georgianna - October 20, 2010 - 10:27 pm

Looks like lots of fun and laughter in this crew! (Our family is in the previous blog entry and I’m glad to have had the chance to see this one!)

Big sister, little sister, smooch and poke

Big sister smooch pictures are my favorite.  Can we please do this one huge on a wall canvas for your bedroom or somewhere?  I adore it.  Look at that little ponytail curl!

Awww, my sister is so nice to me ;)

Except when she does this…

Lovely girls!  Wonderful to see you guys.  Thanks for having me out – I love love love new babies and their big siblings pictures, I can’t say it enough.

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Hoon - October 19, 2010 - 10:07 pm

Awesome pics! Kids are getting so big

Naomi - October 19, 2010 - 10:11 pm

These are amazing!

vicky - October 19, 2010 - 10:13 pm

Great pictures! The girls are so cute!!

Jill Weglarz - October 19, 2010 - 10:16 pm

Love the “chase” pic. Lovely work!

Carisa - October 19, 2010 - 10:38 pm

Wonderful photos – what a gorgeous family!!

Melanie - October 19, 2010 - 10:55 pm

Jessica, your talent is unparalleled. I love the BBP logo on the top one: I feel like I’m reading a Life magazine pictorial of some famous family.

Helen - October 20, 2010 - 6:40 am

What lovely photos. Really captured big sister’s personality.

joannmartineau@yahoo.com - October 20, 2010 - 7:31 am

Totally cute! I love the pic of Cliff playing with Elmo! Kids are such a blessing!

Sherry Daviet - October 20, 2010 - 8:47 am

Great pics, gorgeous subjects! Any recommendations for a photographer in northern NJ?

Hollis - October 20, 2010 - 2:51 pm

GREAT shots – your kids are so adorable! Too bad your photographer is too far from me…

Heidi Romanow - October 20, 2010 - 7:41 pm

Beautiful pictures

Jeannie - October 20, 2010 - 8:15 pm

Amazing pictures – especially the big sister kiss. Love it!

Lauren Pennington - October 20, 2010 - 10:18 pm

I am so madly in love with my nieces. They are the cutest things ever! I need one of these pics for my office. Love, Aunt Lauren

mcabarrus - October 21, 2010 - 1:25 pm

looooove them! i think i like the 1st one best!
xo

Molly - October 21, 2010 - 4:26 pm

Fabulous shots – cannot believe how big they are getting.

agatha o'malley - October 21, 2010 - 6:13 pm

OMG they are sooooo precious!!!! Great Pics!

Newborn, 1, 2, 3 and now 4

We met when she was tiny.  A little three month old dream baby.  Then again at one, two, three and now four.

Five shoots later, here’s the gorgeous lady herself.  Every single year I am made happier by spending just a bit of time with these guys.  Lovely, lovely, lovely.

Squeezing the loving grownups…

Isn’t she delicious?

Perfect as always, guys!  Thanks again.

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ProfSharon - October 19, 2010 - 8:57 am

Your skill with the camera always is a treat to see! You continue to capture the real essence of her personality and the love she is surrounded by!

One thousand giggles

In the spring of 2003 I was working full time as the Director of Project Management in the interactive division of a Boston marketing agency.  I liked my job, but I didn’t love my job.  I lived with my boyfriend, Evan, in a two family apartment in Cambridge.  I went to school at night at BU – I was finishing my MBA program, hoping that a degree like that would help me get to the next place I wanted to be in life… Not so sure what that next place was.  My shoulders hurt at night when I went to bed because I stayed up too late doing homework.  Back then my job didn’t make me giggle much.

I was 27 years old.

On May 25, 2003, after writing my business plan and taking pictures of friends’ children here and there, I had my first paying photoshoot.  It was a coworker’s son, and he was just six weeks old.  The following weekend I shot a five month old.  Then the next weekend I tried my hand at a two year old.  Then a seven year old and her sister.  And so on.

Now, fast-forward seven and a half years, and I work full time for myself, and I have an assistant and a bookkeeper who together help me run this crazy business called Boston Baby Photos. I live with my husband, Evan, in a four bedroom house in Milton.  We have two girls, a five year old and a one and half year old, and now instead of going to school at night, I parent teach every month or so in my daugher’s co-op nursery school.  Now instead of my shoulders hurting from stress and homework, my knees get sore from crawling around my clients’ living room floors.  I have a waiting list of families who want me to take their picture before Christmas.  And best of all, I giggle pretty much every day.

I’m 35 now.

And on October 24, 2010, this coming Sunday, I will have my one thousandth photoshoot.  It’s been a long road, I’ve wiped a lot of noses, made a lot of fart noises, and done many a silly dance.  And I wouldn’t change a moment of it.

Thank you to the hundreds of families who’ve helped me make it to this really cool milestone.  One thousand seems like a really big number.

I raise my (I was going to say glass of wine, but let’s be honest) daughter’s unfinished sippy cup of milk (cut me some slack, the wine’s in the kitchen, this one’s right here next to me on the couch) in a toast.

To giggling.  And to many thousands more.

Linds - October 18, 2010 - 10:04 pm

Horray and many congrats. Well deserved, my brave big sister. You are my hero.

Nia - October 19, 2010 - 3:09 pm

Liza and I plan to have children in part just so that we have an excuse to hire you :) We LOVE your photos and blog posts and have toasted you from our house!

Jeff Tamagini - October 19, 2010 - 3:17 pm

BRAVO Jess! Keep up the great work, you were instrumental to the success of our Help Portrait shoot last year and I can see why!

Meg - October 19, 2010 - 5:11 pm

You are an inspiration, Jess, to have created the job you love, and to get to giggle every day! Just don’t retire before the rest of your besties have kids!

John Tammaro - October 19, 2010 - 7:52 pm

Congrats Jess and keep on laughing.

Mags - October 24, 2010 - 11:33 pm

I’m a little late to the party but this literally just made me tear up a little! Congrats, my dear, for pursuing something that you are incredible at, makes you happy AND helps pay the bills! And I’m with Nia, when my baby days begin get that camera ready! Keep up the amazing work!

Pretty girls in the trees

OK, this is my favorite picture I’ve taken in a while.  LOVE it.

And this one matches one we took of these two girls about four or five years ago, with little sister E in focus in the front and big sister A in the background… I’m all for symmetry.

And even though we can’t see everybody’s faces clearly in this next shot, I just love the mom-ness of this moment.  Girls giggling with their mama.

Killer dance moves.

Loved seeing you guys – thanks for a great shoot as always.  These climbing trees were GORGEOUS for pictures, you were right!

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Fall Public Garden mini-shoot #11

Here’s my last mini-shoot from October! Thanks to all of the wonderful families who met me in the Public Garden a few weeks ago – I think we got really fun pictures.

Especially these guys.  They were so fun together.

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Kimberly McKinney - October 13, 2010 - 4:39 pm

The family portrait is incredible. I also love the shot of Emma and Jake laughing with the leaves.

Christina Pendleton - October 13, 2010 - 6:32 pm

I LOVE these! May favorite is the one with you and Jason spinnin gthe kids around. LLLLOOOOVVVVEEE!!!!

Michelle - October 13, 2010 - 6:56 pm

Too hard to pick a favorite! Love them all… ok, maybe the last one is my fav…

Theresa Jay - October 13, 2010 - 9:31 pm

Great photos..especially the family portrait. your energy & love was captured

Sara - October 14, 2010 - 8:20 am

These are fantastic, I wish I had done this when my kids were little! The family shots are great.

Sara P.Gordon - October 14, 2010 - 12:10 pm

Jason and Lisa….these are awesome….this Nannie is so proud of all of you….. woooowhoooo!!!! Emma and Jake are so photogenic.

Sara P.Gordon - October 14, 2010 - 12:11 pm

I should also comment the Jessica is also awesome…..

MaryAnn - October 14, 2010 - 4:10 pm

These pictures are gorgeous….so fun and free, it looks like you had a blast. I really can’t pick a favorite, I love them all!!! Love, Mar

MaryAnn - October 14, 2010 - 4:10 pm

These%20pictures%20are%20gorgeous….so%20fun%20and%20free%2C%20it%20looks%20like%20you%20had%20a%20blast.%20I%20really%20can’t%20pick%20a%20favorite%2C%20I%20love%20them%20all!!!%20Love%2C%20Mar

Caroline Hanlon - October 19, 2010 - 1:03 pm

I love them all!!! So perfect! Especially the last one- what a great photographer!

Fall Public Garden mini-shoot #10

So glad you guys met me in the Garden!  (I’ve done tons of shoot for these guys over the years, and it was so fun to do a location session, now that the boys are older and happy running around outside.)

By far my fave :)

I love B’s expression here…

Gorgeous-o!

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