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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Funniest picture from the Royal Wedding

I had a wonderful (very early) morning with my 5 1/2 year old cuddled in PJs on our couch watching a real live princess get married to a real live prince.  I watched the wedding in 1981 on the floor of our playroom with my mom in our PJs when I was almost six, and in 1952 my mum was six when she watched the Coronation with her mother.  Fun to wonder what will happen with our beloved royals in thirty years that our kids will enjoy.

And I had to share — Matt Dunham filed this photo with the AP this morning, and it’s just the best.  I’m a sucker for kids “ruining” pictures.

Click on the picture to see it bigger on NPR’s website.

Kudos, Matt – LOVE this!

Devouring Goodnight Moon

I mean, sometimes books are just so good, I know – I totally DEVOUR them too. For sweet 7 month old girl L, Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon is one of those books.

Isn’t she a beauty?

Shhh, daddy!

Love the tongue here :)


Great getting to know you guys!

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A little lady joins the boys

I haven’t seen these guys since little brother C was born, but now he’s big brother C – to a beautiful little bow-wearing sister :)

Introductions all around – biggest boy R:

Newly minted, formerly little, now “big” brother C:

And pretty girl K:

I think she looks like her mama:

And she had to show off her tongue, of course:

The girls…

And the boys :)

Fun all around:

Until someone decided she wasn’t having as much fun anymore.  But you did such a good job!  I loved getting to meet tiny K, and thanks for having me back to meet her, guys!

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Rebecca Johnson - April 26, 2011 - 7:57 pm

Beautiful pictures! Some of the moments you captured are priceless! The one of baby K crying is adorable!!

Vincenza - April 26, 2011 - 8:18 pm

Wendy I love these pictures. The boys are getting so big!!

Renee Potts - April 26, 2011 - 8:38 pm

These pictures are great! I love the one of R kissing K’s foot.

Keri Clark - April 26, 2011 - 9:12 pm

Beauiful pictures!!!

Amanda Griffith - April 27, 2011 - 10:33 am

I absolutely love the family picture – such love! And the picture of K’s foot is just too sweet for words :-)

Kathie - April 27, 2011 - 11:33 am

Jess, your pictures are so amazing and it helped that you had a beautiful family to work with!

A TON of beautiful hair

When this little beauty’s mama emailed me about her photoshoot, she warned me that her daughter (and I’m quoting here) “has a ton, and I mean a ton, of hair ;)”

I loved it.  She’s gorgeous, and the hair is fabulous.

We started off with barrettes to tame it – that looked great too:

But at a certain point we just had to go for it :)

Those toes need a lick…

And I was JUST talking about Sophie the giraffe with someone recently – a universal fave:

Kind of her to lift her foot to leave a spot for the logo, don’t you think?

And I just love this mama girlie pic:

Wonderful to meet you guys, thanks for having me out!

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A glowing horticulturalist

Yay, maternity photos again!  It’s been a month or two since I took someone’s belly pictures, and I forgot how much fun it always is.  This lovely sweet mama is not only gorgeous, but (see to the right behind her) she’s successfully keeping an orchid alive – something I’ve never been able to do.  Apparently the trick is three ice cubes once a week? That’s the perfect amount of water.  I have to admit I’m excited to try orchids again with this cool tidbit under my belt.

But back to gorgeous M…

She’s 34 weeks along here – I love the way the light hits her belly on the front right of this picture, just showing exactly how round and smooth it is.

I’m going to let you just look at pictures, I can’t gush too much more about how sweet M is and how fun it was to take her picture.  Enjoy :)


Wonderful to meet you!

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6 month old eyelash king

We found him!  The winner of every imaginable eyelash-length contest out there.  And to think he lived here in Boston, all this time :)  I loved getting to know little six month old R yesterday.  Even though he’d kept his parents up all night the night before – he did wonderfully in his pictures!  But don’t take my word for it…

His favorite place is his changing table – you can even catch sight of the eyelashes in this one ;)

Isn’t he handsome?

Hollering with Dad:

I love how his eyes twinkle in this one as he looks off at his mama.


And then there comes a time when… we’re done.  But you did such a great job, R!

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charlotte lipson - April 12, 2011 - 5:49 pm

Did not think he could get any more adorable but he did. He is beautiful!!


Sue Lipson - April 12, 2011 - 6:34 pm

“From my eyes to yours Littl R”

Little “R”, you came into our lives 5 months ago and from the very first second I laid eyes on you, you took my breath away. It is so hard to put in print the instant love we share with each other. I look in your eyes and you smile at me with a twinkle in your I eyes I know the love you have for me. The love I have for you is so overwhelming it brings out the tears of joy to my eyes. I love you more than words can say.
I love you with all my heart,

SANDRA LUSTIG - April 12, 2011 - 6:45 pm

These pictures are so beautiful. what a great job your photographer has done. Richie is so adorable and I have to say I so enjoyed seeing both mommy and daddy in these pictures. i can’t wait to share them with all of my friends.
Thanks so much for sharing them with us.
Love and kisses
Aunt Sandy & Ken

Larry Lipson - April 12, 2011 - 6:57 pm

WOW, what a handsome little boy!!! Can not wait to meet you soon! We love you and miss you.

Love Larry, Samantha, Katelyn, Lyndsey, Molly & Brady…

P.S. Congrats on the eyelash award.

Jerry Lipson - April 12, 2011 - 7:14 pm

I knew he would turn out to be a beautiful baby and happy. Can’t wait to see him again. I know I am going to have a lot of fun with him as I do with all my Grandchildren. I love the Black & white photos.

Love Papa

Danielle - April 12, 2011 - 7:14 pm

Ubelievably beautiful like his his parents!!

Mimi - April 12, 2011 - 7:20 pm

He gets cuter every day !!!!!!!!!!!!

Jacqui - April 13, 2011 - 6:05 am

I love these! You are such a beautiful family! I love the lashes. He is so precious.

Tennille - April 13, 2011 - 9:33 am

Jessica, you did an amazing job! Thank you so much for a beautiful session the picture came out fantastic. We love them!

Natalie - April 13, 2011 - 9:33 am

Baby R always looks so full of joy and happiness in every photo. must be because he has the best parents. he’s adorable!!

Christine - April 13, 2011 - 9:42 am

Stunning!!!!! He is absolutely beautiful! His eyes are so amazing!

Rich - May 4, 2011 - 12:58 pm

Great pics! Awesome job, Jessica!

Spring Public Garden Mini-shoot #9: Seventeen years later

Um, so maybe Ellie and I were in the same freshman dorm SEVENTEEN years ago.  I just had to count that on my fingers and now that number makes me feel old.  Her husband Kevin was at our college too, so this was sooo fun to see them now, all kidded up.  I feel like Ellie and I were 18 year olds just a few minutes ago, hanging out in Hamilton living room watching 90210 and drinking Zima (wow, that means this was half our LIFE ago… ok, this is crazy, I must stop).

This one is one of the first pictures we took when we met up at the Public Garden for our 20 minute mini-shoot last weekend, and look how much fun the kids were instantly having with their awesome parents:


Like the tongue in this one:

A photographer’s group I have fun with is running an assignment this month called “Here Comes the Sun”. I’m going to submit this next one, it’s just too perfect for it.  Here are all the entries, it’s very fun to browse, these photographers are awesome…

This was super fun to see you guys after all that time – thanks for coming out!

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Spring Public Garden Mini-shoot #7: See no, hear no, speak no evil

This handsome devil is another guy from my early years – he was three months old back in 2005 when we started taking pictures, and now he’s six, and as A.A. Milne says about six – he’s clever as clever.  This one was cool because I hadn’t seen him since he was three – and wow, three to six is a big change. Look how huge now!

I love this next nose-to-nose one, and I swear it’s not just because I covet Pam’s cowboy boots, big time.  I like the picture too ;)

This one was all dad’s idea, I can’t take credit.  But cool, no?

Eskimo kiss:


I loved seeing you guys so much, thanks for coming out!

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Spring Public Garden Mini-shoot #5: Three men and a little lady

I love these Public Garden shoot days because so many of the families I meet there end up being families who’ve become friends over years and years of photoshoots.  Now that they have bunches of older children it’s easy to meet up there and run around and have fun and get great pictures (as opposed to back in the day (2004) when oldest and 2nd oldest brothers K (2 yrs old at the time) and N (3 months!) were in diapers having fun at their house.

There’s something I adore about this one:

Make Way for Ducklings rodeo:

Love how littlest E looks on to see what her brothers are doing:

And they’re off!

Just the boys:

Just little miss:

Peace out, man.

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Spring Public Garden Mini-shoot #4: Boys just want to have fun

Now, this is the kind of post that might embarrass the boys when they’re older, but I have to tell you – I adore shooting these brothers.  I’ve been taking pictures of them for years, and one thing is always evident to me, (being on the outside looking in) and that’s that they’re just really sweet boys at heart. We always get these incredibly loving pictures of the two of them, and it’s not me, it’s them.  It’s wonderful.

They’re awesome, playful, fun – and obviously just really enjoy each other:

And they crack each other up, which is key:

Wonderful to see you guys as always!

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Spring Public Garden Mini-shoot #2: Auntie/niece day

OK – coolest aunt plan ever.  Pick up niece on Friday at home in Connecticut.  Bring her up to Boston for an auntie/niece weekend extravaganza – including an overnight at a snazzy hotel, and a morning photoshoot in the Public Garden.  Friday even included mani/pedis, I hear.

All right other aunts out there, time to step it up, Jen’s currently leading all of the rest of us in the race-to-be-coolest.  It was her beautiful niece J that she brought to the shoot, and they just had such fun together.

Had to memorialize the pedicure —

Isn’t she lovely?

She had the most energy, too – she ran like the dickens all around the Public Garden, getting herself into cool spots for pictures and then zipping away.  (By the way, that expression “running like the dickens” is making me smile and think of my grandmother. But I digress.)

Had to show you one where you could really see her incredible eyes:


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Linda - April 10, 2011 - 6:23 pm

These photos are so amazing it is hard to choose favorites. You have captured the true essence of Julia and of the fun auntie and niece had during your shoot. Thanks for a job beautifully done.

Karen - April 17, 2011 - 6:13 pm

Beautiful photos and memories as well I’m sure, for both auntie and niece!

Charlie - April 19, 2011 - 9:56 pm

Love these photos…brings my family closer to me…thanks

Spring Public Garden Mini-shoot #1: When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way

When these guys showed up for their mini-shoot in the Public Garden last weekend wearing rocker leather jackets, I got so excited. And with the fun lamp posts all around the garden, we had a real West Side Story in the making…


I know I always say it when I blog about this family, but this guy was actually one of my very first shoots back in 2003. He was six months old and they lived in an apartment in Boston (Paula, don’t be mad, I totally forget where in Boston!). He was adorable and perfect back then, and now he seems really big at 8 years old and I can’t believe this is our 9th shoot.  Thanks for including me in the ride, guys.

And not to forget his fabulous, energetic, crazy sister!

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Lovely lady headshots

A few times a year someone will call and ask me about getting their child into modeling or beauty pageants.  I have to admit it’s sooo much fun when I get these calls because I know we’re going to get to play dressup!

It’s been a few years since these guys last had me do some headshots for them, and now we got little sister A into it too. Really ridiculously fun!

Let’s start with big sister (and now eight year old) S:

And after the cookie baking, it’s hard not to have a taste…

And introducing… little miss (now 5 years old) A:

She also had some fun in the kitchen:

See what I mean about having fun?

Thanks for having me back!

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Running adventures

I haven’t seen this gorgeous girl since she was a tiny twelve week old sweet thing, and just look at her 21 month old perfection now:


Running in the kitchen was by far her favorite activity:

She even got into the tub with her blue-jeaned mama for a few splashes for me.

And though it was March in New England, we zipped outside for a few, ’cause… why not?

Wonderful to see you guys again!

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