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Long, beautiful, blonde eyelashes

I got to meet this seven week old sweetheart this morning – and I zipped through her edits so her mom and dad can have some fun holiday pictures to enjoy. Wonderful to see you guys!

Angie Tseng - January 7, 2012 - 11:15 am

Beautiful baby and beautiful family! Jess, I wish you lived near Philadelphia, let me know if you ever take your show on the road.

Mandy - January 7, 2012 - 11:31 am

Gorgeous! Baby Janey is adorable and the pics of her with mom and dad are so sweet. I love the wide shot with daddy – she is so very tiny!

Katrina Nordine - January 8, 2012 - 3:26 pm

Beautiful pictures of the Vonnegut Clan! You did an outstanding job of capturing them. They look fantastic!

5 days old, with her big brother

Sweet G was born just five days ago, and her big 17 month old brother D is already getting a kick out of his new role as big brother.  (Except that apparently he refers to her as his new dog…)

And I had to show you a few color ones, since it’s that festive red holiday time of year :)  And I can’t forget to welcome these guys into my elite club of families with two under two!

Ho ho ho!

Stephanie - December 20, 2011 - 8:51 pm

Love love love!!!

Danielle - December 26, 2011 - 9:51 pm

What beautiful pictures! D & G are so cute and sweet!

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth

This is a fitting post to follow the one I posted yesterday, because they feel like they bookend my holiday season (and even my 2011) nicely.  Yesterday on the blog I showed you a sweet little three month old girl in her baptismal gown, and it feels like it really was just yesterday that I was taking pictures of this sweet girl on at HER baptism in 2006.  But really, it’s been six years now since her first photoshoot at 4 weeks old, and this weekend marked her tenth photoshoot with me.

And now, at six, all she wants for Christmas is her two front teeth :)

Wonderful to see you guys, as always.  Thanks for hitting the big #10 with me!

3 months old and delicious

In my line of work, sometimes it’s fun to give myself little challenges – little things that I keep an eye out for when I’m shooting.  One of those things is the elusive dog lick picture.  I love a good dog-licking-baby picture – and getting the dog’s tongue just the right amount out of his mouth while the baby’s also at that perfect moment where they’re not too annoyed by the attention…

The fun thing here is if you click this “dog licking baby” link and get to a bunch of shoots where I’ve had dogs licking babies (yes, it’ll look at first like it’s not going anywhere, because you’ll see this post again – but scroll down, that link shows all the posts I’ve ever tagged with dog lick), the next post down after this one will be of this same pup: Harry, with his beloved little sister E. Our first shoot was back when she was just three weeks old, and now she’s three months old.

We did these pictures just an hour before her baptism this weekend, and she was just a perfect angel for the photoshoot.

Even with very little sleep the night before, she giggled and played…

And showed us how big she is on her mom’s pretty chaise – much bigger than last time, already!

Reading Christmas books with mama:

Love that she’s peeking at her “1st Christmas” ornament here!

Mama and daughter in their pretty Christening dresses:

She did catch a wink before the big event…

Grandma’s pretty hands with baby E:

With her Godmother and Godfather, in her Christening gown and bonnet that her mom, uncle and grandma all wore…

Big cousin, with her fantastic hairdo and dimple:

And last of all, grandma with her three pretty girls:

Loved seeing all you guys!  Hope the big event was a huge success :)

Kristen Krikorian - December 15, 2011 - 5:28 pm

Love, Love, Love!! These pictures are precious, just like the subjects! Captures everything perfectly! xoxo

Anne Fryar - December 15, 2011 - 10:15 pm

Oh Jill, She is just so precious and to see Harry so loving to her makes my heart melt. Enjoy her!!!! Anne

Vicki Shield - December 15, 2011 - 10:46 pm

Love these pictures… so natural! You both look so beautiful.

Erin - December 15, 2011 - 10:53 pm

Beautiful!

Pat Larkin - December 15, 2011 - 11:32 pm

Eleanor, you are so photogenic and so lovely! Congratulations on your Baptism. Great pictures, Jill. See you soon, I hope!

Monica Pascetta Carroccio - December 16, 2011 - 6:53 am

Jill, she is beautiful!! Congratulations! These are great pictures! I love the one of her looking at the tree!
Monica

Kristen Marx - December 16, 2011 - 7:09 pm

Bellissimo sweet little Ellie! xoxo

Help-Portrait Boston, Year 3

For the third year in a row, yesterday I participated in an inspirational day.  The brainchild of celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart, Help-Portrait is “a community of photographers, coming together across the world, to use their photography skills to give back to their local community. On or around December 10th, photographers around the world will be grabbing their cameras, finding people in need, and taking their picture. When the prints are ready, the photographs get delivered. Yep. It really is that easy.”

I volunteered with our local group (find yours by clicking around on the community site here) and met some wonderful people, both in front of and behind cameras.  The Hyde Square Task Force hosted the event at their facility, and we (25+ photographers and volunteers) provided over 100 families who live or have roots within a mile of Jackson Square with portraits over the course of the day.

Attendees were welcomed…

Primped, by volunteers from Empire Beauty Schools:

And then they got to show off their pearly whites… here are just a few of the fantastic people I met:

Then they came downstairs to the spot where another group of fabulous volunteers were printing them an 8×10 and two 4×6’s, as well as burning them a CD of all their pictures to take home.  It was so well organized!  So many team members made it happen, but the most visible on our end were Howard and Jessica – thank you guys for doing TONS of legwork before the event (and I’m sure, late into the night!).  All our team members, send me your websites and I’ll link to you! :)

And our wall of love got bigger and bigger throughout the day.  This picture shows only about half of the families we saw.  Go team! Wonderful to work with you all, so fun to get to see all these smiles.

P.S. This was the first year we got releases from the subjects to show their beautiful faces on our websites – to help get the word out about this event so it can spread to more than the fifty countries it already spread to.  Of course, if any of my gorgeous subjects would prefer I not post their picture here – send me an email and of course I’ll take it down.

P.P.S. For historical perspective, I do have a blog post from the first event I took part in here (I slacked and didn’t do one last year, sorry).

brandy - December 11, 2011 - 10:51 am

SO psyched that you got to show the portraits! I remember your post from a few years ago, and back then I thought — this is so powerful, I wish I could see the results!

The whole crew together for Thanksgiving

Sometimes it’s grandmothers who call me to book photoshoots, and often times those shoots happen around the holidays, when their families are together.  It’s always mayhem, and I can almost guarantee someone will cry… but that’s what it’s all about, right? Capturing the insanity? Because why have two handsome sons if you can’t document a piece of the crazy lives they’re living with their 7, 4, 4 and 2 yr old kiddos?

So I’ll get you situated with the big group shot first.  Here’s our handsome crew.

And one of all the grandkids with their grandparents:

And now, so you don’t get confused, I’ll go big brother’s family first:

And then I’ll do little brother’s family next:

And I have to include this “outtake” one — it cracks me up — with bow off kilter and tongue out :)

All thanks to these two.  Celebrating a big anniversary this year!  Congrats, guys.

P.S. These kind of shoots are what I call “a bunch of families together” in my pricing calculator, in case you’re curious. They can run a bit longer than my usual 45 minutes-1 hour.  I think I stayed with these guys for about 90 minutes.  But it’s nice because each individual family in the group ends up with photos for holiday cards, etc.