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Spring Public Garden Mini-shoot #1

Yesterday was gorgeous!  I had thirteen shoots over the day, and each one was a treat.  I loved seeing familiar faces and meeting new families, and we got so lucky with the weather.  Now I’m going to try to keep these blog posts short so I can move on to the next one – trying to get them all edited by Mother’s Day… (FYI, I have a couple of appointments left on my next minishoot day, Saturday, May 12th. More info is here.)

Handsome big 18 month old guy – this one is my favorite :)

And a mama squeeze :)

Janet - April 30, 2012 - 5:07 pm

What a picture of happiness! Nana

Giggly and perfect

I have to start this with my favorite (burst-out-laughing-as-I-edited) photo.  We were playing with dandelions and big five year old brother S wanted to show one to ten month old A… and she was nonplussed.

Best. Expressions. Ever.

This girl loves to fly around…

… and explore, like her big brother did at this age.

Luckily, their grandma was visiting when we did pictures, so we got to include her too.

Group tickle-fest:

All these expressions are perfect – especially A as she looks up at Daddy zooming in :)

And look who’s all of a sudden five years old and so big and handsome?

So great to meet little A, and wonderful as always to see you guys!  Bye to you, too, A!



Shannon - April 29, 2012 - 10:49 am

Ah, Jess! these are beautiful! that top one totally made me laugh too, and all of these are exquisite. Thanks so much for capturing my babies so well. You’re the best!

Kathy Moraski - May 6, 2012 - 2:45 pm

Loved these pictures! Wonderful job Jessica!

Jen Blatt - May 7, 2012 - 8:28 am

Those are great pics!!!

6 months old and FAB thighs

OK, my friends know it takes a lot to get me to go grab my camera when we’re hanging out.  Honestly, it feels like work, and when I’m hanging out with friends and their babies, I’d much rather cuddle those sweet babies and squeeze their babies squashy thighs.

But then once in a while, my friends’ babies tease me.  They do things like turn six months old.  And then they take their clothes off because it’s a really hot March day (yes, these are from March and I’m just editing them now – told you they were for a friend –> VERY slow editing…) and they hang out on a towel outdoors and show me their big toothless grins.

So then I run inside and grab my camera, because come on, I just can’t handle that kind of teasing.  It has to be documented.  And I give you… 5 minutes with big boy B.


Big sister checking on those ears:

Thanks for letting me take pics AND squash your thighs, baby B :)



Erica - April 25, 2012 - 8:44 pm

Oh my goodness! Supermodel!

Amanda - April 28, 2012 - 11:28 pm

What a hunk!!! Wonderful photos of a great model(or two)

Sharon - April 29, 2012 - 7:18 am


Stacy Taylor - April 29, 2012 - 7:43 am

So adorable!!!!

Kate - April 29, 2012 - 10:12 am

Adorable photos!

Joanna - April 29, 2012 - 10:17 am

Beautiful pictures of adorable children!!! :)

Keri Sarajian - April 29, 2012 - 10:44 am

Those thighs are amazing! Great photos, great subjects.

Mona Viteri Harutunian - April 29, 2012 - 4:50 pm

Benjamin is so cute! I love the photos!

Kate Johnson - April 29, 2012 - 7:37 pm

thank you for posting these Jess, he is so sweet! I think you caught him winking at us in that last one!

Marisa - April 30, 2012 - 12:10 pm

The pictures are wonderful!

Maureen Clemens (great Aunt) - May 1, 2012 - 10:47 pm

Can’t help but say these are the two most adorable children anyone will ever see. I can honestly say I am not partial at all!
You do amazing work!

Pat Godbout - May 31, 2012 - 10:24 am

You have certainly captured the beauty of my Great niece
And nephew. I admire your talent and your great choice of subjects.

Tuesday tips: Pups and babies

Get your camera ready, this one will be quick – and you’ll need an assistant. You get into position, and get the pup somewhere comfy (the bed? the couch?). Now get the assistant to put your kiddo in next to the pup, and you shoot like mad. Never know what you’ll get, but your assistant needs to be ready to scoop up the little person if things get too licky/scratchy/fun :)

Tuesday tips: It’s all right to cry

It seems momentarily cruel to take a picture as your little guy’s eyes brim with tears and that lower lip starts to quiver (and I’m not suggesting running for the camera just after it happens)… but if you happen to get to the point of tears when you’re already shooting, keep going just for a bit.  Crying pictures tell such a story.

Gorgeous mama-to-be

I got a message from Hong Kong about this pretty mama – one of her very best friends in the world is literally living on the other side of the world these days and needed to see her Jamaica Plain friend’s big round belly, and what better way than to have me take some pictures?

So, without further ado – these are for Jen… isn’t she GORGEOUS??

This one takes my breath away.

These guys have a house full of kitties, and this one wanted to feel the baby kick. Mama kindly obliged.

Good-natured about it, R told me she’d been terribly sick throughout her pregnancy :( — but along with months of nausea came a rockin’ pregnant bod.  I agreed it was important to document the result of all those months of discomfort.

Total goddess, no?

I think they’re kinda excited.

I love the smiles in this one.  Thanks for having me come out, guys!  Can’t wait to meet baby R :)

Tuesday tips: Grandma & Grandpa

Include grandparents in pictures whenever you have the chance.  Sometimes this requires more preparation than you expect – you can’t just grab a camera anytime when your own parents/in-laws are involved.  Give them a little warning – tell them to look nice for pictures and come over to play with the kids one day.  That way they won’t refuse to be in pictures because their hair/makeup isn’t done right.  And then it’s not just about the sitting-on-the-lap smiling pictures… ask them to play with your kids the way they always do – comb hair, read stories, color… whatever gets everybody comfortable.