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We’re only missing the baby

This was my first pre-adoption photoshoot!  These two fun, wonderful women are going through the adoption process, and one of the requests from the agency was that they create a book about their lives that could be shown to prospective birth mothers.  So I got to come in and document their life pre-baby.  Kind of like a maternity shoot, only nobody in the pictures happens to be carrying their baby :)

Aren’t they adorable?

And their cool pad, ready and waiting for its newest member…

And we can’t forget big brother Charlie:

Loving these expressions – but also included this to make all the families with young kids out there chuckle… Do you think they know their days reading the paper at the same time are numbered? (I think they have an inkling.)

Fruit salad, of course :)

Go get it, Charlie!

You guys are the best.  I loved taking these, and I wait with bated breath for news that your baby has arrived.


Susan Kostinieris - June 1, 2012 - 7:54 am

As the Nana of these 3 great kids I feel I can still be objective about the pics. Fabulous job, you captured the essence of all. They love their new brother and that shines through in all the photos.

maggie hays - June 1, 2012 - 9:28 am

Love these–good job,really,really sweet! Can’t imagine anyone not picking them,although I may be somewhat prejudiced(I sure hope that’s the correct spelling)–

Jeanne Smith Jacobs - June 1, 2012 - 9:42 am

I am excited that Nia and Liza are adopting and feel that you did a good job capturing their spirit. Well done!

Cory M. - June 1, 2012 - 5:39 pm

These are amazing – about as amazing as Nia and Liza! So excited for baby Hays :) Love you guys!

The Muncobs - June 1, 2012 - 6:20 pm

Yay Tias! We are so excited for you guys and these are very “you” :)

Maggie - June 25, 2012 - 5:49 pm

These are great and I couldn’t have thought of a better lady to capture you guys so naturally. This is gonna be one lucky kiddo!

Big brother and big sister enjoying their baby bro

I have to apologize, I have WAY too many that I love from this session.  When this mama got in touch with me, she told me about her incredible 12 and 10 year olds.  That they were wonderful big siblings to her new six month old little guy – and that she wanted to document it.  And I’m just adoring the way we did.

Loving these hands and feet:


Now this one is also perhaps my favorite from the session – not sure:

We should do introductions… this lovely girl is ten:

And this handsome guy is twelve:

And this cutie is six months:

Loving that mama:

With their pup – catching some air:


And a couple of classic shots – the three:

And the five:

And last but never least, I adore this from the end of the shoot, when baby D was getting tired:

Janet DeFazio - May 31, 2012 - 11:34 am

Love ALL of the “Big Brother and Big Sister enjoying their baby bro” pics!!

Megan Leonard - May 31, 2012 - 11:35 am

Kate, what amazing pictures! What a beautiful family!

Michelle Cuddy - May 31, 2012 - 11:40 am

Oh my goodness.. I absolutely adore all these photos! Beautiful family. xoxo

Sonia Richards - May 31, 2012 - 11:53 am

Beautiful photos of a beatuiful family! Love all the smiles:)

john - May 31, 2012 - 11:58 am

with all that happiness, it is time for another!

Jennifer R - May 31, 2012 - 12:02 pm

Nice work, Jess. ;D not hard with such a beautiful family. These really came out wonderfully. I thot you’d only had the kids! That first capture is super sweet and I like the one with all 5 of you on the wall. Great idea!

Linda - May 31, 2012 - 12:13 pm

Way to go Scola Family….look awesome!

Jill P - May 31, 2012 - 12:24 pm

Kate, These photos are beautiful. Good luck choosing ! The kids are adorable !

Chris - May 31, 2012 - 12:31 pm

Best photos ever!!

Lina - May 31, 2012 - 12:46 pm

Kate and Tony, The pictures are beautiful!
You all look great!!!

Christine - May 31, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Love the pictures.. Beautiful Family!

Kara - May 31, 2012 - 1:50 pm

LOVE!! I can almost hear the laughing during the shoot. Such beautiful subjects.

Jess - May 31, 2012 - 1:55 pm

So beautiful. The pictures came out perfect!

Devon Costello - May 31, 2012 - 2:01 pm


Tom M. - May 31, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Very nice pictures Kate. I’m impressed to the point that I’ll show the wife and knowing her she’ll want to have this done too.
Great job capturing ‘the moment(s)’ too – well done!

Maria Andrade - May 31, 2012 - 2:53 pm

Love the photos,hard time choosing. Kate, what a nice family!

Kathy - May 31, 2012 - 2:55 pm

Beautiful family and photos Kate. Thanks for shaing!

Erin O'Day - May 31, 2012 - 4:05 pm

Cutest kids (and dog) ever! These came out awesome :) Miss you guys!

Kerry - May 31, 2012 - 6:59 pm

Nic and Anthony are such wonderful older siblings! Such beautiful shots of the whole family and that adorable little guy!
Thanks for sharing!

Michelle - May 31, 2012 - 10:01 pm

Love them all! Such great kids !!

Christina Rego - June 1, 2012 - 2:07 am

Kate, I love these pictures! They came out perfect!

Pat Peters - June 1, 2012 - 10:18 am

How can pick which pictures to get? They are great, but then they had such great looking subjects.

Susan Kostinieris - June 1, 2012 - 10:47 am

As the Nana of these 3 great kids I feel I can still be objective about the pics. Fabulous job, you captured the essence of all. They love their new brother and that shines through in all the photos.

Ginny R. - June 1, 2012 - 1:25 pm

OMG!!! They’re all so beautiful!!!

Maureen Briggette - June 1, 2012 - 7:18 pm

How beautiful these black and white pics are, what a great job painting the family, for us, Kate I have been after Sheila and Scott to have an updated family pic, perhaps this will inspire them.

Joyce - June 9, 2012 - 8:44 pm

What great pictures! The kids look so sweet. Would not be able to pick a favorite….they are all so good, Kate.

Mary H - June 15, 2012 - 6:41 pm

These are wonderfully composed and natural… and so much fun. Beautiful family!

Dawn Prezioso - June 21, 2012 - 12:33 am

What a precious family….I love every picture and you included Abbey! Awesome!

sharon & Kay Martin - June 21, 2012 - 4:50 pm

Thank you Kate for sharing these photographs…we love them and you have a beautiful family (and Kay said really nice family too)!! :) Hope to see you soon.

Two fair-haired sweeties

I met this mama 24 years ago (yes, I had to get a calculator – too many years to do on my fingers), and I haven’t seen her in 18!  Wow, that makes me feel a little old.  But these sweet kids and the fun they had with their mom didn’t make me feel old – they gave off such a fun vibe :)  The whole time I was there, it was just happy and fun and playful… just wonderful.  This is my favorite moment:

Three year old L loved playing peek-a-book behind 9 month old E:

This one seems so funky to me, the way the stones are, and the way E is situated – you can see all the rolls and the cute parts…


Taking a break to fish.

Practice makes perfect…

After a little splashing…

Dad’s into soccer – I think he’ll dig this one (with bonus multi-tasking mama to boot)…

And a Father’s Day picture that can’t be beat – with Blu, the sweet pup, looking on in the background!

LOVED getting to see all you guys!

Three, playing everywhere

Got to zip out to see these guys at their house at the end of my mini-shoot day a few weekends ago… and sometimes in quest of the perfect pic of all three, you end up with moments like these (this one’s a framer):

And like this:

These guys are so fantastic – I can’t believe biggest bro J is nine, though – that makes me really old…

And then we had to spend some special time with three year old J…

So fun to see you guys again, as always!

Beth - May 24, 2014 - 9:07 am

You captured some precious moments

Spring Public Garden Mini-session #21

So, last but not least, I give you my 21st Spring Public Garden mini-session from 2012.  Two days, 21 families – I can’t believe we didn’t have to reschedule for weather for either of the dates!  Everyone was fantastic, I had such fun with them this year.  For more information about adding your name to the list for the fall minis, or to just learn about them, visit the minishoots page on my website.

And I’m never sure if people know that I always provide all my clients with every final image in both black & white and color.  I’m a fan of black & white, which is why I almost exclusively market it on the blog and website, but I will admit I love the colors the Public Garden offers… so it seemed fitting to finish up my last minishoot of the spring with this magical moment.  Isn’t he a dream? And can you see why it has to be in color? Rare, for me, but perfect.

Sweet boy with his lovely mama:

Three, and already flying airplanes:

Love this:


There’s something so beautiful about this expression, too.

Birch reflects light nicely for us:

Wonderful! Thanks for meeting me, guys :)

Spring Public Garden Mini-session #19

This beautiful 4 and a half year old sweet girl has the best expressions. I love this gentle smile to start…

But also some perfection as she makes her point in conversation:

Or makes sure we all keep quiet:

Or shows us “surprise!”

She’s just fun every way.

So wonderful to see you guys as always!

Audrey - May 26, 2012 - 5:06 am

She is lovely, as is her mom!

Caroline - May 26, 2012 - 7:42 am

These are fun – catpured so many of Olivia’s expressions! And the Mom/daughter one is just nice –

Caroline - May 26, 2012 - 7:43 am

These are fun and captured nearly all of Olivia’s classic expressions – and of course Chris and O together is a great one!

Jacquie - May 26, 2012 - 10:03 am

Wonderful moments to remember the brightness of O’s face. Her glances that speak to the viewer and say I am happy and enjoying the world around me.

The Mom and Daughter frame speaks of the bond of love,security and safety for O..

O's Mom - May 26, 2012 - 11:41 am

Our fourth photoshoot in as many years, and another wonderful set of preserved memories. Thanks, Jess!

martha - May 26, 2012 - 12:15 pm

Magical photos!

Kim - May 26, 2012 - 2:37 pm

Oh wow, what a beauty! And her expressions look exactly like her mama’s!

Marty - May 26, 2012 - 6:35 pm

Clearly, we have a star in the making. The camera loves her. Olivia looks cute too.

Sophie - May 29, 2012 - 5:59 pm

These are two of my favorite people in the world. Beautiful mom & daughter :-) & great pictures of them both as well !

Janice - May 30, 2012 - 7:20 am

Great pictures – Olivia’s personality really comes out in these adorable pictures of her!

Maritza - May 30, 2012 - 10:56 am

Great Pictures! You make the images so real.

John - May 30, 2012 - 1:50 pm

Expressions for a lifetime!
Good job!

Don - May 30, 2012 - 2:09 pm

Can a Grandfather be any more amazed by those expressions?
Thank you!

DJ - May 30, 2012 - 5:19 pm

Just great to see the vitality in O’s expressive moves.
The photography captured the lasting memories of her

Mae - May 30, 2012 - 7:53 pm

Impossible to miss the photography that best captured
the features of a charming youg girl.
My best to her family

MarthaB - June 1, 2012 - 12:14 am

Well – I can tell who runs your household! Great picture of mom and Olivia – a classic!

A Mommy blog, just for a minute

Annie, my now 6 1/2 year old, when she was just two. Shot this with a real camera, not my iPhone :)

Forgive me while I hijack my usually totally photo-centered blog and use it for a personal post for a minute.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my iPhone use recently.  I’ve read a number of articles friends have posted on Facebook about how we all use our phones too much, that we’re taking our kids to the park, but we’re not really with them if we’re pushing the swing with the iPhone in hand, reading an article a friend recommended, finding a recipe for dinner, replying to client emails, texting a friend… and that our kids are suffering for it.

Unfortunately I know I’m at fault – I do all these things. It’s such an addiction, especially for those of us who work from home. It’s the new water cooler conversation from the old days when we worked in offices.  I’m hungry to connect with other adults, to just touch base a few (dozen) times a day with other people out there slogging through the parenting trenches with me.  But I know my kids notice it.

“Put down your PHONE, mom.”

So I suggested something timidly to Annie (my six and a half year old) the other day.  I kind of knew that I was signing my name in blood to the plan when it popped out of my mouth, but I took the risk and went for it.  “Do you think I should do something new this summer?  Do you think I should make a promise not to use my phone when I’m hanging out with you and your sister?”  I almost wanted to grab the words and stuff them back inside my mouth as they hung there, heavy with promise.  But her face LIT up.  She smiled a huge smile, and said, without hesitation,”Yes!”

So it’s out there.  And it’s been said, so it’s on the books.  And summer is looming.  Here’s my plan.

June 1st – August 31st:

-Deleting the Facebook app from my phone.

-Deleting the Twitter app from my phone.

-Turning off email on my phone.

And that’s the plan.  Hoping my clients will understand that I’ll take a bit longer to read and reply to emails over the summer.  Hoping Facebook can survive without me trolling the feed three or four times a day.  And hoping my kids can swing higher when I push with both hands.

Anybody wanna try something like this with me?  I could use all the help I can get…

Leslie - May 21, 2012 - 2:04 am

YES! I did this over April break for similar reasons (and the fact that I was without International service:) and my family was much happier for it. I’m with you! It may become a permanent policy….

Stacy - May 21, 2012 - 4:57 am

That’s huge, Jess! I don’t know if I’m ready to join you just yet on removing apps from my phone, but I’ve definitely noticed that my iPhone already “comes between” me and Gus…like when I’m breastfeeding him yet holding the phone up in front of my face to either enter the feeding info into my Baby Connect app, or reading emails, or the news, or whatever. I’m sure this interferes with the mother-infant bonding process so thanks for giving me additional encouragement to put the phone away more often. :)

SerahRose - May 21, 2012 - 9:15 am

Although I haven’t outright made the promise, when my kiddo and I have hangout time together….gardening, museums, parks, etc…I leave the phone behind, literally. I leave it in my car, or in the kitchen, somewhere I can’t hear it ring. But I know it’s there if I need to call 911.

I can’t delete the aps because of my work…but my time with my kid is my time with my kid. My friends, colleagues, and family can wait while I’m busy living. They’re gotten used to my lack of answering the phone :) They just call back later!

Brandy - May 21, 2012 - 9:51 am

Nicely done, Jess! Great idea to do it just for the summer too. Then you’ve got a defined period to see how it goes, and you can always decide to extend it or not in the fall :-) This is the best line: “And hoping my kids can swing higher when I push with both hands.”

Screen-Free Week - May 22, 2012 - 11:33 am

We posted this on our Screen-Free Week FB page and people are impressed!

Mary Beth - May 22, 2012 - 11:43 am

I love that I just came across this! I recently did the same in light of the recent articles! Although I am new to a “smart phone” and miss my old APP-less flip phone, I deleted all APP’S (maily FB) and email to really be WITH my kids. As a photographer that also works from home, I know my clients will understand if I do my “business” after hours when the kids are tucked in. Yay you and all the Mamas that follow your lead!

Paige - May 22, 2012 - 1:28 pm

I’ve thought about this a lot lately…our kids have limits on their screen time…why shoudn’t we?

Anna - May 22, 2012 - 6:18 pm

Great idea, however, in our case it will be a mutual ban on phone/computer/DS gaming during our vacation. Thinking of maybe switching over the SiM card we use in Europe to a regular phone without internet. Then we will all be happier together! But the twitter withdrawl symptoms will be rough at first…

marissa - May 22, 2012 - 6:20 pm

I saw your post link up on the Screeen Free week FB page. I will jump on board with you, in fact, starting today. I am continually plagued with guilt and disgusted that my kiddo often sees me with my nose up to my smartphone. I don’t want this to be his image of me, nor do I want to model this behavior as appropriate or healthy for my curious and impressionable toddler. Thanks for the inspiration, you have made a positive impact in this family. *with tears of gratefullness

Teri Rees-Momeyer - May 22, 2012 - 6:40 pm

Wow! My phone is a work issued phone so I am obligated to answer work emails, but the rest of it…I think I am going to do it. I know my daughter notices that I am not always present and if I want her to pay attention to me, then I need to pay better attention to her. Thanks for the challenge.

DawnV - May 22, 2012 - 9:07 pm

At the beginning of the year, I started a dedicated 30 min “no phone, no computer” concentrated one-on-one time each day with my daughter… it has been huge in our relationship. I love the idea of increasing that for the summer!

Hands Free Mama - May 22, 2012 - 9:16 pm

Jessica, I LOVE this!! Thank for both your honesty and your willingness to make a commitment to being more present with your kids. This is truly inspiring. I cannot wait to hear about all the wonderful moments that you grasp this summer while going “Hands Free”! Thank you so much for coming to “The Hands Free Revolution” and pointing me to your beautiful post!

Gayletrini - May 22, 2012 - 10:32 pm

great idea! I dont have facebook or email on my phone for that same reason… I just need to kick the twitter addiction. But I am in too deep LOL
Good luck. I know you would have lots of fun.

Kit - May 23, 2012 - 1:15 pm

I have a 6 month old at home, and have made it a point when I get home from work the phone goes down unless I absolutely need to communicate something to someone until after he goes to bed. Then if I want I can pick it up check text message, facebook, email, yada yada yada. But when I’m home with him my phone is put away. It’s the best decision I’ve made!! Even at 6 months I think he notices he has my full attention now instead of half of it.

[…] does Jessica McDaniel, a Boston-based photographer. But this past weekend, Ms. McDaniel proposed to her daughter that she might just … stop. I suggested something timidly to Annie (my 6-and-a-half year old) the other day. I kind of knew […]

[…] does Jessica McDaniel, a Boston-based photographer. But this past weekend, Ms. McDaniel proposed to her daughter that she might just … stop. I suggested something timidly to Annie (my 6-and-a-half year old) the other day. I kind of knew […]

Hank - May 25, 2012 - 3:19 pm

Jess – well done! I gave up the f-book last winter and haven’t looked back. Don’t know about cutting the cord completely but you’ve got me thinking about setting up some boundaries now…. maybe instituting a “NO PHONE ZONE” in the house?

again – congrats on being such a trend setter….

yer pal,


[…] does Jessica McDaniel, a Boston-based photographer. But this past weekend, Ms. McDaniel proposed to her daughter that she might just … stop. I suggested something timidly to Annie (my 6-and-a-half year old) the other day. I kind of knew […]

Eliza/betsy - May 27, 2012 - 7:38 am

This is fantastic, Jess. And congrats on the New York Times publicity! Hopefully you’ll start a movement that’s great for all the kids, working parents, and families out there…..:)

[…] Boston based photographer Jessica McDaniel recently blogged about spending too much time on her iPhone while she is with her daughters. […]

Spring Public Garden Mini-session #16

Haven’t seen these three since they were just wee babes, and now they’re moving back across the pond, so they wanted some Boston pictures before they left.  They were really pretty great fun. Ready, set, JUMP!

Such fun to see you guys after all these years!  Hope the transition back to the UK is great :)

Spring Public Garden Mini-session #15

Love this of these two cuties:


And in honor of Mama’s Day – two beautiful ladies:

Great to see you guys as always!

And how cool is this – I never have time to take pictures of families on the Swan Boats, but the shoot that I had scheduled just after these guys had to move to later in the day, so I had a half hour free after their shoot was done.  So I got to follow them around the pond – love this one :)


Spring Public Garden Mini-session #14

And my second mini-shoot day began on Saturday with GLORIOUS weather.  I met up with eight more families – bringing the spring total in the Public Garden to 21 sessions – and each one was wonderful.

Working with light like Saturday’s is a treat and a pleasure.  As is this little guy:

Luckily he brought his hilarious daddy:

So much to see!


Wonderful to see you guys again!


Laurie Davis - May 16, 2012 - 8:38 pm

Great, smiley pictures. Love the ducks!

Mary Broad - May 17, 2012 - 12:15 am

These photos are so precious! He’s becoming such a big boy! What a treasure!

jack kelly - May 17, 2012 - 8:36 am

Great photographic technique and a wonderful subject.

Tuesday tip: Scrapes, bruises…

Just take the picture.  Take it – scrapes, bruises and all.  Because if you wait until they’re bruise and scrape free, you might miss something.  And you know what? You might even like the unedited version of the picture better.  You might like remembering what it looked like before you played on your computer in Photoshop and edited out all the injuries.

Because this – this is the memory.  (Then you can print the edited one for your mother…)

Sisters, and a pop of color

So I know, I know, I market my whole business around black and white photography.  I love it the most – I love the way it lets children’s personalities shine…

The way it lets light take charge in a photo and outline action in the coolest way…

Ok, I’ll get back to the black and white/color discussion in a minute, but first I should introduce these guys.  You might recognize them from YEARS ago when I took pictures of little N inside her mama’s tummy.  But now they’re headed to Beijing on a family adventure, and we needed to document their tree-climbing ways and their fun here in Massachusetts before they left.

And boy are they tree climbers!

And birdwatchers:

And ticklers:


And joyful, wonderful fun people.  Great to see you guys again.  Have a fantastic adventure overseas!

And without further ado, I show you the reason that I shoot in color and show all the photos to my clients in both b&w and color.  Because once in a while there’s a photo that just HAS to be in color.  It has to be. It just HAS to be.