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Tuesday Tips Gallery, first half of 2012

The house where it all began

Back in the mid 70s a young couple bought this house – and I wonder if they ever imagined that more 30 years later, they’d stand out front with their handsome progeny all assembled like this:

With just their grandchildren:

Kiddos alone:

I bet they knew, even back then, that the back yard would be perfect for summer playtime:

The first brave sprinkler jumper-inner, after a good soaking:

With sprinkler help from mom:

And dad:

Exploring with Uncle M:

Hand washing in the hose:

It was so fun to see you guys!

Everybody’s in town, let’s capture it!

Once upon a time, many years ago, two parents had two (what I’m sure were) fantastic little boys.  Then those boys grew up and married two fabulous women.  And then, would you believe it, those two original parents got grandchildren out of the deal! Everybody was together last week and we met up for a walk at Elm Bank in Wellesley.

Sometimes we have an escapee when we try to pose pictures… but that’s OK ;)

Aren’t they a handsome crew?

Balancing act with grandparent support:

And cousins helping each other with the stick:

Cousin squeezes:

I have to smile when I look at this picture.

And A is going to have a little brother or sister soon…

And then the heat got to be too much for us – Dad had to work some water bottle magic:

And last but not least, a wet grandma hug :)

What, you like my hat? This old thing?

You guys know I’m not really a “hat” baby photographer.  But when there’s one just LYING around… and when a 9 month old sweetie feels like she’s ready for her closeup in it… who am I to say no?

Incredible cuteness.  I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves :)

Except this one, where I have to point out that Harry’s tongue is completely under E’s chin – full extension.  Hard to tell here on the blog, but it’s perfect.

Oh, and I loved shooting in Miss E’s new house – the top floor was like a big empty studio for us, so sunny… and I can imagine her peering out these windows for years to come looking at her neighbor kids playing, saying, “Can I go outside?”

And last but not least, chewing on those toes.

Kristen Krikorian - July 9, 2012 - 1:42 pm

Ellie is gorgeous as ever! Mommy and baby and Gwammy (and puppy) all look so happy! These pictures really capture her smile and sweet cheeks (and those eyelashes!). Love Love Love! xoxox

Erin - July 9, 2012 - 9:06 pm

I have never seen a happier baby! Beautiful pictures- every one!

Tuesday tip: Let things slow down and get quiet

A general rule for me and baby/toddler photography has to do with speed – I find that doing shoots quickly makes it easier on everybody.  I don’t think children enjoy having someone follow them around with a camera for hours at a time  – be you the parent or the photographer.  So I like to get in and get out, and do a lot of different kinds of pictures in a short period of time.

It is important to break your own rules sometimes, though – because slowing down and letting everybody get quiet can sometimes allow the most beautiful, sweet moments to occur.  And really, it’s not me making decisions about how photoshoots progress – it’s the tiny subjects who make all the real decisions.  And that’s a good thing.

Love, energy and sprinklers

Now about two and a half years ago I took pictures of this extraordinary big sister, but I did it at her grandma’s house, as a surprise for her parents. She’s a strong, amazing 5 year old with some special needs, and now she’s a fantastic big sister to her new brother B. I loved taking pictures at her home this time with her parents and her brother.

First we’ll introduce little B – he’s 3 months old:

And he gets a real kick out of his dad:

Speaking of dad – with Father’s Day coming up this weekend I had to include this one for you guys.  Look at that arm strength on little Miss – giving a real big strong hug.

The moment between mom and dad here was so perfect, I had to include it.  I love the way they’re looking at each other.

Now on to Miss H – with her infectious smile:

Over mama’s shoulder:

And everybody flying:

I really love this moment, too, as Mama watches H practicing her walking with Daddy:

And last but not least, the sprinkler. Nothing beats the sprinkler in the summer!  SO fun to see you guys again.


Natalie - June 13, 2012 - 4:59 pm

Jess the pictures look GREAT!!!! I also love the picture of Tom and I looking at each other at the park. What a perfect moment that I didn’t realize you captured. I’m glad you got Miss H’s personality in the pictures! Your amazing and look forward to doing this again!

Kim Soper - June 13, 2012 - 5:14 pm

Love these pics!

cheryl - June 13, 2012 - 6:20 pm

Absolutely Amazing Photo’s. :)

Vince - June 13, 2012 - 8:07 pm

These are awesome photos. Such a great family!

Erin H. - June 14, 2012 - 8:31 am

These pictures are beyond perfect! I know and love this family, and this series definitely catches their love and happiness!

Tuesday tip: See if you can tell more than one story

Think about all the corners of your picture. Maybe include two stories in one image — pull back a bit to capture more of what’s happening in the room. Maybe a sibling is doing a dance in the background, trying to get your attention. Including that in your picture could tell an even more robust story than the one you were going to tell originally.

Two STILL under two

Now you know these guys are close in age and their parents are rock stars for having them so close together when I’m back for a second photoshoot with the new baby (she’s not even a new baby any more, big girl!) and we still have a house of two under two.

She’s six months and he’s not yet two.  And, oh, by the way, they’re totally perfect.

Look at the grins!

Look at the rolls on this pretty lady:

With daddy:

And I love the dirt getting sprinkled in this one.  Hanging out in his favorite spot…

So fun to see you guys as always!

Georgia - June 18, 2012 - 10:09 am

How adorable!!!!! I love Mr. D’s curls and Gracie has gotten so big – when did that happen??!! Too cute!!

Helen - June 18, 2012 - 10:35 am

Great photos – love the candids. These are the moments you remember!

Kristin - June 18, 2012 - 10:58 am

Adorable as always!!!

Lindsey - June 18, 2012 - 12:25 pm

Such adorable photos! They are sooo cute! Tricia and Mike, you have been blessed with such a beautiful legacy!

Erin - June 18, 2012 - 12:55 pm

So beautiful. The pictures came out perfect!

Bob - June 18, 2012 - 3:37 pm

Such happy kiddo’s. Yes Parents and Children… These pictures are priceless.

Stephanie - June 18, 2012 - 9:13 pm

Great Pictures!!! They are SO cute!!

Cristin Rappa - June 19, 2012 - 1:38 am

Absolutely beautiful pictures!! They are just adorable and what a keepsake! Can’t believe how big they are getting!

Traci Metzger - June 20, 2012 - 8:49 am

The second to last picture – she looks like she is saying, “So how are you doing today?” I treasure my pics now that the kids are older. Thank you for sharing!

Bonnie - June 20, 2012 - 9:23 am

Giggles, smiles and a beautiful family!! Life is good :)

Ellen - June 20, 2012 - 11:57 am

Great pictures of such beautiful cherubs!! Love my little Dyl Pickle and Gracie Poo!!

Emily - June 20, 2012 - 3:15 pm

What a beautiful family! Congratulations to you all, and to having two under two at home!

Kim - June 20, 2012 - 3:38 pm

LOVE the black and white photos – what a gorgeous family and I hope to see more of these photos in future. The babies look absolutely content. FAB!

Karen Wilson - June 20, 2012 - 11:16 pm

So cute! They must take after their Auntie :)

Jim - June 20, 2012 - 11:24 pm

I love the black and white. The kids look so cute. Grace has the most pinchable cheeks.

Summer Beach Mini-session #2

This is the second of two minishoots I did at the beach last Friday – you can see the other one (and learn about scheduling your own minishoot day with your friends) here.

And n0w I need a new beach hat. This one looks SOooo fabulous and I am so in love with this picture… the curly-haired cuties are pretty great too, don’t get me wrong… ;)


Running around with Mama:

And I think this is my favorite – love the golfing happening in the  background:

So fun to meet you guys!  I’m glad this worked out, thanks for joining me at the beach.

Summer Beach Mini-session #1

This fun mama contacted me a few weeks ago about doing a shoot at the beach near her house, and, even cooler, she found a friend who was interested in doing the same thing.  This meant I was able to organize the two shoots as mini-sessions (explained in detail on my website here, although they’re usually only in the Boston Public Garden), one at 10am and the other at 10:30am.

So this is the first pair of cuties – they’re four and two.  And if you know their dad, don’t say anything to him about these – this shoot was a Father’s Day surprise.

Who would think she doesn’t like to smile for pictures?

I’d love to see this running one big on a wall somewhere – it’s so fun…

And talk about small world… The two girls on the right of this next picture are the gorgeous older siblings from the two minishoots I had at the beach that day, but the third little girl (the one on the left) was there at the beach playing with her brother and her babysitter.  (Note – there was only one other group at the beach while we were shooting, it’s not like there was a crowd…)

And lo and behold, not only did our big girl subjects of the photoshoots know her from their gymnastics class, but I’ve also had nine photoshoots with her and her big brothers over the last eight years! I love small world stuff.

kathy lombardi - June 7, 2012 - 8:50 pm

What cuties. Love the photos.

Grins and giggles at only 8 weeks old

Now this guy wants to introduce himself with a BANG! Isn’t he perfect? 8 weeks old and already so full of fun personality and expressions.

At a certain point, though, everybody gets frustrated with modeling…

Probably because he got a leeetle tired (I am so in love with this yawn picture, though):

And now I’m curious. I have two photos that I can’t choose between – they’re similar moments, but I think they tell very different stories.  It’s C in Daddy’s arms, and I love the first one for the quiet stillness… so gentle, so sweet… the delicate eyelashes…

But then I’m drawn to this one – just moments later – he got a quick little second wind.  It’s so full of energy and joy and fun… not to mention the tiny hand on daddy’s bigger one here…

And then he was out:

So wonderful to meet you guys!

Susan Goodman - June 7, 2012 - 5:44 pm

LOVED the first photo with his arm up!! Looks like he enjoys
being “Number One” in his household.

Marilyn Manzoli - June 15, 2012 - 10:54 am

He certainly is a Champion!!!!!! with his arm up in the air!

Twenty six month old piggy toes

These two beautiful ladies turned six months old last weekend!  Look at their perfect little tushes and their gorgeous little bald spots :)

Before I even get to the cute faces, I’m starting at the bottom. Gorgeous toes – complete with wrinkles at the ankles.

Sorry, still gonna make you wait for the cute faces – because this one is awesome.  Apparently one of these sisters spends a lot of her days grabbing and pulling her sister closer – and the other sister spends those same days just kind of wishing her sister wasn’t pulling her so much.  And to make this non-specific story even more confusing, if memory serves, this particular shot is actually the REVERSE… where the sister who usually does all the grabbing is, in fact, the one whose hand is being grabbed and chewed. I just love the story this one tells (and I think even if I have it backwards – my apologies – but the story is still pretty great – topped only by the knuckle dimples and wrist rolls).

But here we have them:

I like this for the storytelling too:

And now for the ones that make me chuckle…

This one feels like we should do a caption contest, right?  Their faces both look so adult and hilarious.

Best sister expression EVER…

And lastly – a couple of tush ones to finish things off.  With adoring daddy:

You guys were so fun!  I loved getting to know the girls :)

Moriya Bodie Treussard - June 5, 2012 - 6:56 pm

Thanks for taking such great pictures of our girls Jess! We love each and every one!

samantha - June 5, 2012 - 8:27 pm

OMG!!! Delicious babies and beautiful parents!!!

samantha - June 5, 2012 - 8:30 pm

Tushie pis are truly the best!

Courtney Desena - June 5, 2012 - 9:23 pm

These pictures are absolutely adorable!

Christy - June 6, 2012 - 12:32 am

Love their little bottoms :)

Tirel Duhamel Nicole - June 6, 2012 - 3:23 am

Des filles merveilleuses pour des parents adorables !
Et des photos magnifiques …
Du bonheur, encore du bonheur , encore plus de bonheur…

Hope Fremd - June 6, 2012 - 8:08 am

These are the most beautiful pictures. Of course the subjects are amazingly photogenic!!!!!!

Chelsea - June 6, 2012 - 9:01 am

Double cuteness!

ellyn - June 6, 2012 - 4:18 pm

I speak for the entire Riccio family when I say, “AWWWWWWWWWW!”

Ellyn - June 6, 2012 - 4:22 pm

I speak for the whole Riccio family when I say, “AAWWWWWW!!!”

Rebecca - June 7, 2012 - 1:42 pm

Beautiful photography and gorgeous little subjects!