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Needham MA Family Photographer – & let’s overwhelm Instagram with love and joy!

There are two weeks left until 2017, guys! There was so much #loveandjoyin2016 – let’s relive it a little. I’m gonna take the next two weeks to peek back through some of my favorite BBP moments of #loveandjoy from 2016, because everybody could use a little more of that in their lives. You should do it too. Look on your phone, find photos that remind you of the love and joy in your life from this year and post them with the #loveandjoyin2016 hashtag. Let’s overwhelm Instagram with love and joy. #loveandjoyproject #makeseverybodysmile

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Boston MA Children’s Photographer – an incredible afternoon at the Cradles to Crayons’ 2016 Un-Gala

What a wonderful afternoon I got to have yesterday! There was giving, there was helping, there were volunteering children… there were smiles and there was so much joy. In past years I’ve loved donating my time on international Help-Portrait Day (more info is here), but I couldn’t find a local event in Boston, so when this opportunity presented itself, I was thrilled to be able to donate my time for such an extraordinary event.

I spent the afternoon as one of the volunteer photographers at the Cradles to Crayons 2016 Un-Gala, where over 400 people came, volunteered their time, and made a difference. (And I think the number might have been as much as twice that, since there was a whole 2nd shift of people who came in the morning!)

I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves. My job was to shadow the incredible founder of Cradles to Crayons, Lynn Margherio, and I was honored to spend the day watching her do her thing with her fantastic assistant Patrick by her side.

I have almost 100 photos from the day, though! If anyone would like to look through them or download them, you’re more than welcome to do so — you can find them on my client galleries page.

Enjoy!

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Thanks for letting me be part of an incredible day. What a great event!

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Dedham MA Family of Twins Photographer – Star Wars, and can I get a HEY-OH?

All hail the amazingly creative cousin who’s a whiz with the knitting and crochet needles! Everybody say HEY-O!

All hail the sister and bro-in-law who are just a few WEEKS away from making it to their twins’ first birthday. Everybody say HEY-O!

And all hail a weekend of costumes – because nothing, nothing beats Halloween weekend when you take pictures of children for a living.

So I’m going to have to dedicate this post to a family of Star Wars nuts who are near and dear to my heart. I’ll share some additional costumed cuties on the blog as well, but I’m gonna focus on one team of three cuties who made me smile a lot today. I mean, we’ve got eleven month old E going as Snow Warrior Leia. And her twin brother J? Yup, I think you’re picking up what I’m putting down. He’s going as X-Wing Fighter Pilot Luke. Obvi. I mean, guys, they’re twins. Get it? And we’re talking a three year old big sister who INSISTED on being Darth Vadar. Because that’s how they roll.

And then, once they’d decided on their costumes, in swept the magical cousin who wields her knitting needle (a.k.a. light saber… <– see what I did there?) with incredible skill, and they were off and running.

All this combined meant we got this:jjehalloween_ellieblog

And this:

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And this:

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Which of course led to this:

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But wait! That’s not all!

Because it’s Halloween weekend! I have to show you more. Sometimes on this kind of weekend you just run into a fairy princess:

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Or a snow queen:

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Or a vampire:

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Or Sophia the First:

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Or Thomas:

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See, it’s just the best weekend. The twins agree. New hats #ftw!

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Scituate MA Family Photographer – K&C go crazy

So their mom was bummed when I showed up and they’d already set up the bounce house for this guy’s 3rd birthday party. She was worried about it being an eyesore in the photos. Never! We must enjoy! Time to BOUNCE!

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Luckily we still had time to zip down to their local beach and get some shots there. Because obvi.

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BBP at Hyde Park Pediatrics

I love hanging my photos in Boston area pediatricians’ offices. You guys can be my eyes out there – when you go see your pediatrician, peek in the Newborn Waiting Room. Do they have great artwork in there? Do they want me to put together a proposal to improve their newborn waiting room walls? Dudes, that’s what I DO! Find me a pediatrician who wants a new wall display, I’ll give you a free photoshoot. Win, win.

Last winter I began a project to hang artwork on the walls of the Newborn Waiting Room area at Hyde Park Pediatrics, and after many months of planning, photo selection, printing and hanging, the display looks fantastic.

If you’re a patient over there, peek your head into the newborn waiting room and check out all those cute Boston Baby Photos faces!

Here’s the left side of the wall:

And here’s the right side (although the center color photo isn’t mine):

Edit: Here are some straight-on shots, in case you have a hard time seeing the adorableness…

Fab, right?

 

Arlington MA Home Newborn Session – the most perfect cheeks!

This sweet love has the most delicious cheeks ever – I just adore them. As I was working on these last night I started using my new BBP-only Instagram to give sneak peeks, bit by bit. It was really fun. If you’re an instagram person, follow @bostonbabyphotos to see what I’m up to, more real-time than ever before. I’ve also become something of an insane #tbt person, so if you follow, your feed might have some fun throwbacks on Thursdays. :)

We started with this one, which I just love for so many reasons. The back of Miss S’s hair, her adorable little neck roll, and then of course there are her parents’ expressions.

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Then we moved along to this peek – there is nothing in the world like baby fingers:

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And of course you guys know I love a newborn smile. When paired with a mama smile? Even better.

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And then we had to introduce those eyes… and of course her perfect cheeks. Staring adoringly at daddy:

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The expression here just gets me, and the belly roll… delicious.

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And would you believe this little lady is only eight weeks old? Look how she holds her head up!

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And then of course there comes the moment when exhaustion sets in, and you have to rest on daddy’s shoulder:

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Aaaaaand then it was a wrap. Zzzzzzz goodnight love bug!

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Leslie Arslanian - October 7, 2016 - 1:14 pm

Absolutely fabulous pictures

Anna Cervantes-Arslanian - October 7, 2016 - 3:43 pm

Beautiful family!

Amy Lawlor - October 16, 2016 - 8:19 am

Positively precious family.
Baby Sydney is beautiful!!

Anne Strassler - April 4, 2017 - 6:49 pm

My beautiful great niece.

My iPhone is in the wayback

I need to interrupt this regularly scheduled photography blog for a personal note.

So the real truth is I’ve been challenged by trying not to look at my phone while I’m in the car for years. I’ve taken pledges, I’ve downloaded apps to try to force me to not use my phone… and honestly, nothing has worked. The pull of the chance to just get one or two things accomplished at stoplights would win every time.

But then my incredibly disciplined husband (he’s always been better about this than I’ve been) texted me a link to this video a couple of weeks ago. His message said, “I wish everyone who drives would watch this video.”

So I watched it. It’s long, over 3 minutes. But it got me thinking. I would love it if you would take 3 minutes to watch it. Just trust me, it’s not gross or anything, it’ll just make you think.

So I said to him, YES. This video sings my song. The guy in the video parks his car before he calls his wife back. He doesn’t text in the car when the kids are there. But the buzzing draws his eye.

I knew I needed help with the technical side of my problem. The stupid buzzing. I didn’t want my phone to buzz at me in the car, but my big technical problem is that I use my phone as a GPS. I mount it on my dashboard for a huge percentage of the time that I’m in the car – so I see the buzzing. I have a really hard time not looking at it. (The app I downloaded couldn’t lock out iMessages, so it really ended up not being that helpful.)

But guys, I finally figured it out. I have a plan now, and I feel really good about it.

So now, when I’m starting the car, no matter whether I have kids in the car or not, I go through these steps to set my iPhone to “Do Not Disturb”. This means texts don’t get through, no matter what! Hallelujah! And the best part? I can still use my GPS to get to my photoshoots. Phewf.

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And the second part of my new plan is the part I’m liking the best. See, my older daughter is 10, about to be 11. My little one is 7. They see what I do. I am constantly driving them places, and driving their friends around, too. I know in the blink of an eye they’ll be taking the car and I honestly don’t trust that the technology is going to fix the problem of texting and driving before they and their friends get behind the wheel. I know the behavior needs to be modeled now so it’s ingrained.

So now I first set the phone to “Do Not Disturb” (so my Apple Watch won’t buzz on my wrist) but then I hand it back to the kids and I ask them to drop it behind them into the wayback of the car. They pass it from one to the other, and each time we talk about how distracting the phone is. How we don’t need to be distracted. How “annoying” the phone is in the car. How hard it is for me to have it near me up in the front seat of the car. And we talk this way in front of friends when I’m driving carpool. We make fun of mama and how this is the only way she can avoid distraction.

Please please please let this mean that in five short years when I have sixteen year old driver in my house that she will NEVER ever consider having a phone anywhere near the front seat of the car. And “Do Not Disturb” will be her norm every time she turns the keys in the ignition.

Todd Robbins - September 27, 2016 - 12:54 pm

That is my son Finn in that spot. We are so proud that his is part of something so powerful with such an important message.

Family Photos from Boston, MA to Sharon, MA – seven photoshoots in seven years

This is #25 in my series of Family Retrospective Videos – for more information about this project or to sign up to be added to the list of families who wants one, just let me know. I’ve been trying to make one of these a month since I started this project back in 2014. Now my queue of families who have requested one of these stretches into the middle of 2017, but if I’ve been taking photos of your family for a while, just send me a message and request one – it’ll be a nice surprise when it appears in your email someday.

You can watch more retrospectives here:
http://blog.bostonbabyphotos.com/tag/retrospective/

Our first photoshoot was in 2009, when little Georgie was only one. I’ve been back to see the six more times since then!

So without further ado, here’s a 6 minute video of Georgianna, Beatrix and Violet’s family with photos from seven photoshoots spread over seven years:

(Hint: Start playing the video, and then click on the little gear thing that takes you to “Settings” in the bottom right corner of the video. Choose 720p to make the slideshow play in high-definition. You can also choose “Full Screen” down there in that corner of the video too.)

Milton MA Family Photographer – eight photoshoots in eleven years

This is #24 in my series of Family Retrospective Videos – for more information about this project or to sign up to be added to the list of families who wants one, just let me know. I’ve been trying to make one of these a month since I started this project back in 2014. Now my queue of families who have requested one of these stretches into the middle of 2017, but if I’ve been taking photos of your family for a while, just send me a message and request one – it’ll be a nice surprise when it appears in your email someday.

You can watch more retrospectives here:
http://blog.bostonbabyphotos.com/tag/retrospective/

We started back in 2005 when tiny baby Zoe was only two years old. Our next shoot was in 2008, and this time Zoe was joined by a teenie baby Aimee. Since then we’ve had six more photoshoots – lots of them in the Boston Public Garden as minishoots. So many years of fun :)

So without further ado, here’s a 6 minute video of Zoe and Aimee’s family with photos from eight photoshoots spread over eleven years:

(Hint: Start playing the video, and then click on the little gear thing that takes you to “Settings” in the bottom right corner of the video. Choose 720p to make the slideshow play in high-definition. You can also choose “Full Screen” down there in that corner of the video too.)

Jamaica Plain MA Family Photographer – Six photoshoots in ten years

This is #23 in my series of Family Retrospective Videos – for more information about this project or to sign up to be added to the list of families who wants one, click this link and scroll down the pages through the older posts back to the first or second one (where I describe it in more detail).

I first met Max when he was just three months old, back in 2006. Then I got to see him and his sister Sarah five more times throughout the last ten years!

So without further ado, here’s a 4 minute video of Max and Sarah’s family with photos from six photoshoots spread over ten years:

(Hint: Start playing the video, and then click on the little gear thing that takes you to “Settings” in the bottom right corner of the video. Choose 720p to make the slideshow play in high-definition. You can also choose “Full Screen” down there in that corner of the video too.)

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Love this gorgeous family and all the years of happy shots!!

From Wayland MA to Beverly MA Newborn Photographer – Four newborn shoots… and then look at them now!

This is #22 in my series of Family Retrospective Videos – for more information about this project or to sign up to be added to the list of families who wants one, click this link and scroll down the page through the previous posts back to the first or second one (where I describe it in more detail).

OK, so twelve years ago I did a photoshoot for this super cool family and their new baby Grayson. Then I didn’t hear from them for a bit… until two years later, when they called me because they’d had another baby! Tristan this time. Then they called me three years after that to welcome Juliette. Then again two years later for their fourth – Brynloh… (aka Sonny).

And then they moved to Arizona! (Or maybe it was somewhere between J & B that they moved… but at any rate, I was sad that they left and wished I could do more photos.) But now, if we fast forward five years? Guess who came back to Boston for a visit a few weeks ago?? These guys! So we got to do photos five years after their last newborn shoot – and for me there’s really nothing better.

So without further ado, here’s a 5 minute video of Grayson, Tristan, Juliette and Brynloh’s family with photos from five photoshoots spread over twelve years:

(Hint: Start playing the video, and then click on the little gear thing that takes you to “Settings” in the bottom right corner of the video. Choose 720p to make the slideshow play in high-definition. You can also choose “Full Screen” down there in that corner of the video too.)

Belmont MA Newborn photographer – A two week old sweet girl

I was so honored to be invited to meet this gorgeous new babe last week – sweet little lady girl of a wonderful high school friend. Aren’t these ladies just perfect together?

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Look at that cute little face:

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And even when a little fuss erupted, mama soothed her right down.

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Sometimes all you need is a little mama cuddle.

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Or maybe just a nice tight swaddle…

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We were able to spend a bit of time in her grandma’s beautiful garden.

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And do you believe this foot is smaller than mama’s index finger?

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Photoshoots are hard work, man.

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Adored meeting this sweet love. She’s just perfection. See you SOON!

South End – Boston MA Newborn Photographer – four weeks old with her loving pups

Welcome to the world, little B! I got to meet this sweet girl last weekend on the day she turned 4 weeks old. She’s perfect.

First I have to show you this shot – I love when this happens spontaneously! Mama was looking lovingly on in the background and look what we got. Love this.

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What a beauty.

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I also loved getting to know her big (canine) siblings — they’re settling into this new life as protectors-of-the-babe really well! It’s tough when a new little human arrives. But they’re being super sweet with her.

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A smile for Dad!

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Trying on a cute hat…

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Go Huskies!

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It was wonderful to meet you guys!

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Courtney - July 9, 2016 - 5:29 pm

Beautiful family! Xo

Janet Greeley - July 9, 2016 - 7:35 pm

What a gorgeous expression of beauty, love and family!!!! Beautiful, congratulations on such an accomplishment, so much joy, it’s a pleasure to see, Love GiGi

Thomas Greeley - July 9, 2016 - 9:36 pm

Such great photos, they came out beautifully! Bailey is too precious

Weymouth MA Baby Photographer – This sweet boy turned one!

Another cutie pie at the end of his Baby’s First Year package! I can’t believe this big boy is already one. We had three wonderful photoshoots this year, and I was so honored to be able to come document this handsome little dude on a gorgeous hot June day about a week ago. We got to play in the yard! Water table amazingness! And what’s better than playing with a hose? Pretty much nothing, when you’re one. Happy birthday, sweet boy!

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