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Back Bay, Boston Baby Photographer — She’s 100 days old!

Often times families say they want to do a location shoot with their tiny baby and I am reluctant… I get worried because it can be so much more comfortable for babies at home… But these guys had a plan for their sweet girl’s 100 day celebration, and I was honored to come be part of it. And lo and behold, it went perfectly!

I met them downtown at one of their favorite restaurants (it was at the beautiful Bar Boulud on Boylston Street), and we documented them celebrating with this gorgeous cake:

Luckily her parents helped her blow out the candles ;)

We started out indoors, so we could get some quiet close-up photos…

The lobby of the Mandarin Oriental was a lovely place for some quick photos before going outside.

And then someone fell asleep on our walk down to the Comm Ave Mall.

But she perked right back up when we reached the Boston Women’s Memorial over on the Mall…

And she got to be playful with Daddy…

It was wonderful meeting you guys! Congratulations on S’s 100th day!

Boston Waterfront Family Photographer – The twins enjoy the Rose Kennedy Greenway

In a span of two days I did two different photoshoots on the gorgeous Rose Kennedy Greenway downtown. Both days were hot as can be, but the kiddos did so well! Makes being a family photographer on the Boston waterfront easy, when everybody has such a good time.

This one was successful thanks largely to a super-prepared, mama, methinks… these 22 month old twin girls came with their gorgeous dresses and their de-thorned roses… and boy were they ready to play.

They loved sitting and hanging out with mama…

And exploring all the green shady spaces we could find…

But the best part might have been the splash park. So exciting to discover how to push the button and make it spray!

Basically it was just fun, fun, fun – even though it was hot as can be.

Playing with the roses soon transitioned to playing with mama’s water bottle… nothing beats getting cooled off, after all.

It was perfection! I loved meeting your girls and getting time with you guys. Thanks so much for playing and having fun.

Kimberly Rochette - July 13, 2017 - 10:34 am

I know I’m partial, but I love every one!! Great Job Jessica!!

Angelo Traniello - July 13, 2017 - 10:45 am

Great job! The pictures look great!

Kari - July 13, 2017 - 10:45 am

What a beautiful family – love these photos!

June Schaeffer - July 13, 2017 - 10:54 am

You really captured the essence of these beauties!
Thank you for the memories.

Janine - July 13, 2017 - 10:54 am

What a beautiful photo shoot!!

Jennifer Monkiewicz - July 13, 2017 - 10:58 am

Beautiful work! Beautiful subjects! I love them all! These girls are so blessed to have a momma like Kim. Great Job Jessica!!

Cindy Cortes - July 13, 2017 - 11:13 am

Absolutely beautiful! <3

Julie Gorman - July 13, 2017 - 11:56 am

These pictures are adorable! Looks like Kim and the girls had a lot of fun. Great job Jessica!

Ken - July 13, 2017 - 12:02 pm

Wow! Such great photos, and captured so much joy! Really beautiful.

Elizabeth Volansky - July 13, 2017 - 12:06 pm

So adorable! What an amazing photo shoot! The girls are such cuties and Kim looks great!

Jessica Glynn - July 13, 2017 - 12:27 pm

Beautiful mom and girls. So pretty!!!

Hugh Kennedy - July 13, 2017 - 12:33 pm

Beautiful capture of a beautiful family!

Lois Donaway - July 13, 2017 - 12:39 pm

How could you possible choose just a few ??? they are great pictures, but of course the girlies are so beautiful..great subjects! Kudos for photographer for capturing both so well!!

Kristen Fitzgerald - July 13, 2017 - 1:55 pm

Love!! Miss you and Boston! :)

Amelia - July 13, 2017 - 7:04 pm

These so capture their beauty and personalities ❤️❤️👌🏻😘

Lee - July 13, 2017 - 9:07 pm

They are all so perfect. Beautiful ladies all around.
Great job!

Collleen Vierling - July 14, 2017 - 12:07 am

Adorable, gorgeous, fun loving baby girls! They put a smile on my face. So cute!

Maureen Spaulding - July 14, 2017 - 10:08 am

Just adorable! Sweet and wonderful to capture :)

Nancy Saunders - July 14, 2017 - 6:47 pm

Beautiful girls, capTured perfectly!

Boston, MA Baby Photographer – From crazy snow to crazy heat, six months later

I was laughing so much as I walked through the oppressive heat last Sunday to this photoshoot — I was remembering that just six months ago I was tromping down their street through no less than 2 feet of snow to get to this sweet girl’s newborn photoshoot.

We do our extreme temperatures really well here. Gotta love New England weather!

But look look LOOK at the cuteness that greeted me when I arrived. I mean, remembering her newborn photoshoot just a few months ago is fun, but don’t you just LOVE the photos we were able to get at her six month photoshoot?

This picture specifically is just making me melt.

And then of course I have to show you the many faces of Miss D. She’s so animated and fantastic at this age! She made me laugh over and over again with her cute expressions.

She and her mama had so much fun – even though it was a hot day! She loved playing and giggling with mama.

Just a perfect, perfect girl. Thanks so much for having me come see you guys! I adored every minute.

Waltham, MA Newborn Photographer: Baby sister joins the team

I was so excited when these guys told me they were expecting another baby. Yay for a baby sister – and what a cutie patootie!

Big brother has so much love for his baby sister – it’s extraordinary! He wanted to keep playing with her and playing with her… he has just endless love to give. She’s a lucky girl, to have this big guy ready to play with her right away.

I was honored to meet your sweet new girl, thank you so much for having me out!

Beacon Hill Newborn Photographer – kissing his baby toes and warm in the sun

I really do get goosebumps when I arrive in Beacon Hill as a newborn photographer. I love walking those streets. Last week it was early morning when I was arriving for our pictures with this new little guy. The sun was warming my back, and I almost skipped as I came up the hill to their house. Nothing like following my GPS, not quite sure where I’ll park, but excited to start a new journey with an entirely new family.

And when I get to be the newborn photographer for an old friend who’s just had his first baby?

Well that’s when it just couldn’t be more perfect.

But wait, there’s more. Because this boy was just too much. Look at that tummy! Those toes! That soft squishy back!

And I didn’t even explain to you about his amazingly creative mama. She takes beautiful photos of her sweet boy all the time. But she’s never IN the photos. You know the problem? Where you’re not sure your child will even remember you were there for those early days? We decided to remedy that, and took special care to really carefully document mama and her boy. (The hair pulling one cracks me up.)

And then it was time to put on some clothes and maybe have a little snack. Because a little nursing break can sometimes fix everything.

And when better to show everybody my new Baby’s First Year coffeetable albums and Baby’s First Year package options. So much to consider!

And then a little pat on the back… Aaaaand burp!

p.s. I adored getting to meet you, sweet boy. Hope you love love love your photos!

 

Barn Babies at our 8th Birthday Party

Once in a while your worlds all come together. Because, see, I take pictures of babies for a living. I’m often a birthday party photographer. (More info on booking me for a party is here.) Back when I was a junior in high school, I did a farm semester at The Mountain School up in Vershire, VT and bottle fed Wendell, the baby calf every day for weeks and weeks while I was there. So not only do I love babies, and birthday parties, and animals… but baby animals at a birthday party?? Eek! When my 8 year old and her best friend asked to do a Barn Babies birthday party, I had no idea how much my loves would all come together in one place.

Because guys, here’s what I love.

Groups of children, coming together, being gentle and adoring animals:

Um, diapered baby lambs? Obv.

Swaddled kittens? Yes.

My baby girl, Sadie, at her birthday party, blissful? Yes.

Tootsie pictures? WITH A PIGLET??? Yes please.

Sadie’s best friend, cuddling a piglet? Yep.

My 4 year old niece, smooching a (momentarily nervous) kitten? Yes, this.

Soft furry kittens, just in general? Uh-huh.

Both my girls AND my niece, holding a bunny and a kitten? #mindexplodes #toocute

Sweet friends, loving on kittens with their mamas? Yes.

Friends taking quiet time to hold and cuddle? Yep.

Besties adoring bunnies together? Yes, this. This right here.

Oh and just bunnies, bunnies swaddled. Goodness they’re cute.

Barn Babies’ operation, by the way, was impeccable. They somehow dealt with the rain outside completely seamlessly, corralling all 17 children in our playroom and even vacuuming before they left. When I woke up yesterday morning to a downpour on the morning of the party I don’t have to explain to you how deeply my heart sank, just imagining my playroom with farm animals running around. But it was absolutely perfect.

The baby lamb, baby pig and three puppies were in pens that the kids could climb into, and the other babies were swaddled so the children could hold them. Dreamy.

Their presentation was slow and clear, the children understood what they could and couldn’t do, and they adored every minute of the hour we had the animals there.

You know how old these baby chicks are? 5 days old!

I will also bow down to the amazingness of doing a combo birthday party. Wow, what’s better than having your best friend’s mom show up with a homemade ice cream cake that looks like this?

Pretty much nothing, nothing beats it.

And getting to be a birthday party photographer at a party with baby ANIMALS? Perfection.

And so I leave you with this baby girl’s sweet face.

Oink!

 

Dedham, MA Twins Photographer: Tub time is the best time

I was on my way home from a morning photoshoot on Saturday and I texted my sister, to ask her if she wanted me to get her anything from the Home Depot near her house. (They have the BEST plants, btw…) She said no, but she was making a sandwich and did I want one… yes, obviously, and she said I should let myself in when I got to her house because she’d be giving the babies a bath when I got there. I said, “Oh, dude WAIT! I have my camera in the car. If you wait I’ll document the bath.”

So she waited.

And I’m glad.

Because I love nothing more than tub pictures. (Hence the Messy-Face-Tub-Time minishoots I just introduced.)

But that’s neither here nor there. For now… just take a look at the awesomeness of this 18 month old niece/nephew/4 year old big sister team.

Do I need to say it again? I’ve said it before, but wet, happy children are REALLY fun to photograph.

New Baby’s First Year Coffeetable Albums

I swapped out my vendor for the Baby’s First Year coffeetable albums and I think you’re going to LOVE the new books. Of course I can still make the old style books if you prefer, but look how fantastic the new books are.

They’re beautifully linen covered, with an imprinted title:

We can fit up to 60 photos in the book, which means we can really tell the story all of your photoshoots from your Baby’s First Year package. The new books are also a lot more flexible with the designs/layouts, which makes it really fun for me…

And ooh, fun, you can watch the video where I turn the pages of this album:

You can also flip through all the page layouts, just in case you’re curious about what kind of photos I take in my Baby’s First Year photoshoots.

Let me know what you think!

Is it a Cake Smash or a Smash Cake Photoshoot?

Big news! I just added my version of a “Cake Smash” Photoshoot as a $250 minishoot option onto my website.

The BBP answer to the Cake Smash Phenomenon

So I’m sure you’ve heard of it out there in the world. You’ve probably seen the adorable studio photos lots of photographers like to do — white backdrops, messy babies completely surprised and enjoying destroying their first birthday cake — just an insanely fun mess. The classic “cake smash” (or is it “smash cake”?) photoshoot. Well, I’m not into studio stuff, so this is my way of doing it.

I now offer “Get Messy, Take a Bath Minishoots” at your house!

Well, here’s what I’d like to do instead, and you tell me if you think it’ll be fun.

I’m calling my new offering “Get Messy/Take a Bath Minishoots”, and they’re 20 minute minishoots, at your house, for $250. And you get a framed print of your choice after the shoot. Cool, eh? 

CHECK it out. All the details are on the new website here.

I do have a few rules, though.

  1. No fancy clothes. You’re getting messy. Clothes are extraneous. Bare bellies or clothes you don’t mind getting covered in food are best.
  2. No posing. Nobody looking at the camera, k?
  3. The first 10 minutes we’ll be eating something messy (provided by you – whatever you think your little person will enjoy – doesn’t need to be a cake to smash, could be avocado and blueberries, whatever) and getting completely covered in it.
  4. The second 10 minutes will be our getting clean pictures. Usually in the tub, but sometimes in the sink. Also could be with a hose in the backyard, whatever’s fun.

And then, after you’re completely covered and messy (aka 10 minutes after we start)…

And that’s it! I designed these sessions for babies, but really any children who still like to get messy and then cleaned up in a tub or with a hose outside will be great for this.

It’ll be amazing. Seriously. Read all the details here.

And if you think your bathroom’s big enough, call some friends…

 

 

 

Boston Sensory Solutions & BBP

I had the opportunity this week to hang photos over at a really cool space, and I wanted to show you guys.

Do you guys know about Boston Sensory Solutions? It is an extraordinary place for kids with a sensory processing disorder. It’s just off 93 in East Milton Square, and not only is Bridget, the Occupational Therapist/owner of BSS, a wonderfully fantastic person/clinician/coach, the space itself is has three incredible therapy rooms.

So without further ado, here’s the display I put together for the waiting room walls over there. It highlights my Turner’s Pond Minishoots, which are my most inexpensive photoshoots, starting at only $175. They’re offered year round, on your schedule.

We decided to go with Metal Prints – don’t you love them? Aren’t they so amazingly shiny and bright? They’re even more fantastic in person.

Here’s a closeup so you can see how shiny and fantastic the color metal prints look. I am so in love with these. Thanks, fishtank for the helpful reflection ;)…

And because everybody loves a video, I shot one so you could see all the details even more clearly. My kids find this video so hilarious that they keep making me play it over and over for them – apparently I make extremely embarrassing, silly whooshing noises as I show you guys around the space. Oh well, I have embraced my ridiculousness.

Enjoy.

Boston, MA Baby Photographer – three month old newborn photoshoot

I was thrilled to meet this gorgeous three month old baby boy for his newborn photoshoot last weekend. Sometimes people say to me “I missed my window for newborn photos!” when they call me and their baby is two, three, four… five months old. I always tell them not to worry, that doing photos any time in the first year of their baby’s life will be fantastic. Of course I want to get started early so we can tell the story of your baby’s first year fully (I have a package of a few photoshoots over the course of a baby’s first year that’s really fun to do), but any time you want to do photos is a great time to do it.

I mean, look at this cutie patootie – 3 1/2 months old and absolute perfection. I mean, the rolls on the back of his neck? Those tootsie toes? Just divine.

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Even through rain, snow, sleet or hail, your newborn photoshoot will happen

This may sound weird, but I love making my way to see families after big snowstorms. They’re snuggled in their cozy house with their new baby, and I navigate the ridiculous Boston roads to make my way there – happily leaving my own wild animals at home… and I arrive at their house, to the warmth, the love, cuddles… I just truly love my job. I adored tromping through the wet slush on the way to this newborn photoshoot, knowing I’d arrive somewhere just bursting with love.

Because guys, even his knuckles have dimples! Squeeeeeeal.

three month old newborn photoshoot with mom and dad

And even better, mama said she’s considering canvases! Mmmm wall consulting, my new jam. Thanks again for having me, I loved meeting you guys and your sweet new boy.

Claudia Ashforth - February 21, 2017 - 5:31 pm

I visited my sister and the baby this past weekend and was absolutely delighted not just with him, but with the amazing pictures you took! You did a fantastic job working with the light indoors to capture all his sweet expressions, ultra-cute chubby rolls, and happy parents. You immortalized all the perfect moments! As a proud auntie I can’t wait to hang up the prints!

Patricia Allen - February 22, 2017 - 10:15 am

So dimply and sweet and just look at those eyes! Jessica, you not only captured his sweetness but also the love emanating from his adoring parents. All of those precious moments are now immortalized by your camera and keen eye. I don’t get to visit my friends as often as I’d like, so your photos are great to see in between since they make me feel like I’m (almost) there! Thank you!

Joyce - February 22, 2017 - 10:24 am

Adorable! It’s wonderful how you captured the joy in their faces, Jess! I’m amazed at the beauty in these black & white photos of L & B & Baby L!

Cassandra - February 28, 2017 - 10:26 am

Love these photos of Leo, Liz, and Bahram! You captured the love in their sweet, growing family, and in Leo’s developing personality. What a great age to do a photo shoot!

Westfield NJ newborn photos with her big sister

On Friday after school my kids and I hopped in the car in Milton, MA and grabbed my husband from work so we could drive down to Westfield, NJ to (finally) take newborn photos of my beloved college roommate’s new baby.

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A busy time of life: but still time for newborn photos

They’re deep in it, guys. You can picture it — they have a 22 month old and a 2 month old. They’re busy! But this also means they’re card-carrying members of that elusive, ephemeral club that I love to document: the two under two club.

We’re talking that time of life when you’re feeding the newborn and you have to call out to the twenty-two month old and suggest she wait to go up the stairs until she has someone with her… it’s a lot.

But I’m so grateful that we took the time to do these newborn photos! Photos are so precious when we’re able to do them at this time of life — so we can remember the way big sister was so loving with her baby sister… the kisses on the top of her head, the gentle pats B gave M… just so much love.

Love just bursting, bubbling, oozing out of them, all the time. Joy, love, gratitude… they have all of it in spades.

newborn photos with her big sister

I adored meeting miss M, and loved seeing big sister B. And they even indulged me and let me do a wall consulting meeting while I was there! May as well peek at frames and talk about what to hang where when we’re shooting pictures, right? Why not?

Boston MA Newborn Session with baby D — it’s a new year!

This sweet girl arrived at the end of 2016, but I got to meet her just last week for her newborn photos. I can’t wait to go back for her six month and one year shots – what a treat. Yay for the Baby’s First Year package :)

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I have to say I think my favorite photo is this last fussy girl/smiling grandparents one. Who better understands that a fuss is just a fuss than grandma and grandpa?

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I adored meeting you guys, what a great way to start 2017!

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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