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Milton MA Family Photographer – Minishoots at Turner’s Pond are pretty fantastic

I met these guys at Turner’s Pond a few weeks ago and I keep meaning to blog their session – so sorry for the delay! I just adore Turner’s as a minishoot location – not only because it’s close to where I live, but also because the backdrop is just perfection for minis. Parking is easy and it really couldn’t be more beautiful, any time of year.

But without further ado… here’s Ms. A and her fantastic parents:

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Six photoshoots in seven years

This is #21 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).

I met these guys in 2005 when Abby was three and a half and Emma was one and a half. I got to come back five more times over the next seven years to see them grow into amazing young women.

And without further ado, here’s a 4 minute video of Abby and Emma’s family with photos from six 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.)

Spring Public Garden Minishoot #8

I met the biggest sister in this family when she was just one, back in early 2005, when I’d only been a professional photographer for two years. And now she’s almost a TEENAGER too…

I’ve loved seeing these guys throughout the years as they’ve grown.

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Always fun.

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Kim - April 19, 2016 - 9:21 am

These pics are fantastic! Thanks Jess!

Spring Public Garden Minishoot #5

This gorgeous older brother here was one of my first photoshoots from the fall of 2003 – he was six months old when I met him and I’d only been doing photography professionally for about half of a year at that point. He was divine and adorable back then, and still is. His beautiful sister blows me away as well. I love these guys so much for support over the years! So many photoshoots and so much fun watching them grow.

Teenager?? Ga!!?!

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Look at that pup

It was just a handful of years ago that this gorgeous mama and I last saw each other. I will spare you the actual timeline, but suffice it to say I may have been missing some teeth in the front and she may or may not have been my sister’s and my super-fun-most-awesomest babysitter. So that must have been at least five or ten years ago… ;)

And you have to see not only fun and amazing C, but also her pup Sunday – who got lots of love during the photos. Because wouldn’t you scratch that face??

Oh, and Happy New Year!

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Fall Public Garden Minishoot #23

This fall I shot 26 families over the course of two days in the Boston Public Garden, and I’m realizing this is one of the first few that I’ve blogged for you guys. Sorry the blog is a little sparse these days, I’m only blogging and Facebook-album-ing on request, which means there are fewer posts going up.

But here are two amazing older kiddos. I took photos of them when they were babies, and now they done gone and growed up on me :) I loved getting a chance to see them again, it always makes me happy to pop back into children’s lives for a glimpse now and again.

And the colors in the Public Garden during my minishoot days this fall were AMAZING, so I had to blog this in color for you.

See what I mean?

A few of these just cracked me up. The brother creeping up…

Post head-bonk – OW!

Wonderful to see you guys again, thanks so much for meeting up with me!

 

Rachel - November 7, 2014 - 3:05 pm

These are beautiful, Jess! You really captured who they are. <3

This incredible boy

This is always one of my favorite photoshoots of the year. I know I’m not supposed to have favorites, but I’ve been seeing sweet J since he was 15 months old – just months after his heart transplant, and we’ve done one shoot a year since then, so this was his eighth shoot. And what an eight year old! He’s got a ton of energy, still loves the swings, cracks his parents up with his antics, and is doing really well with school. He’s mastered the stairs in his new house, and is just an all-around amazing kid. I always leave with a huge smile on my face after spending time with these guys.

Wonderful to see you and sweet old Rocky as always!

A black cat and a brown dog. Perfection.

These guys booked a minishoot this spring but then had some schedule conflicts (I actually can’t even remember what happened – I feel like maybe there was a kiddo illness in there, or some yucky weather event… it’s all a blur this time of year) but as we tried and tried to reschedule it became clear that it’d make lots of sense to upgrade to an in home shoot instead.

So I was thrilled to join them at their home this past weekend for the final pictures at their Massachusetts home — they’re moving momentarily to Wisconsin! The movers were coming just two days after we did this shoot (what a mellow mama to let us do pictures in the house mere days before they packed everything! I’d be so stressed out…) and it was so much fun to go with the kids to their rooms to play a bit and document their favorite places and spaces and things.

I am always in love with a good, juicy dog licking picture:

And not to be outdone – a perfect kitty smooch picture:

Mustaches made of sister hair, of course:

Shooting hoops in the bedroom…

J is an amazing gymnast; she showed me so many tricks:

Boy’s best friend begging to join the outdoor fun:

And of course, last but not least, the requisite cheesehead shots :)

Just wonderful to see you guys! Have a fantastic move, best of luck with everything :)

Three and their bunny

How is this my first bunny photoshoot? Is it? I think it is, but I also have a notoriously terrible memory :)

I loved getting a chance to play with these three and their fantastic bunny. It was a quickie shoot in their back yard before they zipped off to a football game, but we had great fun.

meghan crow - September 13, 2013 - 2:59 pm

Love these pictures, thanks for sharing!

Maura Sullivan - September 13, 2013 - 3:15 pm

These are great! Murray is so photogenic. =) Oh, the kids are too!

Lois Luber - September 13, 2013 - 3:15 pm

I love that they look happy. I’m sure Murray is too!

Auntie Chrissy - September 13, 2013 - 3:19 pm

I love them all!

Nancy Sanderson - September 13, 2013 - 3:34 pm

Love these beautiful pictures, love these beautiful kids.

Jenn - September 13, 2013 - 3:52 pm

Beautiful. They look so happy. XO

Erin - September 13, 2013 - 4:26 pm

Your kids are gorgeous!

Erin Hayes - September 13, 2013 - 5:11 pm

So cute!!! I couldn’t pick a favorite photo– they’re all so great! Gorgeous kiddos.

Lizzie Moore - September 13, 2013 - 5:37 pm

Love! It’s hard to pic a fave- but I do love the bench shot;-).

Tania Rooney - September 13, 2013 - 8:06 pm

I can’t stop looking at these pics!!! Pure love, joy and beauty all around!

Danielle Meagher - September 13, 2013 - 10:38 pm

Such gorgeous pics! Can’t decide on a favorite!

Brian Sullivan - September 14, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Patrick sitting while his brother and sister jump… What is wrong with this picture?

marthasull@verizon.net - September 14, 2013 - 2:15 pm

Beautiful! How did everyone grow up so fast? Who’s the big kid on the bike???
Love,
Nana

Natalie Vona - September 16, 2013 - 12:54 pm

These are so beautiful! The kids look so happy and relaxed.

Wells - September 16, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Looking good. Great pics.

Kathryn - September 16, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Capturing a bunny is indeed a feat!

Marcela Maldonado - September 18, 2013 - 6:59 pm

These are just wonderful! Thanks for sharing them.

What’s the difference between a minishoot and a full shoot?

People ask me this question ALL the time – and these guys are a great example of the difference. I met these three that really hot first weekend in June at the Boston Public Garden for a full photoshoot. Their parents were there, in the background, but they asked that we do pictures of just the kids. So this is a great example of a full, kids-only photoshoot in the same location where I normally do minis (see lots of examples of minishoots in the Public Garden at this link), so you can really get a sense of the differences.

For me, minishoots are 20 minutes, and full shoots are between 45 minutes and an hour. So obviously the difference is primarily time. But what does time equate to, in terms of my photography? There are a few ways to answer the question, but really it comes down to variety, spontaneity and flexibility. When we have the full 45-60 minutes to work with, we can do things like…

Get that good old fashioned great shot of all three looking in the same direction and smiling (of course)…



But we can also take our shoes off and show off our dirty toes…


We can explore parts of the Boston Public Garden that we can’t get to when we just have 20 minutes in a minishoot…


We can strangle sisters on the Make Way for Ducklings statues (with minis we’re usually rushing away from these statues – with a full shoot we have more time to play and be silly)…


And get overheated, so mom has to dump her water bottle on our heads…


And get annoyed when mom dumps water on big brother’s head instead…


Take the time to play, and just generally do all the fun, different stuff that the kids want to do…
And just be all wet and crazy – who cares?

We can even wander around holding sticks:

So I guess what it comes down to is, by necessity my minishoots are spent working to get those standard shots parents like to have – the kids together, the kids alone, the kids with each parent… but with a full shoot we have time to be creative and just play.  Not to knock minishoots – they’re perfect for what they are – but they’re less expensive than my full shoots for a reason.

Does that help explain the difference?

 

Spring Public Garden Minishoot #6

So much happened in these 20 minutes, I almost don’t know where to begin. So I guess I’ll start at the end. We thought we were just about done when mama brought out the bubble machine thing, which she thought was broken… but big brother B and big sister P managed to get it working again (with just a little 8 yr old and 6 yr old elbow grease and sheer force of will, I think).  So THEN they proceeded to have the best time with the bubble gun thing – and we got some of my favorite pictures from their shoot in those last five minutes.

Oh, but I also can’t forget to mention how much I love the picture of the pile the whole family with a minor meltdown happening in the middle of it all.  I just love those kind of real pictures :)

Two fun boys, years later

It’s been a few years since I saw these twin boys, so it was really fun for me to come back and see how they’ve grown into smart, fun, energetic 4 year old boys. I love so many of these, but the jumping holding hands one is one of my favorites – and this first one, as they rolled around on the daybed.  Oh, and I can’t forget the tossing leaves one – it makes me smile just to look at all the expressions.

So great to see you guys!

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:

Upside-down:

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:

Tootsies:

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

Beautiful!!!!!

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.
Auntie

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.

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
youth.

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!