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Every November for nine years

This is #3 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 to the previous posts.

And without further ado, here’s a 3 minute video of Finley, Lachlan and Imogen’s family with photos from the last nine Novembers:

(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.)

It’s time for Nursery School photos again

I’m just noticing I forgot to blog the shoot I did for these guys last year. Well here I am, 6 years in, and it’s my last year shooting Ashmont Nursery School photos as a parent. I’ll be back next year to take pictures, but then I’ll just be crazy Jess who makes all the silly noises, not crazy Jess, a.k.a. Sadie’s (or Annie’s) mom. It’s been a great ride, ANS! I can’t really even begin to think how to thank Mary, Kerri and Edna for these years, so I think I’ll wait, I won’t do it now.

Instead, let’s check out a handful of photos from this year’s class of cutie patooties!

Can’t get enough? Click this link to see more nursery school photos, and scroll down down down to see if you can spot some of this year’s kiddos in past years…

 

Six years later

Some families like to have me come back a few times in their baby’s first year, and some families I see just once while their baby is small. Some families like to have me come back year after year to document their families as they grow, and some families wait to call me back until they have a new addition. I’m happy whenever I hear from anyone, of course, but it’s super fun for me to go back and see families I’ve seen before – I love to see how children have grown.

So I was excited when these guys called for a photoshoot with their big boy, T (who’s now SIX, and whom I hadn’t seen since he was 2 months old back in September of 2007), and their little boy, A (who’s just turned one). What fun brothers! Thanks so much for having me, guys, I adored seeing you.

Joe Zec - February 28, 2014 - 8:00 am

Such a beautiful family! Would you adopt me? ;-)

Chuck Staples - February 28, 2014 - 7:24 pm

Hey, there’s a familiar looking bunch! Looking good, guys!

Karin Liu - February 28, 2014 - 10:01 pm

What a beautiful family! Love you guys!

Katy - February 28, 2014 - 11:12 pm

Really wonderful pictures! Just adorable!

Elise - March 1, 2014 - 1:17 am

Absolutely adorable! Love these shots!

Rachel - March 1, 2014 - 9:48 am

I love the pictures! They are awesome! Love u!

Choomsang - March 1, 2014 - 10:56 am

I love the pictures, look like you can step out and talk to me

BILL MAILLOUX - March 1, 2014 - 4:42 pm

Very cute pictures. Kids are growing fast!

Cheng - March 3, 2014 - 11:53 pm

Awesome photos! The kids are adorable. :)

Virat - March 9, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Kids are so cute. Want to hug them

Jack - March 9, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Look like future Mozarts!

Adam - March 10, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Beautiful photos and beautiful family!

SK HO - March 13, 2014 - 10:53 pm

What a lovely family. :-)

Keri - March 15, 2014 - 7:50 pm

Soooo cute! Looks like the brothers get along really well – what beautiful kids!

Justin - March 16, 2014 - 11:11 am

Sooooo cute! Awesome family

Max - March 16, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Thien and Aroon are so cute in the pictures.

John G - March 25, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Hi John & Chris
No. 14 of 14 very nice family pix . I like the black n white shot! Handsome boys

Kristin - April 17, 2014 - 10:39 am

You guys look great! Beautiful family!

RI - May 18, 2014 - 10:31 am

hey Christine, the kids are gorgeous! And I love the pics :-) thank you for sharing with me :-)

George - May 18, 2014 - 10:51 am

Can’t believe how big the kids had grown!! Wonderful pictures.

11 days of sweetness

I adored meeting this little sweet lady a couple of weeks ago. So glad her parents asked me to post a few photos on the blog – these make me so happy. This house was just bursting with 11 days of love :)

Jenn - February 26, 2014 - 5:16 pm

Can’t wait to meet her – she is adorable! Congrats!

John - February 26, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Great photos of a beautiful baby and wonderful family. Congratulations!

julie coughlin - February 26, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Beautiful family! Beautiful photos!!!!

AJ - February 26, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Adorable! Congratulations!

Toby - February 26, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Great photos! Adorable!

Delia - February 26, 2014 - 5:40 pm

Avery is adorable, and the photos are beautiful! The parents are lookin’ pretty good, too!

Bob - February 26, 2014 - 5:53 pm

Karen and Joe – I am honestly thrilled for both of you. And so the long and happy journey (towards Dartmouth?) begins.

Peter "Nonno" Belmonte - February 26, 2014 - 5:57 pm

What stunningly beautiful photos of my new granddaughter and her proud parents. Thank you for sharing these!

Bob "Nonno" Verzone - February 26, 2014 - 6:40 pm

Great selection of photos. Very natural. Beautiful family.

Darlene E Verzone - February 26, 2014 - 7:02 pm

Darlene “Nana” Verzone
Beautiful, wonderful, precious and so special ! I’m so glad I saw these photos today!

Kelly Schick - February 26, 2014 - 8:36 pm

Such wonderful pictures!!! Beautiful.

Lindsay Renzullo - February 26, 2014 - 8:57 pm

LOVE these photos! I am so happy to have such a sweet niece. Joe and Karen I couldn’t be happier for you both:)

Ben Dover - February 26, 2014 - 9:19 pm

Good looking family! Congrats

Ben Dover - February 26, 2014 - 9:21 pm

Good looking family! Happy for you guys.

Andrea Bonham - February 27, 2014 - 8:08 am

absolutely beautiful!

Honey Belmonte - February 27, 2014 - 10:51 am

It’s absolutely amazing how these photographs capture such intimate emotions. Truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing these
moments with us.

Allie Riley - February 28, 2014 - 1:14 pm

She’s amazing!

Fall Public Garden Minishoot #19

This fall I had two Public Garden Minishoot days – one at the end of September, and one at the end of October. During those two shoot days I met about twenty families for quickie 20 minute photoshoots, and lucked out with incredible weather days both days. To streamline my process this fall, I decided to only blog people who specifically asked me to – so that’s why I’m skipping right to minishoot #19 here :)

More info about Minishoot days (and getting on the “contact me first” list for the spring minishoots) is here.

I loved seeing these three handsome boys again this fall – and had to show you these in color, because the Public Garden’s color is always gorgeous…

Tim - November 25, 2013 - 9:24 pm

Love the shot of the 3 on the bench!

Amy Diemer - November 25, 2013 - 9:40 pm

Great shots! You have really captured the spirit of these boys and their parents. They look like a bundle of energy and joy! Your pictures say a thousand words!

Patricia Conway - November 25, 2013 - 10:26 pm

Gorgeous boys. Especially happy parents

Patricia Conway - November 25, 2013 - 10:29 pm

JOY

Ann Coughlin - November 26, 2013 - 12:15 am

Such a beautiful family! Their love for one another is so evident is these wonderful photos.

Sally - November 26, 2013 - 7:01 am

Oh what fun it is to be us!!!

Ellen - November 26, 2013 - 7:16 am

Love! I can almost hear them giggling as I look at these. Fabulous shots, fabulous family.

Patty Fee - November 26, 2013 - 7:29 am

Another day in Murphy Land! Smiles, giggles, mischief brother-love. I love the pic of Mom and Dad – two seconds of their own:)

Betsy Ziegler - November 26, 2013 - 8:02 am

Beautiful family! Love all these pictures!

debra otway - November 26, 2013 - 8:19 am

these boys are precious…love the bench with all three amigos!!!

Peter - November 26, 2013 - 9:20 am

Great photos handsome kids…just like their grandfather. Da

Allyson - November 26, 2013 - 2:18 pm

Unbelievable pictures! I love the family shot.

diane long - November 26, 2013 - 8:48 pm

Though I enjoyed the photo posted, I think the picture in the leaves with the middle child eating the leaves is so honest and free in the fall season. Each photo was great and I love FAMILY photos, but sometimes it’s just nice to see innocence

kevin long - November 26, 2013 - 8:58 pm

I’m the Godfather to the youngest, so I think that the single pictures of each boy, represents such a unique photo of the ‘man’ within. With that said, seeing the family photo, makes me realize that the spontaneity of happiness is quite evident in the group picture. Innocence is captured; love is captured. Great shoot!

Betty - December 4, 2013 - 6:03 pm

Darling!

Deb - December 4, 2013 - 6:05 pm

Jess – you did it again. 3rd year running and you continue to capture the personalities of the little guys. Thank you for your patience and silliness. You do an amazing job.

The twins turn one

Ruh-roh. Sorry. I hate it when this happens.

I overshot these two gorgeous girls a few weeks ago, just a couple of days shy of their first birthday. I kid (a little), because I guess no parent thinks there’s any such thing as too many photos of their children, but I do think it makes it really hard on the parents when there are too many photos to consider. I tried, I swear I tried, but I couldn’t cut the gallery down below 93 final images. Crazy! I usually deliver families 50-75 finished (what I’d consider “frame-worthy”) images at the end of a shoot, and that can even be overwhelming, I know.  And then when a family asks me to make them a blog post, I like to pick my favorite ten or so pictures for the blog and Facebook.  But now, here I was looking at these photos and I had the same problem I know parents have – I couldn’t cut my own list of favorites down.

So here goes, my favorite 18 photos from the first year photoshoot with these two incredible little ladies…

P.S. I know exactly what happened, by the way, in case anyone is curious. I was allowed to keep shooting! These guys got fussy towards the end of the shoot and needed a snack, so they got in their high chairs (adorable – so many chances for pictures) and then finished up, after that, with standing by a big beautiful window smooshing Cheerios into their mouths. Of course I had to keep taking pictures – those wrists? Those fat ankles? I mean, come on. You can’t blame me…

A little tennis-playing smiley guy

Come on now, with the cuteness? Is this fair? This guy was only two weeks old when we took these pictures, and he was grinning up a storm. Newborn smiles crack me up so much – they’re so random and sweet and we grownups love them SOooo much.

He’s already a football fan and a tennis star, but my favorite picture is, I think, the one where his dad is smooching his mom.  I love it because I make the exact same face when my husband plants one on me :)

I was so thrilled to meet you, little man. xo

A sister who loves to giggle

After a bit of winter cold rescheduling, we finally got these guys documented! 6 year old H and 3 year old W welcomed their new baby sister E in mid-September, and we got to get pictures when she was just about two months old and grinning and giggling up a storm. I’ll let the pictures do the talking, but suffice it to say I adored playing with these guys. And yikes, the picture by the window is killing me with its quiet sweetness.

THIS is who I spent the day with

Mondays I have my 4 year old at home, and I am lucky enough to also have snagged my niece for Mondays too. So I just wanted to brag that THIS is who I spent the day with, and THIS is what she loves to do. Because she’s five months old. Because she rocks. Because she’s amazing, and perfect, and … one fantastic toe-sucker.

Wish I had time to blog many more of this gorgeous girl, but it’s bedtime for me – it’s exhausting spending the day with a 5 month old!

Rebecca - September 17, 2013 - 11:22 am

Lucky you! 5 months is a great age- alert but still willing to be held.

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.

A girl and her dog

So I normally don’t go captioning my client’s photos too much – I know my brand of humor might not be everybody’s cup of tea.  I think I’m utterly hilarious, of course, but I recognize that the people who have me take their baby and family photos might have had me come do that to use my skills as a photographer, and less as that of a standup comic ;)

But here I am, editing my gorgeous niece J’s 3 month old photos from last weekend, and I can’t help myself. I know my sister and her husband won’t mind if I go to town on some captions for these… and hey, maybe we can even get a little caption contest going over on Facebook, too.

I’ll post them on Facebook too so you all can try captioning them there. I know you want to.

“Mmm. Boob.”

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“Aaaak! I left my phone at the beach!”

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“Check me out.

I have the same eyes as the whale on my shirt.

No joke.

Look again.

Right?”

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“Goo.

Yup, I knew you wanted me to do that because I look all “classic baby” here.

I do what I can for you people.”

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“These ‘put-me-with-the-bunny-to-show-how-fast-I’m-growing’ pix are starting to get old.

They bore me.

You?”

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I got nothin. Seriously nothin. This picture kills me.

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“Daddy, seriously, if we do this every day I’ll be able to fly like Superman?

Rock on.”

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“This is my superspy face. I’m hiding, can’t you tell?”

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“Um… ok.

Sure, ya, you can do that.

I had something on my finger anyway.”

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Again, I have nothing. But look at the thighs. The knuckle dimples. The toes. The BELLY.  Words fail me.

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I am realizing this whole captioning plan is ambitious. I’m not really all that clever.  But doncha like how Jakers (the pup) is standing guard here?___________________________________________________________________________________

Documenting the very first ALMOST roll.  She rolled mere days later. Toldja she would :)

Twin lovelies

Yikes, correction! When I first posted these pics I mentioned that these two had been in the NICU in the early days of their life and I was completely wrong. (No excuses allowed! But I realized I had just spoken to another family that same week about their twins being in the NICU and I misremembered the conversation.) I’d mentioned that these two sweet little ladies spent time in the NICU, but their mama just (very kindly) corrected me! So correction: these two spent no time in the NICU – I don’t want to confuse anyone.

These lovely twin ladies were three months old in the middle of June when we took these photos, and they couldn’t be more perfect. I am so in love with all their expressions – especially the ones they give each other :)

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?

 

Adventures with a cutie

He was born 6 weeks early, but as his mama put it: in these last nine months he’s been making up for lost time! He loves his yummy soft foods (how perfect are those light eyes caught by the light coming in the window?)  And the one where his parents are blowing in his face to get him to laugh? I love his expression :) I think the one where his mama is kissing his cheek might be my favorite, though.

What a fun photoshoot – thanks so much for inviting me out!