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It’s Nursery School picture day time of year!

It’s that time of year! This was my 8th annual school photo day at the fabulous Ashmont Nursery School, and I loved it, as always. We shot these photos back in February, but I’m just taking the time to blog them now – aren’t these kiddos just amazingly adorable?

And before I get into the cuteness, I should link over to the page of information about having me come do this at any Nursery School in the greater Boston area – don’t hesitate to reach out if you want me to come do this at your school. I usually do them in January-March, and would love to add more schools into my calendar. It’s free to the school to have me come do it, and parents only pay if they like the photos. Here’s all the information.


Oh, and bring on the siblings! That’s the best part :)




Ea the turtle needed to be documented this year. She’s a big part of the classroom!











My little red car and I will see you next year, ANS!!


Nursery School photo day amazingness

It’s that time of year! This was my 7th annual school photo day at the fabulous Ashmont Nursery School, and it was divine, as always. Of course, the truth is that it’s now June 1st and I’m finally just taking the time to blog this session (which we shot back in early April), but that fits right into the weird schedule we had this year… would you believe we started out planning to do this photoshoot on January 27th? And it took until the first week of April before the snow melted enough for me to park for the day close enough to ANS to do the school photo day? Of course you believe it. We all lived through this insane winter.

But I digress. I should get back to the cuteness that we had at ANS for their school photo day. And before I get into it, I should link over to the page of information about having me come do this at any Nursery School in the greater Boston area – don’t hesitate to reach out if you want me to come do this at your school. I usually do them in January-March, and would love to add more schools into my calendar. It’s free to the school to have me come do it, and parents only pay if they like the photos. Here’s all the information.

Bring on the siblings! That’s the best part :)











And then sometimes there’s one or two kiddos who were sick on picture day. So of course I want to come back to grab a few shots of those kiddos and THEIR siblings… but this year I couldn’t bear to lug the backdrop and the lights back to school a second day… so no backdrops for these ones :)





Wonderful to see you all and spend the day with you! Thanks so much for having me :)

xo jess

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…


Spring Public Garden Minishoot #15

I was thrilled to meet this 3 year old guy last weekend on my 2nd minishoot day of the spring. They were my 3rd session that day, and he came ready to have fun. I love 3 year old energy – he was nonstop. But that means soooo many good pictures in his 20 minute shoot.  Super fun – and though we got the posed Bruins shot, where you can see both of the faces, this one cracks me up much more.  HUG!  Wonderful to meet you guys :)

Colleen Grimm - May 28, 2013 - 4:56 pm


Susan Forbes - May 28, 2013 - 4:57 pm

What beautiful photos!

Ann Smith - May 28, 2013 - 7:29 pm

Love love his smile!!

Amy - May 29, 2013 - 9:17 am

Love them! So happy we were able to do this!

Aimee - May 29, 2013 - 10:24 am

love the action shot!

Tracy - May 29, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Such fun and natural shots, love them all!

Arielle - May 29, 2013 - 12:57 pm

He’s so grown up! And SO cute!! Great pictures

Jennifer - June 4, 2013 - 7:47 pm

What a great job they are beautiful pictures .

Spring Public Garden Minishoot #7

For this minishoot shoot we had a lot of fun with this gorgeous group of pink tulips over in the corner of the Public Garden. In color the photos are gorgeous, but there’s also something really incredible about them in b&w – the light for this 1:30pm shoot was bright and intense, and it caught the light colored tulips just right – letting them reflect light up into sweet A and her mama’s faces.

I really just adore mommy/daughter pictures. Happy (early) Mother’s Day!

Go big or go home

I just looked through this handful of my favorite shots from this session, and they reminded me of that expression “go big, or go home”.  These adorable girls had big expressions for the whole session.  Look first at these BIG smiles:

And everyone with big smiles here, too – except the pugs, who don’t, I guess, do “big”.

Now we did have one moment of the other kind of big… big wails:

But mere moments later (literally, I looked at the timestamp – this shot was 14 seconds after the above shot) – S was back to being thrilled by her dad’s playing…

And do you believe this grin?

The tongue’s the best part.  Well, that and the dimple.  Oh, and the thigh roll.  Oh, ok, and the pug in the bottom corner.  I guess I like this shot a little bit.

Sister time. :)

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A girl and her bubble wand

I love how big and gorgeous G has gotten since the last time I saw her!  Her curls are killer, too.

She had incredible focus on her bubbles – loved chasing them around the garden…

Love as she bites her tongue as she focuses here:

Mama brought out a book to read, and G was so excited when she caught sight of it.

Pensive pretty lady:

See what I mean about the curls?  Wonderful to see you guys!

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Two lovely ladies at the Public Garden

This marks the first of a dozen or so Public Garden sessions from last weekend that I’ll be blogging over the next couple of weeks.  Sunday was such an incredible day for photos, I had such a great time getting photos of all these families playing together in the gorgeous Garden. This first mama and her daughter met me bright and early, at 9am, and the Garden was relatively deserted.  It was also still a bit chilly, but they were troopers.  I love this, by the water:

Beautiful big girl R, complete with funky flower headband:

Mama and her sweet on the Make Way for Ducklings statue together:

A little running around, Hancock tower in the background:

Flying in the air:

A girlie hug:

And lastly, some giggles by the gorgeous flowers.  Wonderful to see you guys!

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Bridget - April 22, 2010 - 3:05 pm

I love the “girlie hug”!!!!

Deirdre - April 27, 2010 - 8:45 pm

spring flowering tree shot is beautiful

Cassie Rose - April 27, 2010 - 8:53 pm

I love some giggles by the gorgeous flowers.

Diane - April 27, 2010 - 9:05 pm

You both are so beautiful. So hard to choose a favorite, they are all my favorites, the one with Ruby and the duck is very sweet and the two of you on the park bench is cuddly cute also!

Lisa - April 27, 2010 - 10:36 pm

Somehow these pictures capture your wonderful spirits — you two bring out the best in nature, because you have the best natures!

B.A. - April 27, 2010 - 11:27 pm

I really like the pictures with the duck. Also like the pics by the flowering tree.

Annie - April 28, 2010 - 4:12 am

There is nothing more beautiful than a Mother’s love for her child! That’s what I see in these wonderful photos.

Meg - April 28, 2010 - 6:36 am

Wow! I love them all!

diane court - April 28, 2010 - 7:52 am

fabulous pictures! fabulous models!

caitlin - April 28, 2010 - 10:17 am

holy CUTE batman!!!! omg i absolutely LOVE these barbara :) you two are adorable :) :)

eileen fabiano - April 29, 2010 - 8:58 pm

They are all terrific shots; I especially like the one of Barbara hugging Ruby…it’s the close up so there isn’t as much of the lovely Boston backdrop, but with these two beauties, who needs a skyline!!

Marianne Duggan - May 4, 2010 - 9:53 am

You both are simply gorgeous!!!!!

Paty Bowers - May 4, 2010 - 8:02 pm

How beautiful…MOM and Daughter. Love personified……just loved the pics.

Kathi Graham Leviss - May 5, 2010 - 9:27 am

These photos are beautiful!


SD - May 19, 2010 - 9:36 pm


Nursery School Photography? Sure.

When my older daughter started nursery school last year, I heard from her school that they were interested in trying something different for the school photos.  They asked me to go for it, and last year I did, and it was fantastic. Well, last year I was 8 1/2 months pregnant when I was shooting school photo day, so fantastic wasn’t the word I would have used back then, but the photos were adorable, and the achy back was short-lived ;)

This year, in Annie’s 2nd year in her nursery school, I did it again, and this year was even better (no belly to contend with on my end!).  The kids were hilarious and adorable, and I can’t wait to do it again next year.  I loved it so much I wanted to offer my services to other nursery schools, if they’re interested in trying something different this year.  Here are a few cuties from this year (thanks to their moms and dads for letting me share their photos here!).

I encourage parents to bring siblings in for photos, too. ‘Cause nothing beats a siblings shot:

I try to get all the kids to make crazy faces, too, so I can make a “crazy face” collage for the school.  Well, this one’s not so much crazy as jazz-hands-y ;)


Even baby sisters sometimes show up, and show off a smirk:

What are you gonna do?

The style, as you can kind of tell, is just a little different from standard school photos.  Of course I get the standard sitting there, smiling shot for grandma’s wall, don’t worry.  I just get a few others, too.  Here are my two, doing what they do all over my house (and for once I’m not yelling – let GO of your SISTER!)

Each parent gets an individual link to their child’s photos for online ordering for 2 weeks after the shoot.  Expressions are natural, and I think, pretty incredible.  But that’s thanks to the gorgeous kids, not me.

I bring in lights and a white backdrop, just so we get super simple backgrounds and really focus on the kids’ expressions.  It’s also nice because we don’t have to worry about rescheduling for weather.  I don’t charge the school at all – the parents just order their prints on a one-off basis from me a few weeks after the shoot.  Nursery school print prices are half the price of my standard prints.  For more information about having me take pictures at  your nursery school, send me an email to jess (at) and I can send you some more information.

Torns - March 8, 2014 - 1:24 am

This post is giving us the idea of a nursery school.Pre-school is highly required for a child.It helps a lot to make a better career.THank you so much for this post.

You spin me right round, baby

As I went back through these pictures to choose my favorites, tons of the ones that made me smile the most had 4 year old N upside-down. She had such fun getting tossed around during our pictures last weekend, it was the best.

This was my 8th photoshoot with little N – starting when she was a wee one of only 4 weeks old, through her six month pictures, her baptism, her 1 year old birthday party, and 2, 2 1/2, 3… and now she’s such a big girl of 4! It was so wonderful to carry on a conversation with someone I’ve known for so long – and now all of a sudden she’s so communicative, so seemingly grown-up. She is a delight, and I love when I get the chance to see her.

OK, ok. Enough yammering – get to the pictures!

This is my favorite, hands down. LOVE everyone’s expressions, and the hand in the air is just the icing on the cake.

How old are you now? Love the consideration as she counts it out for me.

Almost as tall as mama:

A squeeze from Dad brings a huge dimpled grin:

Grandma and N ponder the snow…

And more crazy upside-down tosses:

Last Christmas tree shot of the year, I bet…

Wonderful wonderful to see you guys as always. Thanks so much for having me back!

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Sharon - January 8, 2010 - 2:12 pm

Beautiful as always! It must be delightful to watch a child grow as you record that for the family.

Season of giving

You know what’s funny? Location shooting with two kids in tow when it’s 30 degrees out and you’re losing the light. Well, actually, I don’t know if funny is the right word. ;)

Normally I’d never bring my own kids on a photoshoot (actually, I’ve never brought either of them before – not likely to be repeated), but this one was a quickie, for my friend Amy at Chubbybum Cards. She had this cool idea of getting photos of her kids putting money into a Salvation Army bucket, so that she could make a card for herself with a giving theme. But I had visions of the yucky Stop & Shop parking lot, without any light… crowded with people… so I tried to dissuade her. But then the other day I was walking out of Macy’s at the South Shore Plaza and I looked across the parking lot at the setting sun and called her. “Amy! I found the perfect bucket with the light I want! Meet me here at 3:30pm tomorrow and we can get photos for your card!” (I may have said it with not quite so many exclamation marks in my voice.) So I zipped over to the Plaza after preschool pickup today and met Amy and her two gorgeous kiddos. You’d never know I had a 4 yr old wrapped around my leg and a wailing six month old in her stroller behind me as we shot this, right?

Luckily it doesn’t even matter – this shot makes me smile so much – the two guys walking into the frame in the back cracking up are the best part.

Can’t wait to see what she comes up with for her card :)

Star Wars and a bright xmas tree

This past Saturday was raining buckets, and I called these guys and said – I think we should do this after the holidays are over. It’s just too gross out, and I know O will have a better time if we can go outside. We went back and forth, and his mom told me she had the tree up… and wanted to get some xmas cards done… we’d already rescheduled due to weather a bunch of times this fall… so we went for it.

(By the way, what has been UP with our weekend weather this fall? Nuts!)

So when I hear that someone has their tree up, I picture nice twinkley lights as a background, but not really that much of an impact on my ambient light for the photos. I was so excited when I saw their funky white artificial tree – complete with super lighting! Look at this – my top pic for their xmas card shot this year:

This handsome boy is four this year – his fourth photoshoot with me. Wow, so big!

I couldn’t resist. Totally cheesy, I know. But I *LOVE* ;)

I love this, especially the glow from the tree on him:

Kooky kid :)

Han Solo’s holiday card picture (complete with matching Star Wars shirt in the bkgrd):

And anyone who follows my blog knows what a sucker I am for eyelashes.

Great to see you guys!

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A house of love and books

I started my day on Sunday with a wonderful little 2 year old girl. Her grandma called me months ago, and told me all about little sweet H. Her cerebral palsy means that she sometimes has a tough time in new environments, so her grandma thought an in-home photoshoot would be a great holiday present for her mom and dad.

What was wonderful to see was H and her grandma spending such nice time together… reading books is their favorite activity. H’s eyes lit up as she looked through the books:

She did a great job holding her head up while they looked at books, too – pointing and recognizing her favorite sections of the books. This is really hard for her, and she did so well:

She took a break in the middle of the shoot to watch a bit of her favorite Mickey Mouse on TV, and I’ve found this with other children I’ve photographed who’ve spent a lot of time in the hospital – often for them, TV is almost a stimulant. It’s really neat to see. Look at that grin!

Taking a quiet moment with grandma reading a book:

And Janet, you’ll have to correct me if I’m wrong, but I think H is doing one of her signs here – am I right?

Happy girl!

And after digging through her toys, she found a favorite toy :)
It was really wonderful to spend time with you guys. Can’t wait to show you the rest of the photos!

Alexandra Campbell - December 1, 2009 - 3:38 pm

What a beautiful girl!

Oh four, I know you well

I’ve been taking pictures of little Miss E since she was just one, and now she’s a big girl of nearly four. I am sooo familiar with the antics of little four year old girls (I have one at home), and this photo illustrated a four year old moment so well I had to highlight it. Hilarious!

Crazy faces and all:

But she can’t hide her gorgeousness:

I love this, as she giggles with her mom and dad:

And runs around with them a bit:

But Dad caught her. I love this hug, it’s so real.

And one more four year old expression, just to make you laugh… Great to see you guys!

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