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Twinsfest, the three month old edition

You know how you get to be part of these online parenting forums and the people there become your friends online and you wonder what it would be like to meet them? Well, when you’re parenting twins (perhaps even more so than singletons?), my sister tells me that the group of people in her “November 2015 twins” Facebook group are just such an incredible resource for her. I remember when I had my first baby how important my online group like this was to me — they were the ones I’d ask just about every age-related question and get so many helpful, relevant answers.

Well when my sister told me she was going to meet a bunch of the other parents and their twins from her online group the other day and would I like to come carry a bucket carseat and hold a baby, how could I refuse? A room full of babies? What makes me happier?

And then (seriously, I am not kidding – I didn’t think of it until) that morning, as I was getting in the car I realized I should bring my camera. Yes! Document this! Of course! Why didn’t I think of this before?

So here are a handful of photos I took on Saturday when these three gorgeous sets of twins and their mamas and helpers met up for appetizers, wine, and a delicious lunch.

Amazing dimples and grins for mamas abounded:


We had six sets of arms and six babies, but sometimes mamas and helpers had to get stuff done, man. (You know, make lunch? Take photos?) That’s the way it is with twins. Sometimes you just need to let them sleep where they land ;). I love this of D next to the wine glass and the half empty bottle!


At one point the boys even had entertainment from this fantastic great-grandma:


Look at this grin!


Oh those twinkling eyes:


Sometimes you’re not totally in the mood to pose for a photo with a crew of your besties, you know? These guys have a lot to learn before they join Taylor Swift’s group of friends and tweet about their #squadgoals while they walk the red carpet together for photos…


Most of the time there were arms enough to cuddle all – and everybody loved it.



It sure was a room full of adorable.


My niece and nephew were totally cool with the bouncy seats while I shot a handful of photos and their mom noshed some dip. Jack would like some of his mom’s dip, though…


Thanks for inviting me to your party, guys! Can’t wait to watch these guys grow up together. More photos next time, I hope!


The boys at six month old

We did these photos back in the end of June! It’s the beginning of October! How did I get so behind?? So sorry – and this is crazy because these two boys have the best bellies, the cutest grins – look at these little six month old cutie pies! How could anybody leave them to be unblogged all summer?















Tom Partridge - October 8, 2015 - 2:10 pm

Hide your daughters people of Boston suburbia.

Acacia - October 8, 2015 - 2:13 pm

Amazing photos! I wish we had gotten some of these same angles (especially of their feet!) when we did a three-month old photo shoot last year. Maybe we can get some good 1.5 year old photos? (not sure they’ll sit still haha)

Jen Partridge - October 8, 2015 - 2:29 pm

Beautiful boys. Beautiful family. Gorgeous photos.

Ellie Laramee-Byers - October 8, 2015 - 2:33 pm

I love this set. Your family looks so happy!! Such handsome little critters!

Samantha Adams - October 8, 2015 - 3:36 pm

Gorgeous photos! Handsome little studs, amazing family.

Meg Paine - October 8, 2015 - 4:23 pm

These photos are so great! The boys are gorgeous…ahhhhh I can hardly stand the cuteness!

Ross - October 8, 2015 - 5:23 pm

Beautiful pictures!

Joanna - October 8, 2015 - 7:57 pm

two handsome, happy boys! Great pictures!

Miguel - October 8, 2015 - 8:13 pm

Their dad must be one handsome guy :)

lisa - October 8, 2015 - 8:57 pm

Friggin cute babies! And dog of course :-)

Jess Zeba - October 8, 2015 - 9:20 pm

Adorable, and love the thighs :)

Stephanie - October 8, 2015 - 9:27 pm

Aaaahhh!!! They’re so cute!!! I can’t believe they’re already 9 months old!!! Congrats to the 4 of you!!! Those boys have ridiculously cool parents, their childhood is going to rock!!!

Whitney - October 8, 2015 - 11:30 pm

Love these little buddies!

The twins at their dol


I have too many photos for you again, I’m sorry to say! I got to attend a truly gorgeous dol jahbi a week or so ago for two fantastic little ladies, and I’m having such a hard time editing the photos down into a nice small gallery to show you. So I guess I’ll just show you TONS. A dol jahbi is a Korean first birthday celebration, and this was only the second one I’ve ever photographed! They did it at Shelburne Farm in Stow, so the cake was a gorgeous pile of cider donuts, and the guests got to pick apples in addition to all the party fun.


I’m going to let the photos of the amazing decor and great times speak for themselves from here on out. So much fun to be had!



















All the cousins! It was wonderful to share in your celebration, thank you so much for having me.



Belated newborn photos for these gorgeous twins

This isn’t usually my style – taking nearly six months to blog a session?? My apologies. It fell off both my and this mama’s radar, and when she emailed me a few weeks ago to tell me it was cool to blog the session it seemed crazy that it had been so many months since we took the photos. And then I needed a few weeks to sneak ’em into the blogging queue. So I apologies for the very late photos!

But better late than never, right? We took these photos back in January, and now I thought it was extra important to get these blogged because I get to go back to their house to do six month photos in just two weeks (YAY!!). It’s always fun to look back and remember how teenie they were when we first met them.

And without further ado… let me introduce – albeit five months after they were REALLY introduced… babies L and M.












It was such a pleasure to meet all of you – can’t wait to see you in two weeks!



The twins in six photoshoots over seven years

This is #10 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 girls back when they were just 8 weeks old, and then I got to come back and see them when they were nine months old, and then again four more times in the last few years. I’ve adored seeing them grow – what an absolute treat.

And without further ado, here’s a 3 1/2 minute video of Beatrix and Stella’s family with photos from six photoshoots over the last 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.)

Two strong, fun, incredible girls

Look at these sweet girls! They’re five months old now, and they’re doing so well. They were born teenie tiny preemies, and they’ve spent these last five months being fabulous, getting stronger and grinning.

It’s always my little challenge to myself when I photograph twins to see if I can learn which twin is which during the hour I spend with a family, and then really get those names/faces into my head so that a couple of weeks later when I’m deep into editing their photos, those names look like those faces. OK, be honest… you have to tell me, did I remember right?

On the left we have Ms. J and on the right it’s V… how’d I do?

And then they’ve switched places in this one, V on the left and J on the right…

You got me on this one ;)

Ms. J…

Ms. V…

Daddy and V:

A big grin from J:

Mama holding V, Daddy with J:

And then V enjoying her mobile:

And Daddy giving J her end-of-photoshoot bottle:

It was just wonderful to meet you! Thanks so much for having me.

Twins in their tutus

You know, the thing is, if you’re 15 months old, and you have a tutu, there’s really no reason not to wear it. These ladies were on the same page about it. And I did what I always do with one year old twins – I took too many pictures and adore all of them way too much. The expressions on these girls’ faces were just fantastic, moment to moment.


Thank you for having me visit three times this year! I love Baby’s First Year packages, because I really get to know these little ones as they grow. It sure doesn’t feel like it’s been a year, that’s for sure. Happy Birthday (a little late) girlies!


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…

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 :)

Three under two years old – and so relaxed!

I haven’t seen big brother B since he was three months old, and now he’s 21 months old and a pair of nearly 3 month old brothers have joined his family.  I loved spending some time with these gorgeous boys and their mama.  The ones that show how little all three of them are are my favorites.  All those chubby legs… The mama tickling B one, while the twins peek over at me.  All those legs in a row with mama playing.  And the not-posed one of mama holding the twins – I love what a sweet quiet moment that is.  Oh, and aunt Amy coming in for the last minute tweaks on B’s shirt.  Perfecto.

Thanks for making the drive, guys!

Caitlin - March 18, 2013 - 6:43 am

Jess – these are fantastic! I love the one of the 6 chubby legs in diapers. I think I’m going to hang it over the changing table. Thanks for a great shoot!

Leah Murphy - March 18, 2013 - 8:10 am

Beautiful photos of a wonderful family!

Amy Fox - March 18, 2013 - 8:44 am

Jess- amazing as always! I love all these photos. It was so fun to have you here again.

Nana - March 18, 2013 - 8:55 pm

So many wonderful pictures – such beautiful little boys!!!

Mama, Mimi and the twins

You guys know me, I always post too many favorites when I take pictures of twins. I just love them – and these two girls were just too much fun.  They were both born tiny, back in mid-November, but came home from the hospital just around the new year.  Now they’re three months old and getting bigger every day.  And they have two times the cute grins, two times the cuddles with mama and Mimi (namesake!); it’s just the best. And my very favorite? The one where the eyelines (the invisible lines that are created by the direction the people in the picture are looking) are crossing – Mimi looking across and Mama looking across, and the babies meeting the eyes of the person who’s not holding them.  I mean, come ON – how fantastic is that? Oh, and then we have the grins – don’t even get me started. The one on one shots are wonderfully sweet too – Mimi holding her namesake and Mama loving on little E.  I adored meeting you girls, thank you so much for inviting me.

Three under two

Now you know I love my families with two under two – I talk about them all the time.  I just think it’s a big deal having two children under two years old – lots of work, lots of fun.  But these guys have them beat. Three children, and big sister Z (to one month old twins E and E) isn’t even going to be two until 2013.

I love me some twins – you know that about me too, I’m sure.  And all in all, I’m just enjoying the story these photos tell. My favorite one is this first one of the one of the girls (little and big) looking at each other, with their brother E doing a little stretch next to them.  I also love all the expressions on the crazy one where Z is sitting with the twins in the chair, and she gets the giggles… and you know me and toes pictures. Have to do it ;) Love when something like Z reaching for the toes happens… And last favorite is the twins crying together.  So indignant!

Gigi - November 14, 2012 - 11:53 pm


Pam - November 15, 2012 - 12:29 pm


T. Folliot - November 15, 2012 - 3:27 pm

such a talent to capture the vivacious, happy nature of Z. on pictures, I had a grin on my face the whole time. ?..and Em who is always so serious looking, and adorable Eden. Thanks for the adorable pics!!!!

Olive - November 15, 2012 - 3:29 pm

Beautiful pictures (and subjects!)

JYF (aka Diddy) - November 15, 2012 - 4:04 pm

Wonderful pictures of our grand kids. I took thousands pictures of them and not one look as good as yours…very impressive, thank you and bravo!

J d'Argence - November 15, 2012 - 4:15 pm

You cannot look at these beautiful photos without smiling. Zola’s smile is contagious. Merci beaucoup. Jean

Phuong Do - November 15, 2012 - 9:55 pm

So beartiful,they are little Angels. These pics are wonderful and artistic, it was a good idear to have a professional pics made, very well done.
Zola is growing so fast, her eyes and her smile are so sweet, you made us missing them so much!

Love and thank you

Cu Ngoai

Hiep - November 16, 2012 - 6:32 am

Beauties! Thanks for sharing…but please put some warm clothes on the twins!

Christine - November 16, 2012 - 9:47 am

Bravo pour le joli trio. They are lovely.
Christine and Olivier

Auntie Cook! - November 16, 2012 - 3:34 pm

All 3 are so adorable! The twins are growing so fast!! And I know Zola will be a great big sister! Miss and love you all very much! XOXOXO

Nico&Camille - November 17, 2012 - 3:48 am

Félicitation à toute la famille!! Vos deux bébés et la grande Z sont maginfiques. we hope to see you soon and meet the two new.

amandine JJ arthur and louis - November 18, 2012 - 4:55 pm

trop mignon!!!! congratulations for your loving babies. kiss

Anna Troemel - November 20, 2012 - 3:56 am

Oh so precious!! LOVE the pictures. Congrats again to Hien, Dylan and little big sister Zola who looked so happy with her twin siblings.

Danielle - November 20, 2012 - 8:02 am

I love it! These pictures are so precious. Three under two…enough said. Congrats, Tierneys!!

Jocelyne - November 20, 2012 - 9:32 am

What a beautiful family! So much love and happiness!

Jacqui - November 20, 2012 - 4:23 pm

They are soooooooo beautiful !!! Much love and Happiness to you and your family.

One with blue eyes, one with brown

Oh boy, these guys are nearly six months old and just perfection. There’s one blue-eyed boy and one brown-eyed boy, and both of them have an incredible twinkle in those eyes. I think maybe they can’t wait to get moving…

I think my number one favorite picture the one where they’re lying on their backs, looking at each other. That and the one of their mama leaning over them, touching their bellies…So sweet. I’m also really loving the one where mama’s kissing T’s cheek.  Oh and I just peeked back at the one of them in their dress shirts, all crunched up next to each other, showing off their knuckle dimples.

Thanks so much for having me, I loved meeting the boys!

What’s the loudest noise you’ve ever heard?

I know what mine is.  I gave these guys a challenge: see if you can wake the neighbors (they’re one of my neighbors, so I knew I’d hear about it later), and boy did they.  Truly some of the loudest hollering I’ve ever heard.  Good on you, guys.

Twin (nearly) seven year old boys and their two and a half year old brother – they were ready to have fun. I love Mom’s face in the tickle picture (we turned the tables and the boys tickled their parents).  That and all the pretty pond/duck pictures… can’t go wrong with all that nice reflection.

It was so fun running around with you guys!

klaus - November 20, 2012 - 4:07 pm

please start mass producing such cuties

Twenty six month old piggy toes

These two beautiful ladies turned six months old last weekend!  Look at their perfect little tushes and their gorgeous little bald spots :)

Before I even get to the cute faces, I’m starting at the bottom. Gorgeous toes – complete with wrinkles at the ankles.

Sorry, still gonna make you wait for the cute faces – because this one is awesome.  Apparently one of these sisters spends a lot of her days grabbing and pulling her sister closer – and the other sister spends those same days just kind of wishing her sister wasn’t pulling her so much.  And to make this non-specific story even more confusing, if memory serves, this particular shot is actually the REVERSE… where the sister who usually does all the grabbing is, in fact, the one whose hand is being grabbed and chewed. I just love the story this one tells (and I think even if I have it backwards – my apologies – but the story is still pretty great – topped only by the knuckle dimples and wrist rolls).

But here we have them:

I like this for the storytelling too:

And now for the ones that make me chuckle…

This one feels like we should do a caption contest, right?  Their faces both look so adult and hilarious.

Best sister expression EVER…

And lastly – a couple of tush ones to finish things off.  With adoring daddy:

You guys were so fun!  I loved getting to know the girls :)

Moriya Bodie Treussard - June 5, 2012 - 6:56 pm

Thanks for taking such great pictures of our girls Jess! We love each and every one!

samantha - June 5, 2012 - 8:27 pm

OMG!!! Delicious babies and beautiful parents!!!

samantha - June 5, 2012 - 8:30 pm

Tushie pis are truly the best!

Courtney Desena - June 5, 2012 - 9:23 pm

These pictures are absolutely adorable!

Christy - June 6, 2012 - 12:32 am

Love their little bottoms :)

Tirel Duhamel Nicole - June 6, 2012 - 3:23 am

Des filles merveilleuses pour des parents adorables !
Et des photos magnifiques …
Du bonheur, encore du bonheur , encore plus de bonheur…

Hope Fremd - June 6, 2012 - 8:08 am

These are the most beautiful pictures. Of course the subjects are amazingly photogenic!!!!!!

Chelsea - June 6, 2012 - 9:01 am

Double cuteness!

ellyn - June 6, 2012 - 4:18 pm

I speak for the entire Riccio family when I say, “AWWWWWWWWWW!”

Ellyn - June 6, 2012 - 4:22 pm

I speak for the whole Riccio family when I say, “AAWWWWWW!!!”

Rebecca - June 7, 2012 - 1:42 pm

Beautiful photography and gorgeous little subjects!