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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.



I never shoot weddings. Well, almost never.

Rules are made to be broken, isn’t that what they say? Well, when my fabulous contractor Dennis DeMello asked me last year if I ever did weddings, my first answer was (as it always is), “No, but I can refer you to some great people…”

But then I got thinking about creative challenges, about the fact that I spend my days capturing emotion in families, and a wedding is just a big pile of emotions, so actually a wedding is a lot like a baby photoshoot, just longer, (um… note to self: 8x longer) and with less crying (um… I guess there’s crying at weddings too, so scratch that). But anyway, I called him back, and we talked… and here it is, a year later and just the other day his wonderful daughter Jen married the amazing Matt… and… I took pictures for them.

Disclaimer: in case you’re wondering, I’m still only in the baby photo business. No weddings. My trigger finger was TIRED after this one. That and my editing workflow doesn’t allow me to do more of these. I shoot about 160-180 family photoshoots every year, and in order to keep my turnaround time tight for those clients, I normally say no to weddings when I’m asked. But you’re looking for a wedding photographer, call the fabulous Sara of Simply Sublime Weddings who was my second shooter for this wedding (her photos are all watermarked with her logo below), or if Sara’s not available, ask me, I have lots of other friends who do gorgeous wedding work. 

But enough about me – on to this fantastic couple. I met Jen at the Ames Hotel, where she was getting ready. She wore Vera, and I just loved the custom Mrs. Walsh hanger :)


While I was upstairs with the ladies, Sara went downstairs and met up with Matt and his groomsmen, as Matt waited for his Jen.


And look who surprised the bride and groom during their first look? Only the coolest Converse-wearing three year old ring bearer ever.


Next stop was Post Office Square for our formal photos, and Matt booked a trolley for the whole bridal party to zip around town in – it was fantastic.


Then we got to wander around Post Office Square while the trolley went back to pick up the rest of the Bridal Party.  Matt pointed out to Jen that the two little girls in this next top middle picture were looking over at her, and said he thought Jen waving to them was like them getting a wave from a real live princess. And yes, those are sweet little Jimmy Choo’s peeking out from under Jen’s dress.



And then we hopped back on the trolley for the drive to the church. The trolley had great music playing – everybody sang along.


The Cathedral of the Holy Cross is extraordinary. Just mind-blowingly gorgeous.



After the ceremony, the Bridal Party hopped back in the trolley and headed over to the State Room – what a gorgeous space that is! And I do love this shot as they got out of the trolley to go inside the State Room with the old State House in the background — Jen and Matt look so happy.


The tables looked elegant and the flowers were to die for… (not to mention the view)


Cocktail hour was relaxed and fun…


And when it came time to introduce the Bridal Party and the Bride and Groom, everybody had a little fun with it.



After Jen and Matt’s first dance, more fun was had by all (dancing pictures are coming, I promise), and everyone got to eat the amazing dinner. And then we had the toasts.


Which led right into the father/daughter dance, and then the mother/son dance. Not a dry eye in the house.


Then they opened up the dance floor, and everybody got out there and had a great time.


If you were a guest at the wedding and you’re interested in prints or want to download any of any of these photos, you can get to them here.

And then I’ll add all the photos from the wedding to that same gallery by early August!


Ceremony: Cathedral of the Holy Cross

Reception: The State Room

Flowers: Cedar Grove

Hair: Jennifer Picanco & Anna Sousa

Makeup: Lauren Vancheri

DJ: Northern Lights Entertainment



North End adventures

I loved getting to play with these guys ALL over the North End a couple of weekends ago.  Little C was hosting his cousin from Chicago for a visit, which meant we got to get cousin playing pictures, which I always love.  Also, bonus for me – our walk around the North End included their favorite bread bakery, their favorite chocolate shop… need I go on…?

But we started at home, for a little quick playtime:

And giggles of course:

Then we literally RAN everywhere. Once in while these two stopped for a breath – like here, in a hiding spot that I loved:

The kids got a whirl on the merry go round:

Sisters got hugs:

Kids got wet in the fountain, because that’s AWESOME:

Giggles never stopped the whole time, of course:

And we ended up at C’s favorite chocolate shop, as I mentioned – and they even gave me one. DELISH.

Miss G agreed.

Really fantastic to spend this time with you all!


Three gorgeous generations of women

I’m back! So sorry for the blogging hiatus, guys – I underestimated how tough it’d be to end August and begin September without camp or childcare arranged, so I had to cut out blogging all the families I was editing in that timeframe.  Now I’m back, and if you’d like me to go back and blog your session if I missed you in the last few weeks, let me know – school has started and I’m back in the blogging game.

This photoshoot made me so happy. I have one sister, and now I have two daughters and my sister has one daughter… so this family reminded me so much of us. Last fall was a big birthday for the grandma in this family, so her daughters gifted her with a BBP photoshoot gift certificate, and we got to shoot it in mid-August. I’ll let the pictures tell the story, but suffice it to say, I ADORED this :)

The whole gang at the beach

I met these four up in Maine on my way to a family vacation (I don’t usually get up to Maine for shoots, so this was super fun to shoot on a warm coastal beach up there), and I have to let the pictures speak for themselves here. Just awesome.

hm - September 4, 2012 - 1:35 pm

gorgeous family, gorgeous scenery.
love love love.

Margaret S - September 4, 2012 - 2:23 pm

So nice to see the whole family! (I have fond memories of lobsters–and storm shutters–at your place!) Hope you’re all doing well.

KHoward - September 4, 2012 - 2:59 pm

What a beautiful family! Great pics

Tom H - September 4, 2012 - 3:41 pm

Wonderful photos, and strong parents — kids aloft!

Jane Fick - September 4, 2012 - 4:20 pm

Love the pictures and love the family!

Jessica Gilbert - September 4, 2012 - 5:07 pm

I have looked at these photos since getting home from work 15 mins ago. LOVE! Now these can join right in with all the beautiful black and whites that have been taken throughout your childhood! So many memories! Love!

elizabeth l - September 4, 2012 - 6:17 pm

What a beautiful, happy family and talented photographer! Great to see you in VT earlier this summer…..hope Maine vacations were as fun as our family’s was!

Linda Morash - September 4, 2012 - 7:30 pm

These photos are phenomenal! You’ve really captured the personalities and they look real, not posed – bravo!

Danny K - September 4, 2012 - 7:42 pm

didn’t know it was possible to capture so much beauty with a camera until now. beautiful family. beautiful pictures.

courtney mcg - September 4, 2012 - 8:38 pm

my favorite is the whole family pic… looks like you were having fun!

Danielle Pergament - September 6, 2012 - 11:09 am

gorgeous! you’re making me feel like a very bad mother right now…

RT - September 6, 2012 - 11:10 am

This photo is absolutely adorable! Amazing photos!

Sarah - September 6, 2012 - 11:11 am

Too cute for words, truly.

Lexi - September 6, 2012 - 11:17 am

Simply adorable! These pics are beautiful.

nicola - September 6, 2012 - 11:19 am

love! these are so precious!

AO - September 6, 2012 - 11:45 am

A gorgeous family and gorgeous photos!

Jag - September 6, 2012 - 1:15 pm

So cute! I love them!

A mama with her girls and their little ones

These two cousins don’t get tons of time to be 3 years old together – they live in different countries!  But I think they made up for lost time when they got together last week – they adored every minute of playtime.

Not to mention they got tons of time with their grandma:

And then we got to go to the beach :)

I loved, loved, loved seeing you guys!


Susan Reardon - July 19, 2012 - 11:06 pm

These pictures are aweome!! What a wonderful shoot of three generations!

Susan Reardon

The house where it all began

Back in the mid 70s a young couple bought this house – and I wonder if they ever imagined that more 30 years later, they’d stand out front with their handsome progeny all assembled like this:

With just their grandchildren:

Kiddos alone:

I bet they knew, even back then, that the back yard would be perfect for summer playtime:

The first brave sprinkler jumper-inner, after a good soaking:

With sprinkler help from mom:

And dad:

Exploring with Uncle M:

Hand washing in the hose:

It was so fun to see you guys!

Everybody’s in town, let’s capture it!

Once upon a time, many years ago, two parents had two (what I’m sure were) fantastic little boys.  Then those boys grew up and married two fabulous women.  And then, would you believe it, those two original parents got grandchildren out of the deal! Everybody was together last week and we met up for a walk at Elm Bank in Wellesley.

Sometimes we have an escapee when we try to pose pictures… but that’s OK ;)

Aren’t they a handsome crew?

Balancing act with grandparent support:

And cousins helping each other with the stick:

Cousin squeezes:

I have to smile when I look at this picture.

And A is going to have a little brother or sister soon…

And then the heat got to be too much for us – Dad had to work some water bottle magic:

And last but not least, a wet grandma hug :)

Grandma and Papa were in town

So these two fabulous sisters live here in Boston and Rhode Island, respectively.  And their parents don’t.  So when Grandma and Papa came to town, they stayed in a nice hotel downtown – so we met there last Saturday morning and got loads of fantastic pictures.

Here’s the whole crew, running down Boylston Street.  Kind of amazing in a picture like this when all the faces are smiling – love it.

Then we settled on a bench on the Commonwealth Mall – I love the interactions in this picture, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents.

One fantastic sister and her family:

And the other fantastic sister and her family:

And then we spent some time on grandparent pictures – these melt my heart.

And I love this one of the sisters and their kiddos:

And the grandparents and their crazy grandchildren:


Such fun to see you guys again!


Rebecca Lowenhaupt - May 15, 2012 - 9:45 am

We had so much fun, and the pictures turned out even better than I imagined! Thanks for such wonderful pics!

Allison - May 15, 2012 - 9:52 am

What a beautiful family!

Tara - May 15, 2012 - 11:39 am

These are beautiful! You are going to be so happy one day that you took the time to do this. Um, is there another cousin coming!?!

The whole crew together for Thanksgiving

Sometimes it’s grandmothers who call me to book photoshoots, and often times those shoots happen around the holidays, when their families are together.  It’s always mayhem, and I can almost guarantee someone will cry… but that’s what it’s all about, right? Capturing the insanity? Because why have two handsome sons if you can’t document a piece of the crazy lives they’re living with their 7, 4, 4 and 2 yr old kiddos?

So I’ll get you situated with the big group shot first.  Here’s our handsome crew.

And one of all the grandkids with their grandparents:

And now, so you don’t get confused, I’ll go big brother’s family first:

And then I’ll do little brother’s family next:

And I have to include this “outtake” one — it cracks me up — with bow off kilter and tongue out :)

All thanks to these two.  Celebrating a big anniversary this year!  Congrats, guys.

P.S. These kind of shoots are what I call “a bunch of families together” in my pricing calculator, in case you’re curious. They can run a bit longer than my usual 45 minutes-1 hour.  I think I stayed with these guys for about 90 minutes.  But it’s nice because each individual family in the group ends up with photos for holiday cards, etc.

The first of the next generation

Over Thanksgiving weekend, this sweet 4 1/2 month old guy had a huge crowd around – lucky guy. But first he got to get some pictures with just his mom and dad:

With mom and dad:

And with his grandparents:

And the whole team:

Wonderful to see you guys!  It’s exhausting being the star of the show.

Happy Christening!

Instead of coming for this guy’s actual Christening, we met the day before with all his extended family for some photos.

But before I get into the formal shots, I just love this one.  This is big boy S, in one of his favorite positions, upside-down over his dad’s shoulders.  I had to shoot from way down low to get this awesome expression, but I love it so much.

I’ll go back a bit – I first got to meet this guy upstairs after his nap, while the extended family came together downstairs.

One set of grandparents was there…

And the other set, too.  What a lucky guy :)

We even had a bit of time with his cousins:

Here’s the whole crew from one side:

And then the crew from the other side, too:

Rose deliciousness (look at those tootsies):

Wonderful to meet you guys!

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Cathy - July 12, 2010 - 1:56 pm

These are beautiful photos. Scottie has gotten so big and he is so cute.

Ellen - July 12, 2010 - 1:56 pm

We love our little guy!!

Jennifer - July 12, 2010 - 1:59 pm

Wow. Adorable!!!!

sean - July 12, 2010 - 2:04 pm

Is everyone wearing white shirts?

Theresa - July 12, 2010 - 2:06 pm

I hope there was no spaghetti eating on that day! Nice white shirts and a beautiful, beautiful boy (and family)! :-)

Mary-Ellen - July 12, 2010 - 2:07 pm

what great photos! Scottie’s smiles are priceless :) I wonder what he was thinking in that last photo?

Sharon - July 12, 2010 - 2:15 pm

Great pics! I can’t believe how big Scottie has gotten

Gail Cross - July 12, 2010 - 2:23 pm

We may already be changing our minds about which shots to order. These are some great ones!

Eric Cross - July 12, 2010 - 2:39 pm

Great photos you guys, he is adorable!

Regan - July 12, 2010 - 2:41 pm

Nice roses!!
Oh ya, the baby is pretty cute too :)

Aunt judy - July 12, 2010 - 2:42 pm

Love these pics—just wish wevcould have been there in time to be in the Ellen clan side shot!!

Ellen - July 12, 2010 - 2:46 pm

Love these pictures!! :)

Dan Feeney - July 12, 2010 - 3:06 pm

Thanks so much Jessica. We love the photos.

Tina - July 12, 2010 - 4:08 pm

These are awesome pictures! Scottie is a cutie :) Keep taking pictures – the years pass by quickly and you want to be sure to capture every special moment. Tina

Biscot - July 12, 2010 - 8:14 pm

Cool little guy with a great namesake!

Dave - July 13, 2010 - 9:38 am

These pictures came out great! The photographer did a great job and of course had a lot of help from the main character here!

Liz - July 13, 2010 - 11:02 am

These are adorable. She got some great shots. I really like the top two photos.

Christine - July 20, 2010 - 11:52 pm

These are great shots! Such a cutie. I’m startin’ to see a little o’ Dad in that face…sorry, Ellen! :-)

Curly girl

The last time I saw this big girl Z she didn’t have hair, and now she has a gorgeous curly top of rings:

These guys all met me in the Boston Public Garden for my mini-shoot day.  They were my 11th shoot of the day, and their priority for their 20 minute session was that they wanted a great family shot with all seven adults and one sweet one year old:

But I couldn’t just do that… had to get a few others.  You know me.  Here’s Z and grandma playing at the water fountain:

A big girl tickle with mom and dad:

And showing off her mad walking skills!  So fun to see you guys, thanks for coming out and for supporting the Ashmont Nursery School charity day!

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Many generations, many grins

Look at all these handsome guys! I met up with this wonderful family for the 2nd year in a row at a house they were renting on Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester, and this year they had tons of extended family visiting. Three generations of men, first:
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It’s so much fun documenting big families like this. It’s not my normal thing, but I like it :)
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i love this one – it’s such a sweet moment:
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These guys were having such fun together…
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And giggling was definitely the order of the day.
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And their cousins needed some jumping shots too:
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And back to the handsomest boys on Wingaersheek. Do you believe these smiles?

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AGrippo - September 10, 2009 - 1:17 pm

These are so sweet! You guys look like you were having a blast!

Isabella Grace - September 10, 2009 - 8:52 pm

The boys are absolutely adorable. I could squeeze their cheeks!

Jess - September 13, 2009 - 2:12 pm

How fabulous. I especially love the ones of the three of them on the beach and how their happiness shines through – what great moments to capture. The ones with the three boys are priceless too.