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Milton, MA Family Photographer – A summer minishoot at Turner’s Pond

My Turner’s Pond minishoots are becoming super popular for families who live around Milton, MA – it’s such a beautiful location, and the parking is easy… no traffic… nothing wrong with the ones I do in the Public Garden, don’t get me wrong, but these ones are so easy for everybody! And the best part for me is, running around being a family photographer at this time of year is such a joy. There’s so much excitement to document when the weather is as beautiful as it’s been.

(More info about these minis is up on my website on the Turner’s Pond Minishoots page.)

I’m going to tease you guys and just share this one photo from the session – we got SO many great ones, but this one will give you a taste of the sweetness that is this family.

Turner’s Pond pictures with the whole family, even if we live in two houses

I’m honored to have been taking pictures of this cute face since he was just mere days old. This time we met at Turner’s Pond for pictures on Sunday (when the Walk for Hunger downtown kept us from doing our Public Garden Minishoots – ugh!).

But that didn’t matter to this guy. I mean, look at that GRIN.

And even if his mamas don’t live in the same house anymore, isn’t it so supremely cool that they’d book back-to-back minishoots at Turner’s Pond with me so that we could do lots of pictures of this cute face with each of his moms?

Because there’s no shortage of love and hugs and cuddles and squeezes happening around here. No shortage at all.

And you know what else is cool? Getting a pic of everybody together. Because why not? And also, because MOTHER’S DAY is in four more days! #mominthepicture

Yay for mamas who love their babies above all else.

And if the geese attack, this guy’s gonna just get rid of them with his friendly smile.

Hi there, Goose!

Dedham MA Family of Twins Photographer – Star Wars, and can I get a HEY-OH?

All hail the amazingly creative cousin who’s a whiz with the knitting and crochet needles! Everybody say HEY-O!

All hail the sister and bro-in-law who are just a few WEEKS away from making it to their twins’ first birthday. Everybody say HEY-O!

And all hail a weekend of costumes – because nothing, nothing beats Halloween weekend when you take pictures of children for a living.

So I’m going to have to dedicate this post to a family of Star Wars nuts who are near and dear to my heart. I’ll share some additional costumed cuties on the blog as well, but I’m gonna focus on one team of three cuties who made me smile a lot today. I mean, we’ve got eleven month old E going as Snow Warrior Leia. And her twin brother J? Yup, I think you’re picking up what I’m putting down. He’s going as X-Wing Fighter Pilot Luke. Obvi. I mean, guys, they’re twins. Get it? And we’re talking a three year old big sister who INSISTED on being Darth Vadar. Because that’s how they roll.

And then, once they’d decided on their costumes, in swept the magical cousin who wields her knitting needle (a.k.a. light saber… <– see what I did there?) with incredible skill, and they were off and running.

All this combined meant we got this:jjehalloween_ellieblog

And this:


And this:


Which of course led to this:


But wait! That’s not all!

Because it’s Halloween weekend! I have to show you more. Sometimes on this kind of weekend you just run into a fairy princess:


Or a snow queen:


Or a vampire:


Or Sophia the First:


Or Thomas:


See, it’s just the best weekend. The twins agree. New hats #ftw!



Everybody welcoming a sweet new girl

This sweet pumpkin has so much love surrounding her! She was nine days old when we took these photos, and her big 4 1/2 year old sister and her big 2 1/2 year old brother just showered her with attention for the whole photoshoot.

Also, I so often blog my newborn in-home sessions in black and white, I wanted to change it up for you here – every session I shoot is always provided to my clients in both black and white and color, but I sometimes forget to blog the color shots so you can see the cuties’ pink cheeks 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.


Always fun.











Kim - April 19, 2016 - 9:21 am

These pics are fantastic! Thanks Jess!

Public Garden Minishoot #8

I met these guys in the Public Garden for a minishoot back in April – this was their eleventh (!!) photoshoot with me in the last ten years. We met back in March of 2005 for their big girl A’s one year old photoshoot. That doesn’t make me feel old or anything, don’t worry.

And I just LOVE seeing families grow. These minishoots are a great way to keep up the rhythm of photos – and guess what, peeps – I have openings in Saturday, May 9th’s minishoot! I never have openings, this is big news – so if you have any interest in grabbing a spot in my last 2015 spring Public Garden Minishoot (my next mini will be in late Sept/early Oct there), check out the open times at this link.

But without further ado, here are these three cuties:







Wonderful to see you guys, as always. Yay for a decade of photos!



Nancy Wright - May 8, 2015 - 11:02 am

Wonderful, Great, I love them all

Katie - May 8, 2015 - 11:10 am

Great pics!

Michelle - May 8, 2015 - 11:14 am

Kids are getting so BIG!!! Great pics love these guys :-)

John Mattern - May 8, 2015 - 11:16 am

Certainly captures the love these guys have for each other.

Hilda Dargon - May 8, 2015 - 12:08 pm

You are Flowers in the Garden!

Jessica - May 8, 2015 - 3:05 pm

What a beautiful set of pictures!! You guys all look great!:)

Eve - May 9, 2015 - 3:27 am

I love these!

Don - May 9, 2015 - 8:17 am

Fantastic photos!

Mona - May 11, 2015 - 12:47 pm

Beautiful family!! Great photos!!

Two boys and the colors of summer

I always love to play outside. Sometimes New England weather doesn’t cooperate, but sometimes it does. Sometimes small people think the grass tickles their toes too much, or the distracting wind is blowing in the trees too much… but sometimes it just works. You never know.

I’ve known these two cutie boys since big brother K was just a couple of months old. And this is little brother C’s fourth photoshoot – he’s doing the five shoots in his first year package just like his big brother did (one of my Baby’s First Year packages), which is great because it means we can do things like take big brother K’s 5 year pictures at the same time as we do C’s 9 month pictures.

That means we get two (adorable brother) birds with one (really fun, jumping, crazy, loving photoshoot) stone.

Aaaand you guys know my thoughts on color vs. b&w (see halfway down this page), but sometimes it takes over and I just have to blog it.















Boston’s gonna miss these gingers

You may have noticed an air of sadness in faces around Boston this week. That’s because five amazing people are leaving on Saturday, headed to their next adventure. They’ve graced Dorchester with their kindness, their energy, their love and their smiles for many years now, and it’s time for them to move on to the next big thing.

I didn’t blog many (any?) of my spring minishoots this year – (I’ve been working on – eek, coming soon! – a redesign of the BBP website and it’s been gobbling up my blogging time), but these guys met me in the Public Garden in late May for photos, and I adored running around and playing with them there. I normally blog in b&w (and always provide everyone all their photos in both b&w and color), but this shoot needed to be blogged in color. I’m sure you can see why. These five were just bursting with COLOR.

We love you! Y’all come back now, you hear?

Big hugs, guys.

Spring Public Garden Photoshoot #3

So I’m not doing my normal pick a bunch of my favorite pictures and post them on the blog thing because this photo is blowing me out of the water. I adore it so much, and love that it happened super spontaneously.  These fantastic, fun parents wanted to do a smoochy picture, and the rest of the clan decided to show how they really felt about the smooch. It’s one of those staged but not staged shots, and it makes me smile.  I love these guys.  They’re a great example of my not-always-baby photos… it’s the name of the business, but teenagers (and almost teenagers) are always “babies” to someone, after all.

Oh, and I had to show you this one in color. Every one of my photos is always delivered to my clients these days in both b&w and color. I tend to lean toward blogging the b&w because it allows the emotion to be the strongest element in the photo… and I always love the simplicity of light and dark.  But the color here adds so much energy that I had to show it this way. Wonderful to see you guys, as always!

A burst of color

Those of you who know my work know that I’m a black & white kinda gal.  I love stripping color out of a moment, letting light, and expressions, and emotion tell the story.  I know we all love to see the pink in our children’s cheeks and the color of those eyes… but when a picture is in color, I find that our first inclination is to experience the color.  After we soak in the color, we are able to start seeing the kids, the story, the fun…

But, everybody’s allowed to change it up, right? Once in a while the day outside (when I’m blogging) is too gloomy, too wet, too gray.  I’m having one of those days, and the two blog posts I’m going to do this morning are going to perk me right up.  And I trust that all you guys will be able to look beyond the (INCREDIBLE) color in these photos and see the joy – the very essence of boy-ness – that bursts out of these two cutie pies.  This post also gives some nice examples of the difference between an in home session (this one was an in-home session) and a mini-session.  I know I blog a lot of mini-sessions in the Public Garden each year, but the majority of my work is still in families’ homes.  With minis we don’t have as much time to get the variety of photos that you see here.

All that color/b&w talk aside, just to be clear – I do always provide all the photos from every session in both b&w and color.  I tend to adore the b&w indoor shots (especially when it’s babies we’re looking at) but I do appreciate the color outdoor shots (especially when children are old enough to walk and play outdoors).

So, enough yapping. I adored seeing these guys again – the last time was when C was still in his mama’s belly.  And the tree in their yard?  Gorgeous-o yellow with mama’s pops of red in the clothes. Good on ya.

Amanda - November 7, 2012 - 8:39 pm

My favorite is the one with both boys on the couch.

Maria - November 7, 2012 - 8:57 pm

I agree! Handsome little guys on couch with happy faces :D

Help-Portrait Boston

What an incredible day! Fourteen other photographers and I came together today to take some pictures just to make people feel good. And look at that. It made us feel good too.

The brainchild of celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart, Help-Portrait is “a community of photographers, coming together across the world, to use their photography skills to give back to their local community. On or around December 12th, photographers around the world will be grabbing their cameras, finding people in need, and taking their picture. When the prints are ready, the photographs get delivered. Yep. It really is that easy.”

This Boston crew had an amazing shoot today at Germaine Lawrence, a residential treatment center for adolescent girls. We shot over 50 girls, aged 11-18, and though I don’t want to put any of the girls’ photos up here, here are a few I snapped of the crazy photographers and the setup there.

We set up four “stations” in the gym:

And the best part was the group of volunteer hair and makeup people (thanks to Empire School of Beauty in Warwick, RI) who came and did hair and makeup on all 50 girls! The aroma of hairspray wafted waaaaay down the hall :) But the girls really felt like rock stars. You could see it when they came for their photos – their eyes were twinkling.

Lisa grabbing some crazy shots of two of our fabulous volunteers (as we waited for hair and makeup on the girls… this stuff takes time, after all!):

See what I mean? You go there, hoping to make other people happy, and you just get happy yourself.

Meg getting a kick out of her subject:

A couple of the sweet photographers gave the girls a chance behind the lens, too – this girl has a future in fashion photography ahead of her…

Another switcheroo – photographer as subject:

It was not only an incredible day because the girls were so awesome, but it was also great to get to spend some time with like-minded photog peeps. This team of people has been meeting and planning this event for months now, and I can’t thank them enough for letting me join them after I wasn’t able to attend ANY of the planning meetings.

Great day, gorgeous photos – I’m so excited for the girls to get their prints (kindly donated by I think they’re really going to love them.

Nate - December 12, 2009 - 10:51 pm

Great narrative. Glad to meet you and look forward to seeing more of your work!

Julia Snider - December 12, 2009 - 10:59 pm

Hey Jess, what a fun time. You are on the ball getting this together so fast! I'm Julia, the volunteer in the photo with Tom.

Rich - December 12, 2009 - 11:13 pm

What a day!
Great stuff Jess.
I too tired to post tonight but I'll have some suff in the morning.


Lone Wolf - December 12, 2009 - 11:42 pm


Great blog. You nailed it as well as your shots behind the camera.

You guys made their day with your skill and I was glad to be a part of it


Brian Matiash - December 13, 2009 - 8:50 am


I am proud to have had the opportunity to see you in action. You did such a great job shooting the girls and assisting the other photographers by emoting with some of the more introverted models.

I look forward to shooting with you again for Help Portrait next year.

Also, like Nate said – wonderful narrative. The shots are perfect.



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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Eight weeks old, and so exciting

I can’t believe it took me this long to meet beautiful little girl E. I was so excited to meet her – her momma was my Student Advisor at Conn College when I was a freshman… I love being able to give back to people years later!

So although color is never my fave, I had to snap a few in color of baby E in her costume. Adorable pumpkin!

Those teenie toes:

Those teenie fingers:

Giggling with her daddy:

Gorgeous girl! Look at those eyes :)

The whole fam:

Smiles for mama:

Isn’t she such a tall girl? I’m partial to tall girls ;)

And JJ, I left this in color just for you. Those eyes are still blue like mama’s!

Love this yawning swaddle:

It was such a treat to meet your sweet girl and see the new house – thanks for having us!

Anonymous - October 27, 2009 - 4:29 pm

I've been waiting for these…she's even more beautiful than when I saw her last month! What great shots of the whole family!

-Keri S.

Anonymous - October 27, 2009 - 6:45 pm

Emma is gorgeous and has grown so much since I saw her. Buen trabajo JJ!

Con un abrazo,

Backyard Halloween time

So again this year I invited our neighbors over for a photoshoot in our backyard, to get excited for Halloween. I hate how the pictures we take on Halloween night need to use flash, so I like to get some great shots before the big night.

We were joined by…

A lovely mouse:

One of the monsters from Monsters Inc. I can’t remember the name of the monster! Cute nonetheless :)

A veterinarian:

A buzzy bee:

Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz:

A big sister bear:

And a little brother bear:

Buzz Lightyear and his twin brother Wall-E:

The cutest cow in the land:

Penguin sisters:

Hannah Montana, with her trusty wig and mic:

A pirate:

The vet checking out the cow:

Wow, the Statue of Liberty brought her homemade Chrysler Building!

A fire-breathing dragon:


And another wow – homemade Palace Guards!

So much fun to see all you guys. I love this time of year!