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Needham MA Family Photographer – & let’s overwhelm Instagram with love and joy!

There are two weeks left until 2017, guys! There was so much #loveandjoyin2016 – let’s relive it a little. I’m gonna take the next two weeks to peek back through some of my favorite BBP moments of #loveandjoy from 2016, because everybody could use a little more of that in their lives. You should do it too. Look on your phone, find photos that remind you of the love and joy in your life from this year and post them with the #loveandjoyin2016 hashtag. Let’s overwhelm Instagram with love and joy. #loveandjoyproject #makeseverybodysmile

Follow me on Instagram @bostonbabyphotos and let’s spread love and joy together!20160424-img_1310

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.

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Six months old and he thinks his brother is pretty cool

Look at this handsome devil. Isn’t he perfect? I got to come back for his six month photoshoot because these guys are doing my Baby’s First Year package.

Oh, and big news, did you guys hear I’ve announced an Annual Plan, for people whose babies are over a year old? More info is here.

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I got to spend some time with this guy and his big brother a couple of weekends ago…

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And even though the smooches between the boys were brief…

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And the desire to be near each other short-lived…

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How could he not idolize this?

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Big brother M did also deliver some obligatory hand licks…

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And little brother A got time to giggle with Dad,

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And some snacks (knuckle dimples and all)…

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We had to get our Michigan appreciation photo in – big brother M helped us out by reading all the letters to us:

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And tootsies, gorgeous, divine tootsies, of course.

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We even had some kiddo table dancing amazingness…

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So wonderful to see you guys, thanks so much for having me!

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It’s maternity and newborn photos time of year!

So if you’re reading this blog from somewhere other than Boston, you may not be feeling the way we’re feeling about the last few months, but suffice it to say, we Bostonians are DONE with winter. Time to melt, snow. Time to get back to real life, where we go outside and say hi to each other. Where the kids can run around outside on the grass. Show us the grass! We miss the grass.

Although I do recognize that this no-one-running-around-outside thing happens every year over here in BBP-land – and I have to admit I adore it. It’s crazy nutso busy from September 1st through December, and then the holidays happen, and there’s this stillness in the air. It’s quiet in my little office. I turn on the space heater under my desk, I wrap up in scarves and sweaters and I get stuff DONE. In the fall I’m taking photos for 5-6 families a week, and when I dedicate a day to editing each family’s photos, you can see how there’s not much time to do other things related to the business during the fall. Now in January-March, I’m taking pictures for one or two families a week – and it’s divine! I get to just sit here, cozy in my little office, thinking about how to improve and change this year.

Oh, so who calls me for photos in Boston in January-March, you ask? It’s mostly people expecting a baby. :) You guys know I love that. So I get to spend these few months taking indoor warm cozy pictures of mamas waiting for babies to be born and then taking pictures of those babies after they’re born. And what’s better than bellies and teenie babies?

So without further ado, I thought I’d show you some fun ones I got to do in February with Kristen and Dan. First, about a month ago we did ridiculously fun maternity photos in their gorgeous home with amazing windows and light…

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Isn’t this the most stylish mirror ever? This was in Kristen’s super cool dressing room with windows all around…

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And then a week or so later, little T joined their family. Here she is at just ten days old, gracing us with a little grin:

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It was wonderful getting to know you guys! Thank you so much for having me out for photos. Nothing beats this, truly.

Two grandmas and a big one year old boy

This big guy was lucky enough to have not just one but two grandmas come over during his photoshoot. What fun! I’ve loved this Baby’s First Year of photos with M – he’s grown so much (see those photos in the background in the flying-in-the-air shot? those are from his newborn and six month shoots!)

He’s just fantastic. On to another year of adventures, dude!

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6 month old cutie patootie

Oh we had fun! I loved coming back to see this sweet girl for her 6 month pictures – feels like yesterday we did her newborn pictures (she’s doing my baby’s first year package – yay).

She loves looking at herself in the mirror:

Making funny faces with mama:

And just all around being pretty stinkin’ cute:

Sophie the giraffe made an appearance, of course…

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Oh, and her daddy said her little noises sounded like a goat when she was really little – and the nickname stuck. Here she nibbling on her very own goat :)

Look at that balance!

So fun to see you guys!

 

Nonno - August 13, 2014 - 9:31 am

These photos are just amazing. You really capture the love joe and Karen have for their darling Avery. Her Nonno loves them!
Nonno a/k/a Peter Belmonte

Matt Renzullo - August 13, 2014 - 11:26 am

So cute guys!

Honey - August 13, 2014 - 12:07 pm

What a beautiful family! Words can never express the true beauty and love these pictures convey.

thomas G Verzone - August 13, 2014 - 12:53 pm

So Cute I’m so Happy for you guys. A Beautiful Family

Thai Verzone - August 13, 2014 - 2:05 pm

Super Cute! Wonderful photo!!! She’s growing so fast

Tonio - August 13, 2014 - 3:59 pm

She looks like she is levitating in the last photo…so happy and balanced! I love it.

Aunt Dee - August 13, 2014 - 6:15 pm

She is just adorable, and Mom and Dad look great as well. The pictures are wonderful. Love them.

Katharine Keleghan - August 13, 2014 - 8:22 pm

These pics are great!! I love the one where Avery and Karen are making funny faces!! So cute!

Paula Chetkauskas - August 13, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Hi guys! Thanks for sharing the pictures of the baby, what a sweetie.

Six months have flown by so fast,it looks like you are all doing fine. Love, Paula

John Belmonte - August 14, 2014 - 10:14 am

Fantastic photographs. Avery is so beautiful and growing up so fast. What a great family.

Lindsay Renzullo - August 14, 2014 - 10:28 pm

Such a beautiful little baby!! Great photos;)

8 month old fun

These guys got a gift certificate for a photoshoot from their baby’s fabulous godparents, and I was so excited to come document this little 8 month old guy and his kitty at home last weekend. What a perfect little dude.

Kitty friend.

Nothing beats a little applesauce.

And your favorite and mine… Sophie made an appearance!

Wonderful to meet you guys!

Three munchkins in red

I walked in the door and loved them immediately.  It’s rare that I meet a family for the first time when they’re older – often we start young and continue years and years and years… so when this mama emailed me in November with a completely hilarious message about how she was a surgeon working crazy hours and sure we could never get pictures done in time for the holidays, saying she was sure she was crazy to ever think she could get into my schedule when she only first reached out in mid-November… I felt like it was a challenge.

It was kismet – I’d gotten an email of a cancellation for that very next weekend just an hour or two before, and the message made me belly laugh when I got it – I had to meet them. And then, of course, when I walked in the door – I adored them immediately.  I felt like they were one of my beloved returning families I’d known forever.  They were fabulous, awesome – and the mama was sheepish about the all-red outfits.  But you know what? So what! It looked festive as all get-out. How often do you get to dress your kids up and make them all look alike? They grow up so fast – may as well do this stuff while we can, right?

So here I am again, showing you photos on the blog in color.  You guys have heard it before – I love b&w, and especially when it comes to indoor pictures, I really think b&w looks gorgeous and perfect and gentle and I love the way the light is… but then these guys dress all in red and I just have to blog them in color.  Because, come on now. Check them out.

Right? Adorbs.

PJM - December 18, 2013 - 9:31 pm

These 3 adorable munchkins in red are my niece and nephews! You must be a miracle worker Jessica, because somehow you got them all to smile at the same time, and you captured their unique personalities in the photos. I live in another country but it’s great to see the kids captured in such sweet moments together. Thanks for sharing your work and talents on this blog!
PJM

Beth Rousseau - December 19, 2013 - 7:40 am

Jessica – how did you do it? I had the misfortune of moving away from this awesome family four years ago, and looking at these pictures I get the full intensity of their incredible, unique personalities gifted to me long distance. Now I’m all verklempt. In a really good way.

charlotte fiorentino - December 19, 2013 - 11:08 am

love love your work, Jessica. I look forward to seeing the photos every year

Sharon - December 19, 2013 - 1:11 pm

Wow, great job! Love the family photo in front of fireplace!

KM - December 20, 2013 - 8:52 pm

Terrific photos! I hope to see these three very soon and you have captured each of them in a quiet and powerful way. Great work!

GregT. - December 22, 2013 - 4:43 pm

Such cute kids! Really smart to get great professional pics done.

Emily - December 22, 2013 - 5:57 pm

I can’t believe how big the kids have gotten! The photos are amazing- I can really feel the energy and love transmitted through the photos- great stuff!!

Christine - December 22, 2013 - 7:03 pm

Wow – amazing. Where did you find the time and they look so relaxed and happy. It makes you want to have little ones again. Amazing how you get everything done. Beautiful photos!

Janet - December 30, 2013 - 7:49 am

I cannot believe how big your babies are getting!! What a beautiful family. Hope you enjoy the Holiday Season…still miss you!!!

Clara - January 1, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Love the photos especially the group family photo.

Two under two and their fantastic energy

It was so fun meeting this new little guy this weekend – he’s 2 months old (tomorrow!) and his big brother is having a great time experimenting with his new role.  Whenever I take pictures of little guys where there are two children under two years old in the house, fantastic funny moments always seem to occur.  This time I ADORE the sequence of two pictures here, where big bro C is cuddling on little B, and then in the next moment Mom and Dad’s arms both come in to save B from being a little bit… oversqueezed.  Is that a word, by the way?

Wonderful to see you guys!

Wide open, at six months

So I never say I love the everyone looking at the camera and smiling picture – I always take this one, but I rarely mention it as my favorite.  It’s a gimme – you know? I mean, you want it, for the frame, for the grandparent gift… but it isn’t the most artistic shot, so I rarely adore it the way I adore this one. But this one? It is awesome.  Where, oh where, did little Miss M get the idea that opening your mouth is part of smiling for the camera?  Can’t imagine :)

But this six month old sweetheart was just perfect.  I got to meet her last weekend and she kept me smiling the whole time. The closeup of her fingers in her mouth kills me.  I also really like the one where she’s looking at herself in the little mirror.  And the one where her mom is totally cracking her up with a silly face is just the best.

Wonderful to see you guys!

jennifer - February 7, 2013 - 10:04 pm

LOVE this one! This is so Keri, so Maribel and clearly, so Grant. Bravo!! Great capture…

Julianna - February 8, 2013 - 10:59 am

No. 9 is my favorite! She is too cute.

Judy Godfrey - February 8, 2013 - 11:39 am

I love 7,8,9,10,11 and 12! Awesome photos!

Ted - February 8, 2013 - 2:17 pm

Love them all, great shoot!

Winston Hughes, MD - February 8, 2013 - 8:30 pm

These pictures do a wonderful job capturing the beauty of this growing baby, her large bright eyes, alert expressions and smiling reponsiveness in the playful interaction with 2 parents who are clearly involved in a “love affair” with her. Great photographic work !

Lydia - February 8, 2013 - 9:27 pm

I love 9. Look at that cute tummy!!

Ann Hughes - February 9, 2013 - 9:47 am

Great pictures. Our little Maribel is SO cute!!!

Marc - February 9, 2013 - 9:15 pm

Home run Maribel!

Eva - February 10, 2013 - 4:46 pm

Adorable! I love the up-side-down finger sucking. Learned something from Zia and made it her own.

Kathryn Scott - February 10, 2013 - 4:48 pm

The pictures are just adorable!. She is scrumptious!

Erika - February 18, 2013 - 8:51 am

What WONDERFUL pictures. I love them all!!!

Aya - February 18, 2013 - 7:56 pm

She has the most sparkly smile. There is so much love shared in these photos.

Julia - February 18, 2013 - 8:18 pm

I LOVE these pictures! She is so delicious. #9 is precious…beyond precious. What a wonderful gift to have these stunning, love-filled pics!

Ana - February 18, 2013 - 9:25 pm

These are gorgeous pics of Miss M aka Miss Delicious :) and you guys. Love them all!

Pam Emslie - February 18, 2013 - 10:19 pm

Oh my, what sparkly, sparkly eyes!!

Thank you so much for sending me to this blog.

Awesome!

Love you,
Pam