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Beacon Hill Newborn Photographer – kissing his baby toes and warm in the sun

I really do get goosebumps when I arrive in Beacon Hill as a newborn photographer. I love walking those streets. Last week it was early morning when I was arriving for our pictures with this new little guy. The sun was warming my back, and I almost skipped as I came up the hill to their house. Nothing like following my GPS, not quite sure where I’ll park, but excited to start a new journey with an entirely new family.

And when I get to be the newborn photographer for an old friend who’s just had his first baby?

Well that’s when it just couldn’t be more perfect.

But wait, there’s more. Because this boy was just too much. Look at that tummy! Those toes! That soft squishy back!

And I didn’t even explain to you about his amazingly creative mama. She takes beautiful photos of her sweet boy all the time. But she’s never IN the photos. You know the problem? Where you’re not sure your child will even remember you were there for those early days? We decided to remedy that, and took special care to really carefully document mama and her boy. (The hair pulling one cracks me up.)

And then it was time to put on some clothes and maybe have a little snack. Because a little nursing break can sometimes fix everything.

And when better to show everybody my new Baby’s First Year coffeetable albums and Baby’s First Year package options. So much to consider!

And then a little pat on the back… Aaaaand burp!

p.s. I adored getting to meet you, sweet boy. Hope you love love love your photos!


Squishable sisters

When you have a two year old at home and you bring home a newborn, sometimes you just have to throw the two year old up in the air. It’s necessary, people. #andalsosuperfun


The sweetness that big sister A feels toward her new sister T is just palpable – I adored it…


She is pretty perfect:


The intensity of the sisterly love was pretty hilarious, actually ;)


Always wanting to squish and squeeze her… (But actually, T didn’t seem to mind a bit.)












Wonderful to see you guys again – so excited for another Baby’s First Year package with you!


Four week old curly girl

I got to meet three new babies this past weekend – I love it when that happens. Lots of weekends I’m going back and seeing older kiddos, but this weekend ended up being baby-tastic. Just my style.

This little beauty and her amazing gorgeous curls made me smile so much on Saturday. Look at her perfect cheeks! Those eyelashes!

She had such wonderfully varied expressions, I just adored it. Thanks so much for having me, guys.















Three weeks and just adorable

Look at these sweet eyes! Loved meeting this little guy last weekend. Just dreamy.

this next one is just so hilariously sad – life sure does change for pups when babies arrive…

Jess Holden - August 5, 2014 - 5:48 am

Beautiful pictures, Cara. Your poor dog!

Liza Hays - August 5, 2014 - 6:00 am

Love these! You guys, Tucker, and little J are all so adorable!!

Ann - August 5, 2014 - 6:14 am

So cute! The first and the third to last are my favorites!

Ramsey Hassan - August 5, 2014 - 6:46 am

Cutest baby of all time! All the best

Glenn - August 5, 2014 - 7:01 am

Just too darn cute!

Sara - August 5, 2014 - 7:14 am

Love these photos!

Kirk - August 5, 2014 - 7:20 am

Awesome pics, Cara!!! Pup and baby will be fast friends.

Heather Panahi - August 5, 2014 - 7:34 am

You all look gorgeous! And little Jonah has quite the personality already!

Blair - August 5, 2014 - 8:02 am

Cara!! I can’t believe he’s here! He’s so beautiful wishing you nothing but the best!

HUNTER - August 5, 2014 - 8:03 am

Damn my second cousin is cute!

James O'Connor - August 5, 2014 - 8:11 am

This baby is in the top tier of babies that i’ve met.

Joel - August 5, 2014 - 8:17 am

Hot damn if that wee bairn ain’t cute as a muffin

Lia - August 5, 2014 - 8:27 am

What a happy family! Love these pics!

Maggie - August 5, 2014 - 8:30 am

So happy for you both! And I didn’t realize baby pictures were this cool. Gone are the days of the blue screen at Sears.

Mary Beth - August 5, 2014 - 9:08 am

He’s adorable! Congrats!!!

Keith - August 5, 2014 - 9:45 am

Wow. He looks so much like his Uncle.

Jessica - August 5, 2014 - 10:16 am

These are great! Love that your fun personalities are captured and they aren’t just boring snapshots.

Kelly - August 5, 2014 - 10:29 am

Such a cute little yawn, and I love how he looks at you two. Now give tucker some kisses! :)

Kim Dehal - August 5, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Hilariously sad photo . . . Too funny. Congratulations on a great little baby! Don’t forget about his older brother Tucker!

Sherri Geller - August 5, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Whay gorgeous photos!!

Giselle Winchester - August 5, 2014 - 6:02 pm

He’s just the cutest!! Congratulations!

Tiffany M - August 5, 2014 - 7:46 pm

What an adorable cutie! Congrats, Cara and Matt! Beautiful pics.

Renee - August 5, 2014 - 8:01 pm

Stop it!!! Jonah is insanely cute – and SO alert! Job well done mom and dad!!!

Sarah McGann - August 6, 2014 - 12:10 pm

What a handsome kid!!! These pics are so wonderful.

Welcome sweet boy

With a four year old big brother and a 22 month old big sister, little new 2 week old N is getting lots of love. They really are extraordinary with him – just so loving. I really like the crazy family pictures from this shoot – just a little slice of what life is really like these days :)

He’s finally here!

Last May these two fantastic mamas hired me to come take pictures of them for their adoption photo album. These guys are friends of mine, so I’ve waited with bated breath for their baby to arrive. Now, ten months after that photoshoot (and for some reason it felt so much longer than waiting through a pregnancy! just so uncertain and anxiety-ridden) — now, gorgeous, perfect, wonderful, amazing G has joined their family. He was six days old here.

I have a hard time choosing favorite photos, always – but the stretching one with the funny face cracks me up. I also love kitty in the foreground, Charlie in the middle ground and the three humans in the back – there’s so much happening in kitty’s face here. Talk about life changes.

I am beyond excited for you guys, and can’t wait to see him again. Those lips! Delicious boy.

Nicole - March 19, 2013 - 12:34 pm

Swoon… Such a gorgeous family. Great photos, wish we had taken the time to have a similar shoot!!

Lauren - March 19, 2013 - 1:22 pm

I am in love! G is one lucky man to be with such a loving, amazing family. Pictures are simply amazing.

Tori - March 19, 2013 - 1:35 pm

What precious pics for an amazing family!!! Nicely done!

colleen - March 19, 2013 - 2:02 pm

these are absolutely beautiful. he is so fortunate to be blessed with fab moms. congratulations!!

A little trip to get some pictures

When your best friend from growing up has her first baby, you just book a flight. And then you have such a great time visiting with her family and other friends that you totally forget to edit the pictures, and the holidays happen, and then it’s January, and then you’re not eating enough because you’re on a “cleanse”, so your editing seems to take forever… wait, but I digress.

I can’t even explain how much my heart burst when I met this little 4 week old person.  I can’t wait to go back for pictures when she’s 6 months old. I adored every minute seeing you guys. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.  I included a bunch of my wonderful host’s children at the end of the blog post too – so there’s loads of bloggy goodness if you click around below.

xo jess

and happy 2013!

Liz - January 9, 2013 - 12:54 pm

I love all of these so much. Could our mutual friend look more beautiful and radiant? I think not.

That’s one tall, festive little cutie

Met this little four week old cutie pie last weekend, and OK, you had me at Infant Santa suit. Come on now.  Not to mention those long legs and arms and FEET! Love those sweet long feet.  Almost as long as daddy’s finger.  The one of him making his surprised face is cracking me up, too.  And the last one, where Daddy is stroking M’s forehead with this new trick that soothes him to sleep? Perfection.

Sara - December 7, 2012 - 11:46 pm

These are beautiful. I could just cry :)Love you guys!!!

Ben - December 8, 2012 - 2:00 am

Jess, the photos are amazing!!! Thank you so much!!!

Abby - December 8, 2012 - 7:16 am

Photos are great! Maddox is adorable.

Erica - December 8, 2012 - 8:08 am

Wow this kid is cute!! He must have really good looking parents :)

Renee - December 8, 2012 - 10:10 am

These photos are beautiful! Made my morning to get to see them :) His crazy expressions are a true testament to both his parents crazy personalities! LOVE them!

Judgy - December 8, 2012 - 11:12 am

Was just thinking yesterday… would love to see some pictures of the little guy.
Those are great thanks so much!

Laura - December 8, 2012 - 11:45 am

ADORABLE- cannot wait to meet him!

Julie - December 8, 2012 - 3:31 pm

We Love the photos! You captured him so well!!!

Cindy - December 8, 2012 - 6:29 pm

Oh these are wonderful pictures and you all look so happy! Thank you for sharing Maddox in the Santa suit, he is awesome!

Beth - December 8, 2012 - 7:18 pm

Can you please send that little Santa to my house for christmas!!!

Ma - December 9, 2012 - 5:46 pm

My cute little great grandson, reminds me of my “big grandson” when he was the little one. Can’t wait to hold him again.

Amy - December 9, 2012 - 7:03 pm

What beautiful pictures!

Susie - December 10, 2012 - 9:07 am

Maddox is a such a cutie pie! Thanks for sharing all the love with us!

Lauren - December 10, 2012 - 9:29 am

He is beautiful! What great pictures!! I am so happy you are all doing so well :-)

Meghan - December 10, 2012 - 11:17 am

These pictures are great – and so festive :) He’s grown up so much already!!

Marissa - December 10, 2012 - 1:42 pm

I cannot believe you were able to get showered and dressed for a photoshoot!!!! You’re amazing..and your family is beautiful! Merry Christmas Maddox! :)

Edie N. - December 10, 2012 - 8:49 pm

Beautiful photos Julie! We’re so happy for you and Ben and are looking forward to meeting Maddox.

Holly - December 14, 2012 - 2:30 pm

Just so ya know, that’s my nephew!! Love the pictures!! Can’t wait to meet him and hold him!!!

Arlene - December 14, 2012 - 9:16 pm

Such a happy family! Can’t wait to meet him.

Dimples and a fantastic smile

This little 3 month old cutie blew me away on Sunday – she was just full of grins and her dimples were perfection. Even when she rubbed her eyes with the universal sign for, “Um, I’m tired, guys” – she still held it together and even gave out a few more smiles.

Wonderful to meet you guys!

Tamara - October 1, 2012 - 2:20 pm

Those cheeks! Just adorable, such a beautiful family xoxo

Sarah - October 1, 2012 - 2:25 pm


Brooke - October 1, 2012 - 2:29 pm

OMG!! Such a cutie pie…Great pic!

Alyssa - October 1, 2012 - 2:32 pm

Daddy’s little girl! Too cute!

Jorie - October 1, 2012 - 2:39 pm

Amazing photos! She is just the cutest!

Sarah - October 1, 2012 - 2:49 pm

What a great looking family! Wonderful pictures.

Mac - October 1, 2012 - 2:50 pm

She is the CUTEST!

Victoria - October 1, 2012 - 3:29 pm

Those dimples kill me! Such a happy baby :)

Laura - October 1, 2012 - 4:07 pm

Talk about a photogenic family! I love them!!

Kelly - October 1, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Love the feet pics!!! Makes me want a baby!!!!

Christine - October 1, 2012 - 6:35 pm

What a family!

Catherine Fairbanks - October 1, 2012 - 9:40 pm

My favorite is Summer rubbing her eye… Sleepy beautiful baby…

Keri - October 2, 2012 - 6:49 am

Great pictures!!!! Adorable!

Sandy - October 2, 2012 - 9:33 am

She clearly is ALL about that camera!! Absolutely adorable.

Emily - October 3, 2012 - 2:52 pm

She is SOOO cute!!! I can’t wait to see her again!!

Four months and having a blast

OK, hands down favorite from this session is this one of sweet little 4 month old M, as she makes her parents giggle almost as much as she’s giggling.  Also love the one where her mom’s head is turned, and we see the back of sweet M’s head and little soft arm… The daddy kissing her when she was feeling a bit down is also a fave.  The one where she’s crying is so tremendously sad, but it’s so strongly emotional – that one gets me too.  It was such fun getting to know you guys!

Chris Kuhni - August 8, 2012 - 7:28 pm

Priceless! I couldn’t begin to pick a favorite. Beautiful baby, beautiful family.

April Thibodeau - August 8, 2012 - 8:14 pm

Beautiful pictures! I love the toes picture & the one of Anya holding her with the cute little naked back. (It gave me a bit of baby fever).

My - August 8, 2012 - 9:41 pm

Amazing shots! These pictures capture such a loving family. Love you guys!!

Anya - August 9, 2012 - 12:02 am

We LOVE these photos, Jess! Thanks for such an amazing collection of pics!

Jen Lerman - August 9, 2012 - 7:50 am

Adorable! Love the one with the huge smile!

Meka - August 9, 2012 - 8:46 am

You are a wonderful family! She is a beautiful baby!

Clyde Belanger - August 14, 2012 - 6:03 am

Great job capturing the fun Anya, Clint & Mila are having.

Brianna - August 14, 2012 - 9:30 am

Absolutely love these photos! I cannot believe how big Mila is getting already!

Kaela - August 14, 2012 - 9:34 am

Ah! What a cute little nugget! Lovely photographs!

Virginia - August 14, 2012 - 9:56 am

Great pictures.

Jean Quinby - August 14, 2012 - 10:27 am

Adorable photos of Mila. Love the first family shot!

Ed - August 14, 2012 - 5:11 pm

Absolutely splendid pictures.

Katie O - August 14, 2012 - 6:10 pm

Wonderful pictures of a wonderful family! Jess is THE best!

Nicole - August 21, 2012 - 5:07 pm

So cute!! Great pictures :)

Kristen - August 23, 2012 - 11:38 am

These are great! She’s so cute …cant wait to meet her!

4 weeks of delicious cuteness

Ooh, I was so lucky to get to spend some time with this little guy on Monday.  He’s just four weeks old, and he’d just had a long drive back from the Cape, but he was an absolute trooper!  He just had the best expressions.  Can’t decide which of these is my favorite.  I love the way he’s looking at his dad when he’s gripping his finger with his whole hand – just such a smile in his eyes.  Also loving the mama and grandma shots we got – again, it’s that look in his eye, so adoring. And of course I had to get a dachshund licking pic – although this time the lick is for mom :)

Wonderful to meet you guys!

Two years apart, and she really IS good with him

People will often tell me how great their two year olds are with their new siblings, and it’s often true – there’s this wonderful fascination a two year old has with the baby who’s joined the family.  Their fascinated moments are often brief, though, and transition into more dangerous ones (squashing, poking… just general baby endangerment – all parents are familiar with it).  So it’s up to me to capture those brief moments of fascination.  This photoshoot was really fun for me because big 2 year old sister S (whom I met almost exactly two years ago for her newborn pictures) really loved investigating her new brother A.  She was curious and loving throughout the session…

But we did get to spend time with just S at the beginning:

And then A joined us:

Grinning right away with Daddy:

And gazing adoringly at S:

And a lovely, gentle look at his mama.  What a handsome boy!

We even got three generations of ladies:

With the blanket in her mouth – her most comforting lovey (which was purchased two years ago for her first photoshoot – I love stuff like that):

And one last squeeze of the hand before I let you go.  What a treat!


Marjorie - March 1, 2012 - 9:11 pm

This as as heartwarming as it gets. What fabulous pictures! Thanks so much for sharing. Your children are simply beautiful.

5 weeks old and getting a kick out of his parents

The best part of this sweet little 5 week old guy is how engaged his eyes are in every picture, just adoring everything his parents do with him:

Even when he was VERY hungry…

And then he got a leeeetle sleepy…

But not before showing us a perfect pout:


Welcome little guy – so great to meet you all!

5 days old, with her big brother

Sweet G was born just five days ago, and her big 17 month old brother D is already getting a kick out of his new role as big brother.  (Except that apparently he refers to her as his new dog…)

And I had to show you a few color ones, since it’s that festive red holiday time of year :)  And I can’t forget to welcome these guys into my elite club of families with two under two!

Ho ho ho!

Stephanie - December 20, 2011 - 8:51 pm

Love love love!!!

Danielle - December 26, 2011 - 9:51 pm

What beautiful pictures! D & G are so cute and sweet!