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Turner’s Pond Maternity Minishoot

This past spring I started offering at home maternity minishoots – those ones come with a framed print for $250. But sometimes it’s even better to meet somewhere for maternity photos – and if you want to do it at the beautiful Turner’s Pond in Milton, we can do it as one of my Turner’s Pond Minishoots for $175.

I adored getting to know these two wonderful people at Turner’s Pond a few weeks ago. It was such fun thinking about this new little guy arriving in their lives soon!

So wonderful to meet you guys! I’m so excited for this next phase of your lives :)

Palak - August 9, 2017 - 5:44 pm


Max - August 9, 2017 - 5:45 pm

Beautiful pics!!

Namrata - August 9, 2017 - 5:48 pm

Lovely pics😊

Snehi Zinjuwadia - August 9, 2017 - 5:49 pm

This is so so amazing…the most precious moment of life photographed so beautifully..!!one of the best memories of your life….!!🤗🤗

Ritu - August 9, 2017 - 5:52 pm

Like mother like son(pic#4).. love the color coordination. Lovely pics.. Congratulations!!! Enjoy this new phase of your life !!!

Amisha - August 9, 2017 - 5:55 pm

Superbb pic… Best memory of your life 👌👌

Dhwani Hetarth Patel - August 9, 2017 - 5:58 pm

One of the most amazing phase of the life captured beautifully ..loved the pics . Congratulations !!

Ajay - August 9, 2017 - 6:07 pm

Nice pics !!!

Anne - August 9, 2017 - 6:12 pm

Aww Nice Pictures! Congratulations!

Diya - August 9, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Lovely pics… memory forever🤰🏻👪

Deven - August 9, 2017 - 8:09 pm

Nice pics….:)

Damini - August 9, 2017 - 9:22 pm

Nice pics 😊

Manhar - August 9, 2017 - 9:23 pm

Superb pic👌🏻…

Apurva Bhan - August 9, 2017 - 10:27 pm

Beautiful and heart warming!!!❤

Himadri - August 10, 2017 - 7:18 am

Beautiful pic… Nice click..

Wilmington, MA Maternity Photographer: A maternity minishoot at home? Sounds fun!

I’ve had a handful of calls recently about maternity photoshoots (yay for summer babies!) and in more than one of the conversations with the mamas-to-be, we got talking about how maternity photos are just so gorgeous, but when you’re hoping to do photos after your baby is born as well, sometimes it’s hard to justify the expense of doing maternity photos. So then I started thinking – what if I offered a maternity minishoot at home? We could just do a quick little 20 minutes… get loads of pictures…

Lo and behold… my at home maternity minishoot was born

Look how well we did!

20 minutes of beautiful moments – remembering this time in their lives. Don’t you think it was SO worth it? And they get a free framed 8×10 print as part of the package.
Which photo should they choose?

(Oh, if you’re curious, I have lots more information about my new at home 20 minute maternity minishoots on this new page of my website.)

In the 20 minutes we got to be indoors and outdoors, two outfits (it was easy to change because she was at home)… just a really sweet way to remember this time before they became a family of three.

Thank you guys so much for letting me pop over and document you guys at our little maternity minishoot. I’m really excited to meet this sweet new babe in July.

Mama and her big girl

Just a couple of years ago I was taking photos of this big two year old girl for her Baby’s First Year series… so imagine how excited I was to hear that she’s going to be a big sister. Her mama told me that she loves to snuggle, so we knew we had to document that before her little sibling arrives…

And document we did!

This photo just melts me. Absolutely melts me.











See you in a few short weeks when baby makes four!

Mary Rooney-belmonte - March 8, 2016 - 7:16 pm

Love these photo’s! They are the Best!!!

Louise Belmonte - March 9, 2016 - 9:30 am

Beautiful! Thank you.

How many babies are in there?

How many babies, Jo? How many?

I love her left hand here – seems like she’s expressing some additional thoughts about the upcoming changes in her life (even if only subconsciously?). It’s gonna be pretty fabulous, kiddo.


Big sister took a minute to tell the babies a little secret here:


And look out, kid, or someone might tickle you…


And we know you know how to tickle right back:












Love this crew of five more than I can explain.


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…


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



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:








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

A colorful summer boy

I know, I know, I always blog my b&w pictures – but I always show everybody all their photos in both color and b&w… and sometimes a photoshoot just blows my mind with its color. Usually it happens with older children, when we’ve been outdoors and running… and this 4 year old dude is no exception. I’ve been taking his pictures since he was mere weeks old – can’t believe he’s FOUR!

I love going where families love to go – these guys live in Scituate by the water, so we were able to start at home, play in the sprinkler and around the yard, and then head over to the beach for some quick lighthouse / beach fun pictures. I don’t consider myself a typical beach photographer – we get different kinds of playing pictures at the beach, not so posey… but the blue sky that day (a week or so ago) just made me so happy. I think it did the same for 4 yr old K and his hermit crab friends. Can’t wait to meet your new little one in a few short months!

Two friends, two bellies

Bang for your buck – that’s what I call this. You visited the blog, thought you might get to see pictures of a gorgeous, round, happy belly, and lo and behold, you get two.  How lucky are you?

My sister (belly on the right) and brother-in-law are expecting my niece to arrive momentarily (pinch me, I know, right?) and I’m finally getting the time to blog all these belly pictures. Quick before babies arrive! The fun part of this is that one of her bestest friends in the whole wide world is ALSO expecting a baby girl, just a few weeks later.

Since these two girls will inevitably be best friends and in each other’s weddings in a few decades, I was excited be the first to officially photograph them together.  We also invited daddies and siblings (be they human or canine, it’s all good), and got piles of pictures of bellies, in all sorts of situations. My favorite, you ask? I think I might like big brother H holding up the bellies in the last shot. But there are loads of fun ones in here. Enjoy :)

We’re talking a lot about bellies around here…

You know what’s fun? Showing up at a family’s home after I’ve done maternity pictures for them, and getting to meet the little person who’d been inside that belly.  Even cooler? When I get to do it again a second time.  I got to visit with 20 month old E this past weekend because his baby sister is arriving soon, and I’d taken pictures of his mama’s belly when he was in there, too.  Super cool.

There are so many here that I love – when he lifts his shirt to show us his belly… (we seem to be discussing bellies a lot around here, wanna see mine?), his kiss with his mama, his hand and his feet and his hugs on her belly… the list goes on.  Enjoy :)

Wonderful to see you guys again!

We’re only missing the baby

This was my first pre-adoption photoshoot!  These two fun, wonderful women are going through the adoption process, and one of the requests from the agency was that they create a book about their lives that could be shown to prospective birth mothers.  So I got to come in and document their life pre-baby.  Kind of like a maternity shoot, only nobody in the pictures happens to be carrying their baby :)

Aren’t they adorable?

And their cool pad, ready and waiting for its newest member…

And we can’t forget big brother Charlie:

Loving these expressions – but also included this to make all the families with young kids out there chuckle… Do you think they know their days reading the paper at the same time are numbered? (I think they have an inkling.)

Fruit salad, of course :)

Go get it, Charlie!

You guys are the best.  I loved taking these, and I wait with bated breath for news that your baby has arrived.


Susan Kostinieris - June 1, 2012 - 7:54 am

As the Nana of these 3 great kids I feel I can still be objective about the pics. Fabulous job, you captured the essence of all. They love their new brother and that shines through in all the photos.

maggie hays - June 1, 2012 - 9:28 am

Love these–good job,really,really sweet! Can’t imagine anyone not picking them,although I may be somewhat prejudiced(I sure hope that’s the correct spelling)–

Jeanne Smith Jacobs - June 1, 2012 - 9:42 am

I am excited that Nia and Liza are adopting and feel that you did a good job capturing their spirit. Well done!

Cory M. - June 1, 2012 - 5:39 pm

These are amazing – about as amazing as Nia and Liza! So excited for baby Hays :) Love you guys!

The Muncobs - June 1, 2012 - 6:20 pm

Yay Tias! We are so excited for you guys and these are very “you” :)

Maggie - June 25, 2012 - 5:49 pm

These are great and I couldn’t have thought of a better lady to capture you guys so naturally. This is gonna be one lucky kiddo!

Gorgeous mama-to-be

I got a message from Hong Kong about this pretty mama – one of her very best friends in the world is literally living on the other side of the world these days and needed to see her Jamaica Plain friend’s big round belly, and what better way than to have me take some pictures?

So, without further ado – these are for Jen… isn’t she GORGEOUS??

This one takes my breath away.

These guys have a house full of kitties, and this one wanted to feel the baby kick. Mama kindly obliged.

Good-natured about it, R told me she’d been terribly sick throughout her pregnancy :( — but along with months of nausea came a rockin’ pregnant bod.  I agreed it was important to document the result of all those months of discomfort.

Total goddess, no?

I think they’re kinda excited.

I love the smiles in this one.  Thanks for having me come out, guys!  Can’t wait to meet baby R :)

Another belly, two years later

It’s been just about two years since I saw this little South End cutie for his (maternity and then) newborn pictures.  And now I got to come back and visit for some more belly pictures of his pretty mama and fun daddy, quick before they move out of their place.  Can’t wait to meet #2!

There’s something added into this classic shot… wonder if you can spy it…

Love that tongue :)

Such a pleasure to run around with you guys – thanks for having me visit.  See you in a few weeks! Yay!

Gwendolyn B - August 18, 2011 - 5:25 pm

Great pictures! Love the last one, but the tongue sticking out kinda takes the cake. ;) Beautiful family, Erin. ~g

Christina Leedy - August 18, 2011 - 5:39 pm

Great pictures of a beautiful family!

Jessica - August 18, 2011 - 5:46 pm

Great pictures – such a happy family!

Amanda Kays - August 18, 2011 - 6:07 pm

I love the pictures, they are really creative and Tucker is a doll! Can’t wait to see photos of baby #2. You look great by the way!

tricia - August 18, 2011 - 6:17 pm

so cute!!! love the pics! thanks for sharing! you look great, erin!!! tucker is adorable. particularly love the one of tucker on chris’ shoulders.

Cory - August 18, 2011 - 8:19 pm

Erin you have a beautiful family! And I love the city pics! Reminds me of when I lived up that way!:)e

Mariel Pain - August 18, 2011 - 8:19 pm

Love seeing the snapshots from this special time in your life! Beautiful.

Jillian - August 18, 2011 - 9:12 pm

Love the photos! Best wishes to you guys :)

Lindsey - August 18, 2011 - 9:22 pm

The pictures are adorable!!!

Alice Baetz - August 18, 2011 - 9:59 pm

Great photos!!!

Roxann - August 18, 2011 - 10:20 pm

I love all of the pictures. The one of Tucker running down the street is one of my favorites. He is such a cutie and quite photogenic. Great pictures. Can’t wait to greet baby #2.

Dad - August 18, 2011 - 10:28 pm

Love all the pictures!! My boy Tucker looks like he’s having a great time. You all look so happy!!

Judy - August 19, 2011 - 7:58 am

Adorable pictures! I’ve not seen anything like them before, and such a delightful family. Good luck with baby #2.

Jenny Bergfeld - August 19, 2011 - 9:49 am

The pictures are wonderful. You look amazing Erin and Tucker is such a cutie! We can’t wait to meet the newest addition to the family.

Norma - August 19, 2011 - 11:28 am

GREAT PICTURES!!! Tucker looks so grown up!! Can’t wait to see you all in Tennessee!!

evelyn lanham - August 20, 2011 - 10:48 pm

good loooking family, #2 will make perfect family of 4

Marge Alff - September 14, 2011 - 1:54 pm

These pictures are the best yet. I love the action much more interesting than the standard poses. Thanks for capturing my family in pictures!
Nana A (Marge Alff)

A glowing horticulturalist

Yay, maternity photos again!  It’s been a month or two since I took someone’s belly pictures, and I forgot how much fun it always is.  This lovely sweet mama is not only gorgeous, but (see to the right behind her) she’s successfully keeping an orchid alive – something I’ve never been able to do.  Apparently the trick is three ice cubes once a week? That’s the perfect amount of water.  I have to admit I’m excited to try orchids again with this cool tidbit under my belt.

But back to gorgeous M…

She’s 34 weeks along here – I love the way the light hits her belly on the front right of this picture, just showing exactly how round and smooth it is.

I’m going to let you just look at pictures, I can’t gush too much more about how sweet M is and how fun it was to take her picture.  Enjoy :)


Wonderful to meet you!

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Two ladies waiting

These two little girls are waiting, waiting, waiting soooo patiently for their little sister or brother to arrive.  And I’m going to try a blog post with a lot fewer words.  Let’s see how this goes.  I feel like the pictures tell enough of a story…

Wait, but just one more thing. Isn’t this a neat family shot, and do you believe Ali (mom) is due in 3 weeks, but still lifting 3 year old L high in the sky? Putting the rest of us to shame, girlie!

Pat Rana - June 30, 2010 - 2:18 pm

The pictures are so beautiful. What great photography with so much creativity. My favorites are the 1st two and 7,8 and 9. Ali, I think you are having a boy. You look fabulous and the girls are so beautiful. Nick you are just a big kid and fabulous too!


Janet Corrado - June 30, 2010 - 2:29 pm

What wonderful pictures. You have a beautiful family!

Jan Norsigian - June 30, 2010 - 2:36 pm

What a beautiful family. The pictures tell the story! Ali, I think you’re having a boy also. Such natural pictures without the look of a pose!

Bonnalee - June 30, 2010 - 2:36 pm

I enjoyed looking through the photos sooo much. I especially love the family photos- they were incredible! The girls holding Mommy’s belly & aren’t all Daddy’s tickle monsters!? The girls have grown so much. They looked like they had a blast during the photo shoot!
The girls aren’t the only ones waiting to see if they have a little sister or a little brother! Can’t wait to find out!

Karen Hastings - June 30, 2010 - 3:44 pm

Beautiful family! Picture 8 is my favorite. It’s so nice having a sister. You can tell how much they’ll enjoy each other as they grow. I’m going to throw my 2 cents worth in as well. I’ve thought all along you’re having a boy, and my instincts were right when I had Zach.

Colleen Tebo - June 30, 2010 - 5:29 pm

What beautiful photos!I love the picture of the girls sitting on the stonewall. It looks like they are telling each other a secrect.

Gigi - June 30, 2010 - 8:52 pm

Great job, Jess!

Sue Anderson - July 1, 2010 - 9:17 am

Such a beautiful and joyful family! I couldn’t help but smile and imagine the giggles. Can’t wait to see number 3 – boy or girl will just add to the sweet mixture. The photos are wonderful – so natural. I couldn’t pick a favorite – loved them all!

Denise Nephew - July 1, 2010 - 10:12 am

The pictures are amazing. Your photographer really captured it. Katie & Lila are so adorable, I love their smiles. Nick & Ali, you have a beautiful family. We are so happy for you. Ali looks fabulous. Good luck.

PS. We noticed Bilbo in the picture. He is adorable too!

Thank you for sharing.

Kathy Foster - July 1, 2010 - 4:04 pm

The pure joy on everyone’s faces is incredible. Wonderful photography to capture that and what wonderful memories are being created. How fortunate to be growing again.

Barbara - July 2, 2010 - 4:08 pm

These are totally awesome picures! Your photographer is wonderful!

Mary Senseney - July 5, 2010 - 9:25 pm

These photos are beautiful! It will be so hard to narrow down your choices because they are all great.

Faith Cameron - July 6, 2010 - 9:00 am

The pictures are gorgeous! I don’t know how you can ever chose a few – the one with Lila and the fountain is so adorable and the one of the girls with Nick is awesome. I love them all!!


NICK BALSTER - July 11, 2010 - 9:36 am

Jess does an incredible job with our two girls. These are some more greats pics. Psyched to get back with her once #3 has arrived.

SAM FULTON - July 11, 2010 - 9:38 am

These pictures are great. I’d like to see more boys.

GEORGE FULTON - July 11, 2010 - 9:39 am

I love Nick’s haircut. It is so ghetto fabulous.

Ann Burnes - July 15, 2010 - 9:53 am

These are great, Ali. I think you will be so glad to have some pictures of your last pregnancy!

Mary Balster - July 19, 2010 - 1:59 pm

Sorry it took me so long to do this, Ali. we have been having major computer problems! Love the pictures of Katie and Lila — can’t wait to hear your news…

Soon-to-be big brother

These guys were my 3rd Public Garden mini-shoot last Sunday, and I didn’t even know mom was pregnant before we met up there… so exciting! She looked incredible, and big boy B was adorable and ready to have a great time running his little 16 month old legs around the Garden.

The weeping willows tickle the nose when you nuzzle up to them, you know.  The things you only figure out when you’re a toddler…

Tickle those toes!

Handsome guy:

Splash splash —

Congratulations again on your impending arrival, guys!

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Jen - May 28, 2010 - 9:11 am

Jess – fantastic as always! Thanks so much!

Bill Burns - May 28, 2010 - 9:18 am

Awesome pictures!

Linda Burns - May 28, 2010 - 9:30 am

These are unbelievable. Great subjects, great work.

Debbie Masse - May 28, 2010 - 9:58 am

Love the close-up of Brady!!! Great pictures!

Auntie Sissy - May 28, 2010 - 1:04 pm

Just makes me want to hug all three of you. What beauties..

Maghan - May 28, 2010 - 7:43 pm

These are gorgeous– what a great idea to go back to the public gardens where it all began! LOVE the one of Brady on Chip’s shoulders- a nice family picture!

Stephanie Hand - June 1, 2010 - 9:02 am

What incredibly beautiful pictures! The photographer has completely captured family joy and happiness (as well as attractiveness!)

Chip Luz - June 1, 2010 - 12:47 pm

Jess, your pictures are amazing, as always.

kerry - June 2, 2010 - 8:25 am

love the pictures!!!

Mike Burns - June 2, 2010 - 6:58 pm

Awesome pics

Kathy Luz - June 5, 2010 - 10:37 pm

The pictures are amazing! What a beautiful family!

3 years later, a beautiful belly again

Three years ago, I took pictures of this little guy in his pretty mama’s belly, and it was so much fun for me to get to see them again, but this time to celebrate his little brother or sister’s impending arrival.  Love this tender moment:

A PERFECT circle.  No joke.  No Photoshop trickery here.

Asking baby questions:


A cuddle for mama:

Handsome, handsome boy.

Pretty mama by the window:

All hands on deck!

Love the wedding photo in the background.  Looks like this should be titled “The Story of a Family”

Sweet baby smooches:

And lastly, palming the basketball belly.  Wonderful to share this time with you guys again, thanks so much for calling!

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Cindy - May 15, 2010 - 1:52 am

The pictures are gorgeous!!!! My sister is the most beautiful mommy ever :)
great images!

Cindy - May 15, 2010 - 1:54 am

These family pics are really adorable

Vince - May 15, 2010 - 6:00 am

Love you very much!! We are so proud of you!)

thanks to the photographer!)

P.S.: my brother is the most beautiful daddy ever!)

Veronica - May 15, 2010 - 8:58 am

Guys the pictures are amazing!! Thanks for sharing and congratulations again!!
Please let us know when the precious baby arrives.
Vero & Chicho

Stephanie - May 15, 2010 - 9:02 am

These pictures are so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing them with us!! I just love seeing the adorable look on Aleks’s face. He is going to be such a gentle big brother. What a beautiful family. Can’t wait to meet this little one!

Billy - May 15, 2010 - 5:23 pm

I love the pictures!! Thank you guys for sharing them with us. Michelle you are an amazing mom and I love you so much. Congrats with the new baby on the way.

Mony - May 15, 2010 - 5:41 pm

Congrats Michelle, Gene and Aleks, the pictures are great!

Can’t wait to see the baby soon.

MARIA - May 15, 2010 - 7:48 pm

Congratulation Mishi, Gene and Aleks. The pictures are amazing.
Love Mami.

Caroline - May 15, 2010 - 9:52 pm

GREAT pictures! Thank you so much for sharing them with us! We are so excited to meet the newest addition to your beautiful family!

Vane - May 16, 2010 - 12:38 am

I loved the pictures!! you all look great!! and I cant wait to meet to the new baby!!
miss you and love you a lot!!

Martha Burbano - May 16, 2010 - 4:51 am

We love all the photos so much!!, and thank you for sharing with us. My dear niece, your belly is the perfect circle!!!, amazing. Please give Gino and Alexs our love.
Hugs & Kisses,
Aunt Martha & Juan Carlos

Levent Canakcili - May 16, 2010 - 6:26 am

Great pictures together…. Congratulations on the new baby!

Sarah - May 16, 2010 - 10:27 am

What a beautiful family! Can’t wait to see the new addition :=)

Roberto - May 16, 2010 - 2:49 pm

These pictures are truly beautiful! Congrats guys! abrazos desde Miami!

Bonnie - May 18, 2010 - 9:08 am

I am so lucky to have such wonderful neighbors! You are all such a loving family! I am looking forward to meeting the baby and holding him/her a whole lot. The photos are great! You should be models in a magazine. Thank you for sharing your love with us in pictures.
See you across the hall.

Bruce - May 22, 2010 - 3:49 am

I love the pictures!! Thank you guys for sharing them with us. Michelle you are an amazing mom and I love you so much. Congrats with the new baby on the way.