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Boston, MA Baby Photographer – three month old newborn photoshoot

I was thrilled to meet this gorgeous three month old baby boy for his newborn photoshoot last weekend. Sometimes people say to me “I missed my window for newborn photos!” when they call me and their baby is two, three, four… five months old. I always tell them not to worry, that doing photos any time in the first year of their baby’s life will be fantastic. Of course I want to get started early so we can tell the story of your baby’s first year fully (I have a package of a few photoshoots over the course of a baby’s first year that’s really fun to do), but any time you want to do photos is a great time to do it.

I mean, look at this cutie patootie – 3 1/2 months old and absolute perfection. I mean, the rolls on the back of his neck? Those tootsie toes? Just divine.

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Even through rain, snow, sleet or hail, your newborn photoshoot will happen

This may sound weird, but I love making my way to see families after big snowstorms. They’re snuggled in their cozy house with their new baby, and I navigate the ridiculous Boston roads to make my way there – happily leaving my own wild animals at home… and I arrive at their house, to the warmth, the love, cuddles… I just truly love my job. I adored tromping through the wet slush on the way to this newborn photoshoot, knowing I’d arrive somewhere just bursting with love.

Because guys, even his knuckles have dimples! Squeeeeeeal.

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And even better, mama said she’s considering canvases! Mmmm wall consulting, my new jam. Thanks again for having me, I loved meeting you guys and your sweet new boy.

Claudia Ashforth - February 21, 2017 - 5:31 pm

I visited my sister and the baby this past weekend and was absolutely delighted not just with him, but with the amazing pictures you took! You did a fantastic job working with the light indoors to capture all his sweet expressions, ultra-cute chubby rolls, and happy parents. You immortalized all the perfect moments! As a proud auntie I can’t wait to hang up the prints!

Patricia Allen - February 22, 2017 - 10:15 am

So dimply and sweet and just look at those eyes! Jessica, you not only captured his sweetness but also the love emanating from his adoring parents. All of those precious moments are now immortalized by your camera and keen eye. I don’t get to visit my friends as often as I’d like, so your photos are great to see in between since they make me feel like I’m (almost) there! Thank you!

Joyce - February 22, 2017 - 10:24 am

Adorable! It’s wonderful how you captured the joy in their faces, Jess! I’m amazed at the beauty in these black & white photos of L & B & Baby L!

Cassandra - February 28, 2017 - 10:26 am

Love these photos of Leo, Liz, and Bahram! You captured the love in their sweet, growing family, and in Leo’s developing personality. What a great age to do a photo shoot!

Westfield NJ newborn photos with her big sister

On Friday after school my kids and I hopped in the car in Milton, MA and grabbed my husband from work so we could drive down to Westfield, NJ to (finally) take newborn photos of my beloved college roommate’s new baby.

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A busy time of life: but still time for newborn photos

They’re deep in it, guys. You can picture it — they have a 22 month old and a 2 month old. They’re busy! But this also means they’re card-carrying members of that elusive, ephemeral club that I love to document: the two under two club.

We’re talking that time of life when you’re feeding the newborn and you have to call out to the twenty-two month old and suggest she wait to go up the stairs until she has someone with her… it’s a lot.

But I’m so grateful that we took the time to do these newborn photos! Photos are so precious when we’re able to do them at this time of life — so we can remember the way big sister was so loving with her baby sister… the kisses on the top of her head, the gentle pats B gave M… just so much love.

Love just bursting, bubbling, oozing out of them, all the time. Joy, love, gratitude… they have all of it in spades.

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I adored meeting miss M, and loved seeing big sister B. And they even indulged me and let me do a wall consulting meeting while I was there! May as well peek at frames and talk about what to hang where when we’re shooting pictures, right? Why not?

Wall Consulting and the Frames by BBP Collection

Big news! As of January 1, 2017, I launched a new line of my business. This line of business is only available January-June each year (since I always get busier in the 2nd half of the year)…

drumroll please…

Introducing…

Wall Consulting Meetings with Jess !

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and…

the Frames by BBP Collection !

Where to begin?

Well, for years (I mean YEARS, guys – like fourteen of them) my clients have been asking me to help them hang photos on their walls, and I’ve never had the energy to jump into the world of wall consulting, and truth be told, the last step in all wall consulting jobs — the hanging part — kept stumping me. If I was going to go into my clients’ homes and make recommendations about what to hang where… I really felt strongly that I needed to also offer that final piece of the puzzle: I needed to be able to offer hanging services. And see, I make holes in my own walls when I do this myself. Exhibit A, from my personal Instagram feed from Sept 20, 2013 – see? I kid you not. Hanging is not my forte.

So when I connected with Tom Fiske last fall, owner of TBF Design in Milton, and he agreed to be my hanging partner? And see, hanging IS his forte. And well, the rest is history.

Oh, what’s that you say? You like history? Oh, OK, sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a… no, wait, that’s not it. Not going to sing you the Gilligan’s theme song. How about you get comfortable and I’ll tell you all about it.

Last summer and fall, as I dipped my toe into the world of wall consulting, I had some wonderfully patient clients come along for the ride with me. First I worked with the M family in Newton. At first I didn’t think I wanted to sell frames, so I thought I’d charge by the hour and go into clients’ homes and help them lay out the frames I’d source and recommend that they buy off the internet.

So first I came in and took photos of their stairway and a few other spaces. And then I went back to my desk and laid out some options for them online. But the bummer was that this process took a long time. Time at my desk laying out options, time for the M family to get together and look at the layouts I proposed and email me back to say what they liked and didn’t like. Time for me to adjust, make more suggestions… we’re talking months. But it worked out, eventually we made some choices, they ordered some prints and some frames and off they went.

But now I knew I wanted to be more involved. This was FUN, thinking about years and years of my clients’ photos coming to life in spaces in their homes. I knew I needed to get going.

So I started researching. And researching. And digging. And doo-da-doooooo (that’s like a bugle noise – like a little trumpet noise in your head — k?) I started finding frames I liked!

Frames that WORKED and looked fantastic with my photos in them.

Frames that I felt good about offering to you guys!

So thusly (that’s completely not a word, but I really like it here and I’m going to leave it) the Frames by BBP Collection was born. Ta DA!

I’m offering 3 frames:

And they’re not insanely expensive! They’re gorgeous, and each of the frames come with an archival, matted, mounted print in it as part of the price. My framed print price chart (showing print and canvas prices as well, for comparison) is here.

Aaaaaand then I thought… what does a Frame Collection need to go with it? Of course I knew I’d offer one-off framed prints as one of the things I’d sell on my website, but I also knew I’d need to start thinking about selling groups of frames.

Then came… collections!

So, I’ve developed five collections – they’re groupings of frames that look fantastic when hung together in these arrangements and that you can buy if you’re ready to go for it. The pricing for my collections (and all my frames) includes the archival matted, mounted prints. Of course we can always customize, but here’s a look at the collections:

And then… I emailed/texted/Facebooked a few clients. I whispered. “So, if I were to offer wall consulting? Would you ever want me to come talk with you about hanging photos your walls?” And people started saying yes!

So in the past two weeks I’ve had FIVE meetings with clients to talk about their walls and what to hang where. I don’t charge for these meetings, but I only offer them January-June. I bring ALL the photos I’ve ever taken of your family with me on my laptop, I bring my layout software, sample frames… and it is super duper extremely fun.

Let me walk you through it.

So for example, I met last Tuesday (just 9 days ago!) with one fantastic mama from the D family and I took a photo of her playroom wall. She had this nice big blank playroom wall.

She had an idea of what she wanted to do with the wall, but we looked at lots of options on my laptop together.

Eventually this layout was the winner:

Then she chose a frame from the Frames by BBP Collection. She could have done canvases, or even metal prints (yesterday’s meeting resulted in five 20×30” metal prints that are going in the B family’s kitchen/living/dining room space – EEEEK that is exciting and I can’t WAIT to order those)… but mama D chose the gorgeous Pratt frame in Barn Grey – one of my absolute favorites. She’s doing these six photos as 20×24” frames with 16×20″ matted, mounted archival prints.

And then came the fun part – we got to go back through all nine of the photoshoots she’s done since 2011 when she was pregnant with her first babe and look at EVERY SINGLE PICTURE to think about what to put in these frames in the playroom.

We decided to go black and white for all six photos, and we went with three photos of all three kids from different photoshoots through the years, and one headshot of each of her three kids alone from her most recent shoot. (Well, I kind of gave it away above, actually – those are the photos she chose in that final layout I showed you above.)

Isn’t this going to look amazing?

So she placed her order with me and I ordered the prints and the frames right away (this was only nine days ago, remember!) and today was my day to frame everything. I had such fun.

And tomorrow I drive them over to Tom’s frame shop, and on Monday he brings them to her house in Weston and hangs them. I can’t wait wait WAIT for pictures of the final product. I’ll update this post when they send them to me!

So anybody else want a wall consulting meeting?

Monday, February 6th, 4:30pm update

I just heard from Tom and the wonderful mama from this family almost within moments of each other, and LOOK! They both sent me photos of the six 20x24s hung on the wall.

I like this shot because it’s from nice and far away and you can see how great the photos look in the room and get a sense of how big they are on the wall. Looks pretty close to the way they looked when I laid them out using the wall layout software, eh? Just didn’t get the glass reflections in there, otherwise, yowsa, it’s accurate!

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Jamaica Plain MA Kids & Dog Photographer – just add yoga ball

I’ve been taking photos of this fantastic boy since he was tiny – I think maybe these pictures we took when he was sixteen months old were the first time?

He and his pup Dixie are peas in a pod, absolutely.

These photos are from our session last fall and R’s mama has been perhaps the most patient person in the world waiting for the blog post. The crazy holiday season often means I am focused on getting everyone’s galleries posted and not taking the time to blog as much. But I’m trying to get better about blogging more regularly in 2017 – so I’ll post more soon, I promise!

Look at the fun these guys have together. They give me such joy every time.

And really, what’s better than an October day when the sun is shining and you can take the yoga ball outside and have your mom clock you on the head with it? ;) hehe just kidding. Good times were had by all. No tears were shed. Honest.

As always, I love seeing you guys. Thanks for having me back!

Naomi - January 30, 2017 - 4:27 pm

Jess, Love this post — and you! It was absolutely worth the wait. Thanks, Naomi

Claudine Blake - February 12, 2017 - 12:03 pm

Love these photos! Can’t believe how big R is getting!

Sue Aoki - February 12, 2017 - 12:10 pm

I love this annual tradition! Cute as ever and so big!

Tobi Shapazian - February 12, 2017 - 12:27 pm

Such great pictures…just love them!!!

Mary - February 12, 2017 - 1:54 pm

Beautiful people and photos!! Love, love…

Penny Brizzolara - February 12, 2017 - 9:11 pm

I like the ones with Dixie in them!!! So cute!!

Mik - February 12, 2017 - 10:21 pm

Looks like so much fun

Jill - February 12, 2017 - 10:54 pm

We love these pictures every year

Christine Bouzan - February 13, 2017 - 12:00 am

Awesome pics!! ?

James Harder - February 13, 2017 - 9:03 am

Great photos Naomi! :)

Ruth Aoki - March 8, 2017 - 6:19 pm

Fantastic as usual! Jess is very creative!

Boston MA Newborn Session with baby D — it’s a new year!

This sweet girl arrived at the end of 2016, but I got to meet her just last week for her newborn photos. I can’t wait to go back for her six month and one year shots – what a treat. Yay for the Baby’s First Year package :)

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I have to say I think my favorite photo is this last fussy girl/smiling grandparents one. Who better understands that a fuss is just a fuss than grandma and grandpa?

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I adored meeting you guys, what a great way to start 2017!

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

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Boston MA Children’s Photographer – an incredible afternoon at the Cradles to Crayons’ 2016 Un-Gala

What a wonderful afternoon I got to have yesterday! There was giving, there was helping, there were volunteering children… there were smiles and there was so much joy. In past years I’ve loved donating my time on international Help-Portrait Day (more info is here), but I couldn’t find a local event in Boston, so when this opportunity presented itself, I was thrilled to be able to donate my time for such an extraordinary event.

I spent the afternoon as one of the volunteer photographers at the Cradles to Crayons 2016 Un-Gala, where over 400 people came, volunteered their time, and made a difference. (And I think the number might have been as much as twice that, since there was a whole 2nd shift of people who came in the morning!)

I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves. My job was to shadow the incredible founder of Cradles to Crayons, Lynn Margherio, and I was honored to spend the day watching her do her thing with her fantastic assistant Patrick by her side.

I have almost 100 photos from the day, though! If anyone would like to look through them or download them, you’re more than welcome to do so — you can find them on my client galleries page.

Enjoy!

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Thanks for letting me be part of an incredible day. What a great event!

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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:

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And this:

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Which of course led to this:

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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:

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Or a snow queen:

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Or a vampire:

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Or Sophia the First:

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Or Thomas:

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

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Scituate MA Family Photographer – K&C go crazy

So their mom was bummed when I showed up and they’d already set up the bounce house for this guy’s 3rd birthday party. She was worried about it being an eyesore in the photos. Never! We must enjoy! Time to BOUNCE!

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Luckily we still had time to zip down to their local beach and get some shots there. Because obvi.

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BBP at Hyde Park Pediatrics

I love hanging my photos in Boston area pediatricians’ offices. You guys can be my eyes out there – when you go see your pediatrician, peek in the Newborn Waiting Room. Do they have great artwork in there? Do they want me to put together a proposal to improve their newborn waiting room walls? Dudes, that’s what I DO! Find me a pediatrician who wants a new wall display, I’ll give you a free photoshoot. Win, win.

Last winter I began a project to hang artwork on the walls of the Newborn Waiting Room area at Hyde Park Pediatrics, and after many months of planning, photo selection, printing and hanging, the display looks fantastic.

If you’re a patient over there, peek your head into the newborn waiting room and check out all those cute Boston Baby Photos faces!

Here’s the left side of the wall:

And here’s the right side (although the center color photo isn’t mine):

Edit: Here are some straight-on shots, in case you have a hard time seeing the adorableness…

Fab, right?

 

Arlington MA Home Newborn Session – the most perfect cheeks!

This sweet love has the most delicious cheeks ever – I just adore them. As I was working on these last night I started using my new BBP-only Instagram to give sneak peeks, bit by bit. It was really fun. If you’re an instagram person, follow @bostonbabyphotos to see what I’m up to, more real-time than ever before. I’ve also become something of an insane #tbt person, so if you follow, your feed might have some fun throwbacks on Thursdays. :)

We started with this one, which I just love for so many reasons. The back of Miss S’s hair, her adorable little neck roll, and then of course there are her parents’ expressions.

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Then we moved along to this peek – there is nothing in the world like baby fingers:

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And of course you guys know I love a newborn smile. When paired with a mama smile? Even better.

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And then we had to introduce those eyes… and of course her perfect cheeks. Staring adoringly at daddy:

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The expression here just gets me, and the belly roll… delicious.

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And would you believe this little lady is only eight weeks old? Look how she holds her head up!

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And then of course there comes the moment when exhaustion sets in, and you have to rest on daddy’s shoulder:

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Aaaaaand then it was a wrap. Zzzzzzz goodnight love bug!

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Leslie Arslanian - October 7, 2016 - 1:14 pm

Absolutely fabulous pictures

Anna Cervantes-Arslanian - October 7, 2016 - 3:43 pm

Beautiful family!

Amy Lawlor - October 16, 2016 - 8:19 am

Positively precious family.
Baby Sydney is beautiful!!

Anne Strassler - April 4, 2017 - 6:49 pm

My beautiful great niece.

My iPhone is in the wayback

I need to interrupt this regularly scheduled photography blog for a personal note.

So the real truth is I’ve been challenged by trying not to look at my phone while I’m in the car for years. I’ve taken pledges, I’ve downloaded apps to try to force me to not use my phone… and honestly, nothing has worked. The pull of the chance to just get one or two things accomplished at stoplights would win every time.

But then my incredibly disciplined husband (he’s always been better about this than I’ve been) texted me a link to this video a couple of weeks ago. His message said, “I wish everyone who drives would watch this video.”

So I watched it. It’s long, over 3 minutes. But it got me thinking. I would love it if you would take 3 minutes to watch it. Just trust me, it’s not gross or anything, it’ll just make you think.

So I said to him, YES. This video sings my song. The guy in the video parks his car before he calls his wife back. He doesn’t text in the car when the kids are there. But the buzzing draws his eye.

I knew I needed help with the technical side of my problem. The stupid buzzing. I didn’t want my phone to buzz at me in the car, but my big technical problem is that I use my phone as a GPS. I mount it on my dashboard for a huge percentage of the time that I’m in the car – so I see the buzzing. I have a really hard time not looking at it. (The app I downloaded couldn’t lock out iMessages, so it really ended up not being that helpful.)

But guys, I finally figured it out. I have a plan now, and I feel really good about it.

So now, when I’m starting the car, no matter whether I have kids in the car or not, I go through these steps to set my iPhone to “Do Not Disturb”. This means texts don’t get through, no matter what! Hallelujah! And the best part? I can still use my GPS to get to my photoshoots. Phewf.

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And the second part of my new plan is the part I’m liking the best. See, my older daughter is 10, about to be 11. My little one is 7. They see what I do. I am constantly driving them places, and driving their friends around, too. I know in the blink of an eye they’ll be taking the car and I honestly don’t trust that the technology is going to fix the problem of texting and driving before they and their friends get behind the wheel. I know the behavior needs to be modeled now so it’s ingrained.

So now I first set the phone to “Do Not Disturb” (so my Apple Watch won’t buzz on my wrist) but then I hand it back to the kids and I ask them to drop it behind them into the wayback of the car. They pass it from one to the other, and each time we talk about how distracting the phone is. How we don’t need to be distracted. How “annoying” the phone is in the car. How hard it is for me to have it near me up in the front seat of the car. And we talk this way in front of friends when I’m driving carpool. We make fun of mama and how this is the only way she can avoid distraction.

Please please please let this mean that in five short years when I have sixteen year old driver in my house that she will NEVER ever consider having a phone anywhere near the front seat of the car. And “Do Not Disturb” will be her norm every time she turns the keys in the ignition.

Todd Robbins - September 27, 2016 - 12:54 pm

That is my son Finn in that spot. We are so proud that his is part of something so powerful with such an important message.

Family Photos from Boston, MA to Sharon, MA – seven photoshoots in seven years

This is #25 in my series of Family Retrospective Videos – for more information about this project or to sign up to be added to the list of families who wants one, just let me know. I’ve been trying to make one of these a month since I started this project back in 2014. Now my queue of families who have requested one of these stretches into the middle of 2017, but if I’ve been taking photos of your family for a while, just send me a message and request one – it’ll be a nice surprise when it appears in your email someday.

You can watch more retrospectives here:
http://blog.bostonbabyphotos.com/tag/retrospective/

Our first photoshoot was in 2009, when little Georgie was only one. I’ve been back to see the six more times since then!

So without further ado, here’s a 6 minute video of Georgianna, Beatrix and Violet’s family with photos from seven photoshoots spread over seven years:

(Hint: Start playing the video, and then click on the little gear thing that takes you to “Settings” in the bottom right corner of the video. Choose 720p to make the slideshow play in high-definition. You can also choose “Full Screen” down there in that corner of the video too.)

Milton MA Family Photographer – eight photoshoots in eleven years

This is #24 in my series of Family Retrospective Videos – for more information about this project or to sign up to be added to the list of families who wants one, just let me know. I’ve been trying to make one of these a month since I started this project back in 2014. Now my queue of families who have requested one of these stretches into the middle of 2017, but if I’ve been taking photos of your family for a while, just send me a message and request one – it’ll be a nice surprise when it appears in your email someday.

You can watch more retrospectives here:
http://blog.bostonbabyphotos.com/tag/retrospective/

We started back in 2005 when tiny baby Zoe was only two years old. Our next shoot was in 2008, and this time Zoe was joined by a teenie baby Aimee. Since then we’ve had six more photoshoots – lots of them in the Boston Public Garden as minishoots. So many years of fun :)

So without further ado, here’s a 6 minute video of Zoe and Aimee’s family with photos from eight photoshoots spread over eleven years:

(Hint: Start playing the video, and then click on the little gear thing that takes you to “Settings” in the bottom right corner of the video. Choose 720p to make the slideshow play in high-definition. You can also choose “Full Screen” down there in that corner of the video too.)