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New Coffeetable Albums

This is exciting, you guys. I’m swapping out my vendor for my photobooks and I think you’re going to really dig these new books. Here’s the photobooks page on the (new! improved!) BBP website with all the information/pricing.

Of course I can always make you one of the old style of books to match the books you’ve been making with me for years, but new stuff is fun so I want you to check these out.

Look how elegant. Linen covered. Imprinted with your title.

Wait, what’s the Annual Plan? (Two shoots within a nine month period, one at home and one as a minishoot on location somewhere. My Annual Plan #2 and #4 come with one of these books included.)

The layouts for the new books are awesome, and they lay flat so I can make photos spread across two pages (yes, this is COOOOOOOOL).

More info about the Annual Plan is here, and all the coffeetable book details are here.

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.

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Always fun.

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Kim - April 19, 2016 - 9:21 am

These pics are fantastic! Thanks Jess!

Spring Public Garden Minishoot #5

This gorgeous older brother here was one of my first photoshoots from the fall of 2003 – he was six months old when I met him and I’d only been doing photography professionally for about half of a year at that point. He was divine and adorable back then, and still is. His beautiful sister blows me away as well. I love these guys so much for support over the years! So many photoshoots and so much fun watching them grow.

Teenager?? Ga!!?!

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Public Garden Fall Minishoot #5

These fall minishoots are flying by! I’ve shot 13 families so far in the Public Garden, and there’s about that many more left to shoot – so much family fun to document :)

Wonderful to see these guys again, especially because I hadn’t yet meet their newest addition. Fabulous, fun sisters!

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Kayla Skillin - October 20, 2015 - 1:56 pm

great photos!

Carolynn mackay - October 20, 2015 - 2:38 pm

Beautiful!

Robyn Mabel - October 20, 2015 - 5:43 pm

Your pictures are great, Jessica. I love the way everyone always looks so natural and not like they are posing.

Jennifer Reardon - October 20, 2015 - 9:08 pm

Gorgeous, I love your style! You captured so many fun moments.

Tricia McKenna - October 21, 2015 - 4:42 pm

so many fantastic shots!

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:

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

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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!!

Public Garden Spring Minishoot #1

Woo-hoo! We did it, guys, we made it through Boston’s ridiculousness yet again. Well done, peeps. And as a prize for all of us, we got yesterday and Saturday’s weather. Yay!

Saturday was divine in the Public Garden for my first of two minishoot days this spring. (More info about joining me for the May 9th one is at this link.) These guys started me off with a bang for the 9am session. I loved seeing them so much. Had to show you the color shots in the blog today because I need some color in my day, and the sun was just so delicious and bright for us. Not to mention I’m just so excited that we’re back to doing outdoor photos with something other than white in the background.

I’ve been photographing these two since they were mere babes. Taller every year, I tell ya!

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Fall Public Garden Minishoot #22

A bit of a throwback post here, but we may as well. It’s so cold and snowy out there today it’s nice to think about those warmer fall days. I’ve been photographing these three girls since they were each teenie tiny newborn girlies, and I just adore seeing how they’re growing.

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Really fun to see you guys as always!

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Fall Public Garden Minishoot #18

Look at these twinkling eyes! I loved meeting this guy for the first time at my late October Public Garden Minishoot – he and his mama had such fun playing together in the trees and the leaves there. I love it when we’re able to document a soon-t0-be older sibling – it’s a time of life when there’s so much change about to happen… I love being able to spend some time focusing on #1 for a bit. (But maybe that’s just me, speaking as a first child – hehe…)

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Sabari - November 21, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Gorgeous googs and mom!

Acey - November 21, 2014 - 6:17 pm

These are wonderful. Shining eyes and
baby belly! XOXO

Ina Patel - November 21, 2014 - 9:40 pm

Beautiful pictures!!! Love my googs and his mom!

Sujata - November 23, 2014 - 12:07 pm

What a handsome boy!

Minnie - November 23, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Lovely pictures. Beautiful mother & son

Ally - November 26, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Love this little guy..what a natural !

Andrea - November 26, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Precious! I love the one with Sameer in the air!

Kat - November 26, 2014 - 2:49 pm

I absolutely adore these pictures, the first one is just amazing!

Christine - November 26, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Love these!

Erminia - November 26, 2014 - 3:09 pm

Absolutely stunning. So much love in these pictures!

Zelalem - November 26, 2014 - 5:59 pm

Beautiful pics!!! Thanks for sharing.

Kelly - November 26, 2014 - 6:57 pm

Beautiful pics of mama and her little guy!

Sarah - November 29, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Fantastic pictures!

Kerrie - November 30, 2014 - 9:53 pm

Amazing photos….moments to treasure for a lifetime!!

sarah - December 1, 2014 - 7:48 am

#4 makes my heart melt!

Sandra - December 1, 2014 - 8:40 am

What a gorgeous series of mother and son photos! Captures the sparkle in their eyes and the warmth of their hearts

Karen - December 1, 2014 - 9:04 am

So precious! Enjoy this time together.

Cristin - December 1, 2014 - 10:01 am

Looove these!

Nikki - December 1, 2014 - 10:06 am

What beautiful shots that capture the pure love and simple joy between momma and son. Adorable!

Nancy - December 1, 2014 - 10:15 am

These photos are exquisite. The joy and love expressed by them is almost palpable…like you could reach in a touch it.

Margaret - December 1, 2014 - 1:45 pm

These photos are beautiful! Sameer’s a cutie!

Fall Public Garden Minishoot #23

This fall I shot 26 families over the course of two days in the Boston Public Garden, and I’m realizing this is one of the first few that I’ve blogged for you guys. Sorry the blog is a little sparse these days, I’m only blogging and Facebook-album-ing on request, which means there are fewer posts going up.

But here are two amazing older kiddos. I took photos of them when they were babies, and now they done gone and growed up on me :) I loved getting a chance to see them again, it always makes me happy to pop back into children’s lives for a glimpse now and again.

And the colors in the Public Garden during my minishoot days this fall were AMAZING, so I had to blog this in color for you.

See what I mean?

A few of these just cracked me up. The brother creeping up…

Post head-bonk – OW!

Wonderful to see you guys again, thanks so much for meeting up with me!

 

Rachel - November 7, 2014 - 3:05 pm

These are beautiful, Jess! You really captured who they are. <3

Fall Public Garden Minishoot #19

This fall I had two Public Garden Minishoot days – one at the end of September, and one at the end of October. During those two shoot days I met about twenty families for quickie 20 minute photoshoots, and lucked out with incredible weather days both days. To streamline my process this fall, I decided to only blog people who specifically asked me to – so that’s why I’m skipping right to minishoot #19 here :)

More info about Minishoot days (and getting on the “contact me first” list for the spring minishoots) is here.

I loved seeing these three handsome boys again this fall – and had to show you these in color, because the Public Garden’s color is always gorgeous…

Tim - November 25, 2013 - 9:24 pm

Love the shot of the 3 on the bench!

Amy Diemer - November 25, 2013 - 9:40 pm

Great shots! You have really captured the spirit of these boys and their parents. They look like a bundle of energy and joy! Your pictures say a thousand words!

Patricia Conway - November 25, 2013 - 10:26 pm

Gorgeous boys. Especially happy parents

Patricia Conway - November 25, 2013 - 10:29 pm

JOY

Ann Coughlin - November 26, 2013 - 12:15 am

Such a beautiful family! Their love for one another is so evident is these wonderful photos.

Sally - November 26, 2013 - 7:01 am

Oh what fun it is to be us!!!

Ellen - November 26, 2013 - 7:16 am

Love! I can almost hear them giggling as I look at these. Fabulous shots, fabulous family.

Patty Fee - November 26, 2013 - 7:29 am

Another day in Murphy Land! Smiles, giggles, mischief brother-love. I love the pic of Mom and Dad – two seconds of their own:)

Betsy Ziegler - November 26, 2013 - 8:02 am

Beautiful family! Love all these pictures!

debra otway - November 26, 2013 - 8:19 am

these boys are precious…love the bench with all three amigos!!!

Peter - November 26, 2013 - 9:20 am

Great photos handsome kids…just like their grandfather. Da

Allyson - November 26, 2013 - 2:18 pm

Unbelievable pictures! I love the family shot.

diane long - November 26, 2013 - 8:48 pm

Though I enjoyed the photo posted, I think the picture in the leaves with the middle child eating the leaves is so honest and free in the fall season. Each photo was great and I love FAMILY photos, but sometimes it’s just nice to see innocence

kevin long - November 26, 2013 - 8:58 pm

I’m the Godfather to the youngest, so I think that the single pictures of each boy, represents such a unique photo of the ‘man’ within. With that said, seeing the family photo, makes me realize that the spontaneity of happiness is quite evident in the group picture. Innocence is captured; love is captured. Great shoot!

Betty - December 4, 2013 - 6:03 pm

Darling!

Deb - December 4, 2013 - 6:05 pm

Jess – you did it again. 3rd year running and you continue to capture the personalities of the little guys. Thank you for your patience and silliness. You do an amazing job.

Fall Public Garden Minishoot #15

These guys ran and zipped and played around the Public Garden for their 20 minute minishoot in October. Just getting a chance to blog it now!

 

 

Michelle Wall - January 15, 2014 - 5:45 pm

Thx again Jess! Impressed by how many good pics in such a short time!!

Tricia - January 16, 2014 - 12:20 pm

These are so great!

Fall Public Garden Minishoot #2

I’m doing two minishoot days in the Public Garden this fall, and these guys were the second family of about twenty that I’m meeting there for fun running around. The first day (back in late September) I had a sold-out day of 11 families, and there’s another one in late October where we’ll have a load more. All the details about minishoot days can be found at this link on my site.

(Oh, and to streamline my process this fall, I’ve decided not to do blog posts for all of my shoots – I’m just going to do the shoots that people specifically request that I blog.)

So lucky me, these guys asked me to blog their session! I’ve know big boy D since he was a tiny newborn baby, and same with his gorgeous sis G. Now they’re both big runaround kids :) The public garden was fantastic for them and their energy.

What’s the difference between a minishoot and a full shoot?

People ask me this question ALL the time – and these guys are a great example of the difference. I met these three that really hot first weekend in June at the Boston Public Garden for a full photoshoot. Their parents were there, in the background, but they asked that we do pictures of just the kids. So this is a great example of a full, kids-only photoshoot in the same location where I normally do minis (see lots of examples of minishoots in the Public Garden at this link), so you can really get a sense of the differences.

For me, minishoots are 20 minutes, and full shoots are between 45 minutes and an hour. So obviously the difference is primarily time. But what does time equate to, in terms of my photography? There are a few ways to answer the question, but really it comes down to variety, spontaneity and flexibility. When we have the full 45-60 minutes to work with, we can do things like…

Get that good old fashioned great shot of all three looking in the same direction and smiling (of course)…



But we can also take our shoes off and show off our dirty toes…


We can explore parts of the Boston Public Garden that we can’t get to when we just have 20 minutes in a minishoot…


We can strangle sisters on the Make Way for Ducklings statues (with minis we’re usually rushing away from these statues – with a full shoot we have more time to play and be silly)…


And get overheated, so mom has to dump her water bottle on our heads…


And get annoyed when mom dumps water on big brother’s head instead…


Take the time to play, and just generally do all the fun, different stuff that the kids want to do…
And just be all wet and crazy – who cares?

We can even wander around holding sticks:

So I guess what it comes down to is, by necessity my minishoots are spent working to get those standard shots parents like to have – the kids together, the kids alone, the kids with each parent… but with a full shoot we have time to be creative and just play.  Not to knock minishoots – they’re perfect for what they are – but they’re less expensive than my full shoots for a reason.

Does that help explain the difference?