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New Baby’s First Year Coffeetable Albums

I swapped out my vendor for the Baby’s First Year coffeetable albums and I think you’re going to LOVE the new books. Of course I can still make the old style books if you prefer, but look how fantastic the new books are.

They’re beautifully linen covered, with an imprinted title:

We can fit up to 60 photos in the book, which means we can really tell the story all of your photoshoots from your Baby’s First Year package. The new books are also a lot more flexible with the designs/layouts, which makes it really fun for me…

And ooh, fun, you can watch the video where I turn the pages of this album:

You can also flip through all the page layouts, just in case you’re curious about what kind of photos I take in my Baby’s First Year photoshoots.

Let me know what you think!

Is it a Cake Smash or a Smash Cake Photoshoot?

Big news! I just added my version of a “Cake Smash” Photoshoot as a $250 minishoot option onto my website.

The BBP answer to the Cake Smash Phenomenon

So I’m sure you’ve heard of it out there in the world. You’ve probably seen the adorable studio photos lots of photographers like to do — white backdrops, messy babies completely surprised and enjoying destroying their first birthday cake — just an insanely fun mess. The classic “cake smash” (or is it “smash cake”?) photoshoot. Well, I’m not into studio stuff, so this is my way of doing it.

I now offer “Get Messy, Take a Bath Minishoots” at your house!

Well, here’s what I’d like to do instead, and you tell me if you think it’ll be fun.

I’m calling my new offering “Get Messy/Take a Bath Minishoots”, and they’re 20 minute minishoots, at your house, for $250. And you get a framed print of your choice after the shoot. Cool, eh? 

CHECK it out. All the details are on the new website here.

I do have a few rules, though.

  1. No fancy clothes. You’re getting messy. Clothes are extraneous. Bare bellies or clothes you don’t mind getting covered in food are best.
  2. No posing. Nobody looking at the camera, k?
  3. The first 10 minutes we’ll be eating something messy (provided by you – whatever you think your little person will enjoy – doesn’t need to be a cake to smash, could be avocado and blueberries, whatever) and getting completely covered in it.
  4. The second 10 minutes will be our getting clean pictures. Usually in the tub, but sometimes in the sink. Also could be with a hose in the backyard, whatever’s fun.

And then, after you’re completely covered and messy (aka 10 minutes after we start)…

And that’s it! I designed these sessions for babies, but really any children who still like to get messy and then cleaned up in a tub or with a hose outside will be great for this.

It’ll be amazing. Seriously. Read all the details here.

And if you think your bathroom’s big enough, call some friends…




Weymouth MA Baby Photographer – This sweet boy turned one!

Another cutie pie at the end of his Baby’s First Year package! I can’t believe this big boy is already one. We had three wonderful photoshoots this year, and I was so honored to be able to come document this handsome little dude on a gorgeous hot June day about a week ago. We got to play in the yard! Water table amazingness! And what’s better than playing with a hose? Pretty much nothing, when you’re one. Happy birthday, sweet boy!















Arlington MA Family Photographer – Big sister, little sister, adoration galore

I loved getting to see these girls three times this year! What a treat to get involved with a Baby’s First Year package with these two adorably fun sisters. I can’t believe the year flew by so quickly.

Look who’s one!













Wonderful to see you guys!

Abby - June 27, 2016 - 2:45 pm

Such great girls-and such beautiful photos!

Eliza - June 27, 2016 - 2:50 pm

Beautiful smiles on a beautiful family!

Betsy Gerlach - June 27, 2016 - 2:50 pm

These girls are both adorable and so are all the pictures!

debbie - June 27, 2016 - 2:57 pm

Great family photos….captured the great smiles and happiness.

Mike Jacobson - June 27, 2016 - 3:19 pm

So cute…great pictures!

Ellie Jacobson - June 27, 2016 - 4:14 pm

There are so many wonderful shots of the girls in your pictures! You capture them as they really are!
Being far away, it is fun to catch these moments in time.

Karen Issokson-Silver - June 27, 2016 - 4:26 pm

Stunning pics. You really captured their energy! Beautiful family!!!

Harold - June 27, 2016 - 4:57 pm

Great photos and a beautiful family. I really like the variety and the naturalness captured in the photos.

Aaron Grossman - June 27, 2016 - 6:32 pm

Great pics! The two of them just get more adorable each day. The kids are nice-looking too!

Beth Jacobson - June 27, 2016 - 9:02 pm

Super cute!

David Magariel - June 27, 2016 - 9:33 pm

Look at that baby smile! Great pictures.

jake jacobson - June 27, 2016 - 9:56 pm

it helps to be able to produce winning, warm pictures like these when you have two adorable little girls to work with..a very skilled photographer

Ruth Grossman - June 27, 2016 - 10:30 pm

Love the photos! They are just precious and truly capture the personalities. And, they

put a really big smile on my face.

Sue LeClaire - June 28, 2016 - 10:35 am

Great pictures!

Milton MA Baby Photographer – My goodness, I love bathtime photos

I am going to tease you with these first few photos because you’re not really going to believe how adorable this little girl is when I show you her face. So I’m starting with her 13 month old arms. Because wrist rolls? Knuckle dimples? People, we got it all here.


Climbing skills?


GA! Told you!!




I just adore this exchange of expressions with Mama:


And now, because you haven’t gotten enough adorableness – it’s tub time.






And some snuggles with Grandma, of course.




Just adored every minute of this shoot, guys. Thanks so much for having me.

Boys will be (fabulous) boys

So I’m not supposed to blog this many pictures. I always feel like I need to apologize when I include this many photos in a blog post because I’m supposed to choose just a handful to show to you, but these guys were just killing me and I had to show you all these.

Guess who just turned one!?! And guess which boys LOVE to play together? I’m going to let the photos do the talking, but COME. ON. NOW. The cuteness will blow your mind.
















LOVED seeing you guys as always. I think you should start doing my new Annual Plan, since your second Baby’s First Year package is now complete (SOB!).


So I hope to catch you in the fall for a Minishoot in the Public Garden!


The twins at their dol


I have too many photos for you again, I’m sorry to say! I got to attend a truly gorgeous dol jahbi a week or so ago for two fantastic little ladies, and I’m having such a hard time editing the photos down into a nice small gallery to show you. So I guess I’ll just show you TONS. A dol jahbi is a Korean first birthday celebration, and this was only the second one I’ve ever photographed! They did it at Shelburne Farm in Stow, so the cake was a gorgeous pile of cider donuts, and the guests got to pick apples in addition to all the party fun.


I’m going to let the photos of the amazing decor and great times speak for themselves from here on out. So much fun to be had!



















All the cousins! It was wonderful to share in your celebration, thank you so much for having me.



Twins in their tutus

You know, the thing is, if you’re 15 months old, and you have a tutu, there’s really no reason not to wear it. These ladies were on the same page about it. And I did what I always do with one year old twins – I took too many pictures and adore all of them way too much. The expressions on these girls’ faces were just fantastic, moment to moment.


Thank you for having me visit three times this year! I love Baby’s First Year packages, because I really get to know these little ones as they grow. It sure doesn’t feel like it’s been a year, that’s for sure. Happy Birthday (a little late) girlies!



One year ago today I had the most amazing experience of my life: I got to be in the room with my baby sister and her fabulous husband while she pushed a person into the world. And what a person. Words are not really my thing – I never feel like I’m telling a story right, like I’m doing it justice. (Pictures, as you might guess, are more my thing.) Suffice it to say the addition of this person into my life, my kids’ lives, our family’s life – it’s been the best thing I could ever imagine. Welcome to ONE, little sweet girl.

She’s off and running.

Oh, but wait, the eyelashes?? Check ’em out. Insanity.

Hunkered down with Arkansan Daddy in the homeland:

Pondering the Pacific.

xoxox and many MOOOOORRRRE!

Look who’s one!

I adored getting to see this guy for his third Baby’s First Year photoshoot last week. Can’t believe he’s one. His mamas have just the best time with him, and boy, does he have walking skeels. Also an undying love of avocados. Words don’t do this amazing little person justice. Gonna have to let the pictures tell the story here.

Oh, and Whose Toes Are Those?

Six years later

Some families like to have me come back a few times in their baby’s first year, and some families I see just once while their baby is small. Some families like to have me come back year after year to document their families as they grow, and some families wait to call me back until they have a new addition. I’m happy whenever I hear from anyone, of course, but it’s super fun for me to go back and see families I’ve seen before – I love to see how children have grown.

So I was excited when these guys called for a photoshoot with their big boy, T (who’s now SIX, and whom I hadn’t seen since he was 2 months old back in September of 2007), and their little boy, A (who’s just turned one). What fun brothers! Thanks so much for having me, guys, I adored seeing you.

Joe Zec - February 28, 2014 - 8:00 am

Such a beautiful family! Would you adopt me? ;-)

Chuck Staples - February 28, 2014 - 7:24 pm

Hey, there’s a familiar looking bunch! Looking good, guys!

Karin Liu - February 28, 2014 - 10:01 pm

What a beautiful family! Love you guys!

Katy - February 28, 2014 - 11:12 pm

Really wonderful pictures! Just adorable!

Elise - March 1, 2014 - 1:17 am

Absolutely adorable! Love these shots!

Rachel - March 1, 2014 - 9:48 am

I love the pictures! They are awesome! Love u!

Choomsang - March 1, 2014 - 10:56 am

I love the pictures, look like you can step out and talk to me

BILL MAILLOUX - March 1, 2014 - 4:42 pm

Very cute pictures. Kids are growing fast!

Cheng - March 3, 2014 - 11:53 pm

Awesome photos! The kids are adorable. :)

Virat - March 9, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Kids are so cute. Want to hug them

Jack - March 9, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Look like future Mozarts!

Adam - March 10, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Beautiful photos and beautiful family!

SK HO - March 13, 2014 - 10:53 pm

What a lovely family. :-)

Keri - March 15, 2014 - 7:50 pm

Soooo cute! Looks like the brothers get along really well – what beautiful kids!

Justin - March 16, 2014 - 11:11 am

Sooooo cute! Awesome family

Max - March 16, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Thien and Aroon are so cute in the pictures.

John G - March 25, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Hi John & Chris
No. 14 of 14 very nice family pix . I like the black n white shot! Handsome boys

Kristin - April 17, 2014 - 10:39 am

You guys look great! Beautiful family!

RI - May 18, 2014 - 10:31 am

hey Christine, the kids are gorgeous! And I love the pics :-) thank you for sharing with me :-)

George - May 18, 2014 - 10:51 am

Can’t believe how big the kids had grown!! Wonderful pictures.

The twins turn one

Ruh-roh. Sorry. I hate it when this happens.

I overshot these two gorgeous girls a few weeks ago, just a couple of days shy of their first birthday. I kid (a little), because I guess no parent thinks there’s any such thing as too many photos of their children, but I do think it makes it really hard on the parents when there are too many photos to consider. I tried, I swear I tried, but I couldn’t cut the gallery down below 93 final images. Crazy! I usually deliver families 50-75 finished (what I’d consider “frame-worthy”) images at the end of a shoot, and that can even be overwhelming, I know.  And then when a family asks me to make them a blog post, I like to pick my favorite ten or so pictures for the blog and Facebook.  But now, here I was looking at these photos and I had the same problem I know parents have – I couldn’t cut my own list of favorites down.

So here goes, my favorite 18 photos from the first year photoshoot with these two incredible little ladies…

P.S. I know exactly what happened, by the way, in case anyone is curious. I was allowed to keep shooting! These guys got fussy towards the end of the shoot and needed a snack, so they got in their high chairs (adorable – so many chances for pictures) and then finished up, after that, with standing by a big beautiful window smooshing Cheerios into their mouths. Of course I had to keep taking pictures – those wrists? Those fat ankles? I mean, come on. You can’t blame me…

Spring Public Garden Minishoot #4

By this point in the day it was 10:30am and the sun was continuing to feel fantastic, the little guys were showing off their skills… and these 20 minute photoshoots were flying.

This guy just turned 1! I can’t believe how quickly the year flew by – and I loved punctuating the birthday week with a photoshoot. Look at those walking skills :)  I think one of my very faves is the daddy rolling onto his back and playing with G down on the ground – it was so spontaneous and sweet.  That and the 2nd walking picture towards the end of the shoot, when G is walking so happily towards mama and daddy’s looking on proudly in the background.

It was such a treat to see you guys with a camera in my hand – thanks for meeting me!