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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…




8 month old fun

These guys got a gift certificate for a photoshoot from their baby’s fabulous godparents, and I was so excited to come document this little 8 month old guy and his kitty at home last weekend. What a perfect little dude.

Kitty friend.

Nothing beats a little applesauce.

And your favorite and mine… Sophie made an appearance!

Wonderful to meet you guys!

Six months old and just so squeezable

I am so honored to have been able to document this little guy at six months old. His parents got a photoshoot gift certificate from dad’s sister when mama was still pregnant, and they decided to wait and do the shoot at six months. What a fun age!

This little guy just loved his toes:


And his rice cereal :)


And look at those twinkling eyes and that smile!


He just loves his daddy…


And mama kisses are perfect, always.



Even Chase, their first baby, did a little posing.


Just love Chase in the back of this one.


And a headshot for Mr. C in case he ever needs to do any modeling…


Silly daddy…


There’s something so quiet and sweet about this profile one.


Aunt Meg, giver of photoshoots and cuddles :)


And when tiredness (or was it an incoming tooth?) overtook him, a quiet moment with mama helped.


I just adored seeing you guys and meeting J – he’s just amazing! xo


Nicole Ryan - June 5, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Jess, these are amazing!! You are ao talented! We cannot thank you (and Meg) enough! We will cherish these forever! Xoxo

Meg - June 5, 2014 - 7:45 pm

I agree with everything Nicky wrote. These are fantastic, Jess…you captured so much!! xxoo

Jessica Desrosiers - June 5, 2014 - 8:07 pm

Such sweet moments to capture — amazing photos for such a beautiful family….

Tavenner Bonsall - June 5, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Beautiful moments!!

Leslie - June 5, 2014 - 8:11 pm

These photos are beautiful. Love love the family pics. Jake and Chase are beautiful boys!

Arielle Ruggiero - June 5, 2014 - 9:00 pm

These came out awesome even though mama thought Jake was fuss box the entire shoot! Nick I love the one of you soothing Jake!

Maura Corso - June 5, 2014 - 9:27 pm

Jake is so adorable!! Beautiful pictures.

Michelle Kane - June 5, 2014 - 9:30 pm

The most beautiful baby boy on the blog! I love you Jake xoxo

Kristine santo - June 5, 2014 - 9:41 pm

One good looking family! Such a handsome boy jake is and if course chase! Beautiful photos!

Patty - June 5, 2014 - 10:00 pm

Wow, the rice cereal picture is even cuter than the gerber baby! What a cutie!!

Helen Ryan - June 6, 2014 - 9:01 am

Nana’s favorite grandson looks like an angel. You are an artist, Jess!

Erin Maguire - June 6, 2014 - 9:44 am

What a lovely little family! Jake is soo handsome!! <3

Laureen Dunaway - June 6, 2014 - 9:46 am

Beautiful baby boy and beautiful wonderful parents!!!

BRO - June 6, 2014 - 10:18 am

Wow! Thank you so much Jess, these look amazing. I especially love the headshot of Chase with his crooked haircut, haha!

Diane Regan - June 6, 2014 - 10:20 am

Adorable!! Love the pic of Jake looking over the arm of the sofa!!!

Jodi Abbott - June 6, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Fantastic photos!! Jake on the arm of that chair
is so adorable. ♡

Maeve Ryan - June 6, 2014 - 4:56 pm

You absolutely captured his sweet personality! These are so great.

Adventures with a cutie

He was born 6 weeks early, but as his mama put it: in these last nine months he’s been making up for lost time! He loves his yummy soft foods (how perfect are those light eyes caught by the light coming in the window?)  And the one where his parents are blowing in his face to get him to laugh? I love his expression :) I think the one where his mama is kissing his cheek might be my favorite, though.

What a fun photoshoot – thanks so much for inviting me out!

Thrilled with being six months old

Even if the avocados were at the very end of the photoshoot, I have to start with them.


But other than during that moment, this six month old sweet guy had a great time during his photoshoot.


Playing with his toes:



This quiet moment is one of my favorites:

Fantastic fingers:

Glasses grab:

Wonderful seeing you guys again!

Lana - March 6, 2012 - 4:22 pm

Absolutely stunning photographs, once again! I think the first one should be in some sort of magazine! I am looking forward to ordering some and decorating my house with little J!

Jean diapers and ONE!

This handsome guy is turning one this week, so we had to take pictures to commemorate the occasion. I got to see him when he was just super tiny for his newborn pictures, and again when he was six months old – and now look at him!

His mom got those hilarious jean diapers Huggies or someone is making these days, and they made for some great shots :)

Mama and her sweet boy – I love this one:

The water table is his favorite place – his expression can’t be beat:


And they got him a cupcake for the birthday, love these three in a row, telling the story of the experience a bit…

Awesome to see you guys again!

Ellen - July 13, 2011 - 3:52 pm

Cutest baby boy EVER (even if I’m a biased autie)!! Love you my little Dyl Pickle!!

Georgia - July 13, 2011 - 3:59 pm

How did Mr. D get so big!!! Time flies!!! He is absolutely adorable :) Loved the photos!

Kim - July 13, 2011 - 4:44 pm

How cute is he and LOVE the pics! Where did mommy find those denim shorts? :)Happy Birthday little man! Xo

Robyn - July 13, 2011 - 4:52 pm

So cute!! Love his expression at the water table. Can’t believe he’s almost 1!

Shannon - July 13, 2011 - 5:04 pm

I love the denim shorts! Adorable!

Ruth - July 13, 2011 - 5:04 pm

Lovely black and whites — great expressions!

Helen - July 13, 2011 - 5:11 pm

He is so adorable – great photos!!!!!

Trish Davidson - July 13, 2011 - 7:21 pm

What terrific pix! Happy Birthday Dylan! Thanks for sharing.

Kristin - July 13, 2011 - 8:12 pm

These pictures are gorgeous. I love the cupcake pics!

Ed and Linda - July 13, 2011 - 9:44 pm

What a cute and handsome Guy!

Kellie - July 13, 2011 - 9:52 pm

I love the pics!! They are so so cute! I can’t believe he is almost one!

Danielle - July 13, 2011 - 10:57 pm

Dylan is such a cutie! These pictures came out awesome! I especially like the one where he is playing with his cupcake. Happy Birthday, Dylan!

Emily Cittadino - July 14, 2011 - 1:31 pm

These are great! Happy Birthday Dylan! A model in the making for sure!

Stephanie - July 14, 2011 - 8:23 pm

LOVE the pics!!!

Karen - July 15, 2011 - 2:10 pm

What a little cutie ;-)

Courtney - July 19, 2011 - 10:56 am

Love the photos. Flash forward 20 years on the one where he is drinking from the cup…

Cristin - July 19, 2011 - 12:04 pm

Beautiful pictures!! He has such a wonderful smile and his expressions are priceless! Can’t believe he is turning1!! Happy birthday, Dylan!! You are one very handsome little boy!!

Three cousins turn one

A couple of weeks ago, three cousins, all with birthdays a few weeks from each other, turned one.  I’ve said it before, but I find that birthday parties are best photographed in color.  So although I usually love b&w best… here are some color party shots.  The families enjoyed some delicious food:
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And they were lucky enough to kick off their 2nd year of life with some of the most gorgeous cupcakes I’ve ever seen! (And I just found out their mom is a pro – here’s a link to her cupcake company.)
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And then the three birthday cuties enjoyed their cupcakes:
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There was the first lovely 1 year old L:
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With her twin older sister and brother:
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And the second beautiful birthday girl, A:
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And the third handsome birthday boy, J:
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And everybody enjoyed the bounce house. Thanks for having me, guys.  All your photos are almost finished!
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Devouring his books

7 and 1/2 month old C loved reading his “Where the Wild Things Are” book so much that he literally devoured it during his photoshoot:

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Love the belly:

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And on the edge of the tub, enjoying a soft tub toy:

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And of course some mushed food:

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And some of it ended up on his face:

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Handsome boy:

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Some kisses from dad:

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It was great to meet you guys! All your photos will be ready ASAP.

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Ice cream and stinky feet

Had a fun morning Wednesday with these two cuties. And no, their feet weren’t stinky… but boy was the idea of stinky feet hilarious :)

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We had some nice inside time first, enjoying a good book in mom’s lap.

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Their mom was such a help – I loved their dynamic with her… they thought she was hilarious, which was a big help for me :) Love the way the sun is creeping into the photo on the left of this one…

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So I know I’m a real nerd but I’m just sitting here alone giggling at this picture. The perfectly messy faces, the ice cream spoon poking out, and the expression on both of these faces… Just too much. And the fact that big bro is sitting on the step in front of little sis, so it almost looks like they’ve been cut out of two totally separate photos. It just makes me laugh out loud – I love it.

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One handsome boy…

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And one beautiful girl…

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And one last one of J, the big brother. I had a great time talking superheroes and Shrek popsicles with him (who knew they had green caramel within a popsicle? Learn something new every day…), and I just feel like this shot captures his “almost five-ness” perfectly. He is such a good storyteller.

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And last but certainly not least, the most verbal little 17 month old, miss J. She had such great expressions, and communicated so well, I was impressed. Look at those eyes, and her fantastic big waves in her hair.

If you know these guys, shhh, don’t tell about the photos, because it’s a surprise for their dad, ok?

It was a pleasure getting to know you guys today. The rest of the photos will be ready for you within the week!

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Who’s got the best dimples? You do!

I love a good mirror shot – and with a cutie like G in the reflection, we couldn’t go wrong. What a grin! I’ve been taking pictures of G since he was a wee one, too… I’ll post some older shots below.

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And we can’t forget the family’s first baby.

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I came out for G’s first bday this summer, and he enjoyed some pasta with red sauce… you really can’t beat the messy face pictures, I just love them. And do you believe what a little guy he looks like, just six months ago?

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And G came to my March ’06 Jimmy Fund Studio Day for his 9 month old pictures – I’m so glad he did! I love seeing how much he changes each time.

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And then three months before that, when he was just a leetle 6 mo old guy, we did these shots at his house. Love that grin, even back then!

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