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Beacon Hill Newborn Photographer – kissing his baby toes and warm in the sun

I really do get goosebumps when I arrive in Beacon Hill as a newborn photographer. I love walking those streets. Last week it was early morning when I was arriving for our pictures with this new little guy. The sun was warming my back, and I almost skipped as I came up the hill to their house. Nothing like following my GPS, not quite sure where I’ll park, but excited to start a new journey with an entirely new family.

And when I get to be the newborn photographer for an old friend who’s just had his first baby?

Well that’s when it just couldn’t be more perfect.

But wait, there’s more. Because this boy was just too much. Look at that tummy! Those toes! That soft squishy back!

And I didn’t even explain to you about his amazingly creative mama. She takes beautiful photos of her sweet boy all the time. But she’s never IN the photos. You know the problem? Where you’re not sure your child will even remember you were there for those early days? We decided to remedy that, and took special care to really carefully document mama and her boy. (The hair pulling one cracks me up.)

And then it was time to put on some clothes and maybe have a little snack. Because a little nursing break can sometimes fix everything.

And when better to show everybody my new Baby’s First Year coffeetable albums and Baby’s First Year package options. So much to consider!

And then a little pat on the back… Aaaaand burp!

p.s. I adored getting to meet you, sweet boy. Hope you love love love your photos!


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!

Belated newborn photos for these gorgeous twins

This isn’t usually my style – taking nearly six months to blog a session?? My apologies. It fell off both my and this mama’s radar, and when she emailed me a few weeks ago to tell me it was cool to blog the session it seemed crazy that it had been so many months since we took the photos. And then I needed a few weeks to sneak ’em into the blogging queue. So I apologies for the very late photos!

But better late than never, right? We took these photos back in January, and now I thought it was extra important to get these blogged because I get to go back to their house to do six month photos in just two weeks (YAY!!). It’s always fun to look back and remember how teenie they were when we first met them.

And without further ado… let me introduce – albeit five months after they were REALLY introduced… babies L and M.












It was such a pleasure to meet all of you – can’t wait to see you in two weeks!



Oh baby B, we love you!

Twenty-hmm-hmm years ago the Conn College housing office placed me in a room with this little beauty’s mama, and after a summer phone call and a few snail mail letters to figure out who was bringing the mini-fridge, we were off and running. I’ll skip the details of the last twenty-hmm-hmm years for little B’s benefit, but suffice it to say we’ve had our fair share of adventures. And now you guys are starting a new one!

Welcome to the world, sweet 2 1/2 week old B! I adored meeting you this week and I can’t wait to see you again soon. Look at this little fair-haired love.


She has extraordinarily fun parents – things are only going to get more awesome, kiddo. Just wait. Sleeping through the night? I highly recommend it. You should try it.


Finger toes!


Wait for it… wait for it… and YES! Doesn’t this expression just kill you? And the dimple? Come on now.



They’re already having a blast with this little lady.


I love this one. Neck wrinkles. Yum.


Ms. B needed her sponge bath – she didn’t mind it a bit. Dad’s a pro.



But really the bath was all about getting a photo in the elephant towel. Because — elephant towel.



Those eyes :)


I’ve developed an unhealthy obsession with this photo of B’s back-of-the-head hair. That spot is just so delicious!


And one more to make you smile. You’re perfect and amazing, sweet B. I adored meeting you.

xox Auntie Jess


maeve - April 13, 2015 - 2:34 pm

These are so great, Jess! I can’t get over the “frog face” one. I want to stare at it all day long.

Bridey - April 13, 2015 - 4:36 pm

Great photos! And she is so new in these first photos!

A third boy joins the family

We did little D’s pictures on Wednesday morning, when he was just six days old.  His two big brothers were off at school, so we got to spend some quiet time getting just D and Mama pictures.  Wonderfully sweet.

I’ll tease you a bit, before I introduce you…


And here we have Mr. D:

He even had a smile or two for us…

As well as some pretty fantastic scowls:

I love how different he is in each picture…

More smiles for his mama:

Aaaand then the yawns came.  Try not to yawn yourself, looking at this. :)

Wonderful to meet you, little D!

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Smiles and pleasantries, a flower in your hair, a hand written “thank-you” and smiley face on the guest check.Try to make eye contact when they are getting up to leave, and an extra verbal “thank-you”.You never can tell what clicks with someone.

Long, beautiful, blonde eyelashes

I got to meet this seven week old sweetheart this morning – and I zipped through her edits so her mom and dad can have some fun holiday pictures to enjoy. Wonderful to see you guys!

Angie Tseng - January 7, 2012 - 11:15 am

Beautiful baby and beautiful family! Jess, I wish you lived near Philadelphia, let me know if you ever take your show on the road.

Mandy - January 7, 2012 - 11:31 am

Gorgeous! Baby Janey is adorable and the pics of her with mom and dad are so sweet. I love the wide shot with daddy – she is so very tiny!

Katrina Nordine - January 8, 2012 - 3:26 pm

Beautiful pictures of the Vonnegut Clan! You did an outstanding job of capturing them. They look fantastic!

10 weeks old and rolls galore

Perhaps the best yawn picture EVER.

And maybe the best hand/wrist/mid-arm etc. rolls too.  Delish.

Now I normally have an aversion to upside-down pictures of babies lying down for some reason.  I think they can be confusing to look at, as a viewer, but this one makes me smile so much I had to include it.  Come on now, isn’t he incredible?

Again, breaking my upside-down rule.  But loving this one too.  (I guess J’s not officially upside-down here, but the way his parents are looking at him is upside-down, and I sometimes find this doesn’t work, but this one totally does.)

Love the wall decor :)

Mama’s hilarious.

So fun to meet you guys, thanks for having me out!

Lana - October 31, 2011 - 4:53 pm

Isn’t my nephew yummy??!!!!

Fabulous photos- thanks for these! We will cherish them for years to come :)

John Klemeyer - October 31, 2011 - 7:05 pm

I know he looks just like his Grandpa. He will have to live with that. I was cute then too but not this cute. Great pics.
Grandpa John

A new sweet, sweet girl

When my husband and I were looking to buy our first house, our oldest daughter Annie was one and a half, and we looked in lots of towns around the Boston area before we chose the one we did.  I mumble the name of the town sometimes when old friends ask me where we ended up, because… we moved to the town I grew up in.  It’s a little embarrassing – it seems very small town, not very chic or modern to move back to the town where your parents live.  My sister was horrified when we chose to move here.  “Seriously?” she’d asked me. “Not even one town over?”

But we did it for so many reasons, and now we love it for so many reasons.  But topping the list of the reasons is that we’re down the street from my favorite ice cream store in the world.  I have sampled many, many ice cream shops in my 36 years, and nothing compares to the Ice Creamsmith on Dot Ave in Lower Mills.  It is the creamiest, most delicious ice cream ever.  Maybe I say this because I was brought up on it, and back in the day trips to the Ice Creamsmith seemed rare and extraordinary.  Now those same owners who served me my chocolate with bubble gum mix-ins in the 80’s (ah no, no longer my fave) – David and Robyn – know Annie’s order when she walks in the door (except when she decides to change it up and deter from her usual “chocolate with m&m’s”).  Soon enough my 2 year old Sadie will have a “usual” and be greeted with the familiar smile too.

So imagine my thrill when I found out David and Robyn were getting a granddaughter! I got to meet her last Tuesday when she was just 2.5 weeks old, and she was a perfect dream:

With Daddy looking on in the background:

Not quite sure what to make of me…

Love feet the size of daddy’s fingers.

A teenie smile for us:

And when she needs soothing, this is her favorite position, on Daddy’s arm:

Thank you for sharing your sweet, sweet new girl with me!  Wonderful to meet you guys and her.

Sarah - October 5, 2011 - 1:56 pm

These came out so gorgeous! Thank for you giving us this experience and these treasures!

Elizabeth - October 5, 2011 - 2:44 pm

My little niece looks like a super star… what beautiful pictures!!!!

Bobbie Skillin - October 5, 2011 - 3:47 pm

These pictures are absolutely beautiful of my new granddaughter and her wonderful parents….thank you

Michele - October 5, 2011 - 6:45 pm

What beautiful pictures! Since we’re not nearby, it’s wonderful to see these!

Scott - October 5, 2011 - 10:40 pm

What a cutie. All 3 of you look great.

Stacie - October 6, 2011 - 8:58 am

EXCELLENT !!! so nice to see you all and lila is GORGEOUS !

Grandma Lucille - October 6, 2011 - 10:09 am

These pics are marvelouse. I am in awe of Jessica’s talent and wish only health and happiness to all these beautiful children.

carmen squires - October 6, 2011 - 12:17 pm

Lila is gorgeous! Congrats and all best wishes to your “new” family.

Debby - October 6, 2011 - 4:30 pm

Beautiful pictures of my beautiful great-neice.

3 weeks of dog kisses

Now it’s possible Harry the fabulous black lab was overly affectionate during my visit last Friday, but it’s also possible he showers his new sister E with this many kisses all day every day.  He is enamored, and I think it’s possible he’s spent the last month with E giving her as much love as he possibly can.  Happy 4 week birthday today, E, sorry these pictures took me all week to get to you!

I mean, come on now – aren’t the licks just perfect?  E really didn’t seem to mind too much, except maybe in this next one, as her eyes tell Daddy she’s maybe not having as much fun with the licks as she was before :)  I do love dog/baby kissing pictures.  Whenever I get a good one, I tag the post, so if you like them too, there are more here (keep scrolling down the page after you click to see the other ones).

So back to the beginning.  When I first arrived, baby E was snoozing on mama, but we had to grab a quick shot of her on this gorgeous antique chaise (is this a chaise?) with dragonflies on it.  She’s so tiny snoozing here.

But I should let you get a good look at her.  Isn’t she just perfect?

Getting some sustenance.

Relaxing on dad in her favorite hat from the delivery room.

Hanging out with mama:

Tiny toes!

With her uber-helpful awesome grandmother.

Three generations of ladies:

It was such a pleasure to meet you guys!  Thanks for having me out to meet your sweet girlie.

Jessica Soccio - October 1, 2011 - 6:55 pm

Jill, All of the pictures are perfect! What a wonderful decision it was to have Boston Baby Photos come into your home too photograph Ellie and her proud family!

Erin - October 4, 2011 - 9:01 pm

Jill- These pictures are beautiful! E is gorgeous and you look amazing! Can’t wait to meet her. Miss you!

Carla - October 5, 2011 - 7:14 pm

Jill, I just love the composition of these photos. So natural, yet, undeniably beautiful. You & Tim must be proud! Thanks so much for sharing Ellie with us :)

Kristen Krikorian - October 7, 2011 - 11:46 am

Love, Love, Love! Jill, these pictures are gorgeous! She is right, the ones of Harry licking baby Ellie are priceless and I love the one that she’s laying long ways next to him and the one where she is looking up at you as you are looking down at her. You will treasure these photos forever! xoxox :-)

Sarah Markesich - October 7, 2011 - 12:00 pm

Love these pictures!! Harry and Ellie seem to be best friends already- so sweet! :)

Sarah Williams - October 9, 2011 - 6:46 am

Jill, these pictures are absolutley precious. Ellie is just so adorable.
I can’t wait to meet her!

Thank you for sharing :)


Jill O'Donnell - October 14, 2011 - 3:31 pm

Jessica – thanks so much for the gorgeous photos! It is going to be tough to pick out which ones to order but we are working on it! TTYS – Jill

nancy hackett - October 16, 2011 - 11:00 am

I love all the pictures it was wonderful to be there and be a part of it all. I love the pictures of Harry and how gentle he is with Ellie. Jessica you did a wonderful job in capturing such precious moments

Amy St. Angelo - January 11, 2012 - 10:59 am

The photos are truly amazing and priceless; especially in the years to come! I can’t help but love the ones of Harry & Ellie together!!!

This little guy’s now the big brother

Welcome to little 9 day old M!  Saw him a few weeks ago in mama’s belly (just like we did with big brother T a couple of years ago), but he’s way more adorable out here in the world… (and apparently he likes having his toes tickled)

Isn’t he a love?

Just a gentle nose poke…

Brother toes :)

Mama’s never in pictures because she’s always holding the camera.  We tried to remedy that!

This is one of my favorites:

And of course a visiting grandparents pic…

Congrats to you guys on your perfect new addition.  Good luck down south, we’ll all miss you here in Boston!  Visit lots :)

Stef - September 19, 2011 - 4:33 pm

Erin, you look amazing! You’re family is adorable. These pictures are wonderful.

We are going to miss you so much! Best of luck!

nb: the nose poke picture is my favorite :)

Colleen - September 19, 2011 - 5:24 pm

What cuties you have Erin! I love the “Brothers’ toes picture!”

Amanda - September 19, 2011 - 6:27 pm

Such handsome boys! I love the one of them sitting together. So happy for you.

Jenny Bosley - September 19, 2011 - 8:43 pm

Erin – I love these pictures! Your boys are precious, what a sweet family. Hope everyone is doing well.

Kathleen Mullins - September 19, 2011 - 8:49 pm

What adorable picturesq! Erin – your mom and dad look soooi proud! Congrats again!

rachael - September 22, 2011 - 5:03 pm


ashly - September 22, 2011 - 7:30 pm

Tucker is so grown up! I can’t believe it! Great photography!

Norma - September 22, 2011 - 9:40 pm

SO PRECIOUS!!! Love all of the pictures and can’t wait to see you all in person!!

Dad - September 22, 2011 - 9:42 pm

Great pictures again! Very proud Grandparents.

Roxann - September 22, 2011 - 10:57 pm

Great pictures! Such cute little boys

Kelly - September 25, 2011 - 3:19 am

ADORABLE!!! Can’t wait to see the fam in person!

Angella Davis - September 26, 2011 - 11:54 am

Oh simply adorable. Great shots. LOVE the feet photo… toddler and baby size yeyy!

evelyn lanham - September 26, 2011 - 6:04 pm

great pictures looks like the perfect family.the boys are really cute.

Beth - September 28, 2011 - 4:49 pm

Love the pictures. Especially the one with the grandparents! Can’t wait to meet Max.

Christine Riddle - September 29, 2011 - 6:26 am

Your pictures are great! Really captures the moments you bring a new baby home. God bless you all.

Judy B - September 30, 2011 - 7:38 am

Congratulations! Anxious to meet the new little guy in Nashville. Terrific photos.

Another gorgeous girl joins the family

I met big girl T a few years ago when she was just a few weeks old, and her sister C joined the family just a week before our photoshoot,  so I got to do another newborn shoot with these guys.  Isn’t she beautiful?  This lovely lady even smiled :)

Her big sister T still wasn’t quite sure what to make of her…

Checking out the toes…

T got to do some fun jumping on the Rody…

Pointing out her ears…

Wonderful to see you guys again!


Two families, four cousins, just one nose pick

Once in a while I get two families interested in doing their shoot together – often families with cousins close in age.  I charge a bit more for the session because I shoot more and the editing takes me longer because we have two times the awesome there at the shoot…  But when you divide by two, the shoot price is lower. and c’mon, the end result is so fun. We get to mix up the sibling groups and get some really fun cousin pictures.  Like three month old J and his big cousin 7 month old R, taking a snooze together:

Or their older siblings, best cousin buds just a few weeks apart in age (3):

And of course we do the requisite family shots – adorable group #1:

And please don’t kill me for posting this one of adorable group #2 – this situation never ceases to amuse me (little brother J looks horrified, too – just adding to the fabulousness)…

And one non-digit/nostril version of these two cuties:

And then back to group #1 for some of their individual ones:

Every bit of it was great, thanks so much for having me come back.  Next time we’ll get some sun!



Laura - August 19, 2011 - 8:31 pm

Gorgeous families, gorgeous shots. And the nose picking is just hilarious!

Rachel - August 19, 2011 - 8:31 pm

Those pictures came out great!

Ronni Bolz - August 19, 2011 - 8:59 pm

Great pictures!

Josh - August 19, 2011 - 9:01 pm

Wicked cute kids.

Mary - August 19, 2011 - 9:02 pm

Love the photos! Such natural, great shots

ilda - August 19, 2011 - 9:11 pm

Who could the grandmother be of those two adorable boys in the first family?!?!? You captured their personalities perfectly! And the last photo shoot of Cameron around that age was priceless as well. Thank you for doing what you do so well.

Elaine - August 19, 2011 - 9:36 pm

Wow–practically every shot is a keeper. You are good!

Bill Palumbo - August 19, 2011 - 9:38 pm

They are all so cute. They must look like their grandfather…….

Nanami - August 20, 2011 - 5:36 am

Gorgeous photos and gorgeous families!!

hristi - August 20, 2011 - 8:58 am

Adorable pics!

(and Autumn says, “more baby Ryan!”)

mary ann - August 20, 2011 - 2:23 pm

Who needs sun, when you have the brightest smiles? Love the pics.

Kelly - August 20, 2011 - 11:04 pm

Awesome pictures! I can’t believe how big the four of them are!!

Maria - August 21, 2011 - 6:22 am

Just love it…good to see them all this way away!!

Andrea - August 21, 2011 - 1:41 pm

The photos and the families are adorable! But I know that from real life, as well. These really capture them.

Isabel Lopes - August 21, 2011 - 3:52 pm

Such beautiful photos! Love Ryan’s smile(and big belly)!

Amy - August 23, 2011 - 5:23 pm

Such wonderful photos! The younger cousins napping together – priceless.

Stephanie - August 23, 2011 - 8:32 pm

Great photos of everyone! I wish my kids were that happy for photos.

Cheryl - August 25, 2011 - 10:24 am

Thanks for sharing – the pictures are great! These kids are just too cute for words.

Laura - August 28, 2011 - 9:00 am

wow! Love the way you captured the beautiful energy of this family!

Two gorgeous boys under two

I met these handsome boys two weekends ago, big 22 month old brother P, and little three week old brother N; and I was so impressed by how much attention P was lavishing on N.  I can only imagine the buddies they’re going to become in the next few years. It’s so exciting for me to get to see the beginning of a relationship like theirs :)

They’ve joined the ranks with many other fantastic families in my two-under-two club.  When I get to do a two-under-two shoot I am always excited for the challenge and ready to roll with it.  Never know what’s going to happen!  These guys were just wonderful.  I think this was my favorite moment, though:

Except maybe when P wanted to share his car with N:

We even got a moment of a smile from little N!

This one is just such a sweet art shot with his little hand hiding his face, I had to share…

Building a block tower with Daddy:

It was such a pleasure meeting you guys!


Double perfection

I met this perfect pair of three month old boy/girl twins last weekend – I love this as sister A gives a little giggle:

And here you can see their beautiful faces a bit better:

When one’s feeling good, the other… sometimes… isn’t…


And first to introduce the young Mister S:

And the lovely Miss A:

Had to share my favorite bum view…

It was great to meet you guys!

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Stacey - May 6, 2011 - 2:08 pm

Oh Em Gee! They are DELICIOUS! You have captured these babies so well.

Judy - May 6, 2011 - 2:14 pm

I’m speechless!!Just beautiful!!

Karen - May 6, 2011 - 2:55 pm

STUNNING! beautiful, beautiful babies…sooo sweet!

Klara - May 8, 2011 - 4:28 am

Divni su!!!They are beautiful!!!

A little lady joins the boys

I haven’t seen these guys since little brother C was born, but now he’s big brother C – to a beautiful little bow-wearing sister :)

Introductions all around – biggest boy R:

Newly minted, formerly little, now “big” brother C:

And pretty girl K:

I think she looks like her mama:

And she had to show off her tongue, of course:

The girls…

And the boys :)

Fun all around:

Until someone decided she wasn’t having as much fun anymore.  But you did such a good job!  I loved getting to meet tiny K, and thanks for having me back to meet her, guys!

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Rebecca Johnson - April 26, 2011 - 7:57 pm

Beautiful pictures! Some of the moments you captured are priceless! The one of baby K crying is adorable!!

Vincenza - April 26, 2011 - 8:18 pm

Wendy I love these pictures. The boys are getting so big!!

Renee Potts - April 26, 2011 - 8:38 pm

These pictures are great! I love the one of R kissing K’s foot.

Keri Clark - April 26, 2011 - 9:12 pm

Beauiful pictures!!!

Amanda Griffith - April 27, 2011 - 10:33 am

I absolutely love the family picture – such love! And the picture of K’s foot is just too sweet for words :-)

Kathie - April 27, 2011 - 11:33 am

Jess, your pictures are so amazing and it helped that you had a beautiful family to work with!