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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!

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!!

Everybody welcoming a sweet new girl

This sweet pumpkin has so much love surrounding her! She was nine days old when we took these photos, and her big 4 1/2 year old sister and her big 2 1/2 year old brother just showered her with attention for the whole photoshoot.

Also, I so often blog my newborn in-home sessions in black and white, I wanted to change it up for you here – every session I shoot is always provided to my clients in both black and white and color, but I sometimes forget to blog the color shots so you can see the cuties’ pink cheeks too.

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Four week old curly girl

I got to meet three new babies this past weekend – I love it when that happens. Lots of weekends I’m going back and seeing older kiddos, but this weekend ended up being baby-tastic. Just my style.

This little beauty and her amazing gorgeous curls made me smile so much on Saturday. Look at her perfect cheeks! Those eyelashes!

She had such wonderfully varied expressions, I just adored it. Thanks so much for having me, guys.

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Why always a sleeping baby?

Why do so many baby photographers like to photograph a sleeping baby? They’re sweet, and of COURSE I will happily take photos of your sleeping baby for you. I loved watching my own babies sleep – there’s nothing like listening to them breathe, watching how relaxed they are — I get it. (Posing a sleeping baby – hmmm, that’s probably another blog post for another time. Nothing against it, just not really my thing. Cute, very Anne Geddes, I get it… but I feel like it’s a different art form, honestly. I think of those photos as more of a still life than a way of documenting a new person who just arrived into the world… but I digress…)

So we can do sleeping shots if you’re into it, but I do think once you have those handful of photos of them sleeping, it’s great to move on and show the world who this little person is becoming!

There’s just so much more to document when babies are awake. I mean, just LOOK at this sweet girl. She was snoozing when I arrived, but she eventually woke up and had the best time for her photos.

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So wonderful to meet you guys! Welcome to the world, little T. Can’t wait to see you for more photos in a few months!

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Two under two, and everything’s fine

Big brother M wasn’t yet two, and his new baby brother J was five weeks old when we did these photos about two weeks ago, so they’re proud members of the two under two club! And hate to break it to you, but they sure do seem to have things under control. Either that, or they put on a pretty good show for photos. ;) I think this first one is my favorite, though. I just love mom and dad’s expressions as they look at each other.

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Wonderful to see you guys as always!

Ten days old and just so squeezable

Look who arrived on his due date! This incredibly perfect little person joined Amy and Jason just about two weeks ago, and the joy in their house is palpable. So much love.

And apologies in advance – this is wayyyy too many photos for a blog post but I just had such a hard time choosing.

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Look at those eyes!

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His expressions cracked me up :)

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Teenie boy :)

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His big feline brother seemed a bit interested…

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Jacky McClean - July 2, 2015 - 2:25 pm

Avery is sooo adorable. Great pictures.

Crystal - July 2, 2015 - 3:44 pm

What a little cutie!

Erin - July 2, 2015 - 4:07 pm

Great pictures here Amy and Jason!

Donielle - July 2, 2015 - 4:10 pm

These pictures are adorable! Can’t wait to hang out with him again soon!!

Amy - July 2, 2015 - 4:19 pm

Thank you Jess for doing such an amazing job of capturing our new family. I love these and my little peanut so much!

Auntie Bo - July 2, 2015 - 8:13 pm

The most precious little boy ever!

nancy - July 3, 2015 - 7:29 am

Amazing Photo’s Amy and Jason.
These pictures are priceless and so precious.
He is so adorable and every photo capture’s it.
So much Love here <3

JoAnne - July 3, 2015 - 9:15 pm

Awesome pics of prince Avery and his mom and dad

Grammy - July 5, 2015 - 8:44 am

Welcome to the world little Avery!!!! He’s a beautiful boy and I just want to squeeze him:)))) Beautiful pictures of my grandson, and his parents. Lots of love there!!!!

Grandpa - July 5, 2015 - 9:08 am

Fabulous Family Fotos!!! Very special pictures of a very special little guy and his Mom & Dad.

Kerri - July 6, 2015 - 1:23 pm

Stunning pictures of a beautiful family!

Uncle Johnny - July 6, 2015 - 1:29 pm

Avery is the coolest little guy I’ve ever met!! Great pictures of him with Mom and Dad!

Uncle Matt - July 6, 2015 - 1:32 pm

The coolest little dude with the coolest parents. Awesome pictures!

Aunt Kimmy - July 6, 2015 - 1:44 pm

Love love love my new little nephew! The pictures turned out great!

Lauren Gillis - July 6, 2015 - 2:44 pm

Just precious!

Michelle - July 6, 2015 - 6:28 pm

Absolutely beautiful pics (hello Jess!) of your new family! So happy for you!

Aunt Mary - July 6, 2015 - 8:53 pm

Absolutely adorable

Kathy - July 8, 2015 - 7:10 pm

Beautiful pictures. Loved them all!

It’s maternity and newborn photos time of year!

So if you’re reading this blog from somewhere other than Boston, you may not be feeling the way we’re feeling about the last few months, but suffice it to say, we Bostonians are DONE with winter. Time to melt, snow. Time to get back to real life, where we go outside and say hi to each other. Where the kids can run around outside on the grass. Show us the grass! We miss the grass.

Although I do recognize that this no-one-running-around-outside thing happens every year over here in BBP-land – and I have to admit I adore it. It’s crazy nutso busy from September 1st through December, and then the holidays happen, and there’s this stillness in the air. It’s quiet in my little office. I turn on the space heater under my desk, I wrap up in scarves and sweaters and I get stuff DONE. In the fall I’m taking photos for 5-6 families a week, and when I dedicate a day to editing each family’s photos, you can see how there’s not much time to do other things related to the business during the fall. Now in January-March, I’m taking pictures for one or two families a week – and it’s divine! I get to just sit here, cozy in my little office, thinking about how to improve and change this year.

Oh, so who calls me for photos in Boston in January-March, you ask? It’s mostly people expecting a baby. :) You guys know I love that. So I get to spend these few months taking indoor warm cozy pictures of mamas waiting for babies to be born and then taking pictures of those babies after they’re born. And what’s better than bellies and teenie babies?

So without further ado, I thought I’d show you some fun ones I got to do in February with Kristen and Dan. First, about a month ago we did ridiculously fun maternity photos in their gorgeous home with amazing windows and light…

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Isn’t this the most stylish mirror ever? This was in Kristen’s super cool dressing room with windows all around…

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And then a week or so later, little T joined their family. Here she is at just ten days old, gracing us with a little grin:

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It was wonderful getting to know you guys! Thank you so much for having me out for photos. Nothing beats this, truly.

Three weeks and just adorable

Look at these sweet eyes! Loved meeting this little guy last weekend. Just dreamy.

this next one is just so hilariously sad – life sure does change for pups when babies arrive…

Jess Holden - August 5, 2014 - 5:48 am

Beautiful pictures, Cara. Your poor dog!

Liza Hays - August 5, 2014 - 6:00 am

Love these! You guys, Tucker, and little J are all so adorable!!

Ann - August 5, 2014 - 6:14 am

So cute! The first and the third to last are my favorites!

Ramsey Hassan - August 5, 2014 - 6:46 am

Cutest baby of all time! All the best

Glenn - August 5, 2014 - 7:01 am

Just too darn cute!

Sara - August 5, 2014 - 7:14 am

Love these photos!

Kirk - August 5, 2014 - 7:20 am

Awesome pics, Cara!!! Pup and baby will be fast friends.

Heather Panahi - August 5, 2014 - 7:34 am

You all look gorgeous! And little Jonah has quite the personality already!

Blair - August 5, 2014 - 8:02 am

Cara!! I can’t believe he’s here! He’s so beautiful wishing you nothing but the best!

HUNTER - August 5, 2014 - 8:03 am

Damn my second cousin is cute!

James O'Connor - August 5, 2014 - 8:11 am

This baby is in the top tier of babies that i’ve met.

Joel - August 5, 2014 - 8:17 am

Hot damn if that wee bairn ain’t cute as a muffin

Lia - August 5, 2014 - 8:27 am

What a happy family! Love these pics!

Maggie - August 5, 2014 - 8:30 am

So happy for you both! And I didn’t realize baby pictures were this cool. Gone are the days of the blue screen at Sears.

Mary Beth - August 5, 2014 - 9:08 am

He’s adorable! Congrats!!!

Keith - August 5, 2014 - 9:45 am

Wow. He looks so much like his Uncle.

Jessica - August 5, 2014 - 10:16 am

These are great! Love that your fun personalities are captured and they aren’t just boring snapshots.

Kelly - August 5, 2014 - 10:29 am

Such a cute little yawn, and I love how he looks at you two. Now give tucker some kisses! :)

Kim Dehal - August 5, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Hilariously sad photo . . . Too funny. Congratulations on a great little baby! Don’t forget about his older brother Tucker!

Sherri Geller - August 5, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Whay gorgeous photos!!

Giselle Winchester - August 5, 2014 - 6:02 pm

He’s just the cutest!! Congratulations!

Tiffany M - August 5, 2014 - 7:46 pm

What an adorable cutie! Congrats, Cara and Matt! Beautiful pics.

Renee - August 5, 2014 - 8:01 pm

Stop it!!! Jonah is insanely cute – and SO alert! Job well done mom and dad!!!

Sarah McGann - August 6, 2014 - 12:10 pm

What a handsome kid!!! These pics are so wonderful.

13 days old and check out that grin

Look at these eyes, don’t you just love them? This little guy was 13 days old the other day when I came over for some pictures, and he was just a dream.

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And I have to admit I always love a newborn smile – this one was perfection.

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A champion head-holder-upper already!

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What a fun photoshoot – we exhausted him! Thanks so much for having me, it was wonderful meeting you all.

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Ami - June 14, 2014 - 6:36 pm

What wonderful pictures! What a beautiful family!!! Deven already looks like such a fun kid. Can’t wait to play with him!

Sadhna Vora - June 16, 2014 - 3:03 pm

Jess, you are so talented! And so easy to work with and accomodating as well :-) We will be asking for your services again! Thanks so much for capturing this special time for us!

Suniti - June 18, 2014 - 8:36 pm

Wow these are amazing! The whole family is simply gorgeous. Deven is so expressive already – can’t wait to meet him!

Cary - June 22, 2014 - 10:00 pm

Great shots of the three of you. Deven is a real cutie… Beth and I look forward to meeting him soon!

Laura - June 23, 2014 - 12:37 pm

So precious, what a beautiful family – hope to see you all soon. Congratulations!

K.Amaravadi - June 23, 2014 - 3:46 pm

beautiful. handsome those pretty eyes are really engaging. We fell in love the day one with Deven. All those sleeping pictures are divine. Of course, Jessy the photographer able to catch the joy and adoration of parents holding Deven in their arms.
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K.Amaravadi - June 23, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Deven is very handsome. Those big eyes are very engaging and alert. Those sleeping pictures are divine. Of course, Jessy your photographer really captivated the joy and pride of both parents holding Deven in their arms. We fell in love with him the day one we saw him. Congratulations!.

Anand Amar - June 23, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Beautiful pictures. I like the way you captured the love and bonding between the cute baby and loving parents. We look forward to seeing the baby again.

Sarita - July 1, 2014 - 9:00 pm

This is such a beautiful way of capturing such a special time. Deven is absolutely adorable—I love his expressions! We are looking forward to meeting him :) Congratulations!

Adam - July 2, 2014 - 6:07 am

So nice!!!!!!

Carlotta - July 2, 2014 - 9:08 am

Deven is adorable! His fun expressions are super cute!

Rebecca Anderson - July 2, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Wonderful pictures. He has so much hair! I loved all of them.

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Elizabeth - July 2, 2014 - 10:16 pm

So precious! Cannot wait to meet Deven. What a special little baby.

Mona - July 3, 2014 - 7:51 am

Beautiful pictures! He is adorable. Thank you so much for sharing these photos. Hope to meet him soon. Congratulations!

Raghu Amaravadi - July 13, 2014 - 10:12 pm

Thanks so much for taking these pictures…we love your work!

Avni - July 15, 2014 - 9:09 am

How do you two look so well-rested?? Amazing — congratulations!

11 days of sweetness

I adored meeting this little sweet lady a couple of weeks ago. So glad her parents asked me to post a few photos on the blog – these make me so happy. This house was just bursting with 11 days of love :)

Jenn - February 26, 2014 - 5:16 pm

Can’t wait to meet her – she is adorable! Congrats!

John - February 26, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Great photos of a beautiful baby and wonderful family. Congratulations!

julie coughlin - February 26, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Beautiful family! Beautiful photos!!!!

AJ - February 26, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Adorable! Congratulations!

Toby - February 26, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Great photos! Adorable!

Delia - February 26, 2014 - 5:40 pm

Avery is adorable, and the photos are beautiful! The parents are lookin’ pretty good, too!

Bob - February 26, 2014 - 5:53 pm

Karen and Joe – I am honestly thrilled for both of you. And so the long and happy journey (towards Dartmouth?) begins.

Peter "Nonno" Belmonte - February 26, 2014 - 5:57 pm

What stunningly beautiful photos of my new granddaughter and her proud parents. Thank you for sharing these!

Bob "Nonno" Verzone - February 26, 2014 - 6:40 pm

Great selection of photos. Very natural. Beautiful family.

Darlene E Verzone - February 26, 2014 - 7:02 pm

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Beautiful, wonderful, precious and so special ! I’m so glad I saw these photos today!

Kelly Schick - February 26, 2014 - 8:36 pm

Such wonderful pictures!!! Beautiful.

Lindsay Renzullo - February 26, 2014 - 8:57 pm

LOVE these photos! I am so happy to have such a sweet niece. Joe and Karen I couldn’t be happier for you both:)

Ben Dover - February 26, 2014 - 9:19 pm

Good looking family! Congrats

Ben Dover - February 26, 2014 - 9:21 pm

Good looking family! Happy for you guys.

Andrea Bonham - February 27, 2014 - 8:08 am

absolutely beautiful!

Honey Belmonte - February 27, 2014 - 10:51 am

It’s absolutely amazing how these photographs capture such intimate emotions. Truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing these
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Allie Riley - February 28, 2014 - 1:14 pm

She’s amazing!

A little tennis-playing smiley guy

Come on now, with the cuteness? Is this fair? This guy was only two weeks old when we took these pictures, and he was grinning up a storm. Newborn smiles crack me up so much – they’re so random and sweet and we grownups love them SOooo much.

He’s already a football fan and a tennis star, but my favorite picture is, I think, the one where his dad is smooching his mom.  I love it because I make the exact same face when my husband plants one on me :)

I was so thrilled to meet you, little man. xo

Two under two and their fantastic energy

It was so fun meeting this new little guy this weekend – he’s 2 months old (tomorrow!) and his big brother is having a great time experimenting with his new role.  Whenever I take pictures of little guys where there are two children under two years old in the house, fantastic funny moments always seem to occur.  This time I ADORE the sequence of two pictures here, where big bro C is cuddling on little B, and then in the next moment Mom and Dad’s arms both come in to save B from being a little bit… oversqueezed.  Is that a word, by the way?

Wonderful to see you guys!