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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!

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.

Boston Sensory Solutions & BBP

I had the opportunity this week to hang photos over at a really cool space, and I wanted to show you guys.

Do you guys know about Boston Sensory Solutions? It is an extraordinary place for kids with a sensory processing disorder. It’s just off 93 in East Milton Square, and not only is Bridget, the Occupational Therapist/owner of BSS, a wonderfully fantastic person/clinician/coach, the space itself is has three incredible therapy rooms.

So without further ado, here’s the display I put together for the waiting room walls over there. It highlights my Turner’s Pond Minishoots, which are my most inexpensive photoshoots, starting at only $175. They’re offered year round, on your schedule.

We decided to go with Metal Prints – don’t you love them? Aren’t they so amazingly shiny and bright? They’re even more fantastic in person.

Here’s a closeup so you can see how shiny and fantastic the color metal prints look. I am so in love with these. Thanks, fishtank for the helpful reflection ;)…

And because everybody loves a video, I shot one so you could see all the details even more clearly. My kids find this video so hilarious that they keep making me play it over and over for them – apparently I make extremely embarrassing, silly whooshing noises as I show you guys around the space. Oh well, I have embraced my ridiculousness.


Needham MA Family Photographer – & let’s overwhelm Instagram with love and joy!

There are two weeks left until 2017, guys! There was so much #loveandjoyin2016 – let’s relive it a little. I’m gonna take the next two weeks to peek back through some of my favorite BBP moments of #loveandjoy from 2016, because everybody could use a little more of that in their lives. You should do it too. Look on your phone, find photos that remind you of the love and joy in your life from this year and post them with the #loveandjoyin2016 hashtag. Let’s overwhelm Instagram with love and joy. #loveandjoyproject #makeseverybodysmile

Follow me on Instagram @bostonbabyphotos and let’s spread love and joy together!20160424-img_1310

Boston MA Children’s Photographer – an incredible afternoon at the Cradles to Crayons’ 2016 Un-Gala

What a wonderful afternoon I got to have yesterday! There was giving, there was helping, there were volunteering children… there were smiles and there was so much joy. In past years I’ve loved donating my time on international Help-Portrait Day (more info is here), but I couldn’t find a local event in Boston, so when this opportunity presented itself, I was thrilled to be able to donate my time for such an extraordinary event.

I spent the afternoon as one of the volunteer photographers at the Cradles to Crayons 2016 Un-Gala, where over 400 people came, volunteered their time, and made a difference. (And I think the number might have been as much as twice that, since there was a whole 2nd shift of people who came in the morning!)

I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves. My job was to shadow the incredible founder of Cradles to Crayons, Lynn Margherio, and I was honored to spend the day watching her do her thing with her fantastic assistant Patrick by her side.

I have almost 100 photos from the day, though! If anyone would like to look through them or download them, you’re more than welcome to do so — you can find them on my client galleries page.



Thanks for letting me be part of an incredible day. What a great event! - February 19, 2017 - 10:31 am

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Boston MA Baby and Family Photographer – Hey look, I made a video all about BBP!

I recently had the opportunity to bring a video crew along with me to a photoshoot – what fun! They made a really fun 90 second video for me. What do you think?

(Hint: If you want it to look really crisp and sharp, you can start playing the video, and then click on the little gear thing that takes you to “Settings” in the bottom right corner of the video. Choose 1080p to make the slideshow play in high-definition.)

Mmm warmth! Time for another smartphone-free summer…

sticker,375x360Weather’s warming up, kiddos are finishing school – methinks it’s time to do my summer thang – delete Facebook and email from my phone until Labor Day. Anybody else up for it? I know it’s not for everyone, but if you can do something like it, I highly recommend it. Even for a week when you’re on vacation or something. I swear it is the most refreshing thing in the world. Eventually my phone doesn’t even interest me anymore. (Then September 1st rolls around and the old habits come rushing back, of course.)

(This is that thing that’s gotten me some press over the years… The New York Times‘ Motherlode blog two summers ago and then that interview with WCVB Channel 5 last summer…)

I’ll be checking email pretty much every other day, but if you need more more quickly, don’t hesitate to call or text me on my cellphone: 617-501-6078.

The 10 Year Anniversary: Phase 3c, The Jamaica Plain Gallery Show

I had a great morning hanging the traveling 10 Years of Boston Baby Photos Gallery Show at the Jamaica Plain Library – it’ll be there through Thanksgiving weekend. FYI – this is the last library show on the books until it heads to the Brookline Public Library for the month of May 2014. There are some other library and location possibilities for the show for January through April 2014, but if anyone knows of a local space that might be interested in hosting the show, please let me know. The show will end its one year tour after the May show in Brookline, and I’ll be dismantling and selling the photos to benefit the Jimmy Fund.

(More information about the show and a catalog of all 100 photos in the show is available by clicking on this tag and scrolling down, down, down the page.)

This month the show is hanging at the Boston Public Library’s Jamaica Plain Branch, and it will be there through Thanksgiving weekend. Here’s a taste of how it looks in this library…


As you can tell, I’m not using the white hanging bars here – they have a gorgeous mantle that encircles the entire library, so we got to just lean most of the categories of photos along that high mantle, above the shelves of books.



We even got to lean some up against the windows, since it’s November and they won’t be opening the windows this month…






(And yes, in this next picture – that is Uranus, from the Museum of Science’s cool exhibit installed around Boston showing the scale model of the solar system – more info about that exhibit is here. But I digress…)


And then we were able to hang two categories in the lobby of the library from the balcony level – it’s a little hard to see in this picture, but that’s “gotcha” and “classics” along the top balcony here:


You can see it better in this one – both “gotcha” and “classics” are hung like this:


And last but not least, one in the display case in the lobby:


I hope you can swing by to see the show this month! The library hours are posted here.

An Overview of the 10 Years of BBP Stuff


If you’re visiting this blog to learn about Boston Baby Photos’s 10th Anniversary this year, thanks for coming! I created the show to commemorate ten years and thousands of photoshoots with all of Boston Baby Photos’ fantastic families. The show featured one hundred black & white photos of children and families, divided into ten thematic categories. It traveled to libraries and public spaces around Boston from June 2013-May 2014.

I created a brochure that outlines all the parts of the gallery show and the Jimmy Fund benefit, and you can download the PDF here. Or if you prefer to click around on the blog for more detailed information about each of the phases, the links are below.

Page2Here’s a timeline of events, complete with links to information about each one.

  • June 9, 2013: Phase 1 – A Cocktail Party Benefit for The Jimmy Fund/Steel & Rye Gallery Show (the invitation and photos of us setting it up are here, and photos of the party itself are here) which raised $3,500+ for the Jimmy Fund

And then the show began its tour…

  • August 2013: Phase 3 – The Gallery Show in the Milton Public Library. All of the 100 photos hanging in the show are sorted by category on the blog here.
  • June 1, 2014: Reception at the Brookline Main Library in Hunneman Hall, which closed out a year of travels for the show. I hosted a closing reception, and families whose photographs were in the show were invited to come to that reception and trade a donation to the Jimmy Fund for their mounted photo from the show. A representative from The Jimmy Fund was there, and we presented her with our final grand total check for $6,106. Our “big check” is pictured here.

So that’s a little explanation of the whole hullabaloo.  I described a lot of it in different places on the blog, and they’re all tagged with the 10yrs tag, so you’ll eventually get to all the information if you keep scrolling back through the posts via this 10yrs tag, but I thought it’d be nice to individually link to the details here as well. Thanks for your interest.

The 10 Year Anniversary: Phase 3, The Gallery Show

Wahoo-eee! I am thrilled to announce that the BBP 10th Anniversary Gallery Show to benefit The Jimmy Fund is officially hung at the Wotiz Gallery in the Milton Public Library. I hope you can swing by for the opening reception on Tuesday, August 6th between 4-6pm. Plan to bring the kids! I’ll have juice and cookies for everybody. Or stop by the library to see the show anytime between now and August 29th.

There are 100 photos in the show, and the show is broken into ten thematic categories. If you’re curious to browse through all 100 of the photos from the show, you can do that by using the 10yrs tag, so all the blog posts related to the 10 Year Anniversary will appear for you.  All 100 photos are posted there.

Interested in reading more about the 10 Year Anniversary bonanza/extravaganza stuff I’ve got going on this summer? Here are links to Phase 1 and Phase 2 details.

Without further ado… here’s the Wotiz Gallery – you can see eight of the ten categories when you enter the room this way:

And then if you turn around and look behind you, the final two categories are here:

Don’t forget, I’m still taking donations for The Jimmy Fund. Envelopes to mail checks made out to the Jimmy Fund are in a pile at the show:

A bit of a closer view of the wall to the left:

And here’s the back left corner:

If you’re curious – here’s how I hung the show – there’s nothing adhered to the wall whatsoever.  I got these tall pieces of white trim at Home Depot and had my nice friends there with the big old table saw cut them to size for me, and then wired these pieces of trim up to the S hooks along the picture rail. Cool, eh?

The photos themselves are mounted on Masonite, with ribbons that hang over small screws in white boards:

And here’s the wall to the right:

And here’s the back right corner:

I really hope you’re able to catch the show!

Yup, that was me on the news last night…

If you had the local Channel 5 (WCVB) news on last night around 6pm, you might have seen me on TV. You can click on the image below to go to watch the segment. I’m such a big fat nerd. But it’s pretty cool that it’s getting some publicity – maybe more parents will consider doing something like it.  That’d be cool.

The 10 Year Anniversary: Phase 2, Ten Summer Contests

Hey there! Happy Summer! Here we are, smack dab in the middle of July, and I’m thinking summer is pretty great. Yes, it’s hot, and yes we New Englanders will always gripe about that… but I’ve got to say (as I’ve just spent the past few hours planning my calendar for the fall busy season) that summer is pretty fantastic. Oh, did I mention my kids are both in camp 9am-4pm all week this week? So relaxing.

I realized it’s high time I put together a blog post about Phase 2 of the BBP 10 Year Anniversary bonanza/extravaganza. The 10 Summer Contests launched on Facebook a few weeks ago, and they’re going really well! If you haven’t voted yet, you should really head over to the Boston Baby Photos Facebook page and do some voting — the pictures are really fun.

I’ve told you before about Phase 1, when I hung 100 photos for the gallery show opening at Steel & Rye last month, but now we’re doing…

If you’re interested in a little more detail about the contests, read on.

The contests will be up on on Facebook from June 16th through September 12th. There are two phases: 1) The 10 Summer Contests, which run from June 16, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and end August 27, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET (“Contest Voting Period”); and the 2) Grand Prize Contest, which runs from August 29, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. ET through September 12, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET (“Grand Prize Voting Period”).

One category will be highlighted each week this summer until all ten contests end at the same time – on August 27th. Share the contests with your friends – anyone with a Facebook account can vote, they just need to “Like” the Boston Baby Photos Facebook page in order to vote. Photos appear for every voter in random order on the contest page. Each person can place one vote in each contest until midnight on August 27th. On August 28th the ten winners will be notified by email, and the Grand Prize contest will begin on August 29, 2013.

The Grand Prize Contest, a final contest occurring after the Ten Summer Contests are finished, places the winners from the Ten Summer Contests into one final contest.  It will run for two weeks, from August 29th-September 12th, and the winner (the photograph receiving the most votes 8/29-9/12) of the Grand Prize Content will receive a gift certificate for an in-home photoshoot, including all the final digital files (JPG files) from that shoot. The in-home photoshoot must take place within 45 miles of Milton, MA.

In the Grand Prize Contest, all previous votes from the summer contests are cleared, and we count only the votes voted August 29th through September 12th towards the Grand Prize total. The Grand Prize winner will be notified by email on September 13, 2013.

The 100 photos you see in the contest have been mounted and will be hung in the Wotiz Gallery at the Milton Public Library for the month of August. (We’re calling the library show “Phase 3” of the BBP 10 Year Anniversary bonanza/extravaganza.) A opening/fundraising event was held in early June for this gallery show and contest and we raised $3,435 for the Jimmy Fund. The library show’s opening reception will be on Tuesday, August 6th from 4-6pm, or you can see the show by visiting the Milton Public Library anytime they’re open between 8/6/13 and 8/29/13. Contest winners will receive their mounted, single edition photo after the August gallery show is taken down. The other ninety photos will likely be available for purchase in September to benefit the Jimmy Fund, or the show may travel to a few other libraries and venues before the photos become available for purchase.

The 10 Year Anniversary: Phase 1, the Steel & Rye Gallery Show, Setup edition

As you might know from hearing me mention it before, Boston Baby Photos has now been in existence for ten, count em, 10 years. As this anniversary has been coming up, I wondered what I could do to celebrate, and how I could give back in some way, to somehow thank the community of Boston families who’ve allowed me to do this all these years. I settled on the Jimmy Fund as my charity of choice, and began (back in March) planning the 10 Year Celebration.

Over time, it has become a celebration in three phases, and this past Sunday, at the gorgeous Steel & Rye restaurant in Milton, my husband Evan and I hosted the first phase. Before I get into describing it in detail, I’ll outline the three phases for you.

Phase 1: A Cocktail Party Benefit for The Jimmy Fund/Steel & Rye Gallery Show, Celebrating 10 Years of Boston Baby Photos. We hung 100 photos from the past decade in Steel & Rye’s private back room. We had fabulous hors d’oeuvres, wonderfully generous guests, and we raised $3,435 for the Jimmy Fund that night. Here’s the pretty invitation that helped raise all that moolah:

And after that comes…

Phase 2: The Facebook Contests: 10 Summer Contests to Celebrate 10 Years of Boston Baby Photos. The contests are launching this weekend – you’ll hear lots more from me about them on Facebook. Like the Boston Baby Photos Facebook page to keep in the loop on these — someone’s going to win a gift certificate for an in-home photoshoot plus the digital JPG files.

And then, last but not least, we have…

Phase 3: The Gallery Show, Celebrating 10 Years of Boston Baby Photos. I’ll explain this part in detail now because I realize it might be nice for this show to live on in other locations this year. It has one home – it will live in the Milton Public Library for August 6th – 29th. Here’s the poster about the Library Opening on August 6th – I hope you’ll join me:

Now if anyone knows of another library or other space that’d be interested in hosting this show later this fall or sometime in 2014, please let me know.  The show features one hundred black and white photos of children and families, divided into ten thematic categories.  These are the same 100 8″x8″ mounted photos we hung at Steel & Rye for the Cocktail Party Jimmy Fund Benefit (see photos below). The show is designed to be hung without being adhered to the wall at all – it hangs from 8 foot tall thin white boards, which are wired to S hooks at the top of the board which keep the boards secured to a picture rail or something similar, and the boards just lean against the walls.

OK, enough of that. Let’s get to the fun part — the pictures from Steel & Rye last weekend. So this blog post will just be to show pictures of Phase 1, the Steel & Rye Gallery Show, and this is just the first half of the photos – I’m only showing photos here from setup, so you can see what the show looked like as we hung it. I have some pictures of the event itself coming, but those will be posted another day.

So here’s the outside of Steel & Rye, our wonderful hosts for the evening. They opened in November 2012, and they’ve been buzzing ever since.  Fantastic food, wonderful open space – you must try it if you haven’t already.

As our guests entered the gorgeous restaurant, they saw a bit of the show – we hung three of our ten groups of photos in the main bar area. The entrance to the private room where we were is on the left side of this photo:

Here’s a closer view of those first three categories that were out in the main bar area, as my assistant Meghan straightened them before the party. Each mounted 8″x8″ photo hangs with a piece of black ribbon over a nail on the white 8′ board. Yes, that’s my 4 year old Sadie in the corner – she stopped by to see the show before the grownups arrived for the party.

Here’s a closeup of the door the guests entered to get into the private room in the back:

Then in the private room as guests looked left, there were three categories of photos hanging – thanks to Evan, Meghan, John Charles and my dad, we got them all hung in less than 2 hours. It was epic, and I was nervous – I will admit. Go team :)

This one gives you a more straight-on version of that wall to the left as guests walked into the private room:

You can see in this next picture how the photos are hung – they’re mounted on Masonite with a white matte and a black border, and they’re relatively thin and light.  They’re strong, though — Masonite is a wood-based product.

Then as guests looked right (towards the long gorgeous bar along the right wall), they saw three more categories of photos (and here’s my dad straightening a bit):

And just one category hung on the back wall:

And last but not least, I hung these two photos separately because I wanted to highlight them. The top one says “Let me introduce my muse, the now nearly teenage Emma. She is the adorable daughter of our friends Ken & Teresa, and I took this picture of her in the summer of 2001. She was the first baby I ever photographed, and even then it was still years before I decided to make this hobby a real job. Thanks, guys, for letting me point a camera at your munchkin. I’ll say again what I’ve said before: her chubby arms made me want to do this forever.”

And then the bottom one says “And here’s my first real client, the now 10 year old Nate. My friend and co-worker Alanna welcomed me into her home on May 25, 2003, for my first professional photoshoot of her little five week old Nate. This photo of Nate was featured in Plum Magazine’s photo essay The Birth of a Mother the following year. To all my friends who’ve become clients and clients who’ve become friends over the last decade, I really, truly thank you.”

So there’s the first installment of what I’m sure will be many posts this summer about the 10 Year Celebration. Thanks for reading, and thanks for a wonderful decade.

Bob Hartle - June 13, 2013 - 3:58 pm

Fabulous! Wish we had been there, but this has been a great experience. Too bad we have no babes for you to shoot — our youngest was 31 yesterday.Congratulations on your tenth! Ann joins in sending you fond regards, Bob.

Joanne Martin - June 16, 2013 - 4:27 pm

What a fun loving, spontaneous, gentle collection of portraits–full of life ad love! And the same spirit seems clear in the charity-centered way you structured your anniversary celebration. Congratulations all the way from Hawaii. We just wish we could have been there. Joanne