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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!

Reading and playing with a wonderful boy

I loved seeing this sweet boy again this year back on an unseasonably warm day in October. He spent some time at the beginning of the photoshoot reading a fabulous bug book aloud to his mom – I’ll admit I learned quite a lot ;)












Wonderful to see you guys, as always!


Audrey Paek - December 8, 2015 - 5:18 pm

Touching photos of a beautiful family! :)

Toni - December 8, 2015 - 5:19 pm

Love these photos. They definitely show this family’s personality.

Ann Goodwin - December 8, 2015 - 5:24 pm

Great pictures! Love the one standing on one foot.

Kate H - December 8, 2015 - 5:36 pm

Love these pictures!!

Zoe - December 8, 2015 - 5:36 pm

I love the one of Ren!

Tim Fitzgibbons - December 8, 2015 - 6:12 pm

Beautiful pics!

Curt - December 8, 2015 - 6:56 pm

Awesome shots – you guys look great!

Natalie - December 8, 2015 - 7:47 pm

Beautiful photos!! And beautiful subjects!

Jamie - December 8, 2015 - 7:55 pm

Wonderful pics that capture the joys of parenting.

Janet - December 8, 2015 - 8:11 pm

Naomi, I have known this wonderful boy since before he was born. (More intermittently since I moved away.) But I have loved to see him grow up. These photos are exceptional. They capture a rapport between you two that is undescribable…magical.

Mia Shopis - December 8, 2015 - 8:21 pm

Fantastic photos! Wish we were in JP to see you more.

Diane - December 8, 2015 - 9:18 pm

Though I haven’t seen Naomi in over two decades, her warmth and intelligence is ever present. And I sure do miss our hanging out days. No one deserves this more

Matt - December 8, 2015 - 9:31 pm

I’ve enjoyed seeing pictures of this cute kid grow, but these fantastic photos truly capture the family love that has made him so clearly happy.

Valerie Worthington - December 8, 2015 - 10:19 pm

What a precious pumpkin and a lovely mommy! I’m fortunate to count both of them among my friends, and creating more pictures of them will just make the world a more beautiful place.

Lynn Ryan - December 9, 2015 - 12:26 am

Love and miss you! Ren is so grown up! Beautiful photos.

Anne-Marie Aigner - December 9, 2015 - 7:38 am

Fabulous photos.

nicole holt - December 10, 2015 - 5:51 am

What a sweet and loving series of photos!

Catching dragonflies and ziplining

I love meeting new families! So often I get to go back and see children grow year after year – but it’s a really fun change of pace to get a chance to jump in and meet a pair of kiddos for the first time when they’re a bit older: already running around catching dragonflies and zooming along on their zipline.

So here, without further ado, is 7 1/2 year old R and 5 year old M with their super-fun parents:


Wonderful to meet you guys!

One last post for 2012

Now this is one patient mama – she asked for a blog post a month ago and I have been just running to stand still with this crazy season of the year, but I had to get this up for her before I shut down my computer today (on my last working day of 2012! yahooeeee!).  What a fantastic family these guys are. I’ve loved getting to know them over the past couple of years.  And even better? We got grandma this time, too.  Wonderful to see you guys!

Claudine Donikian Blake - December 20, 2012 - 12:13 am

Such great photos! Ren is so adorable and you look beautiful, Naomi!

Chris Blake - December 20, 2012 - 12:21 am

Great pics! Ren is truly adorable.

Naomi - December 20, 2012 - 12:27 am

Jess, That might be the first time anyone ever referred to me as patient :) Love the photos! Thanks for getting these up before shutting down for 2012! Enjoy some well-deserved downtime!

Sarah Barringer - December 20, 2012 - 6:13 am

Super photos Naomi! Ren looks like he loved his time in the spotlight, and he could not be cuter! I love the head shots of just him- growing boy! And you and Ruth look great too. It looks like a really fun photo shoot. xo

Jill Yates - December 20, 2012 - 8:15 am

This is such a fabulous, fun picture Naomi. I can’t believe how big Ren is in his stylish jeans and Dixie just looks so calm with all the craziness! We can’t wait to see you for x-mas! xo

Mik - December 20, 2012 - 9:37 am

What great pics! Actually looks like fun was being had at a photo shoot. Ren looks great and so do you and Mom

erika Gill - December 20, 2012 - 10:53 am

Love these photos! Miss you guys!

Ruth Aoki - December 20, 2012 - 11:32 am

I loved the photos. They even look as if they were easy to take, but Ren kept you working. You did a great job and the photos of Naomi and Ren are wonderful.

Laurie Hamilton - December 21, 2012 - 5:38 am

It would be really difficult to pick just one of these shots–as a group they really catch the little guy just as he is this moment! Wonderful shots, full of the life of a two-year-old!

zoe - December 21, 2012 - 10:50 am

Super cute! what great pix!

Natalie - December 21, 2012 - 5:45 pm

Beautiful photos, beautiful family! LOVE the photos and LOVE that family!! xo

Jim Britt - January 3, 2013 - 9:58 am

Beautiful photo!!

Tom Watts - January 3, 2013 - 9:59 am

great picture

James Canavan - January 3, 2013 - 10:01 am

Awesome photo. wish I was photogenic.

Barry Gale - January 3, 2013 - 10:03 am

This is one handsome kid!

Dan Boyd - January 3, 2013 - 10:05 am

Great pics. Everyone looks great!

Brother adventures

Oh I love going back a year later! Don’t get me wrong, it’s wonderful and amazing to chronicle babies throughout their first year (now I feel like I need to link to the Baby’s First Year package), but there’s this incredible fun surprise for me when I take one set of photos when a baby is first born, and then I get to arrive at the house and walk in the door a year later and find this little tiny person, doing so many amazing things.  They just change so much in that first year, it gets me every time.  These two guys are no different… and big brother C I’ve seen since he was a little tiny munchkin too – and he’s now a big boy of three.  This shirtless reading picture of the two of them kills me. Kills me. Adore.

So this August 30th photoshoot marks the official last shoot of the summer for me. Now on to the craziest month of the year… FALL! It’s the best. My schedule is here if you’re interested.

Kerry - October 1, 2012 - 11:31 am

Great family photo!

Elizabeth DiLauro - October 2, 2012 - 9:48 am


The birthday boy

These guys finished off their Baby’s First Year package last week with sweet J’s one year photoshoot.  It’s been so wonderful to see him grow this year.  My favorite art shot is the grass handoff between J and dad, but the cheesy grin picture is also too fantastic for words.  It really looks like we asked him to smile and he granted our wish :)  He also looks just like he’s reading to his mom in the book picture… smart kiddo.  I also really like the one where he’s lying in mom’s lap – a really sweet moment.  And my last favorite is the one inside where he was playing with blocks, with mum and dad watching from two different points in the picture.

Thanks so much for a great year of pictures, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Two crazy brothers

OK, so I’m in love with the story these pictures tell.  These two little guys are fabulous — wonderfully cuddly, fun, loving, sweet and altogether crazy!  I’ll start off just introducing them to you… B on the left and A on the right.  Can’t you already tell by their smiles and the twinkles in their eyes that they have energy percolating?

So this is what I mean by the stories the pictures tell.  We start with the more posed, classic blocks picture:

And then we get the real-life moment – as every parent knows, what playing with blocks with two kids ultimately devolves into…

But they’re also just incredibly sweet, cuddly boys, loving good books with mama.

Bubble machines make FUN pictures :)


Wet hands make cool prints.


But this one makes me giggle so much – Mom and Dad just having a moment of being amused/overwhelmed by the crazy energy of their fantastic boys:

You guys rock, thanks for a fun morning!

3 months old and delicious

In my line of work, sometimes it’s fun to give myself little challenges – little things that I keep an eye out for when I’m shooting.  One of those things is the elusive dog lick picture.  I love a good dog-licking-baby picture – and getting the dog’s tongue just the right amount out of his mouth while the baby’s also at that perfect moment where they’re not too annoyed by the attention…

The fun thing here is if you click this “dog licking baby” link and get to a bunch of shoots where I’ve had dogs licking babies (yes, it’ll look at first like it’s not going anywhere, because you’ll see this post again – but scroll down, that link shows all the posts I’ve ever tagged with dog lick), the next post down after this one will be of this same pup: Harry, with his beloved little sister E. Our first shoot was back when she was just three weeks old, and now she’s three months old.

We did these pictures just an hour before her baptism this weekend, and she was just a perfect angel for the photoshoot.

Even with very little sleep the night before, she giggled and played…

And showed us how big she is on her mom’s pretty chaise – much bigger than last time, already!

Reading Christmas books with mama:

Love that she’s peeking at her “1st Christmas” ornament here!

Mama and daughter in their pretty Christening dresses:

She did catch a wink before the big event…

Grandma’s pretty hands with baby E:

With her Godmother and Godfather, in her Christening gown and bonnet that her mom, uncle and grandma all wore…

Big cousin, with her fantastic hairdo and dimple:

And last of all, grandma with her three pretty girls:

Loved seeing all you guys!  Hope the big event was a huge success :)

Kristen Krikorian - December 15, 2011 - 5:28 pm

Love, Love, Love!! These pictures are precious, just like the subjects! Captures everything perfectly! xoxo

Anne Fryar - December 15, 2011 - 10:15 pm

Oh Jill, She is just so precious and to see Harry so loving to her makes my heart melt. Enjoy her!!!! Anne

Vicki Shield - December 15, 2011 - 10:46 pm

Love these pictures… so natural! You both look so beautiful.

Erin - December 15, 2011 - 10:53 pm


Pat Larkin - December 15, 2011 - 11:32 pm

Eleanor, you are so photogenic and so lovely! Congratulations on your Baptism. Great pictures, Jill. See you soon, I hope!

Monica Pascetta Carroccio - December 16, 2011 - 6:53 am

Jill, she is beautiful!! Congratulations! These are great pictures! I love the one of her looking at the tree!

Kristen Marx - December 16, 2011 - 7:09 pm

Bellissimo sweet little Ellie! xoxo

A boy and his pup

This little 16 month old guy had such fun crawling all over his friend the pup – their relationship was very sibling-esque.

I won’t do too much commentary… but first I have to show you the handsome:

And the extraordinarily super fun: (isn’t this picture actually loud when you look at it?)

Had to give you a beauty shot of the pup too:

Julie - November 1, 2011 - 8:01 pm

beautiful family :)

Toni - November 1, 2011 - 8:10 pm

I love all of these photos. What a cute family! (and yes that includes Dixie).

Ruth Aoki - November 1, 2011 - 8:30 pm

These are some of the best photos of my grandson that I have seen. The photographer has established a great rapport with him. He actually seems to be flirting with the photographer.

Jennifer - November 1, 2011 - 8:34 pm

Check out the personality! Fantastic pictures. I can actually hear the two of you laughing!

Annabelle - November 1, 2011 - 8:41 pm

These are super!

Russ Goodwin - November 1, 2011 - 8:49 pm

Great Pic’s

janet mcabney - November 1, 2011 - 9:24 pm

Cute alert!
These photos have a timeless transcendent quality. You are all beautiful!

christina - November 1, 2011 - 9:35 pm

There’s nothing I don’t love about these photos!

Kim Berard - November 1, 2011 - 9:36 pm

I love how happy you guys always naturally look in photos! These are amazing family shots! Miss you :) Kimmi

Michele Dinsmore - November 1, 2011 - 9:54 pm

beautiful pictures! what a beautiful family you have.

Seneca - November 1, 2011 - 9:57 pm

These are wonderful photos! They are full of such personality and love. Truly captures the subjects. Beautiful!

mik - November 1, 2011 - 10:10 pm

great photos

Catherine Rosseel - November 1, 2011 - 10:35 pm

My favorite is the last one. Totally capture the specialness of that family. And I love the solo shot of Dixie – the blue tick coon hound photos really well in black and white! I want to eat all three of you!

Kurt - November 1, 2011 - 10:49 pm

Cute dog… cuter kid.

Amy Wiggins Ball - November 2, 2011 - 4:45 am

wow… teared right up ! He is growing up for sure ! So sweet ! Love the pics of this amazing family :) Great shots !

Laurie Hamilton - November 2, 2011 - 5:12 am

I would be hard-pressed to pick a favorite they are all so good. Love the light.

Laurie Hamilton - November 2, 2011 - 5:13 am

Love the light. These are all great pix.

Erin Murphy - November 2, 2011 - 6:50 am

Fantastic photos!! Such happy pictures!

Natalie - November 2, 2011 - 4:37 pm

Wow – what great photos! What a handsome and adorable little boy; what a happy an beautiful mom; and what a gorgeous pup!!! Love you all!!! xo

Sister support

It’s been a year since I saw these sweet girls, and I love what buddies they’ve become.

I’m just a sucker for sisters.

Lemme introduce the ladies – first, in calm moments. Big girl G, with her model-perfect hair.

And littler sister B, with eyelashes to beat the band:

Just gorgeous.

I feel like B is looking at me mischievously here, daring me to try to get a good picture of her family once she steps into the sunshine while her parents are in shadow.  She knows so much about lighting, that little one ;)

Big smiles!

Mama moments…


Wonderful fun, guys, thanks so much!


Carisa - September 29, 2011 - 10:11 pm

What beautiful girls!

Margaret Davis - September 29, 2011 - 10:22 pm

What great pictures and such beautiful girls.

Cait - September 29, 2011 - 10:40 pm


Michelle - September 29, 2011 - 10:42 pm

These girls look amazing. Great photos !!

Meaghan - September 29, 2011 - 11:12 pm


Jeannie - September 30, 2011 - 7:05 am

Georgie has such a wonderful smile that is only enhanced by her adorable wavy hair blowing in the wind! But I am particularly impressed with the family shots with the focus on Beatrix – priceless moments captured so beautifully!

Melanie - September 30, 2011 - 7:10 am

G+B are so adorable. Those smiles!

I wish my niece and nephew lived closer so they could get the Jessica treatment.

molly - September 30, 2011 - 7:27 am

Pretty girls!

Erin - September 30, 2011 - 8:52 am

Great photos, Julie!! Georgie and Bea are beautiful, and you’re right that they have great eyelashes.

samantha - September 30, 2011 - 6:55 pm

These are too cute.

tammy rowe - September 30, 2011 - 7:02 pm

Gorgeous photos, but can’t wait to see these girls in person!

poppop - October 1, 2011 - 3:30 pm

I’m so delighted to see these photos. They are exquisite!I haven’t seen my grandchildren since early summer and its wonderful to see them now!

Vicky - October 3, 2011 - 6:50 pm

I am not sure how, but these little ladies keep getting more beautiful each time I see a picture of them! Georgous pictures!

Gwen - October 3, 2011 - 8:23 pm

Jules – little G. is so adorably photogenic! I love the photos!

Kate - October 3, 2011 - 9:02 pm

Those are fantastic. My sweet B looks older than when we saw you a few weeks ago!

Jessica - October 4, 2011 - 12:12 am

Stunning photos! Really captured the girls’ beauty and personalities!

Jojo - October 4, 2011 - 1:30 am

Some wonderful moments captured of some gorgeous girls!

carol - October 4, 2011 - 12:07 pm

These ar fantastic! I can;t believe how big the girls are!!!!!

Mommy, Esq. - October 4, 2011 - 12:22 pm

Wonderful photos!

Adorable number three and his mama

I’ve been working with this beautiful mama since her oldest big girl was just a little munchkin.  I got to spend time with her and her 3rd beautiful baby last week while the bigger siblings were at school.  I hadn’t seen him since he was a newborn, and look how he’s grown!

A virtuouso at one!

With his lovey – a bunny/dog that he adores even though it’s having a bit of an identity crisis (yes, from this angle it looks like a bunny… from the back he has a long tail, though):

You can get lost in his big, beautiful eyes, can’t you?

Needed to pop outdoors for some tush pictures, of course:

Perfect sweet little hands:

I loved getting a chance to see you guys.  The family resemblance is fantastic!

andrea flaherty - September 20, 2011 - 5:22 pm

these are so so beautiful!!!!!! I am definitely going to check into this for my little munchkin!

Christine Wantman - September 20, 2011 - 5:36 pm

Patrick is perfect (and I’m not just saying this because I am his godmother)! I’ve always admired the photos you’ve taken of all the Sullivan kiddos. Nice work!

Jenn Anderson - September 20, 2011 - 6:19 pm

These are great photos. Maybe it’s because the subject is one of the great loves of my life.

Jenn Anderson - September 20, 2011 - 6:20 pm

These are great pictures. Maybe it’s because the subject is one of the great loves of my life.

Elizabeth Moore - September 20, 2011 - 8:39 pm

Your photographs truly capture R’s joy as a mother and P’s innocence. Love them- amazing work (and gorgeous subjects).

keri deangelis - September 20, 2011 - 9:07 pm

Wonderful, simple and gorgeous. I love mama & baby p together…but his outdoor tushie is the yummiest!

Danielle Meagher - September 20, 2011 - 9:07 pm

These pictures are so beautiful! Of course, Jess had some great subjects to work with!

Deirdre Leech - September 21, 2011 - 4:28 am

Rebecca, these pictures are absolutely beautiful!!!! My pick is by far, the 2nd one (with him sitting on the floor in his diaper looking up)….it’s priceless!!!! What a great photographer..will definitely recommend her to my Boston friends.

Lauren Sullivan - September 21, 2011 - 6:28 pm

These are absolutely beautiful. Adorable mother and baby.

Jeanne Browne - September 21, 2011 - 6:40 pm

Beautiful photos of Beautiful people. My favorite is the tushie pic!

Kathryn - September 21, 2011 - 7:09 pm

His eyes really are the best. Love this baby!

Kathleen Keane - September 21, 2011 - 7:47 pm

Great pictures! Patrick is ADORABLE!

Jane dyer - September 21, 2011 - 8:57 pm

These are terrific pictures. I love the black and white. Classic.

Nancy - September 22, 2011 - 9:32 am

Beautiful subjects, beautiful pictures!

Cathy Frausel - September 22, 2011 - 9:32 am

those pictures are just to cute!!!

Cathy Frausel - September 22, 2011 - 9:35 am

those pictures are just to cute!!! I cant pick a favorite. each one is better than the last.

Heidi Tobin - September 22, 2011 - 2:57 pm


Julie - September 22, 2011 - 8:47 pm

Definitely the cutest baby ever. How I love him!!!

Donna - September 22, 2011 - 9:33 pm

Beautiful, beautiful, boy and mom.
Incredible eyes on the little guy.

Melissa Rose - September 23, 2011 - 7:30 pm

Now those are some good genes! And the photos aren’t bad either :)

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!


Brothers, just beginning

When I first arrived to see these two brothers last weekend, almost 3 month old Z was exhausted.  But that meant we got this picture, which I am just in love with… (avoiding ending my sentence with a preposition by using ellipses… my middle school grammar teacher would be horrified)

But then when he perked up, big (almost 3 year old) brother J insisted on sharing his favorite Fire Truck book:

A few of just the big man first, as he concentrates 0n his car:

Leaping into a pile of pillows:

Or tossing a friend into the fray:

And now, introducing Z:

Daddy, look at ME :)

Great to see you guys again!

Ana Bard - June 9, 2011 - 1:29 pm


Amzing pictures of a beautiful family! Thansk for sharing.


Radhika v - June 9, 2011 - 1:57 pm

Excellent pics of the brothers. Baby is too sweet, and the family pic turned our great! Radhika

Kat - June 9, 2011 - 2:03 pm

Love the pix. Jake is so big and Zachary is just adorable. Beautiful family!

Lia W - June 9, 2011 - 5:07 pm

Thanks for sharing Julia, you can see that there is lots of love and fun.

Gail - June 9, 2011 - 8:31 pm

Great photos! Z is a doll!

Dave B - June 9, 2011 - 10:10 pm

Super cute!

alice - June 10, 2011 - 5:57 pm

I am even more excited to visit. See you in July!!!!

Jane Dalton - June 10, 2011 - 9:08 pm

Handsome family, beautiful pictures!!

Jane - June 10, 2011 - 9:09 pm

Beautiful family and great pictures

donna - June 11, 2011 - 11:21 am

Loved this photo shoot. what handsome boys!!

CY - June 11, 2011 - 8:37 pm

Gorgeous pictures – the boys are so sweet.

Veronica Nee - June 12, 2011 - 3:37 pm

the pictures are beautiful!! the boys are just too cute!!

Li-Mei Yang - June 12, 2011 - 8:04 pm

So many great shots, but the family picture is the winner. Can’t wait to receive your holiday cards!

Kim - June 13, 2011 - 10:01 pm

Wow! Amazing pictures. Great family pictures.

Kate Arnold - June 14, 2011 - 8:51 am

Beautiful photos of a beautiful family. I love that they are so natural and are of little ones doing what little ones do. Those are the moments that will make you smile when they are all grown up.

Ginny - June 14, 2011 - 11:25 pm

Wonderful photos of a wonderful family. I was smiling the whole time. Well done!

Michele - July 11, 2011 - 3:33 pm

Beautiful pics!!

Back to work!

Tomorrow would mark three weeks since I last posted on the blog – had to quick get this one up before we hit the 3 week mark, lest you think I’ve been resting on my laurels this summer.  I’ve been lucky enough to take some time with my girls in the past few weeks.  I’ve been shooting a bit, here and there as childcare allows… but I hoarded my own babies for a few weeks of relaxing at the pool, and when throughout the year my weekends are usually booked with photoshoots, over the past few weeks I even got to take time to do some rare weekend celebrating with grownups (35 birthdays, bridal showers, bachelorette parties)…

But now for those here-and-there families who’ve been so patient waiting for their pictures. Over the next few days I am in final edits for six recent sessions.  Here’s the first.  Thanks for your patience, guys!

Here’s my #1 most favorite, perfect one.

The girls.

And brotha.

Showing me a missing tooth.

Loving mama’s reading style.

I like all three interested in this one:

The funky turquoise bracelet here brings to mind mom’s own mom’s ring, from photos of hers from childhood.  The idea makes me happy.


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