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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 :)


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?


I adored meeting you guys, what a great way to start 2017!

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.





Wait, are you sure you’re only 4 weeks old? What’s with all the gorgeous smiles?9116

And even when the fuss happened it was adorable.9124

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!


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.


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


A champion head-holder-upper already!










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


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.

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.


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!

5 weeks old and getting a kick out of his parents

The best part of this sweet little 5 week old guy is how engaged his eyes are in every picture, just adoring everything his parents do with him:

Even when he was VERY hungry…

And then he got a leeeetle sleepy…

But not before showing us a perfect pout:


Welcome little guy – so great to meet you all!

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

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!!!

Our 8th shoot!

I started taking pictures of these two back in 2005, when L was three years old and W was one.  And now here we are, on shoot #8 – with a gorgeous 9 year old girl and a handsome 7 year old boy.  Time FLIES.

Dreamy, perfect Posey-McPoserton shot. Well done, everybody, including Gandalf ;)

The lovely Miss, with her festive pumpkin:

Toothless wonder – doesn’t this one look like an ad for a dentist? I’d totally go to this dentist if he promised I’d get to have toothless boys as awesome as W.

Gandalf love.

Got to include some fun grandparents this time :)

Da boyz.

Da ladeez.

Plumb tuckered out.  Modeling is exhausting!

Loved seeing you guys, as always.

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!!

Two under two, for just a bit

Big brother H I got to meet when he was a mere 12 hours old, but this time I had to wait a few days to meet new sister L – my vacation schedule got in the way :(

But doing it after these guys got home from the hospital was even better – light is prettier at home, and we got so many sweet pictures.  And I’m happy to welcome them to the elite club I like to call “two under two”.  They join some other fabulous families – and even though big H is turning 2 in just a couple of weeks, I think it’s exciting to mention that they’re part of this cool crew.

Both sets of grandparents in the same place at the same time? Must be documented.

Love love love you all.  Truly my extended family, and I was honored to document the beginning of your family-of-fourness.

Welcome, darling, darling girl.  We love you, and my girls can’t wait to make mischief with you and your big wonderful brother.  And how, oh how, did I walk out of the house without a new baby snuggle?  That’s the best part of my friends having babies – I usually remember to put down the camera and get some baby time – but I think the heat of the day and the excitement of meeting this sweet lady got the better of me and I stayed in standard work mode and totally forgot to get my snuggle.  We must see you another time very soon! xo

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molly - July 15, 2010 - 10:25 am

ohmylord! jess! you are such a master! what beautiful photos. i love the one of the grandparents….how did you get everyone to look so fabulous?

Ken Pruitt - July 15, 2010 - 12:06 pm

I love those photos. Great work as always Jess.

Henok - July 15, 2010 - 12:35 pm

what a photos and happy family thanks jess.

Matt - July 15, 2010 - 1:55 pm

What fabulous photos Jess. L looks so beautiful and, as Lisa said, “put together” at such a tender age. And H is such a big boy now!

Pindie - July 15, 2010 - 4:30 pm

I’m so happy to share in your joy and of course am reminded of when we had Two under Two! I wish you and Marni so much happiness and now that Lailah and Hayden have one another, you’ve got a perfect family. Much love from Geneva

Jess, terrific pictures!

Nicole - July 15, 2010 - 11:25 pm

Beautiful photos. Beautiful family. Congratulations Chanoffs! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness.

Patti - July 16, 2010 - 10:25 am

Beautiful photos Sash! Congratulations!

Sasha Chanoff - July 16, 2010 - 1:19 pm

Watching Jess photograph our family was like witnessing a master artist at work. Imagine watching Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel or da Vinci creating the Mona Lisa. That’s what if feels like to be in the presence of Jess at work — someone who is so skilled and precise and talented that it is awe inspiring.

Grant Dupoux - July 16, 2010 - 3:12 pm

Marni, congrats to you and your beautiful family! The latest addition to the family is adorable!

Pirjo - July 16, 2010 - 6:21 pm

What amazing pictures of the most beautiful family! Congraulations to all!

lissu chanoff - July 19, 2010 - 5:44 pm

Jess, what wonderful shots. you are a true master. Not only are you a great baby photographer but the wedding pics you took of marni/sasha wedding are masterful. two under two is truly a work of art. THANK YOU.

Judy Sacks - July 26, 2010 - 1:40 pm

Mazal Tov to all of you – what a blessing to bring more Chanoffs into the world! Judy Sacks

8 days old, delicious & time to play “Dare you not to yawn”

Here are a bunch more pictures of the gorgeous Lady Kay – dimples and smiles and all (8 days old and a little smile already?):

And this shot was stolen from another wonderful photographer whose name I don’t know, but who did a much nicer job of this… but I do still kinda like our version.  We have to assume someday it’ll be her album cover when she’s a musician, right?

Big brother is loving little Kay:

And we can’t forget the big boy and how old he’s going to be next week:

A catnap is an important part of any newborn shoot:

Doesn’t Daddy look a little like a heavy metal rocker?

I love when parents try to imitate their baby’s expressions.  Awesome.

Those perfect newborn wrinkles, before the chub arrives…

Doesn’t Kay look like she’s plotting something?

I took Kay’s big brother’s pictures at around this same age, and his toes were exactly the same as hers!

And last but not least, it’s time to play your favorite game and mine:  “Dare you not to yawn.”


Get ready…



Did you yawn? I did. Still am :)

Welcome to the world, sweet baby Kay.  Can’t wait to see you again soon!

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Irene Mahler - March 6, 2010 - 9:08 pm

The photos of Jay, Sara, Nat and Kay are awesome! Thank you Jess,you make a grandmother’s heart flutter.