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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

The beach, and more

This one is hands-down my favorite from the whole shoot.  I love 16 month old C peeking through this tree at her dad.  You can even tell Dad is smiling from the bit of his cheek we see…

We had such fun at the beach near their house north of Boston:

And we still got to go enjoy some time at a little park up the hill…

You can’t NOT smile looking at this grin.  Dare you to try.


Really fun to see you guys again!

Now it’s her turn

So much history, so little space on the blog.  My college roommate’s kids are getting bigger and bigger, and last weekend we did pictures to mark little sister K’s passage into the year-and-a-half era – just as we’d done for big boy N a few years ago.  We didn’t torture her with making her crawl nude across the beach as we’d done to her brother, but she was happy to play bubbles outside with her three favorite people.

Antique firetruck fun:

And then the bubbles came out…

This is so cool.

My brother is so good at blowing bubbles, LOOK!

Pretty lady.

Dad’s got some skeeels too…

Wonderful to see you guys, I’m so glad we did this :)

sharon ewing - August 15, 2011 - 5:48 pm

Jess, you are a true artist! These are terrific and I can only imagine how difficult it is to get two children looking good at the same time!

Three cuties and the beach

I met these guys at the house before heading over to their neighborhood beach, and I am just in love with this first picture we got — how perfect??

But then we zipped over to the beach and got some great fun pictures by the water and the trees…

The big guys decided they were going to help little sister S get going on her walking.

They coached and coached as she pushed up, up, up…

And wahoo – she got to a standing position!  Walking… well, not in the grass today.  But standing like a champ!  And making her big sister and brother very proud :)

And don’t forget herself – making herself very proud too.

It was wonderful running around with you guys as always.

Thanks for the fun morning!

My little brother is hiLARious

This is one of my FAVORITE pictures I’ve ever taken. Love. Love. Love.

Met these cuties last weekend, when what was supposed to be a rainy day cleared up for us and allowed us to play both inside and outside.

Inside we got to do fun things like play on the bed…

Play the piano…

Chat with bear friends…

And color some princess books.

Big grins inside:

And big grins outside:

And of course we had to play on the swings a bit outside.

Wonderful to meet you guys, thanks for having me come out!

John Wysocki - August 1, 2011 - 7:37 am

Nice job Jessica. the photos of J and J came out great. Thank you.

Stephanie Wysocki - August 1, 2011 - 7:39 am

Love the photos.

Elaine Wysocki - August 1, 2011 - 7:49 am

Love my grand children. Nice work.

Sean Keogh - August 1, 2011 - 7:51 am

Nice looking niece and nephew.

Kim Keogh - August 1, 2011 - 7:53 am

My god children are beautiful

Matt Keogh - August 1, 2011 - 8:21 am

Nice looking cousins. Does this mean that my mom is going to make us get do this now?

Carolyn - August 1, 2011 - 12:09 pm

These are the cutest! I love the first one especially!

Cara O'Brien - August 1, 2011 - 2:04 pm

Absolutely adorable children and fantastic pictures!

Samantha - August 1, 2011 - 2:37 pm

Beautiful photos, beautiful children!

Helen - August 1, 2011 - 3:36 pm

These pictures are absolutely adorable!

Sandy Tam - August 1, 2011 - 3:43 pm

Great shots! My favorite is the first one. It’s a very candid shot and their reactions are priceless.

EP - August 1, 2011 - 3:47 pm

Composition is very good. Sepia is great. Keepsakes for a lifetime.

Victoria Turlis - August 2, 2011 - 8:11 am

The first picture is priceless!! So adorable!

Ali Ciccariello - August 2, 2011 - 8:38 am

What happy, beautiful children! The first photo is amazing – lots of laughs and it really captures the brother/sister relationship.

Carol Hunger - August 2, 2011 - 9:02 am

Love the pictures each of them in the swing. And by the piano – priceless. Beautiful kids, John! :)

Brandon - August 2, 2011 - 9:25 am

These turned out great. It looks like they enjoyed every moment.

Andy Herbine - August 3, 2011 - 4:55 pm

Great shots Jessica! The first one of the two of them is priceless!

Katie Herbine - August 4, 2011 - 11:30 am

Great photos! The pictures of the two kids together are precious. Great family!

Katie Herbine - August 4, 2011 - 11:30 am

Great photos! The pictures of the two kids together are precious Great family!

Katie - August 4, 2011 - 11:32 am

Beautiful pictures. Well done!

He’s three and she’s one

So I know I always gush about these guys on the blog, but I think the fact these two kids are practically our niece and nephew means I get to spend a minute or two telling you how amazing they are.  It’s a double birthday month for them – little sister L turned one early in July, and tomorrow is big brother H’s 3rd birthday.  It was a blink of an eye (ok, fine, maybe a long blink… it was 4 years) ago that I shot (my one and only EVAH, please don’t ask me to shoot your wedding, I’m soooo not a wedding photographer) their parents’ wedding, and now there are these two beautiful, perfect babies in the world, thanks to this awesome couple.  OK, photos will do the rest of the talking.  I just love these guys. Happy birthday, babies.


First year photo with Dad:

And momma:

And of course, grins:



Sasha Chanoff - July 25, 2011 - 1:53 am

Watching Jess in action never ceases to amaze me. She has techniques to turn a sad / shy / unhappy child into a that’s-how-I-want-my-child-to-look-in-photos child. Simply brilliant!

molly chanoff - July 25, 2011 - 1:39 pm

these are sooooo beautiful! i am dying! jess! you are a MASTER!

marni chanoff - July 27, 2011 - 10:16 pm

It is hard to believe that these photos came from a quick shoot on a lazy afternoon. They are so incredible. Jess, these are the best gifts we could ever imagine getting. We love every one of them and will appreciate them and YOU more and more as our beautiful July babies get older. I mean, how many more years will they agree to the double diaper birthday shoot? Thank you!

Pindie Stephen - August 17, 2011 - 11:06 am

What wonderful pictures! And since I have not yet met the one-year old, and it has probably been at least a year and a half since our last meeting with Hayden (lovely BBQ in your backyard then!) I am so happy to have these to look at and marvel at how beautiful the two young Chanoffs are doing!

That boy can hook a trout!

With over a thousand photoshoots under my belt, it’s hard to introduce a new kids activity to me.  Not to say that I’m bored of any of it – I’ll play Legos and dressup and take fun pictures of it happily for the next many decades, don’t get me wrong.  But this one was a totally new one for me.  Raise your hand if you knew you could buy all different kinds of real-looking stuffed fish with little loops of string in their mouths – and that kids can hook them with their real fishing rods and practice reeling them in in the backyard.  So super cool.  This tiny fisherman fishes with his dad as often as he can (almost every night after work – LOVE it) and when he can’t get to a real watering hole, is content to cast and reel in his funky stuffed fish in the backyard.  Just awesome.

His sister is a total swing addict.  Been there – I hear you, M.  Swinging rocks.  Or as my Sadie calls it, “finging”. Not to mention the awesome tongue.

Now many years ago this fisherman daddy and I worked at a small company together – pre-marriages, pre-kids… and I just love getting to see people like this over the years as their kids grow up.  Just such a wonderful family:

Running around outside:

Giving hugs:

Just being handsome:

And donning her custom-crocheted outfit from her grandmother…

Loved every minute of it, guys!  So nice to see you.

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Spring Public Garden Mini-shoot #9: Seventeen years later

Um, so maybe Ellie and I were in the same freshman dorm SEVENTEEN years ago.  I just had to count that on my fingers and now that number makes me feel old.  Her husband Kevin was at our college too, so this was sooo fun to see them now, all kidded up.  I feel like Ellie and I were 18 year olds just a few minutes ago, hanging out in Hamilton living room watching 90210 and drinking Zima (wow, that means this was half our LIFE ago… ok, this is crazy, I must stop).

This one is one of the first pictures we took when we met up at the Public Garden for our 20 minute mini-shoot last weekend, and look how much fun the kids were instantly having with their awesome parents:


Like the tongue in this one:

A photographer’s group I have fun with is running an assignment this month called “Here Comes the Sun”. I’m going to submit this next one, it’s just too perfect for it.  Here are all the entries, it’s very fun to browse, these photographers are awesome…

This was super fun to see you guys after all that time – thanks for coming out!

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Running adventures

I haven’t seen this gorgeous girl since she was a tiny twelve week old sweet thing, and just look at her 21 month old perfection now:


Running in the kitchen was by far her favorite activity:

She even got into the tub with her blue-jeaned mama for a few splashes for me.

And though it was March in New England, we zipped outside for a few, ’cause… why not?

Wonderful to see you guys again!

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One year!

I know big girl J’s mama didn’t love this T shirt – but this moment when she’s pulling it up so we get full view of those fantastic thighs – it’s just perfect.  And look at that, she’s ONE!  I took pictures of her one year ago almost to the day, when she was just a few weeks old, and then again last fall, but look at what a beauty she’s grown into!

Beloved by her big brothers:

Gets into everything…

But when she flashes that grin — the world is hers for the taking.


And last but never least, some love from Mama. Loved seeing you guys as always!

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3 1/2 years later

Three summers ago I met tiny little M on Nantucket, when my old friend Gabriel Frasca and his incredible wife Amanda Lydon invited me over the deck of Straight Wharf (their restaurant on the island).  M was only 7 weeks old then:

Now she’s a big girl of 3 and a half, and she has a handsome little 1 1/2 year old brother.  Nothing really beats being able to come back to families years later and see how kids grow.  I know I say it over and over again, so forgive me, but it really is amazing.

This photoshoot was a present for their grandmother, so we got some fun playing-with-Nonna pictures, of course:

And getting the braids:

H with his poppa:

Family tickle:

Coloring with Nonna:

Wonderful to see you guys again!  Hope to get to Nantucket this summer!

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Wendy T Bonavita - March 10, 2011 - 5:15 pm

I love the eskimo kiss, such a sweet moment.

Sr. Barbara - March 10, 2011 - 8:05 pm

Special people, special times as family! Happy to share life with all of you. Loved seeing your happiness together!
Barbara and Susan

Linda Ashwood - March 10, 2011 - 10:41 pm

Some very special moments captured in a very special way… loved all of them! Can’t wait to see the finished products: Linda

Teri Frasca - March 11, 2011 - 4:46 pm

Jess- the children are beautiful babies. Thank you.

Debra McDonald - March 12, 2011 - 2:33 am

I love “getting the braids” the most or maybe the “eskimo kiss. Perhaps, I like “family tickle” the most…

Donna Thompson - March 12, 2011 - 6:40 am

I love all of these pictures. They are beautiful. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Alicia Fairbank - March 13, 2011 - 5:44 pm

The most beautiful pictures I have ever seen.

Susan Raymo - March 16, 2011 - 1:00 pm

Wonderful capture of the spirit of the person and the moment.

Thanks for sharing.

Susan Raymo

Jud Sabey - March 17, 2011 - 7:50 am

I think Susan captured it . You can feel the love .

Ben Fairbank - March 18, 2011 - 10:44 pm

Cute pictures.

Rick Thompson - March 20, 2011 - 9:49 am

So adorable!

Nancy Dietrich - March 20, 2011 - 12:40 pm

It looks like Henry would like to get a nose kiss from Nana too.

David McDonough - March 22, 2011 - 10:11 am

You can feel the joy and love in each picture. Brings tears of happiness to my eyes. Thank you for sharing.

Liz Fragola - March 23, 2011 - 2:32 pm

Beautiful family. Wonderful Nona!

Kathi Kavanaugh - March 23, 2011 - 10:18 pm

Love, laughter, fun, joy and a great amount of tenderness, makes
life in this family a treasure. I think Marin is teaching Henry, “that
good clothes open all doors”. I’d love to be a fly on the wall listening
to the happiness.

Nursery school photos, third year in a row

It’s that time of the year again – Jan/Feb at Boston Baby Photos means studio-style nursery school photos at my daughter’s preschool, and it was incredible and hilarious once again this year.  Last year I put a post up explaining all the details in case any other schools were interested in having me do this sort of photography at their school, so if you’re interested and want to forward this along to friends, they can learn all the details from last year’s post here.

This time I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

Thanks again for a great day, guys!

Number four, nine days in

When this mama called me to document her fourth baby’s newborn pictures, I was so excited to see his tiny cuteness compared to his big brothers and sisters.  Well Mother Nature conspired against us, and we had to move our shoot day due to all this crazy snow, so only one big two year old brother was home to introduce me to the new arrival…

But that’s OK – he was pretty perfect and ready for his closeup all by himself. Isn’t he handsome?


He got a catnap in there, too.

Wonderful to meet you guys!

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First comes love, then comes marriage…

People ask me if I’ve ever shot a wedding, and I tell them I’ve only done a few of them, and that babies are more my thing.  But whenever they ask, I think of this incredible couple – my husband Evan’s best friend since he was two and Sash was born, FORTY YEARS AGO yesterday. (Happy belated, Sash!)

I shot their wedding back in 2007…

their first son’s newborn pictures in 2008, then his 7 month and 14 month old pictures… and then newborn pictures for his perfect sister last summer, and now a couple of weeks ago… her six month pictures.

But first – look what that wonderful marriage a few years ago brought us :)

Isn’t she lovely?


Not sure which thumb-sucking picture I like better.  This one?

Or this one?

The similarity between this next pair of photos is pretty cool. It’s an old pic of H at 7 months on the left, and one from this shoot of L at 6 months on the right.


20 tiny toes…

Loved spending time with you guys as always.

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Two blondies

If memory serves (and Kristen, correct me if I’m wrong) in 1986, these cuties’ fun blonde mama and I were in a critically acclaimed elementary school production of Sound of Music together. Now it’s 25 (???!!!) years later and I got a chance to meet her fun blonde munchkins last weekend.  It was wonderful from start to finish.

Moments of crazy,

mixed with quiet…

Love this – check HIM out :)

LOVED seeing you again! Keep in touch :)

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