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Beacon Hill Newborn Photographer – kissing his baby toes and warm in the sun

I really do get goosebumps when I arrive in Beacon Hill as a newborn photographer. I love walking those streets. Last week it was early morning when I was arriving for our pictures with this new little guy. The sun was warming my back, and I almost skipped as I came up the hill to their house. Nothing like following my GPS, not quite sure where I’ll park, but excited to start a new journey with an entirely new family.

And when I get to be the newborn photographer for an old friend who’s just had his first baby?

Well that’s when it just couldn’t be more perfect.

But wait, there’s more. Because this boy was just too much. Look at that tummy! Those toes! That soft squishy back!

And I didn’t even explain to you about his amazingly creative mama. She takes beautiful photos of her sweet boy all the time. But she’s never IN the photos. You know the problem? Where you’re not sure your child will even remember you were there for those early days? We decided to remedy that, and took special care to really carefully document mama and her boy. (The hair pulling one cracks me up.)

And then it was time to put on some clothes and maybe have a little snack. Because a little nursing break can sometimes fix everything.

And when better to show everybody my new Baby’s First Year coffeetable albums and Baby’s First Year package options. So much to consider!

And then a little pat on the back… Aaaaand burp!

p.s. I adored getting to meet you, sweet boy. Hope you love love love your photos!

 

Barn Babies at our 8th Birthday Party

Once in a while your worlds all come together. Because, see, I take pictures of babies for a living. I’m often a birthday party photographer. (More info on booking me for a party is here.) Back when I was a junior in high school, I did a farm semester at The Mountain School up in Vershire, VT and bottle fed Wendell, the baby calf every day for weeks and weeks while I was there. So not only do I love babies, and birthday parties, and animals… but baby animals at a birthday party?? Eek! When my 8 year old and her best friend asked to do a Barn Babies birthday party, I had no idea how much my loves would all come together in one place.

Because guys, here’s what I love.

Groups of children, coming together, being gentle and adoring animals:

Um, diapered baby lambs? Obv.

Swaddled kittens? Yes.

My baby girl, Sadie, at her birthday party, blissful? Yes.

Tootsie pictures? WITH A PIGLET??? Yes please.

Sadie’s best friend, cuddling a piglet? Yep.

My 4 year old niece, smooching a (momentarily nervous) kitten? Yes, this.

Soft furry kittens, just in general? Uh-huh.

Both my girls AND my niece, holding a bunny and a kitten? #mindexplodes #toocute

Sweet friends, loving on kittens with their mamas? Yes.

Friends taking quiet time to hold and cuddle? Yep.

Besties adoring bunnies together? Yes, this. This right here.

Oh and just bunnies, bunnies swaddled. Goodness they’re cute.

Barn Babies’ operation, by the way, was impeccable. They somehow dealt with the rain outside completely seamlessly, corralling all 17 children in our playroom and even vacuuming before they left. When I woke up yesterday morning to a downpour on the morning of the party I don’t have to explain to you how deeply my heart sank, just imagining my playroom with farm animals running around. But it was absolutely perfect.

The baby lamb, baby pig and three puppies were in pens that the kids could climb into, and the other babies were swaddled so the children could hold them. Dreamy.

Their presentation was slow and clear, the children understood what they could and couldn’t do, and they adored every minute of the hour we had the animals there.

You know how old these baby chicks are? 5 days old!

I will also bow down to the amazingness of doing a combo birthday party. Wow, what’s better than having your best friend’s mom show up with a homemade ice cream cake that looks like this?

Pretty much nothing, nothing beats it.

And getting to be a birthday party photographer at a party with baby ANIMALS? Perfection.

And so I leave you with this baby girl’s sweet face.

Oink!

 

Boston, MA Baby Photographer – three month old newborn photoshoot

I was thrilled to meet this gorgeous three month old baby boy for his newborn photoshoot last weekend. Sometimes people say to me “I missed my window for newborn photos!” when they call me and their baby is two, three, four… five months old. I always tell them not to worry, that doing photos any time in the first year of their baby’s life will be fantastic. Of course I want to get started early so we can tell the story of your baby’s first year fully (I have a package of a few photoshoots over the course of a baby’s first year that’s really fun to do), but any time you want to do photos is a great time to do it.

I mean, look at this cutie patootie – 3 1/2 months old and absolute perfection. I mean, the rolls on the back of his neck? Those tootsie toes? Just divine.

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Even through rain, snow, sleet or hail, your newborn photoshoot will happen

This may sound weird, but I love making my way to see families after big snowstorms. They’re snuggled in their cozy house with their new baby, and I navigate the ridiculous Boston roads to make my way there – happily leaving my own wild animals at home… and I arrive at their house, to the warmth, the love, cuddles… I just truly love my job. I adored tromping through the wet slush on the way to this newborn photoshoot, knowing I’d arrive somewhere just bursting with love.

Because guys, even his knuckles have dimples! Squeeeeeeal.

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And even better, mama said she’s considering canvases! Mmmm wall consulting, my new jam. Thanks again for having me, I loved meeting you guys and your sweet new boy.

Claudia Ashforth - February 21, 2017 - 5:31 pm

I visited my sister and the baby this past weekend and was absolutely delighted not just with him, but with the amazing pictures you took! You did a fantastic job working with the light indoors to capture all his sweet expressions, ultra-cute chubby rolls, and happy parents. You immortalized all the perfect moments! As a proud auntie I can’t wait to hang up the prints!

Patricia Allen - February 22, 2017 - 10:15 am

So dimply and sweet and just look at those eyes! Jessica, you not only captured his sweetness but also the love emanating from his adoring parents. All of those precious moments are now immortalized by your camera and keen eye. I don’t get to visit my friends as often as I’d like, so your photos are great to see in between since they make me feel like I’m (almost) there! Thank you!

Joyce - February 22, 2017 - 10:24 am

Adorable! It’s wonderful how you captured the joy in their faces, Jess! I’m amazed at the beauty in these black & white photos of L & B & Baby L!

Cassandra - February 28, 2017 - 10:26 am

Love these photos of Leo, Liz, and Bahram! You captured the love in their sweet, growing family, and in Leo’s developing personality. What a great age to do a photo shoot!

Westfield NJ newborn photos with her big sister

On Friday after school my kids and I hopped in the car in Milton, MA and grabbed my husband from work so we could drive down to Westfield, NJ to (finally) take newborn photos of my beloved college roommate’s new baby.

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A busy time of life: but still time for newborn photos

They’re deep in it, guys. You can picture it — they have a 22 month old and a 2 month old. They’re busy! But this also means they’re card-carrying members of that elusive, ephemeral club that I love to document: the two under two club.

We’re talking that time of life when you’re feeding the newborn and you have to call out to the twenty-two month old and suggest she wait to go up the stairs until she has someone with her… it’s a lot.

But I’m so grateful that we took the time to do these newborn photos! Photos are so precious when we’re able to do them at this time of life — so we can remember the way big sister was so loving with her baby sister… the kisses on the top of her head, the gentle pats B gave M… just so much love.

Love just bursting, bubbling, oozing out of them, all the time. Joy, love, gratitude… they have all of it in spades.

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I adored meeting miss M, and loved seeing big sister B. And they even indulged me and let me do a wall consulting meeting while I was there! May as well peek at frames and talk about what to hang where when we’re shooting pictures, right? Why not?

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!

Six months old and he thinks his brother is pretty cool

Look at this handsome devil. Isn’t he perfect? I got to come back for his six month photoshoot because these guys are doing my Baby’s First Year package.

Oh, and big news, did you guys hear I’ve announced an Annual Plan, for people whose babies are over a year old? More info is here.

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I got to spend some time with this guy and his big brother a couple of weekends ago…

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And even though the smooches between the boys were brief…

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And the desire to be near each other short-lived…

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How could he not idolize this?

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Big brother M did also deliver some obligatory hand licks…

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And little brother A got time to giggle with Dad,

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And some snacks (knuckle dimples and all)…

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We had to get our Michigan appreciation photo in – big brother M helped us out by reading all the letters to us:

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And tootsies, gorgeous, divine tootsies, of course.

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We even had some kiddo table dancing amazingness…

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So wonderful to see you guys, thanks so much for having me!

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Zooming and giggling

Went back to see this guy for his six month photos, and oh my goodness the cuteness! I’m so excited they’re doing the Baby’s First Year package because it means I get to come back for more giggles and fun this year.

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We did have a few moments of calm, not giggly time. I love that kind of photo too…

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Gnawing on a toe can actually hurt, guys…

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So fun to see you guys! Thanks for having me out :)

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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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YAAWWWWWWN

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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!

Belated newborn photos for these gorgeous twins

This isn’t usually my style – taking nearly six months to blog a session?? My apologies. It fell off both my and this mama’s radar, and when she emailed me a few weeks ago to tell me it was cool to blog the session it seemed crazy that it had been so many months since we took the photos. And then I needed a few weeks to sneak ’em into the blogging queue. So I apologies for the very late photos!

But better late than never, right? We took these photos back in January, and now I thought it was extra important to get these blogged because I get to go back to their house to do six month photos in just two weeks (YAY!!). It’s always fun to look back and remember how teenie they were when we first met them.

And without further ado… let me introduce – albeit five months after they were REALLY introduced… babies L and M.

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It was such a pleasure to meet all of you – can’t wait to see you in two weeks!

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Oh baby B, we love you!

Twenty-hmm-hmm years ago the Conn College housing office placed me in a room with this little beauty’s mama, and after a summer phone call and a few snail mail letters to figure out who was bringing the mini-fridge, we were off and running. I’ll skip the details of the last twenty-hmm-hmm years for little B’s benefit, but suffice it to say we’ve had our fair share of adventures. And now you guys are starting a new one!

Welcome to the world, sweet 2 1/2 week old B! I adored meeting you this week and I can’t wait to see you again soon. Look at this little fair-haired love.

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She has extraordinarily fun parents – things are only going to get more awesome, kiddo. Just wait. Sleeping through the night? I highly recommend it. You should try it.

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Finger toes!

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Wait for it… wait for it… and YES! Doesn’t this expression just kill you? And the dimple? Come on now.

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They’re already having a blast with this little lady.

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I love this one. Neck wrinkles. Yum.

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Ms. B needed her sponge bath – she didn’t mind it a bit. Dad’s a pro.

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But really the bath was all about getting a photo in the elephant towel. Because — elephant towel.

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Those eyes :)

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I’ve developed an unhealthy obsession with this photo of B’s back-of-the-head hair. That spot is just so delicious!

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And one more to make you smile. You’re perfect and amazing, sweet B. I adored meeting you.

xox Auntie Jess

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maeve - April 13, 2015 - 2:34 pm

These are so great, Jess! I can’t get over the “frog face” one. I want to stare at it all day long.

Bridey - April 13, 2015 - 4:36 pm

Great photos! And she is so new in these first photos!

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

What’s the difference between a minishoot and a full shoot?

People ask me this question ALL the time – and these guys are a great example of the difference. I met these three that really hot first weekend in June at the Boston Public Garden for a full photoshoot. Their parents were there, in the background, but they asked that we do pictures of just the kids. So this is a great example of a full, kids-only photoshoot in the same location where I normally do minis (see lots of examples of minishoots in the Public Garden at this link), so you can really get a sense of the differences.

For me, minishoots are 20 minutes, and full shoots are between 45 minutes and an hour. So obviously the difference is primarily time. But what does time equate to, in terms of my photography? There are a few ways to answer the question, but really it comes down to variety, spontaneity and flexibility. When we have the full 45-60 minutes to work with, we can do things like…

Get that good old fashioned great shot of all three looking in the same direction and smiling (of course)…



But we can also take our shoes off and show off our dirty toes…


We can explore parts of the Boston Public Garden that we can’t get to when we just have 20 minutes in a minishoot…


We can strangle sisters on the Make Way for Ducklings statues (with minis we’re usually rushing away from these statues – with a full shoot we have more time to play and be silly)…


And get overheated, so mom has to dump her water bottle on our heads…


And get annoyed when mom dumps water on big brother’s head instead…


Take the time to play, and just generally do all the fun, different stuff that the kids want to do…
And just be all wet and crazy – who cares?

We can even wander around holding sticks:

So I guess what it comes down to is, by necessity my minishoots are spent working to get those standard shots parents like to have – the kids together, the kids alone, the kids with each parent… but with a full shoot we have time to be creative and just play.  Not to knock minishoots – they’re perfect for what they are – but they’re less expensive than my full shoots for a reason.

Does that help explain the difference?