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It’s maternity and newborn photos time of year!

So if you’re reading this blog from somewhere other than Boston, you may not be feeling the way we’re feeling about the last few months, but suffice it to say, we Bostonians are DONE with winter. Time to melt, snow. Time to get back to real life, where we go outside and say hi to each other. Where the kids can run around outside on the grass. Show us the grass! We miss the grass.

Although I do recognize that this no-one-running-around-outside thing happens every year over here in BBP-land – and I have to admit I adore it. It’s crazy nutso busy from September 1st through December, and then the holidays happen, and there’s this stillness in the air. It’s quiet in my little office. I turn on the space heater under my desk, I wrap up in scarves and sweaters and I get stuff DONE. In the fall I’m taking photos for 5-6 families a week, and when I dedicate a day to editing each family’s photos, you can see how there’s not much time to do other things related to the business during the fall. Now in January-March, I’m taking pictures for one or two families a week – and it’s divine! I get to just sit here, cozy in my little office, thinking about how to improve and change this year.

Oh, so who calls me for photos in Boston in January-March, you ask? It’s mostly people expecting a baby. :) You guys know I love that. So I get to spend these few months taking indoor warm cozy pictures of mamas waiting for babies to be born and then taking pictures of those babies after they’re born. And what’s better than bellies and teenie babies?

So without further ado, I thought I’d show you some fun ones I got to do in February with Kristen and Dan. First, about a month ago we did ridiculously fun maternity photos in their gorgeous home with amazing windows and light…


Isn’t this the most stylish mirror ever? This was in Kristen’s super cool dressing room with windows all around…



And then a week or so later, little T joined their family. Here she is at just ten days old, gracing us with a little grin:








It was wonderful getting to know you guys! Thank you so much for having me out for photos. Nothing beats this, truly.

Two grandmas and a big one year old boy

This big guy was lucky enough to have not just one but two grandmas come over during his photoshoot. What fun! I’ve loved this Baby’s First Year of photos with M – he’s grown so much (see those photos in the background in the flying-in-the-air shot? those are from his newborn and six month shoots!)

He’s just fantastic. On to another year of adventures, dude!













11 days of sweetness

I adored meeting this little sweet lady a couple of weeks ago. So glad her parents asked me to post a few photos on the blog – these make me so happy. This house was just bursting with 11 days of love :)

Jenn - February 26, 2014 - 5:16 pm

Can’t wait to meet her – she is adorable! Congrats!

John - February 26, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Great photos of a beautiful baby and wonderful family. Congratulations!

julie coughlin - February 26, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Beautiful family! Beautiful photos!!!!

AJ - February 26, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Adorable! Congratulations!

Toby - February 26, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Great photos! Adorable!

Delia - February 26, 2014 - 5:40 pm

Avery is adorable, and the photos are beautiful! The parents are lookin’ pretty good, too!

Bob - February 26, 2014 - 5:53 pm

Karen and Joe – I am honestly thrilled for both of you. And so the long and happy journey (towards Dartmouth?) begins.

Peter "Nonno" Belmonte - February 26, 2014 - 5:57 pm

What stunningly beautiful photos of my new granddaughter and her proud parents. Thank you for sharing these!

Bob "Nonno" Verzone - February 26, 2014 - 6:40 pm

Great selection of photos. Very natural. Beautiful family.

Darlene E Verzone - February 26, 2014 - 7:02 pm

Darlene “Nana” Verzone
Beautiful, wonderful, precious and so special ! I’m so glad I saw these photos today!

Kelly Schick - February 26, 2014 - 8:36 pm

Such wonderful pictures!!! Beautiful.

Lindsay Renzullo - February 26, 2014 - 8:57 pm

LOVE these photos! I am so happy to have such a sweet niece. Joe and Karen I couldn’t be happier for you both:)

Ben Dover - February 26, 2014 - 9:19 pm

Good looking family! Congrats

Ben Dover - February 26, 2014 - 9:21 pm

Good looking family! Happy for you guys.

Andrea Bonham - February 27, 2014 - 8:08 am

absolutely beautiful!

Honey Belmonte - February 27, 2014 - 10:51 am

It’s absolutely amazing how these photographs capture such intimate emotions. Truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing these
moments with us.

Allie Riley - February 28, 2014 - 1:14 pm

She’s amazing!

Three munchkins in red

I walked in the door and loved them immediately.  It’s rare that I meet a family for the first time when they’re older – often we start young and continue years and years and years… so when this mama emailed me in November with a completely hilarious message about how she was a surgeon working crazy hours and sure we could never get pictures done in time for the holidays, saying she was sure she was crazy to ever think she could get into my schedule when she only first reached out in mid-November… I felt like it was a challenge.

It was kismet – I’d gotten an email of a cancellation for that very next weekend just an hour or two before, and the message made me belly laugh when I got it – I had to meet them. And then, of course, when I walked in the door – I adored them immediately.  I felt like they were one of my beloved returning families I’d known forever.  They were fabulous, awesome – and the mama was sheepish about the all-red outfits.  But you know what? So what! It looked festive as all get-out. How often do you get to dress your kids up and make them all look alike? They grow up so fast – may as well do this stuff while we can, right?

So here I am again, showing you photos on the blog in color.  You guys have heard it before – I love b&w, and especially when it comes to indoor pictures, I really think b&w looks gorgeous and perfect and gentle and I love the way the light is… but then these guys dress all in red and I just have to blog them in color.  Because, come on now. Check them out.

Right? Adorbs.

PJM - December 18, 2013 - 9:31 pm

These 3 adorable munchkins in red are my niece and nephews! You must be a miracle worker Jessica, because somehow you got them all to smile at the same time, and you captured their unique personalities in the photos. I live in another country but it’s great to see the kids captured in such sweet moments together. Thanks for sharing your work and talents on this blog!

Beth Rousseau - December 19, 2013 - 7:40 am

Jessica – how did you do it? I had the misfortune of moving away from this awesome family four years ago, and looking at these pictures I get the full intensity of their incredible, unique personalities gifted to me long distance. Now I’m all verklempt. In a really good way.

charlotte fiorentino - December 19, 2013 - 11:08 am

love love your work, Jessica. I look forward to seeing the photos every year

Sharon - December 19, 2013 - 1:11 pm

Wow, great job! Love the family photo in front of fireplace!

KM - December 20, 2013 - 8:52 pm

Terrific photos! I hope to see these three very soon and you have captured each of them in a quiet and powerful way. Great work!

GregT. - December 22, 2013 - 4:43 pm

Such cute kids! Really smart to get great professional pics done.

Emily - December 22, 2013 - 5:57 pm

I can’t believe how big the kids have gotten! The photos are amazing- I can really feel the energy and love transmitted through the photos- great stuff!!

Christine - December 22, 2013 - 7:03 pm

Wow – amazing. Where did you find the time and they look so relaxed and happy. It makes you want to have little ones again. Amazing how you get everything done. Beautiful photos!

Janet - December 30, 2013 - 7:49 am

I cannot believe how big your babies are getting!! What a beautiful family. Hope you enjoy the Holiday Season…still miss you!!!

Clara - January 1, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Love the photos especially the group family photo.

Winter at the beach

I know January is a funny time to head to the beach in New England, but with the weather we’ve been having, we decided to go for it.  And these guys moved from their city place into a beach-front place, so we had to enjoy some outside time for this big three year old’s pictures.

I have a hard time picking a favorite – I think maybe it’s the one of him dying laughing after smooching his mama… but maybe it’s his rapt attention as daddy tells a story during the Lego building… anyway, can’t go wrong with this cutie pie. Wonderful to see you guys!

A little trip to get some pictures

When your best friend from growing up has her first baby, you just book a flight. And then you have such a great time visiting with her family and other friends that you totally forget to edit the pictures, and the holidays happen, and then it’s January, and then you’re not eating enough because you’re on a “cleanse”, so your editing seems to take forever… wait, but I digress.

I can’t even explain how much my heart burst when I met this little 4 week old person.  I can’t wait to go back for pictures when she’s 6 months old. I adored every minute seeing you guys. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.  I included a bunch of my wonderful host’s children at the end of the blog post too – so there’s loads of bloggy goodness if you click around below.

xo jess

and happy 2013!

Liz - January 9, 2013 - 12:54 pm

I love all of these so much. Could our mutual friend look more beautiful and radiant? I think not.

Chilly day, but warm inside

We spent this whole photoshoot indoors because it was warm and cozy in there – and what’s better than rolling around on the bed, on the couch, just playing.

I have one cuddly picture in here that tells a little story from the editing side of things – and it’s the one of mama on the bed with her two kids squashing up in close with her.  This one is not the crispest photo, and the old Jess – the Jess before she had her own kids, the more technically precise Jess – wouldn’t have approved of it. But the love is just bursting out of this picture – two babies crawling up tight to their mama – I had to keep it.  Because who cares about a little motion blur when the moment just makes your heart melt?

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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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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Three boys and some cookie dough

Got to come back and see these boys again last weekend, and the two older brothers had been joined by a third.  This one of the three of them cracks me up – I feel like it tells such a story :)

We’ll start in the middle, with sweet brother A:

And littlest handsome brother C:

And last but not least, I love this one of big cool brother O:

And littlest brother C gets an upside-down ride from dad:

And a giggle with mom:

And even though big brother O is the oldest brother, I love how little he looks here, reading:

Thinking mama is hilarious:

And this is by far my favorite shot of the day – as the guys get going on their chocolate chip cookie dough, but are stymied by the hard chunks of unsoftened butter:

But it all turned out OK – the whole fam got in on the dough-nibbling action:

Wonderful to see you guys again!

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An alliterative post: beautiful, blond boys

No question as to my favorite, favorite picture from this session last weekend – this one of adorable three month old baby D with his lovely mama.  I was kneeling getting pictures of D’s toes, and I saw the sweetest moment happening between the two of them, I had to change my focus a bit.

Big four year old brother T was just perfect:

And just like at my house with my two (same age difference as these two), he gave his brother lots of love ;)

Luckily D thinks T hung the moon:

Giggling with mama:

Handsome, handsome, handsome. Not to mention… dimples!

“My mama is soooo funny.”

This is the toe picture I was getting when the other one from the top of this post happened. Both worth having :)

What a treat to meet you guys, thanks so much for having me out.

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susan mosier - March 14, 2010 - 11:21 am

The Bannish family pictures are out of this world!

Pam Loverso - March 14, 2010 - 11:22 am

What a beautiful family!

Sue Wattie - March 14, 2010 - 11:47 am

A love story from picture to picture!!

Karen Scanlon - March 14, 2010 - 1:17 pm

These pictures are just beautiful! Of course, they did have beautiful subjects to work with.

The boys are just precious. Wonderful pictures!

Jules Kaden - March 15, 2010 - 10:02 am

Such adorable pics of all the cuties!!! Love the smiles on the boys!!!

Greg K. - March 15, 2010 - 10:09 am

Awesome pics!!

Alexandra G. - March 15, 2010 - 11:52 am

Very lovely photos

Meg G - March 15, 2010 - 12:48 pm

Are these boys always so sweet to each other?!? Great photos!

Jackson - March 15, 2010 - 1:46 pm

LOVE the pix of my buddies!

jen - March 15, 2010 - 1:47 pm

OMG–sooooooooo cute!!! such beautiful pix!!!

Carolyn Mastroianni - March 17, 2010 - 8:16 pm

What beautiful pictures! The boys are adorable!

Meg - March 17, 2010 - 8:21 pm

All of the photos are beautiful, if only they could get rid of the big goof in the middle of the last picture! Who is that anyway, the landscaper?

Christine - March 17, 2010 - 8:25 pm

These pictures are so adorable!

Joan - March 17, 2010 - 8:25 pm

I agree with Meg’s comment! The kids are absolutely beautiful, and so is their mother! How did she end up with that LOSER!?

Lauren - March 17, 2010 - 8:30 pm

He must have some redeeming qualities……$$$$$$$$$. At least she lucked out and the kids are beautiful!

Lauren M. - March 17, 2010 - 8:45 pm

My cousins look so cute!

Lisa C. - March 19, 2010 - 1:04 pm

What amazing pictures. I love those tiny toes!