Last week this wonderful mama sent me a video testimonial talking about our photoshoots, and I wanted to share it for you here, along with her story.
Before I talk, I'll let Erin talk.
Can you see why I needed to share it with you?
I'll start at the beginning.
I'm sitting on my deck in July last year, and my phone rings.
I can actually remember exactly where I was sitting when we first talked, because our conversation was just so natural and lovely, I felt like I'd met a new friend right away.
Because I love telling stories using pictures I had to go dig around and find you a picture of where I was sitting. This is a shot of my deck (with my cute Native sneaks centered in the bottom - I've got my feet up because I just finished planting my spring deck plants in this photo).
Here's where I was sitting when we first spoke:
Erin told me she was pregnant, due in October, and she was shopping around looking for a photographer. I told her about my social distancing outdoor minishoot world, and how I was living the super-safe life (a la summer 2020)... but we talked about Charlestown and how much she and her husband love living there... all the fun places they love to walk to, their roof deck... I just loved the idea of it.
We talked about how I like to do maternity sessions around 36-38 weeks if we can, because it's that sweet spot - round belly but not too uncomfortable.
But then we talked about Erin's world, the way her life was going right then (and how she expected it'd be going in the fall - she works in a school and life ramps up after Sept 1st)... so we decided 33 weeks was the perfect time for photos.
I arrived for photos when Erin was at 33 weeks along, just before her school year ramped up.
We decided to start up on their roofdeck, because the iconic Boston skyline stuff (hi Zakim Bridge!) is always fun.
Whose belly is more awesome??
On our way walking back down the stairs off their deck, the bouncing light coming into this corner stopped me in my tracks. Backgrounds don't matter as much as faces do, for me - so I adore this sweet shot of E & E, excitedly anticipating.
I don't lug lights around with me - we're on a hunt for beautiful light everywhere we go. That's part of the fun and the creative challenge for me.
Then we started our walk around Charlestown.
They both love this city so much -- it was important to document them in it as part of our story together.
I oscillated between chatting with Erin and Evan on our walk about all the things, to then running ahead of them like a crazy person and looking back at their cuteness as they walked.
Doesn't Evan look like a fabulous super spy/secret agent here?
Gotta grab the iconic Monument shot, natch.
They led me to their favorite little park in the area - one that meant a lot to them - they'd had their wedding ceremony here (oh my goodness, Erin, correct me if I'm remembering this wrong... I'm writing this in February and these photos were back in August... didn't you guys get married in that cute park we walked to?).
But the light, the fountains and the flowers there were magical.
And of course all the bellies were appreciated.
And one shot was really important to grab - this crest in the ground was really important to them and their personal story, so it had to be part of what we documented, of course.
On our way back to the apartment as we walk I've always got one half of my brain in our conversation and one half of my brain location scouting for additional picture spots.
I loved this little alleyway for a solo portrait of Erin. Cobblestones give me goosebumps.
We had giggles throughout, thanks mostly to Evan.
I adored getting to know Erin and Evan back in August. Want to look through more of their photos from that session? I blogged about their social distancing outdoor maternity minishoot here.
Wee baby K was born in early October!
Erin and Evan opted to get their feet under them for a few weeks and do the first of her three Baby's First Year package sessions at 7 weeks. That's common - as long as we do our first set of Baby's First Year photos before 12 weeks, my clients qualify for the package pricing and the gorgeous coffeetable album at the end of the year.
We started with a quick shot with the whole team - gotta get the holiday card checked off the list... everybody just needs that photo for the frame, I get it...
K's pretty luck to have two incredible big sisters to love on her.
Body parts are my favorite - and my fancy zoom lens lets me get suuuuuper detailed shots from a safe social distance.
Because we waited until 7 weeks, we even got a few smiles! Earlier than about 5-6 weeks, smiles usually come from gas, but those are exciting when we can document them, too.
But oooh I do love me a social smile.
Snuggles with daddy...
And with mama...
And even though it was late November, we of course had to snag some tootsie pictures. Quiiiiiickly.
Her bald little head just melts me.
Doesn't she just look ready to party?
I blogged baby K's whole session if you're interested in seeing more of the photos we did. Her social distancing outdoor new baby minishoot is here.
Interested in considering a maternity or new baby photoshoot?
Let's chat! Schedule a time for a phone call in the next few days at a time that works for you. I have quickie 15 min phone call spots available at my calendly link here.
Not sure if you want to do photos at all?
I get that. Even if you aren't in the market for photography right now, if the whole "having a new baby in your house" thing is happening, I just launched a new VIP Facebook Group and I would just ADORE it if you'd come hang out with me in there!
My new group is called Year One Together.
It's for new parents who are getting excited about or already navigating their baby's first year here in the Boston area. I interview local experts in all things baby every Friday, and then those interviews are saved in the group archive so you can watch them anytime. Topics the experts are covering in their interviews with me will include: "Dressing your Baby in Boston Weather", "Do I want a Doula? A Midwife?", "Buying a First Home around Boston", "Postpartum: The Emotional Side", "Year One With Twins"... and so much more.
Don't have a baby in your house right now, but you live in the Boston area and want a fun online community of families to connect with? Come join my group for families with older children - it's called Boston Families Together and you can join that group here.
Hope to see you in there!
I'm Jessica McDaniel, and May 2021 will mark my 18th anniversary photographing babies and their families all around Boston.
BBP Demo Video
- Rehoboth, MA: One Year Old at the Horse Farm November 2, 2021
- Sherborn, MA: Fall fun in the woods October 25, 2021
- Quincy, MA: One year old at the playground with her mamas October 14, 2021