Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Chubby toes and fingers

A perfect round little munchkin met me at the door when I arrived for our shoot this weekend - look at these incredible toes and fingers!
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And a great tongue :)
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He loved playing with his mom and dad:
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And mirrored dad so cutely here:
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A smooch from his mama:
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And giggles with her, too:
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So very handsome.
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And even in the land of the perfect photoshoots, sometimes photos like this...
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Lead to photos like this (oops! yes, that's spitup):
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So great to meet you guys!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Boys and football

You might wonder what nine year old big brother J and two year old little brother J have in common, but spend a few minutes with them and it's obvious. They're football fanatics!
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Twinkling eyes and all...
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I loved the way little brother J wanted to do whatever his big brother did... he followed him all around and just looked at him so lovingly the whole time.
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And their mom was such a great football mama - going for the tackle when she was directed to...
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Doing some spinning all over the place...
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And the boys spent some time searching for bumble bees together, too.
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Right before I left, J offered to show me his skills on the ramp - he's such a great athlete!
Great to meet you guys.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

You there, prop guy - bring in the leaves!

Woo hoo! It's leaf throwing season! I love it, love it. This was all older brother H's idea - he played prop guy and had the pile of leaves all ready for us when I arrived at 8am on Saturday morning. Impressive preparation skills!

And when the leaves are dry (i.e. not wet from weather, making your hands all cold) but not too crunchy (so they fall apart in your hands), nothing stops two energetic dudes from giving them a good toss. And the devilish smiles you get can't be beat.
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Sooo funny:
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Again, glad the camera's relatively weatherproof... ;)
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Mayhem ensued...
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But that was fine with me.
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You guys are getting so big!
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And we even had a chance to grab some inside pictures. This one at the bottom of their stairs almost looks like studio lighting to me. Their smiles are really just the best. So great to see you guys - thanks for starting the day early for me!

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sweet 3 week old boy

This little sweet boy did so well on his picture day - he loved playing with his mom and dad:
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And cuddling in his dad's arms (isn't he gorgeous?)
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And mom's arms, too, of course:
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He got a little hungry at one point, and gave me the very best pout:
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But once he got his point across, got his bottle and some rocking from dad...
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Had himself a burp on dad's shoulder:
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All was right with the world. Those perfect little fingers wrapped around dad's just make me smile. Wonderful to meet you guys!

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Ice cream is goooood

OK, so I don't know if I've ever had a blog post for a photoshoot with two young boys where all my favorite shots were of the two of them together. Little guys are notoriously hard to get in the same frame! They're fast and full of fabulous energy, and I always know I'm going to get my workout when I'm taking their picture. But these guys just loved spending time together, and we got tons and tons of great pictures of them together.

Little T's tongue in this shot is my favorite, and big brother C's eyes closed in delight after those first few tastes:
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I've been shooting these guys since they were wee ones, and they've since moved to Maine, but they've been coming back to Boston for the past few years to do shoots here with me - I'm so glad! Don't you love this hug?
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Race you to the top of the hill!
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Glad I sprung for the waterproofing on the camera ;)...
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What, what's that you say? Jess, you should really research your locations a bit before you schedule shoots? Because you never know when there's going to be a walk to raise money for a good cause (see droves of walkers behind the boys in this shot)... which'll make parking tough, and shooting with nice simple backgrounds even tougher? But you know what? I embrace the challenge! I love what this did to me here, when I dropped to my knees to avoid the walkers in the background a bit, I love the way the sky looks behind the boys. ;)
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And ice cream makes grins. It's a scientific fact.
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When kids connect with each other in a photo, I just love it...
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And I know you guys didn't want a family photo, but hey, this one worked, don't you think? Thanks so much for making the trek, it was great to see you as always.

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I love playing with your kids pictures. They're the kind of photos that are worth hiring a photographer to take - because you really can't take them yourself, no matter how skilled you are with the camera's timer. These girls begged and begged for UNDERDOGS! until their fun parents relented:
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And OK, ok, pictures of the kids themselves smiling are pretty great too...
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One more swinging picture, sorry to have too many all at once - I just loved the toes in this one:
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And baby girl L is getting so big! We got tons of giggly pictures of her too, but for some reason I love her pout here.
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Toss 'em in the air like you just don't care!
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I also love to look at the lines of eye contact in family photos... who's looking at who...
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My sister has the silliest tongue!
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So fun to hang out with you guys and get pictures again - thanks for having me back!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

It all just worked

Something was in the air two weeks ago when we had this photoshoot. I don't know what it was, but even as I was shooting it, I knew it was all just working. The weather was incredible, sparkling off the pond... The subjects were two sweet sisters I've been shooting for four or five years - and this was the first time we did a location shoot. I was worried the mean geese would show up at our duck pond, but no, the ducks were the only ones who showed up...
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The girls did some running for me:
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And bubble blowing:
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And wagon rides:
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Even some tow rides in the wagon:
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Big beautiful sister A:
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Little lovely sister K:
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And then, just when we thought the shoot was over... (the girls were kind of losing it...)
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Mom swept in:
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And with a little crazy tossing and spinning, all was right with the world:
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The girls even blew me kisses as I was leaving. I told you. It all just worked. Great to see you guys as always!

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