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There's nothing better than telling stories using photos, and I have lots here that I hope will make you smile. I've got the photos sorted into tons of different categories below, so poke around, and enjoy!

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Photo of Jessica McDaniel
here's little bit

about me

My name is Jess McDaniel, and I'm a baby photographer. I don't photograph weddings. No corporate headshots for me. And since I've been doing this a while (and nothing's better than seeing families grow), I also get to call myself a family photographer.

A FEW THINGS I LOVE

01
MY OWN CRAZY FAMILY

My daughters are full of energy & fantastic - they're 11 and 7, the last time I checked. My husband puts up with me & makes me laugh a lot. My sister lives 20 minutes from me & she's my best friend. Her three kids make me smile unendingly.

02
KNUCKLE DIMPLES

I can’t get enough knuckle dimples and wrist rolls in my life. The way the light falls across the smooshy baby parts? Come on now - it just needs to be documented. I guess I found my calling with this whole baby photographer gig.

03
SILLY SIBLINGS

I love documenting sibling relationships and telling the story of this time their lives. The crazier, the better, I say. And when they get laughing together, playing and just being themselves? Perfection.

04
PARENTS LOVING ON THEIR KIDS

In the biz, we call what I do “lifestyle” photography. It’s a constant quest: I’m always looking to capture that moment that shows how much love is just bubbling over from a parent to a child.

some client

testimonials

Sharon E.

"Jess is a genius and captures all the spontaneous joys of a 4 1/2 and a 1 1/2 year old. Can't think of a better gift for a distant grandparent."

Sharon E.
Sue B.

"Jess developed an immediate rapport with my child and didn't even flinch during the inevitable meltdown! My daughter had a ball and we absolutely LOVE our photos!"

Sue B.
Amanda L.

"I'm just staggered by how many amazing pictures you took, all beautifully composed and lit."

Amanda L.
Michelle O.

"I still (6 weeks later) can't look at the slideshow without weeping, as you captured such a beautiful moment in our lives. I am so aware of how fast their childhood goes, and I am grateful that we captured a snapshot of this precious time."

Michelle O.
Shery K.

"Not only did Jess establish an almost instantaneous rapport with both of our kids during the shoots, her apparent effortlessness captures the fleeting moments that we never would be able to replicate - pensive, joyous, raucous - all within the confines of a shoot! And she provides options that many other, equally gifted, photographers don't - for us, two things stand out: the ability to buy the JPGs and her willingness to combine shoots through the years into photobooks."

Shery K.
Tracy W.

"It is crazy how different Hadley looks now compared to how she looked when she was only 12 days old. I am so glad that I had you come by to capture those early days. They change so fast!"

Tracy W.
Pam S.

"Jessica McDaniel is somehow able to set the children at ease, work amidst much chaos (thus achieving the impossible) and take the most beautiful photographs all at the same time. Her work is timeless and classic.…  She just has a way of capturing the kids' spirits and personalities - it is truly a gift."

Pam S.
Jessica L.

"Jessica instinctively knew how to remain in the background while capturing all of the important moments from perfect angles. Her use of natural light is an amazing talent."

Jessica L.
Salina G.

"Not only are Jess' photos amazing and beautiful, she really captures the moment, and her pictures evoke the 'feelings' of the moment as well."

Salina G.
Julie R.

"Jessica McDaniel comes to my house and in 45 minutes, gets more awesome photos of my little ladies than I do in the hundreds of snaps I take all year.…  Along with the terrific candids - Jessica can always catch that smile that I perpetually miss - she is very easy to work with and is affable and accomodating."

Julie R.
Rebecca S.

"Jess has been my go-to photographer since my daughter was born over 8 years ago. Jessica's style is as warm as she is - my children are drawn to her every time she steps in the door. Everyone has a digital camera or a smartphone now, but not everyone is an artist like Jess."

Rebecca S.
Kim R.

"Jessica was gentle and blended right in to our home. My son and his two cousins just played among themselves and she was able capture each of their unique personalities without forcing them to pose. The pictures were natural and beautiful."

Kim R.
Hank A.

"Jess has a way of bringing out a smile in everyone, even the most stubborn older sibling. She immediately bonded with both our kids and they had lots of fun together, and the pictures are AWESOME!"

Hank A.
Anne D.

"The time Jess spends in your home is very relaxed, natural and fun. Children warm up to her immediately and she is able to get some truly amazing photos. We love how the candid shots totally capture our oldest son's personality and look forward to many more sessions to document our boys as they grow up!"

Anne D.
Alison B.

"She has an amazing way with children and babies, putting them perfectly at ease and making them laugh. She listens to her clients' needs and desires and is incredibly patient with the unplanned happenings (and delays) that come with having young children."

Alison B.
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pricing

Outdoor Minishoots from
$175
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20 minute minishoot

for families w/children over 1 year old

spring & fall in the Boston Public Garden

year-round at Turner's Pond in Milton

25-40 frame-worthy images

all images presented in both b&w and color

choose some or all digital files

In-Home Photoshoots from
$250
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20-90 minutes at home or anywhere

some photos inside & some outside

be quiet, be loud - tell your story

capture this time in your family's life

25-70 frame-worthy images

all images presented in both b&w and color

choose some or all digital files

Baby's First Year Packages from
$500
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choose 1, 3 or 5 sessions in the first year

receive minibooks or coffeetable albums

receive birth announcement digital files

50-70 frame-worthy images each time

all images presented in both b&w and color

choose to buy more or all digital files

Parties, Events & Groups from
$1150
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children's birthday parties

baptism & baby naming ceremonies

1st communion parties & formals

bar/bat mitzvahs & sweet 16s

family reunions & get-togethers

all event prices include download of all digital negatives