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“Memories are moments that refuse to be ordinary” ~ Diane Keaton

The daughter of a seamstress and an auto mechanic, I grew up in a small town in Connecticut.  At a young age, I remember saying to my mom that I thought she and my dad had the best, most perfect jobs in the whole world.  When my mom asked me why, I responded that she could make our clothes and my dad could fix our car. What more could we possibly need?

It turned out not much else.  My childhood was filled with activities like knitting clothes for my dolls, choreographing elaborate dance routines in my living room, playing the piano, and making cakes and cookies from scratch. 

It was an uncomplicated life where I had time to explore and my creativity was encouraged.  

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In their own way, my parents were artists; my mom at her sewing desk in the kitchen up to her ears in fabric and my dad under the car in the garage up to his elbows in grease.  Not a Halloween passed that I didn’t have the best homemade costume on the block.  My dad built a dune buggy from old car parts, for the sole purpose of weekend joy rides with my brother and me.  Constantly being around this type of can-do attitude and desire to create provided the foundation for who I am today.Throughout my life I have strived to find the most fulfilling way to channel my creativity.  For many years I was, what you might call a “jane of all crafts, master of none”. 

 

But one New Year’s Eve, I made a casual decision that changed my life. 

I resolved to spend more time learning about photography.  When I woke up on New Year’s Day and picked up my camera with new-found enthusiasm and determination, everything started to click.

Every day, for the rest of that year, I immersed myself in the world of photography.  I started noticing lines, patterns and colors everywhere I went. I became obsessed with understanding the intricacies of my camera and mastering how best to utilize light.   I searched tirelessly for unique and beautiful shots.  As the year unfolded, opportunities began to appear. I began offering portrait building sessions to families, I photographed a small wedding, and I had the privilege of showcasing the work of several charitable human service organizations with my photography.

It has been eight years since I made that life-changing New Year’s Resolution on December 31, 2010.  Since then, I have photographed hundreds of families in and around the Boston area.  I have spent countless hours studying and honing my craft and I have learned to look at life from many different angles.  But most importantly,

I have discovered there is an element of photography that cannot be taught. 

Being able to find magical moments and connections between family members is an intuitive skill and I feel lucky to have realized this ‘sixth sense’ within myself. I am a mother to three young children and I think this enhances my perspective on the importance of capturing fleeting moments in time. My goal for every portrait session is to capture the true personality of a family and make images that they will treasure for generations.  If you are interested in having your family documented, please reach out. I would love to hear from you!

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