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No-stress photo session | Family photographer Boston

No-stress photo session | Family photographer Boston

If I had to guess one of the top reasons why people don’t have professional photos taken of their family, I would say that they think it’s too much effort — it requires too much mental space to organize, plan and prepare.  Who has time to be picking out coordinating outfits and worrying about timing and location and posing and bribing your kids to smile and all the other details when they are busy running around from work to daycare to soccer practice to the grocery store, etc!!  Who needs that kind of stress in their life?

Nobody. And I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that hard.
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Home is where the love is… | Family Photographer Massachusetts

Home is where the love is… | Family Photographer Massachusetts

When I receive inquiries for photo sessions, people often ask me to recommend a place to go that has a beautiful backdrop for their family pictures. And I think this request makes a lot of sense — it’s amazing to have your family’s photos taken when spring blossoms are in full bloom or fall foliage is at it’s peak.  But I have to say, over the last seven years of photographing families, the sessions at home are almost always my favorites.

This family is not a new client of mine and it’s not the first time I’ve been at their house (the first time was at the newborn session of their second daughter)  But it was the first time we spent so much time outside at their home — playing on the swingset, jumping on the trampoline, watering the flowers, chatting with the chickens ( yes you read that right — chickens!!), and just plain hanging out in the yard.  In my opinion, home is the where all the good stuff happens. Children are so comfortable in their element that their true personalities really come through.  This family chose to have an outdoor session with this me last year at the Arnold Arboretum, and is definitely a favorite of mine, but this one is a very close rival, because it is just so genuine and simple and real.

This post is bursting at the seams with images.  It is hard to narrow them down when I want to show the full story….!


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And the music played on… | Massachusetts Newborn Photographer

And the music played on… | Massachusetts Newborn Photographer

The last time I saw this family, they had just welcomed their first baby boy into the family.  I loved Mom & Dad immediately because they told me they met through their mutual love of singing.  I have a soft spot for singers, since I used to do a fair amount of singing in college ( now I’m restricted to the kitchen, my car and the shower… someday maybe I’ll hit the stage again..#bucketlist)

Anyway, I was thrilled when I got an email from Ali telling me she was (more…)

Catching up with Charlotte & Jack | Boston Family Photographer

Catching up with Charlotte & Jack | Boston Family Photographer

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you might remember Charlotte & Jack — two of the most beautiful and amazing twins ever.  The first time I photographed them, they had just come home from the hospital, after having been born early at just 27 weeks!  Their parents were just settling into life with babies and getting the hang of juggling everything that comes with raising twins. What a treat to see them now… six months older and also six pounds heavier!  I’m not exaggerating when I say (more…)

Activities with kids in Boston in June

Activities with kids in Boston in June

The clock is ticking… only a couple more days until the kids are out of school for the summer!!  Although June is already half over, I thought it would be better late than never to post about some things to do this month (continuing my “Boston Adventures with Kids” series). One of our favorite things to do as a family is make a ‘summer bucket list’.  We keep it on a huge chalkboard in our house and friends always comment and even add suggestions when they visit.  Maybe this is a little too organized for “summer vacation”, but I’m a big list person  and the kids love to check off the items as we do them! (more…)