In late December, this sweet family invited me to their home in Brookline, MA for a newborn photo session with their brand new little baby girl, Margot.
Margot was 12 days old at the time of this session. She was so adorable and calm during the shoot but because she was a little older, she was very alert as well.
Margot’s mom and dad are first time parents, and I could tell upon meeting them that they were doing a great job. They were relaxed for just having just had their first baby. I remember being so worried all the time when I first became a mom, so I’m always impressed by people who seem to have their act together like this. Those first few weeks can be ROUGH, so it’s always great to see parents taking it in stride!
Newborn Photography in Brookline, MA
Dad called me after they had already had Baby Margot. He mentioned being a little last minute on scheduling a photo shoot but I always leave room in my schedule for newborns! It’s hard, especially the first time, to plan and think of everything for when the baby comes. Sometimes, it’s just unexpectedly early. I get it! So, I always save a little extra room on the books for people who need a newborn photographer and are trying to find one in the first few weeks.
The first real baby in the family is their dog Rascal. I loved when he stood up on his hind legs to peek into Baby Margot’s crib, reaching his paw in to give her a little pet. It was an adorable moment between siblings. Rascal was such a good boy and very curious about the new little addition to this perfect family. They’re all so in love with this new little baby girl!
Everything about this home, from the red and white crochet baby blanket to the giraffe-patterned cover in Margot’s crib made this family so much fun to capture on camera. I loved all the little details, including and especially the beautiful new necklace Dad bought for Mom with Baby Margot’s birthstone.
Boston Newborn and Family Portrait Photography with Cara Soulia
I love coming down to Brookline Village for any kind of photo session and these guys live right near it! They live right next to a wonderful park where they will soon be out walking their little girl. I’m so happy for them and I’m SO glad they asked me to come into their home and capture these wonderful moments. The smile Dad had on his face while holding his baby girl and how Mom held her so close, not wanting to let go, it had me absolutely melting! Such a beautiful family and I wish them all the joy and happiness they can handle as they watch little Baby Margot grow up.
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Thank you to this wonderful family for inviting me to capture their newborn photography session. If you are expecting a new arrival and are interested in getting more information about scheduling a newborn photo session, please make sure to contact me! As a mother of three, I know all about how fast these moments can fly. While the nights are long, the years are short. Please click here to fill out a contact form and I will be in touch. And, of course, make sure to check out my other recent newborn photography sessions in Brookline, Boston and beyond!
Do some of the rooms in your house look just like they did when you very first moved in?? (ie they’re blank!)
Have you had “hang some pictures!” on your to-do list forever? I know it can be overwhelming to work on a project like this. That’s why I wanted to write you a step by step tutorial on how I plan wall galleries in my own home. ( spoiler alert: it’s really not as hard as you think!)
Boston Family Photographer: Advice on Hanging a Wall Gallery
I had a small vertical space in my living room next to the chimney that was just big enough for three framed 11×14 photos. I chose to go ‘matchy matchy’ here with thin gold frames!
Step 1. Procure the artwork. The first step is pretty obvious: you need to pick out what you want to see hanging up on your walls every day! The photographs you choose don’t have to be perfect-smiling-everybody-look-at-the-camera images! Pick the ones that remind you of something amazing you did with your family or just silly ones that make you smile every time you look at them! I recommend printing at www.mpix.com where the print quality is near-professional and the prices are reasonable.
Don’t forget you can include things besides just photographs in your wall gallery! How about that really neat Jackson Pollack-esque painting your preschooler brought home last week! These kinds of items can truly make the best points of interest in your wall gallery!
In my son’s room, I used frames with similar (but not exactly matching) natural wood finishes and I combined drawings, photographs, and a special ceramic print of his hands when he was three years old. This wall gallery is bright and colorful and each element has a story that we love.
Step 2. Procure the frames. Decide if your style is more ‘matchy-matchy’ or ‘mix and match’. Either one can really work well. If you’re not sure, do some searching on Pinterest for “wall gallery ideas”. The options are truly endless!
Pottery Barn has frames that are very nice quality and work well for the matchy matchy type of wall gallery. Alternatively, you can mix and match all different frames types and patterns by looking at places like Home Goods or even a consignment shop or your local swap shop!!
In my older son’s room, I used multiple frames that were all different shapes, sizes and colors and I spray painted them all a dark navy blue to give it a cohesive look. My son loves to draw and we picked a number of his favorites to display over his bed!
Step 3.Make a plan! This is the fun part! Measure your wall space. Lay out all your frames/artwork on the floor. A good rule of thumb is too keep (more…)
I first discovered The Glass Bar when my son was invited to a birthday party that took place in the glass studio. I had never seen glass work done before and it was so intriguing to watch and really fun for my son to learn. It wasn’t long before I came back with my daughter for drop in hours and we made our first mosaic together. After that, we were hooked! We started coming in for drop in hours pretty regularly. Working with glass is so fun and relaxing, but the best part is that no two projects ever look the same. And although you might have a vision for what your final piece will look like as you’re making it, there is such a fun sense of surprise when you see it after it’s been fired in the kiln.
Over the course of my visits to the Glass Bar, I’ve had the honor to get to know Jordan and to hear her and her mother Sheryl’s incredible story about how they both battled cancer at the same time and came to love glass art as a method of therapy while they were undergoing their treatments. It is so obvious when you meet them how much they love each other and how passionate they are about their craft and their business. I am thrilled to feature The Glass Bar in my A Mother’s Work portrait series.
Tell me the story of how The Glass Bar began.
The idea for The Glass Bar has evolved greatly over the course of the past few years. In the beginning, we were called Arte Mozzafiato (Breathtaking Art, Italian): a space focused on supporting many different types of art and artists. The idea began in 2011 when my mother (Sheryl) and I were both going through treatment for cancer. Surrounding ourselves with art, beauty, and creativity was the best way for us to cope with all of the ugliness that we faced on a daily basis. Originally manifested during a bleak time in our lives, The Glass Bar has transformed into a beautiful and comforting space for not only us, but also the many different types of people who join us for classes regularly.
Briefly describe The Glass Bar: who can come, what kind of projects are there, why is it fun, etc? The Glass Bar is a fun and interactive glass studio that focuses on bringing glass art as a medium to the community. Over the past couple decade’s glass art has decreased in accessibility due to the lack of studios and the expense of classes/materials, making it very difficult for many to try this medium.
We are very passionate about keeping glass art alive and accessible, which is why we have developed a teaching technique that allows people as young as 6 to learn the techniques of glass cutting and fusing. If you come in during drop-in hours, you will have the ability to choose your project (plate, nightlight, coaster, etc) and learn how to cut and design glass. Though you do not get to take your project home that day, each participant leaves proud, knowing he/she has made a fused glass masterpiece.
We also teach stained glass sessions in 1-day introduction sessions, as well as more advanced 6-week sessions. We are constantly researching and introducing new classes: in our future we are looking into frit painting classes and lead-caming, plus many more classes offering an introductory insight to new glass art techniques.
Drop-in hours are held Sat & Sun 12-5pm, in addition to days that schools are out/released early. Specialty classes & private lessons can be scheduled throughout the week. View our calendar for a list of upcoming classes: www.theglassbarboston.com/classes
What is your favorite part about owning a business with your mother? People always tell you not to go into business with friends or family, and it has been hard. But at the end of every long night or sleepless weekend there’s my mom with me. The hardest was in the beginning as we learned each other’s strengths and weaknesses when it came to running the business. Now that we have learned how to properly and effectively deal and communicate with each other we are closer than ever, we even spent two weeks traveling through Western Europe together last year. I don’t know anyone else who could put up with me for this long and still love me unconditionally.
What do you find is the most challenging thing about running your own business?
Sheryl: The hardest part is balancing my work schedule between two businesses, (Bookkeeping & the Glass Bar) raising my kids with their crazy schedule and finding time to socialize. The bookkeeping business kept the bills paid. I could work around my kids schedule and I got to work with some great people. Having The Glass Bar is great because I get to be creative. I love working with others to teach them (more…)
Late last October, I had the opportunity to create some beautiful maternity portraits for this sweet couple in Beacon Hill and at the Boston Public Garden! Sarah and Justin are first-time expecting parents and I was so excited to capture this special time for them.
Beacon Hill Maternity Session
Sarah and Justin are so excited to be first-time parents; But what’s even more exciting is that they’re expecting twin boys! It was important to Sarah that the images from their session be natural and relaxed. I can completely relate to this request! It can feel awkward to be in the front of the camera sometimes. I like to give plenty of direction during sessions to help people feel as relaxed as possible!
Since it was October, we wanted to be sure to capture some fall colors and of course a little bit of Boston in the background. We decided to visit Acorn Street in Beacon Hill, which happens to be one of the most photographed streets in America! There is nothing more picturesque than the red brick buildings, cobblestones and all of the greenery that surround the homes here. After Acorn Street, we headed down to the Boston Public Garden. You can’t get much more ‘Boston’ than these two locations!
Justin & Sarah were so sweet together, and it is always so fun for me to witness relationships like this. They were so comfortable, easily making each other smile and laugh the whole time we were together. I could tell they are a really great team and will be wonderful parents to their baby boys.
Boston Maternity Photos | Cara Soulia Photography
This maternity session is part of a “Belly to Birth package“, which includes a maternity session and a newborn session. I can’t wait to share the photos from their newborn session in an upcoming blog post!
Are you expecting? Maternity photos can such a sweet memory to look back on. Please get in touch to learn more about having a maternity session with me!
Cara Soulia is a Boston maternity photographer who specializes in capturing real and beautiful connections in a unique and artistic way. See more of Cara’s work on the blog!
In the Spring of 2017, I got to photograph this wonderful mother and daughter in a gorgeous, flower filled photo session at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, MA. I can’t believe it’s been six years already since the first timeI met and photographed these two!
A Springtime Mother & Daughter Photo Session at the Arnold Arboretum
This is actually the fourth time I’ve photographed this mother and daughter and every time it is so much fun! They have such a special bond and are not afraid to show it. Sarah and her daughter are so easy going and natural in front of the camera and they’re always truly a joy to work with.
The Arnold Arboretum is a National Historic Landmark located in Boston’s Emerald Necklace and this place really BLOOMS in the Springtime and I always jump at the chance to do photo shoots here. Even on a busy day at the arboretum, it doesn’t feel crowded. There are acres and acres of beautiful space and we can always find a private place to walk and take photos.