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Thank you for stopping by.  Below you will find highlights and stories from my latest client work.  I strive to make all of my sessions relaxing and fun and I pride myself on creating images that are joyful, genuine and beautiful.

I am an on-location portrait photographer living in Needham, Massachusetts. I serve families in the Greater Boston area!  I am a member of the Professional Photographers of America and am fully insured.

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5 reasons having 2 under 2 is awesome! | Dover Massachusetts Newborn Photographer

5 reasons having 2 under 2 is awesome! | Dover Massachusetts Newborn Photographer

I remember when my first son turned one, friends, family and even strangers suddenly started asking me when I would have another.  Apparently, the first birthday is a milestone after which it is socially acceptable to start bugging parents about getting pregnant again!  Personally, I couldn’t imagine having another baby right away.  I was too exhausted from stressing out over every detail of my son’s life ( can you say helicopter parent?) to consider having another!!  But over the years, I have photographed numerous families with two babies under two, and there are definitely some positives to this scenario!

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10 things you should consider when you decide to have a ‘no-spend’ month

10 things you should consider when you decide to have a ‘no-spend’ month

At the beginning of the year, a group of friends and I decided to challenge ourselves to spend less….to spend nothing, in fact.  We were inspired by a woman in the UK who was frustrated with her unnecessary spending and decided to have a ‘no-spend’ year.  (She had such an interesting and amazing experience spending nothing for an entire year that she wrote a book about it.). We each made our own rules about what ‘spending nothing’ would look like and how long it would last.  For me, this no-spend challenge meant spending no money on anything except for groceries, gas, utilities, mortgage and any health related bills in the month of January.  After 31 days of consciously trying to spend less, I jotted down a few observations.

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Charlotte & Jack turn ONE! | Family Photographer in Boston Massachusetts

Charlotte & Jack turn ONE! | Family Photographer in Boston Massachusetts

I always love to see returning clients, but I was a little more excited than normal to visit Charlotte & Jack for their one year session this past December!  You might remember from reading my blog last year that these very special twins were born at just 27 weeks!  I met them for the first time when they had just come home after being in the hospital for several months.  You’d never know they were

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Top 17 of 2017 | Needham Family and Newborn Photographer

Top 17 of 2017 | Needham Family and Newborn Photographer

Choosing my favorite images from the last 12 months is one of my favorite year end activities! ( You can view the past years “Best of” Lists here) This year, I find myself looking through all the moments and just feeling so darn lucky.  It might surprise you to know that just a few short years ago, I was working full time as an analyst at an asset management firm in Boston.  I had a challenging, stable career, but I could never shake the sense that I was put on this earth to do something very different.

My whole life I’ve loved taking pictures, but

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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 organizing and planning and preparing.  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

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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

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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

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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!

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5 ways you can help your kids deal with pet loss

5 ways you can help your kids deal with pet loss

We recently had to euthanize our 15 year old cat Riley. He was a rescue cat from Boston’s Animal Care and Control Shelter in Roslindale and was (IMO) one of the best cats on the planet. We got him right after we were married so he was with us through all the ups and downs of having three children over the last decade! He was sweet and loyal and soft and cuddly and we will all miss him so much!

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apple orchard in springtime | Boston Family Photographer

apple orchard in springtime | Boston Family Photographer

I was so excited when I found out I would be able to take some of my clients to a local apple orchard this spring, while all of the blossoms were in full bloom! I knew I wanted to take this family in particular because they are always up for anything and there are acres upon acres to run and explore–perfect for a family with two young energetic boys!

The mama in this family and I go way back. In fact, we actually met many years ago when she was

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Cousins!! | Newton Family Photographer

Cousins!! | Newton Family Photographer

I don’t know what it’s like in your house, but when I tell my kids they are going to visit their cousins, an onslaught of squealing, shrieking and crazy bouncing off the walls immediately ensues. I suspect something similar happens for the family in the images below. These cousins were all together for Easter weekend and one of the moms invited me to

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Sweet Caroline | Newborn Photographer Needham Massachusetts

Sweet Caroline | Newborn Photographer Needham Massachusetts

The moment I walked through the front door of this family’s home, I knew we were going to have a great session. These first time parents were as calm as could be and so in love with their sweet baby Caroline.  Their house was full of great light and simple, elegant decor which made creating beautiful images an easy task. It also didn’t hurt that Caroline was cute as a button and very happy and alert for almost the entire session!

Mom had warned me on the phone that her husband has

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Orchard in Bloom | Needham Maternity Photographer

Orchard in Bloom | Needham Maternity Photographer

Spring is the season of growing and I loved that we were able to have this sunset maternity session at a local apple orchard in full bloom!  (How apropos!) I’m so lucky to call this beautiful mama-to-be my friend and neighbor — and she makes a pretty amazing maternity model, too!  We had so much fun running around the apple orchard finding all the most amazing spots for pictures and staying until the sun dropped below the horizon.  This session truly was one of my photographer dreams come true.  Thank you Megan for being so awesome! When the sun sets all the magic happens…  😉 Cara Soulia is a Boston area maternity photographer who specializes in creating beautiful maternity portraits that celebrating the power and the beauty of the physical changes in the female body when pregnant.  Click here to see more of Cara’s work or get in touch to schedule your maternity session.  ... read more
6 fun things to do with kids in Boston in May

6 fun things to do with kids in Boston in May

Although it is torrentially pouring outside my office window as I type this blog post, it is finally May and I do believe the fear of snow is behind us and there are lots of warm sunny days in the near future! As I drive around town I find myself completely distracted by all the amazing trees blooming in everyone’s yards right now (Yes, that’s me going 20 mph with my head hanging out the window). Fall is still my favorite season in Boston, but spring is definitely a close second!

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for

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11 ways your school picture day could be better! | Boston school photographer

11 ways your school picture day could be better! | Boston school photographer

I have been taking school pictures at Boston area preschools for the last five years and in that time I have created portraits of hundreds of beautiful little people. Despite the fact I have consistently received rave reviews from parents about the children’s images, I find that school administrators still have uncertainty about switching to a new photographer or walking away from traditional big box school portrait providers.

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Miles is One! | Back Bay Family Photographer

Miles is One! | Back Bay Family Photographer

The last time I saw this family, their baby boy was just a a week old! How fun it was to come back to this awesome Back Bay apartment again to capture some new memories a full year later. I always love to see how much babies grow over their first year, but even more, I love to see how much couples transform into seasoned parents, at ease in their roles as Mom and Dad.

Here’s a fun before and after

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Lila is a big sister! | Boston Family Photographer

Lila is a big sister! | Boston Family Photographer

A lot has happened since I last saw this beautiful family. They moved to a new home and welcomed a second baby girl into their family!! I was so honored that they called me again to document this very special time in their lives.
Lila was beyond excited to introduce me to her new baby sister, Adeline Olive ( have you ever heard a better name? I believe she has a future as a famous author, with a name like that!)

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5 Fun things to do with kids in Boston in April

5 Fun things to do with kids in Boston in April

Spring weather is just around the corner and if you’re like me, you’re looking forward to warmer temps and you’re itching to get outside and explore with your family. I wanted to share with you a few of our local favorite activities and hopefully inspire you to try something new this season. We are a family of five, including a 10 year old boy, an 8 year old girl and a 2 year old boy — and we all have very different interests! This wide age range can sometimes be a challenge, but these activities are

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At home with the boys | Family Photographer Brookline MA

At home with the boys | Family Photographer Brookline MA

I met this Brookline family through my school portrait program a few years ago and am so happy that they have become a regular family client. They opted to have their photo session at home, which I loved because we were able to easily shift from posed photos on the front steps to candid shots on the backyard trampoline in just a matter of moments!

The vibe from these guys is just what you might expect from

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Bringing your images to life | Boston Family Photographer

Bringing your images to life | Boston Family Photographer

The culmination of having a photo session with a professional photographer is deciding which images to display around your home. The photos you choose to print and hang on your walls are the ones that will make you smile on a daily basis! I know what you’re thinking — “But, I just want the digital files!” I get it. When I hire a photographer for my family, I want them, too! But I can’t stress enough how much I want you to also have tangible items as a result of having a photo session with me.

That is why I am officially announcing

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9 things to know when you hire Cara Soulia as your family photographer

9 things to know when you hire Cara Soulia as your family photographer

I’ll be honest with you, finding the perfect newborn or family photographer in Boston is a tough job.  There are so many talented professional photographers in the area and such a variety of styles and personalities to choose from–selecting the right photographer for your family photos can be confusing and overwhelming.  To help with your decision, I thought I’d let you know what you can expect if you decide to hire me for your family photo session.

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