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Welcome to my blog!

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 am a wife and mom of three ( 12, 9, and 3) and I have been photographing families in the Greater Boston area since 2011!

Find the answers to most commonly asked questions on my FAQ page or please get in touch if you would like to find out more about scheduling a session with me!

Six ways you can embrace your inner “Spring Fever”!! | Boston Family Photographer

Six ways you can embrace your inner “Spring Fever”!! | Boston Family Photographer

 “When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest.” Ernest Hemingway

Just leave it to Hemingway to perfectly describe how it feels to live in Boston in the springtime!  After months of suffering through the cold weather, we have finally made it to the other side and it feels SO good!! We can open the windows and walk outside barefoot ( well, almost ) and exercise outdoors and play in the yard after dinner.  Isn’t it AWESOME??

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Making Connections | Jamaica Plain Newborn Baby Photographer

Making Connections | Jamaica Plain Newborn Baby Photographer

Over the last eight years photographing families, I have found there are certain things that work exceptionally well in helping people relax while I take their picture.  One of these things is quite simply making good conversation!  This can be anything from talking about where families live, where they work or what they love to do in their free time.  Being a bit of a chatterbox while I’m photographing them helps people feel less nervous or awkward and this translates into the most natural images! At every photo session, I search for a topic of conversation that allows me to bond with my clients.  Perhaps it is becoming a parent for the first time, or it is the decision of whether or not to raise your kids in the city, or it is simply the latest episode of Top Chef!

At this particular newborn session in Jamaica Plain, I was over the moon to see

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Spring in Bloom! | Arnold Arboretum Family Photo Session

Spring in Bloom! | Arnold Arboretum Family Photo Session

Having lived in Roslindale, Massachusetts for almost a decade, I am very familiar with the number one outdoor destination in the area — the Arnold Arboretum.  Occupying 281 acres, there is just nothing that compares to the beauty and diversity of trees, shrubs, and plants you can find here.  It is a fantastic place for a walk or hike any time of year, but my very favorite time to come is in the springtime!  Everywhere you turn there are flowers blooming and it seems like every week brings something new to see.  I love to come with my own family for hikes, but it also happens to make a quintessential backdrop for photos.  I am so excited to highlight my favorite images from this gorgeous Arnold Arboretum family photo session!

This session felt a little like I that iconic scene from

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Hidden Treasures | Concord Massachusetts Newborn Photographer

Hidden Treasures | Concord Massachusetts Newborn Photographer

Over the years, I have been inside countless client homes for photo sessions.  I love meeting people in their personal space, seeing how they live and hearing their life stories. No two at-home sessions are ever alike, which is easily the best part of my job!  I love the thrill of not knowing what to expect when I open a client’s front door and then searching for beautiful light, color, lines and texture. I thrive on the anticipation of what new treasures await me at each and every client home.

I can safely say that the treasures hidden behind this family’s front door were

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Twice the fun | Brookline Family Photography

Twice the fun | Brookline Family Photography

I always get really excited when I’m going to have a session with twins.  I guess I just find families with twins fascinating, since my husband is a fraternal twin and he and his brother could not be more opposite.  And I find that this is usually the case with the personalities of twins — one is always a bit more daring, the other a bit more shy, one is more serious, the other more silly.  It’s like they split the personality traits right down the middle when they are in the womb!

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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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