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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 serve families in the Greater Boston area!  I am a member of the Professional Photographers of America and am fully insured.

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!

Hanging with the Boys | dover massachusetts family photographer

Hanging with the Boys | dover massachusetts family photographer

When a mutual friend introduced me to this family’s mama, it was love at first sight. Earlier this year, I was at my friend’s annual Kentucky Derby party and this beautiful lady and I happened to have on the biggest (and best, if I do say so myself) hats at the party. It was destiny that we should meet! We started chatting and one thing led to another and the following weekend I was photographing her family at the Arboretum. We were lucky that the lilacs and a few other trees were still in bloom!

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sunshine & love | massachusetts family photographer

sunshine & love | massachusetts family photographer

It was a hot and sunny evening in June when I met up with this family of four at the Arnold Arboretum in Roslindale. The last time I saw them was a full year ago at their home, just after second baby was born. It was so much fun to see them again and to see how much their girls have grown!

I’ll just sum it up by saying: sessions like this make me giddy. These images are what happens when

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fall family | Boston Family Portraits

fall family | Boston Family Portraits

As summer is winding down, I am sorting through hundreds of images from last year and prepping for the busy season ahead.  I realized I never blogged a few awesome families from last fall, including this one!!

This family is a long time client and they are some of my very favorite people to photograph! We were so lucky to have perfect foliage for their session, which also happened to celebrate their son Sammy’s first birthday.

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A fine summer evening | Boston Family Photographer

A fine summer evening | Boston Family Photographer

It was a picture perfect summer evening when I met up with this family of four at the one of my very favorite locations in Boston — the Arnold Arboretum. I can always count on something blooming there and lucky for us, this family of four also happened to be wearing clothes that coordinated with the flowers! Have you ever seen a more beautiful foursome?! I had such a hard time narrowing favorites to share from this session!

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Happy Mother’s Day | Boston Family Photographer

Happy Mother’s Day | Boston Family Photographer

Just over five years ago I officially opened my photography business. Since then, I have photographed hundreds of beautiful mamas and their children. I am so incredibly blessed to have been connected to these amazing women, many of whom, are now my friends. You should have seen me looking through these old photos, grinning from ear to ear and “Awwww”-ing at my computer screen. My, how some of these babies have grown!!

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37 weeks | boston maternity photographer

37 weeks | boston maternity photographer

There is hardly anything more amazing in the world than being pregnant. Having experienced it three times myself, I also know there is hardly anything more uncomfortable, too. The aches and pains, the nausea, the constant NEED to PEE. The LACK of WINE.

Being pregnant is simultaneously the best of times and the worst of times.

It doesn’t seem possible when you’re in the midst of your pregnancy, but the memories of this time, both good and bad, do start to fade over time. After a while, you start to forget how

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fun family of six| Westwood Family Photographer

fun family of six| Westwood Family Photographer

The majority of my clients have babies or young children so it was a wonderful change of pace to photograph this amazing family of six ( plus pup makes seven!). I’m simply in awe of parents that have more than three kids! I know how hard it can be juggle everything and these guys make it look easy. It was obvious from the moment they stepped out of the car that they are such a fun family.

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At home with Lila | Jamaica Plain Childrens Photographer

At home with Lila | Jamaica Plain Childrens Photographer

The last time I saw Lila, she was two months old…just a tiny baby in her proud parents’ arms. Her Mom & Dad had just become parents for the first time, and they were so head over heels in love with their new baby girl. I was so excited to see them all again because I love to see how much my clients grow and change. Lila is such a big girl now, still with the most beautiful blue eyes!! And her parents are old pros at this parenting thing, perfectly comfortable in their roles and embracing all the ups and downs of parenting with ease.

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Favorite Things | Extended Family and Childrens Photographer Jamaica Plain, MA

Favorite Things | Extended Family and Childrens Photographer Jamaica Plain, MA

All kids have favorite things, whether it be a soft lovey, a hand knit blanket or a beloved toy truck.  I always ask clients to bring along any of these special items to their photo session because I love to incorporate personal elements into the images I create.  It makes the resulting photos so much more memorable and unique.  Someday you will miss the days your child carried around that tattered old stuffed animal!

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a musical beginning | boston area newborn photographer

a musical beginning | boston area newborn photographer

Singing has always been a big part of my life. When I was little, I loved to sing all the time. I can remember waiting for my favorite songs to come on the radio so I could record them onto a cassette tape. Then I would play them over and over again until I had the words memorized. I’m sure I drove my family crazy with my constant singing! Later on, in college, I sang in an all female a cappella group. I spent so much time with this group of girls that they became some of my closest friends… more like sisters. Many of my favorite memories from college are

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welcoming sam | massachusetts newborn photographer

welcoming sam | massachusetts newborn photographer

Everybody knows how hard it is to become a parent for the first time, but I think it is equally difficult to transition from having just one child to having two children.  I remember how overwhelmed my husband and I felt to suddenly both have our hands full all. the. time.  And we longingly looked back at how easy we had it with just one!!

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serendipity | boston family photographer

serendipity | boston family photographer

Don’t you love the word serendipity?  It’s fun to say, but it’s also so fun when something happens you can say, “oh, it’s serendipity!”.

Last year, a friend referred this mom to me when she was looking for a family photographer.  Coincidentally, I already knew two of her three children because I photographed them at one of the preschools where I

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just enough space | Needham newborn photographer

just enough space | Needham newborn photographer

When Dad inquired about having a photo session with his newborn son, he made a point of telling me that their home was small. He was concerned about whether there would be enough space to create beautiful photos.  I told him not to worry — as long as he had a window in his house we would be OK.  In fact, sometimes I feel it is easier to create stunning images in smaller spaces.  There are less options for different settings, of course, but there are also less distractions and the focus is on what’s really important.

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Baby Miles | Boston Back Bay Newborn Photographer

Baby Miles | Boston Back Bay Newborn Photographer

A mutual friend introduced me to this fantastic couple who just became parents for the first time.  They brought their new baby boy home to their condo in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay.  I was so excited to shoot in this beautiful location, but also just loved hanging out and getting to know them.  They could not be a sweeter couple and are so in love with their new son, Miles. Miles happens to have one of the coolest nurseries I’ve ever seen. Complete with photographs of real wild animals above his crib.  Photographs taken by his parents on a trip to Africa!  I don’t typically photograph newborns with lots of props but I couldn’t help myself when I saw this sweet duck, hand knit by Miles’ grandmother.  Awwww…. I’m a knitter and can completely appreciate the work that went into this little guy. There is nothing like the look of love new parents give their babies.  It is one of my favorite things to photograph because it always happens so naturally, especially with first time parents.   As a photographer, these are the locations you dream about.  What an amazing wall of windows! I love the character of the old buildings in Boston. Thank for you inviting me into your beautiful home to document this amazing and special time in your life!! Pssst…  Don’t miss the video from this newborn session! Cara Soulia is an on location Boston Back Bay newborn photographer.  See more newborn sessions or get in touch to find out more about having Cara photograph your new... read more
Lila & Isabelle | Boston Newborn Photographer

Lila & Isabelle | Boston Newborn Photographer

Did you ever meet someone for the very first time, but feel like somehow you have known them forever?  It was kind of like that with Karen. From the very first phone call, I felt like I was talking to an old friend.  We swapped stories about our pregnancies, our babies, and the trials and tribulations of being sleep deprived parents.  I was so excited to finally meet her in person after she gave birth to her second daughter.  I arrived at their home for our newborn session and met big sister Lila and her dad at the front door.  It made perfect sense that Karen’s husband Matt was just as warm and easy going and she was.  What a beautiful, down to earth family of four. I truly feel so lucky to have met them. This post is pretty image heavy. I had a really hard time narrowing down my favorites!  We spent a lot of time in the master bedroom where the light was beautiful.  And I love this sign over their bed so much.  This Bruce Springsteen song was their first dance at their wedding. So sweet! Big sister Lila was just a few days shy of turning two.  She was, like most two year olds, curious and sweet.  She loved telling me there was a baby and pointing to her sister Isabelle. She even sang rock a bye baby to her new sister.  Cue the melting hearts…. Karen’s own mother rocked her in this chair when she was a newborn.  What a wonderful family heirloom. Matt is clearly a natural at being a dad. And although he’s completely outnumbered... read more
James, 8 days | south shore boston newborn photographer

James, 8 days | south shore boston newborn photographer

When I arrived at this family’s home, they told me right away that their sweet bundle had been awake nearly the whole night before.  They were exhausted.  And boy could I relate to their pain.  Having just had a baby myself five months ago, the memories of those first days home from the hospital with a new baby are extremely fresh in my mind. The sleep deprivation is brutal and it feels like it will never end.  Friends, family, doctors, nurses and strangers on the street all give their advice and remind you that newborns have their days and nights backwards, and that you should sleep when baby sleeps, blah blah blah!!  But really, it’s just not that easy to drop down and take a snooze whenever baby naps! Despite their tired state, this new mom and dad were cool and calm throughout the morning.  They had a great sense of humor and made this parenthood thing look easy.   Easily my favorite image of the day.  There is nothing like snuggling with your newborn on your chest.  If I could bottle this feeling up and sell it, I would be a zillionaire. James really preferred to have his binky in, but we were able to sneak it away for a few shots, too… He’s pretty darn cute either way. Mom & Dad’s first baby, ‘Chorizo’ was happy to be in the spotlight for a minute…! Hi there! As a fellow knitter, I can so appreciate the time put into this blanket, made by James’ mother.  Nothing says love, like a hand stitched blanket! The happy family of four… Cara... read more
new baby love| extended family session brookline

new baby love| extended family session brookline

A new baby is always a great reason to have a family photo session.  But it’s even better when the grandparents are visiting from Ireland and you turn your newborn session into an extended family session.  I had such an awesome time with this lovable family of five and their grandparents.  Typically newborn sessions take place in your home, but since the weather was warm and beautiful we met up at Larz Anderson park in Brookline, MA for our session. There is quite a big age difference between the older siblings and the new baby in this family, which isn’t something you see all the time.  These two are old enough that they will remember everything about their little brother joining the family! Daddy’s little boy…. No shortage of love during this session. This image makes me smile. And this one makes me chuckle… Grandpa was full of jokes throughout the session and clearly a kid at heart. There is nothing like a new baby in the family to bring so much joy and happiness. Thank you so much for allowing me to document this special time in your life! Cara Soulia is a Boston family photographer who specializes in capturing genuine, beautiful and joyful moments.  Please get in touch if you’d like to have a family session with Cara... read more