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
Thrilled does not even begin to describe how I felt when I had the opportunity to photograph this amazing mother daughter duo again. They are just so special together and it is such a treat to photograph their bond. Even better, they had just welcomed a new baby into their family.. appropriately named Sunshine.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!!
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
It’s that time of year again… time to agonize over choosing my favorite images from a very fun and busy year. This year I get to pick 15 because it’s 2015 so at least that makes it a little easier, but like I’ve said before, these photos are like my babies. It is hard to choose some and leave others behind!!
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.
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
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
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
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
About 18 months ago, after living in Boston for over a decade, we decided to move our family to Needham, MA. Despite the fact it is just a few short miles away, the move was a bit overwhelming. New town, new school and new routines to get used to… not to mention living all together in one hotel room for a month while we were in between houses. And while everyone we met in our new town seemed really nice, it’s just not that easy being the new kid on the block. Enter Alyssa and her family. Alyssa was one of the very first people I met at our new school and she immediately made me feel at home. Her whole family is kind, warm and down to earth. It’s no surprise that she and her husband are from the midwest (it’s true what they say you know). I will forever be thankful for the friendship and hospitality they offered us during those early months in our new community. We (and our children) are officially friends for life. You can imagine how honored and excited I was when Alyssa asked me to capture some fun and beautiful portraits of her awesome family! I photographed a lot of families with just girls last year so it was such a treat to be with a couple of handsome young men for a change. This image was one of my favorites from last fall. These two are only 18 months apart in age and this image captures their brotherhood so perfectly, big stick included! It’s not a fall family session at the arboretum without playing in the leaves a little... read more
This photo session took place in late December, although you’d never know it given how sunny and warm it was that day. I met up with this lovely family at the Arnold Arboretum in Roslindale and took full advantage of the lush greenery and gorgeous tall pine trees. This was my last session of 2014 and I guess I saved the best for last because it ended up being one of my favorites from the year! Of course, it helps that they brought along their adorable first ‘baby’… a large and lovable nine year old bullmastiff named Brutus. You know how I feel about sessions with dogs…and this was no exception. This family had just celebrated their son Odin’s first birthday on Christmas Day and this milestone was the reason for the photosession. I can’t think of a better way to commemorate surviving the first year of parent hood 🙂 Odin & Brutus best friends forever. Well hello there sweet young man! Easily my favorite of the day! Odin learned to walk at an early age and was showing off his skills at the photo session. I had to run to keep up with him! Thank you so much for trusting me to capture your family memories! Boston family photography by Cara Soulia. Please get in touch if you are interested in creating beautiful images of your family together this... read more
This family of four were such troopers, meeting up with me early in the morning the day after Halloween! Not only that, but it was also the day after daylight savings – which messes up everyone’s sleep, and it was soooo chilly outside. But, when I showed up super early in the morning at their house, everyone was looking beautiful and ready to go!! This is what I call commitment! These two were adorable and at big sister’s request, we got some shots of them snuggling in their super soft blanket together. Everyone loves their mama…. It wasn’t too cold to play in the leaves for a few minutes…. Of course before all this chaos, there was just the two of you…. Thanks for inviting me to capture your beautiful family at your home!! Cara Soulia is an on-location family photographer who specializes in capturing joyful and beautiful photos of your children and family. Click here to see more family sessions or get in touch to find out more about scheduling a photo session with... read more
This photo session was such a dream. It was a sunny warm fall afternoon and I got to photograph two of the most beautiful sisters I have ever seen. As I was choosing images for this blog post I had a hard time narrowing it down at all. I have so many favorites and I kept sighing and saying out loud to my computer screen, “man, these girls are so gorgeous!” Their mom was expecting baby girl #3 at the time of this session and although she isn’t in these photos you can believe me when I say I know where these girls get all their beauty from!! I was ecstatic to spot this gorgeous wall of vines during our session. It was a bit of a trek but totally worth it!! I am such a sucker for serious portraits. Just stunning. The colors were amazing that day but I can’t resist a couple of black & whites, too…. Cara Soulia is a Boston childrens photographer who specializes in capturing the magic and beauty of children through fun, authentic portraits. Please get in touch here to find out more about scheduling a... read more
The day of this family session, the skies started out blue and sunny in the morning. But just as I was happily packing up my gear, the clouds turned suddenly dark and ominous. I was so disappointed, but decided to go ahead with the day because you can never be too sure what is going to happen with the weather in Boston…. The rain started sprinkling just as I arrived for my first session of the afternoon. But that was the extent of it! Somehow it didn’t pour on us – not once. The overcast sky acted as a giant soft box and made for some delicious filtered light. I ended up capturing some of my favorite images of the whole year on this day. I have been photographing these two sisters for the last several years and they are always such fantastic models. They have the most beautiful big brown eyes! Not to mention awesome smiles and lots of laughs. You can tell these two are going to be best friends forever. Click here to see the recap from other fall family sessions! Interested in having your family photos taken next fall? Contact me to find out... read more
On this first day of 2015, I want to say a huge thank you to all of my clients, many of who have become friends, for your support and your trust in me. The growth of my business in 2014 completely exceeded my expectations and I am blown away as I sift through all of the thousands of images from the previous year. I can look at every single one of the pictures in the collage below and be reminded of the family’s story, the funny and silly moments, and the sweet memories from our time together. I am so grateful every day to be doing something I love so, so much. I will be taking some time off at the beginning of 2015 to spend time with my family and my new baby who will soon be making his arrival! I’ll be returning to client sessions in the spring. In the meantime, I’m sure there will be lots of personal image posts on my Facebook business page and I hope you follow... read more
On Christmas Day last year, a very sweet little boy named Owen came rushing into the world. I was lucky enough to meet him and his family just one month later for their newborn session. Unbeknownst to his parents, I was also lucky enough to capture some short video clips of our time together. I just put the finishing touches on this photo/video fusion and am in love with how it turned out. I haven’t looked at their images since I edited them last year and it feels so emotional to see them now…and it’s not even my baby!! Happy 1st Birthday Owen!! Enjoy this video ( there is music, and it’s more fun to view with sound on! ) welcoming baby owen from c.soulia on Vimeo. Cara Soulia is a Needham Newborn Photographer who specializes in capturing genuine, beautiful and joyful moments in your life. Photo video fusions are now available upon request!! Please inquire about having this unique and very special keepsake created during your session!... read more
What a year 2014 has been!! I have been agonizing over choosing my favorite 14 images of 2014. So many photos I took this year are special to me because of the stories behind them…so I hope you are ready…this is a long post! At first I tried to only pick client images that aligned specifically with my business of capturing babies, children and families. But what I kept coming back to were the images that really marked my growth as a photographer this year. The images I created when I went outside my comfort zone ended up being some of my absolute favorites. It can be really scary to put yourself out there by doing something different, but it really is the only way to grow and become better. This year, I was fortunate to successfully launch the custom school portrait division of my photography business as well as take on some very special and unique projects. I also photographed over 40 families throughout the year!! Thank you to all of my dear clients and friends for your support! In no particular order, here are my favorite 14 images from the year! 1. I photographed 8 families during fall mini-sessions this year, which equates to literally hundreds of images snapped. This is, without a doubt, my favorite from the season. Even better, is that this family is a returning client and I’ve been able to watch their son grow from year to year. New England foliage at it’s finest with a fabulous family. This image just makes me happy. 2. Last year my family moved to a new town. It... read more
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — there is nothing quite like your first. New parenthood is so hard and at the same time so unbelievably awesome. The whole first year is a whirlwind of exciting emotions and milestones, but six months old is one of my favorite times for a photo session. Babies at this age are alert and curious, have adorable (sometimes toothy) smiles, and are not really mobile yet, which makes my life a little easier 🙂 I met up with this beautiful family early in the morning at the Arnold Arboretum. I love the lines of the trees the light and colors were just fantastic that day. Love this simple and sweet family moment! I can’t choose among the next four which is my favorite, I love them all! What a stunning mother. Snuggles with Dad are always nice, too 🙂 William was such a cooperative model with all the wardrobe and location changes!! Thanks to dad for suggesting this fantastic field of sunflowers for the backdrop. Love all the colors. Mr. Blue eyes…! Cara Soulia is a Boston children’s photographer specializing in genuine, beautiful and joyful moments. To see more outdoor session like this, click here. To get in touch to find out more about booking your own family photo session click here! ... read more
I have to admit, whenever I photograph sisters, I always get a little pang of jealousy that I don’t have a sister. Especially when it is girls like this, so close in age, with a bond so tight. They were nothing but giggles for most of this session. I did manage to capture a few serious portraits ( my favorite!), but it was immediately back to silliness and playing in the leaves afterwards!
I’ll just sum it up in four words: I love this family. They are amazing inside and out. They are kind and caring people. They make you feel like you can be yourself around them. Oh, and they are raising triplets. And those triplets happen to be all boys. Fun-loving, energetic, crazy, and might I add, extremely well-behaved, boys. I am seriously in awe of their beautiful family, their supreme parenting skills, and their love for each other, which is obvious from the very moment you meet them. Psst: Ginger is also a super savvy and creative business owner. Please don’t miss the end of this blog post for very exciting information about her local handmade business Bevy Goods! The triplets were all about having photos taken of their parents kissing! They were standing behind me encouraging mom & dad. love it!! Charlie, Wes and Win, whose names were kept straight only by the color of their shoelaces (thank GOODNESS for clever moms). That’s Wes in green, Win in orange, and Charlie in yellow. Their favorite activities include soccer, legos, more soccer, and singing ‘EVERYTHING IS AWESOME’ at the top of their lungs. It wouldn’t be a photo session at Elm Bank, without a visit to the big red chair… The boys directed these shots 100%. Some of my favorites from the day: In addition to being an amazing mom, Ginger also happens to be an inspiring businesswoman with a generous heart and talent for design. Ginger owns the local handmade store Ginger Lane, which is on the brink of a very exciting transition. Beginning in 2015, you will be able to... read more