I feel your panic.
The holidays are barely two weeks away and you’re scrambling for meaningful gifts for your loved ones. And I’m not talking gifts for the kids. They’re probably letting you know exactly what they’re hoping for, right?
I’m talking about the grandparents, godparents, special aunts and uncles — maybe even your spouse? The people you adore dearly but who are tough to buy for and, all too often, you ultimately give them a random bottle of wine or new slippers, right?
I’m here to help.
Photo gifts may seem trite. If you agree, chances are the photo gifts you’ve given or received haven’t been printed with quality printing, framed professionally or presented as part of a gorgeous album.
Lifelong images – the kind you give to family and hope they’ll display and treasure for a lifetime – are more than just photos snapped, printed at CVS, and tossed in a cheap frame. In fact, the worst thing you can do is invest your time and hundreds of dollars in a professional photographer and then print your photos at the local drugstore. Stop right there, if that’s your plan. Read on for better ideas.
Maybe giving photo gifts is already one of your go-to ideas. Fantastic! If so, or if you’re reading this with heightened anticipation that I am thisclose to solving all your holiday woes and worries, here are some tips on the ways I turn digital images into a gift that sparkles with joy.
- Blurb.com: If you’re looking for a do-it-yourself photo book or album, please look at Blurb. I use them for my own family snapshot album every year. They have a fantastic array of options and the quality is superb. You won’t be disappointed.
- mpix: The highest quality image prints are at mpix.com. Take a few seconds and check them out if you’re looking to print images for framing or on a canvas.
- Me! I’ll do the work for you. If you’re tight on time and want to make sure your images are printed with love and quality, I share your goal. Here are the details:
… Orders for Canvas and Framed Prints need to be placed by 12/10 for regular shipping and 12/12 with expedited shipping ($25).
… Orders for Prints need to be placed by 12/12 for regular shipping and 12/14 with expedited shipping ($25).
… Orders for Coffee Table Albums, my most popular product after digitals, order by Dec 15th. Gifting someone a photo album is so special, because it can be personalized. I do all the design, including a custom layout. Clients can include text and quotes, as well as a letter to the recipient. Sizes available are: 8×8, 10×10, and 12×12. Each starts at 10 spreads/20 pages and includes about 30-40 images. I offer a variety of covers to choose from.
Send me an email or give me a call ASAP to inquire about ordering any products in time for the holidays!!
Cara Soulia is a Boston Family Photographer who specializes in capturing real and beautiful moments in a unique and artistic way. Get in touch to inquire about ordering your holiday gift!!
It’s here! One of the most fantastic, creative, and (if you ask my kids) exciting days of the year. Tomorrow is Halloween.
Like many Boston family photographers, in my house, Halloween is a month-long adventure that culminates with every counter and floor surface needing a good scrubbing. Glue, glitter, guts (pumpkin, of course)… it’s everywhere by the time November 1 rolls around.
Most of it comes from my attempts to help my kids fulfill their creative visions for costumes. You’ve probably heard it too: “This year I want to be… (fill in the blank with something that is going to require a lot more than a quick run to Target).
But, admittedly, when it comes to making Halloween costumes, my family loves getting its hands dirty. Some of the costumes feel like artistic accomplishments, which is quite an achievement considering our busy life.
Scroll down to see some of the Soulia Family Halloween Adventures.
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Five years ago: Super Girl and Spider. I love the nostalgia of this photo, as it represents the time before there were three children in our family. I was pregnant with Charlie when we worked on these costumes. It really feels like it was just yesterday.
Two years later, my little (but growing fast!) Frog, an Old Granny, and Mr. Werewolf entertained everyone. Old Granny received more compliments than I’ve ever witnessed for a costume. We still have the walker! (Here’s hoping neither my husband or I need it too soon).
Last year, an all-time family favorite: Frightening Fiend, Friendly Fireman and Fiesty Bowl of Fruit Loops. These costumes took a whole new level of planning and skill, but it was worth it. The local paper even gave us the Thumbs Up!
And voila! A sneak peek of the 2019 Soulia Crew: my bigger-than-ever Precocious Pirate, Lady Bumblebee, and Mad Scientist. My oldest is in 7th grade and I am well aware that this may be his last year joining on the costume and trick-or-treat fun. Thank goodness I have these images – plus all the others from when I freeze time.
Cara Soulia is a Boston Family Photographer who loves capturing the creative, sweet and fun side of every family. Get in touch to find out more about scheduling your family’s annual session!
Don’t worry, this post isn’t filled with the standard cliches about “the days being long but the years are short.” I know it and you know it: sometimes raising a family can be tiring. Sometimes there are days, weeks, even months that feel like they drag on forever. The combination of work demands, family schedules, growing pains and unexpected life hurdles happens to everyone, and sometimes all you can do is simply hold on.
However, when my oldest turned 13 and my youngest hit preschool the metal pan hit me *smack* on the head. Hard. The cliches – no matter how boring – are correct. Time is flying, and my kids are changing nonstop.
So are yours.
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I’ve been photographing these sisters Isabelle (left) and Lila (right) every year for five years. The top image, from 2018 at Waters Farm, showcases their stunning beauty and youthful energy. When compared to the second image in the wooden playhouse window, taken just a year earlier, they haven’t changed too much. But keep scrolling and you’ll see how fast five years flew by.
I’m fortunate to have many clients who invest in an annual Boston family photography session. They’re gleeful when the images come back after a session: the perfect light, location and innocence on their family’s faces is so bittersweet. It’s happening! They’re creating a beautiful family, and life feels like it will stay so perfect forever.
The beautiful family does remain, but the days go faster, and those little toes get bigger. And before you know it, your toddlers become preschoolers, and then third graders, and – yowza – somehow they’re in middle school. Did I mention that I’ve been told high school goes by the fastest?
Life is fast. I am so thrilled when clients know that investing in an annual session and taking two hours to freeze time will elicit visual treasures that will last a lifetime.
Capture the moments in between the busy days. In the months ahead, you’ll chuckle over the energy of that day. You’ll soak up the laughs caught on camera. You’ll share the images with family and friends. Maybe you’ll display some in your home. You’ll cherish the chance to sit with the images when your children are older, even grown. They’ll giggle when looking back on themselves as babies and toddlers.
And wait five years, or ten, or more. The value of those sentimental moments will double and triple annually, I promise.
Because you can’t get the time back. But you can freeze it.
It seems like just yesterday I was taking this image of Isabelle and Lila just after Isabelle was born. But it wasn’t just yesterday.
And the time has flown by.
Cara Soulia is a Boston Family Photographer who specializes in capturing casual, loving moments in a beautiful and artistic way. Get in touch to find out more about scheduling your own family’s session!
You’d never know it by the weather, but October is here — which means November (and December!) are right around the corner. I’m just going to say it: It’s time to think about your Boston Holiday Card Photos.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I always have my camera in my hand. I’m always aiming to freeze time. I desperately want to snag the images that capture a family (including mine!) in their essence: the personal moments of joy, silliness, rest, love or comfort.
I take my ambition to capture those soulful moments with me to every single family photo session. Can I capture the moment that will freeze time for you, just that one day, one glance, one laugh?
My clients use their images in many ways. I’ve helped create stunning albums, gallery walls, framed images for desks, and perhaps the most popular: The Annual Holiday Card.
Read on to see some of my favorite images that adorned my clients’ holiday cards over the years.
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Sibling Sister Love. Such a gorgeous family and great day for a session at Lars Anderson Park in Brookline. I love the age range of these girls. A year later, they’ll look so different. So grateful we stopped time just for this moment.
Sweet Goodbye. I love and miss this once-from-Needham family so much. With an impending move to Washington, D.C., they sought a series of keepsakes that would allow them to remember their Needham home. Nothing fancy. Barefoot. Casual. I wrote all about their story on the blog.
That giggle, right? I remember when this family showed me their holiday card. The theme was Joy. While the boys certainly look happy, I think the real joy was felt by their parents. They received so many compliments!
Classic, right? Nothing makes opening up the nightly pile of cards more fun than the one that offers humor and the honesty of #reallife. Sandwiched between his bawling sisters, this sweet boy was doing all he could to smile for the friendly photographer (I was laughing, of course!).
No words for these gorgeous girls running through the wildflowers as their parents chill in the background. Perfect.
I always chuckle when I see this fun family from Newton. I’ve had the pleasure of photographing them for close to ten years! Every time the boys are getting bigger and bigger. I find myself cheering on their mom, the lone female in the home! Of course, she is fantastic.
And, lastly, my holiday card: The Soulia Family 2018. Like you, I haven’t chosen our image for 2019 yet, but my camera is ready for my family and yours.
Get in touch to schedule a session before the holidays arrive.
That’s how I felt when I left this Roslindale newborn session, my third time connecting with this fantastic family who just welcomed their second child, Eloise.
It seems like just yesterday I was invited to photograph Eloise’s big brother, Gil, when he was just six weeks old. The new parents were living at MassArt at the time. Ten months later, Gil was growing fast (10 months old!) when we captured these amazing images during a Spring Photo Session at the Arboretum.
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Three years since we first met, this lovely family now lives in a beautiful home in Roslindale. Eloise was just 12 days old when I had the pleasure of joining them for a photo session last week. Welcome, Eloise.
Not one moment of this session was rushed, hustled or staged. Eloise’s family is the epitome of relaxation. I love being part of their lives, even for just 90 minutes a year, because I love feeling so immersed in their low-key energy. I’m confident Eloise feels the pure sense of peace surrounding her.
I also love the colors in this home. Dad’s art is displayed everywhere, making the atmosphere vibrant and creative at once.
Like I said, Pure Perfection.
And then there’s Gil. He’s such a love. And growing up so quickly. Three years old! He’s bouncing all around, simply thrilled to show off his new sister to the friendly lady with a camera.
All of my newborn session’s are done in the comfort and convenience of a family’s home. I really feel that a session isn’t just about the new baby. It’s about the evolution of a family and their space to a new wonderful phase of living.
On this day, it was really warm, so we took advantage of the weather and went out into the backyard as well. Everyone was thrilled, especially Gil!