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. But now they look just like any other one year olds — they are healthy and beautiful and have the most adorably chunky baby cheeks that you’ve ever seen!! And they’ve changed so much since their 6 month session, when they were just sitting up — now they are on the move, crawling and almost walking!! (more…)
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 that I get to do something I love so much for my job. 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 I wasn’t always (more…)
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 mental space to organize, plan and prepare. 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.
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 been at their house (the first time was at the newborn session of their second daughter) But it was the first time we spent so much time outside at their home — playing on the swingset, jumping on the trampoline, watering the flowers, chatting with the chickens ( yes you read that right — chickens!!), and just plain hanging out in the yard. In my opinion, home is the where all the good stuff happens. Children are so comfortable in their element that their true personalities really come through. This family chose to have an outdoor session with this me last year at the Arnold Arboretum, and is definitely a favorite of mine, but this one is a very close rival, because it is just so genuine and simple and real.
This post is bursting at the seams with images. It is hard to narrow them down when I want to show the full story….!
The forecast did not look good the morning of this family’s photo session, but grandma was visiting from Canada and we really wanted to include her in the photos so we did not reschedule. At the last second, I told Mom, “Worst case scenario: bring the umbrellas!” And boy, am I glad I did.
Everything started out clear and we were lucky to have the gorgeous orange flowers blossoming in the background. I love how all these (more…)