Do you ever notice photographic prints around your house wrinkling a little bit? Want to know if there is something you can to do to prevent it?
Love the photo, don’t love the print. I ordered this one unmounted by accident and in less than a year it’s already wrinkling 🙁
Boston Family Photographer Tips & Tricks
The most likely reason your prints wrinkle is because they aren’t mounted. I recommend mounting any image that is printed at 8×10″ or larger to significantly increase it’s longevity, especially if it’s going to be in a place where the temperature and humidity levels fluctuate.
There are lots of options when it comes to mounting: mat board, styrene, foam board all with different levels of sturdiness and thickness. If you’re planning to frame your print, go for something thin like mat board. If you’re planning to hang the print unframed, go for thick ( 3/4″ foam board ).
Styrene is thin and durable, great for framing.
I love the unique, modern look of unframed photos, mounted withe 3/4″ foam backing.
Include mounting to your print and you will increase the cost a bit, but your prints will have a much longer life, I promise!!
(Psst: All prints ordered through me are printed on Kodak Professional Endura Premier Paper. Images 8×10 and larger are mounted on styrene for durability and longevity! They are also lustre coated and UV sprayed. These are not CVS 19cent prints!! )
Cara Soulia is a Boston Family Photographer who specializes in capturing real, honest moments in a beautiful and natural way. Click here to see more of Cara’s work, or get in touch to schedule a session!
In January, I launched a new portrait series called “A Mother’s Work” which features female entrepreneurs who are also mothers. The idea for this series quite literally came to me in a dream one night a few years ago and I’m so excited to finally be devoting energy to making this dream a reality in 2019. In the last two months, I have already met so many wonderful inspiring women and look forward to those I will be meeting in the future. The positive feedback I have received about this project has been amazing and I can’t wait to share more!
One thing I did not expect when I started the series, however, was the amount of comments and questions people would send me about my OWN journey to becoming a photographer. You may or may not know that I used to have a career as an analyst in investment management. I worked in the corporate world for 15 years before making the leap to full time photography! So many people have asked me questions about this switch: Was it scary? How’d you plan for it? What are the things that have helped you succeed the most? Do you wish you had done anything differently?
Career Change to Boston Newborn & Family Photographer
Because I’m on the other side of this big life/career change, I thought it might be helpful to jot down some things down that I think were most helpful in achieving my goal of becoming a full time photographer. I certainly don’t have all the answers, but having owned my own business for almost 9 years now I do have a few solid ideas about things that are helpful in achieving your goals
1. Talk about it. A lot.
I think this is the single biggest way to start making your dreams come true. At first it might feel weird to speak out loud about your secret dreams, but I promise you the more you talk about it, the closer it will come to reality. Even if you are still a little hesitant, you have to do it. Just start with a close fried. Or your Mom. The more you talk about it, the more you will start to feel comfortable with your ideas and eventually you will start to be more confident in your dream coming true. AND the best part? When people know what you’re working toward, opportunities will start to appear!
I remember when I first started thinking I wanted to be a photographer, I mentioned it my friends and family first. Soon I was photographing their babies and kids for practice. I did pro bono work for a friend’s nonprofit because she knew I was interested in expanding my portfolio. I learned so many valuable lessons during that time about photography, but also about working with people, editing images, being organized, etc. None of this would have happened if I kept my big dream a secret.
2. Make a plan and write it down everywhere
There are number of different ways you can make a plan to achieve your goal, but one thing is for sure — if you only talk about it and don’t actually do anything, you are not going to meet your goal! duh!
- To start, sit down at the computer (or if you’re like me, at the desk with pen and paper!) and just start writing. Don’t worry about spelling, grammar, or being too organized with your thoughts. Set a timer for 5 minutes and just write. This is called ‘free-flow writing’ and a highly effective way to brainstorm your ideas. Don’t stop until the timer goes off. Write about your dream, with details big and small, write about what it looks feels like to achieve your goal, write about what you want your life to look like in 1, 5 or 10 years when you’ve achieved your goals, make a list of steps you could take to get there.
- If you are a highly visual person, it might be helpful to make a ‘vision board‘ that is a collage of all the things that you goal looks like. Hang it somewhere prominent where you will see it every single day!
- Hang up sticky notes everywhere to remind you of your goals! Motivational quotes on the bathroom mirror are acceptable and encouraged!
- Once you have written down your goal and a rough plan for reaching that goal, break it up into smaller goals. Keep breaking it up until you have at least one action item for each week.
3. Seek Inspiration and Advice
One big thing I have realized in the last two decades of soul searching and dream chasing is that most people are more than willing to help you out; all you have to do is ASK. If you are thinking about a new career, find someone in that career and ask them to have a phone call with you or to meet up for coffee! Pick their brain and ask tons of questions. Dedicate a journal where you take copious notes on things you notice and learn. Even better, go on a job shadow with someone. This is really the best way to figure out what how it feels to do this job!
I know podcasts are certainly not a new thing, but I personally just started getting into them about 2 years ago and they have introduced me to so many amazing people that have literally changed my life! The best part about podcasts ( besides the information and inspiration they provide ) is that you can listen to them almost anywhere ( unlike a book where you read three pages and then fall asleep or are interrupted by your kids!). Podcasts in the car, podcasts while out for a walk, podcasts while cooking dinner, podcasts while doing laundry, the options are endless. A few of my favorites right now: (more…)
Boston Family Photographer
I’ve been a Boston family photographer for almost eight years and have worked with so many children and families of all types, shapes, sizes, colors and personalities. Although my clients vary widely, I would say there are definitely a few questions that are commonly asked and I find there are some misconceptions out there about hiring a photographer to take your family photos. I wrote this blog post to bust those myths!!
Myth #1: It’s going to take forever
Not true! Kids’ attention spans are really only about 45 minutes long. I work very fast and can usually get everything I need in this amount of time. Occasionally we are having so much fun we decide to keep going, but you do not need to block off your whole morning or your whole afternoon for me!
Myth #2: It’s going to be boring
Wrong again! We’ll chat before your session to figure out the location that makes the most sense for your family. Sometimes a session at home is best if your children feel most comfortable there. I can suggest lots of beautiful places in the area as well. But either way, the session will be more like hanging out with a friend who happens to have her really nice camera with her than a stuffy uptight posed photo shoot.
Myth #3: It’s going to involve a lot of awkward posing and saying cheese
Nope nope nope! In fact, the opposite is true. We will walk, hang out, play, run around and basically do everything except pose and say cheese. I will guide you and help you look your best and maybe take ONE or TWO photos of the whole family smiling at the camera but other than that, you can relax and be yourself. I’ll take care of the rest!
“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?? (more…)
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!
- They are both in diapers. Wait, is that good thing? Well, in my humble opinion, it is. I was scared to have two babies under two and we waited until my son was almost 3 before having #2. I distinctly remember my son decided to start potty training basically the minute I came home from the hospital with my daughter and it was not fun. I think it is a blessing in disguise to have both kids in diapers for the first few months. My 2 cents: focus on potty training once your second gets a little older and has a routine. It’s so much less stressful that way!
- They both NAP! – Hallelujah, your toddler still needs a nap! And after a couple of months you should be able to figure out a way to get them both sleeping at the exact same time so you can get some solid down time during the afternoon to catch up on Top Chef or This is Us. I know they all say to sleep when the baby sleeps, but seriously, what fun is that?
- Your children learn to share and be considerate at an early age – Having a sibling so close in age will force your children to learn to share whether they like it or not. They will also grow up being more considerate of others and they will realize the world does not revolve around them.
- Your first child will learn to be more independent – Let’s face it, if you have two under two, someone is going to get ignored some of the time. And that’s not a bad thing. I think most parents can admit spending too much time focusing on every move their first child made. Breaking the cycle of dependence might involve a little whining and crying, but is definitely for the best in the end.
- Your kids might just end up being friends. While there are obviously no guarantees in life, having babies so close together provides a fantastic opportunity for them to become good friends. Your kids will go through the phases of life at relatively the same time and, over the years, they will mostly enjoy the same kinds of toys, activities and family trips, etc. Having them close together affords them the opportunity to become besties and that is a wonderful gift!
The last time I saw this beautiful family, they were just welcoming their first baby girl Maya into the family. I was excited (and surprised!) to hear from them again, just 15 months later, when they emailed to tell me they were expecting another baby girl! It was so much fun to see how much Maya has grown ( even though she is kind of still a baby, too). She was not jealous of her baby sister at all, rather just mildly curious about her. Grandma was visiting and helping out and I love that we were able to capture her in some of the images too.
Full arms, full heart!
Being a big sister is so exciting!!
Sisters, and hopefully BFF for life….
V+P = Sonya!
See those pictures on the wall in the background?? That’s baby Maya when she was just a week old!
Cara Soulia is a Dover Massachusetts Newborn Photographer who specializes in capturing natural and beautiful images of babies, children & their families on location in and around the Boston area. See more newborn sessions, read 9 things you should know about hiring Cara as your photographer or get in touch if you are expecting and would like to schedule as session!