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In a Blink of an Eye, They’ll Be Grown

In a Blink of an Eye, They’ll Be Grown

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

But What To Wear? Wardrobe Tips For Your October Boston Photo Session

But What To Wear? Wardrobe Tips For Your October Boston Photo Session

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How gorgeous is this photo?

And, no, I’m not saying that to toot my own horn! I’m reacting to the facets of this image that are hopefully speaking to you, too. The joy on the children’s faces, their genuine smiles, their loving bond (evidenced in their holding hands), and the gorgeous scenery that we’re lucky to experience every October in the Boston area.

But it’s actually more than that, and anyone who has been disappointed in a family photo probably (now) knows the most crucial element in capturing the perfect moment: color. And more importantly, colors that coordinate – with each other and the photo setting itself.

See below for more examples of what I mean, then read on for some of my personal tips on How to Dress for Your October Boston Photo Session.

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How to Dress for Your October Boston Photo Session

While the essence of an amazing photo is rooted in the expressions and connections of each family member and their interactions, it’s also nice to look great. Here are some tips on how to make that happen:

The most important thing is to be comfortable in what you are wearing. You don’t have to dress fancy to look fantastic. Nothing ruins well, anything, more than an uncomfortable pair of shoes or an itchy sweater. Go casual if you’d like, but feel free to put your boys in jackets to spruce up the look. Don’t worry, they’ll likely still act like boys (see these guys flossing during their session!).

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OK, Here are some real tips:

  • Think about your photo in terms of colors and contrasts. The location is going to offer both. For an October Boston Photo Session, you’re going to see green, orange, reds and yellows in the landscape. In my experience, the clothing colors that work well in Fall foliage include navy, maroon, cream, brown, pink/fuschia, and red. Choose 2-3 complimentary colors maximum and have everyone wear something in that color scheme.

 

  • Patterns can be wonderful, but consider them for one member of the family vs. everyone. It’s nice to have one person stand out. One of my clients always put her young daughter in floral dresses for our photo sessions, as it was a great way to add beauty to the image while also getting her child out of her typical play clothes. Alas, this year I photographed the family and her daughter is now 14 (!). She finally put her foot down: No more floral dresses. Moms, get them while you can!

 

  • If you celebrate Christmas and send out a Christmas card, red plaids work really well in October and look festive when them season changes to winter.

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  • An October Boston Photo Session can be chilly, so think ahead about ways to incorporate layers and textures into your outfits. Bring accessories, like hats and scarves, if you’d like. If the items blend and fit nicely, they can bring a lot of personality to your images.

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  • Definitely consider how quickly the leaves evolve during the Fall season. Late October/early November is usually the best time to schedule a Boston October Photo Session if you really want bright Fall colors.

 

  • But never fear, if you miss the Fall foliage, evergreen photos are also really beautiful. Check out this adorable guy and the family below.

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Cara Soulia is a family photographer who offers an October Boston Photo Session for families of all ages.

See more of Cara’s work on the blog or get in touch to find out more about scheduling a session this Fall. Limited dates still available.

Apples + Pumpkins + Donuts = Smiles Galore! | Boston Fall Photo Session

Apples + Pumpkins + Donuts = Smiles Galore! | Boston Fall Photo Session

Can you feel it? The crisp air is arriving. I’m just looking back at my portfolio of this fantastic family because I have the pleasure of seeing them again very soon. These images remind me how perfect Fall is for a Boston Fall Photo Session. Not only is the light just right, but the ever-evolving foliage offers photographers (like me!) a different scene for every single family. No two days are alike.

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This was my second time photographing this lovely family from Newton. And wow, they’ve grown! But, of course, they were just as cute as ever when we got together at Shelburne Farm in Stow, MA for family apple and pumpkin picking.

Oliver (top), 3, and his sister Addie (bottom), 5 1/2, loved Shelburne Farm! They spent two hours with Mom and Dad roaming through the apple orchards and pumpkin patch. I trailed behind quietly, my camera lens peeking out through the branches here and there, snapping images of their playfulness.

Is there anything sweeter than seeing images of your children running for joy, breathing the fresh air, and simply loving the experience? I loved this photo session, because the kids could roam free and be themselves. Finding tons of ripe apples to take home made the time fly!

Shelburne Farm gave us plenty of opportunity to capture beautiful images. I love the Fall colors. I’m sure these pumpkins looked great on the front porch and then as jack-o’-lanterns a few weeks later.

While the day was wonderfully low-key, we didn’t miss the chance to take a break and get some portraits with each parent and as a family. Nothing too formal, of course, for this super fun crew!

And, at last, is there anything better than ending the day with fresh apple cider donuts?

Even I had one.

Looking forward to seeing this family again this week for our third session together! One of the best parts of my life as a photographer is the relationships I build with repeat clients. I truly love seeing their families grow and change over the years.

Thank you, families.

 


Cara Soulia is a family photographer who offers Boston Fall Photo Sessions for families of all ages.

See more of Cara’s work on the blog or get in touch to find out more about scheduling a session this Fall. Limited dates still available.

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 (more…)