This summer, I met up with a Needham family for a session that was especially near and dear to my heart.
I have known this family of five for a long time now. Their older daughter has been good friends with my own daughter since they were in Kindergarten! When I heard the news that they would be relocating to the Washington, D.C. area, I knew it would be hard to say goodbye. It’s so hard to see friends leave, especially since they’ve built up such an amazing network here in our town.
Farewell Family Photography Session
The mom in this family thought it was important to get some photos taken before they moved, and I have to say: I agree wholeheartedly. I always tell people to take photos when they move into or out of a home. Even if it’s just a simple snapshot on the front steps — it’s one of those important moments you will want to remember. For this family in particular, their home is full of memories and holds great sentimental value. It’s the place where they brought all of their babies home from the hospital, where they took their first steps, and had so many other important firsts.
One of my favorite images from this session was when the whole family just snuggled together on the front steps with their new puppy Peanut! Of course Peanut couldn’t sit still…he was just a few weeks old. I love how he just jumped up on his big sister to kiss her cheek.
I met up with this amazing family of four in August for a portrait session at Waters Farm in Sutton, Massachusetts.
Family Portraits through the Years | Sutton Family Photography
I have been working with this family for the last 3 years, ever since their second daughter, Isabelle, was born! Since that time, I’ve been thrilled to watch this family grow as both of their little girls develop their own personalities and have adventures together. I look forward to their family session every year because I know it’s always going to be a treat! Mom and Dad are both professors and such interesting people, so I always enjoy talking with them—and all four of them are some of the sweetest, most laid-back people to work with, too! I always design a coffee table album for Mom every year, and I know she has a growing collection on her shelf from our sessions together.
Last year, we did a session at their home, so this year, we wanted to do something different. We decided on Waters Farm not only for its beauty but because of its significance to their family, since they love to go see the gorgeous farm together.
A Fun Family Session at Waters Farm
We had hoped to get some amazing sunset pictures, but unfortunately, it was overcast on the day of the session. In the end, it all worked out; we were lucky to get some dramatic clouds instead, which were stunning as a backdrop, too. This is such a gorgeous location that it was easy to fall in love with the venue and light!
Mom also brought some wildflowers from her garden, which looked gorgeous in her little girls’ hands. Lila and Isabelle loved running around the open field and twirling in their dresses, so of course, some of my favorite pictures from the whole session showcased those precocious girls and their personalities!
I barely have to direct this family at all, which is part of why I love working with them! They all just fall naturally together. I can tell their connection is strong, which makes photographing them not only easy but fun as well.
Thank you to this amazing family for yet another stellar session! I always love putting together your albums, and I already can’t wait for next time!
Cara Soulia is a Massachusetts Family Photographer who specializes in capturing natural, beautiful images of families at home or in their favorite outdoor locations. See more family sessions or get in touch to find out more about scheduling your session with Cara!
Last October, I met up with this family at the Arnold Arboretum in Roslindale, Massachusetts on an unseasonably warm afternoon!
Needham Family Photographer
This wonderful family of six lives in my town, and although I had never met them in person before our session, we have a number of mutual friends. After spending time with this family, I was struck by how comfortable I felt with them, and how down to earth they are — I can see why we have friends in common! Their oldest daughter, Claire, was about to get braces before the session, and Mom wanted to have some photos taken before that big event! And, of course, she wanted to capture the rest of the family, too, at this time in their lives.
I was so, so impressed with how well-behaved and easy-going the kids were. I know how hard it can be to keep children in line (with three of my own), so to watch everyone being so sweet, was awesome. These parents are certainly doing something right!
An Arnold Arboretum Autumn Family Portrait Session
The children started out a bit shy, but by the end of the session, they warmed up and were running around and playing. I’ve found that with young kids, it’s best to keep moving and treating the session like a playdate with a friend rather than a chore. I love the candid moments that come from playing—as opposed to me telling them to hold various poses for a long time — like this spontaneous sort of “follow the leader” image — I didn’t line them up, but they managed to get into a size/age lineup, with little Charlie leading the pack!
Introducing Baby Luca! I got to go out to Luca’s family’s home in the greater Boston area just 14 days after Luca was born.
I was particularly excited about this session, because this was my fourth time photographing this family. I was there when Luca’s big brother, James, was born and even got to do his one-year pictures! I love being around them, and I love that they value family photography, too. Because we have worked together several times, we’ve been able to recreate one special images of Mom and James together in his room from a teeny tiny baby until now. I love to see his progression over the years!
Boston Newborn Photography
Normally, families try to do newborn photography within the first week after a baby is born. After all, that’s when the baby is so little and so sleepy that it’s easy to get those adorable cuddling, sleepy photos. But in this case, life got in the way! Poor Mom came down with a high fever at the last minute during that first week, so we had to reschedule.
And what a difference a week makes. Luca was more alert at 2 weeks old, but that just meant we were able to capture more shots with Luca’s eyes wide open. I don’t think there is a “wrong” time for a newborn session, and I actually love these pictures of older babies because you can see more of their personalities and determine who they look like. Besides, if I’m being honest, I didn’t feel thrilled to be photographed just a couple days after I came home from the hospital with any of my babies!
This family session last October was perfectly timed at the height of the fall foliage here in Boston, and we took full advantage of that at the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
Scheduling a Session at the Peak of Boston Fall Foliage
A lot of clients will ask me when the best time is to schedule their fall session if they want gorgeous fall foliage. The problem is that it’s always hard to predict, because the weather can turn on us on a whim. Sometimes, the leaves turn early; sometimes, they turn late. For this family session in particular, we just happened to meet up at the absolute peak of the foliage—and I do mean the peak. Right after we met, it rained, and the leaves fell! Talk about lucky.
Mom had actually gotten in touch with me last year to ask about a family session after following me on Facebook for a while. She loved the personal photos I posted of my own children and wanted something similar. I love it when people find me on Facebook or Instagram because I post a lot of personal stories there. I think that helps people (more…)