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….!
I was so excited when I found out I would be able to take some of my clients to a local apple orchard this spring, while all of the blossoms were in full bloom! I knew I wanted to take this family in particular because they are always up for anything and there are acres upon acres to run and explore–perfect for a family with two young energetic boys!
The mama in this family and I go way back. In fact, we actually met many years ago when she was (more…)
It’s been a while since I’ve photographed this family… the last time, sweet little George had just been born!! Four and a half years later and look how big he’s gotten!! I met up with this fun crew at the Arnold Arboretum in JP for a late day family session. The light and weather were perfect and these boys showed no shortage of personality. I met this mama just over ten years ago when we were in a Baby & Me class together and I’m so thrilled we have been able to keep in touch and that I’ve been able to photograph her family several times over the last decade!
The last time I saw this family, their baby boy was just a a week old! How fun it was to come back to this awesome Back Bay apartment again to capture some new memories a full year later. I always love to see how much babies grow over their first year, but even more, I love to see how much couples transform into seasoned parents, at ease in their roles as Mom and Dad.
Here’s a fun before and after. Look how big Miles has gotten!! (more…)