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!
A couple of years ago, I photographed Michelle Wu and her family at the Arnold Arboretum in Roslindale, Massachusetts. Since then, I have continued to meet up with her family as they’ve grown, adding a second little boy, and I most recently saw them this past weekend!
Boston Massachusetts Family Photographer
Michelle is the president of the Boston City Council, and I have been so inspired by her tenacious spirit, dedication, and work ethic. She went from the oldest of four children in an immigrant family facing many barriers to President of the city council, dedicated to making Boston the best city it can be. She’s an incredible role model not only in her work for the city, but in the way she lives her life as a mother, wife, and daughter. At age 23, she became the primary caregiver for her family, and she saw her siblings through to their own successes while also caring for her mother and getting her the health care she needed.
And yet as much as I appreciate her work as a public servant, it was such a treat for me to get to see the more personal side of her life. I have come to admire her more than just as a former Boston citizen myself but as a family woman. Michele exudes a strength and sense of purpose that nourishes those around her, from her sweet little boy to her larger Boston constituency. The city is so lucky to have her!
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!
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…)
Last summer, I met up with this awesome crew at the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts for a family photo session in one of my favorite local spots.
This photo session was particularly special to me because these beautiful people are good friends of our family! Mom has always said she’s a fan of my work, so her husband surprised her with a gift certificate on her birthday for a photo session. What a great birthday present! Good job Dad! Although, it’s not really surprising he would give such a thoughtful gift. Mom & Dad are both sweet, caring and considerate — they’re the kind of people you are always so happy to see.