As a Boston baby photographer, I am blessed with meeting so many parents and hearing so many stories. Libby & Jeff are two of the strongest people I have ever met. Sessions like this one change your outlook on life because you see two people who have been through so much and continue to be amazingly positive and happy. Libby told me, before I met them during their Back Bay newborn session, that their baby was being delivered via surrogate. I did not know their backstory at the time, and did not realize that both of their babies were delivered via surrogate.
Soon after I arrived at their session, Libby told me she had also just been through cancer and chemotherapy. She shares her unexpected journey to parenthood on her website, “Our Pea in her Pod.” Libby started Our Pea in Her Pod as a resource to support others who are going through similar challenges. As a Boston child and family photographer, I have heard many stories of how couples become parents. While newborn sessions are always beautiful, the journey to parenthood sometimes can be painful and heartbreaking. Reading through this mother’s story is so moving! Her heartfelt posts mixed with joy and pain is such a wonderful resource to other women who hope that someday someone will call them “Mommy.”
Back Bay Boston Photographer
I have been photographing Boston families for almost a decade and I love at home newborn sessions the most. It is so amazing to meet all different kinds of people, hear their unique stories and photograph them at home in their element. I try to capture their real life in an artistic and natural way. Meeting up in Jeff and Libby’s Back Bay home with their two beautiful children was such a privilege. I love how Libby and Jeff connect. You can see how much love they have for each other.
As the family anticipated little Grace’s arrival, they set up a little “shrine.” It includes pictures of her in utero when as she was growing! I thought it was such a wonderful, loving way to commemorate those months when Grace was growing.
The wonderful surrogate mother who carried Grace for Jeff and Libby crocheted two outfits as a gift to baby Grace. But what an unbelievable gift to carry a baby for another woman. And then to make her outfits by hand, too? There are such amazing people in this world.
Because grace is a ‘rainbow baby,’ Mom bought this blanket after she suffered a several miscarriages. It was special to her to have this image of Grace wrapped in this blanket. A dream come true, a wish fulfilled, Grace is truly a perfect name for this little miracle.
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 past spring, I visited a gorgeous family of four at their home on the South Shore of Massachusetts for a lifestyle newborn session.
When I arrived, Mom was feeding little baby Hadley—who was just one week old!—so I spent some time getting to know Dad and Hadley’s big brother, 16-month-old Conrad. Dad used to play semi-professional hockey, so he’s already working hard to teach Conrad (Connie) the ins and outs of the game. He can already swing the hockey stick and hit the puck into the net, but his favorite thing to do, by far, is to throw his hands over his head and shout “GOAL!” So adorable!
Over the last eight years photographing families, I have found there are certain things that work exceptionally well in helping people relax while I take their picture. One of these things is quite simply making good conversation! This can be anything from talking about where families live, where they work or what they love to do in their free time. Being a bit of a chatterbox while I’m photographing them helps people feel less nervous or awkward and this translates into the most natural images! At every photo session, I search for a topic of conversation that allows me to bond with my clients. Perhaps it is becoming a parent for the first time, or it is the decision of whether or not to raise your kids in the city, or it is simply the latest episode of Top Chef!
At this particular newborn session in Jamaica Plain, I was over the moon to see a photo on the wall of this couple standing in front of the Taj Mahal! You see, back when I was in my early twenties (ie young, childless, and carefree!) I travelled to India on a whim. And, it’s not often I meet people who can say they’ve done the same. So whenever this happens, I can’t help but excitedly discuss what a fascinating place India is to visit. It takes a certain amount of courage, spontaneity, and flexibility to handle the beautiful chaos that exists in India.
Often when I’m photographing families I end up feeling like I’m just hanging out with friends and this is the best part of my job. Take a peek at baby Dylan and his incredibly cool parents! I love the natural vibe we captured of their family just hanging out at home loving their sweet new baby boy. I think he has a lot of adventures to look forward to in his life!!
Over the years, I have been inside countless client homes for photo sessions. I love meeting people in their personal space, seeing how they live and hearing their stories. No two at-home sessions are ever alike, which is easily the most fun part of my job! I love the thrill of not knowing what to expect when I open a client’s front door and then searching the location for beautiful light, color, lines and texture. I thrive on the anticipation of what new treasures await me at each and every client home.
I can safely say that the treasures hidden behind this family’s front door were nothing short of amazing. Not only was this family warm, welcoming and easy-going from the first hello, but the style and decor in this home were exquisite. Every room was simply beautiful, with bright colors, fun patterns, cozy and inviting furniture and unique accessories. Every decorating decision was carefully thought out by Alisa Shakarian, who has an innate talent for interior design, and who also just happens to the be the mom in this family! I am in awe of Alisa’s attention to detail and her ability to effortlessly make things look chic.
( Alisa is available for interior design consultations in the Greater Boston area. I was fortunate enough to get on her calendar after our session. She created a vision for the entire first floor of my home and I can’t recommend her highly enough! Please email Alisa directly at alkocharyan(at)gmail(dot)com to inquire about her rates and availability)
Here are the highlights from Alisa’s family session! Her daughter had just turned 8 weeks old, which is such a great age for a photo session because there are plenty of opportunities to get both asleep and awake images of baby, as well as a high probability of capturing some sweet smiles.
This was one of the times when I just happened to turn around, grab the shot and knew immediately it was going to be a keeper. Baby in mom’s arms is so sweet, but how fantastic is that forest wallpaper?!!
We started off the session in the nursery, which was full of gorgeous natural light. Everyone in the family is clearly comfortable hanging out in this cozy room..! I can’t decide what I love more, the colorful wallpaper or the rug that reminds me of cake batter ice cream…!
All little girls should have adorable fairies dancing above their cribs, don’t you think??
Big brother recently turned three and is handling his new role like a champ… 😉
I love the look on his face… and the tiptoes!!
This is another favorite of mine. I love how timeless this image is in black & white….
After a while we moved into big brother’s room for storytime with Dad….
I love the collage of various family photos mounted on the wall. I think I might have to adopt this idea for my own children’s rooms!
I think Dad is already pretty smitten with his little girl…
Those fingers…..That yawn! It’s all about the details….
I couldn’t miss taking a few pictures in the family guest room where the walls were a deep beautiful turquoise and the lighting was low and moody.. my favorite kind of light! Alisa affectionately calls this her “hippie room”. I would love to be a guest in this space anytime!!
Newborn stretches are definitely in my top 10 of things I love about new babies…
and belly buttons. Can’t forget belly buttons… !
At 6-8 weeks all the cooing and smiling begins…
Meanwhile in the other room….
Just a few more portraits of this sweet face!!
This is the beginning of a beautiful relationship…!
I couldn’t resist one last family picture in the ‘forest’….!
Cara Soulia is a Concord Massachusetts newborn photographer who specializes in capturing the most important moments in a family’s life in a beautiful and natural way. Cara has been a professional photographer for 8 years and has photographed hundreds of families over the years… Please get in touch with Cara to find out more about scheduling your family’s photo session!