I always encourage my clients not to overthink their family photo sessions. While we may take a few typical shots, the rest are intentionally casual, sweet, and fun. So don’t worry about looking too fancy or standing too perfectly. Just be you.
Arnold Arboretum Family Photographer
This family took my advice and our photo session last Fall was simply amazing. We met at one of my favorite spots, the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, for a walk in the park. Just that. A walk in the park.
(In one of the most gorgeous parks in the area, of course).
I strive so hard – in every single session – to capture much more than a just pretty photo. My goal is to put the emotions and bonds between a loving family into a striking image that tells a story of their lives at that moment in time.
This family of four, including Coraline (3.5) and Elias (9 mos.), was thrilled for a late September session. The leaves hadn’t turned yet, so when the kids were ready to sit and rest, we chose one of the prettiest evergreen areas of the park.
I’m meeting with this family for their annual session again soon. I can’t wait to see how much the kids have grown. And, their grandparents will be joining us as well. Watch my Instagram for a sneak peek!
Isn’t Elias adorable, sitting so patiently on his blanket? Nine months is a fantastic age to photograph a child. Their personalities have emerged. They’re able to sit up and participate in a family experience. But, they can’t toddle away!
I love this image of Coraline. From the low angle she looks older than her actual age, like a glimpse into the future. Maybe I’ll be able to catch this angle again this week, giving Mom and Dad a true insight into how quickly they grow.
Cara Soulia is an Arnold Arboretum Family Photographer who specializes in capturing casual, loving moments in a beautiful and artistic way. See more Arboretum photo sessions here or get in touch to find out more about scheduling your own family’s session!
You’d never know it by the weather, but October is here — which means November (and December!) are right around the corner. I’m just going to say it: It’s time to think about your Boston Holiday Card Photos.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I always have my camera in my hand. I’m always aiming to freeze time. I desperately want to snag the images that capture a family (including mine!) in their essence: the personal moments of joy, silliness, rest, love or comfort.
I take my ambition to capture those soulful moments with me to every single family photo session. Can I capture the moment that will freeze time for you, just that one day, one glance, one laugh?
My clients use their images in many ways. I’ve helped create stunning albums, gallery walls, framed images for desks, and perhaps the most popular: The Annual Holiday Card.
Read on to see some of my favorite images that adorned my clients’ holiday cards over the years.
Boston Holiday Card Photos
Sibling Sister Love. Such a gorgeous family and great day for a session at Lars Anderson Park in Brookline. I love the age range of these girls. A year later, they’ll look so different. So grateful we stopped time just for this moment.
Sweet Goodbye. I love and miss this once-from-Needham family so much. With an impending move to Washington, D.C., they sought a series of keepsakes that would allow them to remember their Needham home. Nothing fancy. Barefoot. Casual. I wrote all about their story on the blog.
That giggle, right? I remember when this family showed me their holiday card. The theme was Joy. While the boys certainly look happy, I think the real joy was felt by their parents. They received so many compliments!
Classic, right? Nothing makes opening up the nightly pile of cards more fun than the one that offers humor and the honesty of #reallife. Sandwiched between his bawling sisters, this sweet boy was doing all he could to smile for the friendly photographer (I was laughing, of course!).
No words for these gorgeous girls running through the wildflowers as their parents chill in the background. Perfect.
I always chuckle when I see this fun family from Newton. I’ve had the pleasure of photographing them for close to ten years! Every time the boys are getting bigger and bigger. I find myself cheering on their mom, the lone female in the home! Of course, she is fantastic.
And, lastly, my holiday card: The Soulia Family 2018. Like you, I haven’t chosen our image for 2019 yet, but my camera is ready for my family and yours.
Get in touch to schedule a session before the holidays arrive.
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.
Boston Fall Photo Session
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.
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!
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.