Ten years ago, when I chose to give up my career in finance and pursue my passion to become a Boston Family Photographer, my children were still quite young. Charlie, in fact, wasn’t even a concept, let alone the bubbling little five year old I’m still chasing around.
Because my life revolved around babies and young kids, I didn’t think much about how a family evolves – and emotions deepen – as kids grow up. But here I am ten years later with two teenagers in my house. And, like you’ll see in this session with a fantastic Needham family, I’m well aware that I need to soak up all I can before they leave the nest.
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Thomas, 18, is headed to college.
Yeah. If you’re a parent to younger children, let that soak in.
And as his mother, Jean, will tell you: It came fast. Real fast.
Overnight it seems her three children became young adults! During this session (held at my favorite spot, of course) I felt like I was watching my own family in a few years.
Thomas has grown from her little boy to an amazing young man about to begin his future. He’s moving into dorms in just a few weeks! OMG!
Sisters Caroline, 16, and Nora, 13, aren’t far behind.
So that’s why Jean reached out to me. Their family hadn’t had family photos taken in ages, she said. Now is the time, before the first one leaves the nest.
It’s true. Families that invest in family photography often book with me annually when their children are really young. But the consistency tapers off as the kids age.
This makes sense. Families get busier, kids get awkward and uninterested, and it seems like “there’s plenty of time.”
But that time flies. Don’t miss the chance to capture your family during the teen years. They’re changing even more. You just might not see it as dramatically as when they were babies.
I promise: The results are worth it.
Congratulations to the Dies family on creating a beautiful family. It was an honor to capture your love.
Cara Soulia is a Boston Family Photographer who specializes in newborn photography, family photography, maternity photography and more. See more of Cara’s work on her blog or get in touch to schedule your session.