Don’t worry, this post isn’t filled with the standard cliches about “the days being long but the years are short.” I know it and you know it: sometimes raising a family can be tiring. Sometimes there are days, weeks, even months that feel like they drag on forever. The combination of work demands, family schedules, growing pains and unexpected life hurdles happens to everyone, and sometimes all you can do is simply hold on.
However, when my oldest turned 13 and my youngest hit preschool the metal pan hit me *smack* on the head. Hard. The cliches – no matter how boring – are correct. Time is flying, and my kids are changing nonstop.
So are yours.
Boston Family Photography
I’ve been photographing these sisters Isabelle (left) and Lila (right) every year for five years. The top image, from 2018 at Waters Farm, showcases their stunning beauty and youthful energy. When compared to the second image in the wooden playhouse window, taken just a year earlier, they haven’t changed too much. But keep scrolling and you’ll see how fast five years flew by.
I’m fortunate to have many clients who invest in an annual Boston family photography session. They’re gleeful when the images come back after a session: the perfect light, location and innocence on their family’s faces is so bittersweet. It’s happening! They’re creating a beautiful family, and life feels like it will stay so perfect forever.
The beautiful family does remain, but the days go faster, and those little toes get bigger. And before you know it, your toddlers become preschoolers, and then third graders, and – yowza – somehow they’re in middle school. Did I mention that I’ve been told high school goes by the fastest?
Life is fast. I am so thrilled when clients know that investing in an annual session and taking two hours to freeze time will elicit visual treasures that will last a lifetime.
Capture the moments in between the busy days. In the months ahead, you’ll chuckle over the energy of that day. You’ll soak up the laughs caught on camera. You’ll share the images with family and friends. Maybe you’ll display some in your home. You’ll cherish the chance to sit with the images when your children are older, even grown. They’ll giggle when looking back on themselves as babies and toddlers.
And wait five years, or ten, or more. The value of those sentimental moments will double and triple annually, I promise.
Because you can’t get the time back. But you can freeze it.
It seems like just yesterday I was taking this image of Isabelle and Lila just after Isabelle was born. But it wasn’t just yesterday.
And the time has flown by.
Cara Soulia is a Boston Family Photographer who specializes in capturing casual, loving moments in a beautiful and artistic way. 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.
That’s how I felt when I left this Roslindale newborn session, my third time connecting with this fantastic family who just welcomed their second child, Eloise.
It seems like just yesterday I was invited to photograph Eloise’s big brother, Gil, when he was just six weeks old. The new parents were living at MassArt at the time. Ten months later, Gil was growing fast (10 months old!) when we captured these amazing images during a Spring Photo Session at the Arboretum.
Roslindale Newborn Photographer
Three years since we first met, this lovely family now lives in a beautiful home in Roslindale. Eloise was just 12 days old when I had the pleasure of joining them for a photo session last week. Welcome, Eloise.
Not one moment of this session was rushed, hustled or staged. Eloise’s family is the epitome of relaxation. I love being part of their lives, even for just 90 minutes a year, because I love feeling so immersed in their low-key energy. I’m confident Eloise feels the pure sense of peace surrounding her.
I also love the colors in this home. Dad’s art is displayed everywhere, making the atmosphere vibrant and creative at once.
Like I said, Pure Perfection.
And then there’s Gil. He’s such a love. And growing up so quickly. Three years old! He’s bouncing all around, simply thrilled to show off his new sister to the friendly lady with a camera.
All of my newborn session’s are done in the comfort and convenience of a family’s home. I really feel that a session isn’t just about the new baby. It’s about the evolution of a family and their space to a new wonderful phase of living.
On this day, it was really warm, so we took advantage of the weather and went out into the backyard as well. Everyone was thrilled, especially Gil!
In January, I launched a new portrait series called “A Mother’s Work” which features female entrepreneurs who are also mothers. The idea for this series quite literally came to me in a dream one night a few years ago and I’m so excited to finally be devoting energy to making this dream a reality in 2019. In the last two months, I have already met so many wonderful inspiring women and look forward to those I will be meeting in the future. The positive feedback I have received about this project has been amazing and I can’t wait to share more!
One thing I did not expect when I started the series, however, was the amount of comments and questions people would send me about my OWN journey to becoming a photographer. You may or may not know that I used to have a career as an analyst in investment management. I worked in the corporate world for 15 years before making the leap to full time photography! So many people have asked me questions about this switch: Was it scary? How’d you plan for it? What are the things that have helped you succeed the most? Do you wish you had done anything differently?
Career Change to Boston Newborn & Family Photographer
Because I’m on the other side of this big life/career change, I thought it might be helpful to jot down some things down that I think were most helpful in achieving my goal of becoming a full time photographer. I certainly don’t have all the answers, but having owned my own business for almost 9 years now I do have a few solid ideas about things that are helpful in achieving your goals
1. Talk about it. A lot.
I think this is the single biggest way to start making your dreams come true. At first it might feel weird to speak out loud about your secret dreams, but I promise you the more you talk about it, the closer it will come to reality. Even if you are still a little hesitant, you have to do it. Just start with a close fried. Or your Mom. The more you talk about it, the more you will start to feel comfortable with your ideas and eventually you will start to be more confident in your dream coming true. AND the best part? When people know what you’re working toward, opportunities will start to appear!
I remember when I first started thinking I wanted to be a photographer, I mentioned it my friends and family first. Soon I was photographing their babies and kids for practice. I did pro bono work for a friend’s nonprofit because she knew I was interested in expanding my portfolio. I learned so many valuable lessons during that time about photography, but also about working with people, editing images, being organized, etc. None of this would have happened if I kept my big dream a secret.
2. Make a plan and write it down everywhere
There are number of different ways you can make a plan to achieve your goal, but one thing is for sure — if you only talk about it and don’t actually do anything, you are not going to meet your goal! duh!
- To start, sit down at the computer (or if you’re like me, at the desk with pen and paper!) and just start writing. Don’t worry about spelling, grammar, or being too organized with your thoughts. Set a timer for 5 minutes and just write. This is called ‘free-flow writing’ and a highly effective way to brainstorm your ideas. Don’t stop until the timer goes off. Write about your dream, with details big and small, write about what it looks feels like to achieve your goal, write about what you want your life to look like in 1, 5 or 10 years when you’ve achieved your goals, make a list of steps you could take to get there.
- If you are a highly visual person, it might be helpful to make a ‘vision board’ that is a collage of all the things that you goal looks like. Hang it somewhere prominent where you will see it every single day!
- Hang up sticky notes everywhere to remind you of your goals! Motivational quotes on the bathroom mirror are acceptable and encouraged!
- Once you have written down your goal and a rough plan for reaching that goal, break it up into smaller goals. Keep breaking it up until you have at least one action item for each week.
3. Seek Inspiration and Advice
One big thing I have realized in the last two decades of soul searching and dream chasing is that most people are more than willing to help you out; all you have to do is ASK. If you are thinking about a new career, find someone in that career and ask them to have a phone call with you or to meet up for coffee! Pick their brain and ask tons of questions. Dedicate a journal where you take copious notes on things you notice and learn. Even better, go on a job shadow with someone. This is really the best way to figure out what how it feels to do this job!
I know podcasts are certainly not a new thing, but I personally just started getting into them about 2 years ago and they have introduced me to so many amazing people that have literally changed my life! The best part about podcasts ( besides the information and inspiration they provide ) is that you can listen to them almost anywhere ( unlike a book where you read three pages and then fall asleep or are interrupted by your kids!). Podcasts in the car, podcasts while out for a walk, podcasts while cooking dinner, podcasts while doing laundry, the options are endless. A few of my favorites right now: (more…)
At the beginning of the year, a group of friends and I decided to challenge ourselves to spend less….to spend nothing, in fact. We were inspired by a woman in the UK who was frustrated with her unnecessary spending and decided to have a ‘no-spend’ year. (She had such an interesting and amazing experience spending nothing for an entire year that she wrote a book about it.). We each made our own rules about what ‘spending nothing’ would look like and how long it would last. For me, this no-spend challenge meant spending no money on anything except for groceries, gas, utilities, mortgage and any health related bills in the month of January. After 31 days of consciously trying to spend less, I jotted down a few observations. (more…)