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It’s Time For a Fresh Take on School Photos

It’s Time For a Fresh Take on School Photos

girl in school photo by boston school photographer cara soulia

It’s time for a fresh take on school photos.

With ten years under my belt as a Boston family photographer – and as a mom of three who get their photos taken annually – I can unequivocally say that parents really want to love the images that come home after School Picture Day. Chances are, they don’t.

I’m here to change that reaction. As a Boston School Photographer, I’m aiming to make school photos another thing that brings joy to families. Read on for details of my approach and why it’s fun, affordable and a value-add for any school community.

Boston School Photographer

boy in school photo

girl in school photo

School photos are snapshots in time. A memory of one child, one classroom, one year. Shouldn’t they be as memorable as the kids themselves?

My modern approach as a Boston School Photographer puts the personalities of each student first. I am to capture the spirit of each child in one quick image. I’m organized, efficient and super friendly. Not only will your students enjoy the few minutes they’re with me, so will you and the members of your school staff.

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I make school portraits easy on everyone. How?

All the school needs to provide is the date(s) and the indoor space for school picture day. Let your families know the date in your school communications and I’ll handle the rest.

YES! I handle all parent communication, all the ordering and all the fulfillment.

Not only are families given superior studio-quality images, they’re onus on them is low. There is NO PREPAYMENT and NO OBLIGATION to purchase images. And everything is done online. My EASY ORDERING system was created because I’m a busy parent, too.

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But are you more expensive than the company we’ve been using forever?

Nope. And my service and results are a lot more personal.

Here are some more details:

I take individual portraits of every child.  Each parent/guardian receives a gallery of 4-8 poses (depending on the personality of the child). Every image is edited in color and black & white.

Prints are sold a la carte or as part of a print and/or digital package. The cost for each family will depend on what they purchase.  Prints start at $20 which is right in line with the larger companies. There is no cost for me to come to the school.

boy in school photo by boston school photographer cara soulia

Yes, I take class photos, too!  I can do them in the classroom or outdoors depending on the weather. A class photo print is included with every order for no additional charge.

I take staff photos at no additional cost. If you need staff IDs, I am happy to do these as well.

Here is a short promotional video which summarizes my school portrait service.  These images were all taken with a black backdrop, but other colors are available.

boy in school photo by boston school photographer cara soulia

girl in school photo by boston school photographer cara soulia

Yes, I have the details covered!

I come directly to the school for picture day and bring all of my own equipment (lights, backdrop, etc.) and an assistant for larger programs.

I am fully insured and abide by all COVID protocols.

How long does the process take?

Approximately 4 weeks after picture day, parents and guardians receive private password-protected galleries to view.

Orders take place over the next 7-10 days. I take care of all transactions and correspondence online. School staff does not need to handle any money or order forms.

Once the prints arrive, I deliver them directly to the school. The entire process from picture day to delivery day is about six weeks.

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Cara Soulia is a Boston School Photographer who specializes in showcasing a child’s personality in every image. See more of Cara’s work on her blog or get in touch to bring a fresh take to your school photos.

Welcome, Beautiful Shae!

Welcome, Beautiful Shae!

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This is the time of year when I pinch myself almost every day. As a Wellesley Newborn Photographer, I can’t believe how lucky I am to meet so many families when they’re experiencing one of life’s greatest joys: Welcoming a new baby.

Wellesley Newborn Photographer

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father in image by wellesley newborn photographer

I met Baby Shae and her big brother, Bennett, 3, shortly after her birth this summer. Shea was sweet as could be and clearly the apple of her father’s eye.

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Newborn sessions are quite simple. I know that may sound like a surprise, especially for first-time parents. But, with ten years of experience as a Wellesley Newborn Photographer, I’ve rarely had a difficult newborn session.

Read on for what makes newborn sessions so enjoyable.

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family during session with wellesley newborn photographer

Well, based on Bennett’s smile, you might think it’s the sibling! Yes, sometimes it is!

Siblings are already enamored with their new family member. They’re thrilled that someone is coming to see what’s going on with this new baby. Most are looking for attention themselves, too. I am here to give some. Remember: I have three kids, too.

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But what really makes a newborn session so lovely? The simplicity.

Newborn sessions are best done at home. Most of the time is spent inside. With nice weather, we’ll hop outside (especially if other children have energy to spare), but the majority of the time is spent capturing your new one and the surroundings of your life right now.

We’re capturing the memory of Today.

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No need to have a spotless house. No need for one special spot for photos.

When I arrive, we’ll walk around and find the spaces that work best for light. We’ll find the items or areas you want to make sure we capture.

We’ll take our time.

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What will Shae and Bennett’s parents remember when they reflect on these images?

The excitement of a new baby sister. A new home, almost headed into a renovation. The exuberance of the neighbor’s trampoline!

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Will they see the love from when their family was just getting started? Will they remember the simplicity and joy of this day? I hope so.


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.

50 Years of Family LOVE

50 Years of Family LOVE

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Now that I’ve passed the ten year mark as a Boston Family Photographer, I’m relishing in the wonderful relationships that have grown over the last decade. When I left my finance career to become a full-time photographer, I wasn’t thinking about how my life – and the lives of my clients – would evolve in the years ahead. But now I’m witnessing families expand, newborns become middle schoolers, kids becoming teens and teens leaving home. And what did the pandemic create? Many, many more grandparents and Boston Extended Family Photography opportunities. And every single one is so amazing!

Boston Extended Family Photography

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happy couple at 50th wedding anniversary boston

I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Erin Kim, a neighbor and mom in Needham as well as the energy behind her blog: The Momming Worker, where Erin very candidly (and humorously!) shares her experiences and her “work-life choices”. Erin’s daughter, Lottie, became a celebrity (in my mind) during my time leading The Front Steps Project, as an image of her bawling in Erin’s arms during their front steps photo session was used by media outlets across the country. (We could all relate, Lottie!)

How thrilled was I when Erin put me in touch with her dad when he was looking for someone to photograph his 50th Wedding Anniversary party this summer?

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The Kim/Tobin family has a long relationship with the Boston Harbor Hotel. They’ve hosted many family events and celebrations with the property, known as a Best of Boston destination, over the years.

The hotel organized a gorgeous and very personal event specifically for the immediate family. Guests included the family’s three daughters, their spouses and 8 cousins!

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Food, love, fun and more. I loved being a fly on the wall and taking images of this beautiful family as they marked a significant milestone.

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cousins at boston family event

kids at boston family event

Most people hire photographers for large events, like weddings and religious celebrations. I don’t photograph large events.  But, smaller intimate ones, like family celebrations, anniversaries, birthdays and more are absolutely on my list. And if you’re already my client, who better to capture your most important moments than someone who knows your family?

I’m here to make sure your treasured images authentically tell the story and bonds of your extended family. Trust me.

cousins at boston harbor hotel family event

cousins at boston harbor hotel family event


Cara Soulia is a Boston Family Photographer who specializes in family photography, maternity photography, newborn photography and more. See more of Cara’s work on her blog or get in touch to schedule your session.

 

 

Oh BABIES! Answers to Your Latest Newborn Session Questions

Oh BABIES! Answers to Your Latest Newborn Session Questions

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I can’t prove it using my math degree or my massive spreadsheet skills (yes, I have them!), but if my last few months as a Needham Newborn Photographer serve as an indicator, we’re in the midst of a baby boom.

The Boston Globe actually noted it recently, so I’m not making this up. Indeed, almost every week this spring and summer I was lucky to photograph a new sweet human withins weeks of arrival. After the longest year ever, being able to participate in and capture these moments of joy was simply glorious.

Needham Newborn Photographer

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New parents have many of the same questions about what makes for a meaningful and stress-free newborn photo session.

I have one answer: Be Present.

I’ll do the rest. Promise.

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We live in a world where gorgeous images sometimes depict life as curated, lovely and joyful all the time. While bringing a new child into the world is indeed wonderful, it’s not easy! I know you’re exhausted and the house may be messy. Of course it takes a lot for you to feed your baby, take a shower, and get ready for me to arrive. The baby may be sleeping, fussy, and hungry. Siblings might be jumping all around. The dog might sniff me nonstop.

Take your time. My newborn photo sessions are designed to elicit your authentic life. You’ve hired me to capture images of the early days when your family grew and changed. I’m here to put the beauty of a newborn baby into images for you. I’m not taking images for a celebrity photo spread, so perfection isn’t necessary.

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Q: Where do you want to take the photos?

A: Anywhere. I’ve taken images in a crib, nursery, home office, primary bedroom, front porch, living room, sun porch, backyard and even the kitchen! Perhaps you have a specific spot you’d love to capture (“I always want to remember Johnny’s first crib)? You probably have places where the sunlight streams in perfectly. You may have a family item that should be included.

We move around your space as needed to elicit the best images of your real life. And none of them need a big cleaning beforehand. I know how to shuffle laundry out of the way for 3 minutes. I’m a mom, too!

Oh, but there’s a spot that’s off limits? No problem.

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Q: What should we wear? Can I use a few outfits?

A: Anything you want! And, yes, many clients often change their baby. I love getting a few naked belly shots! Sometimes there’s a family item, like a blanket, that we use. Think about what might make these images meaningful to you in the years ahead. We’ll work it all in.

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needham parents with newborn

Q: How can we involve our other children?

A: In as many ways as you’d like! Welcoming a newborn is a family affair. We’ll capture images of your new baby and leave plenty of time to include siblings, pets, stuffed animals, toys and more. Remember: My goal is to capture your authentic life at this very moment in time.

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Q: Can grandparents participate?

A: Yes! If you have family visiting, we’re not going to miss the chance to include them in these moments.

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Want to know more? Let’s connect. Newborn sessions fill my soul and having the chance to help other parents capture these early moments is truly my life’s gift.

I’m ready to meet you and your family.

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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.

 

My Ode to Summer 2021

My Ode to Summer 2021

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WOW! Summer 2021 was a non-stop adventure. I’m exhausted, are you?

As a Boston Family Photographer and a mom to three kids myself, I looked forward to a more-normal-than-usual summer complete with camps, road trips (we rented an RV!) and family vacations. I planned ahead, aiming for carefree days re-connecting with friends and family.

Luckily, I also had a ton of time to devote to photo sessions for new and existing clients. And, man, we had FUN!

Boston Family Photographer

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The best part about being a Boston family photographer in the summer is that people have more energy than usual.

We New Englanders know what winter brings. Cold exists. Like, for real. So summer is for the taking, right?

That warm air and sunshine breathes creativity into location scouting. Family evening at the beach? Sure, I did that. Meet up at the local botanical garden? Yup! Fun in your backyard? Perfect for me.

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boston family photographer cara soulia summer fun photo session boston

boston family photographer cara soulia boston family photo session

Not only did I get to travel around my area more and experience great locations, which I loved after 15 months of staying local, I witnessed a whole new level of joy and freedom in my client’s lives.

Family reunions in abundance, grandparents joining sessions left and right (they were visiting!), newborns arriving every single week. Perhaps the most exciting part of the summer was the number of times I congratulated expecting parents at the maternity photo session. The future feels bright. I am so grateful to help remember important occasions with authentic and emotive images.

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boston family photographer cara soulia summer family reunion photo session

boston family photographer cara soulia beach family photo session

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Family. Love. Connection. Joy. Fresh Air. Sun.

Thank you, Summer 2021, for bringing all of these things – and more – to me, my family, my business and the families that I am privileged to meet. Don’t be a stranger.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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.