“It feels like just yesterday that we met for your maternity session,” I said to Michael’s parents when I arrived at their home. But it was almost three months prior. Another reminder that while days can feel long, time flies. Very, very quickly.
Now, on their front steps, I was bundled in all-things-winter to meet Michael on his 11th day of life.
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Like winter and the new year that comes with it, Michael is a new beginning.
How beautiful, right?
Innocence, fragility and peacefulness all wrapped in one image of a newborn.
The air was warmer on the day we first met in November. Leaves had fallen from the New England trees, but the fresh mild air and beautiful light made the day just perfect. Fall in New England really is magical.
Did Michael’s parents anticipate what those first days with a newborn would be like? Did they have any idea how intensely emotional they’d feel when he arrived? I don’t know. But, they knew they’d want to capture those early days forever.
Visiting a new family at their home is something Boston Newborn Photographers do regularly. And the excitement of it never gets old.
Who wouldn’t love witnessing parents completely and totally in love with their new baby?
I know you might need time to get comfortable. You might feel a little overwhelmed that I am there and oops! the baby is crying or hungry.
No worries. I’m a mom, too. I know that nothing ever happens perfectly. Take your time.
I know you might have that special outfit all picked out. Isn’t Michael’s adorable? Not only did I love his suspenders, I knew we were getting a special treat when he opened his eyes throughout our session. This doesn’t always happen with an 11 day old baby!
Like every session, my goal is to create a beautiful, yet relaxed and peaceful, experience for you, your partner and child, and even your pet. I’m here to witness your life as it is in that very moment. We’ll capture it in images that are truly authentic, emotive, and full of light. My purpose is to deliver you a capsule of memories from a moment in time that, when you look back, will be a blur.
But you’ll remember. Because we took the time to connect.
Cara Soulia specializes in Boston 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.
His eyes, closed. His little nose. Lips parted as he rests in his parents arms.
Welcome, Graham. You are home.
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It’s Boston newborn photography sessions like this that refuel me. And I am not ashamed to tell you that I need a little refueling these days.
Meeting Graham’s parents at their home was the breath of fresh year-end air that I needed. Their space exuded life: bright and vibrant colors, a love of plants, and a curious kitty.
Their first baby, a boy named Graham, came earlier that month and – per usual – lit up the room.
I love at-home newborn sessions because no two are ever alike. I don’t visit the home prior to the photography session, so when I arrive, I’m seeing a brand new location for the very first time. I love scouting the best spots for color, light and comfort. Hearing the stories of a new or growing family’s home, history and life is like reading a short story or listening to a fantastic podcast. I learn about YOU.
In doing so, I figure out how to use my camera to authentically tell your story.
Baby Graham’s grandmother is a knitter, so the house was filled with many items. I could only imagine how hard she worked on each and every one, just waiting for his arrival. Booties, a sweater, a hat. Graham will have plenty of handmade ways to keep the chilly air away this winter.
I love this image of a Father and Son blowing kisses so much. I’m SO happy to kiss 2020 goodbye, aren’t you?
Maybe it’s the new year or maybe it’s the realities facing us in 2021, but I see – and feel – a lot more than usual when I reflect on the moment I captured this image in this Dad’s home office.
I see Presence.
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The last ten months have given us a LOT of togetherness. Surely everyone has had multiple moments of wanting (or needing) space, fresh air, and time away from all-family all-the-time.
But every week when I pack my bag and head off to a family, newborn or maternity photo session in the Boston area, I am overtaken by a strong sense of peace when I arrive at a client’s home, backyard, or our chosen destination.
What is influencing the joyful and emotionally peaceful experiences? I’m convinced it’s the Power of Presence.
Nowhere else to be. No massively overflowing long lists of to-do’s, meetings, errands, commutes, distractions and more.
Oh, sure, people are still busy. But, I’m finding there’s simply more time – or more time being made – to be present in each day, with each other, as parents and more.
I literally see the less frenetic mindset happening in front of me. Dads are getting even more engaged in family photo sessions than ever (see above)! I see jumping, smiles, squeals. I hear authentic laughs, jokes and more.
The experience is acceptance of life-as-it-is-right-now. And it’s so freeing.
Free from the confines of the “old way” or need to “keep up”, my photo sessions have become so much more creative. Beautiful locations spotted in small local parks, backyards, snow-filled fields and more. Families bring books, balls, pets and more. We capture life how it’s happening right now.
This is my daughter, Lillian, a few weeks ago when we visited a local holiday lights display. Yes, it is a fantastic image. I’m thrilled that I captured it, but not simply because it’s beautiful and striking, but because of the sheer fact that I was there and present to do so. I’m confident we’ll look back on this image years from now – after the pandemic finally ends and perhaps we’re back to busier lives – and remember that night.
So, as 2021 begins, here’s my promise to myself, my family and my clients: I Promise to be Present.
While we all want this pandemic to be over, it remains part of our lives for many more months. Rather than let it stifle my actions, relationships and growth, I choose to be present in the lives of those around me. As a Boston Family and Newborn Photographer, I strive to capture images of authentic people and their lives as they happen. Let’s work together to create a year of presence.
Contact me to schedule time for your snowy-filled winter session, your backyard joy, or any location you’d like to visit in the weeks ahead.
Cara Soulia is a Boston family and newborn photographer who captures the authentic, beautiful and meaningful lives of her clients. See more of Cara’s work on her blog or get in touch for more details.
I can hardly believe I am sitting down to write my “Best of” blog post already! It has been the longest year of our lives and yet somehow it feels surreal that we are already so close to the end!!
Preparing this blog post is always incredibly difficult and 2020 was no exception — I photographed over one hundred families in 2020 and created thousands and thousands of images! To choose my top 20 is like trying to choose my favorite child!! But sorting through the images, I could feel certain emotions emerging from the photographs that resonated with me the most: LOVE for your family, JOY for everything you have right now and HOPE for the future.
The images I chose for my Top 20 of 2020 are those that represent the overwhelming positive emotions that my clients felt despite the pandemic and despite the challenges we all faced during this very difficult year. Life was still happening. Women were expecting babies for the first time, newborns were being welcomed into the world, children were celebrating birthdays and loving their new pandemic puppies, and parents were taking more time to act silly with their kids (how many people can we fit in the treehouse anyway?!). Moms and Dads were hugging their babies tight, giving extra kisses and tickles and playing games in the backyard.
THANK YOU for sharing your LOVE and JOY with me. I do not take it for granted that I was there to witness some the very best moments of your year.
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And I had to throw in a bonus image…because in an election year, I just couldn’t leave it out 🙂
Cara Soulia is a Boston area newborn & family photographer who specializes in capturing authentic, emotive and colorful images. See more of Cara’s work or get in touch to find out more about documenting your family’s love in 2021!