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.
Boston Family and Newborn Photographer
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.
Best of Boston Newborn and Family Photography
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!
The warmer days for fresh air have come and gone in New England. Never have I ever been so grateful for the summer and fall months. How about you?
As winter arrives in full force and I spend hours reviewing recent sessions to create personalized albums for clients (yes, they give them as holiday gifts!), I can’t help but notice the one theme that matters most this year: LOVE.
Family Photographer Boston
No matter what 2020 has thrown our way, I’m so grateful to have chosen photography as my life’s work. This year has been eventful, to say the least, and it will have a lifelong impact on me, my family, my community and more.
I’m well aware that, even in the most difficult of times, I’m so lucky to spend every day capturing moments of life that evoke emotions that help us persevere through these long months.
First-time parents, newborns, siblings and pets: We’re all sharing ourselves in ways never done before.
Siblings sitting together to look at a book, quiet time with a pet, solitude in one’s bedroom.
Now more then ever, the simple moments matter the most, right?
As we head into what might be the most isolating winter ever, I hope you’ll find PEACE in your home and community. To my treasured clients, both long-time and new, I hope you’ll reflect on the images we captured this year and see their essence: LOVE finds a way.
Thank you, as always, for your friendship and support.
Cara Soulia, Family Photographer Boston. Cara specializes in capturing authentic and emotive images of newborns, children and their families. Get in touch with Cara to find out more about scheduling your family’s session or see more of Cara’s work on the blog!
While we didn’t choose it, 2020 has been – for me – the Year of the Refresh. When everything about my business and life came to a halt in March, I wondered what would come next. What would I do about the sessions I had booked the following week, or month? What about my long-time client who was due in May? What about the pre-school photo days and anticipated maternity sessions? Was my business and passion going to collapse overnight?
It didn’t. In fact, 2020 has been the busiest and most exciting time of my career. Despite all the changes, it’s given me the clarity and confidence to keep growing: as a person, mom, wife and photographer. Thanks to the chaos of this year, I know who I am, what’s important to me (see my T-shirt), and what makes working with me an experience you’ll treasure. Read on to learn more.
When you hire me, you’ll see and feel each of those values in your images. In an instant, your images become keepsakes.
When people ask me about my approach to Boston Family Photography, one word comes to mind: Authentic.
My goal in every session – whether it be with parents-to-be, a newborn and first time parents, a growing family, a family with older kids or the fantastically fun extended family sessions – is to capture the authentic emotions, relationships, and environment at that very moment in time.
Your images are not poses. Your home is not a prop. Your life is yours. I am there to cement that moment in your history.
You know what I am here for?
To capture JOY.
I want you to see and feel joy and love and connection when you reflect on your images. I want you to see the personalities of each person (and maybe a pet!) in the image. I want your image to speak to you, because that’s the only audience that matters.
Oh, I know you want to share your joy. I do, too! As a mom of three, I know how much I love to show off my kids and their adorable smiles, pouts, snuggles and more.
Thanks to more than ten years working with my camera, I know how to effortlessly capture the images you want in frames, on walls, in books, and on your cards. I know how to choose a location that offers the opportunity to photograph playful smiles at one spot, but frame-worthy art ten minutes later.
When your images arrive, you’ll appreciate the many, many different styles of images that I’ve taken in just a short time. You’ll save them all, framing the most precious and perhaps creating an album of the rest.
Cara Soulia is a Boston Family Photographer who specializes in capturing emotive, authentic images of her clients. See Cara’s recent work here or get in touch to find out more about scheduling a session today.
This is it. This is when I – the photographer who (albeit unwittingly) created the philanthropic project that flooded your in-box and social feeds with the phrase #TheFrontStepsProject – tells you that your #FrontSteps portrait deserves a second take.
Don’t get me wrong! It’s lovely, I’m sure! Funny, maybe? Definitely absolutely and completely memorable, which was the point, right? To capture that moment in isolated time? But does it show the sheer beauty, love and emotions of your family when you’re not in lockdown?
As a Boston family photographer, on behalf of professional photographers everywhere, I’m telling you that now is the time to circle back with your local photographer and schedule a personalized session for this fall or even this winter!
I guarantee the difference between a quick “2 minute click” and a planned session will amaze you. Wait until you see what a truly talented photographer can do.
Boston Family Photographer
#TheFrontStepsProject gave all of us (communities and photographers) a chance to connect in stressful times and do what matters most: Support each other and Give Back to those who need extra help. Together we raised over $3.33 million dollars for local organizations and businesses.
The kind and selfless photographers that I met through the project are, like me, back at work. We’re photographing families, newborns, weddings, gorgeous interiors, and more.
And WOW! The images I see posting in my new network of friends are AMAZING! Trust me, you want to make the time to see what your photographer can really do.
Professional photographers spend years honing their skills. Capturing images that truly shine and tell a story of your family takes a lot more than a few quick minutes.
Oh, and you get more time to prepare. We won’t schedule when your toddler should be napping or in the middle of the workday. You’ll have time to shower and choose outfits. And maybe those deep roots from weeks of quarantine have been fixed or grown out?
With a professional session, you can guarantee your photographer has scouted your chosen location beforehand. Maybe we’ve taken images there before. We know exactly what photographs well and we know when the light is going to be just perfect.
Yes — we know how to snag that perfect holiday photo. In fact, we know how to snag 20 of them so yours doesn’t look like everyone else’s. They’ll make perfect gifts this year.
One of the things I get to see when meeting photographers from across the globe is that I am not alone in aiming to create authentic, stunning images that showcase your family, but also can serve as a form of art.
Sure, we all love the smiling close-ups. Most photographers can make those happen pretty quickly. But, now that we’re spending a LOT more time in our homes, maybe you’re looking to refresh some tired walls? Go for more than just a smile. Many photographers help clients matte, frame and print your images to they look AMAZING in your home (and yes, on that holiday card…).
From photographers everywhere, thank you for supporting your community and small businesses.
Cara Soulia is a Boston area newborn and family photographer who specializes in capturing beautiful, natural and colorful moments in a relaxed and candid way. See more of Cara’s work on her blog or get in touch to find out more about scheduling your session!