I can hardly believe I’m already sitting down on the last day of the year (and the decade!) to write my most beloved blog post of the year — the “Best Of” 2019! This post takes me an exceptionally long time to compile because I spend hours looking back at each and every session, reviewing all of the best moments from the past year, remembering each family and each story. It is always incredibly hard to choose my top images of the year.
This year, it feels more important than ever to choose the images that truly set me apart as a Boston family photographer. To be quite frank, any photography hobbyist with a good camera, or really any regular person with the latest iPhone, can take a decent photo these days. And as more and more photographers pop up in the Boston area, it feels crucial to express why I am not just good at taking standard family photos.
When you decide to have a photo session with me, you are investing in my years of experience with babies and children, my knowledge of light, my innate sense of composition and my unique point of view. You are investing in ME.
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The following set of images is not a typical group of well composed, well lit photos of happy people looking into the camera.
Some of these images are split second moments that illuminate the essence of an environment, a season, or a personality, or an emotion.
Some of these images capture subjects in a unique and artistic way.
Some of these images tell beautiful and emotional stories.
All of these images are the ones that set my heart on fire.
These are my top 19 of 2019.
Cara Soulia is a Boston area newborn and family photographer who specializes in capturing her subjects in a unique and beautiful way. See more of Cara’s work on the blog or on Instagram or get in touch to schedule your session in 2020.
I had the pleasure of meeting Alma, just four weeks old, back in October. Her parents were still glassy-eyed in love with their first child, a feeling that never goes away, right?
Read on to hear about why there is no “must-do” pressure when it comes to timing a newborn photo session and to meet some of Alma’s furry siblings.
Newton Newborn Photographer
Alma’s parents were concerned that they’d been – understandably! – busy planning for Alma’s arrival and were a little late in scheduling a session that would capture Alma as a newborn. And, as anyone with a new baby knows, trying to get anything accomplished during the first few weeks after a birth is nearly impossible.
Never fear. I’m here. Camera in hand.
Alma was 4 weeks old when we connected and she was already changing and growing by the moment. Isn’t she beautiful?
Alma’s parents were so full of joy, of course. What a happy and loving home! As a photographer, I appreciated the brightness and light that filled every room. The same light was evident in each person – and pet – that resides there.
Alma, join the family! (a fur family, that is!) Aren’t her pet siblings adorable? Chloe is the white dog. Buckley is the larger one. They were so sweet during the photo session. The photo of Alma and Chloe almost kissing is priceless. Maybe this family will be able to snag photos of them doing it again as Alma grows? Adorable.
Did you just welcome a new baby? Or, do you know someone who did? Yes, you’re overwhelmed and exhausted. Don’t overthink when and how to have images of your new baby taken. Day 5, Week 2, Day 57. Any day is perfect, and with a photographer who understands how to make the process simple and beautiful at once, you’re in good hands. And you’ll love the outcome.
Cara Soulia is a Newton Newborn Photographer who loves capturing the early days of a new addition. Get in touch to find out about scheduling a Newborn Session in 2020.
The birth of a new baby is so spectacular and life-changing at once. Being asked to share in the early joy of a new or growing family is truly one of the top reasons I adore being a newborn photographer.
Many clients aren’t sure that they’re ready for a newborn session within the early post-birth weeks. Only you can decide what works for your family, but I can assure you that preparing for a newborn session with me is simple. I’ve had three children myself, so I know first-hand what you’re experiencing. My goal is to capture your new life as it’s unfolding, every part of it. And I promise – whether you prepare or not – the images will be lovely and become lifelong treasures.
Newborn sessions always take place in your home and will usually lasts about 1-1.5 hours. Read on for ways that you can prepare for your newborn session.
Boston Newborn Photographers
A newborn session is usually held sometime between Week 1 and Week 8. The session happens right in your home and usually takes place mid-morning. I know your baby is likely not on a schedule yet. I’m very flexible with how we use the time. If your baby does wake shortly before I come, please feel free to take the time for a feeding. A full belly will likely ensure a happy baby and fewer breaks.
But, trust me, breaks are fine. In fact, we can work a feeding into your images.
Keep the temperature in your house warm, especially in the summer if you have central air conditioning. If you’d like, we’ll take some photos of your baby in his/her diaper, or even naked, and the room should be warm so baby is comfortable.
Don’t worry about cleaning the house for me. I will take a quick tour of your home when I arrive and choose a few places with beautiful light. I will do some simple decluttering to prepare for gorgeous images.
Feel free to think ahead about personal items you might like to include, such as a knitted blanket, hat or a special doll. I love to incorporate items from the family or the home as they make the images much more personal.
Relax and be yourselves. I’m here to photograph your real life. Newborn sessions are all about capturing how your life looks at this moment in time. I’m not coming to take perfectly staged photos or family portraits. Interaction is encouraged! (Yes! That means it’s perfectly fine if siblings are still in pajamas and bouncing around with excitement!).
Oh, and I love pets, too.
Cara Soulia is a Boston Newborn Photographer who loves capturing the creative, sweet and fun side of every family. Get in touch to find out more about newborn and family sessions this winter.
The place you’ve chosen to spend the most important hours and minutes of your days, with people who matter the most.
While I love photographing families outside in the gorgeous seasons we experience in Boston, in-home sessions really are a favorite. Home is where your family becomes, well, a family. Photographing life together – in that home – is perhaps the perfect way to freeze time.
Read on for Five Reasons Why You *Need* an At-Home Photo Session. Keep an eye out at the end for a special offer for families who Book Now for 2020.
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Reason #1: You kids will sit still. On the steps. Maybe.
Or, maybe not. But sitting still is never the goal in any of my family sessions. And with in-home sessions, I aim to photograph your life as it exists day-to-day. Your environment, complete with the basics (like the front steps), and the emotions that percolate day in and day out. I am here to capture it all.
Reason #2: Peace. Pure peace. OK, some peace.
Any parent knows that life at home can be chaos. So, I can understand why you might think: No Way. We need to get out of the house for our photo session. And you hunt for family photographers in Boston who will host a session at the perfect location.
I encourage you to think differently. Home is where you’re in your element… where your true personas emerge… where you can relax and be yourselves. No need to dress and futz, then drive to the photo location, maneuver for a parking spot and make your way to our meeting place. This can take a lot out of a family! Instead, let your children stay in the place they’re most comfortable. Let’s capture images of their happiness in that sacred space.
Reason #3: I let kids be kids.
Chances are you have a long list of in-home activities that your child is always doing: reading books, drawing, singing with a pretend microphone, “learning to play guitar” (yowza!), cooking and more. Jumping on the bed? Sure!
During an in-home session, I want to see your children living their lives. You’ll want to look back on those images one day, too.
Reason #4: You can include *every* family pet.
I’ve met a lot of friendly dogs in family photo sessions, but despite their popularity, I hear a lot of children ask: Why couldn’t fill-in-the-blank pet also come? Seems cats, turtles, birds and guinea pigs aren’t as portable as the family dog. But why leave them out? If they’re part of the family at this moment in time, the image is worth the memory.
Reason #5: The weather doesn’t matter (except when it works in your favor).
It happens. I sometimes have to reschedule a photo session because of poor weather. But, with an in-home session, we’re guaranteed success. If the weather is good, you can trust I’ll get your family outside on those steps, for a game, or more.
(I’ll probably even do it in the snow or rain, because who doesn’t love a fun snowball fight or dance in the rain, right?)
BONUS REASON: You’re going to feel like This Guy.
Why? Because an in-home photo session is easy breezy.
All you need to do is caffeinate. If that’s your thing.
Please don’t clean your house for me. I will tidy up where necessary. And, sometimes a bit of clutter is nice, because it is part of your real life. Isn’t that the point?
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Cara Soulia is a Boston Family Photographer who loves capturing the creative, sweet and fun side of every family. Get in touch to find out more about in-home family sessions this winter.
One of the perks of my amazing job as a family photographer is that I am never too far from the welcoming of a newborn.
Is there anything better than the glow that is ever-present on a new parent’s face the days, weeks and early months following the birth of a child? Is there anything better than walking into someone’s home and being embraced into the pure joy they’re experiencing?
I am so fortunate to witness so many magical moments between spouses, partners, siblings and, yes, even pets.
Joining this Jamaica Plain family just six days after Oliver, their second son, was born, was just that: Magical.
Jamaica Plain Newborn Photos
Clients often ask me: When is the best time to schedule a newborn session?
There is no exact “right time” to photograph your new child and family. Timing decisions should begin with the physical comfort of the family. Childbirth – and the days that immediately follow – is different for everyone.
From my experience, the earlier the newborn photo session, the sleepier the baby. If you’re looking for images that truly capture the earliest characteristics of your newborn and family after his/her arrival, you can expect images taken very soon thereafter to be of a sleepy (and beautifully peaceful) baby. However, as anyone will tell you, babies are unpredictable, and yours could certainly show some alertness during the session, but it’s not as likely.
Oliver’s parents found me because I photographed their son Eli during the school photo session at his preschool, The Mosaic School in Roslindale. I loved arriving for our session knowing that I already had a rapport with Eli. He remembered me as the silly lady who came to school “with all her Paw Patrol assistants with her to help her take photos”. Eli was 3.5 at the time of the session and super excited about the arrival of his baby brother.
I share images like Oliver’s Jamaica Plain Newborn Photos on my blog to showcase my approach for anyone considering a newborn session. I hope you notice the intent behind every single one of these images: to capture your family in its element. I’m aiming to document your lives in the very moment: your emotions, connections, environment and more. I’m not coming to snap a pretty picture of a posing family.
In fact, I’ve yet to meet a brand new parent with the energy to pose! Just be yourself. I promise the images will capture this part of your journey perfectly.
Cara Soulia is a Boston Family Photographer who loves capturing the creative, sweet and fun side of every family. Get in touch to find out more about newborn and family sessions this winter.