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.
Best Family Photography Boston
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 *love* being a Boston newborn family photographer. I love it more than my favorite beach on a just-almost-summer June day and I love it more than homemade peanut butter cookies.
I love it so much that I left a thriving corporate career (and its predictable salary) years ago to live a life fulfilled by my passion: using my training, skills and talent to capture images of babies, children, parents and families that go well beyond your standard pose-and-smile-then-point-and-click.
And I’m living that dream.
As a Boston newborn family photographer, every week I spend hours planning for, taking and preparing beautiful images of the connection between parents and their newborn, siblings, grandparents and their grandchildren. Every single image aims to capture the relationships between each person, the individual connections and the emotions of that very moment. Every single session is about telling the story of your family on that very day of that year.
Why? Because, to me, those relationships and those moments are the reason you’re investing in professional photographs. You’re looking to capture the excitement, the connection, and the love that’s effervescent in your family, right? You’re looking for someone you can trust to notice those unspoken and unstaged moments.
This is what I do. I connect the fabric of your family with the output of my camera: an image. An image that, I hope, becomes a treasure, whether you hang it on a wall, frame it for a desk, print it on a card or display it in a gorgeous album. Maybe you’ll simply keep it in your digital photo library. If you look at it with pure joy, because it brings you back to that glorious moment when your family was newer, younger, smaller, sillier – whatever it is – I have done my job.
See these images that I chose below. Fantastic, loving, amazing families. You can feel their bond in these images. No posing required.
Boston Newborn Family Photographer
Maybe this is your first time hiring a professional photographer. Many people don’t know how much it costs, and that’s understandable. Your friend may be posting pretty images on social media. I wish I could tell you it’s a cheap investment, like a trendy pleather handbag on the sale rack.
Your friend may have a knack with her iPhone. She may have a friend who enjoys photography as a hobby and took some solid snaps. She may have gone to the one-size-fits-all company at the local mall.
I am a professional photographer and – as with most other industries where there are novices, middle-of-the-road quality, and skilled talent – you’ll get what you pay for when you hire me.
Some may be very, very artistic, like these:
Some may feel like sneak peeks on your children in their amazingly sweet sibling moments, like these from this family session:
Others may elicit pure joy, like these:
And some may transform a zooming moment into a memory now seared in your brain, partly because we were together in the right place, at that very moment.
Like when this almost-toddler took her first step:
Or when this father was about to be deployed to Afghanistan, and these images had to be taken just before he left:
Or when this couple welcomed twins and were still cheerful after weeks without sleep:
Or when this new mom, unable to carry her baby due to cancer treatment, welcomed her daughter thanks to a wonderful surrogate:
I am not a novice photographer. I’m not offering cliche images in batches. Your photos will not be staged or look like everyone else’s.
When you hire me, you are investing in images that will, indeed, last a lifetime. You’ll have a myriad of photos that you love. I hope you’ll display them in your home where you’ll see them every day in passing. Sometimes you’ll stop. I know you’ll smile and remember that very day and your family as it was during that moment in time. Sometimes you’ll pass it by and not notice, but it’s there. And, like many clients, you’ll likely call me again for an updated session. Because they were worth it.
Maybe you’ll have an album. Your children will look at it as they age, I promise. Let them see themselves years ago, when they were small. They won’t remember that random day, but the images will show them the love you shared with the funny lady who followed you with a camera.
I encourage you to invest in images that evoke emotions that make you choke with joy. It will be worth it.
I know how to capture those images because I have years of training and experience. I’ve photographed hundreds of families and I have mastered how to use light to create gorgeous images on even the worst of days. I don’t get distracted by weather or camera settings, because it’s all ingrained in my brain like brushing my teeth (which I do really well, too, by the way).
My skills as a professional photographer allow me to spend your session doing what matters most: finding and photographing the connection within your family. This is what you are paying for.
Your family’s moments and relationships are worth it. I’m worth it. Let’s work together to make the investment worth it.
Late last October, I had the opportunity to create some beautiful maternity portraits for this sweet couple in Beacon Hill and at the Boston Public Garden! Sarah and Justin are first-time expecting parents and I was so excited to capture this special time for them.
Beacon Hill Maternity Session
Sarah and Justin are so excited to be first-time parents; But what’s even more exciting is that they’re expecting twin boys! It was important to Sarah that the images from their session be natural and relaxed. I can completely relate to this request! It can feel awkward to be in the front of the camera sometimes. I like to give plenty of direction during sessions to help people feel as relaxed as possible!
Since it was October, we wanted to be sure to capture some fall colors and of course a little bit of Boston in the background. We decided to visit Acorn Street in Beacon Hill, which happens to be one of the most photographed streets in America! There is nothing more picturesque than the red brick buildings, cobblestones and all of the greenery that surround the homes here. After Acorn Street, we headed down to the Boston Public Garden. You can’t get much more ‘Boston’ than these two locations!
Justin & Sarah were so sweet together, and it is always so fun for me to witness relationships like this. They were so comfortable, easily making each other smile and laugh the whole time we were together. I could tell they are a really great team and will be wonderful parents to their baby boys.
Boston Maternity Photos | Cara Soulia Photography
This maternity session is part of a “Belly to Birth package“, which includes a maternity session and a newborn session. I can’t wait to share the photos from their newborn session in an upcoming blog post!
Are you expecting? Maternity photos can such a sweet memory to look back on. Please get in touch to learn more about having a maternity session with me!
Cara Soulia is a Boston maternity photographer who specializes in capturing real and beautiful connections in a unique and artistic way. See more of Cara’s work on the blog!
Spring is the season of growing and I loved that we were able to have this sunset maternity session at a local apple orchard in full bloom! (How apropos!)
I’m so lucky to call this beautiful mama-to-be my friend and neighbor — and she makes a pretty amazing maternity model, too! We had so much fun running around the apple orchard finding all the most amazing spots for pictures and staying until the sun dropped below the horizon. This session truly was one of my photographer dreams come true. Thank you Megan for being so awesome!
I’ll be honest with you, finding the perfect newborn or family photographer in Boston is a tough job. There are so many talented professional photographers in the area and such a variety of styles and personalities to choose from–selecting the right photographer for your family photos can be confusing and overwhelming. To help with your decision, I thought I’d let you know what you can expect if you decide to hire me for your family photo session. (more…)