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Do your 2020 plans include a new baby?

Do your 2020 plans include a new baby?

The new year has arrived, and if you’re anything like me, you’re walking around full of dreams, aspirations, and goals that you hope will occur in the months ahead.

And if you’re reading this, perhaps a new baby is part of that list.

A big part.

OK, likely the biggest.

Boston Area Newborn Photographer

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If you’re expecting in 2020, congratulations! I know you’re flooded with emotions. I’ve had three children myself, and preparing for each one was exhilarating, scary, and exhausting at once.

And if you’re already expecting, time might feel like it’s already flying by quickly. You’re organizing a nursery, learning about necessary supplies (and how to use them!), and potentially preparing for time away from work. Life is going to change.

I’m here to help ensure you capture the sheer joy of the early weeks.

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As a Boston area newborn photographer, I am so lucky to meet dozens of families every year shortly after they welcome a new baby.

And each family tells me the same thing: Photographing the early days with a new baby is a singular and glorious opportunity.

Thank goodness they planned ahead for their newborn session, because it’s pretty hard to accomplish, well, anything, during the first several weeks ahead a baby is born.

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If you’re hoping to photograph your little one (or your twins!), rest assured I will make it the easiest and loveliest experience you can imagine. So easy that I’ll even take the issue about when and how to plan for it off your plate.

You should schedule your newborn photo session when you plan your nursery. Add it to your tasks of things you can do ahead of time.

Rest assured, I know a car seat and a comfortable and safe place to sleep are more important than photos, but I also know you’re going to be delirious with joy and interrupted sleep for many weeks, so I’m telling you now: Cross this off your list. Call me or email me and say: “Cara, I am due February 15.” We’ll swap details and you’ll file me away. Then, once the baby arrives and you’ve figured out how to fit a shower into a day, you’ll send me another note and we’ll book a time.

Your only to-do will be telling me when to come.

It is that easy.

And I promise you. It doesn’t matter if the house is a mess. It doesn’t matter if your shower is actually two days of dry shampoo. It doesn’t even matter if your baby is cranky.

I promise to be quiet, kind, gracious, and loving. I promise that having a newborn session is a fantastic experience. Do you want more details and specifics? Check out my recent post on Tips for a Simple and Sweet Newborn Session.

Here’s the good news: I’m not coming to photograph you for a magazine profile or a fancy lifestyle Instagram feed. I’m coming to capture your new real life. The days when everything changed. I’m here to make sure you have the chance to remember them in the years ahead because you took the time to book that session.

So, go ahead, change a diaper. Nurse a baby. Bathe your child. I’ve done it all and I’ve seen it all. Let’s capture it for you.

Oh, and I *love* siblings. And pets. So bring it on. I promise they’ll be laughing and enjoying the time we spend together.

Cara Soulia is a Boston area newborn photographer who specializes in capturing beautiful and natural images of those amazing first early weeks with your baby.  Get in touch to schedule your newborn session for 2020!

Best Family Photography Boston: Top 19 of 2019!

Best Family Photography Boston: Top 19 of 2019!

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.

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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.

 

 

Welcome, Dear Alma

Welcome, Dear Alma

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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

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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.

Give a Holiday Gift That Tells *Your* Story

Give a Holiday Gift That Tells *Your* Story

I feel your panic.

The holidays are barely two weeks away and you’re scrambling for meaningful gifts for your loved ones. And I’m not talking gifts for the kids. They’re probably letting you know exactly what they’re hoping for, right?

I’m talking about the grandparents, godparents, special aunts and uncles — maybe even your spouse? The people you adore dearly but who are tough to buy for and, all too often, you ultimately give them a random bottle of wine or new slippers, right?

I’m here to help.

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Photo gifts may seem trite. If you agree, chances are the photo gifts you’ve given or received haven’t been printed with quality printing, framed professionally or presented as part of a gorgeous album. 

Lifelong images – the kind you give to family and hope they’ll display and treasure for a lifetime – are more than just photos snapped, printed at CVS, and tossed in a cheap frame. In fact, the worst thing you can do is invest your time and hundreds of dollars in a professional photographer and then print your photos at the local drugstore. Stop right there, if that’s your plan. Read on for better ideas.

Maybe giving photo gifts is already one of your go-to ideas. Fantastic! If so, or if you’re reading this with heightened anticipation that I am thisclose to solving all your holiday woes and worries, here are some tips on the ways I turn digital images into a gift that sparkles with joy.

  • Blurb.com: If you’re looking for a do-it-yourself photo book or album, please look at Blurb. I use them for my own family snapshot album every year. They have a fantastic array of options and the quality is superb. You won’t be disappointed.
  • mpix: The highest quality image prints are at mpix.com. Take a few seconds and check them out if you’re looking to print images for framing or on a canvas.
  • Me! I’ll do the work for you. If you’re tight on time and want to make sure your images are printed with love and quality, I share your goal. Here are the details:

… Orders for Canvas and Framed Prints need to be placed by 12/10 for regular shipping and 12/12 with expedited shipping ($25).

… Orders for Prints need to be placed by 12/12 for regular shipping and 12/14 with expedited shipping ($25).

… Orders for Coffee Table Albums, my most popular product after digitals, order by Dec 15th. Gifting someone a photo album is so special, because it can be personalized. I do all the design, including a custom layout. Clients can include text and quotes, as well as a letter to the recipient. Sizes available are: 8×8, 10×10, and 12×12. Each starts at 10 spreads/20 pages and includes about 30-40 images. I offer a variety of covers to choose from.

Send me an email or give me a call ASAP to inquire about ordering any products in time for the holidays!!

cara@carasoulia.com

617-501-4008

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Cara Soulia is a Boston Family Photographer who specializes in capturing real and beautiful moments in a unique and artistic way.  Get in touch to inquire about ordering your holiday gift!!

The Most Important Photo You’ll Ever Frame

The Most Important Photo You’ll Ever Frame

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Because I, too, have three children (the youngest still just four years old), I find that I have a lot in common with many of my clients. While we have different careers or live in different areas of Boston, we’re also somewhere within a 15 year age range of just starting to build a family and sending one (or more) off to college.

One thing we all agree on: Time flies. Fast.

One characteristic that differs between many, however, is the location of extended family. Many of my clients do not have grandparents and cousins down the street or within a quick drive. And many families make a commitment every year to get together for a holiday, celebration or vacation, which creates connections between individuals of all ages.

For these moments, I encourage you to consider an extended family photo session.

Boston Extended Family Photographer

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Just over a year ago I had the pleasure of photographing an extended family at the Arnold Arboretum. The mother and her husband had both recently lost their fathers and they realized how important it was to get some photos with their children and their grandmothers.

The images of that session are lovely, of course, but they’re more than just pretty pictures. Images of your extended family provide your children with context of their family beyond themselves. In this age of fast-and-furious iPhone snaps that rarely get printed, images from a family session become precious visible and tangible items that help tell a story of many generations.

Consider these two images below. No, they are not cliche posed images of a grandchild with grandparents (or, dad and grandad). They are moments between family members who love each other. An extended family session can be more than simple posed photos. Let it be a chance to capture your relationships. Someday your children will look at these images and literally feel the love in them.

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Images from an extended family session are a gift, really.

Whether your children’s grandparents and extended family live close by or not, everyone’s lives can be busy. Taking an hour to photograph your children with their family is a gift they didn’t even realize they wanted.

And that’s my point. While a traditional family photo session consists of parents with a child or siblings, the resulting images are a treasure for the parents, true?

Consider extended family photos a gift for your children. The reality is that the family in those photos may not be as consistently present as parents. The cousins might not be at every birthday or holiday. In thirty years when your child starts to reflect on life, finding images of early childhood – complete with faces of many family members – will be a treasure.

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I love extended family sessions because it’s fantastic and fun to see the energy that other family members bring to each other. Capturing joy and relationships between family members of all ages is an opportunity not to miss, but it does require advance planning.

Preparation is Key

I always schedule a phone consultation so I can be sure to understand the ultimate goal of the session and any family dynamics. A family member can be aging and unsteady, or ill, or a child is “a runner”. Keeping a large group organized – but relaxed and happy – during an extended session is my priority.

I also ask families for a list of “must have” images ahead of time so I can plan accordingly. It’s good to know it’s important for a family to have a picture of Dad and Grandchild #3, because he is his namesake.

I scout the location ahead of time so I understand the light at the time of day. It’s also important that I make sure there is somewhere to sit so we can create images that bring each person close vs. all standing in one line. (I have been known to bring my own chairs to ensure everyone is comfortable!).

On the day of the session, we have some fun and we do some work. Yes, I will make sure to take many full family photos, but I’m also aiming to capture a lot of in-between moments of joy.

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And of course, I won’t forget the cousins…

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Or some images of just your parents. You’ll be glad I did.


Cara Soulia is a Boston Extended Family Photographer who loves capturing the creative, sweet and fun side of every family.  Get in touch to find out about scheduling a Boston Extended Family Session in 2020.

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