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How to Guarantee the Best Spring Family Photo Session

How to Guarantee the Best Spring Family Photo Session

girl with bubbles in spring photo session


It’s coming. And along with it will come the deep breaths, squeals and anticipated freedom for which we have all been waiting.

Spring represents the re-birth of every year, doesn’t it? And this year we need it more than ever. As you step back outside into life and re-engage with intention, consider capturing this year – of all years – on camera.

After all, it really is a New Beginning.


Boston Spring Photo Session

mother with daughters at spring boston photo session

boy walking through garden in spring photo session

mother with toddler in boston spring photo session

The warmer weather is already teasing us here and there. I see some daffodils sprouting. Spring is simply stunning in Boston and serves as the perfect environment for an authentic family photo session.

There are so many destinations to consider. I spend a lot of spring mornings and early evenings at the Arnold Arboretum and Boston Public Garden. I’ve visited local town parks and even backyards. Cherry blossoms in the Back Bay, lilacs in Jamaica Plain. The most beautiful flowers are here in spring and shouldn’t be missed.

sisters in boston spring photo session

How can you guarantee your best Boston Spring Photo Session? Here are my favorite tips:

  • It’s all about the color. We’ll chat ahead of time to discuss what’s blooming in the area where we’re hosting your session. Since the environment offers color, you’ll want to coordinate wardrobes with complimentary colors or varying shades of the same colors.
  • Less is more. Fewer patterns, jewels and extras. The background really does the heavy lifting in spring. Go with it.
  • Layers are a great idea. Not only do they offer texture, they can be taken off to create many different looks for the same image. And, it’s spring. You’re going to need them.
  • Yes, bring a patchwork quilt or other beautiful blanket. Your blanket may offer a way for us to take advantage of lower florals while also adding a lovely element to the images. And, again, it’s spring. The ground may be damp.
  • Don’t stress. From my experience, kids are actually happiest at my Boston Spring Photo Sessions. They’re thrilled to be back outdoors after a long winter. Likely, our session is at a location they don’t visit often, which makes the session feel like something new and exciting. Offer them a lollipop or ice cream (afterwards!) and it will really feel like fun has finally arrived!

family in boston spring photo session

And, lest we forget, it’s nice to be different. Fall is when *everyone* is doing their photo sessions because they’re hustling to have something to toss on their holiday card. I’m here to capture your JOY and I’m definitely looking to take images that don’t look like everyone else’s. Spring allows for both to happen.

mother with child in boston spring photo session

girl in boston spring photo session

Looking for the Gotcha? Here it is: Spring brings lots of rain. Don’t worry. I won’t force you to dance in the cold rain. I happily reschedule when Mother Nature can’t cooperate. But, remember that direct sun doesn’t work for great images, so if it’s cloudy and you want to go with the flow, I’ve seen rain boots and umbrellas serve as perfect items for a colorful Boston Spring Photo Session.

girl with umbrella during a spring photo session in boston


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.

Get Ready for the Springtime Blooms

Get Ready for the Springtime Blooms


The low snowfall – and this week’s 60 degree weather(!) in Boston – has me thinking about spring already. Are you?

A Boston Springtime Photo Shoot is a fantastic time to capture gorgeous images of your family. Maybe you’re expanding soon (maternity!), increasing your family (babies!), or your children are growing fast (kids!) or leaving the nest (graduates!).

Read on for all the ways a Boston Springtime Photo Shoot can bring joy and keepsakes to your life.

Boston Springtime Photo Shoot


I love springtime photo sessions. The perfect combination of fresh air, brighter light and new blooms is a dream for a family photographer. The air is warming and the buds are blooming. Families are thrilled to be outside on a regular basis again. Everything and everyone is flourishing.

Many newborn and family photographers have their favorite spots for photo sessions. I am completely in love with Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain and Roslindale. After ten years photographing families in the park, I’ve become an expert. I know every single area where perfect light meets a perfect landscape of color.

Beyond blossoms, Spring brings so many reasons to capture a moment in time. A family photo session is a perfect Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift (for grandparents, too!).

But it goes by fast! The blooms come and the season changes in just a few weeks, so reach out now if you’d like to schedule a session.


Spring is my favorite time for new adventures. If you’re welcoming a new baby this spring or summer, let’s capture your new adventure with a Maternity Photo Session at a local park or even your home. Let’s capture your life before the new baby comes.

You can even document your whole first year with my Birth to Baby photo sessions. We’ll get together a few times throughout the first year, starting with maternity and ending around the first birthday. You’re guaranteed the story of that first year in gorgeous images. I promise.

Cara Soulia is a Boston family photographer who specializes in creating beautiful, emotional images of your family’s story. Click here to see recent newborn sessions or get in touch to find out more about scheduling a session for your family.


A Walk in the Park

A Walk in the Park


I always encourage my clients not to overthink their family photo sessions. While we may take a few typical shots, the rest are intentionally casual, sweet, and fun. So don’t worry about looking too fancy or standing too perfectly. Just be you.

Arnold Arboretum Family Photographer


This family took my advice and our photo session last Fall was simply amazing. We met at one of my favorite spots, the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, for a walk in the park. Just that. A walk in the park.

(In one of the most gorgeous parks in the area, of course).


I strive so hard – in every single session – to capture much more than a just pretty photo. My goal is to put the emotions and bonds between a loving family into a striking image that tells a story of their lives at that moment in time.

This family of four, including Coraline (3.5) and Elias (9 mos.), was thrilled for a late September session. The leaves hadn’t turned yet, so when the kids were ready to sit and rest, we chose one of the prettiest evergreen areas of the park.



I’m meeting with this family for their annual session again soon. I can’t wait to see how much the kids have grown. And, their grandparents will be joining us as well. Watch my Instagram for a sneak peek!


Isn’t Elias adorable, sitting so patiently on his blanket? Nine months is a fantastic age to photograph a child. Their personalities have emerged. They’re able to sit up and participate in a family experience. But, they can’t toddle away!


I love this image of Coraline. From the low angle she looks older than her actual age, like a glimpse into the future. Maybe I’ll be able to catch this angle again this week, giving Mom and Dad a true insight into how quickly they grow.

Cara Soulia is an Arnold Arboretum Family Photographer who specializes in capturing casual, loving moments in a beautiful and artistic way.  See more Arboretum photo sessions here or get in touch to find out more about scheduling your own family’s session!

Springtime Mother & Daughter Family Portraits | Boston Family Photographer

Springtime Mother & Daughter Family Portraits | Boston Family Photographer

Arnold Arboretum Family Session Cara Soulia Photography

In the Spring of 2017, I got to photograph this wonderful mother and daughter in a gorgeous, flower filled photo session at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, MA.  I can’t believe it’s been six years already since the first time I met and photographed these two!

A Springtime Mother & Daughter Photo Session at the Arnold Arboretum

This is actually the fourth time I’ve photographed this mother and daughter and every time it is so much fun!  They have such a special bond and are not afraid to show it.  Sarah and her daughter are so easy going and natural in front of the camera and they’re always truly a joy to work with.

The Arnold Arboretum is a National Historic Landmark located in Boston’s Emerald Necklace and this place really BLOOMS in the Springtime and I always jump at the chance to do photo shoots here.  Even on a busy day at the arboretum, it doesn’t feel crowded.  There are acres and acres of beautiful space and we can always find a private place to walk and take photos.

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Mom And Her Girls | Massachusetts Family Photographer

Mom And Her Girls | Massachusetts Family Photographer

Arnold Arboretum Family Session Cara Soulia Photography

This mother and her daughters met up with me in June at the Arnold Arboretum in Roslindale, Massachusetts, for a mother-daughter photo session.

Solutions at Work

I first met this family back in 2012 — I was photographing an event at Solutions at Work in Cambridge (a nonprofit that offers homeless and low-income families children’s items and professional clothing for new jobs to meet their needs as they achieve self-sufficiency), and this family was there participating at the event. I noticed Lani, the older girl, right away because she was so stunning—I simply had to ask her parents if I could take pictures of this beautiful girl! Six years later, Lani has turned into a gorgeous young lady, and I had the pleasure of meeting her little sister, Lorelai, who wasn’t born yet when I first met her family.

Massachusetts Family Photography

In the six years since I first met these women, a lot has happened. Sadly, the girls’ dad passed away unexpectedly, so their mom has been bravely raising these girls without him. Even though it has been a rough road for her, I can see (more…)