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!
Back in October, I met up with this special family to capture an extended family photo session at the Arnold Arboretum. When I first talked to Mom, she expressed to me how important this family photography session was to them. The family had lost both grandfathers within just two weeks of each other the year before. Needless to say, it had been a tough year for everyone. But, it also made them realize how important family time is. Not only spending time together, but capturing and documenting those moments in photography.
Extended Family Photography Session
October in Massachusetts is always lovely, but the foliage on the day of the photo session was especially beautiful as we all met up at the Arnold Arboretum in Roslindale. The morning of the session was misty and dreary- so much that I momentarily considered rescheduling the session… But as the day went on, it worked out so well. The slightly overcast light was beautiful. On an overcast day, the sky is like one giant, softbox that creates a really flattering light.
I love all the beautiful smiles I captured in the candid moments of this session. The family looks so happy and, after such a tough year, it is nice to see them with such big, genuine smiles. I hope these photos bring them lots of happy memories when they look at them for years to come.
Family sessions like this one remind me of the beauty of family. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly time can fly and how quickly things change. So quickly, children grow and change. And, of course, it’s so heartbreaking when cherished family members pass away. That’s why I take my work as a family photographer so seriously. Family portraits and family photography is a way to pause that passing of time, if only for a moment. In a photograph, you can capture those sweet smiles, the spontaneous kiss from a brother to a sister, the laughter shared by family members and the time they can spend together. In a photograph, you can preserve those moments and those memories. And years later, you can be transported right back to that time when the kids were still small, and when their grandparents were still here. It gives meaning to my job and I am so thankful when I can stop time through my photography. Even if just for a moment.
Grandparents are always welcome at my family photo sessions! Don’t hesitate to reach out now for a spring or fall family photography session! Even though it feels like winter will never end, spring family sessions and fall family sessions are my most popular seasons. They book up quickly, so don’t be afraid to book your session in advance!
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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…)
Last October, I met up with this family at the Arnold Arboretum in Roslindale, Massachusetts on an unseasonably warm afternoon!
Needham Family Photographer
This wonderful family of six lives in my town, and although I had never met them in person before our session, we have a number of mutual friends. After spending time with this family, I was struck by how comfortable I felt with them, and how down to earth they are — I can see why we have friends in common! Their oldest daughter, Claire, was about to get braces before the session, and Mom wanted to have some photos taken before that big event! And, of course, she wanted to capture the rest of the family, too, at this time in their lives.
I was so, so impressed with how well-behaved and easy-going the kids were. I know how hard it can be to keep children in line (with three of my own), so to watch everyone being so sweet, was awesome. These parents are certainly doing something right!
An Arnold Arboretum Autumn Family Portrait Session
The children started out a bit shy, but by the end of the session, they warmed up and were running around and playing. I’ve found that with young kids, it’s best to keep moving and treating the session like a playdate with a friend rather than a chore. I love the candid moments that come from playing—as opposed to me telling them to hold various poses for a long time — like this spontaneous sort of “follow the leader” image — I didn’t line them up, but they managed to get into a size/age lineup, with little Charlie leading the pack!
This family session last October was perfectly timed at the height of the fall foliage here in Boston, and we took full advantage of that at the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
Scheduling a Session at the Peak of Boston Fall Foliage
A lot of clients will ask me when the best time is to schedule their fall session if they want gorgeous fall foliage. The problem is that it’s always hard to predict, because the weather can turn on us on a whim. Sometimes, the leaves turn early; sometimes, they turn late. For this family session in particular, we just happened to meet up at the absolute peak of the foliage—and I do mean the peak. Right after we met, it rained, and the leaves fell! Talk about lucky.
Mom had actually gotten in touch with me last year to ask about a family session after following me on Facebook for a while. She loved the personal photos I posted of my own children and wanted something similar. I love it when people find me on Facebook or Instagram because I post a lot of personal stories there. I think that helps people (more…)