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Get Ready for the Springtime Blooms

Get Ready for the Springtime Blooms

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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

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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.

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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.

 

Twin Siblings (and their parents) Welcome Baby Frankie

Twin Siblings (and their parents) Welcome Baby Frankie

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Boston Newborn Photographers always love to get an email with a subject line like this:  I’m expecting again!

I was simply thrilled to hear from one of my West Roxbury clients a few months ago that she was due with Baby Number 3!

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You know how when you meet someone on a professional basis and you just instantly like them? You enjoy your work, of course, and (in the case of being a newborn photographer anyway) you spend even more time creating and refining the product that you’re delivering to them?

That’s this family for me. These images are true keepsakes and I know this family will treasure them forever.

I love this couple so much, and I am amazed at how far they have come since we met just over three years ago. Read on to find out why.

Boston Newborn Photographers

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Frankie (Frances), joined twin siblings Charlotte & Jack in November. She was just about five weeks old when I visited for our photo session. She was alert for much of the session which was great because there was a lot of love being showered upon her by her parents, brother and sister. Boston Newborn Photographers

Five week old babies still tire easily though, which means we were able to get a nice mix of images, both awake and asleep.

Isn’t she beautiful, all swaddled and sleeping soundly?

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Seeing Frankie’s parents handle the birth of their third child in stride was no surprise to me because they are such down to earth, relaxed people.

I was so impressed with them during our first session together, when Charlotte and Jack were newborns. You wouldn’t have known from looking at them, but the twins were born very premature at just 27 weeks. The path from birth to home was long the first time around, but mom and dad made it through with smiles on their faces.

This time, things went a lot more smoothly.

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I love working with this family because they really value the role that authentic photography plays in creating their family memories. Mom and Dad committed to my special Birth to Birthday package, which includes three sessions (view their 6 month session and 12 month session) as well as a gorgeous coffee table album of highlights from their first year.

I can’t help but think that Frankie is creating yet another new chapter for this fun and loving crew. Check out some candid moments that happened during this session.

I love how they feel very natural and true to life with three little kids!

 


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

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!

Five Reasons Why You *Need* an In-Home Photo Session

Five Reasons Why You *Need* an In-Home Photo Session

Home.

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.

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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?)


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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.

With Love, Welcome Oliver

With Love, Welcome Oliver

jamaica-plain-newborn-photos-cara-soulia-photography_0005 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.

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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.

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