The birth of a new baby is so spectacular and life-changing at once. Being asked to share in the early joy of a new or growing family is truly one of the top reasons I adore being a newborn photographer.
Many clients aren’t sure that they’re ready for a newborn session within the early post-birth weeks. Only you can decide what works for your family, but I can assure you that preparing for a newborn session with me is simple. I’ve had three children myself, so I know first-hand what you’re experiencing. My goal is to capture your new life as it’s unfolding, every part of it. And I promise – whether you prepare or not – the images will be lovely and become lifelong treasures.
Newborn sessions always take place in your home and will usually lasts about 1-1.5 hours. Read on for ways that you can prepare for your newborn session.
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A newborn session is usually held sometime between Week 1 and Week 8. The session happens right in your home and usually takes place mid-morning. I know your baby is likely not on a schedule yet. I’m very flexible with how we use the time. If your baby does wake shortly before I come, please feel free to take the time for a feeding. A full belly will likely ensure a happy baby and fewer breaks.
But, trust me, breaks are fine. In fact, we can work a feeding into your images.
Keep the temperature in your house warm, especially in the summer if you have central air conditioning. If you’d like, we’ll take some photos of your baby in his/her diaper, or even naked, and the room should be warm so baby is comfortable.
Don’t worry about cleaning the house for me. I will take a quick tour of your home when I arrive and choose a few places with beautiful light. I will do some simple decluttering to prepare for gorgeous images.
Feel free to think ahead about personal items you might like to include, such as a knitted blanket, hat or a special doll. I love to incorporate items from the family or the home as they make the images much more personal.
Relax and be yourselves. I’m here to photograph your real life. Newborn sessions are all about capturing how your life looks at this moment in time. I’m not coming to take perfectly staged photos or family portraits. Interaction is encouraged! (Yes! That means it’s perfectly fine if siblings are still in pajamas and bouncing around with excitement!).
Oh, and I love pets, too.
Cara Soulia is a Boston Newborn 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.
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.
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?)
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.
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.
That’s how I felt when I left this Roslindale newborn session, my third time connecting with this fantastic family who just welcomed their second child, Eloise.
It seems like just yesterday I was invited to photograph Eloise’s big brother, Gil, when he was just six weeks old. The new parents were living at MassArt at the time. Ten months later, Gil was growing fast (10 months old!) when we captured these amazing images during a Spring Photo Session at the Arboretum.
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Three years since we first met, this lovely family now lives in a beautiful home in Roslindale. Eloise was just 12 days old when I had the pleasure of joining them for a photo session last week. Welcome, Eloise.
Not one moment of this session was rushed, hustled or staged. Eloise’s family is the epitome of relaxation. I love being part of their lives, even for just 90 minutes a year, because I love feeling so immersed in their low-key energy. I’m confident Eloise feels the pure sense of peace surrounding her.
I also love the colors in this home. Dad’s art is displayed everywhere, making the atmosphere vibrant and creative at once.
Like I said, Pure Perfection.
And then there’s Gil. He’s such a love. And growing up so quickly. Three years old! He’s bouncing all around, simply thrilled to show off his new sister to the friendly lady with a camera.
All of my newborn session’s are done in the comfort and convenience of a family’s home. I really feel that a session isn’t just about the new baby. It’s about the evolution of a family and their space to a new wonderful phase of living.
On this day, it was really warm, so we took advantage of the weather and went out into the backyard as well. Everyone was thrilled, especially Gil!
Over the years, I have been inside countless client homes for photo sessions. I love meeting people in their personal space, seeing how they live and hearing their stories. No two at-home sessions are ever alike, which is easily the most fun part of my job! I love the thrill of not knowing what to expect when I open a client’s front door and then searching the location for beautiful light, color, lines and texture. I thrive on the anticipation of what new treasures await me at each and every client home.
I can safely say that the treasures hidden behind this family’s front door were nothing short of amazing. Not only was this family warm, welcoming and easy-going from the first hello, but the style and decor in this home were exquisite. Every room was simply beautiful, with bright colors, fun patterns, cozy and inviting furniture and unique accessories. Every decorating decision was carefully thought out by Alisa Shakarian, who has an innate talent for interior design, and who also just happens to the be the mom in this family! I am in awe of Alisa’s attention to detail and her ability to effortlessly make things look chic.
( Alisa is available for interior design consultations in the Greater Boston area. I was fortunate enough to get on her calendar after our session. She created a vision for the entire first floor of my home and I can’t recommend her highly enough! Please email Alisa directly at alkocharyan(at)gmail(dot)com to inquire about her rates and availability)
Here are the highlights from Alisa’s family session! Her daughter had just turned 8 weeks old, which is such a great age for a photo session because there are plenty of opportunities to get both asleep and awake images of baby, as well as a high probability of capturing some sweet smiles.
This was one of the times when I just happened to turn around, grab the shot and knew immediately it was going to be a keeper. Baby in mom’s arms is so sweet, but how fantastic is that forest wallpaper?!!
We started off the session in the nursery, which was full of gorgeous natural light. Everyone in the family is clearly comfortable hanging out in this cozy room..! I can’t decide what I love more, the colorful wallpaper or the rug that reminds me of cake batter ice cream…!
All little girls should have adorable fairies dancing above their cribs, don’t you think??
Big brother recently turned three and is handling his new role like a champ… 😉
I love the look on his face… and the tiptoes!!
This is another favorite of mine. I love how timeless this image is in black & white….
After a while we moved into big brother’s room for storytime with Dad….
I love the collage of various family photos mounted on the wall. I think I might have to adopt this idea for my own children’s rooms!
I think Dad is already pretty smitten with his little girl…
Those fingers…..That yawn! It’s all about the details….
I couldn’t miss taking a few pictures in the family guest room where the walls were a deep beautiful turquoise and the lighting was low and moody.. my favorite kind of light! Alisa affectionately calls this her “hippie room”. I would love to be a guest in this space anytime!!
Newborn stretches are definitely in my top 10 of things I love about new babies…
and belly buttons. Can’t forget belly buttons… !
At 6-8 weeks all the cooing and smiling begins…
Meanwhile in the other room….
Just a few more portraits of this sweet face!!
This is the beginning of a beautiful relationship…!
I couldn’t resist one last family picture in the ‘forest’….!
Cara Soulia is a Concord Massachusetts newborn photographer who specializes in capturing the most important moments in a family’s life in a beautiful and natural way. Cara has been a professional photographer for 8 years and has photographed hundreds of families over the years… Please get in touch with Cara to find out more about scheduling your family’s photo session!