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Make Room for the Fur Babies

Make Room for the Fur Babies

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If you follow this blog regularly, you’re well-aware that I spend a significant amount of my professional time photographing newborns and families in the Boston area. I strive to be a fun family Boston photographer, and sometimes, thanks to an extra family member tagging along, it’s pretty hard for me to fail.

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Oh yes, I’m talking about that baby no one really thinks about when they’re planning a family photo session, but who, of course, everyone wants to include when the day comes. The Fur Baby!

Family pets are simply adorable (in photos). I love the top image of this post so much. The pup is bigger than the toddler! Look at how she daintily holds his big leash. What a sweetie pie the pup is….sitting and posing for my camera.

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For sure, typical pets like dogs and cats find their way into my sessions, but these young ladies offered me a surprise: chickens! We couldn’t resist bringing a handful of feed over to them. I love the little burst of red in this image.

As usual with my sessions, less can be more. I want to photograph your family in your real life. While we’ll always snag some fantastic posed images, my goal is to capture your family being themselves. So if your toddler drops food to the family dog during snack time, so be it. Now we know why he’s lingering nearby. Turns out it’s not because he dreams of being on film.

This kitty isn’t totally convinced that he wants to participate in my session, but his preschool owner is making sure he stays. So there you go.

Capturing an image of a young boy expressing his true love for the family pet is so heartwarming to me. This pup definitely had something else besides the hug on this mind though, right?

But indeed, I’m here for all of you. Your whole family. Adults, children, and more. I do think this little guy appreciated being center stage in one of the images.

Whether you’re planning a newborn session, family session or an extended family session, trust that I’m there to ensure you get the images that cement memories of that very day. This very moment in your life. If your fur baby (or babies!) are part of the picture (no pun intended!), bring them along. I promise they’ll smile.


Cara Soulia is a Fun Family Boston Photographer who specializes in capturing the relationships between ALL family members.  Get in touch to schedule your family session for 2020!

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.

 

 

Tips for a Simple and Sweet Newborn Session

Tips for a Simple and Sweet Newborn Session

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Welcome, Sweet Eloise | Roslindale Newborn Photographer

Welcome, Sweet Eloise | Roslindale Newborn Photographer

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Pure Perfection.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!