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I’ll Never Forget the Day You Were Born

I’ll Never Forget the Day You Were Born

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Reminiscing about what it was like being pregnant with a baby or about the day a child was born is a conversation that happens time and time again in so many families. Maybe you’ve had it with your grandmother or your parents? I know I have. I was born on December 20th, which was actually a week past my expected due date.  My mother loves to tell me how there was “NO WAY she was spending Christmas in the hospital” and so she willed me to finally come into the world just in time to make it home for the holidays.  (Thanks Mom for helping me not having a Christmas Day birthday!)

Like so many other major milestones, we remember some details, some emotions, hopefully all the basic facts. But do we remember everything? No. It’s simply not possible. Do we remember what’s important? Hopefully. Often, people remember specifics because they’ve seen them many times. Why?

Because they were photographed.

Boston Baby First Year Photographer

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Ask any family that takes the time to host a family photo session and they’ll tell you that it’s worth every dollar. I love hearing from my clients who truly value the chance to reflect on images that capture their family relationships at a once very special moment in time.

But what if you could chronicle time? The trend is increasing. Perhaps you’ve seen some viral social media posts that show a person or child in the same pose many years in a row. Eventually, looking back on the growth and changes is amazing, right? It’s a time capsule of life.

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My Belly to Birth and Birth to Birthday packages aim to accomplish these two fantastic photography goals. I want to capture your story in images, and truthfully, a family’s story is told over many days, not just one. And the best part? I do all the work.

I love seeing my clients regularly. Being privy to the way people inherently evolve after the birth of a child is such an honor. I’m grateful that they have confidence in me to document their experience of creating a family. Like every single one of my photo sessions, I’m present behind the scenes. I’m quietly snapping images. I don’t care if you showered, dressed fancy, or cleaned the dishes.

I’m here for you.

One year later…..

Interested in more details?

Belly to Birth Photo Package

Belly to Birth includes a maternity photo session at the location of your choice plus a newborn session at your home after the baby arrives.

Birth to Birthday Photo Package

Birth to Birthday can be done with either two (newborn and 12 months) or three (newborn, ~6 months and 12 months) sessions.

With any package, you have the choice to purchase:

  • all the digital files
  • a gorgeous, high-quality photo album
  • both!

Contact me so we can talk more!


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.

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.

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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.

 

Saachi, You’re a Big Sister!

Saachi, You’re a Big Sister!

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I was so thrilled to hear from Saachi’s parents that they were welcoming another baby. The family had relocated to Needham from San Francisco just over a year ago when I met them for our first photo session. Saachi was just about a year old when we first met for our family photography session. And she was simply gorgeous.

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A year later and she’s grown — and Niam has arrived! Returning to see this family for a Needham newborn photography session was the highlight of my day. Take the time to scroll through this entire session. You’ll see Saachi is just as gorgeous as ever, even when she’s not feeling 100% like her lovely self.

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Six days old.

No words really can describe the emotions that come along with simply just being in the presence of a baby that small. So new. So tiny. So precious.

It really is just the beginning.

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Niam is adored already, of course. It was fantastic weaving in and out of the home snapping images of him as his family showered him with love.

Saachi was really hesitant during our session. Not even two years old herself, she was under the weather and likely overwhelmed with all the changes that were taking place in her home. Mom and Dad took it in stride, however. Having worked with me before, they knew they could trust that I’m in no rush. Our session is not formal. It is not posed. No one needs to be perfect and perky.

You’re empowered to Just Be.

And so she was. Isn’t it fantastic to have captured a series of images showing the connection between Saachi and her father? She needed some one-on-one attention. Some peace and calm. I am so glad I trailed them very quietly. Aren’t these images real?

From there, the family came together. And the keepsake images happened. Mom emailed me to tell me they are thrilled with the images, which pleases me so much.

I love this session, not only because the family is so kind, but because it validates my belief that it’s always worth investing in a photographer you trust. I understand how to stay back and be a fly on the wall while capturing your moments without stressing everyone out. I have three children, too, so I understand the personalities and nuances that come in any family situation.

It is always worth the investment.

Welcome, Niam. You lucky, lucky boy.


Cara Soulia is a Needham 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?

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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!

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!

 

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