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Welcome, Dear Alma

Welcome, Dear Alma

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I had the pleasure of meeting Alma, just four weeks old, back in October. Her parents were still glassy-eyed in love with their first child, a feeling that never goes away, right?

Read on to hear about why there is no “must-do” pressure when it comes to timing a newborn photo session and to meet some of Alma’s furry siblings.

Newton Newborn Photographer

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Newton Newborn Photographer

Alma’s parents were concerned that they’d been – understandably! – busy planning for Alma’s arrival and were a little late in scheduling a session that would capture Alma as a newborn. And, as anyone with a new baby knows, trying to get anything accomplished during the first few weeks after a birth is nearly impossible.

Never fear. I’m here. Camera in hand.

Alma was 4 weeks old when we connected and she was already changing and growing by the moment. Isn’t she beautiful?

Alma’s parents were so full of joy, of course. What a happy and loving home! As a photographer, I appreciated the brightness and light that filled every room. The same light was evident in each person – and pet – that resides there.

 

Alma, join the family! (a fur family, that is!) Aren’t her pet siblings adorable? Chloe is the white dog. Buckley is the larger one. They were so sweet during the photo session. The photo of Alma and Chloe almost kissing is priceless. Maybe this family will be able to snag photos of them doing it again as Alma grows? Adorable.

Did you just welcome a new baby? Or, do you know someone who did? Yes, you’re overwhelmed and exhausted. Don’t overthink when and how to have images of your new baby taken. Day 5, Week 2, Day 57. Any day is perfect, and with a photographer who understands how to make the process simple and beautiful at once, you’re in good hands. And you’ll love the outcome.


Cara Soulia is a Newton Newborn Photographer who loves capturing the early days of a new addition.  Get in touch to find out about scheduling a Newborn 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 Margot, 12 Days New!

Welcome Margot, 12 Days New!

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In late December, this sweet family invited me to their home in Brookline, MA for a newborn photo session with their brand new little baby girl, Margot.

Margot was 12 days old at the time of this session. She was so adorable and calm during the shoot but because she was a little older, she was very alert as well.

Margot’s mom and dad are first time parents, and I could tell upon meeting them that they were doing a great job. They were relaxed for just having just had their first baby. I remember being so worried all the time when I first became a mom, so I’m always impressed by people who seem to have their act together like this. Those first few weeks can be ROUGH, so it’s always great to see parents taking it in stride!

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Dad called me after they had already had Baby Margot. He mentioned being a little last minute on scheduling a photo shoot but I always leave room in my schedule for newborns! It’s hard, especially the first time, to plan and think of everything for when the baby comes. Sometimes, it’s just unexpectedly early. I get it! So, I always save a little extra room on the books for people who need a newborn photographer and are trying to find one in the first few weeks.

The first real baby in the family is their dog Rascal. I loved when he stood up on his hind legs to peek into Baby Margot’s crib, reaching his paw in to give her a little pet. It was an adorable moment between siblings. Rascal was such a good boy and very curious about the new little addition to this perfect family. They’re all so in love with this new little baby girl!

Everything about this home, from the red and white crochet baby blanket to the giraffe-patterned cover in Margot’s crib made this family so much fun to capture on camera. I loved all the little details, including and especially the beautiful new necklace Dad bought for Mom with Baby Margot’s birthstone.

Boston Newborn and Family Portrait Photography with Cara Soulia

I love coming down to Brookline Village for any kind of photo session and these guys live right near it! They live right next to a wonderful park where they will soon be out walking their little girl. I’m so happy for them and I’m SO glad they asked me to come into their home and capture these wonderful moments. The smile Dad had on his face while holding his baby girl and how Mom held her so close, not wanting to let go, it had me absolutely melting! Such a beautiful family and I wish them all the joy and happiness they can handle as they watch little Baby Margot grow up.

Looking for a Boston Newborn Photographer?

Thank you to this wonderful family for inviting me to capture their newborn photography session. If you are expecting a new arrival and are interested in getting more information about scheduling a newborn photo session, please make sure to contact me! As a mother of three, I know all about how fast these moments can fly. While the nights are long, the years are short. Please click here to fill out a contact form and I will be in touch. And, of course, make sure to check out my other recent newborn photography sessions in Brookline, Boston and beyond!

 

Making Connections | Jamaica Plain Newborn Baby Photographer

Making Connections | Jamaica Plain Newborn Baby Photographer

Over the last eight years photographing families, I have found there are certain things that work exceptionally well in helping people relax while I take their picture.  One of these things is quite simply making good conversation!  This can be anything from talking about where families live, where they work or what they love to do in their free time.  Being a bit of a chatterbox while I’m photographing them helps people feel less nervous or awkward and this translates into the most natural images! At every photo session, I search for a topic of conversation that allows me to bond with my clients.  Perhaps it is becoming a parent for the first time, or it is the decision of whether or not to raise your kids in the city, or it is simply the latest episode of Top Chef!

At this particular newborn session in Jamaica Plain, I was over the moon to see a photo on the wall of this couple standing in front of the Taj Mahal!  You see, back when I was in my early twenties (ie young, childless, and carefree!) I travelled to India on a whim.  And, it’s not often I meet people who can say they’ve done the same.  So whenever this happens, I can’t help but excitedly discuss what a fascinating place India is to visit.  It takes a certain amount of courage, spontaneity, and flexibility to handle the beautiful chaos that exists in India.

Often when I’m photographing families I end up feeling like I’m just hanging out with friends and this is the best part of my job. Take a peek at baby Dylan and his incredibly cool parents!  I love the natural vibe we captured of their family just hanging out at home loving their sweet new baby boy.  I think he has a lot of adventures to look forward to in his life!!
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