Sweet Lydia graced this beautiful family of four early this month and made this beauty a big sister! The last time I saw this adorable family was when Emme, now 2, was a newborn. So happy to be invited back into their home to capture all the snuggles saved up for their new baby girl. Congratulations Beth & Kyle!
Another fellow photographer contacted me to shoot her beautiful family. Always the best compliment... they drove 2 hours to meet me and they were filled with love and light. I just sat back and watched how they interacted, captured those smiles and hugs and I think the result is pretty special. Here's to your story... your family... and your happily ever after <3
Thank you for choosing me to tell a little piece of your story.
I met this family when they were welcoming their sweet baby boy, Grey home.
He was just weeks old and his two older sisters were completely smitten. I sort of fell in love with these five right away. They were just SO natural and in the moment-- making my job easy as pie.
I was fortunate enough to capture a mama & me session for Krista and her babies back in February and loved everything about it. It was real, raw, natural and so much fun. She shared with me that they'd be moving to Texas in the summer and they wanted to plan one more family session, this time at the beach.
Man, have I been lucky to have captured some really beautiful moments in this family's life. They left Massachusetts with memories of the beach. With some salt in their hair and sand in their toes and they were off to a new adventure in their new home state of Texas. I wish them all the best, and I will forever be grateful that they came back to me two more times after that first session <3
Cheers to clients that leave a special place in your heart <3
Family sessions are really simple when families disregard the fact that they're being photographed and live IN the moment. I promise if you engage with your family, run, laugh, be silly and have fun, you'll get me at my best. And me at my best is when your gallery is FILLED with images like these <3
Love this family and cannot thank them enough for trusting me and my process... perfectly imperfect is perfect in my book.
Some of my very favorite sessions are maternity. Especially for new parents... there's something about the excitement in their eyes and love they share together that will soon overflow to a little being they've created. These beautiful people are expecting their first baby just next month. They've kept the sex a surprise and I'm 100% certain it will be the best surprise of their life. Congratulations to Jill and Mike. I cannot wait to meet your sweet little love <3
Their first child, their first son, everything about this dynamic brought me back to those feelings I felt bringing home my first little boy. Man, there's nothing better. Diana absolutely killed it in the nursery, making this the most adorable and chic jungle themes I've ever seen. Can't get enough of this sweet session. Congratulations Diana and Nick! xo
My sweet friend had her beautiful baby girl back in April and watching her smitten in love with her baby girl for an hour was simply the best. Congratulations Kate and Tony! Your family is to die for and I'm blessed to know you.
I have been so behind in blogging and thought to myself, what better way to get back on the train then to share this sweet family? They welcomed their first son, Declan into their home just this past March. This little 6 week old session was the sweetest...
This blog post is really just a PSA. What public service announcement you ask? Let me share with you the beauty of a four month session. When you think "milestone" sessions, you think newborn, 6 month or (sitter) and first year. Somehow three, four and five months get lost in the mix and I swear to you they're my very favorites!
This is Blake at four months. She is bright eyed, chubby, interactive and seriously the sweetest most adorable little thing. It's the perfect time to capture the beauty of your scrumptious babe <3
They are eager to smile, grab their toes, interact with their mamas and family, and really just all around delicious.
So if you haven't seen a 4 month session before, and you're curious to all of my hype over them. Look no further... here's Blake, long live four month sessions- the essence of "baby."
I think I need more three month sessions. Let me explain why. Their sweet smiles, their chub, their connection with their mama and dad, their fat thighs, their giggle, and their adorableness.
Lifestyle sessions with a 3-5 month baby is bliss. <3
This beautiful mama is also a photographer. When a photographer asks you to photograph their family it's really the ultimate compliment. I was so excited to meet her, and naturally the session just flowed so beautifully.
They were totally in the moment, focused on each other, and the result is... well... just beautiful <3
The essence of motherhood. Right here.
There are so many reasons why I love mama & me sessions... here's so many examples of that. <3
I'm taking bookings for these throughout the winter and spring, so give a gift to yourself, and email me. You won't regret it.
This here is the Madden Family. This beautiful mama you see here is also a photographer, she is talented and wonderful and beautiful inside and out.
When I got the inquiry from her in regards to a family session I was of course, honored, I always am when another photographer trusts me to capture them creatively. And I was so excited because she's got three boys. Being a boy mom, I just connected with her almost instantly. We had some other crazy similarities and to be honest, I felt like we just hit it off from the start.
This family was TRULY wonderful. You could FEEL the love. We really just played the whole time... the boys found everything from crabs to eels, to frogs. They tossed rocks, ran around and did boy things. I was totally in my element capturing it all unfold.
I loved this gallery for so many reasons, but one of the biggest things that stood out to me was their connection and love for each other. Here is just a tiny bit of their childhood captured while their mom and dad take it all in. <3
Thank you Mel, for allowing me the honor to capture your sweet family. xo
Before I photograph your family there a few things I think you should know. Consider this my *DISCLAIMER* :)
1.) I'm going to become your friend. For the hour or two that we are together, look at me as a friend. I'll laugh with you, play with your kids, joke around and run around like crazy capturing every little moment that's unfolding.
2.) I'm going to ask you to please disregard the fact that I am taking your picture. I don't want you to look at me and smile, unless asked, I want you to look at your family. I want you to focus on them. I want you to cuddle them, tickle them, dance with them, throw them around, walk, run, laugh and play. I want REAL. I want to capture YOUR memories. YOUR unique story. YOUR family dynamics. That's what I want.
3.) If you're not comfortable with the above mentioned, I'm most likely not the photographer for you. Anyone can request you to look at the camera and say "cheese"... some can do it a little better than others, yes, but that's not me. That's not my art. That's not my vision. My passion is moments that MOVE the viewer. I mean, emotionally. I look for emotive, genuine and true moments that are uniquely yours. If I can have that from you, I can promise you that your session will be like this one right here....
And with that, I give you this beautiful family. Who did exactly what I mentioned above. They let me be friends, they gave me artistic freedom. They let me "do my thing". And I find when I do what I love most, I love my work the most. I hope you see that, too <3
This family without a doubt made photographing them a complete dream.
They were natural, sweet, kind, lovable and oozing with love over their new baby boy.
Their home was filled with love and light and I am completely in love with how the session turned out.
Moving here from California, she told me she was looking for a lifestyle photographer to capture the welcoming of her baby and stumbled upon me on the internet. I think that is such an incredible compliment that among all of the talent here in Massachusetts, she happened to find me and choose me.
I am so grateful that she did <3
All of my love to this beautiful family of five...
Meet baby James. The sweetest little guy and a perfect mix of his mama and dad. I have had the pleasure of photographing their announcement, their maternity session and welcoming this handsome little hunk home.
So much love here<3
Cristina and Rudi are expecting their fourth beautiful baby in just a few short months. One thing is certain. Their love runs deep. I'll let the images do the rest of the talking <3
Congratulations you two... all my love.
I recently shot one of these beautiful mama & me sessions for a very talented local photographer. Mary of Pebbles and Polka Dots has been on my radar since well before I even picked up a camera. She's got such a successful local business and I can't tell you what an honor it was to be asked to photograph her and her sweet babies. It was so nice to let her just be with her babes and capture it all.
Mary, you and your children are the sweetest and I hope you love these as much as I enjoyed shooting them <3
Ah, personal projects. They're all about growth, bettering yourself, reflecting, commitment, consistency... so on and so fourth.
I started my first Project 365 back in 2014. It was my first year of really using my camera. I mean using it in the way it was intended to be used, manual and raw. I sought out a new year and vowed to myself that I would shoot everyday to better myself and learn.
Being self-taught these are the types of projects that help you learn, like a get-your-hands-dirty-not-afraid-of-failing type of learn. There were so many fails in 2014 in my photography journey, and just around the corner there were great successes. I can reflect on my first year with the camera and see my growth, and that's amazing.
Beyond that... I have moments frozen in time of my little ones. As they were at ages 3 and 1. It's priceless really.
So I skipped 2015, focused on other aspects of my growth, really dug into the business side of things, and hit some amazing goals. It was my first year in print, I made pro at both Clickin' Moms and In Beauty & Chaos, partnered up with my amazing friend and started shooting weddings, and my own business took off. I am SO grateful.
The end of 2015 I was feeling nostalgic. I had just finished "busy season" and felt like I hadn't dug into personal work in so long. So.. project 365 (this year 366) seemed fitting.
Why start one? For all the reasons I just mentioned above. Start one for growth, start one for reflection, for commitment, start one to better yourself and your skill.
This is my month of January. Above all, I started this project again to document these guys. The reason I was given a nice camera Mother's Day 2013.... "to take pictures of my children".
When you decide to do something like this, it's important to have a goal or a "reward" at the end of it all. My reward will be a big fat album filled with 366+ images from our year together. I'll flip through the pages years from now and remember my boys as they were at ages 2 and 4 and a big of 3 and 5. How many people can have that?
So challenge yourself. Don't expect it to be easy... because it's not. Some days I don't even want to look at the camera, touch a memory card, or upload and export on the computer. But it just takes one shot a day. Don't strive for perfection. You're just not going to get it everyday. You'll have favorite shots and you'll have some shots that aren't your favorite. That's okay. I promise at the end of it you'll look back and love the collection as a whole.
Tips? Of course! Take a shot every morning before the day really kicks off... the light is beautiful, you have a fresh mind, and you'll have one image that will do if you don't pick up the camera for the rest of the day. If you can't upload it, that's fine! Pick a day maybe mid week and upload them in a batch. Don't put too much pressure on yourself, but also get in a habit. Then it just becomes second nature.
I label each of my images by day so at the end of it all I have a folder on my desktop and it will have all 366 images labeled by day. I'll stick them all on album stomp and BADDA BING! A year in a snap. And it will be SO AMAZING to look back at both your family and your growth for the year.
If you skipped January and are still thinking about doing this, it's not too late<3
Just pick up that camera and start today.
The reward is priceless.
January is coming to a close, can you eveeeen believe it?! That means only 2 more full months of winter are left and then Spring will be upon us! Not wishing time away, but I do love me some warmth. Thanks for joining us for our 17th edition of this blog circle! Be sure to follow the circle and head to Karen's blog post here to see what she's been up to this month! She also has an incredible workshop open at In Beauty and Chaos right now and if you're looking to better your skills when it comes to capturing imagery with purpose, that is the course for you! You can register here! Shoutout to Karen! <3
Here's our month in a blog!