Sweet baby Nico and his momma Danielle were the sweetest way to break in my "in-home studio" for 2018. I've always been an on-location photographer, traveling to my clients homes, meeting at common outdoor locations, and really capturing the essence of family and love in an environment my client is most comfortable. With the addition of a new sunroom in my Rutland home, I've decided to take a limited amount of motherhood sessions in my home. These lifestyle sessions emphasizing on connection and love will be offered throughout the year at a first come, first serve basis. For more information visit my website or send me an email! <3
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.
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
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.
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."
The importance of a Mama & Me session. I've touched on it before, several times... but I feel like if it was really received well, if it was driven home the way I think it should be, more people would be booking sessions like these.
When I get inquiries from mothers who want me to come into their home and document the love they have for their children, I melt. Really though, I think it's the most incredible thing for a mother to value this amazing time so much to hire a photographer to document it before it passes. Too often I hear from mother's "I wish I had a photograph like that of me and my babies." or "I'm always behind the camera, never in front of it with them." Change that. Once a year, once every other year, whenever you see fit, change it. Make it happen.
Don't regret what you can so easily change. You're the most important person, soul, heart, thing, being in your children's life... but for how long? When does that change? The thought is daunting, so why not make sure you capture the time when YOU were all that they adored, why not document all of your joy & hard work. Treat yourself to the gift of photographs with your children. If it's not one of your most prized possessions now, it will be later. Freeze the best days of your life, even if it's just for a second.
These moments are everything. Family is everything. Don't let it pass too quick without documenting it, if not for yourself, for your children. <3
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
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
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
Danielle is the owner of a wildly successful home decor shop in Boston, MA called Neatly Nested Decor.
Her style is impeccable and naturally her home was straight out of a magazine.
I had the pleasure to photograph their announcement that they were expecting back in the winter on the streets of Boston. They grabbed some coffees from Starbucks and appropriately labeled them "Mom" and "Dad", that session was of course blogged, you can find it here.
I knew I would be coming back to spend time with her in a few months for a maternity session and then again after to welcome her sweet baby. Danielle had envisioned an at home maternity session followed by a walk in Castle Park in Boston. It couldn't have been better.
This mama is stunning, and I am honored to capture this amazing time in her life. We will meet her baby next month in June. xo
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.
This past week I traveled to Las Vegas for a quick vacation with my husband! I didn't end up using my DSLR but 4 of my images from this past week were taken with my iPhone6 and edited with VSCOcam app. I was happy to capture these shots on my phone and eliminate the pressure of breaking out the big camera on my time off.
It was a good week :)
15|366 In the clouds
16|366 Nevada Mountains
17|366 Bellagio Magic
18|366 So long Las Vegas
19|366 Home Sweet Home
20|366 Wednesday's with Nana
21|366 The Daily Struggle
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!
My first sweet newborn of 2016 couldn't have been more squishy and sweet. He was welcomed home with so much love and joy. He's got a big brother who is already so excited and willing to help momma with the feedings and snuggles. It really melted my heart<3
I am so excited to document more newborns this year and really bright light to all the love that surrounds them.
Welcome, baby Caleb. You are loved.
Somebody pinch me. 2015 has been filled with so many blessings. To have the opportunity to come into people's homes and document their love between their new baby and one another is such an honor.
With that honor and responsibility it is my job to grow and get better. It's my job to fine-tune my craft and really give clients my all.
To do that, I have to follow my heart... I have to capture what I truly believe in. I have to allow myself time to be inspired and not let myself overthink. It's so easy to get caught up in what the photographer next door is putting out, how a client will interpret and view an image, or what poses and props are trending on Pinterest and Facebook. And above all, it's easy to doubt yourself as an artist. I'm choosing to look past those things in 2016. Instead, I'm going to focus on what I love and what inspires me.
So what IS important to me? Realness. I've fully committed the "lifestyle" approach to my newborn sessions. I want to document everything from deep sleep and smiles to crying and diaper changing. I want the good with the bad, the happy with the sad and all that's in between.
I want to give my clients a series of images that will bring them back years from now.
And when they're brought back, I want them to remember how tiny their baby was in their arms, how their little head smelled and how their soft skin felt against their lips. I want them to remember the swaddle blankets and the mess in the background, the jumping toddlers and the pure chaos when a new baby is brought home. With the chaos comes the calm. I want to document that too. Our lives are not perfect. It's the imperfections that make us all who we are. It's the imperfections that make things real.
I want to capture that. I love the imperfections. I am going to keep shooting what inspires me.
Thank you for a beautiful year and thank you for being my inspiration. I can't wait to see what 2016 has in store.