boston baby photographer in home session

In Home Family Portraits

Boston Baby Photographer

Love this couple and loved meeting their new son! I've been photographing these moms for a few years, from their North End engagement session to their wedding and their maternity session last spring. And now I finally get to meet their newest person - and he was full of smiles and robust baby limbs and shining eyes.  As you can see.

In home family photo sessions are one of my absolute favorites ways to capture a family exactly as they are.  It’s fun.  You can relax and this is critical when you are still negotiating life with a new family member.

One of my favorite parts, thinking as a parent, about choosing in-home family photo sessions is that you don't have to pack up all of the things and get anywhere on time.  You and your family just relax and let your joyful, and possibly chaotic, life unfold.  We handle the rest.

Photos with Little Kids and Big Dogs

I've found that many of our clients are like us - they had dogs first.  So I guess that makes me a dog person?  In any case, dogs are part of the family and have their own personalities and their own needs and like older siblings have mixed responses to another new little human in their pack.

boston baby photographer in home session

boston baby photographer in home session

boston baby photographer in home session

boston baby photographer in home session

boston baby photographer in home session

boston baby photographer in home session

boston baby photographer in home session

boston baby photographer in home session

boston baby photographer in home session

boston baby photographer in home session

 


global pilates boston personal brand photos

Branding Photo Session with Global Pilates

Branding Photography Business Photos

Connection is everything. Especially in a person to person service that may be intimidating for newbies like pilates.

People are interested in where they will be, what it will look like, what you look like - they want to have a sense of the experience before they schedule an appointment.  So, let's show them! 

With business photos and personal branding sessions and with service based businesses it is important that the photographs illustrate the value of the services they provide. How do we do that? We like to talk with our clients first, to get a sense of who they work with and what services or products they offer that they'd like to showcase in a true to life setting - here for example in her Global Pilates actual Copley Square Pilates studio.

Instead of posing next to the reformer, we decided it would be more valuable to show Katelyn working one on one with clients actually going through the process.  She works with many pregnant clients and also with men - two bodies that you don't typically associate with pilates.

global pilates maternity boston personal brand photos

global pilates maternity boston personal brand photos

global pilates maternity boston personal brand photos

 

global pilates for men boston personal brand photos

global pilates for men boston personal brand photos

global pilates boston personal brand photos

global pilates boston personal brand photos

global pilates for men boston personal brand photos

global pilates for men boston personal brand photos

And of course I did want to get some of Global Pilates founder and lead trainer Katelyn Foley.

global pilates boston personal brand photos

global pilates boston personal brand photos

global pilates boston personal brand photos

global pilates boston personal brand photos

global pilates boston personal brand photos

global pilates boston personal brand photos

global pilates boston personal brand photos

As it happened the clients that modeled for us are actual clients - and expecting their first child.  I grabbed a belly silhouette before we wrapped our branding photography session at Katelyn's gorgeous Copley Square Studio.

global pilates maternity boston personal brand photos


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In Home Newborn Portraits

Family Pictures with Newborn and Toddler

This playdate in home family portrait session – with newborn brother and his big sister.  Family lives down the street from us in a brick and beam loft. Big sister goes to school with my son and she was a little confused as to where he was when I came to meet her baby brother.  Born at home this newborn came into a beautiful and loving family a healthy and thriving boy. 

Big sister was both fascinated and uninterested in the new family addition - as most older siblings at that age are.  I like to pay special attention to the older siblings (having been one myself). Their world has been upended and it’s important to acknowledge that. 

This is a fairly typical playdate family portrait in home session where we go with the flow and meet the kids where they are.  We let things unfold naturally. This is, in my opinion, the best way of doing a family portrait session – keeping it authentic and honest.

candid family photos in home newborn photographer boston ma

candid family photos in home newborn photographer boston ma

candid family photos in home newborn photographer boston ma

candid family photos in home newborn photographer boston ma

candid family photos in home newborn photographer boston ma

candid family photos in home newborn photographer boston ma

candid family photos in home newborn photographer boston ma

candid family photos in home newborn photographer boston ma

candid family photos in home newborn photographer boston ma

child led family photos in home newborn photographer boston ma

Ideas for Sibling Photo Shoot

When a new sibling in introduced into the family, the older kids are equally important. I like to chat with families before I arrive, to get a sense (if we have not already met) of who they are and how they are coming into their new role. 

I always want the older siblings feel special too. We all know about the regressions and behavior changes that happen. It’s because big brothers and big sisters can feel insecure and neglected which may lead to being uncooperative and sulky.  We don’t want that! When I arrive I make sure to focus on them and give them agency in the process; sometimes by asking for their opinions and wanting them to show me their rooms and what big kid things they are learning.

If they don’t want to participate in the family photos, I don’t force it.  They usually come around. If a grandparent or other relative is around to help with the new baby, let them have some time with the older sibling.

Beds, couches or a cozy blanket on the rug are all good places to have your older child interact with and even hold your newborn.

child led family photos in home newborn photographer boston ma

child led family photos in home newborn photographer boston ma

child led family photos in home newborn photographer boston ma

child led family photos in home newborn photographer boston ma

child led family photos in home newborn photographer boston ma

child led family photos in home newborn photographer boston ma

Newborn and Sibling Photography

As you can likely tell, I prefer to have newborns in the arms of the people who love them rather than isolated (for example in a basket).  We don't need to tell them to smile at the camera.  It's about you interacting with the people who are most important to you.

You may not look your best (especially with a newborn's feeding schedule) and the older sibling may not be perfectly behaved. Remember that ultimately these images are for you to look back at later. For your children to look back on later and to see them in the frame with you. They will be amazed at how tiny they were. And probably at how young you were.

child led family photos in home newborn photographer boston ma

child led family photos in home newborn photographer boston ma

child led family photos in home newborn photographer boston ma

child led family photos in home newborn photographer boston ma

child led family photos in home newborn photographer boston ma

child led family photos in home newborn photographer boston ma

child led family photos in home newborn photographer boston ma

 

Interested in having an in home playdate family portrait session to document the first few weeks of your newborn?

We can make that happen!  If you are expecting your second or third now its a good time to start thinking about it.


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Child Led Family Portraits

i can do it myself family photojournalism ny berkshire hudson valley family photographyChild Led Family Portrait Photography

Tuesdays after a long weekend are especially tough. We have played together and napped together and adventured together for three straight days.  Transitioning from having a luxurious lengthy weekends back to our individual routines and separate days of school and work is hard. We’re also transitioning seasons, although on this gray and windy day I still have a scarf wrapped around my neck and it’s hard to believe summer is supposedly around the corner.

 

berkshire hudson valley family photography first baseball mitt

berkshire hudson valley family photography playing with cousins in the yard

Storytelling and sentiment

Why is it so hard to take pictures of my own child? Before I was a mom I used to imagine that having a child of my own, would be an endless source of inspiration and that I would be taking more portraits of him. But when I’m parenting I'm often truly enjoying the time we are spending that I forget to pick up a camera. So this weekend, while we were all together, I made a conscious effort to document as much as I could. From his point of view.

It’s a challenge as a mom to not just look at pictures of Leonardo’s and remember how much I love him, but look for moment through the viewfinder and in the editing process that really tells the story of his life right now.  I enjoyed taking all the photos, and the challenge of finding storytelling and also sentiment.

berkshire hudson valley family photography feeding the animals at love apple farm

berkshire hudson valley family photography chain link fence at love apple farm ghent

playing at love apple farm ghent ny berkshire hudson valley family photography

playing at love apple farm ghent ny berkshire hudson valley family photography treehouse

pirate ship playing at love apple farm ghent ny berkshire hudson valley family photography

big kid swing at love apple farm ghent ny berkshire hudson valley family photography

tire swing playing at love apple farm ghent ny berkshire hudson valley family photography

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Mindful Family Photography

My recent practice of mindful parenting has influenced how I approach family portraits moving forward. It’s really important that the time I have my camera focused on your family that you are enjoying being together, being yourselves, having fun and truly connecting. We create child led and play based sessions as an opportunity for you to spend time together and for me to truly capture the authentic relationships - like all the best relationships we need to get to know each other first - so it starts with a conversation.


cambridge commonwealth wedding reception

Commonwealth Cambridge Wedding

You may have read (if you follow my work) that I love intimate weddings.  And I also love parties.  So this is a good way to split the difference.   Deciding between a big wedding or a small one?  Why not have both?  Go intimate for the ceremony and invite just the inner circle.  And then when you are ready invite the rest of the people to dinner.  Or in this case a Sunday afternoon feast.

I met Rosie, the bride, a few years ago when she asked me to update her headshots (she's an opera singer). A few years later she reached out about photographing her Cambridge City Hall wedding.  And again when they had that she consistently referred to it as "the party" and a party it was.

cambridge commonwealth wedding reception

cambridge commonwealth wedding reception

cambridge commonwealth wedding reception

cambridge commonwealth wedding reception

cambridge commonwealth wedding reception

Family and friends gathered for food and music.  I'll qualify that as great food and great music on a Sunday afternoon at Commonwealth Cambridge.  To say that this couple does things their own way would be an understatement.

Modern and food focused venue tucked away just a few blocks outside of Kendall Square, their Sunday lunch was incredible.  And Sara Bielanski was there. Singing. Beautifully.  (oh and yes! I photographed her for her album!)

 

cambridge commonwealth wedding reception

cambridge commonwealth wedding reception

cambridge commonwealth wedding reception

cambridge commonwealth wedding reception

sara bielanski performing at a cambridge commonwealth wedding reception

drummer at cambridge commonwealth wedding reception

sara bielanski performing at cambridge commonwealth wedding reception

serenade at cambridge commonwealth wedding reception

cambridge commonwealth wedding reception