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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.

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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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Family Portraits At Home

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IN HOME PORTRAIT SESSIONS

winter day activity for toddlers finger painting with feet having fun at home family portrait session

We are grateful in many ways for living at Midway Artist Studios and one of the biggest reasons we love living here is the community.  And the building friends who are ready for make the most of any afternoon.  Leonardo and Lulu are just about two weeks apart and they are great friends.  Having friends in the building is even more awesome in the winter when the playground is just too cold.  

We invited Lulu over to play and eventually I pulled out a roll of paper and we got them into just their diapers to really get into the experience of finger painting. As the painting was not limited to fingers -  toes got their fair share as did bellies and hair and backs. And so they just had to take a bath before lunch. Which it just may have been one of the highlights of their lives.  

When was the last time you had this much fun?  

winter day activity for toddlers finger painting with feet having fun at home family portrait session

winter day activity for toddlers finger painting with feet having fun at home family portrait session

red finger painting toddlers having fun at home family portrait session

winter day activity for toddlers finger painting with feet having fun at home family portrait session

winter day activity for toddlers finger painting with feet having fun at home family portrait session

red finger painting toddlers having fun at home family portrait session

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FAMILY PORTRAITS TAKEN AT HOME

One of my favorite things about doing at home portrait sessions? No need to worry about the weather.  And you don't have to gather all the things and the kids.  You stay put.  We come to you.  This is huge if you have a newborn, or say live in New England. 

The two biggest questions I get from parents about doing a family portrait session at their home are about lighting and about what they need to do to get the house ready.  

LIGHTING INDOOR FAMILY PORTRAITS

We don’t all have great Architectural Digest rooms with sweeping natural light.  Ok, sometimes I do have a client that is excited to shoot under their skylight, or actually has an apartment with great light.  But most of us can’t say that. But it’s in knowing how to see the lighting that you have and where to photograph in that lighting that matters.  

We will want to use natural light as much as we can. Open the blinds and pull back the curtains so we can immediately see the best light coming into your home. Natural light is ideal but we also bring off camera lighting equipment if we need it.  If we do set that up, it will still be a soft and natural feel to the final image.

CLEANING UP BEFORE A FAMILY PORTRAIT SESSION AT HOME

I’m sure that no matter what I write here, you actually do some amount of tidying before people come over.  But no need to Konmari your place. One of the best things about photography is that I get to decide what is in frame and what is out.  And the space that you live in and the space that your children play is matters to them.  As my mother always says  - unless it's a realtor, people are there to see you and not the house.  

It’s normal to have extra things around and not enough closet space.  For your at home portrait session, we don’t need much space (especially for kids).  I may move some (movable) furniture around to make space for me to move, but everything goes back to its place when we are done.  

winter day activity for toddlers finger painting with feet having fun at home family portrait session

Interested in booking a playdate for you family?

Ready to get messy and have fun?  I'm in!

Email us to get on the calendar! 


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Maine Coast Elopement Nubble Point

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What does a bride wear to elope on thanksgiving morning at Nubble Point in York, Maine? Insulated Carhartt overalls & white cape, obviously. I slipped out in the morning to meet these two lovebirds at Nubble Point in York.  It was a windy, beautiful, cold and ultimately quick little ceremony that culminated in a champagne in the back seat of the truck.

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A week before Thanksgiving, I received a facebook message from Melissa asking me what I was up to Thanksgiving morning.  She had remembered that we were to be in Portland, Maine with family that week.  She and her long time love had decided to elope!  They love Maine and were just wondering if I might be able to come down to document their ceremony.  Sounds fun, I thought. Then I looked at the weather. Yikes.

A few years ago at a family session in December, I realized that my poor fingers weren't that useful when the weather dipped below 20.  And I made a note to that I did not want to schedule any more outdoor shoots when it was that cold.  But Thanksgiving morning in Maine was slated to be 8 degrees, negative 6 in the wind chill.

How could I take pictures if I couldn't properly hold my gear?  Carhartt Sherpa Mitts to the rescue!  I bought these amazing mitts - and figured out all my settings before I got out of the car so I could operate everything with my fingers still inside.

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nubble point york elopement photography

nubble point york elopement photography

nubble point york elopement photography

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It was a quick and lovely ceremony.  While the weather was indeed bracing, I kept warm enough nestled in my down coat.  The bride also wore Carhartt - a pair of insulated bib overalls completed by heels and white fur trimmed cape and muff.  It was perfectly Melissa.  A friend of the couple married them and then we all hopped in the back of their truck for a champagne toast before we went to our respective Thanksgiving dinners.

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champagne toast november elopement york maine photography

champagne toast in the truck november elopement york maine photography


Field Tripping with Turkey Poults

colombia county ny photographerMy partner's family owns a beautiful place in Colombia County, NY.  We love to spend weekends out there when we can - and have gotten to know Mike and Michele of Yundwell Pastured Poultry.  Our son asks to visit them, their dog Mingus ("MINGA!) and their egg chickens ("BOKbokBOK!") each time we are out there.   This past weekend they asked me to document them moving their turkey poults from the barn into field.  Only a few weeks old, this was the first time they were big enough to move from the safety of the barn into the fields where they will be guarded by Nellie (full time flock/rafter protector and Maremma).

Spending time with Mike and Michele this summer has given us a deeper understanding of both farming and soil health.  Their chickens are in a movable roost that is regularly rotated around the farm to distribute manure, replenish nutrients and bring biological life to the fields.  By doing what they do, scratching seed and eating bugs, chickens (and now turkeys) contribute to keeping down weeds and pests.  Less bugs is great in our book!  Also Leonardo loves to watch Michele drive the tractor.  She has let him sit in the seat.  And it may have been the best moment of his life.  See below for photographic evidence.

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We get our eggs from their farm.  And we've grill roasted their chickens.  Interested in supporting them?  You can visit their online store to purchase frozen whole birds, parts, and organs.  It's a drive from Boston, of course, but if you are headed out to the Hudson Valley, Albany or Troy it's worth a side trip.  Pick-up on the farm or local delivery is available.

Birds are so interesting to photograph!  Such personality.  Scroll through their field trip from barn to pasture in stills here. :) On Labor Day, these poults were ready to get to work on their pasture.

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photographer canaan new york farm photography turkey poults

photographer canaan new york farm photography turkey poults

photographer canaan new york farm photography turkey poults

photographer canaan new york farm photography turkey poults

photographer canaan new york farm photography turkey poults

photographer canaan new york farm photography turkey poults

photographer canaan new york farm photography turkey poults

photographer canaan new york farm photography turkey poults

photographer canaan new york farm photography turkey poults

photographer canaan new york farm photography turkey poults

photographer canaan new york farm photography turkey poults


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Family Portrait Photography - Four Generations

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I've known this Mama for a long time.  Perhaps, for both our sakes, I just saw over two decades.  We were in school together, and while she's been working in DC she occasionally comes up for school and family events.  She called a few weeks ago to set up a family portait.  She would be visiting her grandfather, with her husband and son. And her dad would be in the country for a visit too.  We had a few days where they would all overlap - so we made a plan to connect on Memorial Day.

I love that she has such a close relationship with her dad and her grandfather.  We had a great time chasing her toddler around the park.  He had a great time getting tickled and playing with his trucks.  It's a good day when you get to hug the people you love.

 

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norwood family photography bisabuelo abuelo

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four generation norwood family photography retrato familiar

four generation norwood family photography retrato familiar

 

four generation norwood family photography retrato familiar

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photographer family norwood mass photography retrato familiar

photographer family norwood mass photography retrato familiar

photographer family norwood mass photography retrato familiar

photographer family norwood mass photography retrato familiar

 


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Gender Reveal

These two woman are so much fun!  I literally chirped when they texted me to ask if I would photograph their gender reveal.

I've seen cakes before, but balloons are a fun and messy (the way I like it) way to find out gender.  And it was just the two of them (three if you count me, four if you count the child). They updated family later that evening - holding onto the joy and surprise to themselves for a few hours.

It was my job to run down to the car when they stopped by on their way home from the ultrasound and take possession of the sealed envelope.  And they also gave me a balloon kit and a few smoke bombs to pack for their shoot the next day.  I took my job very seriously.  Note, in the image below, that the balloon rode in the passenger seat for safety.

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boston north end two moms gender reveal pictures balloon pop it's a boy

boston north end two moms gender reveal pictures balloon pop it's a boy

boston north end two moms gender reveal pictures balloon pop it's a boy

boston north end two moms gender reveal pictures balloon pop it's a boy

boston north end two moms gender reveal pictures balloon pop it's a boy

The engineer and I opted to wait for the birth of our child, so we could meet this new person with no expectations.  In retrospect, it also helped keep us in a bit of stasis while we held on to our lovely twosome and prepared mentally and emotionally to become parents.  Each family makes the decision that works for them.

No matter what our children will challenge our assumptions.  They will walk their own path.