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Family Photography

Sharing a few of my favorite images from a recent outdoor family portrait session up in the Middlesex Fells in Winchester.

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outdoor family photographer fellsway winchester mother and son

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outdoor family photographer fellsway winchester grandmother grandson

outdoor family photographer fellsway winchester grandmother grandson


BOSTON ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY LOCATION IDEAS

BOSTON ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

 

WHY DO AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION IN BOSTON?

  • we all get to know each other before the wedding
  • you get beautiful portraits of you looking great in your regular clothes
  • if you aren't getting married in the city, it's a chance to use important locations as part of the story

As such a walkable and tiny gem of a city, Boston in particular is great for engagement portraits. There is such a variety of locations in relatively small area that we can cover by foot or public transportation. 

WHEN SHOULD YOU SCHEDULE YOUR ENGAGEMENT PORTRAIT SESSION?

Schedule your engagement portrait session at least a few months before the wedding. We will the best time of day to shoot, keeping in mind they will know the best time of day for the light.  I prefer to shoot in the early to mid afternoon so we can harness the most beautiful natural light.  

BOSTON ENGAGEMENT PHOTO LOCATIONS

WHERE SHOULD YOU DO ENGAGEMENT PORTRAITS?

Choose a location that means something to the two of you - a part of your life together or a place that holds a special memory makes the environment of a portrait resonate.  If you are feeling at all shy or uncomfortable about being in front of the camera, we can make the portrait session around an activity you both enjoy - going to the farmer's market, cooking dinner, taking the dog for a walk, or snow ball fights, etc.  I love the challenge of making great images anywhere, especially in a location has special meaning to the couple.

Maybe it’s where you met or one of your favorite places to spend time together.   Places that hold a special memory make the portraits resonate.  A bit camera shy?  Then we’ll focus around an activity you both enjoy - an outing to the farmer’s market, cooking dinner, taking the dog for a walk, snowball fights, pub crawls or whatever is your jam.

LIST OF MY FAVORITE BOSTON ENGAGEMENT PHOTO LOCATIONS

While there are the expected and popular classics (Acorn Street, Boston Public Garden) there are countless places to do an engagement portrait session in Boston. These are a few of my favorite engagement session adventure walks where we can hit a few different locations and get some of the variety of what Boston has to offer.  Have another idea?  Tell me about it.


Ready to book an engagement portrait shoot? Book and schedule your engagement session today by contacting our studio at 617-942-1449 or info@arsmagnastudio.com. All attempts will be made to accommodate your schedules, but please allow at least 4 months in advance of your wedding for the optimal use and enjoyment of and from your images.


Clark's Cove Farm Wedding in Maine | a preview

Last fall, I photographed Allie and Scott engagement portraits at their wedding venue in Maine, Clark's Cove Farm.  Clark's Cove Farm is indeed a magical place.  It was beautiful last fall when we explored the ground for their engagement portraits.  And it was amazing this past weekend for their perfect late summer wedding.  There's a lot of images to wade through - though I wanted to share some of my first blush favorites and how I photographed them. 

After the ceremony, the couple took a few minutes alone int he garden.  I saw this window of sorts.  With my 70-200 I was able to shoot through this window in the foliage and create an image that shows this moment they shared.  

Here's a BTS image of me, kneeling in the grass, getting the images that you can see below.  Again loving the lens compression of the 70-200mm. 
Here's a BTS image of me, kneeling in the grass, getting the images that you can see below.  Again loving the lens compression of the 70-200mm. 

And a few other favorites of the couple on the amazing ground of Clark's Cove Farm!  More to come  . . . .

 

 


GETTING READY FOR A PORTRAIT SESSION AT YOUR HOME

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PLAYDATE PORTRAIT SESSIONS

Play Date sessions document your family interacting and playing in and around your own home.  Like all our sessions, these images tell your story, in pictures and customized for your family. Do your children have a special place in the attic where they play?  Love to work in the garden together on weekends? Have a favorite snack that you prepare? These are the kind of things that tell the story of your family.

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Play Dates are portraits done on location in and around your home.  Your home serves as the backdrop and gives context to the photographic story of your family.  Children are often most comfortable in their own environments, and the small details of the built environment are important to capturing and telling the story of your family.  We can take breaks for snacks and water.  We can absolutely take some posed images with everyone looking at the camera - though the majority of images will be candid and spontaneous.

GETTING READY FOR A PORTRAIT SESSION AT YOUR HOME

toddler getting his sweater on before family portrait session at home milton mass 

Don’t stress about mess.

It’s normal to have extra things around and to be in the flux of major life change. For our portrait session, we don’t need much space (especially for newborns).  I’ll likely want to move some furniture around to make room for me to move, but everything goes back to it’s place when we are done.

LIGHTING FOR FAMILY PORTRAITS AT YOUR HOME

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We will want to harness as much natural light as possible.  Open your blinds, draw back your curtains so we can immediately source the best light coming into your home. Natural light is ideal but I’ll also have lighting equipment as back up.

When I arrive, I’ll ask for a quick tour to scout the best light and that is where I’ll set up to do most of the shoot.  We can make a little natural light studio is small corners.

PREPARING CHILDREN FOR FAMILY PORTRAITS

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The goal is to document and honor your family at this moment in your lives, authentically. I will engage and talk with your children to get to know them as individuals.  Getting comfortable in front of the camera, and engaging in play is the best way to capture this stage in their life and capture their genuine expressions.

Explain what is going to happen.  Have activities and lay out a time frame and expectations.  

NEWBORNS

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Newborns prefer being swaddled and kept warm and cozy. Keep the temperature up on the day of the shoot, so changing clothes or any naked bum images won’t be too drafty and upsetting.  Our goal is to keep baby happy and warm.  If you have a dryer, we can pop a blanket or two in for a few minutes to have something toasty for baby to snuggle into.

If the baby needs to eat, let her.  If you can, get her milk drunk before I come over.  

WARDROBE

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Simple is better.  I always gravitate toward neutral colors and mid tones - but if you are a family that wears bright colors, by all means do!  

For a baby: Blankets, onsies, etc.  You may have some adorable gifts from grandparents already. We can do come naked baby images (and if you’d like that, I suggest keeping a loose diaper so the skin doesn't get marks)

Collect anything (heirlooms, toys, monogrammed gifts) that you may want to have in your family portraits.


 


Anniversary Post: Cambridge City Hall Wedding

Happy First Anniversary to Eric & Audrey.  We had two wonderful wedding celebrations with them in 2016.  The first was their civil wedding ceremony at Cambridge City Hall.  The second was photographed by the amazing Danielle of Salty Raven.  You can checkout the New York State wedding here


Revisiting some of my favorite moments from their first wedding last April. 

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Oceanside Wedding in Chatham

Totally in love.  From the very beginning.  A recent Georgetown graduate working in international education, the bride met the groom in Mumbai, India.  For their US wedding, they began with a classic Cape Cod wedding and layered in global reflections of their cultures and their travels.  With all the coordinating done connecting long distance with their Massachusetts coordinator and, the day unfolded as planned.  Shining smiles, ringing laughter, families meeting and embracing in love, a stunning sunset over the water; it couldn’t have been a more beautiful summer’s day.

ST CHRISTOPHER'S IN CHATHAM

In a flurry of mascara and flowers and music, the bride and her attendant women gathered upstairs while the groom and his groomsmen floated on the excitement in the churchyard gardens.

Bride receives a bracelet from her future mother-in-law. 
Bride receives a bracelet from her future mother-in-law. 
Groom in linen suit and pink and purple madras tie. 
Groom in linen suit and pink and purple madras tie. 

ST CHRISTOPHER'S CHURCH CEREMONY IN CHATHAM

The vows were said, tears were shed and a couple officially united at St. Christopher’s Episcopal church in Chatham on Cape Cod.  Inside the lofted, color splashed chapel stained, the bride was walked down the aisle by her father to the beaming groom.  They celebrated again with the groom’s family in India later in the year. This day the families united in an Episcopal service that was an inclusive celebration with readings by both sides of the family.

BRIDE AND GROOM PORTRAITS

While there was a sensational view from the pool patio, we took a few minutes to slip away from the cocktail hour and family portraits to take the winding stairway to the water. This private beach setting was ideal for couple’s portraits. I love the pink cocktail and pink orchid bouquet punctuating the full flush of summer greens.

BACKYARD TENTED RECEPTION

Cocktail hour sprawled out around the tent and guests reveled in the summer evening air.  With a nod to their globetrotting adventures and their families, the appetizers and drinks stations were themed to different cultures and countries.  The private home, graciously donated by family friends, had a 200 degree view of the water and the spectacular sunset.  There was enough room for a tent, food stations and a balcony from which the bride tossed her bouquet.  

strikingly simple birds of paradise arrangements at reception
strikingly simple birds of paradise arrangements at reception
ombre layered cake decorated with pink orchids
ombre layered cake decorated with pink orchids
cake knife and server set decorated with shells
cake knife and server set decorated with shells
Oysters and clams at the local Cape table
Oysters and clams at the local Cape table
Polaroid Guestbook table, using the gorgeous IRL backdrop
Polaroid Guestbook table, using the gorgeous IRL backdrop
taco fixings at the Mexican table
taco fixings at the Mexican table
Sake from the Japanese table
Sake from the Japanese table

GRATUTITOUS SUNSET SECTION

Gorgeous enough to drink in. Color rich enough to sink you teeth into. A flash of pink in the sky that turned down into a simmering red. Everyone drifted from under the tent to watch the sky burn down to night.  Laughter of friendship rung out and echoed over the water.

The white tent, toned pinks and purples from the spectacular sunset in Chatham.
The white tent, toned pinks and purples from the spectacular sunset in Chatham.

WEDDING TOASTS AND DANCE PARTY

As the sun dropped, the guests returned together under the tent wrapping themselves with the gold and purple scarves, brought from India by the groom’s mother.    The toasts were brimming with admiration and recognition, a true send-off as the couple was about to behind a new chapter of their lives in a new country.  

A funny and touching moment came during the father of the bride’s toast when he unrolled a height chart that he had kept since her childhood. Marking off this moment, a milestone in her life and in his.  The guests erupted in a kazoo chorus.

Then the party arrived. Full Stop.  A niece of the groom presented a choreographed dance piece.  She was rewarded with hugs and the first taste of wedding cake.

Here was a day of hope, of love, of song, of laughter.  A day for expressing the many minds of love.  A day for connecting across cultures, languages, religions. A day I felt privileged to witness.