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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

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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 lead and play based sessions as an opportunity for you to spend time together and for me to truly capture the athletic relationships - like all the best relationships we need to get to know each other first - so it starts with a conversation.


framingham ma family photography at home documentary toddler

Family Portraits | The K Family

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framingham ma family photography at home documentary toddler

Time is not actually money. We don't get our time back.  Not until that time machine actually becomes available can we go back and change our priorities; be more present, savor the shared moments we have with each other.  I feel this with my own family.  I want to breath in and hold as much as I can - it goes by, as they say, so quickly.

It is an honor to be asked to document this family grow, from their engagement session with a then wily little puppy, their winter Willowdale wedding and their first family session when they moved back to Massachusetts.   There are the big events in our lives (engagements weddings, children being born, etc.) and then also the little everyday adventures full of the spontaneous and unpremeditated.  Both are worth documenting and enjoying.

framingham ma family photography at home documentary toddler

i spend the morning with the K family in their new home.  At the moment they are three, but they are preparing for a new baby.  Mom wanted to capture their lives and routine now as they anticipated this change.

framingham ma family photography at home documentary toddler

framingham ma family photography at home documentary toddler

framingham ma family photography at home documentary toddler

framingham ma family photography at home documentary toddler

framingham ma family photography at home documentary toddler

framingham ma family photography at home documentary toddler

framingham ma family photography at home documentary toddler

framingham ma family photography at home documentary toddler

framingham ma family photography at home documentary toddler

framingham ma family photography at home documentary toddler

framingham ma family photography at home documentary toddler

framingham ma family photography at home documentary toddler

framingham ma family photography at home documentary toddler

framingham ma family photography at home documentary toddler

framingham ma family photography at home documentary toddler

framingham ma family photography at home documentary toddler


boston at home family photography playdate portrait photograph

Family Portraits - Mama & Me

boston at home family photography playdate portrait photograph

An At-Home Family Portrait Session

Putting the video front and center. I've been quite enjoying combining little bits of video with the still images, suing them in combination to tell the story.  Watch the video below!

 

boston at home family photography playdate portrait photograph

One of my favorite places to photograph a family is right in their own home.   I love photographing a family in own environment, in a place they feel comfortable and totally themselves.

Practically it’s also easier on the family not to coordinate getting out of the house. As I now know, that part may be the most challenging part of a family portrait.  

At home playdates and adventure sessions are a way to authentically honor what makes your family unique.  

The magical moments, the funny little things your children do, the crooked smiles, the feels. Once in a while I might give a wee bit of direction but it minimal.   I wouldn’t want you to look like anyone other than yourselves. And being in your own home at a playdate, or choosing the place for your adventure session, sets the tone for that.  

It’s not about being perfect.  It’s about being yourselves. The beautiful moments that make up our lives happen every day.   

In this case being ready to go to the park was great - because of all the fun images we got as Mama and daughter were getting dressed and ready to go to the park.  In the end, those were the best bits. The everyday little steps we take to do mundane adventures - like playing in the park.

boston at home family photography playdate portrait photograph

boston at home family photography playdate portrait photograph

boston at home family photography playdate portrait photograph

boston at home family photography playdate portrait photograph

boston at home family photography playdate portrait photograph

boston at home family photography playdate portrait photograph

boston at home family photography playdate portrait photograph

boston at home family photography playdate portrait photograph

boston at home family photography playdate portrait photograph

boston at home family photography playdate portrait photograph

boston at home family photography playdate portrait photograph

boston at home family photography playdate portrait photograph

boston at home family photography playdate portrait photograph

boston at home family photography playdate portrait photograph

boston at home family photography playdate portrait photograph

boston at home family photography playdate portrait photograph

boston at home family photography playdate portrait photograph

boston at home family photography playdate portrait photograph

boston at home family photography playdate portrait photograph

boston at home family photography playdate portrait photograph

I’m there to photograph your family, not your home.  When I arrive, I’ll scout out the best light, generally windows, and those are the areas that I’ll be mostly working in.  Don’t worry about spending much time cleaning. I certainly don’t judge the state of anyone else’s home.

Dress for what you are doing.  Baking cookies, playing in the garden, going for a bike ride.    Let the activity dictate your outfits for the photo session. Start with wardrobe for the parents first (something you feel comfortable and confident wearing), then then assemble some options for the children (I find giving them agency and buy in over the process goes miles). Logos and words can be distracting.

Be yourselves and enjoy the time you get to spend together!

As a family photographer, it’s the emotions, the connections and the humor that tells your family story.  Capturing who you are in your day to day life, instead of camera aware posing. With minimal direction from me, these candid moments of joy, laughter, exploration, mischief and capture who your family really is. This is your history.  Interesting a playdate family session? Or maybe an adventure session? Give me a call and we can start planning.


dad son family photo

Father and Son Portraits

 

Is it a surprise that I'm suddenly partial to portraits of fathers and sons?  No. I've been loving photographing L and the engineer.  Sharing a few favorites from a recent fall family adventure father and son photoshoot in Jamaica Plain.   The ladies of the house stayed home - this morning was just for the boys.

It was such a gorgeous afternoon!  Mateo was unusually careful and deliberate in all his movements, gradually warming up to me and the camera.

dad son family photo

dad son family photo

dad son family photo

dad son family photo

dad son family photo

dad son portrait photographerdad son family photo

dad son family photo

dad son family photo

dad son family photo

 


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Family Portraits | Five Years Later

boston family phtographer arlington ma portraits

These two - five years ago!

boston family phtographer arlington ma portraits

boston family phtographer arlington ma portraits

boston family phtographer arlington ma portraits

boston family phtographer arlington ma portraits

I've been thinking a lot about family portraits recently.  Not a surprise given that we now have a family of our own and the pictures of this kid are piling up.  Which ones to print? Where to hang them?  I've begun to work on a Guide to Hanging Family Photography with Candace Wilkes of House of Paige. We are aiming for a pre-Thanksgiving release.

Last weekend I had the fun of photographing an Arlington Family exactly five years after I first photographed them.  At six months, this kid was a ham and at five he is only more so.  He specifically asked to recreate a picture of him and his dad with their tongues sticking out from the original shoot.  I had no idea how important that picture was.  You can review that family photography portrait session here.

Walking through their home, their five year old showed me the original picture -framed on the wall just outside his bedroom.  Looking at that picture has become part of his bedtime routine. He looks at it every night.

Where do you put your family pictures?  How are they a part of your daily lives?