Family Maternity Portraits at Castle Island in South Boston

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MATERNITY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY AT CASTLE ISLAND

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Boston is a city with so many wonderful locations to explore and use as a backdrop for a fun family adventure portrait session.  This family suggested we meet at Castle Island in South Boston.  It was the first time their son has been there - and he was so excited to explore.  For children who love trains, planes and boats - it’s a dream come true.  

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SIBLING MATERNITY PORTRAITS

Now as a parent, I’m ever aware of how much and how fast things change.  This is a moment for their family where they are still three.  And as the oldest child, I remember what a big shift it was in our family when my sister was born.  Your place as first born won’t be challenged, but the family dynamics naturally change.

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Adventure (outdoor) family portrait sessions are a beautiful way to capture family living in the city.  Kids have a chance to run around and explore. Your portraits have a sense of place of our historic city.  We also do playdate (indoor) family portrait sessions.  These are a good option for unpleasant weather, children who can’t yet walk or homebodies.  

Let me tell your family’s story.  Ars Magna means Great Art - and your stories, big and small, are indeed great.  Now is the time to get a family session scheduled for late summer or early fall. To learn more about adventure and playdate session options and to book a session, contact me here or by calling 617-942-1449!

 


Parenthood: 90 Days

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90 Days of Parenthood

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Nardito and I have just returned from a few days traveling solo, without the engineer. Wow.  What a difference it makes to have a second parent around! We were staying with friends, none of whom have children.  I realized how different my life rhythms are 90 days later.  We survived our 48 hours away and happily cozied up at home together as a family again.

Gratitude

In a section in the end of happiest baby on the block, the author notes that we live in a time people are raising children in nuclear families.  And I am so grateful that James and I are not in fact doing this. We have a several spheres of loving support. 

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 Our families have been tremendously helpful. Our neighbors at Midway (including the other new parents) have been amazing. And the moms group that I've joined have also been wonderful. (I'm the kind of person that's reluctant to do something like join a new mothers group. But I'm so glad that I did.)

Special shout out to one of my best friends since high school, Margot, who forged this Motherhood and business woman path ahead of me. She has been not only giving us material items, but also sharing wisdom and making sure that we take the time to reflect on and enjoy parenting.  

Firsts

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Our baby book has lots of blank space for writing.  I haven’t filled out much of it yet.  I would have excessed that chore, though the legacy of both my and the engineer’s lengthy baby books keeps the guilt on that front going.  But I have been taking an absurd amount of pictures.  An astute reader will have noticed the distinct shift in my instagram feed.  So far he’s been to Maine and Rhode Island and the Berkshires.  He’s taken adventures into the North End and Brookline.  He’s been to Chinatown.  Erupted in his first fit of giggles. Endured bath time without tears.  And received a blessing from the priest at the new Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage.

Challenges & Solutions

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Balance has not been attained, but the idea of it seems like less than a mirage week by week.

These things are what we have worked on together: 

Learning to nurse in bed and Nardito’s growing head control were game changers for me.  Learning his cues, particularly for sleep, was key.  

Figuring out what to wear for easy breastfeeding access that wasn’t looking like pajamas. After spending much of the winter in layers of leggings and dark colors I was ready to slip back into my spring clothes.  They fit, mostly.  Though many of them weren’t quite suitable to feeding the baby and absorbing spit up.   

Finding time to exercise.  Once my baseline strength came back, I wanted to be moving and getting back to the yoga studio.  Having trouble finding the time.  The downtime I get is filled up with my own basic needs (shower anyone?) and my work.  I’ve been fitting little bits in here and there.  And when I can find an uninterrupted stretch of time I pull out the yoga mat and put on Yoga with Adriene.

More in Love Every Day

This selfie pretty much sums it up! 


Parenthood: Two Months in

Parenting: 2 Months In

The delirium has worn off.  Mostly. The adoration has grown. Absolutely.  The routine is starting to reveal itself.  We are just getting to know this beautiful boy.

At some point in the last two months, our neighbor Roberto told us that the first few weeks were the hardest.  But that we wouldn’t remember it. It was true.  We barely remember the first six weeks.  We definitely don’t remember the first two.  

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first bath in the kitchen sink
photo of me and baby where we both are lucid and happy by our neighbor Roberto Mighty
photo of me and baby where we both are lucid and happy by our neighbor Roberto Mighty
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family self portrait at passover

I’m in love. With the gummy smile and the goofy baby talk.  With his pensive stares and furrowed brow.  With the growing strength of his long fingers that wrap around my thumb.  With the way that he sits perched on his dad’s shoulders and intently takes in his surroundings.  

On the heels of my first Mother’s Day, so far this trip has been both exhausting and wonderful. I wasn’t sure what parenthood would be like.  Helping my parents with extended care of my disabled sister prepared me somewhat with bathing and diaper changing rituals, with the power of music and setting routines.  Seeing so many of my friends take this step before we did also gave me some idea of the major changes in our future.  But experiencing it first hand is a different thing.  

As new parents, we’ve talked about how we are both finding the process of integrating the identity of parent to be a slow one.  We are three.  And that changes things small and large.  Learning to navigate both the dog and the stroller on walks.  Embracing the microwave for speeding up meal time.  Tackling nursing in a carrier, so I can eat my own dinner.  Saying yes and thank you when people offer help.  Accepting that our days are consistently damp with milk and spit up and diaper leaks.  

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Last week, as Mother’s Day posts on facebook prevailed, I read an interesting NYT article about matrescence (the act of becoming a mother).  In this common but nevertheless complicated life shift, we must integrate parenting into our identity, navigate a new family dynamic (in our immediate family as well as extended families) and reflect on our own relationships with our mothers.  It’s worth a read:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/well/family/the-birth-of-a-mother.html

if you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed that the feed has been taken over by this charming little man.  

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One of my favorite portraits of father and son above.  As I am the one with the camera, there are many images of these two and not enough yet of me and the boy.  


Family Photos Boston | At Home Newborn Session

At Home Portrait Session with Newborn

The excitement and love was palpable as soon as I walked into their home.  In the middle of the holiday season, a new child in the family, parents and adult siblings visiting for the holidays.

 I've been enjoying moving family photography sessions back inside, and it's not just because the cold weather is here.  Photographing a family in their own environment is wonderful.  Especially with a newborn in the mix.  This beautiful family welcomed their second son just before the holidays.  His big brother, 21 months old, was so excited to have a camera and a new person to interact with.  He practiced gently kissing and holding his brother, but he was really much more excited about running and playing and showing me his Thomas the Train toys.   

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Welcome to the world, little one! 

As is typical of newborns, he slept through nearly the entire time I was there.  Snuggled into his dad's chest, or his mother's arms, or his uncle's elbow he is safe and warm and at the very start of his life. 

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Thomas the Train, of course, made his way into his big brother's world

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I treasure this portrait of mother and child.  Gentle and serene love. 

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And especially in contrast to this image of Dad and his nearly 2 year old.  Doing a portrait session in your home can capture the complex rhythms and energy of your family. 

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At Home Sessions document your real life.  As it is.  On the day that my cameras and I are there. At Home portrait sessions capture the multi-faceted and chaotic and beautiful life you have - not a perfect idealized reflection, but a true one. 

 

 

 

 

 


Boston Family Photography | At Home With Twins

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Embracing the Chaos

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Embracing the chaos - the phrase that rang out when this wonderful mother of six month old twins originally called to plan her family portrait session.  She and her husband have a great energy and partnership in parenting.  

We began the session at their Brookline home, using the sunlight streaming in through the living room windows.  Later we all bundled up and went to a local park to get a few images outside. 

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Documentary Storytelling

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Part of the fun of documenting a family in a photojournalist style to watching and waiting for the moment that expresses the family's energy and the gestures that translate their love and affection.  

This is life, unscripted and unfiltered.  

Documentary storytelling shows your family as individual and specific, pieces that come together as a whole as well as the relationships between family members.  

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Family Photojournalism in your home

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Another reason I love photographing people in their own spaces is that these images become time capsules of so much more than the age of the people in the image.  These documentary family photographs will certainly recall what life felt like, the memory of what was your everyday routine that will, of course, evolve. 

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Your life, what it is really like in all it's delightful chaos and beautiful imperfections, is a story worth telling.

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And Of course, we got some camera aware smiling family portraits.  Those are important too!  

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