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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.

 

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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


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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!

 

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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.


Family Maternity Portraits at Castle Island in South Boston

boston family portrait at castle island in south boston

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!

 


South Boston Family Photography | Welcome Home

South Boston Family Photos

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Another newborn!  :)

newborn family photographer boston

I find that my lens is always gravitating towards newborn feet.  Yes, they are cute.  But there's probably something more than that.  Symbolically perhaps.  Where will these feet go?  What steps, literally and figuratively, will they take? 

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Family Portraits in the Home

Just a few days after birth, I came to the client's home and we spend a sunny and cold winter morning making some family pictures of B's first week at home.  She was born just before the holidays and there were little outfits and hats galore to play with.  Mom even brought out an ornament wreath that perfectly encircled B as she snuggled into her baby blanket. 

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Love this tiny newborn swimming in a Christening dress that her mother, and all her aunts wore. 

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christening photography boston

B was very alert for a newborn.  She kept her eyes locked on us the whole time. 

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Welcome home, B!  Your family begins to take shape, with much love and excitement. 


At Home Sessions Boston Family Portrait document your real life.  As it is.  On the day of our photography portrait session. At Home Boston Family Portrait sessions capture the chaotic and beautiful life you have - not a perfect idealized reflection, but an authentic one. 


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.