Double Mother's Day | Boston Family Portraits

Two of my favorite brides of all time, these beautiful new moms welcomed their daughter last week.  Strong and healthy, she weighed in at 10 pounds and six ounces.  This little girl was already nearly holding her own head up and aiming to crawl. We quickly assessed that our initial ideas of a curled up baby in a blanket were not going to be realized.  

i went to their home, where they were recuperating, taking family leave and learning their new routines.  This is a beautiful moment to document, as they learn how to be family.  

The dog wasn't quite sure what to make of these changes, so she stayed curled up in her own bed.  

NEWBORN PORTRAIT DETAILS

I usually pack a macro lens, so I get get in quite close to capture the tiny hands, little feet, those adorable baby fat rolls and their perfect little faces.  Q was learning how to self soothe, her thumb eventually finding its way into her mouth.  

After a quick tour to scout light, I set up a small space to work. Newborns are usually quite small - natural light studios can be created in small corners.  Here's the nursery

I always want to harness as much natural light as possible.  Even on a grey day the light coming in through windows. 

ENVIRONMENTAL FAMILY PORTRAITS

With a new child, as you start to find the rhythms of your new life, environmental portraits tell the story of this new chapter.  In my location family portrait sessions, I capture what's happening that day.  Like feeding, changing, and giant sneezes.  It's all part of the real love story of your family. 

Welcome to Earth, little Q!  We are so glad to have you.  Blessed with two amazing moms to guide you, you are one blessed little girl. 


3 Month Old Baby Girl

In keeping with the family portraits theme this week, I'd like to share a few documentary style family portraits from a visit with friends and former clients Sam and Isabel.  They were married a few years ago (see images from their New Jersey Jewish Colombian wedding here) and welcomed their daughter last fall. 

A perfect three month old, happily enjoying our company and snuggles while we dined on one of her father's famous dinners. 

Window light in the nursery made for this dramatic lighting.  Environmental portraiture is a beautiful alternative to studio portraits.  As a photographer I can use the setting to tell this family's story in a personal way.  

Much of the family photography I do is based on milestones - newborn, first birthdays, first communions, graduations, etc.  But sometimes a snowy Monday can be the perfect time to settle in for a little portrait session and a visit with old friends. 

Three months is a great age to photograph.  And this little girl had one brief moment of fuss before she settled into what seemed to be her naturally happy disposition. 

Interested in picturing your family's history?  To book your family portrait session, email Allana or give us a call today. 


The Importance of Family Photographs|Turning 13

What happens between 3 and 13? A lot! 
What happens between 3 and 13? A lot! 
Emily at 13. I love how you can see both the little girl she was and the woman she's becoming. 
Emily at 13. I love how you can see both the little girl she was and the woman she's becoming. 

A wall in my grandmother’s house was lined for decades with high school portraits of the six siblings. A set of black and white senior portraits, each one cementing a moment before they embarked into their adult lives.  Even from an early age, I recognized how important family photographs were to my family. I always marveled at how young my mother and all my aunts and uncles looked in those black and white images.  They were an endless fascinating record of their youth.  

Time goes by faster than we realize.  I've been photographing Emily since she and her brother were born.  Here's a throwback to a few of those family portraits.  As she turned 13, her mother it was the right time to make another portrait in celebration of officially becoming a teenager.  Her godmother took her out for a night in the city, to see Blue Man Group and have dinner at Jacob Wirth. 

Here she is ten years ago, same blue eyes both beautiful and piercing
Here she is ten years ago, same blue eyes both beautiful and piercing

This was a quick studio portrait session making use of midday natural light.  She was, as she always has been, a natural in front of the camera. 

Family photos become part of the lives of children, and eventually grandchildren.  Generations will have access to these prints.  Generations will wonder and will know a part of their past.  Family portraits are a gift that connects us to our past and to our futures.  It is important to see ourselves and to know that we are valued for who we are, who were were and who we will become.  They increase in value every year.     

Her brother jumped in a few with her.  These are two of the most agreeable teens I know. 
Her brother jumped in a few with her.  These are two of the most agreeable teens I know. 
for reference, this is her brother ten years ago.  
for reference, this is her brother ten years ago.  

And I recognize how amazing my job is - to be part of making visual records for loving families.  These images become historical documents.  We use photographs as a way to remember.  I am honored to be part of making a legacy series of portraits of Emily and her brother as they grow up.  

Do you want to record your family's life?  Contact me to book your Boston family portrait session!


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on a roll with the Mother & Daughter portraits

I'm looking forward to next summer when I get to shoot A's wedding at Marianmade Farm in Maine! As she begins to plan her wedding, we've been meeting to catch up and plan for her dream shoot.  A's mom was in town for the wedding expo and I invited them to stop by the new studio for a bit and we made these beautiful portraits of mother and daughter.  

These classic natural light portraits are timeless. I loved meeting my client's mom and making these portraits as a record of this special moment in their lives.  They obviously have a strong relationship and enjoy spending time together.  This beautiful connection shines through with the simple bounced lighting, gray background and warm purple sweaters being your right to their lovely faces and their bright personalities. 

I've been really enjoying photographing mothers and daughters. Want to bring your mother or daughter or sister into the studio to capture this time? Thinking about cherishing a portrait of your loved ones?  Let me know, and I’ll put you on the calendar.   


More from Mother & Daughter Family Portrait Session

Here they are - the very first muses at the Midway studio! They even brought sparkling cider and orange juice (two of the party were underage) for a virgin mimosa to celebrate.  I also got a little bit of the family’s Christmas Black Cake.

I’ve been photographing these girls all their lives - really somewhere there is a roll of film (yes, film!) of maternity portraits of Jillian while pregnant with Zoe. I photographed their first communions.  Now Stephanie even works as my assistant on family shoots.  And now here they are, the two girls on the brink of adulthood, becoming more beautiful inside and out with each year that passes.  

 

A few months ago, Jillian requested a special portrait session with her two daughters, sensing this moment in their lives.  The girls agreed - and they were the very first portrait subjects I had at the new space.  While their dad and their giant goofball puppy hung out with Sadie on the other side of the room, we women worked on making a series of special portraits of this mother and her two beautiful teenage daughters.  

This kind of formal(ish) portrait works best with grown children. Expecting little ones to stand and look with precision in unrealistic.  I love these portraits! There are loving gestures and a closeness evident that celebrate the women in this family and their connection. A natural lighting setup and a simple background focuses the viewer on the faces, the personalities and the relationship among the women.

Jillian and her girls enjoyed their time together here at the Midway studio and I’m excited to share the images with them. Want to bring your mother or daughter or sister into the studio to capture this time? Thinking about cherishing a portrait of your loved ones?  Let me know, and I’ll put you on the calendar.   

 

 


Mother, Daughters and Granddaughters | Generational Family Portrait

I’ve known this wonderful family for 26 years.  Margot and I met in the seventh grade and quickly became great friends.  She was the oldest of 4 and the entire family welcomed me into their circle immediately.  Warm, loving and always with a quick with a laugh - I adore this family.  They’ve grown to include two granddaughters who are equally wonderful.  The strength and backbone of all this love comes from their mother, Paula.  A second mother to me during our teenage years - a time I hope we can all look back upon with a sense of humor.

 

I love this family and these portraits! Lauren, the second oldest, helped organize. Paula asked her daughters to come as they are - she acknowledges and embraces their individuality - important in a family full of independent women. These women share a deep connection and strong sense of family.  Paula, together with her daughters and granddaughters, brought a wonderful and accepting energy.  A formal(ish) portrait like this works best with adults. Expecting little ones to stand and look with precision in unrealistic - as you can see from the hilarious outtakes.  

Want to bring your mother or daughter or sister into the studio to capture this time? Thinking about cherishing a portrait of your loved ones?  Let me know, and I’ll put you on the calendar.