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At Home Maternity and Newborn Portraits | Boston Family Photographer

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Southie Maternity Portraits

What a privilege to watch this family grow!  We did both the maternity session and the newborn portrait shoot right at their home, taking advantage of the cozy nursery and the excited pets.  I so enjoyed working with the Villanovas to tell this piece of their family story and am I honored to have been asked to take their Boston family photos.

 

boston family photos in home maternity portraits

boston family photos in home maternity portraits with dogs

boston family photos in home maternity portraits

boston family photos in home maternity portraits

boston family photos in home maternity portraits with dog

boston family photos in home maternity portraits with dogs

Southie Newborn Portraits at Home

This little guy came into the world healthy and ready to take on everything - expect perhaps this adorable crochet lion costume.  He wasn't having any of this. He was however, much happier to snuggle into dad and mom

boston family photos in home newborn photography

boston family photos in home newborn photography

boston family photos in home newborn photography

boston family photos in home newborn photography

boston family photos in home newborn photography

boston family photos in home newborn photography

A wonderful family and one that I am happy to know - and call neighbors!


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Maternity Portraits Jamaica Plain

pregnancy photography boston jamaica plain

Sharing this afternoon a few favorites from a recent at home maternity portrait session in Jamaica Plain.  Excited and eagerly awaiting their daughter, we did a few portraits in their home and also in their neighborhood taking advantage of this gorgeous fall weather we've been having here in Boston.  Pregnancy photography presents a wonderful time to document a life milestone.  Sharing the anticipation and joy as they wait to meet their newest family member.

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pregnancy photography boston jamaica plain expectant parents

pregnancy photography boston jamaica plain

pregnancy photography boston jamaica plain

pregnancy photography boston jamaica plain

pregnancy photography boston jamaica plain hydrangeas

pregnancy photography boston jamaica plain

 

Their cat even got into the mix - this is one of my favorite family portraits of the season!

pregnancy photography boston jamaica plain natural light living room with cat

We concluded with a few beautiful belly images, shot in the remaining light coming through the bedroom windows.  An impromptu natural light studio at our disposal! :)

pregnancy photography boston jamaica plain natural light belly

pregnancy photography boston jamaica plain natural light belly

 


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.  

boston sibling maternity portrait documentary adventure session

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.

outdoor maternity portraits south boston

 

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!

 


PREGNANCY PICTURES, A PERSONAL POST (cross-posted from Modern Glamour)

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Yes!  This is me! Doing what James refers to as my magazine face. James and I are expecting our first child in a few weeks. As we round this corner, we’ve been overcome with the depth of love, wonder and awe over what being a family means.

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My personal posts have become more and more rare.  This started at some point after my divorce - an experience I did not want to share via social media.  My continued reluctance on revealing my own inner world became more apparent when I determinedly kept the news of my pregnancy off social media.  The reasons were several. In no particular order -

My own struggle with infertility, and divorce, in my early thirties locked me into an internalized chaos.  During that time, it was a challenge for me to share the in joys of my friends who were in successful marriages and starting families.

I was worried that there would be a perception that my business would be over, that I would not be able to continue booking jobs when clients found out I was pregnant.  

As someone born at the tail end of Gen X, I am still uncomfortable placing information about my private life in the public sphere. 

Weeks away from the due date, I still didn’t have any more than a handful of maternity portraits and those were barely portraits being primarily early morning bathroom selfies taken with my phone.  What was the hesitation to make a record of this time in my life? Did documenting this change make it more real?  Or less real?  

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My prenatal yoga and mindfulness practice (thank you Emily Masnoon!) slowed me down to be aware of the changes that were happening, not only in my relationship to James, and my body but to my self.

This new and evolving relationship needed documentation.  

On Sunday, in the midst of bedroom construction (teary goodbye to our epic open floor plan), I set up a new backdrop and began to make some self portraits.  I was feeling good about this moment, about my belly, about embracing this time in our lives.  

James made a half hearted attempt to get in a few images - but his awkwardness in the images prevailed and has requested those are not distributed.  

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It is with delight and gratitude that we welcome a new person into our growing family this year.  James is referring to it as our New World Order (and has created this is a bold red on our calendar).  I expect to continue my work as a portrait photographer and a handful of weddings of course.

My dear friend and new mom, Kiera whose maternity portraits I took at the end of last year,  gifted us a book for expectant parents.  One of the prenatal prompts for writing was What Adventures Have You Already Taken Your Child On?  It was that compelled me to make it down to the Women’s March.  Being there, surrounded by people who care fiercely about justice and compassion, who are ready and willing to make their lives is what I hope for this child.  To be part of a loving community that respects plurality of all people and all kinds of families.

pregnancy photos boston

Valentine’s Day is about expressing and sharing love.  And that requires courage and fearlessness.

In that spirit, I begin this new phase and open up to our personal lives, our inner world, our private selves.

As such, I hope that your day (and week! And year!) is heartened with reminders of the courageous and loving people you have in your lives.  

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!


Boston Maternity Family Portraits | Waterfront

There are many things I love about my work.  One of those things is that I am able to witness and document people I care about as they move through milestones in their lives and in their love.  This beautiful mother, M, has been a dear friend to me for over two decades.  We adventured our way through high school together, and I was honored to, years later, photograph her wedding to an amazing man.  

as a beaming bride, in 2008
as a beaming bride, in 2008
B. the first born in her first hours on earth.
B. the first born in her first hours on earth.

Their first child was born four years ago.  I was in the hospital to photograph the first hours of her daughter's life.  Recently M launched a new business, and we have been collaborating on portraits for this new chapter of her professional life.  This summer she and her husband and their daughter B will welcome a new member of their family.  We met up this past weekend to take some family portraits and pause at the moment before three become four.  

We met on Saturday morning at Christopher Columbus Park, walkable from both their home and my studio.  It was a very sunny day, the first in a long time that felt like it was truly spring.  A nice change from the past six months that I have been primarily photographing portraits indoors.  This is a lifestyle family portrait session - and cumulatively we will one day reach an epic book-length photo essay. 

And my how she's grown!  B is charming, self-assured, curious and loving - just like her mother.  Now B is going to be a big sister, and she couldn't be more excited about it.  She practiced singing and dancing and gently hugging : all the other sisterly arts. 

the posed image
the posed image
a more accurate image of family life 
a more accurate image of family life 

Before we said our goodbyes, B wanted to go on a carousel ride.  She was right. It went faster than I expected.  Joni Mitchell's Circle Game played in my head. 


Boston Maternity Photography | Fort Point Studio

One of my favorite images from a maternity session this week - curtain of hair happily providing a wee bit of anonymity!  Finishing touches done in Exposure 7.