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Telling Outtakes From Family Portrait Sessions

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Last month we had a bunch of family mini sessions in Boston. These are some of my favorite moments from those mini sessions. 

The journalist in me feels the need to keep these gems. Are these the decisive moment?  They just may be. These are the moments that complete the story.  Micro-moments that collectively give a full accounting of who we all are. 

While I understand the desire to have a portrait of your family, and of yourself, to display that shows a calm and peaceful reflection of you all at your best.  I also love these raw emotional moments too. 

Shooting Through the Fuss

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Sometimes clients will grudgingly admit they love the chaos.  Deciding to embrace the chaos seems to be the only way to deal with it.  These clients, like me, enjoy seeing the flip side of family photography.  Life as we experience it.  My family portrait philosophy? Let them cry and wiggle and laugh.  Allow them to experience whatever emotion is coming up - it will pass. And likely quickly.  This is who they are at this point in time.  I can’t change that.  I can be ready for the passing moments of serenity - but truthfully it’s the heightened emotion that I also love.

Let Your Kids Be Themselves In Family Portraits

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It may take a while, and I willing to wait.  When family portraits sessions begin, everyone has usually just gotten out of the car and are ready to get it over with already.  This means your camera gets that exaggerated and forced smile that kids put on whenever a camera, or at this point in technology a phone, is pointed at them.  

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After 15 or so minutes, everyone relaxes and that’s when the natural relaxed real smiles come out.  See this before and after.  Beautiful family - siblings that seemed to genuinely get along.  At the beginning  they look cute.  They are cooperating and smiling and looking at the camera. 15 Minutes, and a little playing in the park later, here they are - I love these later portraits. 

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Telling Your Family Story in Photographs

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And it isn’t all perfect.  I leave these hilarious outtakes in your gallery - because I hope that you enjoy them too.  I hope that you see these as a record of this specific day, of this time in your life.  The best moments capture you as you are.

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Some of my favorite images from newborn sessions are the quiet moments when they are feeding.  Of course there’s the quiet, as nursing is usually preceded by a loud announcement of hunger.  But it’s also an unguarded moment of mother and child.

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Boston Family Photography .:. Jamaica Plain

A few gems from a Boston family photography session on a summer Monday with the Bradley family.  Competing with nap and snack time and a few much more interesting dogs, yet still working it.

Boston Engagement Photography .:. Fountain Park, Wilbraham

I had been looking forward to meeting this couple in person, having already decided from a few phone conversations that they were terrific.  And as it happens, they were. Not only do they foster rescue dogs, and adopted one of their own (Macy - a Great Dane Border Collie mix of perfection), but Miss Sadikins was invited along to the engagement portrait session at Fountain Park. We were all fast friends, obviously.

D. and P. are each dedicated to their careers (nurse/firefighter) and to Macy and to building a life together.  They admitted they were a little nervous about getting their portraits made, but I think you'll agree that they did an amazing job.

Fountain Park turned out to be an ideal spot for us; the dogs had free range and there was an old pheasant barn white washed walls!), huge fields (running!), and trees.  It was still edging toward 90 degrees in the evening, but we made it in before the storm. Sadie had a great time with Macy, and they each photobombed in their own loving way.

So excited to see these two again in September for their wedding in Jamaica.

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Boston Family Portraits .:. Afternoon in Arlington

A few gems from a set of Boston family portraits I shot last fall at the Arlington Reservoir Beach.
Yeah.  So this kid is pretty adorable, right? And he lives with a pet cat and a helper monkey (who wasn't in the pictures, unfortunately). Oh, and two loving and terrific parents too.

I giggle every time I see this mischievous face.

Boston Portrait Photography | Cousins at Play

Three cousins. Two siblings. One dog that mostly managed to escape the lens.

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Love, love, love this family.  They are great clients, and they like to feed me Trinidadian food.