• Fall Session Round-Up {boston portrait photographer} •

OK, I'll admit it; I'm putting on my lazy hat right now. Well, no, not really, but I am putting a collection of my favorite shots together from my sessions this season and sharing them with you all together, rather than doing multiple blog entries.

I attempted my annual fall session day before I left on vacation in October, but both the actually event day and it's rain date got cancelled due to stormy skies (shakes fifts at the heavens!). When I returned, I managed to schedule a second attempt, and my clients were excited to try again. Until it began to rain after I got only one session out of the way.

So, off to the second rain date we went (or does that make it the third? I don't know, I've lost track at this point). Some got their shots done on that sunday rain date, others went out of their way to meet me in the middle to get their sessions completed. I hope everyone loved their results!

Thanksgiving is coming, and I'm feeling thankful indeed.  


The fall brings with it leaves and cider, and lots of smiles into my lens (the holidays are great incentive for clients to get in touch)! Tommy, while he looked serious (and disgruntled) in a few of these shots, is a beautiful little man with parents who adore him and a grandma who's a champ at peek-a-boo (very helpful for family shots!).



Avery and William! {Boston Family Portrait Photographer}

These little snuggle bunnies have grown a lot in the past year. I was excited when their mom got in touch for a one year session. Photographing them (as is always the case with any human between the age of one and four), is like trying to keep cats in a wheel barrow.

I've actually never tried to put cats in a wheel barrow, but I imagine it's an interesting challenge, as is photographing humans between the ages of one and four. They were fun and squirrely and curious and busy in all the best ways.

Greyson & Co. {Boston Newborn Photography}

Take Ellen and Kyle, two lovely and loving people, their new little man Greyson, (plus a sweet rescue dog) and combine them with perfect light and super interiors, and you've got a session every photographer hopes for! 

Kristin and Co. {Boston Family Portrait Photographer}

Kristin, her husband Will and their four legged Cocoa met me at the wonderful Wright's Pond for a session. Unfortunately, they brought their really difficult and ugly kids Hanley and Davis (insert sarcasm font here).  At the risk of sounding like a sixteen year old, they were adorbs!

Ryan's Family

I love hearing from Ryan. She, her husband and three little ones are fun and kind and whenever I hear from her it means her family is growing. This time, Theo's arrived!

Jack's Here! {Boston Family Newborn Photography}

I had the privilege of photographing Jessica and Brendan's wedding a few years ago and was so happy for them when I heard their little on had arrived. I was ever happier when they got in touch for me to photograph him. Here are some of my favorites!

Preparing for Your Newborn Session

Your bundle of joy is on their way or it has already arrived? Here are some things to keep in mind as your little one experiences their first photo session;

What are you looking for? My style of newborn photography is a combination of lifestyle and documentary photography. You will receive lots of direction, but I also love to come into a home and be a fly on the wall. I want your photos to be about you and the new bond you have with your baby. Lots of photos will be taken of your baby alone, prop-free. I won't be jamming your baby into baskets or hanging them from tree branches. Please take a look at past sessions I've had with newborns to ensure my style is right for you. NEWBORNS

Schedule Your Session  When you know you'd like to work with me, get in touch ASAP. You can do this before the baby arrives to give me a heads up of their general arrival date, then get in touch with me again as soon as your little one arrives so we can schedule an appointment soon. For convenience and comfort, your session will take place in your own home. 

I'm on my way to you. Now what?  Thanks to my years of newspaper photography experience, I have shot in all kinds of scenarios. You've just had a baby, which means you're likely stressed and sleep-deprived. When I come to your home, I do not expect a spotless locale!  I will, however, likely move things around so we can get the best shots possible (but don't worry, I'll replace everything before I leave).

We'll follow the light. Natural light is the best light, so please open all your shades and curtains before I arrive. This will help me figure out all our location options within your home. It could be a hallway, it could be the kitchen. It is often more than one spot and I will likely make use of many if not al of them.

Temperature Your little one just came out of 98.6 degree oven. They like it warm, so unless it's summer and your home is already rather warm, I recommend turning your heat up so they aren't uncomfortable if they're being photographed in just a onesie, or a diaper, or nothing. Which brings me to my next suggestion...

Clothing  To help keep your baby comfy, I suggest keeping clothing as fussy-free as possible. If you want to incorporate hats or headbands, go for it, but try not to be too disappointed if you little one protests and it needs to be removed. Bold colors help photos pop, but too much pattern can be a distraction from the star of the photo. For family photos, avoid being too matchy matchy with each other. You have personality! Show it by wearing whatever makes you feel good. Are you having one of those Can't Find Anything Good to Wear days (see above about being sleep-deprived and stressed)? Choose a color you know works well on you, keeping in mind that paler colors can wash you out and should be avoided. Back to baby; if you want naked shots of your little one, loosen their diaper about an hour before I arrive to avoid lots of marks on their skin when we disrobe them. If you want shots of your baby in just diapers, it's a good idea to have a cloth diaper, diaper cover, or bloomers for asthetic purposes.

Feed Me!  Well, don't feed me (although if you feel compelled I love cheese and anything chocolatey), but rather, be sure to feed and burp your baby before I arrive so they're nice and comfy and satiated as we get started. We can, and will, stop at any time to feed them more if the need arises. Same goes for diaper changes. 

Siblings If you have older siblings to be included in the session, please have someone on hand who can take them when they're not involved in the session. Usually, I'll have them hop into shots intermittently. If they are milling around during the entire session they are bound to get bored and possibly disturb the peace. 

Relax When you are stressed your baby senses it. Relax and trust that I'm going to take great photos of you, your family, and your new baby! I'm very comfortable holding and working with my littlest clients so never fear, your baby is safe with me. A good amount of your session time may be dedicated to changing diapers, feeding, and calming your baby. That's normal. If you're baby is squirmy or upset, that's normal too. We'll take a break so you can hold them in their favorite blanket or walk around and bounce them in that perfect way that helps settle them. 

Be Patient A calm baby is key and that starts with you, but it's also not something we can always predict or control (welcome to parenthood!). Maybe you dreamt of sleepy baby photos but your little one is wide awake. That's OK! Big eyed baby photos are beautiful too. Unexpected things happen all the time during sessions, but we can work with it, and in the end, you'll have a great little collection of images for ever and always! 

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• Sienna is Here! {Boston Area Newborn Photo Sessions} •

Too much time has passed since I had this delightful shoot with newborn Sienna with her big brother Asher and their parents Laurie and Jake. But, if you're familiar with my site you'll notice it's been redesigned. So I wanted to wait to post this entry until the new site was live.

Do a search for "Asher" and you'll find his newborn session from just a few short years ago. Do a search for "Laurie and Jake" and you'll find their wedding too!

Laurie and Jake told me they weren't positive about what name to choose for their little girl until she joined the world with her bright red hair, so Sienna she became.  They also say she's a feisty one. As a fellow redhead, I can appreciate that!

Myles is Here and Lily, Too! Sibling Photos Take on The World

Photographing six week old Myles was a breeze. His parents Joe and Emily are fun and relaxed, and you can't go wrong with a beautiful, bright little space in which to work.

The lively and spunky three year old sister is just a bonus. There's nothing like a joyous moving target to keep a happy photographer on her toes!

Finley and Vivian {Boston Portrait and Family Photographer}

These two had the nerve to both have winter birthdays. Sheesh! So, we headed out into the very snowy outdoors to photograph Vivian, 1, and Finley, 3. (I'd make a joke about their adorableness melting the snow, but I pride myself on more witty humor).

Still pretty dang cute, snow or no snow.