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Fall Mini Sessions - Dandelion Wild Photography - Central MA Family Photographer

Fall is here! But with all the crazy weather, I think the leaves are hesitant to change. So much green and usually this weekend and next are the BEST weekends for those rich fall foliage colors. Once upon a time, we would hit the end of October, trees were just about bare, and only the evergreens were still standing proud.

It was a rainy day at first. Our soccer game was cancelled and I wasn’t sure what would become of this session. The weather man promised the rain would let up, but you can never be too sure. We watched the weather and when the time came, we decided to go for it. The sun had finally awoken and started to dry the sopping wet earth.

This family drove about an hour to come see me in my little farm town. Unbeknownst to me, it’s pheasant season and my hidden gem of a location was loaded with hunters and their dogs. They were all very sweet and understanding and moved deeper into the meadow to allow us plenty of space to spend some time together capturing their family.

For some reason, the dogs ditched their hunters and decided they’d rather hang out with us. Eventually they gave in and returned to their masters. Back to work (or play???) they went.

I wish I had the hair that these girls have. Long, silky, tendrils with natural highlights. I pay big bucks for that hair and it grows effortlessly from their sweet little heads. I truly believe that our children get all the best of us.

These girls worked hard. Their parents are so patient and loving. There wasn’t a shortage of hugs and kisses that evening, that’s for sure.

Sometimes I think children get overwhelmed. I’m someone they see once in awhile, and each time I have a camera in my face and theirs. It’s a new kind of expectation, almost a performance, that they have to take part in, and sometimes that causes children to be unsure or cautious.

Never worry! That’s your baby. 10 years from now, those things that mattered won’t. And all that will are those big bright eyes looking back at you at 3 years old. A year flies…. Having photographs to look back on, capturing a fleeting moment within a single year is priceless and the best gift you can give yourself as a parent. In my honest and humble opinion.

Fall family sessions are in full swing and I started it off with this gorgeous family right here.

Thank you for coming out to see me. I loved my time spent with you!

Newborn Session - Central MA Newborn Photographer - Newbory Baby Girl - Dandelion Wild Photography

This little princess came in and totally rocked her session. She was super sleepy and we were able to get everything Mom and Dad requested and then some. Her little Minnie outfit didn’t quite fit, but hopefully next time when I see them it will!

I had just seen Mom and Dad a few weeks prior to their baby being born for their maternity session. You can take a peek at that by scrolling down below. They were so sweet and the anticipation of meeting this sweet girl was growing strong at the time. Moms and Dads to be are always so full of hope and wonder. It’s such an amazing time because you just want to meet your little babe. Lay eyes on that precious little face. And get to know the being you created.

Now that she’s here, it’s almost like she’s always been here. Mum and Dad were already pros and as you can see, baby Quinn is quite happy with life earthside.

Everything about Quinn was so teeny tiny and perfect. She loved to be rocked and constantly moving. When she slept, she slept. When she was awake, she was wide awake.

I can’t wait to see this little babe again! Quinn is on her way towards completing our Baby Plan. Get ready for lots of cuteness over the next year!

To find out more about the Baby Plan, please visit: www.dandelionwild.com/babyplan or email me: dandelionwildphotography@gmail.com

Always,

Natasha

Timothy - Newborn Session - Central MA Newborn Photographer - Massachusetts Newborn Photographer - Dandelion Wild Photography

Baby Timothy is one of the cutest little strawberry blonds to ever grace my studio. He didn’t have much competition but still. He’s my first little almost full blown redhead and that was pretty exciting because if you know me, you know how much I love my red heads. If you have read hair, you bet your butt I’m going to touch it. And I don’t even care if you get mad or think it’s weird because it’s totally worth it. Check out mom’s gorgeous locks. Yep. Jealous!!!! And I may have pretended it was out of place so I could just give it a little toss one more time. It’s gorg. Ugh. In my next life I’m coming back as a redhead. If there is a God or God’s I hope you hear this request. I’ve been pretty darn good in this life…so I can’t see why not.

Now I didn’t hit the genetic jackpot as I’m one of those blondies turned brunette now I pay a bunch of money to make it blond again but I don’t maintain it so I just say it’s balayage and then I’m trendy and not just cheap or lazy. :)

I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting lately, and I’m so done with social media. I’m like…done done. It’s way too much to maintain and like…no one sees my posts. I’m so much more motivated writing a little blip about your sweet family on my website and then you can share it on social media if you so choose. I’m just not into it anymore. I’m not sure what happened. But I have no interest. I think it was a combination of wasting time and being annoyed and worried all the time because I saw and knew too much. Now that I’m ignorant and have a ton more time…life is a lot less stressful. I think what I’m going to do is just run my website. I don’t even care if I get like 10 clients a year. I’d be happy if I just had one of you to come see me once in awhile to update your family photo. I love this job. And I love the simple life. I want both. And I can have both if I do it right! :)

When you receive your gallery you will also receive a link to your blog post. Share if you will! I’d love it. It won’t be like this blog post. It will be all about your session and how perfect you all are. Because you are. Exactly the way you are. And so many things make you special and I’ll highlight those things. And all your Facebook friends will agree and hopefully love your images as much as we do and inquire. :)

If not, oh well. I tried. You tried. And that’s all I ask.

In the mean time…Lets just all oooo and ahhhh over how adorable this brand new family of three is.

Dandelion Wild Photography 2017 Highlights - Happy New Year - Central MA Photographer - Massachusetts Photographer

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2017 was an incredible year! We were finally able to pay off all of our credit card debt from building our house and we were able to complete the studio which took much longer than we had originally planned. But it's done and I can finally snuggle all the newborns and babies!

We escaped to Florida to explore Disney World for our family vacation! We welcomed our very first nephew into the world. I decided to go back to school to complete my master's degree. My in-laws moved in for over a month and then found their dream home in Florida. Jeff and Lauren came home from California to visit and stayed with us. I turned 30. We booked another trip out to California to visit them. I worked my butt off between juggling family, going back to school, my two jobs, and my children's busy schedules.

Although 2018 will force me to limit the number of sessions I'll be able to schedule, I look forward to all the craziness it's about to bring.

2017 was my year of accomplishments and achievements. This 2018, I'm not going to make any resolutions but I do plan on making it my year of health. Now that the girls are bigger and are ready for adventure we have made a list of hiking trails we would like to conquer. So our goal is to take them all on before the end.

I hope your 2017 brought you lots of love, health, and that feeling of getting things done. We all work so hard to provide for our families and ourselves that it's important to take the time to enjoy what little free time we do have.

Lots of things on our agenda already for this coming year, I'm excited, but I'm going to slow it down a bit, take in each day, and hopefully take lots of pictures! <3

Of all the wonderful things 2018 could bring, I really hope one of those things is you!

Happy New Year!

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Corliss – Rockingham Hill Farm - Bellows Falls, Vermont - Dandelion Wild Photography - Central MA Wedding Photographer

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I had the honor of photographing Ron and Lily’s wedding on a Saturday afternoon on August 19, 2017. The entire week prior, the weather man reported thunder and lightening in Bellows Falls, Vermont, but somehow last minute, that changed and the sun decided to shine.  It turned into a perfect 80 degree day. Their wedding was gorgeous in the midst of an old farm tucked away on a secluded back road.  The venue’s caretaker was managing the property upon my arrival, checking the twinkle lights surrounding the property to make sure they were in working order for once the sun went down.

You enter the property from the parking lot by crossing a little bridge between a forest of trees. There are benches speckled in conveniently throughout; all conveniently under trees for shade facing the property which has spectacular views. The caretaker even informed me that you can see New Hampshire from the top of the hill which Ron and Lily did venture up for some beautiful pictures.

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The ceremony was set to start at 4:30 in the afternoon. The sun was shining bright right over the hill that surrounds the farm. Ron arrived on an old farm tractor and Lily and her girls arrived on the back of a vintage antique truck. The ladies looked incredible and the gentleman were smashing.  And their entrance turned everyone’s heads.

The aisle was lined with white hydrangeas which also adorned the arbor. It was tucked away at the bottom of the hill surrounded by blooming yellow wild flowers and a small sunflower patch.

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Lily looked stunning. She really did. Absolutely incredible. Her dress was champagne with a white lace overlay that flowed behind her as she approached. Her veil was cathedral length with scalloped lace around the edges and really added the finishing touch to such a gorgeous ensemble. Ron’s reaction when he saw his soon to be wife walking towards him was especially touching and really solidified to everyone how special she is to him.

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Jane did an amazing job as the officiant. The words she chose were touching and seemed to speak to the families who were present, as well as Ron and Lily. I love the way Ron looks at Lily. He is head over heels in love with that girl. How lucky are they to have found love in one another?

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The bridal party was a blast. Bridal parties are important because they set the tone for how the night is going to go. Their entrance into the reception area is what gets the crowd going. Their entrance consisted of many epic dance moves which got everyone in the room laughing and clapping and just really enjoying their time spent together.

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My favorite part of this wedding was the freedom for their guests. There were so many cool spots to just hang out and chill out. They had a fire pit with the essentials for making smores, a bucket of bubble wands which made for some pretty cool pictures of the kids. They also had camping areas set up for friends and family who wanted to spend the night, corn hole, and a stage with snacks and drinks to pour.  Their guest book was so cute! It’s the same thing we had done at our wedding and I’m so glad that we did. It’s one of my favorite books to take out here and there because it is chuck full of the most hilarious photos and words of wisdom.  Ron and Lily set up a station where their guests could take a picture of themselves with a polaroid camera and sign it with a note. If you are getting married, or if you eventually plan to, I highly recommend doing this. The guests have a blast doing it and the photos are priceless and you get some pretty sweet and hilarious notes.

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Ron works on a dairy farm and his lifestyle of growing up on a farm strongly influenced the theme throughout the evening. They served their guests a traditional barbecue spread and it didn’t take long for the hats to come on and the heels to come off. I’m a big fan of custom weddings. Traditional weddings are beautiful, of course. But I love when brides and grooms really make it their own. It keeps their guests waiting for more. The day lasts late into the evening and everyone just loves a surprise. Gorgeous, well thought out touches.

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I love weddings because I get to witness extended families coming together. Everyone reserves the date and makes a serious effort to be there. It’s not every day you get to have everyone you love under one roof. At a wedding, I get to see that. I get to see families, their dynamics. I get to see families come together and sometimes they haven’t seen each other in months…sometimes years. I get to see generations. I get to see proud parents, now great grandparents, see their children’s , children’s, children get married. How incredible is that? I get to see two families become one and blend in and mingle and get to know each other. Introducing themselves and discussing the bride and groom and how their related and sharing memories that stand out the most. I get to watch children run wild and smirk knowing they’re staying up well past their usual bed time.

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We ended the night with some evening photos on the tractor Ron rolled in on. Perfect way to top of the evening.

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Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Corliss. Lily and Ron, your wedding day was a privilege to witness. Thank you for choosing me to capture it.

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Always,

Natasha xo

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Mother's Day Mini Sessions

Mother's Day Mini Sessions will soon be in full swing! This year, Mother's Day Minis are all about family. That's what mom's love most right? So, these sessions are not limited to moms and their children; it's for mommas who want an updated family photo, a few of just her kids, a few of herself with her kids, and maybe a few of herself with the man that helped her start it all! Or maybe helped her rebuild it all, whatever dynamic your family may bring. Even bring old Fido along for the fun! Everyone knows I love my furbabies!

Whatever it is that momma wants, momma is getting! (In regards to her Mother's Day family photos anyway!) :)

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Mother's Day is so special. We work so hard to make sure everyone and everything is taken care of, we deserve at least one day to be recognized for that. <3 My girls are so sweet, they want nothing more than for me to be happy at every waking second of every single day. I don't know about you, but that's just not possible for me. I'm not the happiest person when I get up in the morning...so my girls kindly wake me up with big smiles and shower me with lots of hugs and kisses before they ask me to make them breakfast...immediately...before their stomachs eat themselves.

On Mother's Day...it's like that times infinity. They want to be a part of everything that day. From the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed. They attempt to make me breakfast, draw me beautiful pictures, pass me sweet notes, try to help me around the house, etc. Tremendous effort is evident. These girls are my world and on Mother's Day, they remind me that I'm theirs too.

These times are so fleeting. I wish they would just slow down. But they won't. And there's nothing we can do to even make a dent in the speed in which time travels.

The closest we can get to freezing time...is allowing someone to take that photo. <3

Allow me. <3

Finding the Perfect Photographer for You!

There are many different kinds of photographers out there! There is a huge spectrum when it comes to experience, price, quality, image quantity, product offerings, etc. It can be overwhelming when it comes down to deciding who to hire when it finally comes down to it. Don't just settle for someone local! There are so many photographers in the industry and there are ones that are definitely worth a little extra drive!

I'm going to give you a few tips that I had found helpful when it came down to hiring a photographer! I hired a photographer to capture my family not too long ago. (The session is for the spring time, so it hasn't happened quite yet, but it's booked!) It was easy to find the perfect photographer for me after I knew exactly what it was that I was looking for!

Do your research!

Each photographer is unique! No two are the same! There are some truly incredible photographers out there! Some have been in the industry for years! Others are just starting out! With anything, there are businesses that are run legitimately while others are run as a hobby. Some work full time, while others work part time and may even have another job. Some struggle to be creative and may copy other photographers' work as well as copy website information. Fortunately, it's not too often you find a photographer that has the gall to steal and copy others! It's one thing to be inspired by another photographer, but to take their work and claim it as their own is just not ok. I try to avoid that kind at all costs. I'm looking for a service that is high quality since I'm investing my hard earned money into something I highly value! I don't want a watered down version, I want the real thing! How can I trust someone with my money that publicly does things like that to another photographer's business? I also don't want the same setup as everyone else. I want something special and unique designed specifically to my family. So, when shopping around for photographers, I made sure to find someone who was creative, natural, interested in getting to know me and my family, someone who has a little something special to offer, and someone who valued me as a person and not just a client with money to spend! These factors might not be things you value in your session, and that's ok! Once you figure out what it is that is important to you, then you will be able to start the search to find the perfect photographer for you and your family!

What is it that you want out of your session?

This question encompasses a lot of concepts when it comes down to the details. Do you want an indoor session with bright backdrops, wood backdrops, neutral backdrops? Or an outdoor session in a field, in the city, in the woods, at your home, on the water, on a mountain, during sunset, during a specific season, etc. Depending on the season, and the photographer, you may have to book well in advance which is another thing to consider. Did you want a combination of indoor and outdoor? Does the photographer you have your eye on have the space to accommodate both? Do you like posed smiley family photos or do you prefer less posed and more organic photos? Were you interested in a lifestyle session? If you aren't sure, consider asking yourself what you want to use these images for? Did you just need to update your family photo for an album?  Did you just move and have walls to fill? Do you need photos for invitations or thank you cards? Christmas Cards? Did you need them for a gift you were making? Wedding decor? Etc. Think about what you want them for, then decide what style will work best for you! (If you wanted to hang your images in your living room that is decorated in shades of cream, white, and blue then you probably don't want purple floral backdrops...or maybe you do. :) If you wanted these images for first birthday invitations that match the theme you chose you might want to ask what the photographer can do for you as well as turn around time so you have plenty of time to not only get your photos, but create and order the invitations.)

Not all photographers offer all the services above. Maybe you're just looking for a few family photos to share on social media and with friends and family! So it's important to take a peek at the photographer's social media, as well as their website, in order to gauge exactly what it is that they offer. Some photographers will do everything and anything and offer a ton of different services. Others choose to specialize in one or a few areas and perfect that. Check out the props and backdrops on their page. Does this match the style that you had in mind? Would the images match the decor in your home (assuming you may want to order prints of your images to hang)? Please make sure you reach out and ask questions (no matter how silly they may seem). Maybe you saw a backdrop they used on their website that would go great with the color scheme in your living room. Ask if it's still available for use because style is always changing, they may not even have that backdrop anymore! Asking questions will help you get a good idea as to whether or not that photographer is for you! And this will also give the photographer a better idea as to what you would like and they can make sure you have the best experience with them. If you bring a Pinterest board to a photographer with a bit of a different style, I'm sure they will do their best to be inspired by that idea, but you may not be happy with the end result if it's different from what they usually offer.

Make sure you work with a photographer that has a clear contract! Read the contract over, do not hesitate to ask questions for clarification! It's important that you are valued as a client and have an agreement, as well as a CLEAR understanding as to how your money will be spent and what you will get with that money.

How much are you looking to spend?

Photography is an investment. Pricing varies greatly! Some photographers shoot primarily on location because they do not have a studio space. Some photographers rent a studio, while others have an in-home studio or separate building they own. These are all things that are calculated into the photographer's pricing. So, if you are on a budget, maybe look into a photographer who doesn't have a studio space and primarily shoots on location. This will almost always guarantee a cheaper session fee because the costs the photographer takes on to run his/her business is a little bit less than one that may rent or own a studio space. Families on an even tighter budget may want to keep an eye out for photographers who are just starting out! They are so eager to find families to practice with! Some may charge a small fee but it's generally a very reasonable one. But just remember, they still have a lot to learn. Even experienced photographers are still learning or "practicing".  If you find a newer photographer offering newborn sessions, I would just ask if they have taken any workshops or classes on newborn safety or if they have experience with newborn sessions through a mentor program. Newborn safety is so very important and it takes experience to understand the fundamentals of a successful newborn session. Newer photographers are naturally going to be cheaper than more seasoned photographers.  Seasoned photographers have had longer to make money that they invest back into their business so their equipment might be of higher quality. Newer photographers to the industry might have good equipment, but may have less to offer if you were looking for props, outfits, hair and makeup services, etc.

Don't shy away from that photographer that you love because of their price! Most do offer payment plans and will deliver your images, wall art, and products on receipt of final payment!

What would you like to happen after your session is over?

Do you just want digital images? Do you want to be able to choose your images or are you okay with your photographer choosing? Do you want wall art? Do you want books, albums, or other products? Do you want all of the above? Are you ok with, and have the time for, pre and post consultations when it comes to ordering prints? Some photographers offer this service which is a little time consuming, but well worth the extra attention to detail and this will most definitely give your photographer a clear idea of what it is you are looking for in your session! Once you narrow down your photographer based on price and style...see what it is they have to offer! A professional photographer who owns a business can get exclusive access to professional grade print companies. These print companies will only work with professional photographers and do not accept orders from other such customers. The quality is to die for. The ink lasts forever and never fades. The paper will never turn yellow, crinkle with age, or dull.  Depending on the print company your potential photographer uses they may also offer prints on metal and wood. They may offer custom framing for your prints. Your photographer may even offer services where they will come to your home, measure the wall, and help create a collage for you! Just ask! This service is invaluable! You are guaranteed to get beautiful, flawless, work delivered right to you, ready to hang! (That is, if that is what you want!) If you are going to invest money into professionally photographing your family, then why wouldn't you invest in printing these images professionally? Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Costco, etc. are NOT professional printing companies. These are machines that do not care if the color is slightly off or if the paper is cheap. Invest in a photographer that will give you access to professional print companies! Printing photos at cheap labs is almost like buying prime rib and then cooking it in the microwave! You would NEVER do that! Professional printing companies not only print the images true to color and of high quality, they also inspect every image, fix anything that may need fixing, and GUARANTEE 100% satisfaction. However, some photographers only offer digitals which might be something that you're looking for right now. So, if quality prints is something you want with your session, it is something to ask about prior to booking!

Are you looking for a long term photographer?

Here's my buddy Landon during his newborn session, Cake Smash session, and his little brother's newborn session! &lt;3 Love this family! They are always willing to model! Thank goodness because they are pretty good looking people! &lt;3 This family has been with me since the very beginning!

Here's my buddy Landon during his newborn session, Cake Smash session, and his little brother's newborn session! <3 Love this family! They are always willing to model! Thank goodness because they are pretty good looking people! <3 This family has been with me since the very beginning!

One thing that was important to me was finding a photographer my kids liked and someone I can use again and again. With young children, this is essential! You want your little one to feel comfortable with your photographer. You want them to see a familiar face to ease the stress of a session. This consistency will only make the sessions you invest in more successful if your children feel safe and are with familiar people. I really wanted someone who limits the number of sessions they take on each month because then I know that photographer cares about the quality of work they put out rather than the quantity. A photographer that posts a zillion sessions a month on their wall with a limited staff makes me a little nervous. It takes a while to hand edit each individual photo in a session. Some photos get more attention than others. If the photographer has a short turnaround time but a huge clientele, this just suggests to me that they only care about the quantity of the work they produce, not the quality. The only drawback to this is that you may have to spend a little extra for this kind of service. But it's well worth it in the end! I know I will feel as though I spent my money wisely and got what I paid for. :) Obviously this isn't true for all photographers as some know how to get the job done in a timely manner. But just check out the quality of the work and I think that speaks for itself!

How do I find a photographer?

Ask around! Did a friend of yours recently have a session? Ask them about it! Google is also a great tool! Search Instagram for specific Hashtags. (For example: #CentralMAPhotographer or #BostonPhotographer #WorcesterPhotographer - Photographers do their best to hashtag their posts to best advertise their business.) Maybe you know of a few photographers already but just haven't had a chance to check them out! Read reviews! Reviews are a great way to figure out the type of people you are working with!  Skim through a few and read about their experience(s)!

I hope this helps you when it comes to deciding who you would like to invest in! I'm looking for clients who are a perfect match for me! Do you think we might be a perfect match??? I want you to find the perfect person for you, even if I happen to not be it for whatever reason that may be! 100% Satisfied Customers = One Happy Photographer!

Check out my website and social media outlets, and if my style appeals to you, send me an email and let's get talking about what it is you want out of your session! <3

xo

Natasha @ Dandelion Wild

Central Massachusetts Newborn Photographer - Newborn Girl - Harper

This gorgeous family came in to see me with their brand new baby girl to show off.  She was a little older than most newborns I photograph but she did so well throughout her session.  My favorite part of newborn sessions with first time parents is talking about their baby.  They are literally coming in to see me one week or maybe two or even three weeks into being parents, and they talk as though they're experts.  And they really already are!

Every baby is so very different and I feel like there is no advice I can give to new parents, because each baby is so unique.  They are the experts on their child.  They know the hungry cry.  They know she likes to be swaddled with one arm out.  They know she prefers her side to her back, etc. 

Harper has the cutest face when she's complaining...lol &lt;3

Harper has the cutest face when she's complaining...lol <3

First time parents are so beautiful. They never take their eyes off their baby.  They are so careful and just absolutely head over heals in love with this little tiny human they made so beautifully. Babies are such a miracle and to be blessed with one in any way is such a gift.

My best friend just had a baby about a month ago.  That feeling never gets old.  Watching someone you love become a mother or a father. <3 You see this new light in their eye as they gaze upon their littlest love.

I get to witness this when I photograph these brand new babes. It's such a phenomenal feeling to witness love at it's finest and most beautiful point in life.