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Spring Mini Sessions

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Ya... I couldn't wait anymore so I decided to just throw it out there.

Spring Minis are now being booked! This is a great time to get your family photo updated! You can coordinate outfits to the spring wildflowers which is way more flexible than fall or winter time outfit selections. The weather will be bearable and the days will start to grow longer. This is my preferred time to get my own family photos done because it's so lush and green, the dandelions are plentiful, and everyone is on a high from all the vitamin D they've been lacking all winter. The weather is slightly unpredictable but this also allows you to be more relaxed when it comes to outfit styles. Whether you prefer sundresses or sweaters, whatever your taste, the weather should be bearable just long enough for any style. I love the colors of fall, don't get me wrong, but with my family photos I want my eye to be drawn to the subjects, my family, and only my family and not the environment around them.


What to Expect:

Sessions will be held throughout the month of May.

Discount only applies to mini sessions scheduled during the month of May.

Sessions will take place one hour and a half before sunset.

Sessions will be limited to one family per evening. I do not have every single evening available so of course...sessions will be limited.

The session time can take anywhere from 30-60 minutes depending on the family. Here's what I mean by this: Every family is different....duh. But in all seriousness...let's throw it all out there and take my family and my friend's family as examples.

My husband is very social and personable. I'm not. I'm just not. I'm shy, I'm introverted, and I internalize everything that's going on around me. While I'm doing that...I don't contribute to conversations much because I'm analyzing and thinking about everything everyone is saying so by the time I even come up with something to say...the conversation has moved on to something else. I also have sensory processing issues which makes me over sensitive to touch. (I'm not being over dramatic. I'm very in touch with myself because as an introvert, I spend a lot of time at home...thinking...and then over thinking...and in between all that thinking, I legit figured myself out and how to deal with it all.) Why did I just share this with all of you? Because about two weeks before our family photo session...I legit, day to day, gradually start to panic. I lose sleep. I stay home a lot more because the thought of this session is so draining I don't have enough energy to do much else until the damn thing is OVER! So, one of my girls is like my husband, the other is just. like. me. We would DEFINITELY need an entire hour, if not more, just because half of us are awkward and dying inside as well as over stimulated and the other half is way too happy to just be alive! Imagine that hot mess. Yep. My family photographer is legit the best and her images are the only other ones that are allowed to bless my walls. Just saying. <3 As a photographer...I take all the photos in the house. My husband doesn't have any social media accounts so he's NEVER on his phone so the last thought he has is to take his out and take photos. I love him for that..but I want my kids to see us as we were all their lives. I want them to have albums and albums on top of albums to share with their kids, their grandkids, and great grandkids. I want them to tell stories and share places to visit so that they can go there too and make memories to document.

I could go on and on.

So...I get it. I totally get it. There are people out there that are totally as neurotic as we are so my little feels go out to those who happen to be blessed with such a....talent? lol

My girlfriend and her family, on the other hand, they are so put together. They look like they stepped out of a magazine. Their family has a deep emotional connection that is visible in their body language. (All families have an emotional connection...but not all express that so easily or so organically as they do...all the time. And that's ok!) Her children are just so laid back and go with the flow that sessions just come natural to them. They legit could stand there in a field and simply interact with each other and have an entire session documented in 30 minutes flat. That's not us. That's not most of us. And that's also totally ok.

There are so many combinations of family. It's hard to just limit every individual family to just black and white. Especially when we live in a world full of color.

Our time is valuable. If it wasn't, you wouldn't be thinking about investing in photos. Time capsules. Little pixels that freeze your most important people in your life...for eternity. You wouldn't be working so hard so that you could have the extra time and funds to ensure that it happens. I get that. And I value that too.

I want you and your family to have the best experience possible and I want your session to be how you envisioned it would be but better.

It's ok if your family is the way it is. That's exactly what we want to capture. So bring them to me. Bring it all to me! All the laughs, the fears, the love, and maybe even some tears. Just bring it all with you when you come. Your images aren't going to be everyone sitting perfectly posed and smiling. They're just not. I always get a few for families...but it's all about documenting those little wrist rolls before they disappear. That wild sun kissed blond hair in the middle of summer, before it fades to brown. How your boy was once much smaller than you and looked up to you adoringly...you know...all those delightful little things you never want to forget.

Your session will include 10 digital images with the opportunity to purchase more. Your images will be delivered to you through an online gallery. Your gallery will have a unique link and password which you can share with friends and family.  It will also come with a 10% discount code, good for two weeks, to purchase professional grade prints and products through that gallery. This code can also be shared with friends and family who might want to make a purchase, especially those who might live farther away. Items will be shipped straight to them!

Sessions are held at various locations throughout central MA and suggestions are always considered.

Feel free to reach out if you would like to book yours this May.

Questions will be answered and more information will be provided.

 

 

One Year Old Cake Smash Session - Ladybug Theme

I love meeting new people!  I just love people and families and how uniquely dynamic they all are.  This family was so kind and super fun!  They were willing to do just about anything to get their little peanut to smile and laugh!  And what a happy and content baby she was!  She just went with the flow and really rocked her session.

We started off with some family photos. My favorite photos are natural and organic ones.  When a family just hangs out and loves on each other.  What better way to capture a family then in their element; together and madly in love.

Once we finished capturing some perfect moments outside, we moved it on inside to change her outfit and take a few more.  These are my favorite.  I just love creamy neutrals.

She's just absolutely stunning. After quick snack, I started setting up for her cake smash!  Her smash was a ladybug theme and it was probably my most challenging to imagine when I was designing her backdrop.  I didn't want to take away from her, knowing she'd be all decked out in her ladybug tutu.  So, I found a little inspiration in a box I have that has sunflowers and ladybugs.  This was the outcome...

As always, Amanda at Cakes by Amanda in Barre, MA did a fantastic job on the smash cake.

As always, Amanda at Cakes by Amanda in Barre, MA did a fantastic job on the smash cake.

Now, this little sweetie has a sweet tooth or two.  She loved her cake.  She didn't exactly destroy it...but she did enjoy it! <3

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She was perfect! I could have photographed her all day long. <3 Such a cutie

Happy Birthday, Ladybug! <3

One Year Cake Smash - Pink and Gold Theme

I just adore this family.  I had the honor of shooting Miss Kendyll's auntie's wedding where I was able to meet everyone they love.  It was such a blast and it really encompassed the true meaning of family.  I live in a small town where farming of all kinds is prevalent and when I first moved here, I just remember how sweet the P family was to me every time I'd stop in to stock up on fruit and vegetables.  I have really enjoyed getting to watch their family grow over the years.

She has the most beautiful eyes. &lt;3

She has the most beautiful eyes. <3

When I first started out professionally, I had the opportunity to work with Kendyll's family except Kendyll wasn't even thought of then!  Her big brother was just born and I was learning and practicing how to pose newborns safely.  It was one of my first newborn sessions.  I remember it so vividly because it was one of my first experiences with newborn photography.

Now Miss Ken is ONE and I'm so happy I've been given the opportunity to watch everyone grow and the family get bigger.  She was THE MOST beautiful newborn with her sweet little face and long dark hair!  She had so much hair!  She was so fussy that day!  She just wanted her Momma to hold her and rock her.

When she came in to see me this weekend, she was so laid back and sweet.  She went with the flow and barely made a fuss.  She was so cute with her cake.  Her brothers dove right in, but Kendyll was a little more dainty about it.  ;) I loved spending time with her and her Mum.  Thank you for spending your morning with me! <3

Girls Day! <3

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It was a beautiful day and I was lucky enough to have some friends over! They brought their girls and I had my girls...making it a grand total of 7 girls!

My poor husband was hardly seen as he had hid all day.  I can't blame him. ;)

It was so nice spending the day with these ladies.  Before they left I had to snap a few. <3 I wish they'd stop growing though...I remember when they were born.  Kenz was our miracle girl who couldn't wait to take over our hearts and came early weighing in at just over a pound at 1lb 2oz.  Now she's running, jumping, climbing, and rolling around like she owns this world. (I wouldn't be surprised if she actually did one day...)  While Hannah was born the day after my Audrey was born.  Her mom and I talked every day as we waited impatiently to meet them.  We met as bridesmaids in a wedding.  We had to try on dresses and we both had JUST found out we were pregnant.  We were trying to figure out what sizes to get not knowing how big we would be 9 months later.  I was due almost two weeks after her but I ended up having Audrey on Hannah's actual due date.  I'm so grateful to have had these girls during that time in my life.

Hannah wasn't having her pictures, but we did manage to get one that has been a fan favorite over on our Facebook page.  I decided to mix it up a bit and convert it to B&W.  I can't decide which one I like more now... <3

Not only was the weather beautiful...but so was my company.  I'm so happy they made the trip out.  It was a last minute plan...the best kind! <3

A little before and after...

So once in awhile I like to go back to an old folder and click on an image I edited back then and re-edit it.  Today I chose the moose that walked through my front yard.  

For those of you who know me...you know my love of moose.  They are my favorite animal.  I have always wanted to see a live one in the wild.  My husband and I take a trip to Vermont every year to increase the percentage of my chances of seeing a wild moose in it's natural habitat.  My oldest and I are avid hikers...we go frequently and my expectation is to see a moose...never has it ever happened...until this day.

When I saw this moose...I was working full time teaching online from my home.  I was teaching first and second graders for Massachusetts Virtual Academy.  I loved that job.  I loved those kids.  And teaching from home was such an experience.  One thing I'll never forget was sitting at my kitchen table teaching my second grade students how to dissect mathematical word problems and search for keywords that tell you what you need to do...when out of the corner of my eye I saw a massive hairy animal walk by my living room window.  Now mind you...I'm in the middle of a class.  I unplug my lap top and run to the window immediately assuming that someone's horse was loose!  Now I live in a very large farm town that is heavily populated with horses, cows, goats, and honeybees...so the chances of this happening are very high.  I opened the door and there...in all of her sweet glory...was a baby moose looking back at me.

I took my headphones off...shut my laptop (in the middle of my class) and ran to get my camera.  I prayed she didn't run away while I did this.  I had my 85mm on at the time and didn't have time to switch it...I ran outside and snapped a few of this little baby girl in the yard.  She then headed towards the road and towards town.  (Or what we would consider the center of town...)  Before she dipped into the woods...she looked back at me...giving me this memory of my first ever wild moose sighting frozen forever for me to keep.

When I first edited this photo...I'm not sure what I was thinking...I certainly didn't have the skills I have today...and I edited that just 9 months ago. The top image lacks definition and contrast.  It's cool and warm and there isn't a balance between the two.  I always favor warmer images...but I definitely fell short there.   My second image I re-edited yesterday with skills I have learned in the workshops and classes I am currently participating in and have participated in in the past.  I am drawn to images that are vibrant...I want my work to reflect the qualities I love in images I like to look at.  I want my images to be good to look at.  I want my clients to see consistency in my work so that when they come to me they know exactly what to expect out of me.

Those with the eye for photography may notice that I didn't edit out the guardrail again.  I did this because I plan on entering this photo into the photo contest being held in town.  They are requesting entrants submit photos of every season that represents our town.  I plan on taking a picture this winter to submit.  That way I have winter and spring submissions.  I want this image to best represent our town...editing out the guardrail would just be silly!  So it is there and it remains in all of it's ugliness. ;)

It's amazing how far I have come in just 9 months alone.  Eventually I plan on going back to see if I can find any images from 2013...when I first started working professionally.  I'd love to see the progression from that point to now. 

Let me know what you think in the comments below! =)

 

 

Joe, Sam, and Tonka - Dec. 13 - Family Session

I went to visit Joe, Sam, and their baby pup Tonka this morning.  It was a perfect morning for an outdoor session regardless of the cloudy overcast sky.  I can't get over that it's mid-December and we are having such great weather!  Normally outdoor sessions are done and over with by now!  I say this as I'm knocking on wood...I don't want to jynx ourselves.  We all know how cooperative and completely predictable New England weather can be...can you sense the sarcasm?! =)

Anyway, Sam was looking ever so lovely and Joe was all cleaned up and ready to go.  For being a man he was very cooperative and easy going for his session and even posed for one with his pup! Something I know Sam's going to cherish for a long time. <3 Tonka was more interested in eating carrots and wanted next to nothing to do with me! But we managed to snag some of him looking all cute and dapper in his candy cane bandanna!

I loved spending my morning with these three!