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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

One Year Session - First Birthday Photoshoot - MA BABY PHOTOGRAPHER - Cake Smash Session - Dandelion Wild Photography

Ummm…I’m sorry but is he not the cutest baby you have ever seen in your entire life?

He has a personality to match too. He just smiles and smiles and smiles and I swear he’s going to be one of those sweet talkers when he’s older. I mean that boy is going to get away with everything. I mean come on…how does a mom say no to that sweet little mug.

I was lucky enough to capture Alex a few days after he was born. He was so cute then, but I had no idea he’d be THIS cute now. Mom pulled him out of the car and I nearly lost it. I love a good head of curls and baby blue eyes. Heck…I swoon over all babies. Every baby has something special about them and I’m not going to let parents go home without knowing what that is. Baby fever is not a sickness. It’s a disease people. A DISEASE! Once you have it, it NEVER EVER goes away. If you say you don’t want anymore kids…HA! I bet if I put one in your arms and told you he was yours you’d look at me all doe eyed with your bottom lip trembling and turn on your heels and run.

I love babies. There is just something about them. Unfortunately, I’ve passed my love for babies onto both my daughters. They’re like me only 10x worse. My youngest would go up to strangers and try taking their baby out of the little carrier without permission. She’s pretty stealthy and I’ve let her get as close to getting the chest clip and one buckle undone and then I’m running over to divert the situation. I don’t take my eyes off my children, you shouldn’t either. Take it as a lesson to you and be grateful she didn’t steal your baby. Because if she made it back to me we wouldn’t give him back! Well…at least until it’s time to go home and then we kindly return him because well…kidnapping is quite illegal…and I’m not about to go to jail simply because there are no babies there.

My oldest gets a baby in her arms and if you go anywhere near her she’ll let you know exactly how she feels about it. My shy little girl will negotiate her way into one more hour of baby snuggles while you wait babyless near by wondering what just happened. They are the two biggest baby hogs of them all. Get all three of us in the room and we play pass the baby until it’s time to go home. I don’t even care if they poop. I’ll change them. I have no problems with puke either. I mean obviously the most precious things in this world are going to do the two most disgusting things in this world, because well…nothing in this world comes easy and why should babies.

Look at this baby. Just look at him! Even his eyes smile.

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.

 

 

Christmas Tree Farm Mini Session - Massachusetts Photographer - Family Photography MA - Holiday

Often times I get requests to show more of a certain session. I don't like to share too many images from a session because I want it to be a surprise for the family receiving them. Often times, I'm too busy to go back to a session to post more. But since I have a little extra time on my hands, here's a little more from one of the Christmas Tree Farm sessions I offered this year.

I can't even tell you how many times these kids told each other and their parents that they loved them, because I lost count. They were oh so sweet and very well behaved. We ran through the Christmas Tree Farm on that chilly afternoon. Up and down the rows of trees. It was beautiful and this family just added the warmth.

That little peanut in the middle came earlier this year to celebrate her first birthday! I can't believe how big she has gotten. She is so lucky to have such loving big brothers!

I gotta share last year's Christmas photo with this years...

She is certainly one very loved little girl. And big brother sure has a very determined way of showing his love for her. <3

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And one more of the gorgeous Pollard family. Love this crew!

How to do it all...and make it look easy...

I ran into an old client of mine (from the previous business I worked for) the other day at my girls' gymnastics class.  I actually recognized her children first...and I just couldn't place them! Being a teacher and at the beginning of my career, I've worked and student taught in so many districts and schools within them over the years that I honestly almost wrote them off as old student's of mine.  But something was telling me I had it all wrong. Mom and I got to talking and I told her her children look so familiar to me and we made an attempt to connect in some way. We eventually came to the conclusion after some serious brainstorming and reminisced about how little they were at their session! It felt great to make the connection and see how much her kids have grown. They are seriously the cutest and have the BLUEST eyes ever!

We got to talking about my jobs and our kids, etc.  At the same moment I was trying to watch my oldest on the balance beam, while reading to my youngest who was climbing on me with two other children standing by listening to the story, all while talking with her as her son was poking me with a piece of plastic play cheese.

She looked at me, sympathized for me, and asked me..."How do you do it all?"

How DO I do it all? I thought.

I have ALWAYS had two jobs.  Ever since I was able to work.  I worked multiple jobs at all times. (While I was in college, at one point, I had three jobs.) Why? Because I love to be busy! I love to work. I love to have skills and be good at what I do. I love teaching. I love being a part of the community and watching those children grow academically. I love building students up and giving them confidence in themselves for their future which is so so so important. A job I just can't give up. I love photography and how that scratches my creative itch. I love the people I get to meet and the families I get to watch grow. I love to snuggle babies and give families images they cherish forever. Literally, forever. The first thing they would grab if their house was on fire is their photos. Bar none. How lucky am I that I get to provide families with something of such value?

I love raising my family. I love seeing them happy and healthy. I love taking the girls to their gymnastics classes, basketball, and soccer practices. I love day trips and our little vacation getaways. Making memories and documenting milestones. I spend every day after school with them. Teaching them how to play and learn new skills. (My oldest just learned how to ride a two wheeler and my two year old rides a bike with training wheels!) They LOVE geocaching and hiking to a view. They love trips to the library for new books to read. After dinner we play games, we snuggle, we read, and just be together. I absolutely love doing all of those things.

My husband is my biggest fan, my most avid supporter. I take very good care of him and make sure I balance my time to make sure he knows how much I love him. Always. <3 We exercise together. We watch a few of the same TV shows here and there. We take turns doing certain "chores" so we don't burn out. He knows me. He gets me. He knows what buttons to push and exactly when to stop. He knows I'm not a morning person and he makes my coffee perfectly every single morning. I write little notes in his lunches and make him dinner every night. <3 He surprises us with take out, just so I don't have to cook again tonight. It's just what we do. And it's easy.

I surround myself with positive, loving, selfless people who are worth making time for. It's easy to make time for people you want to see and be with.

I have the best family in the world that would bend over backwards for me (and has), and I would return that for them. Time spent with them is my favorite and we do it often.

After thinking about all these things, it became obvious how I go about doing it all and making it look so easy.

And if you take anything away from this little story...please, let it be this:

It's easy to do it all...when you are always doing exactly what it is you love to do.

<3

Dandelion Wild Photography - One Year Cake Smash - Central Massachusetts Photographer - You Are My Sunshine Theme Cake Smash

So this was the cutest cake smash ever! This You Are My Sunshine theme really pulled at my heart strings.  That song is a song my Grandmother would always sing to me. I was always her Sunshine to her.  She would hold me close when I was sad...or even just because...and sing in a deep voice so I could feel the vibrations of her voice. It was the most soothing thing and it's something I always remember.

When I met little Kinsley, it was very clear to me why they chose this theme.  Not only could she replace the sun baby on Teletubbies (We literally just got Nick Jr. three days ago...and I can not believe Teletubbies is back...really?!) but Kins literally came over and once she was inside it rained.  I'm not even joking.  Ok...it rained throughout most of the day....but I think she might just possibly have some control over the sun. ;)

Mom and Dad just adore this little queen bee. She is the absolute sunshine in their life. I feel like there is something extra special about her though.  I couldn't exactly pin point it...but it was the feeling in the room as I watched her parents look at her, soothe her, dance for her, sing to her, make faces at her, and love on her.  There's just something about her and it's wonderful!  This family was very kind and I felt like I've known them for years, though only moments.

Since it was a rainy day, we decided to leave out family photos and reschedule them for another day. It was all about the babe for the day. She was such a good girl and was very sweet.

She loved her cake! She definitely preferred the frosting! She made us all laugh and laugh as she played the cake like a drum.  She got a kick out of us laughing and laughed too. 

She was a lot of fun and it was such a great way to spend a rainy morning. <3 What could be better than spending it photographing a happy baby girl digging into some cake??? <3

Happy Birthday! <3

 

Massachusetts Newborn Photographer - Dandelion Wild Photography - Newborn Session - Reid

I had the privilege of watching this family grow since Megan and I met back in college.  Before marriage. Before baby number one. And now they are on to baby number two. <3 I love his name! It's so suiting for such a relaxed and chill baby.  He just lounged and ate throughout his session.  I kind of expected that since his big bro is a great eater. ;)

I love when my friends bring me these beautiful babies to photograph.  It's such a relaxing environment and I can turn off the professional aspects and take extended breaks to just snuggle and admire their newest little addition to their family.

Some people say that all babies look the same.  As a photographer, we have a trained eye to find unique and special qualities of their subjects. These qualities are what make them special. <3

This last image is my favorite. I feel like this is what he would look like snuggling up close to mom in the early morning hours. <3 Something she'll want to remember, I'm sure.