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.
There's a lot to my photography that you haven't seen.
I take a lot of pictures of my family and everyday life around the house. Sometimes I capture things that are seemingly ordinary. Like the photo above. The classic flowers in a vase with some back light from the sun rise.
But, it's actually more.
Those flowers were given to me for Mother's Day from my family. A Mom. I'm a mom. The most impressive and the proudest title that I have. Can you believe when I was younger, I never planned to be one? I was surrounded by babies growing up. My siblings are much younger than I so my first impression of babies was exactly what a real life baby is: a crier, a pooper, and a sleeper. Annoying, gross and boring; according to my 8 year old self. And because I was 8 years old when my first sibling was born, I remember very vividly these babies. I never had any desire to subject myself to that.
But God had other plans.
Mother's Day is very special to me because it's the one day out of the year we can celebrate a part of me that is special. And that's not selfish. I am someone's MOM! I am super special to two little someones, and knowing and understanding that just helps me to be a better one. Having a day to celebrate a part of you that is special and recognizing that is deserved and should be shared. My favorite part of myself is that I'm a mom. And I want to remember the flowers I was given because I'm that.
Sometimes I catch my kids doing something they always do, and I think about how sweet it is, and then I want to remember it forever. So, I bring out my camera and capture it. The exact angle in which I tend to view it. This isn't ideal for artistic lifestyle photography as it's vital to experiment with angles in order to capture a moment that expresses an emotion and sometimes unique angles capture those details that aren't otherwise highlighted. When capturing photos that are important to you, not just anyone can truly see the importance, the emotion, the expression the image is trying to portray, simply because not every moment is understood as deeply as the one who captures it.
Here's an example of what I mean....that little smile my nephew makes that creates these little wrinkles between his eyes on the bridge of his nose. It's identical to my sister's, whom I remember so vividly as a baby. She was my first born sibling. I was almost 8. She was so precious to me and I remember holding her for the very first time. I remember my elbows aching on the wooden arm rests of the hospital chair. I remember never wanting to let her go.
That smile is something that has a deeper meaning to us where as another person might just look at him and simply mention how stinkin' cute he is. Something as small and as simple as that is worth capturing. It takes me back to those precious memories I hold so close to my heart. It makes me feel things I haven't felt in a long time, feelings I love to feel, feelings I never want to stop feeling.
We have cameras on us at all times of the day. Images do not have to follow any rules to be beautiful. They don't have to be taken with an expensive DSLR.
I encourage you to capture what you want to always remember with whatever you have. I then encourage you to print those images. Seal them in something and put them away for a rainy day. I guarantee every time you look at those images, whether it's tomorrow or 20 years from now; they are going to be the most beautiful images you have ever seen and one that is certainly worth having, saving, keeping safe.
One of the best feelings in the world is when a photo ignites you and floods your heart with memories.
Some more examples of what I mean:
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!
So Christmas Tree Farm Mini Sessions were a lot of fun this year. These are my most favorite sessions of the entire year!
A HUGE Thank You to Kip's Christmas Tree Farm for being so sweet in letting us all enjoy their property. It is absolutely breath taking and I couldn't be more thankful! If you're not sure where to get your Christmas Tree...this is the spot. It's totally worth the drive. You get to cut your own and they even shake it for you. Fresh wreathes are also on display for purchase. I can't wait to get our tree this weekend.
Here are a few favorites that I'm allowed to share! <3
I'm pretty convinced that I was meant to be a girl mom. However, once in a while, I stumble upon little boys who steal my heart and they almost convince me that that might not be true! These two were just so sweet. There is nothing like the bond between brothers.
Senior sessions are kind of a big deal. This is the year they are expected to figure it all out. What their plans are once they are handed that diploma they worked so hard for.
This is a tough time for parents too. Not only is their baby all grown up...this is a year where they try to savor every last bit of them as they start to spread their wings and get ready to take flight. But at the same time, these Seniors are busy testing the waters, enjoying their last year with friends they've grown up with or maybe just met and aren't ready to say goodbye. So many feelings your senior year. You've just had enough and are ready to take on the world, but at the same time a little nervous to start the next journey in life.
Shelby is down to earth, fun, gorgeous, and was up for anything as we trekked through an over grown field surrounded by beautiful farm land. She brought her boyfriend, friend, and pup along for her session and we captured some gorgeous images surrounded by some of her most favorite people on this earth.
Senior year is certainly unforgettable.
These are a few of my favorites from her session!
Congratulations Shelby and to the entire Class of 2018 at Quaboag Regional. #QuaboagStrong
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
We ended the night with some evening photos on the tractor Ron rolled in on. Perfect way to top of the evening.
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.