apple picking and back to school pictures

I copied my sister Shawni and decided to venture out with a friend and actually do a photo session with our own kids.  Photographing my own children is always MUCH more stressful than photographing other people's children.....but we made it through, and we even got made it home with a bag full of freshly picked apples and a tummies full of fresh made apple cider doughnuts.  Oh, how I love New England and the traditional apple picking.   IMG_4680 IMG_4681
Haze didn't want to crack a smile.  She had all kinds of poses in mind, but none of them included smiling.  My friend Heidi even did her infamous pee pee dance and Hazel barely budged.  Finally we eeeked a few out of her.     IMG_4685 IMG_4695 IMG_4698 IMG_4704 IMG_4711 IMG_4725IMG_4667 IMG_4740 I love this picture of these two.  I hope they get married one day.  IMG_4744 IMG_4748 
Emmeline wanted to get in on the action.  She was very intent on trying to do the apple balancing thing.  She thinks she's all big like the other kids.


And Charlie?  Well, he is a poser.  He has not one single iota of insecurities when a camera is pulled out.  Jeff thinks we should find a way to make money on him.  Maybe he'd have a chance if I could figure out how to tame his hair a bit.  It's getting a little out of hand.  
IMG_4792And, just so you know, Charlie is studying to be an astronaut (he’s quite serious about this).  He says he’s going to be the first man on mars.  Part of me believes him.
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Heidi is Emmeline’s favorite person in the world right now (Jeff and Hazel are close seconds).  She is obsessed with Heidi, and I can see why.  Heidi is so sweet to her, she talks to her and treats her like she is a big kid and can always can divine her every need before I’m even aware that she’s needing anything.  Emmeline spends a big portion of her time walking around pretending to talk to Heidi on anything that could resemble a phone and is always PSYCHED to go to church because Heidi is the nursery leader who plays with her and the other toddlers for two hours each week.  I love this picture of the two of them.

little alice

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-2514Ahhh, the newness of life.  One of my favorite parts of being a photographer is meeting little people right after they arrive in the world.  I love everything about those first 10 days of life.  The swimming movements, the glassy eyes, the angle smiles (or is it gas?).  I love their skin and the way the smell. I even love the way they cry.  -2657This little guy was especially fun to photograph.  He was awake for most of the shoot (despite our attempts to lull him into that newborn sleep).  But (for the most part) he was calm and quiet and just breathing in the world.  -2912 -2475  -2546 -2635 -2640 -2644   -2678 Can you believe how radiant mom is?  Right after giving birth?  She has that motherhood glow that I don’t think I ever have.  Amazing. -2693 -2701 -2705 -2719 -2752-2796 I probably shouldn’t put this one up, but I think it’s kind of funny, and oh so typical of those first few weeks of parenthood.   -2833 -2831 -2887

sleep well little Keoni.

$500 fee includes:

- 1-1.5 hour session with up to five people ($20 per additional
person) at a setting of your choice (within 30 miles of Boston)

- An archival CD with 60+ edited high resolution images that you can print and use as you like

  • Please note: my pricing model is different from many other photographers. You have the rights to these photos--you will have the digital files. You may use the images multiple times, in any way you would like (e.g., prints, digitally) if you took the picture yourself.
- Option to order professional prints at an additional cost, including fine art canvases, custom made story boards and hardbound albums

My approach:
  • As you will see from the images above, I have a relaxed style. While I always take several traditional shots with the subjects looking at the camera, I find my favorite images are those that capture family connections and emotions in a more casual way. My photo shoots are fun and informal, with families and children doing what they do together.
  • A typical session includes a variety of set ups: family portraits, individual portraits of each child, portraits of siblings together, mom with child/children, dad with child/children, and shots of mom and dad together. I take a lot of pictures. I want to capture who your family is in this moment in time.
  • I am happy to suggest locations and set-ups, but want to be sure to capture any that have special meaning for your family. I love when clients give some thought beforehand to the locations and shot set-ups (e.g., 'Dad chasing baby') that you would like to try.
  • My goal is not to create one or two perfect images. Instead I aim to capture and create a collection of images that portray who you really are, who your children are and the connection and love that you share.
  • $100 deposit due at booking to hold your slot. This is a non-refundable deposit. If the session needs to be rescheduled due to illness or weather this deposit will be applied to the rescheduled session.
  • Remaining $400 due at the end of your session.
  • I offer a full guarantee on my work--if you are not fully satisfied with your shoot and photos, I am happy to do another shoot at no cost.

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