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Boston Photographer | 2020: A Year in Portraits

Boston Photographer | 2020: A Year in Portraits

Boston Photographer | 2020: A Year in Portraits

What a roller coaster this year has been.  I know each year sometimes feels even more hectic and full than the last, but 2020 has definitely taken the cake for so many of us — remote schooling, not seeing our loved ones, loved ones becoming ill, losses on both business and personal fronts, isolation, cancelled milestone celebrations.  2020 has been ROUGH for so many of us.

So it has been a special honor to get to photograph the people I’ve photographed this year — marking moments in a historic year, taking that leap into entrepreneurship, up-leveling their business imagery to help support their family during an incredibly trying time, welcoming a new baby with all the usual stress and then pandemic added on top, making the effort to send out family photo cards in a reach for connection at a time when that is an extra challenge.

As a Boston Photographer, I get to enjoy all the seasons with my clients — cozy winters, glorious summers, crisp falls, and spring full of hope.  As we head into 2021, I’m so excited to see what the new year brings, and to share it with all of you.  I’ve expanded my offerings so you can experience all the seasons with me if you’d like — seasonal family portraits and monthly marketing minis are new on the menu.

Thank you all for all of your support, and I’m looking forward to seeing you in 2021!

PS — there’s still one more day of voting for my photo of the year contest over on my Facebook page — check it out and vote for your favorites!

 

Boston Photographer | 2020: A Year in Portraits

Stoneham Newborn Photographer | Stoneham, MA

Stoneham Newborn Photographer | Stoneham, MA

Stoneham Newborn Photographer | Stoneham, MA

Having a newborn is HARD.  Having a newborn when you also have an older child is HARD.  You know what’s even harder?  All that while there’s also a massive global pandemic going on.  Generally, newborn photographers talk about an “ideal window” for newborn portrait sessions (the classic 4-14 days old).  You know what?  Babies haven’t read that memo.  This little girl certainly hadn’t, since at five weeks old, she was a total dream to work with.  Her big brother was a total cutie and wonderful too — telling me all about his trucks, and I will admit he and I share a love of Daniel Tiger (ok, my four year old is totally obsessed and it’s grown on me 🙂 ).

Having a baby during a pandemic is full of all sorts of its own complications — one is that loved ones who may have wanted to be physically present aren’t able to be there.  During this session, we got to use some gorgeous quilts made by Grandma — as a hand crafter myself (I knit), I loved seeing these beautifully crafted quilts that allowed Grandma to play a role in baby V’s newborn session, even though she couldn’t physically be there herself.

Here are a few of my favorites from our time together:

 

Stoneham Newborn Photographer | Stoneham, MA

Maternity Portraits Boston | Dorchester, MA

Maternity Portraits, Boston | Dorchester, MA

Not quite a year ago, these two tied the knot, and now they are expecting their first baby.  It was such an honor to get to photograph them again as they embark on this new journey.  We had absolutely stunning weather — warm and sunny, and gorgeous foliage.  We went on an adventure to some of their favorite spots to walk and bike — places they are looking forward to sharing with their son when he’s born.

I often get asked when the perfect time to book maternity portraits is — the truth is, there’s no one right answer.  In general, a good rule of thumb is sometime around the 32 week mark — most moms-to-be have a visible bump at that point, but are still fairly comfortable moving around (we walked a TON during this session, and there was a lot of up and down from the ground — if that isn’t feeling like you, we can plan something different, but it’s definitely helpful to schedule if possible before it’s too uncomfortable to shift positions).  That being said — if for some reason your pregnancy is higher risk and you feel like you might deliver early, we can always schedule earlier in your pregnancy and can accentuate a smaller bump through posing techniques.

Maternity Portraits, Boston | Dorchester, MA

Mom + Daughter Fall Portraits | Acton, MA

Mom + Daughter Fall Portraits | Acton, MA

The last time I saw these two, baby S. was still in her mama’s belly.  We had hoped for a newborn session when she was born this spring, but the pandemic got in the way.  It was so much fun to see how baby S has grown into her own person with some serious personality in just a few months.  It was a super chilly day, so S was bundled up all nice and cozy, and as her mama said “We are strong Russian women — the cold doesn’t bother us!” — and as you can see, the cold didn’t both S at all — she was full of smiles, smirks, and snuggles with her mama helped, too!

I know people get nervous about family sessions with kids when it’s colder out, but in my experience, we can totally make it work with the right clothing choices and the right location.  With babies, like S, we have lots of snuggle time, and with older kids, they can also run around to keep warm (and get some awesome shots of them in action!).  Here are a few of my favorites from my time with baby S and her mama:

 

Mom + Daughter Fall Portraits | Acton, MA

Covid & Newborn Portraits | Malden, MA

Covid & Newborn Portraits | Malden, MA

Covid & Newborn Portraits | Malden, MA

What does it look like to have an in-home newborn session in the age of Covid-19?  In many ways, it looks very similar to what pre-covid newborn sessions looked like — just with a few key extra precautions.  Some things are the same as always — all my wraps and baskets are washed and wiped down after every session, and I always wash my hands and use hand sanitizer when I first walk in the door.  These are things I’ve been doing since my very first newborn session, almost six years ago.  In addition, before I even walk in the door — I get a Covid test the day before your newborn session, and go through a screening process (checking temperature and symptoms) before I head out the door to photograph your family.  I now also put disposable booties on my feet so I’m not tracking anything you don’t want through the house, and I have gloves I can wear if you’re more comfortable with that than bare sanitized hands.  I also bring an air purifier we can plug in to help clean the air we work together.  Most importantly of all, I will ALWAYS have my mask on.  Your family’s safety is my highest priority.

What is the same about a newborn session in the middle of a pandemic?  I still capture those family moments and all the details of your new little one with the same care and fun as always.  If big siblings are around, I make sure they feel included and super special during what is a major transition for them.  I still make sure this amazing little person you’ve just brought home is captured in all their adorable-ness so you can remember for years to come when sleep deprivation may cloud some of your memory 🙂

Here’s a recent in-home newborn session I had the pleasure of capturing:

 

 

Covid & Newborn Portraits | Malden, MA

Newborn Portraits | Arlington, MA

First Year Program Newborn Portraits | Arlington, MA

First Year Program Newborn Portraits | Arlington, MA

Is there anything more exciting than a newborn?  Newborns are my absolute favorite, and this little girl was particularly wonderful to work with.  Almost four weeks old, which is outside of the “usual” range for newborn portraits (seriously, though — is ANYTHING usual this year?) she was a little harder to settle, but once she settled, we had a lovely time!  She loved to be swaddled, so that was our main focus for the session.  With a big brother just returned from a few weeks at the grandparents’ to give mom and baby a little time to recover from the birth, life was feeling a little chaotic for this family, but we found a way to create a small oasis in one of the bedrooms — with gorgeous light, the heat on, and a VERY enthusiastic big brother, I worked to figure out how to keep her happy and capture her newborn-ness for her family.

One of the things I love about starting a First Year Program with a newborn session is that it’s a great chance for me to get to know a family and vice versa — all those nursing breaks we can chat and I find it helps families feel more comfortable with me photographing them — especially in times like this where Covid Precautions are top of mind.  Here are some of my favorites from my time with baby C and her family, and I can’t wait to see them all again in a few months!

First Year Program Newborn Portraits | Arlington, MA

First Year Program Portraits | Lexington, MA

First Year Program Portraits | Lexington, MA

First Year Program Portraits | Lexington, MA

It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year since baby M was born and I was photographing her newborn session.  And at the same time, it’s been a year where there have been zillions of memes about months or even days feeling like whole decades.  When I first met M and her parents, life was fairly normal.  The next time I saw them was for the Front Porch Project as we all reeled from a new pandemic — her 6 month session happened as we were all adjusting to what it meant to leave our houses again.  This session, this celebration of M’s first birthday, was a lovely antidote to the stress and chaos of earlier in the year.  In a beautiful natural spot, with a cheery toddler and her moose named Broose, we had so much fun.  A year ago, she was an adorable little lump, and now she’s a walking child with Opinions of her own, and a sense of humor (check out some of those grins below!).

And this is what I love most about the First Year Program I offer for families — getting to watch them grow, and grow with them a little.  And this year especially, be a steady presence — a little bit of normal in a world otherwise turned upside down.

First Year Program Portraits | Lexington, MA

Boston Outdoor Newborn Photography | Brookline, MA

Boston Outdoor Newborn Photography | Brookline, MA

Boston Outdoor Newborn Photography | Brookline, MA

What a treat to get to see this family again!  This is the second time I’ve gotten to photograph one of their newborns, and we’ve had some fun family portrait sessions in between babies 🙂   With Covid-19, we had to have a bit of a different plan that we went with for their first newborn session with me — rather than being in their home, they were most comfortable with an outdoor setting.  I was masked the entire time and had both gloves and hand sanitizer for when I was wrapping and posing baby J.  For the family and sibling shots, I kept my distance and used a long lens just as I’ve been doing with the family sessions I’ve been photographing since re-opening this Spring.

It is a wonderful transformation to see kids grow over the years.  When I first met these folks in 2017, they were making the transition from a family of three to a family of four, and their oldest was adjusting to his brand new role as big brother — a big adjustment for any kid, no matter how welcome a new sibling is.  Over the years, I’ve watching big J and B grow — watched their relationship develop and deepen.  And this week, I got to see them go through another major change in their life — welcoming a new little brother to their club.   As a mom of three boys myself, their dynamic during their session touched me particularly — I loved seeing how big J helped B out with holding little J — big J has been there, done that and knows the ropes, and it was so sweet to see him passing along what he’s learned to his little brother as he transitions from youngest to middle.  Here are some of my favorites from our time together:

 

Boston Outdoor Newborn Photography | Brookline, MA

Lexington Family Photographer

Lexington Family Photographer First Year Package

Lexington Family Photographer First Year Package

We met up bright and early for “serious baby” (as his mother called him)’s birthday portraits.  I first met Z at his newborn session, and it’s hard to believe how fast time has flown.  I’ve gotten to watch as he’s grown from tiny baby to a baby who has this baby thing pretty well figured out (at his six month session) to a proto-toddler looking ahead to what his second year on Earth will bring.  It was time-change day, and a little extra chilly that morning, but we made the best of it and had some fun — we even managed to coax a smile or two from Serious Baby 🙂

It is such a joy to get to capture a baby’s first year — there is no larger time of growth (physical or mental) in our lifetimes as humans, and there is such a wide range of where we all are at that one year mark, that it feels so special to get to capture who this one baby has become in that special year.

Lexington Family Photographer First Year Package

First Year Portraits | Cambridge, MA

First Year Portraits | Cambridge, MA

First Year Portraits | Cambridge, MA

When it came time for the 8 months milestone session of this little guy’s first year package, (oh my goodness, HOW is he 8 months old already?) life at home was a bit in transition.  These folks have just closed on a new home, and have started renovations, but not moved yet, and their current house (which we’ve used before for this guy and for his big sister’s portraits), is currently in the state of many boxes (as any of us who have ever moved can sympathize with!).  So off we headed to the library.  For a family of book lovers, this was the perfect spot, and it was nice and cozy on a very chilly morning.  With a book theme, and a lots of fun exploring, it was also a great place to be so that big sister could get some special attention as well.  One of my favorite requests they had was to do a family portrait with their new house’s plans drawn by the architect they’re working with.  A perfect moment as they transition to their new home!

Like many 8 month olds, this little guy thought the books were delicious, and was just at peak smiles  — here are a few of my favorites from our time together:

First Year Portraits | Cambridge, MA

In-Home Newborn Portraits | Arlington, MA

In-Home Newborn Portraits | Arlington, MA

In-Home Newborn Portraits | Arlington, MA

There’s no place like home, right?  Especially for a brand new human who has just entered the world.  I love doing in-home newborn portraits.  Whether you bring your baby home to a place you’ll only be living for a few more weeks, or you’ll be there as a family for decades to come, there is something so special about that FIRST home.

These folks just had their second little boy, and I went to their home for their session on a chilly January morning.  Their older child was at preschool, so we had some time to really focus on mom, dad, and baby, so we were ready for sibling and family shots as soon as big brother arrived and was ready to go (and oh my goodness, this big brother was SO sweet and SO excited to see HIS baby — it was truly a delight to see).   And it was wonderful to see just how comfortable little brother was in big brother’s arms, and all snuggled up together.  Grandma was visiting to help out with the transition from a family of three to a family of four, so she was able to jump in for a few portraits with the kids as well.

I can see these brothers being a fantastic team as they grow up, and I so hope they stay as close as they are now.  Here are a few (so hard to narrow it down!) of my favorites from my time with this family:

 

 

Hospital Newborn Session | Boston, MA

Hospital Newborn Session | Boston, MA

It was a true honor to be invited in by this family to capture their baby son.  He was born with a heart condition, and was between surgeries when I met him.  With all the tubes and beeps and incredible stress inherent in having a very sick baby in the hospital, I did my best to make this experience one that could be positive for them all — giving the new parents the care and attention I always do with my clients, and making sure baby A was comfortable with how he was positioned.  As with all my newborn sessions, I also endeavored to capture a little bit of what babyhood looks like for this family right now — in an at-home session, that could be a quiet moment hanging out on a couch or in a rocking chair in a nursery, and for this family, it meant learning about using A’s new feeding tube.  It’s a different experience, but it’s their reality as they live life with their new little one.  Someday he may ask about his earliest days, just as many children do, and I hope these images help convey the love he was surrounded by, both from his own parents as well as from the amazing nursing staff helping to care for him.  And while his medical needs are in the forefront right now, he is also in many ways just a baby, who does normal baby things — cooing and smiling, wanting to snuggle in, and I tried to capture that too.  Mom and Dad were a little reluctant to get in front of the camera, but A was happiest in their arms, so we worked with it!

I often get asked if I bring additional light to newborn sessions — many people are self-conscious about the light in their homes and the truth is, one window is really all I need.  Hospitals are notorious for poor lighting conditions, but with the right positioning, we can create magic together.

 

Hospital Newborn Session

Lifestyle Newborn Portraits | Cambridge, MA

Lifestyle Newborn Portraits | Cambridge, MA

It was such a pleasure to get to meet these folks at the start of baby M’s First Year Package.  M. was so alert and curious throughout the session, and I loved getting to see little peeks at what her personality might become as she grows!

Her parents picked some wraps from my collection — some that went with their nursery colors, and a bonus pumpkin setup because October — and we were off to the races with family shots, parent shots, and some individual shots.  After a few different setups, they asked “Would it be weird if we included a stuffed moose?  His name is Bruce.”  OMG, how could I resist a stuffed moose named Bruce???  Moose are a bit of an inside joke for this family, and I was so thrilled to be able to include something that was special to them, and glad they felt comfortable enough to ask.  I think Bruce might be making an appearance in M’s later First Year Package sessions as well 🙂

First Year Package

First Year Package | Winchester, MA

First Year Package

For their older child’s first year package, the timing didn’t quite work out to do a session with foliage, so this time around with their second little one, that was a priority.  And boy oh boy did the trees oblige!  One thing these folks did that was super helpful was that they hired a “mother’s helper” — an older kid — to hang out with their active toddler when we were more focused on the baby.  While not necessary, it did make it a more enjoyable session for everyone involved to have that extra pair of hands!  Here are a few of my favorites from their session:

 

First Year Baby Package

First Year Baby Package | Stoneham, MA

First Year Baby Package

Such a joy to see these folks (and their fantastic au pair, who joined us for this session) in Stoneham for baby Z’s second session of his first year baby package.  Hard to believe he’s 7 months already!  We really lucked out with the weather clearing up so we could go outside, and there’s a lovely bit of conservation land within an easy walk of their home.  We had some good fall color and had a grand time exploring the woods and fields.  Here are a few of my favorites from our time together.  I was super touched by mom’s enthusiasm when I sent her gallery — a quick text telling me “Mira!  Those are just too gorgeous!”

 

Breastfeeding Portraits

Breastfeeding Portraits | Belmont, MA

Breastfeeding Portraits

So many people were interested in the breastfeeding portraits I did last month for World Breastfeeding Week that we scheduled another go-round this past weekend.  We had four moms and their little nurslings come, and it was again an unbelievably gorgeous evening for portraits in Belmont, MA.  Like before, the session fees were donated to help support the incredible (and incredibly important) work of Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast.  I feel so lucky to get to work with so many amazing families — here are some of my favorites of these folks.  If you’d like to schedule a portrait session to document your special feeding relationship with your child (however you feed them!) please get in touch — I love being able to celebrate these important relationships!

Breastfeeding Portraits

Boston Newborn Photographer

Boston Newborn Photographer

Ahhh… we apparently did the maternity session for this family just in the nick of time, because a few days later, baby Ruby made her appearance in the world!  Welcomed by mom, dad, and big brother Calvin (who I also had the privilege of photographing for his first year package) this little girl came into the world surrounded by so much love.  With the warm weather, we were able to do some portraits outside in the garden Ruby’s mama works so hard on, as well as some in their home.  All flowers used in this session were straight from the garden — how amazing is that?  Here are a few of my favorites of our time together — I can’t wait until the next session of her first year package in a few months!

Boston Newborn Photographer

Lexington Newborn Photographer

Lexington Newborn Photographer | Lexington, MA

Lexington Newborn Photographer

This newborn session was more poignant than most.  Baby Asher was welcomed into a loving, amazing family last week with a mom and dad, grandparents, and two doting big sisters.  His older brother, though, was not there to welcome him.  His older brother passed away at the age of 5 weeks.  Drew may be gone, but he is far from forgotten — we incorporated several elements in Asher’s session that were a nod to Drew, knowing that Drew will always be an important part of this family even as they move forward without him.  Blue for Drew’s hearts — a symbol the family has adopted as a way to remember and include Drew as they go about their daily life, and a rainbow wrap because Asher is this family’s rainbow baby — the hope that comes after a storm.

With older sisters in elementary school, I also had a lot of fun incorporating their ideas into the session — they were so excited about getting to take pictures with their baby brother and were just a joy to work with.

One of the things about newborn sessions I love is that they are flexible — the day of Asher’s session, it was beautiful and quite warm (ok, full-on August heat!) so when mom asked if we could go outside to their backyard, it was perfect!  We got to use the garden, as well as some of the woods behind the house!

Here are a few of my favorites — I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed working with this amazing family!

Lexington Newborn Photographer

World Breastfeeding Week Portraits

World Breastfeeding Week Portraits | Belmont, MA

World Breastfeeding Week Portraits

Last week, I was asked if I would be up for throwing together a portrait session for World Breastfeeding Week.   On such short notice, not very many people were available, but we had a gorgeous evening (in between massive thunderstorms in the afternoon and later at night) and the light was just perfect.  We did a couple of group shots, and then two of the participants opted in to do individual mini-sessions (with the proceeds going to support our local non-profit milk bank, Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast).  I’m so pleased to be able to share some of my favorites from our time together.

We’re looking at planning another breastfeeding portrait session in September (when sunset is at a time more fitting for small children’s bedtimes and the weather is a bit cooler 🙂 ) so stayed tuned!  The date will be announced on my Facebook page.

 

World Breastfeeding Week Portraits

Littleton Newborn Session | Boston Newborn Photographer

We were tucked in the woods for this Littleton newborn session.   At 5 days old, baby P was super adorable, but the heart-stealing moments were when big sister C wanted to help (and showed how well she COULD help!).  A new baby is a big transition for everyone, but can especially be so for a big sibling who may have only had a vague idea of what was coming (ha, who am I kidding… as a mom of three, I know that even the adults involved really only usually have a pretty vague idea of how everything will go with a new baby!).  At all my newborn sessions with older siblings, I work extra hard to make sure that big brothers and sisters feel heard and involved, and get some say in how we do pictures.  So much is not up to them at a time like this, and so much attention focused on the baby.  I usually also start with the whole family shots first, then anything involving the sibling(s), so that after that, if the big kid(s) want to go play or not have the camera on them, we’ve gotten what we need with them.   Sometimes, like in this session, a kid who has decided they are Absolutely Positively DONE will actually come back around for some more candid shots, which is always so nice to see.

Littleton Newborn Session

Lexington Family Photographer

Lexington Family Photographer | Birthday Portraits

Lexington Family Photographer

From a maternity session to newborn, and now such a big kid on the move as she celebrated her first birthday, it has been such a delight to follow Clara’s journey.  I’m not sure I’ve ever met such a smiley toddler in my life (which should totally not have surprised me given how smiley she was even as a newborn!).  We had a great time exploring and had PERFECT weather — 70s and crisp and gorgeous evening light — we could not have asked for a better summer evening.  With one dress that was a gift from Grandma, and another that’s her special birthday party dress, this little one totally rocked her session, and I’m so excited to get to share these with you!

Lexington Family Photographer

Cambridge Birthday Photographer | Milestone Portraits

Cambridge Birthday Photographer

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since I first met Carl at his newborn session!  He’s grown so much, and I’ve loved getting to watch his personality develop along with the relationship with his older brother!  We had a gorgeous morning for his birthday portraits in Cambridge, MA.  We had many sweet moments, and silly moments, but I have to say my very favorite moment was when big brother Anders told a friend he saw “I can’t play right now.  I’m doing pictures with my friend Mira!”  — I totally melted.  I *hope* that the kids I work with enjoy their time with me!  Here are a few of my favorites from Carl’s session:

Cambridge Birthday Photographer

Home Newborn Portraits

Home Newborn Portraits | Arlington, MA

This little one showed up a little early, but was such a dream for her in home newborn portraits.  Most of all, it was delightful to see just how smitten her parents are with her.  Pippa had several special gifts that we were able to incorporate into her session, and one of her cats even hopped in for a shot.  One of the special setups we did was that we incorporated her dad’s childhood quilt and her mom’s childhood stuffed animal — these have been imbued with so much love over the years.  Here are a few of my favorites of Pippa and her parents (and cats!):

Home newborn portraits

Winchester Newborn Photographer | Outdoor Summer Newborn Session

Winchester Newborn Photographer

This in-home newborn session ended up being mostly an outdoor session.  With a new home, they are still moving in, and it was such a glorious day we couldn’t resist the great outdoors after a few shots in a favorite window seat and in the nursery. It was infectious, the love these two new parents have for their new baby girl and for each other.  And the love that went into all these gorgeous handmade gifts for such a loved little one.  Here are a few of my favorites from our time together — I’m looking forward to getting to see her grow!

Winchester Newborn Photographer

Somerville Newborn Photographer | Somerville, MA

Somerville Newborn Photographer 

I had the pleasure of working with this amazing family for an entire year for big sister Lydia’s First Year package, and I was so excited to get to meet Max and start his First Year package the other day!  He is such a sweet baby, and I loved getting to incorporate the gorgeous quilts made by mom and others for these amazing kids.  With siblings so close together, sibling shots can be a challenge, but I find that working with what older sibling wants to do and tweaking it just a little bit, with support from parents, helps enormously.  Here are a few of my favorites from Max’s newborn session, and I can’t wait to see them in a few months for his next milestone session!

Somerville Newborn Photographer 

Arlington Baby Photographer | Arlington, MA

It was such a joy, as an Arlington baby photographer, to see these folks again for baby M’s six month milestone session!  Dad had requested a playground location, and so we headed over to this fantastic playground in East Arlington.   These boys had a great time swinging and climbing and exploring, and it was so wonderful to see how they had grown!  Big brother O kept referring to M as “my baby” which is always so endearing, and their love for each other really came through.  Here are a few of my favorites from our time together — I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them!

Arlington Baby Photographer

powerful breastfeeding portraits

Breastfeeding Portraits | Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition

Breastfeeding Portraits | Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition

Several months ago, I was approached by the web developer who is working with the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition on developing their new website.  They needed breastfeeding portraits to use in their new design.  Perhaps I could find 2-3 moms willing to model for this project?  As a breastfeeding mom myself, and former volunteer breastfeeding counselor with Nursing Mothers’ Council, I was SO excited to work with Mass. Breastfeeding Coalition on this project!  I knew they were on a tight deadline (they are hoping to launch the new site on Mothers’ Day), so I quickly sent a model call out into the world and was OVERWHELMED with the response.

Within 24 hours, more than 70 mothers had applied.  Sifting through was quite a task, but I was so excited to be able to showcase the diversity of breastfeeding experiences in our lovely commonwealth.  I was sorry I couldn’t photograph everyone who applied, but so pleased to be able showcase racial and ethnic diversity, different ages of nurslings from 7 days old all the way up to a few three year olds, and every age in between.  One mom was excited to be able to help show that plus-sized moms can breastfeed, another excited to showcase her prosthetic leg is no barrier to breastfeeding her toddler.  We were able to include a family with two moms, and a mom with twins.  We photographed breastfeeding dyads in a cafe, at home, in a park, waiting for the T, and in a library, a pregnant mom who breastfed her older two and is looking forward to breastfeeding her new little one, and were able to showcase a pumping mom as well.

Here are some of my favorites — more than 65, and it was SO hard to narrow it down this much. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed working on this project!

In-Home Family Portraits | Cambridge, MA

With babies and a birthday deadline for a gift for Grandma, it can be tough in early Spring to find a good location.  In-home family portraits are a great option, offering a familiar environment for baby, and the flexibility to head outside for a short time if the weather is amenable without having to bank on baby being comfy outside the whole time if it’s a little chilly or damp.  This little guy was 8 months old when I met him and his lovely parents in Cambridge, MA for their in-home family portraits, and we had such a nice time playing indoors and out!  Here are a few of my favorites from our time together:

Boston area newborn portraits

Boston Area Newborn Portraits | Stoneham, MA

Boston Area Newborn Portraits

It was such a pleasure to get to see these folks again!  I had photographed their older son’s first year through my first year portrait package, and it was such a joy to get to see them again as they welcomed their second son to their family.  As a photographer in the Boston area, newborn portraits are one of my very favorite things to photograph.

With such an adorable little one and proud big brother, how could I not love jobs like this!  I’m so excited to get to capture little baby Z’s first year as well and watch him grow.

Lifestyle Newborn Portraits | Winchester, MA

After capturing their older daughter as a newborn, and recent maternity session, I was so excited to get to go meet the newest member of this wonderful family in Winchester, MA.  Baby R was so alert and awake, and I think he totally rocked his lifestyle newborn portraits.   It was such a joy to see his big sister be so excited about him, and see how he just fits in so well.  Big sister C was especially excited about how baby R can listen to stories too — she picked out one of her favorites to have their mom read to him at one point during the session, which was so, so sweet.

birthday milestone portraits

Birthday Milestone Portraits | First Year Package | Cambridge, MA

It was a chilly, slightly snowy afternoon for these birthday milestone portraits.  Little R has grown so much since I first met him at his newborn session, and it has been such a delight to watch him grow over the course of this year.  We started out outdoors, taking advantage of the softly drifting snowflakes, stopping at one point for a quick snack for R (his mom said then “What could be more New England than a picnic in the snow?” with a smile).  As R got chilly, we headed indoors, where he had fun exploring hallways and windows that were delightfully mirror-like.  Another first year package has come to an end, but it was a true joy to work with these folks over the past year.

newborn and siblings portraits

Newborn and Sibling Portraits | Arlington, MA

Ahhh…  I know I’m a bit of a broken record, but there is seriously nothing I love more than getting an email or phone call asking about newborn and sibling portraits because one of my former newborn clients is pregnant again.  I had captured big brother T’s newborn portraits  a year and a half ago, and had such a lovely time with these folks.  I was so excited to learn they were expecting a little girl, and even more excited to meet her!  Baby A’s newborn session happened to be on the day of a big Patriot’s game, so we did a few showing her (and the whole family’s) team spirit, as well as the more standard newborn shots 🙂

home maternity portraits

Home Maternity Portraits | Winchester, MA

I last got to photograph these folks when their daughter was a newborn, and it was so nice to get to photograph them again.  This time was for home maternity portraits in their lovely home, with their charming toddler!  I am so excited to meet their new little one in a few weeks for his newborn session, and it was so exciting to see Charlotte be so excited to be a big sister.

One of the nicest things about maternity portraits is that they capture a very fleeting moment — not just pregnancy which, of course, last for a limited time, but also their time as a family of three before they become a family of four.

newborn boy portraits

Newborn Boy Portraits | Billerica, MA

It’s always a little magical getting to photograph newborns, and these newborn boy portraits were no exception.  His older brother had a first year package with me, and I am so excited to get to watch both of them grow over this year.   I loved getting to see how he was similar, how he was different, and how big brother O was doing with the role transition.  Such an alert little guy, he loved to be held and just gaze at his parents and his brother — it was so sweet to see him just soaking them in.  Here are some of my favorites:

smiling newborn baby girl portraits

Newborn baby girl portraits | Arlington, MA

Ahhh, I love photographing newborns, and these newborn baby girl portraits were certainly no exception.  Her older brother was super sweet — making sure she had one of his favorite toys, giving her lots of hugs and kisses and snuggles, and using his quiet voice when she was sleeping (often a challenge for big siblings!).    The family had just put up their Christmas tree, and we took advantage, with the kids in their Christmas outfits for the first part of the session.  Then we headed upstairs to the parents’ bedroom, where there was fantastic window light and a very awake but very smiley, happy baby.  Such a joy to work with, and check out her amazing head of hair!

Family portraits in Nature | Lexington, MA

This sweet family contacted me in the fall — they wanted family portraits in nature with their two month old daughter and sweetheart of a dog.  “We love the outdoors so we’d lean towards something with trees vs water or a city background.” they said in one of our initial emails and I had the perfect spot for them, lots of lovely trees and very stroller- and dog-friendly.  And it turns out it was a spot they loved from years ago, but hadn’t been to recently — I love when my clients have a connection to our location since it just makes the whole portrait session that much more special.  It was SUPER cold, so their little one was super-bundled, but we managed to capture this family of three (plus canine!) for their holiday cards.

First Year Package Milestone Portraits | Cambridge, MA

It was a yucky and rainy for most of the day we had scheduled for these first year package milestone portraits, but the skies cleared just long enough for us to head outdoors into the gorgeous gardens near where these folks live in Cambridge, MA.   We had such a lovely time playing around in the gardens and exploring.   Little baby C was so sweet, and it was so wonderful to get to see how he’d grown since his newborn session.  When the kids got a little chilly and wanted to head inside, we went in and the whole family changed into coordinated Christmas pajamas — so cute!!   Can’t wait to see these folks for their next first year package milestone portraits in a few months.