This inquiry for a family portrait session with two teens came along when we were still in the depths of winter — home garden family portraits were a far away dream. Little did we know then that we would have such a cold, rainy spring. Lucy mentioned in her inquiry that she had two teens at home and that her grandmother lives with them and does a lot of gardening at their home — we were both thrilled at the idea of doing their family portraits in the garden. When the day rolled around, we were lucky in the weather — one of so few truly nice days in the past month or two. The garden wasn’t quite as far along as it might have been, but was green and lovely, and the teens were happy to be in photos (not always a given!). This session was definitely a highlight of my spring, and I’m excited to get to share these highlights with you:
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!
Sometimes things don’t go quite according to plan. For these outdoor family portraits, we had perfect weather, a gorgeous location, and kids who were excited about pictures. But just before I arrived, the littlest one got a splinter from a stick she was playing with and was so upset she wouldn’t let anyone help her get it out. Luckily, we were able to coax some smiles from her anyway, and we had a nice time jumping on rocks and climbing fences and exploring despite it all. Here are a few of my favorites from these outdoor family portraits, and I hope you enjoy them!
It was such a pleasure to meet these folks. They had a spot in Arlington’s Great Meadow they wanted to go for their teen / family portraits, and I was excited to get to do their portraits in a spot they love so much. With their oldest heading off to college in the fall, this was a great time to capture images of them as a family of four before they enter another phase. With teens, they are so aware of what’s going on that sometimes it can be a bit tricky to get them to loosen up and have some fun in front of the camera, so we played some games to get some real smiles. Here are some of my favorites from our time for their teen / family portraits:
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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:
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.
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.
“I’d love to celebrate that we’ve just moved to Winchester — more ‘cityscape family portraits’ than out in the woods.” Thus came the inquiry that got us started with this wonderful family. Recent transplants from Chicago, the cold morning we found ourselves with in early December didn’t phase the folks at all. Additionally, they have the rare teen and tween who don’t mind getting up super early — this was a dawn/sunrise portrait session (usually a hard sell with that age group!). We spent a while wandering around the town hall and library, and sneaking off to a little street that really captured that cityscape family portraits feel. And then the very smart parents revealed their secret to such amazingly cooperative kids — it was still early enough for there to not be a wait to go out for brunch 🙂
One of my favorite things — getting to work with families again and again. This fall maternity mini-session was an add-on to the start of this family’s second First Year Package. 2 years ago, I had the pleasure of capturing their first baby’s first year, from bump to birthday and I was so excited when they emailed to let me know they were expecting again! It was a super chilly afternoon, but they were good sports, and when we meet next at their baby’s newborn session, we know it will be toasty warm 🙂 Here are a few of my favorites — a little peek into these folks in their last month as a family of three!
It was such a pleasure to work with these folks, and we could not have asked for more perfect weather or foliage for colorful fall family portraits in Arlington, MA. With kids this small, I find that a “lifestyle” or unposed/lightly-posed approach works best — we can get fantastic images by playing and exploring the world around us (in the case of this session, we had a great time checking out all the very cool leaves that had fallen!). Keeping things playful keeps everyone happy and more relaxed, which makes it much for fun for everyone 🙂 Here are a few of my favorites:
This sweet family has lived here for years, but will be heading back to England soon. When they got in touch to book outdoor baby portraits (and family portraits!), they wanted to go to a place that would remind them of their time in the Boston area. What could be better than to head to iconic Harvard Yard, where, of course, there is not actually any parking, and Cambridge Common. It was a chilly morning, but their little guy was such a delight — so cheerful! It probably helped that he was double-bundled up for warmth 🙂 He especially had a great time at the playground on the giant tire swing, swinging with his parents.
Another Fall weekend, another chance to catch up with a returning client! Last time I saw them was for their little one’s newborn session, and it was amazing to get to see how much he’s grown. I saw them this time for fall family portraits in Boston, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather or light (or foliage!)! We played some chase games and explored our beautiful surroundings. When the kids were just DONE we took a snack break and had some story time with a family favorite book. Here are a few of my favorites — I hope you love them as much as I do!
I say it over and over again, but there is something really magical about photographing a newborn family, and then getting to see them again as they grow — the child grows in such obvious ways, but so do the parents. These outdoor fall toddler portraits in Arlington, MA were just such a lovely opportunity. Clarke is a joyful, sweet, curious toddler, and it was so nice to get to catch up with her and her parents on such a gorgeous fall day! We got to tromp around the pond and explore the park, and I couldn’t resist taking a detail shot that doesn’t often show up in toddler galleries — this girl still has some seriously gorgeous lashes I just couldn’t resist capturing.
These folks were such a pleasure to work with for their extended family portraits in Lincoln, MA. We met at their mother’s house in Lincoln, which was absolutely gorgeous, inside and out. Since the weather had cleared up from some earlier rain, we worked outside and took advantage of this lovely backyard and farm land. As is usual for my portrait sessions, especially extended family sessions with small children who just want to play, we did a combination of more guided/posed shots and more candid/natural shots, and we played lots of games to keep the kids engaged and happy (always the most important part of any portrait session with children!). It was such a joy to capture these extended family portraits in Lincoln, MA, and here are a few of my favorites from our time together:
We lucked out with gorgeous weather for outdoor fall family portraits for these folks. We went to a local park in Lincoln, MA and had a great time climbing and exploring. This was their first time doing family portraits, and 6 year old Arthur was a particular ham — he had lots of great jokes to tell me (some of which I’m totally adding to my usual rotation!).
Here are a few of my favorites. And if you’re thinking about scheduling an outdoor fall family portrait session, I still have a few openings. Take a look at my session prep guide to get ready!
One of the joys of my job is getting to see clients year after year — getting to see families and children grow. These fun outdoor family portraits in Arlington, MA were no exception — I loved seeing how much these kiddos had grown and changed since I saw them last year for portraits in Winchester. The littlest, especially, had gone from a babe in arms to a walking, talking, toddler chasing after her big brothers and wanting in on all the fun they were having. The big kids were so excited about their session that they made a sign to include in some of the fun outdoor family portraits we took, which I loved! Here are some of my favorites from our time together, and I hope to get to work with them next year and see more changes and growth!
I often get asked about locations for family portraits, and while I have a ton of options I’m always happy to suggest, my very favorite is working in a space that’s special to the family I’m working with. For these family portraits in Lexington, MA, we got to use this family’s lovely backyard which backed onto a little brook. It was such a gorgeous setting, and this family was such a joy to work with!
These big brothers had just recently welcomed a baby sister, and it was so sweet to see how excited they were about her. These kiddos were excited about all sorts of things — they were especially eager to show me all their cool sports moves (in multiple sports!).
Castle Island Family Portraits. When I was a kid, Castle Island was one of my very favorite spots. Only about 10 minutes from where I grew up, it was a perfect place to cool off with a sea breeze in the summer. When Jana and Dylan suggested it as a spot for portraits, I was so excited I could hardly wait.
While Castle Island is a lovely place to cool off in the summer, it can unfortunately also have that feature on an already-cool October day! The intense winds limited somewhat where we could go, but we had fantastic light. Even better were the dozens of airplanes that flew overhead, entrancing the kids.
It was such a treat to get to work with these folks again, too — I had first photographed them at my Spring mini-sessions in 2016, which were a fundraiser for the Arlington Family Connection. At that point, they were a family of three, and it was so nice to get to see them again as a family of four!
It was such a pleasure to get to see Anna, Ian, and Charlie again for Charlie’s first birthday milestone portrait session. It’s hard to believe it’s been a little more than a year since I photographed Anna & Ian’s maternity portraits, and a little less than a year since I photographed newborn Charlie.
One of the things the three of them love to do together is to hike, so we headed to one of their favorite spots in the Fells for Charlie’s portrait session. The weather for Anna and Ian’s maternity session was foggy — it leant a lovely ethereal sense to their portraits, and is not weather I often get to shoot in. Luckily for them, the day of Charlie’s first birthday milestone portrait session was *also* foggy and lovely, which was a real treat.
It was such a joy to get to see how Charlie has grown, and how Anna and Ian have settled into being parents this past year. Here are some of my favorites from our time together — they included some very special items such as a sweater handknit for Ian by his aunt when he was a baby, and a stuffed animal that belonged to Anna’s late father — it was wonderful to get to see how they are weaving their families’ stories into Charlie’s life.
I often get asked by clients and potential clients what happens if the weather is terrible on their scheduled outdoor headshot session date — luckily, this doesn’t come up very often (hoping that doesn’t jinx things as I head into the busiest season of the year!). Cheryl, a school counselor, had the unfortunate luck to have an outdoor headshot session scheduled for a day where the weather forecast was the very worst — uncertain. Usually, I can make a call an hour or two before the session is scheduled about whether or not we need to reschedule, but on the day of Cheryl’s scheduled session the forecast was jumping all over the map — we tried meeting up to see if the more optimistic forecasts might come true, but alas it was not to be. Luckily, I always leave a little bit of wiggle room in my schedule in case of just such a circumstance, and we met again the following evening — a perfect, beautiful Fall evening in Arlington Heights!
The one catch about the reschedule was that Cheryl needed to bring her little boy with her (never a problem as far as I’m concerned — as a mom of three myself, I understand completely!). Cheryl’s son was fantastic for the whole time, playing on the playground near where I was photographing his mom, and at the end, he hopped in for a few shots with her.
Last year I met Sara and Gordon and their amazing daughters at younger daughter Plia’s newborn session. This year, I got to meet them for some fun and relaxed family portraits in Medford, MA. We met up on the Tufts campus, where Sara went to school, and enjoyed the beautiful views and scenery. Big sister Anina was a huge help again, just as she was last year — always thinking about what might make her little sister happy (it’s always helpful as a photographer to get the inside scoop on a young toddler’s preferences, and who better to advise than the toddler’s older sister? 🙂 ). She also had some fantastic ideas for herself — requesting a “balance beam” shot, as well as a shot with the Boston skyline. I love when kids have ideas, and it’s always fun to run with them and figure out how to turn them into portraits their parents will love.
My very favorite moment of the whole session was definitely when Anina spent some time helping Plia, who doesn’t walk on her own yet, to take a few steps. It was just one of a dozen or more moments from this session though, which was goofy and fun and followed the lead of the kids (because with young children, that really does work best — we’ll get the best smiles, and the most real moments if we follow their lead as much as possible). We even took a brief moment when the kids needed a break to grab a couple of shots of Sara and Gordon together just on their own — something most parents don’t take as much time for as they’d like 🙂
Here are a few of my favorites from our time together — and I’m looking forward to seeing them again next summer for another update. I love getting to visit with my clients each year!
We had a GORGEOUS evening for family portraits in Belmont, MA. It was a busy spot, with cyclists, families out for a stroll, people walking their dogs, and others working in their garden plots. We found a quiet corner with nice light and got to work 🙂 When I’m photographing kids, I’m always trying to read the room — some kids take a while to warm up, while others are ready to go from the start, but may have a shorter timeline for how long they’ll play along. When kids start to get antsy, it’s time to break out the games — we surprised mom and dad with hug attacks, played tag, and played Simon Says a lot with Eric, who was a great sport about playing along (his little brother Julian was a little too small for games, but seemed to have fun nonetheless, especially given how close to his bedtime it was!).
Eric is looking forward to kindergarten this Fall, and was very excited to talk about his preschool adventures this summer — he loves taking the bus and going on field trips most of all, and I could see his adventurous spirit throughout our session together. With kids this age, jokes are a huge hit, and we really got on a roll with the jokes — I told some, Eric told some, and Eric’s mom Cat told him his very first “Why did the chicken cross the road” joke — a very important milestone for sure!!
We took some time, also, to make sure there were a few shots of just mom and dad — most parents don’t get a chance to both be in the frame at the same time a whole lot, so it’s important to make sure that happens, too!
Here are some of my favorites from our time together — it was such a joy to photograph these family portraits in Belmont, MA!
It’s been a hot, humid week here in Eastern Massachusetts. Lucky for us, the humidity cleared overnight, leaving us a beautiful early morning for outdoor family portraits in Woburn with Shari and Mimir and their children. Sunrise sessions are sometimes a tough sell, especially in the summer when the sun is up so early, but I was so glad that these folks were game to try, since we had absolutely lovely light!
One of the things I was super excited about with this portrait session was getting to try out a location that was new to me — this family loves hiking here and suggested it for their portraits. I love that it’s a location that has meaning for them (though we did get to explore an area they hadn’t gotten to explore yet, so that was fun, too!). When they look back on these, they won’t just be looking at how I captured their family, but how much fun they’ve had together there at other times, and these portraits will be evocative of so much more.
Shari and Mimir’s daughter is a budding fashionista according to her mom, and picked out all the family’s outfits — I think she did a phenomenal job, coordinating without too much matching, and with special attention paid to what would make her little brother comfortable (he picked out his hiking boots!). I think Inara should do a guest blog for me here about outfit coordination — she’s clearly got a flair for it — what do you all think 🙂 ? She clearly didn’t need the help of my “what to wear” section in my Family Session Prep Guide 🙂
Outdoor family portraits are some of my very favorite sessions — we can play games and explore and capture some natural moments between family members. Here are my favorite shots from our time together — I hope you love them as much as I do!
Cousin portraits were the name of the game this past weekend in Lexington, MA where I met these amazing clients for their extended family session. “Before we start, I should explain that my mom has something VERY specific in mind — the whole reason we’re doing these photos.” This was how my recent session with this fantastic family started out the other day in Lexington, MA. As the parents explained to the kids, Savta (the Hebrew word for grandmother) wanted a portrait of the cousins in a vertical format for a very specific spot she had in mind on her wall (print plans are always music to this historian-turned-photographer’s ears!). Apparently, the last time the cousins had their portraits taken, the youngest was just a baby. She lives just a short distance from her grandmother and sees the portrait all the time, but doesn’t recognize herself as being a part of it because she was so little when it was taken. Time, for sure, for an update, and what better opportunity could their be than a visit to cousins in the Boston area?
Everyone had been a little nervous in the run-up to the session given the extreme heat wave we experienced last week — not just unusual heat, but humidity as well and it just felt oppressive. We seriously lucked out, though, and the heat broke a day before we were scheduled for portraits in gorgeous Lexington, MA. With a long drive the day before for the out of town contingent, we ended up pushing the session past the ideal timing of being within two hours of sunrise or sunset. Because of this, we met in a space that I knew to have decent shade even in the middle of the day so we could still have flattering light without harsh shadows. We played some games, told some jokes, photographed a skunk (plush, I should reassure you, but much loved by one of the younger subjects of this portrait session), and even snuck in a shot of just mom and dad while the kids were having a bit of a break and running around. Here are a few of my favorites of our time together:
When I last saw A. for baby portraits, she was a tiny little baby, and it was such a pleasure to see how she has grown into a big curious toddler! Although the morning had started out drizzly, by our evening portrait session the sun was out and the light was absolutely gorgeous. We went to a local farm, and had a fantastic time checking out the chickens and goats, exploring a path around a pond, and rearranging some of the pebbles on the main road (a favorite toddler pastime — rearranging things!).
When A.’s mom called, asking about a portrait session for the two of them, it was a week before my mini-sessions, and I’d just had a couple of people drop out at the last minute and had some openings, so I offered them to her since I only offer mini-sessions once a year. She decided to go for a full session, and I’m so glad she did — it’s a much more relaxed experience for everyone. With a full session we were able to take nursing and snack breaks (including one snack break where A. decided it was her mom’s turn to eat the cheese and just started feeding it to her — such a classic toddler moment! The full session gave A. time to warm up also — she’d fallen asleep on the drive over and needed some transition time, so while she was fully waking up we took some pictures of her in her carrier — a favorite spot for some snuggles — and once she had a chance to get the lay of the land and see what was what, she was unstoppable with the cute moments!!
One other thing I loved about this session was A.’s sweater, made by her very talented mother — as you’ll remember if you’ve read many of my blog posts at all, you know as a knitter myself I do love when clients want to incorporate handknits into their portrait sessions, and the sweater and hat W. made could not have been more perfect!
Spring is in full bloom and it feels like we’re jumping right into summer! Warm weather brings good moods all around, so bring on the outdoor photo sessions! Now is the best time to get the family together to capture unforgettable moments – Check out my 5 tips below for the best photo ops this summer!
- Head on over to the beach – A must-take and at the top of the list! We’re lucky enough to live by the coast, but whether you go to the beach every week or are going for vacation, be sure to get a photo of your toes in the sand. Wake up the family early for an early morning photo session (your probably up anyways).
- Have a family picnic at a local park – I just hosted our spring mini sessions at the Arlington Reservoir and it was the perfect day. Summer days will be no different, so pack a picnic and take photos with family over lunch in the park. You can bring flowers and bubbles for the kids for a dynamic photo session.
- Go out for ice cream – Cool off… As if you needed a reason to enjoy your favorite ice cream! Run, don’t walk to your local ice cream parlor for the ultimate summer photos. I l love getting shots of food at special events and think it’s fun to incorporate this into a summer day.
- Take photos outside of your home – With the plush grass and flowering trees, it’s nice to take photos at your home; Sit on your front steps or play a game in the back yard. Not only will you have memorable family moments, it’s nice to look back at your house to see how it changes over the years and from season to season.
- In the pool – Summer is for relaxation – Grab your favorite pair of shades and lay back with a good book. Take photo of your family lounging by the pool or an action shot of the kids jumping into the water because this session definitely screams summer.
No matter where you take photos or what you do, remember to just have fun!
I absolutely love photographing the everyday and special moments. I specialize in family photography and would love to help you this upcoming season for a fun, family photo shoot. Feel free to reach out if you want to set up your summer session! – [email protected]
Thanks for reading!
Amazing Family Portraits, with kids from 2 months to high school
What an amazing day we had for mini-sessions on Saturday!! We seriously lucked out with the weather, and our location had greened out very nicely for Spring! I loved seeing new faces and familiar ones, and loved getting to work with all these amazing kids and their parents (ranging in age from 2 months to 17 years old!) We had goofy sibling games, LOTS of silly jokes (I learned a few new ones, and got to share a few of my favorites!) and got to see what the cool first graders are reading these days. I got to hear about birthday plans (for the very next day!) and I made the acquaintance of a very friendly dinosaur (and his lovely sister). I got to take a few seconds for parents to have a portrait of themselves as a couple — something I know can be hard to make time for!
Here are some highlights — I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed photographing and editing them!
A portrait session with 9 month old baby
What a treat to get to hang out with nine month old baby M and her parents! At nine months old, M is on the move, super social, and overall a major delight. She’s also definitely got a strong sense of when naptime is, and at nine months old definitely doesn’t care if it’s in the middle of her portrait session! Luckily, this is one of the reasons I like to allow plenty of time for family portraits — after we played for a bit and she had a snack, she fell sweetly asleep and I loved getting to snag some shots of her sleeping oh so adorably in her parents’ loving arms. We could have ended there, but when she woke up she was more ready than ever to play and we had a great finish to the session! Here are a few of my favorites:
My May 5th Spring Mini-Sessions are quickly coming up and I’m getting really excited. Often times I get a lot of questions about the mini-sessions from parents and thought I would compile an Mini-Session FAQ for anyone that may have similar questions. Let me know if you have any other questions.
Who are mini-sessions for?
Mini Sessions are great for clients who are busy and don’t have a lot of time for a full photo session or just want a few updated photos for gifts or cards. If you find you’re always scrambling in the Fall to get pictures done for your holiday cards, this is a great way to get that to-do item off your plate early in the year. Mini-sessions can be a great fit for families, couples, or even individuals who just need an updated headshot. If you’d like to have more people at your mini-session (grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles) I recommend booking two slots back to back so we have a little more time to accommodate them.
What happens at a mini-session?
A mini-session is a little taste of my full sessions — We’ll do some posed shots, play some games, and get a chance to capture the love in your family.
Why are you fundraising for the Peirce Elementary School PTO?
Right now, budgeting is tight in our public schools, and the PTO works hard to support teachers and the students to make sure they have those little extras that help make school a better learning experience for everyone — from building a science to garden to building community that helps students feel safe, supported, and welcome at school, this is really vital work for our town to have happy healthy kids who grow into happy healthy adults!
What does my session fee cover?
Your session fee covers the photographer’s time for the session itself and editing your images. Your session fee includes three full-resolution digital downloads with a print release (so you can print anywhere you choose). You have the option to purchase additional files and professional prints through my lab (those purchase will also help support the Peirce PTO!).
Can I pick my location?
All of these mini-sessions will take place by the beautiful Arlington Reservoir and walking path.
Why do you have such early timeslots and late timeslots? It would be so much easier to do this at noon!
The images you see in my portfolio were shot at what photographers call “Golden Hour” — within two hours of sunrise or sunset, when the light is at its most flattering. The light in the middle of the day has harsh shadows that are not as appealing. With this particular location, there is some open shade a little later in the morning that allows for a bit more time of usable light. Those early morning sessions are perfect for families with little ones who are up anyway, and are also great for families with older kids who may have sports or other activities later in the morning — you can support this fundraiser without messing up any of your other Saturday plans!
My spring sessions are on May 5th at the Peirce Elementary School. I would love for you to be a part of them! Sign-up here.
From taking photos of my own family to other families, its a privilege and a passion that I will forever LOVE!!! With Valentine’s Day just on the horizon, I thought I would pair five things I love about taking photos with with recent photography work that I also love. Enjoy!
1. Documenting memories: The importance of photos will only grow as our lives go on. Looking back and being able to see beautiful photos of my kids at every age will forever be my favorite reason why I take photos – To forever preserve these precious moments in time.
2. Creating a moment: Often times I find myself caught up in the moment that comes with every photography session. Truely getting lost in the moment with my camera and my clients is what allows my best work to shine through.
3. Telling a story: Every photo we/I take tells a different story. Whether is be love, pain, happiness, empathy, fear, or pure joy, each photo has it’s own little story. How cool is that?!
4. Provoking emotions: Nothing brings me more joy than to watch my clients look through their photos. Looking at beautiful images of their family provokes heart-warming emotions that I will never get tired of watching.
5. Freedom & art: Photography allows me the freedom to be my own artist. Each day and at every photography session I am constantly working on perfecting my art. It’s something I love and feel so lucky to get to do for work.
Do you take photos? What do you love about it?
What a treat to get to meet baby R! He was a total sweetheart. In this session, I especially loved getting to use some special items — a blanket from his parents’ very close friends and R’s mom’s wedding veil (a stunningly gorgeous red, though a little scratchy so we had to get creative to figure out how to use it without bothering baby’s sensitive skin). Here’s a little peek at my time with R and his family!
Why I Love Indoor Sessions
It’s that time of year where my focus shifts to more indoor photo portrait sessions. I’m glad it does! Although the great outdoors makes for beautiful backdrops, there’s something special about photographing families in their homes. I am happy to share with you my top 4 reasons why I love indoor sessions.
- Comfortable setting. Kids (and adults) tend to act more at ease and relaxed in front of a camera when they’re in their own home. This safe space makes for the most personal sessions. I especially love it when kids share their favorite books with me or the whole family gets involved in an activity. (Playing a game, building with blocks, cooking, etc)
- Sessions are unaffected by weather. If there’s one thing we cannot control in life, it’s the weather! Although snowy backdrops are some of my favorites, uncontrollable wind or rain can put a damper on a session. So, with indoor portraits, we eliminate this stress completely. We can spend more energy on capturing great photos.
- Personalized backdrops. Featuring your home or favorite room in your photos can add a nice touch to any photo session. It freezes a moment in a space that you spend time in every day. Looking back on the photos, this backdrop could be the house your child grew up in or a way to remember the first home you lived in as a family.
- A variety of backdrops all in one place. If you can’t decide on one backdrop, indoor sessions are for you! Without having to travel far, you can change up backdrops by taking portraits in your favorite room. Perhaps your newborn baby’s room, or in front of a colorful rug.
Here’s a peek at some indoor portraits below! I hope you enjoy and feel free to reach out. If you would like to learn more about booking indoor photo sessions.
A little less than a year ago, I got a message through the Arlington, MA Chamber of Commerce website, a message asking for a donation for a fundraiser in honor of a local high school student who had passed away after a brief, but heroic battle with a rare cancer. Always happy to support the local community, I donated a voucher for my services. Earlier this fall, the winner of that voucher got in touch to schedule her portrait session, and this past weekend I had the pleasure of meeting not just her and her lovely husband and children, but her wonderful mother-in-law and her husband’s sister’s family as well. The temperature was frigid (not even quite up to the freezing mark, even with doing the session a little later in the morning than usual — possible because of the cloud cover giving us more time with diffuse light), but everyone was in remarkably good spirits and we sped through a whole bunch of different combinations of siblings and cousins. They were a seriously fun group to work with and I’m so pleased to be able to share with you a little bit of a peek into our time together:
Such a treat to get to meet up with these folks in Lexington the other day! They have recently welcomed into their home a teenage cousin, and it was a wonderful opportunity to take portraits to celebrate their newly expanded family. I loved seeing all the love between them, and especially how close the two young ones are to their older cousin! As I often do with family portraits involving young children, we finished up with some time on the playground just letting loose. Here’s a little peek at our time together:
We were a little nervous about the weather, but it held beautifully for this early morning family portrait session in Winchester. We had fantastic fall color still (this was before the wind storm brought a lot of the trees down), and it was such a treat to get to spend two hours with these folks — Big kids E and J were so goofy and fun to work with (and brought some very important plush friends along who you will see prominently featured in these portraits), and baby D was so sweet! After a little while, their mom went to the car, saying she had something special for them to wear — little did I expect her to come back with rainbow poop emoji hats for the boys! They had so much fun playing around with those 🙂 Here’s a little peek at our time together:
We could not possibly have had better weather for this family session in Lexington, MA the other day. Perfect light, warm, but not hot, and a family with so much love to share. We had a great time exploring this bit of conservation land, and playing games, and I loved hearing all about how Miss M. is enjoying first grade. This fall is bringing some major changes for these folks, and it was a true privilege to get to capture their family in this moment.
Fall Family Portraits
What a treat to get to meet these folks on Saturday evening! We had a great time exploring Minuteman National Park, and checking out the beginning of the Fall foliage (it’s a little late this year, and no wonder the trees are a bit confused with all this super warm and humid weather we’ve been having). Check out some of my favorites!
It’s hard to believe it’s been six months since I saw baby J and his mom. This week J turned one, and we had a lovely portrait session in the Fells to mark the occasion. It was especially nice to have J’s dad at this session, since he had been called away on a business trip unexpectedly and had to miss our last session. Loved seeing these guys interact with their little one. Some favorites:
“This is my twin. We’re really cousins though. Can you take our picture?” Oh my goodness, is there a better way for a photographer to be greeted when she arrives an extended family shoot? What a fun session with a good mix of posed and candid opportunities. After all the backyard shots we all wandered over to a nearby playground where the kids could let loose!
Oh my goodness, WHAT a fun session this was. This family wanted to stay in town, so we headed over to Rock Meadow in Belmont and we had such a gorgeous evening. These kids were also SO much fun to work with — we played so many games to keep it fun and I think it shows in the smiles we got! So hard to narrow down to just a few favorites on this one!
Today I’m sharing a glimpse into my First Year Baby Photography Package with baby Calvin. As I photographer I love getting the chance to build a strong relationship with families and babies, and this package allows just that. So when Mom, Leah, signed up for the First Year Photography Plan I was excited to get the chance to watch Calvin grow… and grow he did! From his first newborn session (look at those tiny fingers) to eating squash at 6-months to walking at his one year shoot, it has been an absolute joy to capture his first year!
Being able to capture not one but many big milestones through photographs in the first year is priceless. Calvin’s mom Leah shares her experience and why she is a huge fan of the One Year Baby Photography Package…
Q & A with Calvin’s Mom Leah
1. Why did you feel it was important to capture Calvin’s first year of life through professional photos? I had heard from other moms that the first year goes by so quickly and that you get to used to what your child looks like at their current age that it’s hard to remember them being small. We thought it would be a great memory to look back on to see how he grew and changed in that first year when they are growing and changing so much. I also feel like the first year feels like a long time and you don’t notice the incremental changes along the way until all of a sudden your baby looks like a little kid, and I wanted to be able to remember how he looked over the first year. We take photos on our own, too, but having a series of intervals set for us was helpful in making sure we had really nice quality photos of Calvin that captured his progress.
2. What do you love most about the photos? I love how Mira captured Calvin’s personality at each age. I can get a sense of what he was like as a person, not just what he looked like, from the photos. I also just love having family portraits at each stage – it’s neat to see how we all changed together as a family. She did a good job of situating us so that there was a nice background to the images as well.
3. What have you done/or plan to do with all the photos so far? So far I’ve just stared at them on my computer, haha. But I’m planning to either make a printed album, or to hang up a series of one image from each photo shoot framed up together. Likely both, when I get around to it.
4. What did you like most about working with Mira? I really liked how Mira was able to find poses for Calvin that didn’t look posed, that seemed to capture him in action. He’s a very active baby, always on the move, but she was able to capture nice moments of him both in action as he moved around and the rare moments when he sat still to look at a book. Mira was also very professional and gave us good direction during the family portraits of how to hold our heads and how to sit so that the images were nicely composed.
5. Would you recommend the year package to any expecting or new moms? I would definitely recommend the first year package to new moms! Even though it can feel like it moves at a snail’s pace when you’re in the thick of it, it goes by so quickly and you forget so fast what they were like when they were tiny. It’s really meaningful to me to be able to look back at really beautiful pictures of Calvin and to see what he was like as a little guy. I know I’ll cherish these photos for years to come.
Preview all the photos below –
Such a cutie, right?! If you’re thinking about a One Year Photo Package please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions. You can also click here to learn more about the One Year Photography Packages. Our goal is to capture the baby around 4 months, 8 months, and 12 months.. I find this is when major milestones often to occur, but the timing is flexible and can be tailored to your family’s needs. Booking the photography package results in a $500 savings. Learn more about my pricing here.
Thanks for reading & viewing!
Mira with Mira Whiting Photography
After starting the morning in Arlington, I finished up the day in Lexington at Minuteman National Park, another favorite spot! This family has a little girl who is a riot — I absolutely adored her. She had strong opinions about what she wanted to do and let them be well known — I like that in a kid! She also had the most radiant smile I’ve seen on a small child in a long time. She was really such a joy to work with (and her parents were pretty awesome, too!). Little L. had such a vivid imagination and at one point in the session she decided I had done enough work taking pictures and she was going to cook me dinner. On my prop box. Out of rocks and sand. I love it when kids really engage and was very happy to run with it 🙂 Here are some of my favorites, including some of the “delicious” meal 😉
What do you do when you have a busy workweek and busy weekends but want to squeeze in family portraits? Weekday mornings in the summer are a great fit — the best light is early enough that these parents weren’t even late to the office 🙂 We met up at Menotomy Rocks Park, one of my favorite spots, which has lots of lovely options for backdrops and is generally nice and quiet. Early in the morning at Menotomy Rocks, though, there are often a fair number of people walking dogs. Luckily, this family’s little one is a HUGE fan of our canine friends, and got super excited (seriously, best smiles of the whole session!) when a pup wandered by. As always with little ones, we ended up at the playground at the end for a little playtime. Here’s a little taste of our morning:
A few weeks ago, I had a portrait session with a family who were initially skeptical about the 6am start time I suggested, but went with it and we were rewarded with gorgeous light. I totally understand, though, that golden hour timing (within two hours of sunrise or sunset) just isn’t possible some times. For this family in Winthrop, a mid-morning session was what worked for their schedule and we made it work, finding some shade, and then venturing out to the bright sun. And if that sun wasn’t bright enough for you, Baby L’s smile will surely brighten your day!
I love being able to give back to my community. In April, my oldest son’s school PTO asked if I could donate a mini-session to the silent auction they were holding, and I was happy to be able to help. Just the other day, we shot the session, and it was such a treat to get to meet another family from our community and help them create some lasting memories for their family. One thing that really struck me mom C said at the beginning of the session, when her husband was encouraging their son to take his baseball cap off — “No, leave it. This is him at 9.” And I love that — that’s really what this is all about, right? Really getting a lasting sense of what these fleeting moments looked like. A bit of a way to freeze time and be able to look back and remember what it was like to live it. And right now, this kid is all about the baseball cap, and that’s fine! (it was definitely helpful that it was on backwards so it wasn’t shading his face, but I do love that mom was ok with it staying on! We spent some time on a small parcel of conservation land in Lexington, and it was a beautiful morning with fog followed by the lovely sun. This family was a little skeptical about the early start time (6am this time of year!) but that early morning light was well-worth the trouble of getting going early, and then they had time to go out for breakfast as a treat after!
Are you ready for the baby, everyone asks as you near your due date. How the heck would you even know? I know I certainly didn’t — with any of my three kids (some things you’re more ready for after the first time, but then there are always new things that come up!) That being said, I know there were a lot of community resources that were a huge help to me when I realized just how not ready I was, and helped me meet the challenges in front of me, whether that was night wakings, navigating the city with a child and without a car, breastfeeding help, and more. At the newborn portrait sessions I shoot, I often end up talking to the new parents about how they’re doing, and finding that they might find one of these resources helpful, so I thought it might be helpful to compile a list for those clients and others to have at their fingertips. Do you have something to add? Let me know! I’m always happy to grow this list!
- JF&CS New Moms’ Groups
- Diaper Lab New Moms’ Group & classes
- MAMAH Postpartum Group (see info on left of the page)
Tricks & Skills for Making Life Easier
- Babywearing International of Greater Boston
- Breastfeeding Help: The following groops are open to all mothers regardless of where they delivered
Second Hand Stores
- The Little Fox, Arlington, MA
- Liena’s, Winchester, MA
- Growing Up, Belmont, MA
- Apple of My Eye, Melrose, MA
- Savers, Wilmington, MA
Prenatal & Mom/baby Focused Fitness
- Lexington Power Yoga, Lexington, MA
- Fit4Mom, Wakefield, MA
- First class is free!
- The Energy Barre – Stoneham, Beverly, Medford and North Reading
- They also have childcare at select locations
Library Story Times/Events
- Robbins Library | Fox Branch, Arlington, MA
- Belmont Public Library, Belmont, MA
- Winchester Public Library, Winchester, MA
- Woburn Public Libary, Woburn, MA
- Lexington Cary Library, Lexington, MA
- Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, MA
I hope you find these helpful! We welcome any additions you may have.
– Thanks for reading! Mira with MiraWhitingPhotography.com
Baby’s First Year Portrait
One of the big pleasures of this job (of which there are many) is that I get to watch babies grow into children, and families grow. When I first met M & R, R was pregnant. We decided to shoot their maternity session at Great Brook Dairy Farm. A spot not too far from their home where they liked to go watch the animals and eat ice cream. They hoped it would become a favorite of their child’s as well. When baby O was born, I photographed him in their home. And at his 6 month session we chose to go to their local library since it was too cold to be outdoors, and O loved the library. For O’s first birthday session, M & R asked if we could go back to Great Brook Dairy Farm where it all began.
I loved the symbolism. And it turned out it would be O’s first trip there. We had a lovely time going back to the spots we’d shot at last spring. O was delighted to discover the rocks on one of the paths and made it known he had strong opinions on where those rocks should be placed. He amassed quite the collection on my wooden box prop. It’s been such a joy to get to watch O grow from a tiny squish to a smiley, happy almost-toddling boy. Here are a few of my favorites from the morning:
What a gorgeous evening we had, and what a treat to get to head up to the rooftop with this family! These two little guys had fun running around and showing me all the fun they can have on the roof deck of their apartment building. After a little while, the kids needed a change of scenery and we went down to street level where there were lovely streetscapes and lots of wonderful open shade. Here are a few of my favorites:
When a client contacts me looking to do a portrait session outdoors, I always explain that the most flattering light is generally found within two hours of sunrise or sunset. Some times of year, this lends itself nice to reasonably-timed sessions. June gets a little tough with such long days, but I find with babies, it can be a huge advantage since often babies get up super early anyway. Baby J was ready to go for his 6am portrait session the other day, and we had a lovely time exploring the nearby Middlesex Fells. His family has just moved to a lovely house a short walk from one of the trails, and his parents hope it will become a family favorite activity to hike there in the years to come. Here’s a little taste from his portrait session:
One of my favorite parts about this job is getting to see new places. Wayland, MA is not a town I’d spent much time in, but it was just gorgeous driving in through back roads enjoying the scenery. This was a special session I was heading to — extended family in from near and far to celebrate a baptism. It was obvious from the minute I walked in the door that this was a family that enjoyed spending each other’s company, and was excited to celebrate two of its youngest members. We had such a fun time playing in their yard, and even their dogs came out to join the fun. When the kids needed a change of scenery, we headed inside for some more groupings and some more relaxed play. Here’s a little peek at their session:
What a treat to get to work all afternoon Saturday at Ready, Set, KIDS in Arlington Center, providing portraits to families as a fundraiser for Arlington Family Connection! From families with small babies and toddlers, to older elementary kids, to a professional needing new headshots, it was a busy day! Here’s a little taste. Galleries are heading out this morning!
One of my favorite parts of this job is getting to see kids grow up. Two years ago, I had the pleasure of photographing T. as a newborn, and it was such a treat to get to spend some time with her yesterday and see how she’s grown into a such a sweet two year old! I especially loved getting to see her as a big sister to baby I. — giving kisses, sharing a book. Here’s a little peek at their session:
What grandparent doesn’t love pictures of their grandchildren, right? Even more of a treat, especially for grandparents of far-flung grandchildren is a portrait of all of their grandchildren together. Almost exactly six years ago, my own family did an extended family portrait session when we were all together for the first time since my sister-in-law’s wedding (and some of us hadn’t even been part of the family then, never mind all the kids!). The images from that session are treasured by the entire family (my husband is one of five kids, so there are a lot of us). Especially precious, given how far away we all are and how infrequently we manage to all get together is the shot of all of the grandchildren (up to that point — there have been quite a few additions since!). It’s such a joy for me to help other families create treasure memories like that for their own families.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of helping a family create just such a gift, not for a grandmother, but a great-grandmother. Ranging in age from two months to eight years, this was quite the crew of cousins! Here’s a little peek, and I can’t wait to show more after their viewing session in January!
What a beautiful snowy morning we had today! On the way to this session I kept a mental tally in my head of which towns had cleared the roads the best — Brookline was by far the winner, with Boston coming in second and Arlington, Belmont , and Watertown distantly tied for third. It’s funny how weather is all relative — with yesterday being largely in the single-digits, today’s 25 degree weather almost felt balmy! Nevertheless, after taking some shots at the scenic Larz Anderson park in Brookline, we headed back to this family’s home to warm up and get some shots of them in their new home. Here’s a little peek at their session, and I can’t wait to show some more soon!
Wow, how did it get to be December all ready? The days are getting shorter, and much chillier. Winter can be a fantastic time to do cozy family sessions in your home, and I had the pleasure this morning of working with Emily and Eric and their son — we managed to get the best of both worlds, spending some time outside at the beginning of our time together, and then heading indoors when little A started getting cold. He cheered right up when he was cozy in his familiar space, and loved showing me all his toys! Tower building, reading books, and playing around were all great opportunities to capture this family how they are at this moment in their lives. Here’s a little peek at their session: