Category: Families

Central Massachusetts Family Portraits

Central Massachusetts Family Portraits | Royalston, MA

Central Massachusetts Family Portraits | Royalston, MA

Before 2019 came to a close, I was so thrilled to get to head out to beautiful Royalston, MA for a portrait session with these lovely folks.  The drive out there was absolutely gorgeous, even with all the leaves gone from the trees.  For this city girl, it’s always a special treat to get to go for a drive in the “country” and this drive did not disappoint!   The scenery was definitely inspiring as I headed out towards Royalston for this session.

With children and grandchildren visiting from warmer climes (California and Texas!) the snow on the ground was exciting and fun, but we also headed in after a while to keep everyone from freezing.  The outdoors was gorgeous, and inside the house was cozy, and the kids were just a delight to follow around, documentary-style as they enjoyed their visit and some down time.   With a cozy fire going, and hot beverages all around, it was a treat to get to document these folks as they are now — capturing memories that they will get to look back on through the years.

Because this session was scheduled super last-minute, right during the week between Christmas and New Year, my regular babysitters were all out of town, and I ended up bringing my three year old son, Ezra, with me.  He was a good sport, though with a mom as a photographer, he totally assumed at first that he was supposed to be IN the pictures (I convinced him to stand behind me 🙂 ).  He wanted to bring his new duplos to play with while I was working, and you can spot him in one of the indoor shots here playing with the kids I was photographing 🙂  Normally I wouldn’t bring him, but now he’s super proud he was able to come to work with Mama, and I’m glad I got to show him what I do!

With a combination of more posed shots and more candid ones, this was such a fun session, and I look forward to seeing these folks the next time they’re in town!  Here are a few of my favorites.

Central Massachusetts Family Portraits | Royalston, MA

Arlington MA Santa Photos

Arlington MA Santa Photos

Arlington MA Santa Photos

Love the photos with the kiddos and the one with Santa!  Can’t thank you enough and hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving!  – M (mom of three)
Every year, Beacon Group Real Estate hosts a holiday party at Menotomy Grill in Arlington.  They invite all their clients, along with a very special guest 😉  “Santa Dan” of was such a delight to work with, and he kept kids and adults alike smiling throughout the afternoon.  Kids brought lists to share and earnestly chatted with Santa about what gifts they’re hoping for.  No tears on Santa’s lap here — for kids who weren’t comfortable sitting directly with Santa, I worked with them to figure out something they were comfortable with — as always, keeping the kids happy is my #1 priority (and happier kids always take better pictures!).   One of the things I loved about this event was that there was really time for the kids to warm up if they needed that — no rushing, and I think it really shows in the final images.
There was one very special set of twins who were so enthralled, they spent a huge amount of time just hanging out with Santa between portraits, and they were totally adorable.  For those who celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a lovely holiday!

Arlington MA Santa Photos

Playful Family Portraits | Winchester, MA

Playful Family Portraits | Winchester, MA

This was a total dream of a session.  The gorgeous light helped, the well-coordinated outfits helped, the beautiful location helped, but the real thing that made this session magic?  The playfulness of this family.  Twin girls with a lot of energy and parents who trusted me to get images they could put on their holiday cards and hang on their walls.  As a mom of three high-energy kids myself, high-energy kids at a portrait session don’t both me in the least — I love it!  We ran races to the top of a hill, played games, and at one point, one of the girls even licked her sister 😉   We got goofy shots and classic shots, and it was all part of a gallery that I think really speaks to who this family is this year.  When they look back at these images in 30 years, they’ll recognize themselves and this time in their lives.

I know lots of families DREAD going to a portrait session, worried about kids’ behavior and how the pictures will turn out.  I’ve found that when you let kids be kids, not worrying about having them stay still for the “perfect” shot, we get great images that are both beautiful and real.  My #1 rule for portrait sessions is to have fun.  If we’re not having fun, it will absolutely show, and you won’t be as happy with your images.  I was so happy when I got this feedback after this session:

The girls really enjoyed meeting you — they said you made the session really fun.

That right there?  Job done 🙂

Playful Family Portraits | Winchester, MA

Family Photographer Arlington, MA

Family Photographer Arlington MA

Family Photographer Arlington, MA

Oh my goodness, we had such a lovely time in Arlington with this family — adorable children, lovely parents, beautiful foliage — what more could a photographer ask for?  We climbed rocks, played with pinecones, and had a great time on the playground when we were done with the more posed shots.  One of the really important things, I think, about family photography is to really follow the children’s lead — happy kids = great family photos.  I love when families trust me on that and we get to create amazing portraits together!  Here are a few of my favorites from my time with these folks:


Family Photographer Arlington, MA

Toddler Fall Portraits

Toddler Fall Portraits | Brookline, MA

Toddler Fall Portraits

We had such a beautiful day in Brookline, MA for fall portraits with these folks.  It was my third time photographing them, and it was so lovely to see how the kids have grown since last year!  We had a great time playing with the leaves and running races and climbing trees.  We had gorgeous foliage and lovely light in the late afternoon.  The boys had so much fun, I got the following email from their mom the evening after our session together:

Thanks so much for all of your patience and flexibility with this afternoon’s shoot.  The location was great, and we lucked out with the weather. I’m glad that you were able to get enough material in between meltdowns and testing limits.
When we got home, all Jacob and Ben wanted to do was use the telescope to pretend to take a photo shoot. They even gave [their dad] and me commands for placement! You made quite the impression!
Thanks again!
Here are a few of my favorites from our time together:


Toddler Fall Portraits

Fall Family Photographer

Fall Family Photographer | Lexington, MA

Fall Family Photographer

It was so lovely to get to work with this family for a third time for their annual family portraits.  This time we went, as one of the kids said “to the forest” after a more urban choice last year.  It was a chilly fall morning, but the kids were bundled to keep them happy, and we had a great time exploring.  Big sister A was very exciting to see where all the squirrels and chipmunks were going.  There was even a very gallant moment of beloved stuffed animal sharing that was heart-meltingly adorable.  Here are a few of my favorites:


Fall Family Photographer

Group Family Session

Group Family Session | Wellesley, MA

Group Family Session

Did you know that I allow families to arrange their own mini-sessions?  If you have a group of at least three families, I am happy to do a custom set-up, and offer a discount on the session fees.  These folks have been doing this with another photographer for years, who referred them to me because she is closing up shop.  They were delightful to work with!  After each of the families had their turn, we did a few group shots of the kids — the older girls are all the same age and the moms were in a moms’ group together — as someone whose support village is heavily inclusive of mom-group friends, even as my oldest approaches the close of his first decade, I understand just how special these relationships can be.  Here are a few of my favorites from our time together:

Group Family Session

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:


Extended Family Portrait Session 

Extended Family Portrait Session | Lexington, MA

Extended Family Portrait Session

With relatives coming from as far away as Maine for this extended family portrait session, I was so pleased we had gorgeous foliage and perfect light.  With three little cousins, who were absolutely charming together, and sisters-in-law who acted more like sisters by birth, and grandchildren who were so pleased to be with their grandparents, this was just such a delightful session to photograph!  The most newlywed of the couples also got a chance to recreate a few images they had been hoping their wedding photographer would capture, but s/he hadn’t.  We were silly and serious and just generally had a lot of fun.  Here are a few of my favorites:



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!”


Fun Lexington Family Photographer | Lexington, MA

Fun Lexington Family Photographer

Sometimes, a toddler who usually wakes up from his nap happy and ready to go wakes up a major grump — that’s when I’ve got to make sure my fun family photographer hat is on especially tight (it’s always on, but it never hurts to give it a good tug!).   This was the second time I had photographed this fantastic family, so I know these kids like to MOVE.  We climbed, we jumped, we ran races, and before we knew it, they had put their cooperation hats on 😉

Every session is a little different, and a good family photographer will flex to meet the needs of the kids <3  Here are a few of my favorites from our time at this session in Lexington, MA!

Fun Lexington Family Photographer

Fun Family Photographer

Fun Family Photographer | Arlington, MA

Fun Family Photographer | Arlington, MA

Sometimes, it’s family portrait day and everyone just wakes up on the wrong side of the bed.  I’ve certainly been there, as a mom, when it’s time for my own family’s photos.  And while my own children are wise to all my tricks (let’s be honest, they’ve seen it ALL before.  On repeat.), I can sometime be lucky enough to pull some magic with clients who may not be quite so acclimated to my bad jokes and hilarious klutziness.

It was a privilege to get to work with this amazing family for the third time, and maybe because they were repeat clients, when their kiddos were having a rough morning (the little one had woken up hours earlier than usual, because of course he did), they trusted me to pull out those smiles they love so much.  We played games, we ran races, I did some seriously ridiculous things the get these kids grinning, but it was all worth it, and all in a day’s work — seeing those smiles appear (real smiles, not the “mom told me I have to smile” smiles) makes all the hard work worth it.  Here are some of my favorites from our time together.

Fun Family Photographer | Arlington, MA

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

Wellesley Family Photographer 

Wellesley Family Photographer | Extended Family Session

Wellesley Family Photographer 

Booked as a birthday present for the matriarch of the family, this family portrait session in Wellesley, MA was so much fun!  We shot in their backyard, and it was so much fun, and we had such lovely light!  With a toddler who was happy to play and adults who were willing to let a little silly into our evening, we had that perfect combination of relaxed subjects and gorgeous light that makes for perfect portraits — and how gorgeous is this backyard?  Here are a few of my favorites from this session — I hope you like them as much as I enjoyed working on them!

Lexington Family Session

Lexington Family Session | Boston Family Photographer

Originally scheduled for one of the rainiest Springs on record, this Lexington family session had perfect weather — low humidity, gorgeous light, and happy teens (happy teens!  can’t get much better than that!).   We went to a quiet part of this park (no teens want to run into people they know unexpectedly 😉 ) and had so much FUN.  People often expect portrait sessions with toddlers to be playful, because that’s the only way toddlers really know how to interact, but portrait sessions with teens can be playful too.  The games are different, but the goal is the same: to bring out real moments and smiles and show the love within the family.  Even better, teens often have their own ideas of what they want to do, and I always love to incorporate those — sometimes they work better than others, but it’s so important that they feel like they are an important part of the portrait process.  It goes a long way towards getting good cooperation.  With parents who are willing to be a little silly and let their teens have that kind of input also, we end up with such a good dynamic that makes the whole session go so much more smoothly than when teens are told to “just smile.”


Lexington Family Session

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

Newton Family Photographer | Newton, MA

Newton Family Photographer

It was such a pleasure to work with these folks who gathered for a family reunion in Newton, MA from all over the country and the world.  With family members coming from as far as Belgium, I was contacted by the matriarch to take some photos of them while they were in town.  We met in a small park near where they were staying, and despite the rain earlier in the day had lovely light.  The kids were so fun to work with (ranging from toddlers to teens, it was so lovely to see how they all got along so nicely!).  Here’s a small selection of some of my favorite images from our time together:

Newton Family Photographer

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

Arlington Child Photographer

Arlington Child Photographer | Sister Portraits

Arlington Child Photographer

It was such a treat to get to see these two cuties again!  I photographed them last Spring, and they had both grown so much!  Big sister is about to start kindergarten, and little sister is about to start “halloween” (gotta love toddlers!).  Mom and Dad had gotten married at the Lyman Estate in Waltham, but that wasn’t available for portraits, so we checked out other options and settled on the gorgeous Whittemore-Robbins House in Arlington.   We had a gorgeous day and took advantage of the many spots in the house both indoors and out.  While the setting and the outfits were more formal, we still got lots of giggles in 🙂  Here are a few of my favorites:

Arlington Child Photographer

Brookline Family Photographer | Extended Family Portraits

Brookline Family Photographer

Two years ago, I worked with this fantastic family on an extended family session, and was so excited when they got in touch for an update!  The kids were fantastic, and we had a beautiful spot to work with in the grandparents’ yard in Brookline.  It was such a treat to get to see how the kids had grown (and to meet a brand new one who wasn’t around the last time I saw them!).  They were all just such a joy to work with, and I’m excited to share a few of my favorite images with you from their session:

Brookline Family Photographer

Lexington Family Photographer | Lexington, MA

Lexington Family Photographer

You know what they say about best-laid plans?  Typically, the weather app I use is pretty accurate.  I’d even been hearing on NPR, the morning of this session, about how 6-day weather forecasts are now as accurate as 2-day weather forecasts were in the 1970s.  So, as the day went on the chance of thunderstorms in the evening dropped to zero (and not just on my app, but cross-checked), this client and I felt pretty confident moving ahead with her extended family session.  We got there and the kids were great and the light was lovely.  Just as we were really starting to hit our stride, a big thundercloud came up and sat there menacingly.  I zoomed through the rest of the groupings they wanted before the downpour started, and we even got a few more shots as we took cover on the way to the parking lot.  But it did feel a little rushed, and I wanted to make sure they were happy with their images, so I offered them a short reshoot the following evening.  We stuck to a location closer to home for them for this one, and with the time pressure off and clear skies, we were able to get more of the cuddly, less posed moments my clients love.  Here are a few of my favorites from my time with this family:

Lexington Family Photographer

Indoor Family Portraits

Indoor Family Portraits | Arlington, MA

It had been two years since I last saw these folks, but it was wonderful to see how their kids had grown when they joined me for indoor family portraits for my recent Arlington Family Connection fundraiser.   With young kids, I keep things silly and relaxed and help the kids be comfortable in front of the camera — my goal is to make my clients comfortable enough that their true selves can shine through.  These girls were all in — they had so many giggles and we had a great time!  Here are a few of my favorites from our time together:

Indoor Family Portraits

Home Garden Family Portraits | Teen Portraits | Newtown, MA

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:

Joyful Blossom Family Portraits | Arlington, MA


When trying to think of a phrase that would describe this session, “joyful blossom family portraits” was what came to mind.  The kids were joyful and the blossoms themselves added a sense of joy to what has been an incredibly rainy, gloomy spring.  These folks invited some friends along as well, which led to some wonderful silly moments.

The blossoms I use in this session are incredibly fleeting — one thing that helped this session happen was to talk ahead of time and get everything all worked out except the exact day.  That way, when the clouds broke and the flowers were in bloom we could have a quick confirmation chat and strike while the iron was hot.  Here are a few of my favorites from these joyful blossom family portraits:



powerful breastfeeding portraits

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!

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Outdoor Family Portraits | Lexington, MA

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!

Teen Family Portraits | Arlington, MA

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

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:

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.

Cityscape family portraits

Cityscape Family Portraits | Winchester, MA

“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 🙂

Fall Maternity Mini-Session | Arlington, MA

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!

Colorful Fall Family Portraits | Arlington, MA

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:

Outdoor Baby Portraits | Cambridge, MA

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.

Fall Family Portraits | Boston, MA

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!

Outdoor Fall Toddler Portraits | Arlington, MA

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.

Extended Family Portraits in Lincoln, MA

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:

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Outdoor Fall Family Portraits | Lexington, MA

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!

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Fun Outdoor Family Portraits | Arlington, MA

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!


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Family Portraits in Lexington, MA

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 | Boston, MA

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!

First Birthday Milestone Portrait Session | Medford, MA

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.

Outdoor Headshot Session | Arlington, MA

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.

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Relaxed Family Portraits Medford, MA

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!

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Family Portraits in Belmont, MA

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!

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Outdoor Family Portraits | Woburn, 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!

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Cousin Portraits | Lexington, MA

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: