Charleigh & Sophia

Oh my heart. I had the privilege of shooting with Charleigh and her beautiful little nugget Sophia this week and it was good for my soul. Sophia just turned 1 and her grandma gave her two girls a session with me as a gift. Thank you so much for sharing your family with me and letting me be part of your “Little Corner of the World” for a little while. 

We started our session off by taking in some of the details of their life right now. Sophia in her high chair, their apartment, her crib, their protective but sweet pup Tobey, Charleigh feeding Sophia her veggies and getting her dressed (in the cutest outfit, ever). This is the first session like this I’ve done, and I’m calling it “My Little Corner of the World.” Any avid Gilmore Girls fans out there will know where it comes from, and these two were the perfect first session. I can’t wait to do more.

Once we were done at the apartment, we headed to a local park, with Sophia dressed like a little woodland fairy. Her first birthday party was fairy-themed! I’ll let you take in the adorable for yourself:

I loved shooting this mother-daughter duo. Happy first birthday, Sophia!

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Emilia, Age 8 – Short Stop

“Anything a boy can do, a girl can do better.” 

I am SO excited to introduce the second participant of my series: Emilia! She was an incredible subject and so much fun to shoot with. So here’s a little bit about my time with little miss Emilia – petite but formidable, she doesn’t let anything stop her.

Right off the bat (#pun #cantstopwontstop) Emilia killed it. She jumped into the first half of our session with that adorable smile and her own ideas for poses. She told me her mom was a big reason she is so active. She played sports growing up, too, so that’s where Emilia gets it from. She also coaches her softball team, not to mention making sure she gets to all her other practices and games. Emilia is a swimmer and soccer player, and “she’s always trying to add to the list,” her mom Jessica said.

When we were just about done with our “clean uniform” shots, Emilia couldn’t wait to get those stark white pants dirty and put on some eye black. She lit up when it was time to get into the action shots. 

Emilia is not the kind of girl who is going to be intimidated on the field. And as far as her potential, she’s limitless. She plans to play her whole life and try as many new sports as she can, with field hockey and ice hockey high up on the list. She might be 8, but I wouldn’t bet against this girl. Behind that smile is someone who can do anything.

After our session was over, I asked Emilia what was different about being a girl in sports than being a boy in sports.

“Just that anything a boy can do, a girl can do better.”

I couldn’t have scripted a better response than that.

Emilia is featured on my website and Facebook page under “We’re Not Here Just to Have Fun” and you can see more of her comments there!

Next up, look for my session with a tennis player named Sarah! Interested in being a part of the series? Contact me today.

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A new challenge for a new year: Hockey Photography!

2 days, 2 sore ankles, 700 photos, and a new love! I took photos at the Mites X-Ice Tourney and as someone who had ZERO experience shooting inside a hockey arena, let alone on skates, I had so much fun, learned a ton, and got some great shots.

These little mites are age 8 max, but I was impressed by how well they played, how much intensity they brought, and, let’s be real, how darn cute they were. It was a mix of boys and girls playing, from towns all around Mass and RI. Two games going at once, the coaches and staff had a corridor in the middle of the ice, so I was able to be on-ice for the majority of the time – and though I could have stayed in my boots, found it a lot more stable to be on skates! So I crossed on-skates shooting off my bucket list (an item I added and crossed off at the same time), and got some action shots from on the ice. I never played hockey, but I was very active in sports from a young age, and I would love some photos from when I played sports – so I hope to capture some of those memories for kids and their families to look back on.

One little girl hockey player asked me if I was a figure skater (in my mind I was just pretty proud to stay upright), and I said “Nope, I’m just a photographer on skates, but I think it’s really awesome that you’re a hockey player.” Her smile could not have been bigger, and she literally made my day.

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The action shots were really fun and challenging in their own right with low-light conditions, but I found myself loving the shots of their expressions behind the masks and catching that moment. Those ended up being some of my favorite shots.

Luckily, I’ll have a lot of opportunities to take more hockey and figure skating photos in my job with an ice sports company, because now that I have a pair of fingerless gloves, I can’t wait to get back in the arena. 🙂

Colin – Age 2!

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Little mister Colin & his family were one of my first clients for his first birthday last summer and I was so excited to be able to capture the start of his second year.

We had such a fun, relaxed shoot! I brought a few toys & some bubbles, and we played with those for a bit, but Colin was far more interested in a bike leaning up against the shed in his grandma’s back yard. So his dad pulled the bike out & mom held him on the seat and the smile that spread across Colin’s face was UNBEATABLE. I love this so so much, when families are casual and kids can be themselves, and just having fun is the focus of the shoot. Every smile is just the joy of the day. Thanks to Esther, Rachel, Ari & Colin for another great shoot!

Family Session @ Plymouth Beach

On a gorgeous night in June, I headed down to Plymouth Beach to photograph this lovely group of people! This was my first beach session and I have to say I was lucky to have a laid back family who was very patient while I wrangled with direct sunlight and shadows in the early evening to try and get the best shots. It ended up being a great shoot & I had a blast capturing happy shots of the three boys, who were so great about being photographed, and their beautiful families.

I love how striking the black & white photos from this shoot came out!

The season of holiday photos

I love winter. People always think it’s odd because it’s more popular around here to complain about snow that hasn’t even fallen yet, daylight savings time making it dark at 4 p.m. (OK, that does kind of suck), and when the temperature dips to the point that more than a sweater is required. When I think of winter, I think of stylish winter coats, cozy scarves, an energetic crisp in the air, Christmas and all the decorations it brings, family get-together, parties, and holiday photo sessions!

I recently did a session with family members who had the idea for their 5-year-old to be up in a tree. It fit his personality perfectly. He LOVES to be outside. He was the best model, and his parents weren’t bad either. 🙂

Looking for a last-minute photographer for your family photo shoot? Contact me at marylouisepolleys@gmail.com

Taking full advantage of Fall

I’ve said before that fall always brings about a lot of changes for me, but this fall has heralded a lot of major ones! Moving from my parents house in the suburbs to a city apartment, a new job, and I’m about to turn 25 – the “quarter-life” mark. YIKES! Amongst all this busy bustling, I’ve tried to take full advantage of each moment of the season, making special trips out to pick up apple cider by the gallon, rocking tights and boots when possible, and taking this trip to Sauchuk Farm in Plympton, MA with my aunt, Mum, and cousin Noah. In typically adorable fashion, our trip to the pumpkin patch involved Noah picking a pumpkin about as large as him and Mom and I found ourselves a little lost and exiting through the entrance of the corn maze. Happy Fall!