Scenes from Christmas 2015

Another Christmas in the books and I am so so thankful for my family – we had the best time celebrating the holiday together. It was the first time in quite a few years we could all just be together, unencumbered by distance or any other obligations. I hope everyone got to be with all (or at least a few!) or their favorite people for the holiday. There’s really nothing better.

With the weather so crazy warm, our evening included some grilling (on Christmas Eve in Massachusetts – seriously…), special cocktails by yours truly, lots of laughs, lots of puppy-spoiling, hungry hungry hippos, and a late night game of Cards Against Humanity.

After opening up so many toys and games, the topper was an envelope revealing a $20 bill inside, when my cousin Noah exclaimed “this is the best day ever!” Which cracked us all up. He’s pretty easy to please. 🙂

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Happiest Holidays to you and your family, from me and mine! 🙂

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Sneak Peek: Jennifer & Scott’s Wedding at Mary Cummings Park

Don’t you just love fall foliage and happy couples? Oh wait, maybe that’s just me. 🙂 While I’m busy editing the rest of Jennifer & Scott’s photos and yesterday’s World’s End engagement session, I thought I’d share a just a few photos in a sneak peek! Two weeks ago, on a beautiful fall afternoon, I joined Jennifer & Scott and their closest family at Mary Cummings Park in Burlington, MA for their simple, intimate, and relaxed ceremony.





Happy Fall!

I hate being that person that jumps into the next season when the last one isn’t over yet – but it’s post-labor day so I feel like I can start to talk about how excited for this Fall I am!

Even though it’s 90 degrees today, I’ve already had this season’s first Pumpkin Spiced Latte (can’t you feel my coffee buzz from there?) and I have some definite plans for Fall this year. I’ve been working on a list, because that’s what I do, and I figured I’d share it here now and post pictures as I make my way through it all the way into November.

Part of my real focus on enjoying each season to its fullest this year is that right now I am pretty settled in where I am and what I’m doing. Last year at this time I was moving to Quincy, starting a new job, and jumping some personal hurdles that kept me busy and I didn’t get around to doing some of the things I love the most. When it was March and I looked back I was so disappointed that I hadn’t gotten around to apple picking or eating cider donuts! I didn’t pay attention to the leaves changing colors and I didn’t make it down to my favorite cranberry bog around harvest time. So this year I decided I would make a list of all the things, big and small, that I love to do as the air turns crisp in the Fall, to make sure I kept my focus on being here now and not getting caught up in the rush to the holidays.

I am also very excited because one of my very best friends recently got engaged and we’ll be doing her engagement session this fall – which is really such a special bonus to my favorite season! 🙂

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  • Apple picking
  • Leaf-peeping drive/road trip
  • Dress up for Halloween
  • Watch Hocus Pocus
  • Carve a pumpkin
  • Drink apple cider
  • Eat cider doughnuts
  • Watch the cranberry harvest
  • Make soup
  • Celebrate my birthday
  • Make fall sangria
  • Make a pie
  • PSL (check!)
  • Shipyard pumpkinhead
  • Pumpkin muffin
  • Cheer at the TV during a Patriots game
  • Take a family portrait
  • Go to one of my cousin Noah’s soccer/flag football games
  • Go to the Pembroke vs. Silver Lake Thanksgiving Day football game
  • Wear boots with tights & scarves
  • Go for a walk in the woods
  • Go for a walk around Boston/Cambridge
  • Have a cinnamon latte at Bourbon Coffee
  • Run a 5K
  • Visit Reed Hollow Farm
  • Sit by a campfire (fire pit)
  • Go to the wine festival/grape crush at Boston Winery
  • Give mini-pumpkins to friends & co-workers
  • Paint my nails dark
  • Watch all the season premieres

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!

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!

Toddler Shoot – Colin turns 1!

On Sunday I took a picturesque drive to Sharon, MA for a toddler & family shoot. Mr. Colin is turning the big single digit soon, so a coworker of mine asked if I could come take some photos of her grandson and his parents during their visit from New York. I was more than happy to do it!

While I’ve been taking photos of my cousin Noah for his entire life (5 years), this was my first formal toddler shoot, and so there were a few lessons learned:

1. Balloons pop & baskets tip over. Have a back up plan. (Bubbles! Why didn’t I think of that?)

2. Re: baskets tipping over – rig the basket from behind so that it doesn’t tip if the child leans.

3. At least try not to laugh when the basket tips over. (I am such a terrible person)

4. Put something cute on the camera lens or body, there’s definitely something about a person there putting a camera up to their face constantly that is off-putting to little ones. I can’t blame them!

Despite some foibles on my part, we had a great shoot in the homey comfort of grandma’s backyard.

What a cute little guy & beautiful family!

 

Puppies & Sparkles: My First Engagement Shoot

Back in March, I did my very first engagement shoot with some pretty awesome subjects: My sister Erica, her fiancé Jon, and their two pups Layton & Clara. They now live in Houston, TX so not only did we have gorgeously warm weather, we got to explore some cool areas as backdrops for the shoot! A cool mural, a genuine article Bayou, a fun park with fountains. We had some trouble getting the pups to focus at first, but then we started using pieces of left over pizza crust as an attention getter, which worked surprisingly well!

Because I was down there for 4 days or so, we took advantage of the time and did a few different outfits and a few different locations. We also went to the Rodeo (!), ate some pretty freakin’ fantastic authentic barbecue & mexican food…oh, and we saw the premiere of the Veronica Mars Movie!

The best part of it, though, was when I got home from our little mini vaca, I had SO many fun photos to edit.

A little background, my sister Erica plans to wear the sparkly Kate Spade shoes photographed at her wedding. She had them before she had even picked out her dress. 🙂