Real Life isn't Posed

Hello old friends! Once again I’m dusting off my blog and updating my website after being in hibernation since last winter. This year has been one of the busiest ever, and I’ve not had much time to focus on photography or keeping up with blogging. Last November we welcomed an 8-year-old girl into our home after we were licensed to be foster parents, and here we are almost a year later and she is still with us! It’s been a whirlwind, to say the least. Working full time and being thrown into parenting an eight year old… phew. I’ve never been so tired. But as hard as this year has been, we wouldn’t trade it for anything.

I’m excited to get back at it, with fall being my busy season for family photo sessions. Last weekend I had the privilege of photographing my very dear friends in their home — the home that they brought their babies home to, and have lived in for many years with so many good memories. They recently sold the house and are moving out in a few weeks, so I wanted to take some time to document this part of their lives in this space before they move on to their next home.

My favorite favorite kinds of photos to take are less posed and more a blend of lifestyle/documentary. I love love love getting the real moments on camera. I want to show families just doing their thing. Just being themselves and having fun. This session may have felt stressful to my friends at certain points when the girls weren’t super cooperative, and really just wanted to do their own thing. I totally get it, nothing drives me crazier than when I feel like I’m talking to a wall and my kiddo isn’t listening or cooperating. Part of the stress for parents, during photo shoots in particular, is that they are nervous they won’t get any good pictures. But when kids aren’t cooperative I usually just like to follow their lead and let them play and just do their thing. So don’t stress if your kids are not doing exactly what we want them to do during your family session. I promise we’ll still get some beautiful frame-worthy photos, and some photos that are pretty hilarious, too. (Kids make the best faces sometimes).

So without further ado, here are some of my favs of my beautiful, fantastic friends and their hilarious and adorable daughters.

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Throwback to a Hot Summer Day

It's been very chilly around here, in the 20s, and surprisingly it's snowed twice which usually doesn't happen this early in the season. Anyway, I was thinking about posting some photos and I thought I'd throw it back to summer. A sweltering hot day in July, the day before my dear friends moved to Minnesota. They wanted to get some photos in our little town to remember this place, so even though this was months ago, I thought I'd share some! I miss these friends so much. 

 

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Oh, hi... 5 months later

Hiiiiiiiii. 

So, you may have noticed (or maybe you didn't), that I've sort of been on hiatus/fell off the face of the earth. Haven't updated my blog since May. Haven't updated Insta since August. Welp.

I can't believe it's almost November. The difficult thing about having a full-time job and also trying to do photography on the side, is that it gets really really hard to make space for the photography on the side sometimes. I have had a crazy summer and a crazier fall in terms of workload and stress. So my photography biz has been neglected, because as much as I love it, I haven't had the time or mental capacity to devote to it. Anyway, I've recently started up again and I'm really happy I did. I've missed this. Also, I started reading this really amazing book called the Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. It's all about unblocking your creativity, and so far I love it! 

So, I've taken some photos for family and friends over the last several months, which has been great. I've gotten to visit friends in New York and family & friends in Seattle, meet new babies, and photograph fam & friends who live nearby! It was a great summer; here are some of my faves. (ok like 8 million faves). Happy fall, y'all! 

Mackenzie Grace

Back in January my family welcomed its newest addition: my perfect little smush of a niece, Mackenzie Grace, more commonly known as Macky. A few days after lil Mack was born, I took photos of the new family of three. I love newborn photos, because first of all, who doesn't love babies? They're so fresh and new and tiny and perfect and they have that new baby smell. Sigh.

But what I love, being behind the camera, is just documenting life in the first few days when everything is new to everyone, and the parents are so in love with this little miracle that is all theirs. It's so beautiful, and I'm so lucky I get to do this. I love to see the new family just be. Just be together. Just stare at their precious new baby and snuggle and love, and even though they're exhausted, it's all worth it. 

Introducing... lil Macky. 

 

Casali Family

Bringing it full-freakin'-circle (Lorelai, anyone? Gilmore Girls a Year in the Life? Sorry, just got done binge watching and it's on my mind). Anyway... my sister and her fam were the first family I ever did photos for. So it was fun to do photos again almost a year and a half later, with my beautiful grown-up nieces (and their new puppy!) OK, so they're only 5 and 3, but they're growing up too fast! 

We took photos on Thanksgiving morning at Sheep Pasture in Easton. Such a great location, with that big barn door, and lots of land to wander around on. It was perfect. 

Here are some of my favorites.

 

Albert Family

Helloooooo! I feel like I've been editing photos foreeeeeever. Now I'm finally crawling out of my photo editing cave to share some with y'all. (Can I say y'all even though I'm really a New Englander? I choose to believe yes. Yes, I can. ) Yay!

Anyway, I got to go back to Colt State Park which is so beautiful in the fall, you guys! My friends Kate and Nathan wanted me to take one-year photos of their adorable son Foster. And when I say adorable, I mean, a-freaking-dorable. You'll see. This little man is so cute, and it was so fun to capture the many faces of Foster. We spent about half the shoot focusing on Foster, and then family photos for the other half. 

I think these will make for some pretty cute Christmas cards.

Also, tangent -- Christmas!! I'm so excited. This meme is my life right now. Who's with me?

OK, back to the Alberts. Here are some of my favs.

Kefor Family

Last Sunday, it was a dreary, dark, rainy, cold day. I was a little worried because I had photos scheduled for the afternoon, and cold, dreary weather isn't exactly ideal for little ones. Also, I was going for that late afternoon dreamy lighting and I was worried that the dark clouds would take over my shoot. 

Well, sometimes the dreary days actually make for great photo shoots. The rain held off, the clouds weren't too dark, and it actually warmed up a little bit. We had a great time walking (and running) around the beautiful Queset House in Easton. This ended up being a great location which I definitely will keep in mind for future shoots. 

These little ones were so sweet and fun to photograph. Such a gorgeous family!

There's still time for holiday card photos. Contact me to set yours up soon!

 

LaPorte Family

Last weekend I photographed a very old family friend and her beautiful family. Laurie grew up on the same street, and was the same age as my oldest sister. Since both of my older sisters spent a lot of time playing at Laurie's house, I, as any good younger sister should, followed them. Probably much to their dismay. :)

I hadn't seen Laurie in years, so it was so fun to see her and meet her husband Tom, and their two little guys. I loved the energy these boys had. They had a lot of fun running all over the park, and I had fun chasing them, taking photos of the fun they had, and sweet moments like when the boys found a caterpillar, and gave it kisses! *heart melt*

We met at the Governor's Estate Park in Easton, MA (my hometown!) on a gorgeous fall day. I'm in love with these fall colors. 

 

Golden Hour Love

If you schedule photos with me, you will find that my favorite time for photos is about an hour before sunset. Why? Because of the following photos. I am obsessed with the "golden hour" as they call it. And I was not let down on this gorgeous night at Colt State Park in Bristol. Sunset was at 7:15 and we got to the park at 6:15 with plenty of time for photos. The lighting was amazing, the clouds were amazing, and the sunset was perfect. Insert heart-eye emoji here. 

Annetta and Ross wanted photos as a family of three with their sweet son Asher before their next little one arrives. We had fun roaming around Colt State Park, which apparently was photo shoot central that night because we saw three other sessions taking place while we were there. It is the perfect spot for family photos, senior photos, engagement, portraits... This was my first time doing a shoot here and it will definitely be at the top of my recommendations for clients in the future. I <3 Rhode Island. 

The Sturdys

I met Alicia and Andrew in college, but didn't really get to know them until years later when I was in grad school with Andrew, and we all lived in the same apartment building. I have great memories of one Easter dinner at the Sturdys' apartment, cooking together, eating a great meal with friends, and of course laughing, a lot. As we do. Fast forward a few years, and all of us ended up out of Chicago, and on the East Coast. Now, sadly, the Sturdys have moved back to the Midwest. We miss them! Thankfully, their East Coast ties are strong, and they return in the summer to visit lil' Warren, Rhode Island, where we live. 

The Sturdys came to visit RI recently, and I was so happy to take their photos that a small miracle happened: I woke up before dawn in order to capture the gorgeous lighting of sunrise over Mt. Hope Bay in Touisset Point. 

So pretty, although I couldn't believe how fast that sun shot up and the beautiful dawn light quickly turned to bright orange, hot on our faces, squinty-eye light. 

Andrew and Alicia's sweet little girl Stella was not exactly pleased about being awoken from her slumber to have a camera pointed at her. But we got some nice photos nonetheless. 

So good to see you, Sturdys! Thanks for being my models.