November 2010


Kids & Families22 Nov 2010 06:08 pm

Some babies are born to be male models.  I definitely met one this weekend when I met Liam O’Toole and his family in their West Newton home.

We began our session in his bedroom, where he showed off his posing (and rolling) skills on the cool carpet with a hopscotch court.  An outfit change, and a set change moved us into the guest room and he showed off joyful and flirty in the awesome natural light.  Then we headed downstairs, where dad was waiting to help Liam show off exuberance, as he was tossed in the air, and Mom was on the receiving end of LOVE!  A quick milk break, and he was ready to go again, posing with grandparents.  Out into the back yard, and he gave us ’sad waif’, before showing he was just acting when the family got into the picture.  But we weren’t done yet…there were leaves to roll in, and more fun to be had with Mom and Dad.  With a performance like this, I wouldn’t be surprised if there is an Oscar in his future!

West Newton MA Baby Portraits

West Newton MA Baby Portraits

West Newton MA Baby Photos

West Newton MA Baby Photos

West Newton MA Family Photos

West Newton MA Family Portraits

West Newton MA Family Portraits West Newton MA Baby Portraits

West Newton MA Baby Portraits

West Newton MA Baby Portraits

West Newton MA Family Portraits

Kids & Families18 Nov 2010 11:03 am

‘Tis the season for taking photos of stinking cute babies…and I met one this weekend when I headed in to Charlestown MA to photograph the Mackin family!

We started out in their awesome condo, where their red front door provided a perfect backdrop for Anora’s adorable holiday sweater and matching red tutu. After a few family photos around the house, and in the back yard, we decided to venture out into the wilds of Charlestown (home to multitudes of bank robbers if the movies are to be believed:)).  We headed up a couple of blocks to the Dougherty Playground, where the beautiful fallen leaves and the sun filtering trough the trees gave use some great light to work with.  As we were headed up the 196 steps to the playground, Megan noticed a little graffiti on the sidewalk that seemed perfect for her “townie” baby!  Then it was time to milk the playground for all it was worth, and Anora swung, and cuddled with Mom and Dad, and shot her supermodel ‘blue steel’ look at me, and was just generally adorable.

Charlestown, MA Baby Portraits

Charlestown, MA Baby Portraits

Charlestown, MA Baby Portraits

Charlestown, MA Baby Portraits

Charlestown, MA Baby Portraits

Charlestown, MA Baby Portraits

Charlestown, MA Baby Portraits

Charlestown, MA Baby Portraits

Charlestown, MA Baby Portraits

Charlestown, MA Baby Portraits

Charlestown, MA Baby Portraits

Kids & Families16 Nov 2010 12:08 pm

A couple of years ago I got the chance to welcome Jeremiah into the Anderson family at his adoption ceremony in Worcester.  Well, they’ve been at it again, and this week Bella officially joined the family.  I was so excited to have the chance to hang out with the family again last week, and meet the beautiful little Bella for the first time!

And we picked the perfect day for it!  It was sunny and bright at Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesly, MA, with a chilly little breeze that got the kids running from the start.  luckily for me, they stopped for split seconds in between bursts of energy for me to capture a few portraits of them in the beautiful gardens at Elm Bank.  We adventured through tall grass, climbed trees, explored the old mansion, sat on the oversized chair, and enjoyed snacks together.  Throughout all of this the one thing that shone the brightest was the love that each and every member of the family share for each other!

Elm Bank Wellesly MA Family Portraits

Elm Bank Wellesly MA Family Portraits

Elm Bank Wellesly MA Family Portraits

Elm Bank Wellesly MA Family Portraits

Elm Bank Wellesly MA Family Portraits

Elm Bank Wellesly MA Family Portraits

Elm Bank Wellesly MA Family Portraits

Elm Bank Wellesly MA Family Portraits

Elm Bank Wellesly MA Family Portraits

Elm Bank Wellesly MA Family Portraits

Elm Bank Wellesly MA Family Portraits

 

Family12 Nov 2010 04:23 am

This weekend, I met the smilingest, happiest, 4 month old baby that I have had the pleasure of photographing…oh, and her parents too :)!

I met Yan and Natalie at a wedding a few years back where Yan was the best man.  So it was a real pleasure to catch up, and to meet the lovely Gabriella for the first time at their beautiful North End apartment.  Gabby came armed with a large stack of personalized pink outfits, and a Mom who was not afraid to use them!  Properly suited up, she was ready for her debut in front of the camera.  We began in Mom and Dad’s bedroom, where Gabby cuddled with Mom, and nestled into the big, soft, pillows on the bed.  The across the hall into Gabby’s room, where she continued her tour-de-cuteness on a pink floor rug and in a rocking chair with her favorite bear.  Downstairs, we took advantage of the great light in the living room to capture more smiles, then I climbed out on a narrow ledge above the living room to document that Gabby’s great smiles are hereditary.  After a quick stop on her 4 legged brother, Colby’s, favorite spot, the whole family bundled up against the brisk fall air, and we headed outside.  First we headed down the awesome brick alleyway behind their apartment, where Gabby was tolerant enough to allow us to pile leaves around her, then we headed down to Christopher Columbus park where Gabby gave one final effort of cuteness before an uncontrollable urge to nap took over.

 Boston North End Family Portraits

Boston North End Baby Portraits

Boston North End Baby Portraits

Boston North End Family Portraits

Boston North End Baby Portraits

Boston North End Family Portraits

Boston Christopher Columbus Park Family Portraits

Boston Christopher Columbus Park Family Portraits

Boston Christopher Columbus Park Family Portraits

Boston Christopher Columbus Park Baby Portraits

Seniors09 Nov 2010 12:34 pm

Last weekend I had the opportunity to spend the morning with Lindsay and her Mom, Michelle, for a super fun senior portrait shoot in Clinton, MA.

We began the day at the Clinton dam, where the rain (mostly) held off long enough for us to use the unique landscape and architecture as a background for Lindsey’s portraits.  We climbed 286 steps, hiked through the woods in clogs (well, Lindsey did…I don’t own clogs :)), and even had a bit of fun with a hat that someone had left in the woods.  Soon we’d used up all of the cool spots at the dam, and decided to look for a more urban location.  And we found it in spades.  Arriving at an old warehouse that has been reclaimed into business space we found it open for the day, though strangely abandoned.  It was in one of these spaces that we found really awesome light…and an axe :).  The adventure continued as we explored inside and out, making our way through a martial arts studio and into the tower of the mill.  Lindsey and Michelle were adventurous throughout, even when we decided to explore the creepy basement.  As you can see we made it out alive!

High School Senior Portraits Clinton MA

High School Senior Portraits Clinton MA

High School Senior Portraits Clinton MA

 Central MA High School Senior Portraits

Central MA High School Senior Portraits

Worcester County High School Senior Portraits

Worcester County High School Senior Portraits

Worcester County High School Senior Portraits

Worcester County High School Senior Portraits

Worcester County High School Senior Portraits

Worcester County High School Senior Portraits

Worcester County High School Senior Portraits

 

Engagements03 Nov 2010 09:55 pm

My awesome fall engagement portrait series continues with Christine & Pete’s session in Boston, MA.  Looking for great fall color, we decided to meet on the esplanade, where the trees were awash in golden leaves.  When we arrived, however, we discovered the leaves in a struggle to the death with the wind whipping off the Charles, so after a couple of photos near the water, we headed into the city looking for calmer waters.  Crossing over the footbridge, we headed up Charles Street, where a quaint little outdoor cafe and a really cool yellow house provided a couple of great backdrops.  It was then that the sun decided to peek out, so we headed to the Boston Common to take advantage of a little golden hour goodness.  Then up Beacon Hill to explore a few of the historic streets that the neighborhood offers.  I couldn’t resist incorporating a pair of skulls on an old iron fence, and Christine and Pete were game!

Boston Esplanade Engagement Portraits

Boston Beacon Hill Engagement Portraits

Boston Beacon Hill Engagement Portraits

Boston Beacon Hill Engagement Portraits

Boston Common Engagement Portraits

Boston Beacon Hill Engagement Portraits

Boston Beacon Hill Engagement Portraits

Boston Beacon Hill Engagement Portraits

Boston Beacon Hill Engagement Portraits

Boston Beacon Hill Engagement Portraits

 

Engagements01 Nov 2010 09:05 am

Fall is in full swing, and so is fall portrait season, as we race to beat the blustery wind that is intent on blowing all of those pretty orange leaves off the trees!  In the first of three portrait sessions this weekend, I met Christina and David at the four seasons in Boston for their engagement portrait session.

We began across the street at Boston Public Gardens where a bright and colorful fall tree was waiting to meet us right off the bat!  Then we circled down to the swan pond, using the reflections of the water and the landmark bridge as a background for some fun, romantic shots.  Just below the famous bridge is a bench where David proposed to Christina.  And, coincidentally, it is the same bench where I proposed to Melanie…making me wonder if it is one of the most ubiquitous proposal spots in Boston, or if David and I just have exeptionally good taste in romantic locations :).  After a quick trip up to sit on the famous ducks, we headed up into the dark, foreboding back alleys of Beacon Hill, where I always find new and unique locations, no matter how many times I visit it!

Boston Public Garden Engagement Portraits

Boston Public Garden Engagement Portraits

Boston Public Garden Engagement Portraits

Boston Public Garden Engagement Portraits

Boston Beacon Hill Engagement Portraits

Boston Beacon Hill Engagement Portraits

Boston Beacon Hill Engagement Portraits

Boston Beacon Hill Engagement Portraits

Boston Beacon Hill Engagement Portraits

Boston Common Engagement Portraits