Kids & Families


Kids & Families10 Aug 2017 10:44 am

I love a family reunion…especially when it’s a family that has trusted me to capture their most important milestones for almost 10 years!  Starting with Michelle and Nate’s wedding in (gulp) 2008, continuing with Christine and Chris’ in 2011, and of course, the awesome spunky boys of the Worcester Hafer branch.  So when they asked me to photograph their joint vacation/staycation at their lovely Worcester home, I jumped at the chance to catch up with the entire family, and meet beautiful 5 year-old Hannah!

The cousins and their parents and grandparents were ready to go when I arrived, so we started out with a round of posed family photos, before allowing the kids to run the show for a bit.  Starting on the jungle gym, which has been a favorite location for so many shoots, the three cousins climbed and jumped, and brought along their favorite stuffed friends.  Then Henry suggested we hang out at the tepee that they had erected at the top of the hill behind their home, so a bit of climbing was in order.  Once we had the kids a little tired out, I was able to spend a little time photographing their parents, grandparents, brothers, sister’s in law, and any other combination we could think of in various locations throughout the well maintained back yard.  By this time, the kids had their second wind, so we ventured out front to climb a favorite tree, play on the family’s very own fire hydrant, discover a hidden hideout underneath a Japanese maple, and scour the grass for a few earthworms, which Michelle dutifully held (#momofboys), while the boys climbed up on Nate’s back and went for an upside down ride on Uncle Chris.  With this much fun on the first day of vacation, I can only imagine how many adventures they had the rest of the week…and how exhausted their parents must be!

Worcester MA Family Portraits

Worcester MA Family Portraits

Worcester MA Family Portraits

Worcester MA Family Portraits

Worcester MA Family Portraits

Worcester MA Family Portraits

Worcester MA Family Portraits

Worcester MA Family Portraits

Worcester MA Family Portraits

Worcester MA Family Portraits

Worcester MA Family Portraits

Worcester MA Family Portraits

Worcester MA Family Portraits

Worcester MA Family Portraits

Worcester MA Family Portraits

Kids & Families17 Jul 2017 02:59 pm

At under 5 lbs, newborn Lily can nearly fit into one of Dad’s hands.  But she packed a WHOLE lot of cuteness into her diminutive frame when I arrived at the family home in Exeter, NH.

I was greeted at the door by Dad and Napolean, the family dog…who was all to happy to see me again.  Mom and Lily joined us, both looking beautiful and ready for a photo shoot!  We began up in Lily’s new nursery, where she test drove her crib, and hung out with some of her favorite stuffed animals, before cuddling with Mom in the rocker.  Lily was a natural, handling each new pose and location with grace and beauty, and gently letting us know when we tried something that wasn’t her cup of tea.  Next we headed into mom and Dad’s room for a hangout on the bed with Napolean, before heading downstairs.  Lily did so well at baby posing, that we decided to try the advanced stuff…and she handled it like a pro baby model.  She perfectly hunkered on the wine crate that had held her parents’ wedding cake, and looked prettier than the flowers she posed with on the kitchen table.  All of that hard work was rewarded with a meal and a cuddle and a well deserved nap!

Stay tuned in a few months for her 4 month portrait session!

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Kids & Families29 Jun 2017 07:13 pm

A Melody so sweet, who though only 9 days old, was already being groomed to be an accomplished musician, acrobatic climber, and fearless cat wrangler, when I met her at her Natick home for her newborn photo session.

We started the session in Mom and Dad’s room, where Melody was getting ready for her debut by sleeping until the very last minute.  Actually she was really tired, so after changing into her first outfit and checking out her new bedroom.  We spent a couple of minutes measuring her growth, before she snoozed next to a stuffed lion that was her Mom’s childhood friend.  While she snoozed in her crib, Mom set up a really cool ball pit for her to play in and, after Baxter the cat made sure it was safe, played happily in there for a few minutes.  Lying among all of those balls, reminded her that she was a ping pong master in training, so we headed into the basement, where she showed me her best moves.  The it was up to the cat fortress, where she liked to pretend she was a princess, guarded by a fierce, giant , wild cat!  We ended the session with a little music, the violin was bigger than her, but she grabbed on all the same and gave it her all!

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Natick, MA Baby Portraits

Kids & Families27 Jun 2017 07:06 pm

It was a photoshoot an entire lifetime in the making…and Damon has been practicing his little heart out, charming us with his cuteness since his very first days.  All those lessons paid off!  This was the final session in his Baby’s First Year package, an, while he rocked every one of them, he saved the extra charm for his season finale!

Damon and Dad met me at the front door, and we headed into their apartment to get reacquainted.  It’s been a few months since our last shoot, and Damon had to make sure I was still OK. We put our heads together, and decided that it was too nice a day to be cooped up inside. With that decision made, we grabbed a ball and headed into the back yard. It was so nice in the shade, that we just had to pass the ball around a bit. The whole time, the treehouse was begging us to climb it. So we did. Kicking the ball and climbing the treehouse was hot work. Luckily there was a water feature in the back yard to splash around and cool off in. Unfortunately, this made Damon’s clothes wet, and Mom insisted we go inside for a change. Once we got inside, however, Damon got to hang out in his favorite outfit. In his toy box and in his crib, and hanging out with his favorite, ginormous stuffed monkey. Back outside, we found a present on the porch, and Damon wasted no time ripping it open…delighting in his new toy cars. It’s good to be one year old!

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Kids & Families16 Jun 2017 08:53 am

I only had to drive a little bit further up the North Shore for part two of my awesome Saturday shoot-a-rama when I met Sarah and Sebastien on Joppa Flats in Newburyport, MA for a fun photo shoot celebrating their impending bundle of joy.

We met at the Plum Island airport and immediately headed down to the old shack - one of my favorite photo locations.  The light was perfect, and the couple radiant as we braved the high reeds and swampy grasslands to capture the perfect photos.  Shooting and moving was the order of the day, driving a little further into the flats, for a dance in the grassy marsh, climbing up onto the drawbridge, and continuing down the road to the lovely beaches of Plum Island.  The warm sun broke through the haze as we wandered the beach…getting a little too close to the water as the surf rolled in.  Driving back to the airport, we finished off the session at the awesome old hangar.

Stay tuned to meet the newest addition to their family in just a few weeks!

Newburyport, MA Maternity Portraits

Newburyport, MA Maternity Portraits

Newburyport, MA Maternity Portraits

Newburyport, MA Maternity Portraits

Newburyport, MA Maternity Portraits

Newburyport, MA Maternity Portraits

Newburyport, MA Maternity Portraits

Newburyport, MA Maternity Portraits

Newburyport, MA Maternity Portraits

Newburyport, MA Maternity Portraits

Newburyport, MA Maternity Portraits

Newburyport, MA Maternity Portraits

Newburyport, MA Maternity Portraits

Newburyport, MA Maternity Portraits

Newburyport, MA Maternity Portraits

Newburyport, MA Maternity Portraits

Kids & Families02 Jun 2017 02:39 pm

Last week I got to meet (almost) 1 year old Bella, as she debuted her modeling chops in her adorable pink dress at her home in Melrose, MA.

I arrived at snack time, so Mom took a quick minute to top her off, and we headed in to the back yard, where Mom and Dad had prepared a few props for her to show her moves.  And move she did, smiling as she showed off the blocks commemorating her first year, then knocked them over.  Smiling as she crawled her fastest across the grass to take a closer look at my camera, and smiling as she interacted with her favorite parents, as they joyfully tossed her in the air and kissed her rosy cheeks.  All that moving, makes a little one hungry, so back to Mom for second (or was it third?) lunch, before having a bit of cake in the yard and crawling into bed for a nap.  Modeling is exhausting!

Melrose, MA Baby Portraits

Melrose, MA Baby Portraits

Melrose, MA Baby Portraits

Melrose, MA Baby Portraits

Melrose, MA Baby Portraits

Melrose, MA Baby Portraits

Melrose, MA Baby Portraits

Melrose, MA Baby Portraits

Melrose, MA Baby Portraits

Melrose, MA Baby Portraits

Melrose, MA Baby Portraits

Melrose, MA Baby Portraits

Melrose, MA Baby Portraits

Melrose, MA Baby Portraits

Melrose, MA Baby Portraits

Kids & Families21 Dec 2016 01:21 pm

This week I had the opportunity to catch up with my little friend, Damon, at his lovely Danvers home, and see how much he’s grown over the last 6 months. I’ll give you a hint…it’s a lot!

He was smiling impishly as soon as he saw me, and had to be one of the happiest little baby models I have ever photographed. We began exploring his family’s apartment, checking out Mom and Dad’s bed, the Christmas tree, his crib, where he’s watched over by an army of mini super heroes, and the giant stuffed monkey that helps mom and dad keep track of how much he’s grown each month. Next it was up to grandma and Grandpa’s home, where he warmed himself in front of the fireplace, then got even toastier inside a Christmas stocking. Since he was so toasty, he figured it was time for some outside play, so out we went. In the yard he modeled a super warm winter hat, before getting his very first driving lesson in Dad’s truck. It’s gonna be a little while before his feet reach the pedal, but we all have to start somewhere!

Stay tuned for the next installment of his exciting first year!

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Danvers, MA Baby Portraits

Kids & Families28 Nov 2016 06:03 pm

The next stop on my “favorite families that I see every fall” tour found me in Reading, MA, catching up with the Condon clan!  Last time we connected, James was a joyful smile with legs, and Bridget had just made her entrance into the world.  But what a difference a year makes.  In Bridget at least.  James is still a joyful smile with legs…they’re just a little longer this year :).

I arrived just as the young’uns were getting dressed.  Bridget was fighting a bit of a cold, but she was ready to brave through for the shoot, so we started with a few solos of her looking fancy in a beautiful dress and pearls.  Then she and her brother hung out by the fireplace for a few photos together before being joined by Mom and Dad.  A quick outfit change for Bridget, and we ambled over to the well lit den where she showed off her red dress.  Not wanting James to feel ignored, I headed outside with him, while his sister had a rest and an outfit change.  He showed me his awesome climbing and sliding structure, then we spent a little time posing on the awesome stump that we hit every year.  Soon we were joined again by Bridget, who had just a few more photos in her before she needed to call it a day.  But, true to form, she rocked them, then headed inside for a much deserved nap!

Reading, MA Family Portraits

Reading, MA Family Portraits

Reading, MA Family Portraits

Reading, MA Family Portraits

Reading, MA Family Portraits

Reading, MA Family Portraits

Reading, MA Family Portraits

Reading, MA Family Portraits

Reading, MA Family Portraits

Reading, MA Family Portraits

Reading, MA Family Portraits

Reading, MA Family Portraits

Reading, MA Family Portraits

Reading, MA Family Portraits

Kids & Families22 Nov 2016 06:11 pm

Continuing my 2016 fall family portrait tour, I got to reconnect with the Koncius family in Newburyport, MA, and meet the newest addition…Aiden!

We met right in downtown, with AJ wasting no time with shy avoidance, instead leading me right to the waterfront park that he and his family like to frequent.  While Aiden warmed up to the idea, AJ stepped in to fulfill the primary modeling role, posing with his family, then in a cape chair on his own, then showing off his mad stunt skills…jumping off  a short wall, then climbing up to jump again.  It was about the time that AJ discovered some trees to climb, that Aiden decided to get in on the fun, posing cutely in the fallen autumn leaves.  With both boys fully on-board, we walked a short distance to a cool antique market, where the boys explored the interesting artifacts that were displayed out front.  They were so interested, that they completely missed it when Mom and Dad got a chance to model for a few beautiful shots of their own.

Newburyport, MA Family Portraits

Newburyport, MA Family Portraits

Newburyport, MA Family Portraits

Newburyport, MA Family Portraits

Newburyport, MA Family Portraits

Newburyport, MA Family Portraits

Newburyport, MA Family Portraits

Newburyport, MA Family Portraits

Newburyport, MA Family Portraits

Newburyport, MA Family Portraits

Newburyport, MA Family Portraits

Newburyport, MA Family Portraits

Newburyport, MA Family Portraits

Newburyport, MA Family Portraits

Newburyport, MA Family Portraits

Kids & Families17 Nov 2016 07:35 pm

Continuing my weekend of reunions, I joined the Mackin family in their adorable North Andover home.  When we last hung out, Anora and Bennett showed me all around their home, and generally just acted like their cute selves.  A couple of years later, and they’ve only grown more cute…and grown as a family, with the introduction of young master Broderick just a few weeks ago.

It was Bennett that met me at the door with a big smile followed by a warm hug and an invitation to go play in his room.  We headed upstairs, and were joined by Anora, who wasted no time telling me all about she and Bennett’s halloween.  The tour continued in Brody’s room, where they were joined by the little guy in his favorite rocking chair.  It was a lovely fall day, so Anora announced that we should go outside and take photos near thebeautiful tree in the front yard.  So that’s what we did.  While we were down there, she shyly asked if they could take photos jumping into a pile of leaves.  I told her she was the boss, and we headed into the back yard, grabbing a few garden implements on the way.  While Anora and Bennett created their epic leaf piles, I spent a little time with Brody, and the kid was a natural…turning on the cuteness on cue!  Back to the big sibs, it was time to jump into the giant leaf pile…and jump they did…until they decided that it might be a little more fun to throw the leaves at the photographer.  Then a massive leaf fight broke out, with Mom stepping in to take the brunt of the fusillade.  That’s when Brody signaled that he wanted to head back inside.  So we headed back up to his room, where cuddles with his favorite sock monkey (and his favorite Mom) made his day!

North Andover, MA Family Portraits

North Andover, MA Family Portraits

North Andover, MA Family Portraits

North Andover, MA Family Portraits

North Andover, MA Family Portraits

North Andover, MA Family Portraits

North Andover, MA Family Portraits

North Andover, MA Family Portraits

North Andover, MA Family Portraits

North Andover, MA Family Portraits

North Andover, MA Family Portraits

North Andover, MA Family Portraits

North Andover, MA Family Portraits

North Andover, MA Family Portraits

North Andover, MA Family Portraits