Baby Allie

Ok, can you believe it's Thursday already??  More importantly, can you believe it's Labor Day weekend??  And almost fall??  I had a commercial shoot this morning... got up, got dressed, walked out the door, and was absolutely FREEZING!  But I have to say, I loved it.  Fall is my favorite season and can really never get here soon enough.  Hot chocolate and hoodies and leaves changing... in New England, nothing like it :)  

In honor of summer almost being over, I thought I should post these beachy pictures from the Cape.  Okay, I really just wanted to post them because Allie is pretty much the cutest darn thing you've ever seen, and I had so much fun hanging out with her, Brendon and Sheri in the Cape for a night!  Sheri and I are sisters from our sorority in college, and we've stayed close ever since, so I'm always flattered when friends ask me to take their pictures.  She wanted some shots of Allie on the Cape, since she is for sure going to be a Cape baby, so we headed to Mayflower Beach, which is where Sheri and Brendon went together for years while they were dating, and I think (?) may be where Brendon proposed :)  What we didn't plan on, of course, was the two million people who were still on the beach after sunset, and the windstorm that threatened to blow us (as well as all our props) away.  Ahhh, the glamorous life of photography :)  But we managed to get a few good ones, and the next day I snapped a couple when we took Allie to the beach.  Here are my favorites!




Straight chillin' ;-)















The next day... nothing says Cape baby like propping her in front of Uncle Bob's hydrangeas! :)




Queen of the beach...





So great to see you guys and get to hang out and relax a bit... love you!!!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th everyone!!!  I honestly can't believe it's the 4th already, this summer seems to be flying by, and as I mentioned in my previous post- I'm loving it!!!  Plus I always feel like I'm going to wilt and die in this heat... my hair goes Tina Turner on me in this kind of humidity, and it makes me long for my favorite seasons: fall and winter :)  Yup, I'm weird...  

So it's no secret that I take way too many pictures of my niece.  She's way too cute and it's so awesome that my stepsister and brother-in-law live right down the road, so I can see here whenever I want.  I was recently at my friend Lynne's studio and I love this bright red wall she has.  I told my stepsister, Angela, that I wanted to buy Jules one of those cute white summery eyelet dresses and photograph her in front of the wall.  My stepmom works right around the corner from my friend's studio, so we made a day out of it and had lunch with her.  Ange also bought Jules an adorable 4th of July dress, so we decided to do a few pictures of that theme too.  I mean, obviously, Jules could not have cared less about the photos and pretty much ignored us the entire time, but I was able to get some cute ones... before she faceplanted at the end of the session and we had to call it a day ;-)




On the way up to the studio, Jules was making this new face I had never seen her to do before... I honestly laughed so hard, it's such a ridiculous face!!



Back to normal faces... thank god...




This is the red door/ wall that I was talking about... I'm obsessed with it!!





We borrowed these beads and sunnies from my friend Lesley's studio... unfortunately they were way too big for her but these are still cute :)






I'll end with my favorites.  More of my niece to come soon!  Duh :)  Have a safe and happy 4th everyone!


Baby Dante


Sunday I headed to Winthrop to photograph Dakota and Lu's new addition, Dante!  It was very cool to see Dakota, a past bride, all lit up as a new mom on her first Mother's Day.  I photographed Dakota and Lu's wedding last April, and I was so happy when they came back to me for their maternity and baby photos.  I can't believe all the photos above happened within 13 months of each other!  So much can happen in such a sort amount of time... life can be crazy and amazing that way.  Dante is pretty much adorable and he has two pretty devoted parents.  Congratulations to Dakota and Lu!




Life is so tough sometimes :)









Thank you for having me, Bonilla family!  xoxo.

Fleming Family

On Sunday, I had my first family shoot in a studio I rented from my friend Lesley.  She has a huge, crazy space filled with props in Indian Orchard, and since I want to get more children portrait sessions under my belt, I rented it for a couple dates this summer.  Shooting in a studio is not necessarily something I love doing... I like natural light best, and obviously studio light is a completely different look.  But when winter months hit and families want their child's first birthday documented (which actually happened to me 3 times last winter), it's good to have experience in a studio so that I can have that to fall back on.  Plus, I am DYING to do a Smash the Cake session with my niece Juliana in a few months, so this was good practice for that.  My first official Smash the Cake- yay!  Erika and her family were my first victims... ahem, subjects :)  She had been trying to set up a session with me for no lie, two years.  It just never worked out with our schedules, but Sunday she and her husband drove with their two little ones all the way from NH to see me.  Not only that, she brought me a homemade cupcake and a gift bag full of nips HAHA.  And I never do this, but I DIED when I got this email from her on Tuesday, so I'm just going to share with you :) "They’re going to canonize you for sure – you survived Mt. Josephine… God bless you.

Thank you so much for Sunday – it was so nice to see you and get the kids’ photos done.  I’m sorry Josephine was such a mule (“No.”) and that we were probably flitting around like headless chickens trying to elicit emotion from the kids (besides “No.”).  You were a trooper!!  I hope it wasn’t too horrific an experience for you.  From a kid who inexplicably did NOT want to play with balloons (WTF?) to another who didn’t want cake (Double WTF?!) I doubt we were the model family for what you were trying to accomplish.  I hope the nips and cupcake were at least a bit of a salve on the headache you likely got.

I’m also sorry you had to hear our silly songs for Thomas – I realize you can’t un-hear them and I’ve likely scarred you forever.  Just forward all related therapy bills to us…."

HAHA now do you see why I love her so much?  Erika you crack me up.... thank you so much for bringing the kiddos down and enduring the torture they inflicted upon you!  You and Jerry are very patient and kind souls :)  Hope you like these!





Managed to get a few of her... is that the beginnings of a smile I see on the left???



Don't let her fool you... the rest of the time, we just got this :)




Next we headed over to the blue seamless for Thomas' Smash the Cake... where he did the complete opposite of what we were hoping for:  He took one look at the yummy cake and walked in the other direction.  I think Erika literally almost died.  We had to basically force him to eat cake HAHA.  I used one my birth announcements to make a collage of the cake smash.



Ohhhhh look who decided to give her brother a little help with the cake... the shoes kill me.



I feel like this is one of those pictures that I decided "eh, it's not that good, but maybe if I put a black and white on it, and contrast it up...." HAHA.  I am really stretching it because Josephine did NOT want any part of the photos and so there are very few of her :)  I think I would actually love this, if her tongue wasn't hanging out looking at that cake haha...




Snapped this of her real quick while she did a shoe change :)



We ended the session with something we had seen on Pinterest that was super cute... a little girl playing in a sea of balloons!  Obviously, Josephine was not having it, so we used Thomas instead, who loved it :)






The end :)