Portraits

The Conlon Family: Mini Session

On Sunday I met up with a few different families and was able to do a set of mini-sessions at Blue Hills in Canton.  One of the families that came out was the Conlon family!  Gretchen and I went to college together and became friends when we were sisters of Gamma Phi Beta.  We hadn't seen each other in years, so it was great to catch up and get to meet her husband and their twins, Cavan and Kaylie.  Here are a few of my favorites from the Conlon family mini session!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you guys for coming out, it was great seeing you!  XO.

Summer Mini Sessions!

Happy Monday!  Hope everyone had a great weekend :)  

Mini sessions are something I've wanted to do for awhile, and with summer already underway it really lit a fire under me to make it happen.  I missed the boat on Mother's Day, and then Father's Day lol, but I really wanted to offer summer mini sessions before the kids go back to school.  Summer is here and everyone is busy, so mini sessions are perfect to get some new pics of the kids on the wall without having to spend hours in the hot sun or WORSE, in line at Sears :)  Summer is also one of the best times of the year for photos!  The weather is great, the light is beautiful in the evenings, and there's no better time to get fresh pictures of your children than BEFORE the chaos of a new school year starts.  So, with that being said, here's the deal :)

 

Mini session fee is $40 and includes:

 

20 minute photo session in West Springfield, MA.

15 retouched images in an online gallery that will be viewable for one week.

$10.00 off your print order.

 

Session fee of $40 must be paid via PayPal or by check 2 weeks before scheduled session.

 

Mini sessions will be held on the following dates, between 6:30 and 8:00 (we want that golden, yummy, summer sunset light!):

Tuesday, August 7th- Wednesday, August 8th

Monday, August 20th- Wednesday, August 22nd

 

I stole the Lemonade Stand concept from my friends Jared and Debbie Burns... as soon as I saw it on their blog I fell in love, and Debbie gave me permission to steal their idea!  Luckily she knows imitation is the sincerest form of flattery :)  I added a few things and popped it right up in the backyard.  My old boss came over and had her daughter Olivia model for me.  I can't believe how much she's grown since the last time I photographed her!  And now she's going to be a big sister... love it!  Here are some pictures of Olivia in my lemonade stand, to show you what it would look like if you decided to sign your kids up for a session :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please email me at Alanna@AlannaScully.com today to book your summer mini session!

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 :)

 

 

Favorite.

 

 

The end :)

 

Dana and Jordan Stylized Shoot

Venue:  Vermont National Country ClubPlace Settings, Glasses, Linens, Silverware:  Rentals Unlimited Florals: The Painted Tulip Cupcakes:  Green Mountain Cupcake Paper:  Green Apple Paperie Dress:  L'elite Bridal Boutique Design Help: JMaggie Designs

 

In July, I went up to Vermont with my friend Jill for my second stylized shoot.  Jill and I had wanted to work together on a shoot for her portfolio, and we roped Jill's best friend Dana and her new husband Jordan into modeling for us up in Vermont.  Dana's family owns a rentals company outside of Boston, so we had a lot of fun putting together a table top setting and really working the pink theme we came up with :)  Jill is getting into wedding and event planning, and Dana is an expert at rentals, so we got together a few times and worked out a concept around this pink candy theme I had in my head.  I am not usually a huge fan of country club weddings, but I love, love, LOVE the Vermont National Country Club.  It's beautiful and their wrap-around porch is to die for.  Plus, Emily, the events coordinator, was a huge help in planning our shoot and keeping everything running smoothly.  I was lucky enough to have this shoot published in two places, in Inspire a Bride and Adore by Chloe, and it will also appear in the Style File section of the spring/ summer issue of Vermont Vows!  I am very excited as this will be my first time seeing my photos published in a magazine, and I'm pretty much obsessed with VV, so it's pretty awesome.  Anyways, here are some photos from our day in Vermont!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We set up a super pretty drink table...

 

 

 

 

 

But the best part was obviously the sweets table :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks again to Dana and Jordan for modeling, and to Jill for all the design expertise!  Also a huge thanks to all the vendors that contributed!!!  Could not have done it without you :)