As a photographer, I think it's really important to capture moments and that is what I try to do anytime I pick up my camera. Time moves so quickly and that is especially true with children. If you blink you could miss what feels like a whole lifetime of these moments. Posed pics are great, but I also think that candids are equally important because they give us insight in to who the subject is. You get to see some personality and what they like (for these 2, Dr. Seuss is a big hit!) When working with kids, I think the best way to capture those really organic smiles and "kid" moments and personalities is just to let them run around and be themselves, so that's what we did here. I had the best time with these two! They just turned 1 and 2, respectively, so they had lots of energy and they were just so adorable and so much fun. We had some props and snacks, and a few different outfits to try on, but I really just let them do their own thing and snapped away. They were so good and so cute, I could have easily taken a million pictures; I definitely look forward to watching them grow and photographing them through out all the different stages of their lives. I think that I captured some really great moments with both kids (and one or two with Mom and Dad as well- I couldn't resist!) I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them! Above and below are 3 of my favorites from the day, but please check out their full gallery HERE.
I've known Kayla's mom since elementary school, so I was very excited to meet and work with her teenage daughter. At first glance, it is obvious how beautiful Kayla is- her hair, her skin, those baby blues. But she is also so much more; she is kind and playful, smart and ambitious with just a hint of that 13-year-old, ready to take on the world attitude. In short, she is awesome! I knew from our first meeting she was going to be great in front of the camera and I was right. She was ready to go from the minute I started snapping. She was not afraid to smile and have fun, but she was also not afraid of being quiet and strong and taking a deep breath to just be there in the moment. Not many adults can pull that off without awkwardness and Kayla was a total pro. It's awesome because in certain shots, we get to see the true teenager, but then at times its her maturity that really shines. See for yourself; take a look at the rest of Kayla's gallery HERE.
Here is a sneak peek at one of my upcoming galleries. Stay tuned for more to come!
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This beautiful little face belongs to Maeve, the daughter of two of my close friends. I absolutely adore her and could not resist the urge to take a few photos last weekend when I was visiting with them. As soon as we had some playtime together, I grabbed my camera and started snapping. I love impromptu shoots like these because that's when you catch those little everyday moments which, I think, are just as precious as those big ones (particularly when the moment involves someone you love as much as I love Maeve!) To check out the rest of our playdate, click here!
I consider myself very lucky in the friend department, but there is definitely a top-tier of people who I truly can not imagine my life without. Eddie is unquestionably one of them. We met in middle school in chorus; we both loved music and were frequent soloists, so even though we were a year apart in school, we got to know each other at rehearsals and hanging out after school singing around the piano. We stayed friends in high school through singing and theatre and kept in touch when we went away to college. It was during college that we became very close. We just started hanging out when we were both home on breaks and it turned into one of the best friendships I could ever hope for. We have so much fun together and we appreciate each other's quirks and share the same sense of humor (we always joke that most people would run like hell if they knew what was really going on inside our heads). We really understand each other and we are always there for each other, no matter what. We are completely honest and are always there to lend an ear or tell an inappropriate joke if the situation needs one. In short, he is like my platonic other half and I am very lucky to have him in my life.
Eddie has alway been so supportive of everything I want to do in my life, and particularly with my interest in photography. We have been taking pictures together for years, long before I had any interest in actually doing anything with photography. We usually take about 30 of the same picture because we can never agree on one where we both look good. Because we are so close and so comfortable with each other, he is one of my favorite subjects to photograph. He is interesting and handsome and we genuinely have fun during shoots so I always look forward to them. We lived in different states for the last 13 years, but now we finally live in the same state, so we are having a blast hanging out and taking pictures all over the place! The pictures in his gallery are collected from a few different locations and times. The gallery starts in Humarock Beach in Marshfield, MA over the summer, then to Hanover, NH in the fall, and ends in Duxbury, MA this December. I imagine this the first of many galleries of Eddie, so get used to him!
Lauren is the owner/ illustrator of Calm Courage Design. I am a big fan of her work, as it is both introspective and personal as well as whimsical and imaginative. She does prints, buttons, magnets, and she takes requests (seriously, people, if you want it, she will draw it!) I highly suggest you check out her blog and her Etsy site or "like" Calm Courage on Facebook for updates and a peek at new works in progress. I was psyched when Lauren contacted me to do headshots, based on some of my other work. Being new to the game, so to speak, I felt really honored that someone whose work I love, would choose me to photograph her . She is a long time blogger and artist, but like me, has only recently taken the step of showing and selling her work. We, budding artists/entrepreneurs need to stick together and support each other! I mean that whole heartedly and I was really excited to work with her. We got together one afternoon and did a few indoor shots to get comfortable and then took it outside, where her personality really came out.
Lauren definitely has a quiet, earthy, thoughtful side, but bubbling underneath (and often running over) is someone who is slightly quirky and loves to have fun and laugh and I am thankful that she trusted me and let me see and photograph these different parts of her personality. We had a great day and she was a real trooper, even when it got chilly and started to rain; she just went with the flow and embraced the outdoors and it worked! We even incorporated some of her work into a few pics, so keep an eye out and remember to check out Calm Courage Design for Lauren's blog and art. You won't be dissapointed!
I love these pictures because they feature one of my favorite people in the whole world. I am extremely lucky to have about 10 amazing "best friends" in my life, but today, on March 26, I want to celebrate one. This is a friendship that began on a middle school bus on the way home from a singing competition about 20 years ago. Since that fateful ride home together, we have seen each other through good times, hard times, loss, accomplishments, fear, relationships, rocky roads, incredible JOYs, and music. I can't wait to see what the next 20 hold. For Bethany on her birthday, with love...
Jessica C. is a freelance writer and one half of the team responsible for Have Baggage, Will Travel. She is currently revamping her website and social networking profiles and asked if I could do some photos that show off the different sides of her personality. Jess is extremely intelligent, fun, quirky, and a real individual and I wanted to make sure that these traits came through in her pictures.
For the shoot, we first headed to Beverly to show off her quieter, academic side. Then we took advantage of the unseasonably sunny weather and headed to Rockport to highlight Jessica's adventurous and whimsical side. Then it was back to Beverly Farms in a very inspired floral jacket that really shows off her individuality.
I had a great time working with Jess. She really warmed up to the camera and I could feel her confidence come through more with each shot. Enjoy the whole gallery here!