Monthly Archives: June 2012
Back in the mid 70s a young couple bought this house – and I wonder if they ever imagined that more 30 years later, they’d stand out front with their handsome progeny all assembled like this:
With just their grandchildren:
I bet they knew, even back then, that the back yard would be perfect for summer playtime:
The first brave sprinkler jumper-inner, after a good soaking:
With sprinkler help from mom:
Exploring with Uncle M:
Hand washing in the hose:
It was so fun to see you guys!
Once upon a time, many years ago, two parents had two (what I’m sure were) fantastic little boys. Then those boys grew up and married two fabulous women. And then, would you believe it, those two original parents got grandchildren out of the deal! Everybody was together last week and we met up for a walk at Elm Bank in Wellesley.
Sometimes we have an escapee when we try to pose pictures… but that’s OK ;)
Aren’t they a handsome crew?
Balancing act with grandparent support:
And cousins helping each other with the stick:
I have to smile when I look at this picture.
And A is going to have a little brother or sister soon…
And then the heat got to be too much for us – Dad had to work some water bottle magic:
And last but not least, a wet grandma hug :)
Document family by just stepping back from a silly moment and snapping the shutter. You don’t necessarily have to get all the faces smiling or even pointed in your direction… just capture the memory.
You guys know I’m not really a “hat” baby photographer. But when there’s one just LYING around… and when a 9 month old sweetie feels like she’s ready for her closeup in it… who am I to say no?
Incredible cuteness. I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves :)
Except this one, where I have to point out that Harry’s tongue is completely under E’s chin – full extension. Hard to tell here on the blog, but it’s perfect.
Oh, and I loved shooting in Miss E’s new house – the top floor was like a big empty studio for us, so sunny… and I can imagine her peering out these windows for years to come looking at her neighbor kids playing, saying, “Can I go outside?”
And last but not least, chewing on those toes.
A general rule for me and baby/toddler photography has to do with speed – I find that doing shoots quickly makes it easier on everybody. I don’t think children enjoy having someone follow them around with a camera for hours at a time – be you the parent or the photographer. So I like to get in and get out, and do a lot of different kinds of pictures in a short period of time.
It is important to break your own rules sometimes, though – because slowing down and letting everybody get quiet can sometimes allow the most beautiful, sweet moments to occur. And really, it’s not me making decisions about how photoshoots progress – it’s the tiny subjects who make all the real decisions. And that’s a good thing.
Now about two and a half years ago I took pictures of this extraordinary big sister, but I did it at her grandma’s house, as a surprise for her parents. She’s a strong, amazing 5 year old with some special needs, and now she’s a fantastic big sister to her new brother B. I loved taking pictures at her home this time with her parents and her brother.
First we’ll introduce little B – he’s 3 months old:
And he gets a real kick out of his dad:
Speaking of dad – with Father’s Day coming up this weekend I had to include this one for you guys. Look at that arm strength on little Miss – giving a real big strong hug.
The moment between mom and dad here was so perfect, I had to include it. I love the way they’re looking at each other.
Now on to Miss H – with her infectious smile:
Over mama’s shoulder:
And everybody flying:
I really love this moment, too, as Mama watches H practicing her walking with Daddy:
And last but not least, the sprinkler. Nothing beats the sprinkler in the summer! SO fun to see you guys again.
Think about all the corners of your picture. Maybe include two stories in one image — pull back a bit to capture more of what’s happening in the room. Maybe a sibling is doing a dance in the background, trying to get your attention. Including that in your picture could tell an even more robust story than the one you were going to tell originally.
Now you know these guys are close in age and their parents are rock stars for having them so close together when I’m back for a second photoshoot with the new baby (she’s not even a new baby any more, big girl!) and we still have a house of two under two.
She’s six months and he’s not yet two. And, oh, by the way, they’re totally perfect.
Look at the grins!
Look at the rolls on this pretty lady:
And I love the dirt getting sprinkled in this one. Hanging out in his favorite spot…
So fun to see you guys as always!
This is the second of two minishoots I did at the beach last Friday – you can see the other one (and learn about scheduling your own minishoot day with your friends) here.
And n0w I need a new beach hat. This one looks SOooo fabulous and I am so in love with this picture… the curly-haired cuties are pretty great too, don’t get me wrong… ;)
Running around with Mama:
And I think this is my favorite – love the golfing happening in the background:
So fun to meet you guys! I’m glad this worked out, thanks for joining me at the beach.
This fun mama contacted me a few weeks ago about doing a shoot at the beach near her house, and, even cooler, she found a friend who was interested in doing the same thing. This meant I was able to organize the two shoots as mini-sessions (explained in detail on my website here, although they’re usually only in the Boston Public Garden), one at 10am and the other at 10:30am.
So this is the first pair of cuties – they’re four and two. And if you know their dad, don’t say anything to him about these – this shoot was a Father’s Day surprise.
Who would think she doesn’t like to smile for pictures?
I’d love to see this running one big on a wall somewhere – it’s so fun…
And talk about small world… The two girls on the right of this next picture are the gorgeous older siblings from the two minishoots I had at the beach that day, but the third little girl (the one on the left) was there at the beach playing with her brother and her babysitter. (Note – there was only one other group at the beach while we were shooting, it’s not like there was a crowd…)
And lo and behold, not only did our big girl subjects of the photoshoots know her from their gymnastics class, but I’ve also had nine photoshoots with her and her big brothers over the last eight years! I love small world stuff.
Now this guy wants to introduce himself with a BANG! Isn’t he perfect? 8 weeks old and already so full of fun personality and expressions.
At a certain point, though, everybody gets frustrated with modeling…
Probably because he got a leeetle tired (I am so in love with this yawn picture, though):
And now I’m curious. I have two photos that I can’t choose between – they’re similar moments, but I think they tell very different stories. It’s C in Daddy’s arms, and I love the first one for the quiet stillness… so gentle, so sweet… the delicate eyelashes…
But then I’m drawn to this one – just moments later – he got a quick little second wind. It’s so full of energy and joy and fun… not to mention the tiny hand on daddy’s bigger one here…
And then he was out:
So wonderful to meet you guys!
These two beautiful ladies turned six months old last weekend! Look at their perfect little tushes and their gorgeous little bald spots :)
Before I even get to the cute faces, I’m starting at the bottom. Gorgeous toes – complete with wrinkles at the ankles.
Sorry, still gonna make you wait for the cute faces – because this one is awesome. Apparently one of these sisters spends a lot of her days grabbing and pulling her sister closer – and the other sister spends those same days just kind of wishing her sister wasn’t pulling her so much. And to make this non-specific story even more confusing, if memory serves, this particular shot is actually the REVERSE… where the sister who usually does all the grabbing is, in fact, the one whose hand is being grabbed and chewed. I just love the story this one tells (and I think even if I have it backwards – my apologies – but the story is still pretty great – topped only by the knuckle dimples and wrist rolls).
But here we have them:
I like this for the storytelling too:
And now for the ones that make me chuckle…
This one feels like we should do a caption contest, right? Their faces both look so adult and hilarious.
Best sister expression EVER…
And lastly – a couple of tush ones to finish things off. With adoring daddy:
You guys were so fun! I loved getting to know the girls :)
Go with it. Skip the posing for a while. Follow the children and great moments will just happen. You don’t have to convince kids to be awesome, hilarious and adorable, they just are. And sometimes the mailman shows up. And then it’s even better :)