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Oooh, this is a good one. We’re taking a brief break from my lovely families, just a quick one. I haaaave to share Julia’s session with you before we are too far into fall. Technically, this isn’t a senior session. We did Julia’s senior photos about a year ago, before she started her senior year (blogged here). Over the last year, I’ve come to rely on Julia a little to keep me from being TOO out of touch/getting too old. She, by some miracle humors me, and with a smile on her face. Leaving for college in August, we decided to sneak in one more session before she left.

Julia is a girl after my own creative heart. I was looking to experiment with posing and composition. Sunset, a pretty dress, fun jewelry, and a willing model gave me some freedom to do this. I was looking to force myself away from my usual routine, and this was the perfect time to do it. Julia is someone I trust to deliver on the model side, which meant I could take my time as we went along, without worrying about her becoming disinterested or bored quickly. Plus, she is totally ok with crawling into fields and lakes, and is unfazed by bugs. 🙂

I found the dress (The Dress – such a saga, but so worth it), and the rest fell into place fairly easily. She patiently let me try some new things and drag her around town.  The light at the first location wasn’t ideal – yet. We went back there an hour later and it was magical. What can I say, I’m picky about my light. 🙂 I like to think it paid off though.

This is a long one, so sit tight. Julia, THANK YOU. A million times. You’re the best.

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September through November here in New England is what we all wait for, right? Fall is high tourist season, high activity season, and my busy season for fall photos. There are apples and pumpkins to be picked, leaves to be raked and jumped in, foliage to admire, crisp mornings, a fond peace out to the humidity – these are my months, my friends. I live for this.

Last fall, I was able to meet up with one of my lovely family clients for new fall photos. I had last seen them when their little guy was just a few days old – so seeing him walking towards me was such a treat! Yes, I fawn over my clients’ kids, and getting to watch them grow up. I can’t help it. I met Finn and his parents at Boston College, where they met. We walked around campus to some of their favorite spots, and let Finn lead us to a few of his also (anything with water!). It was a colder, damp day, but you’d never know it from the photos. Campus on a Sunday morning is quiet and calm, and we loved have the place basically to ourselves.

This session is another good example of working with the weather. The overcast morning allowed the brilliant yellow leaves and foliage to shine in their session. It kept the hard shadows of mid-morning sun at bay. We were working around Finn’s nap schedule, which is so very important to me. Happy kids are fun to photograph! The quieter atmosphere also worked really well with allowing Finn to explore and not feel overwhelmed with the normal bustle of a college campus. The campus itself is also gorgeous, so very quintessential New England.

A & S, it was so great to see you all again! I look forward to seeing you guys again this fall!

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More from my fall photo session archives. 🙂 I met up with this adorable family at one of my favorite spots for their session. Our local reservoir gives me both water and woodsy options, so I love taking clients there for the variety. This location can be slightly temperamental; light plays a large role here. But we lucked out this afternoon, and had stellar backlight through the trees for our time. Hazy sunshine makes me so very happy! The sun sets on the early side here, as we’re in a little valley surrounded by hills and trees, so I have to remember to not go by regular sunset time when picking a starting time for sessions at this spot. If I’m doing a session with multiple locations, I’ll start here, and move on to other locations after.

This year the lovely W family also brought their family dog along for a few shots. We knew this was a pet-friendly area ahead of time. I always check beforehand though, some locations don’t allow animals. We went for a short walk through the trees towards a small fishing spot, so the boys could toss some rocks into the reservoir. I also always love giving little kids something to do during their session, it relaxes them and doesn’t feel like so much “work” to them. Who doesn’t love trying to skip rocks?! The boys also had fun balancing on the rocks, and jumping off some of the little logs that had fallen in the woods. And I couldn’t stop complimenting their outfits – everything just works so well together! Coordinating neutrals with a couple of pops of color really work well in this golden and woodsy location.

W family, it was so great catching up and seeing you again! Thanks for traveling up here to meet me. Below are just a few of my favorites from their fall photo session.

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Fall has arrived! As have my fall photo sessions. Inquiries are flying in these days, and I’d say my fall season (including holiday card sessions) is about half booked at this time. I also suspect due to the super dry summer, leaves will begin to turn even earlier than predicted this year, if at all. If you’re thinking about a session with me, I recommend reaching out soon.

My oldest started second grade this week. Time is the worst, right?? Kids grow up so fast! With school starting back up comes my busy season of fall family photos and holiday card photos. It’s my favorite time of year! I’m not just saying that either. I love the chaos of school events, sports, work, leaves turning, Halloween, birthdays GALORE, Christmas, all of it. It’s the best. Last September, we moved the same week school started, and I think I’ve blacked out most of last fall as a result. I never blogged any of my fall photo sessions (or anything else, for that matter!). So now that fall is here *again*, I’m going to blog them all now. Sound ok?

I’m starting with this favorite fall photo session from last year – my sister’s family. I typically love a sunny afternoon for photos, and the morning was perfect. I watched the sky cloud over with dismay, and begrudgingly decided to go ahead with photos anyway. It turns out, the cloud cover was perfect for their session! It really made the beautiful foliage stand out, and the warm colors of the hills we were in were well contrasted with their rich fall color outfits. Such an unexpected blessing, and a lesson to me to be more flexible in my light preferences for sessions. 🙂 This location has become one of my new favorite places, for work and for nature walks with my kids.

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I think everyone here knows this wonderful face by now. She’s been featured on my blog many times, for engagement, wedding, maternity, newborn, and family photos. Just a few, right? This is my cousin Kerri. She doesn’t live as close to me as she once used to, sad to say. When she told me she was coming to Boston this summer and wanted to do some maternity photos, I leapt at the opportunity. The big deal with Kerri is that she is SO great at humoring me. She’s always up for any ideas I have and is a natural in front of the camera. She goes with my clothing recommendations, time of day, and venue options. Basically, she’s an angel to me.

Kerri came here in July, just in time for sunset. We drove over to our local reservoir for her photos. I’ve used this spot many times, and find new inspiration every time I go. I have 3 more sessions from this summer I have yet to blog, all at least partly at the res – and all 4 sessions have unique images. It is one of my favorite spots for photos, as the water and woods hold so many options. Just ignore the unafraid fish (not minnows – actual 4-6″ fish) and my squealing from all of the flying bugs. I never said I was outdoorsy. 🙂

I wasn’t sure what Kerri would say when I asked her to get into the water, but she didn’t even blink. So I did what any good cousin would do, and followed her right in. The guys pulling their boat out of the reservoir thought we were crazy, but I made some of my favorite maternity portraits ever that night. See below for just a few of my favorites.

I’m dying to do this a lot more, so mamas-to-be, contact me if you’re up for a fun water and sunset light-filled session like this! Soon, before the reservoir freezes. 🙂

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  • Mary Smith - Great pics as always Meg!!ReplyCancel

  • Charlene Caritey - Ah – so this is what a pregnant wood nymph looks like! Kind of like seeing a unicorn in the forest! Beautiful as always, Meg! CharleneReplyCancel