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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

Karianne & Kenny’s Jackson, NH wedding was a weekend to remember, that’s for sure. It totally counts if I get this blogged before their first anniversary, right? Please say yes.

Last fall, I made Meg, one of my favorite friends (who also happens to be a super talented photographer – funny how that worked out, ha) fly across the country to photograph this wedding with me. We had photographed Kenny’s sister Kerri’s wedding to Andrew in 2014, so it was only right to have Meg come back for this one. She’s part of the family now! We road tripped up to Jackson NH for a weekend-long celebration of Karianne and Kenny. Almost all of the wedding party and guests were staying right at the Eagle Mountain House, where everything was happening. In addition to the wedding day itself, these two organized hikes, golf outings, a welcome barbecue, a day after brunch, and I heard rumors of a post-wedding campfire as well. The details these two put into the weekend; the signs, AMAZING florals, personal touches – it was incredible. They thought of everything.

Weddings are always fun for me to photograph in general. But tie in an actual giant cupcake display, an amazing band, and talented friends who know how to serenade like nobody’s business, and well, my face was in pain from smiling and laughing so much. I haven’t even mentioned the secret getaway to a nearby creek yet either. It was non-stop inspiration all weekend.

Karianne & Kenny, I can’t tell you how honored I am to have been there for such an unforgettable weekend. Thank you so much for having me (and Meg!). We love you guys! And we’ll just pretend this was posted about 8 months ago, right? 🙂
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