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At home newborn sessions are my jam. Well, they kind of have to be, since that is the only way I do them! I met this family (who are THE nicest and loveliest people) a few years ago when their first baby boy was born. When mom contacted me to come meet their newest addition, a little brother for W, I was thrilled. I went back to their home in the city for baby J’s at home newborn session photos. Lucky me, J was also a summer baby so we were able to go outside for a few since it was a beautiful warm summer day.

After a few family photos inside, we went outside to play for a bit. It was fun to be in more of a city atmosphere, for a change of pace! I do miss city living sometimes, and this was one of them. There is always just so much going on, so many places to go and things to do, and all within walking distance.

After our trip outside, we headed back in to finish up some solo photos of baby J, and more family photos. It was lunchtime at this point, which was perfect for W to have a break. I like to make sure to get all of the sibling photos I’m looking for early on in my sessions. This way, the older kids can finish their “job” and go play. Although sometimes they’ll stick around and help me, which is fun for me! Conversations with kids are always entertaining, right? If you look closely at the family shots on mom & dad’s bed, you’ll see some of W’s newborn photos! Love.

Below are just a few of my favorites from our at home newborn session with baby J and his family. Thank you guys so much for having me over again, it was wonderful to catch up!

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I don’t get to travel back to where I grew up very often. When I do, I LOVE when life-long friends ask for photos while I’m home. There is just nothing like a little hometown photo session to make me appreciate the beautiful area I grew up in! I didn’t explore nearly as much as I should have, so I am trying to make up for lost time with every trip back. The Berkshires are serene and breathtaking and – I swear by this – the air is just different out there. It really is. I always roll the windows down in the car as we pull into town, and just inhale. It’s magical. I don’t know if there is extra oxygen because of the mountains all around or what, but I’m here for it.

An old friend (ok, my sister’s life-long BFF) got in touch to see if we would be able to coordinate our trips back. Her parents came for the first part of our session, and it was so so great to see them! We picked a local conservation area for our session, a place I probably hadn’t visited since high school. The kids had a blast running around checking out the trails we quickly recalled from memories past. As the sun set and everything took on that amazing golden color I love so much, I took another look around and smiled. Days like this are exactly why I got into photography. Insane light, catching up with old friends and making new memories for them to have forever. I am so incredibly lucky that I get to do this.

Below are just a few of my favorites from our hometown photo session. A, thank you SO MUCH for meeting up! I’m so glad we were able to do it!

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I met Maddie and her mom for Maddie’s outdoor senior photos by a local rail trail. I jumped when Maddie mentioned this spot. It was one of those places I always drove by and made a mental note to scout it for photo sessions. It wasn’t until this day that I actually did it though. I drove over there earlier in the day, saw the beauty in person, and knew it would be perfect. YAY for me finally getting over there!

We were both thinking of the same spot on the rail trail to meet. There is a pretty light stone path amidst all of the super shady trees. I knew the light would reflect off the path beautifully. Once we left the rail trail, I took them to a local park where I knew the sunset would be hazy and golden. I have a thing for that kind of light. I’m sure you’re all not at all surprised!

I love working with high school seniors for photos. I feel a TINY bit less “old lady mom” for a hot second. It’s always fun hearing about possible college plans, where they’re looking at applying, how senior year is going, all of it. All of the seniors I have had the pleasure of photographing are so lovely and kind, it gives me great hope that we are raising our kids in this kind of community. Maddie was no different. She humored my many college and school questions, easily chatted while we worked, and calmly took in stride all of my directions during our session. She was a total natural to work with, and before I knew it, the sun was gone. Typical me, using every last second of light.

Below are just a few of my favorites from Maddie’s outdoor senior photos. Maddie, thank you so much for a fun evening! MeganJane Photography Ashland MA senior photographerMeganJane Photography Holliston MA senior photographerMeganJane Photography Ashland MA senior photographerMeganJane Photography Hopkinton MA senior photographerMeganJane Photography MA senior photographerMeganJane Photography Boston MA senior photographeroutdoor senior sessionMeganJane Photography Ashland MA senior photographerMeganJane Photography Holliston MA senior photographerMeganJane Photography Ashland MA senior photographeroutdoor senior photosMeganJane Photography eastern MA senior photographerMeganJane Photography Ashland MA senior photographerMeganJane Photography Ashland MA senior photographersMeganJane Photography Ashland MA senior photographerMeganJane Photography Ashland MA senior photographer

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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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