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This little munchkin turns one this week, and I can’t even believe it. One! Already! I say the same about my own kids, so I don’t know why I’m surprised every time I turn around and they’re older. My buddy K here unfortunately lives many thousands of miles away from me, so I don’t get to see her or her parents nearly as much as I’d like. Not yet anyway. I’m still working on my master plan to move to the west coast without anyone around here noticing. I can commute back and forth, yes?

I was lucky enough to get to see K twice last year. When I made my plans to visit this past February, the only thing I planned on/asked for while I was there was to go make some beach photos with K and her parents. I rarely get to even be at the beach, never mind bring a camera there at sunset with some of my favorite people. So we set out about an hour and a half before my little camera app told me sunset would be happening, to see what we could do. I usually do 2 hours before sunset here, but count on less time for little kids and shorter attention spans. Plus, sun setting over the water means crazy beautiful skies once the sun is gone, with still decent ambient light. Below are some of my favorites…it was so difficult narrowing this down. I could have posted all of their beach photos easily. I’m weak for that west coast light!

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I met up with this sweet family way too long ago to admit to, on an overcast (and super windy!) day for their family photos. The lush green backgrounds in their photos have me so excited for spring and the months ahead. I’m over all of the bare trees and brown grass, let’s go buds and leaves! They had recently added another little boy to their lovely family, and big brother was so attentive and sweet with him. We walked a shorter loop around one of my favorite locations, taking some time out for hide and seek and chase. It’s always great to give little kids a break from the camera to just be kids – some of my favorite images are often created during those times. Below are a few of my favorite images from their morning photo session.

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Paula & Chris are getting married later on this year, so we met up last summer for their engagement photo session. We had been going back and forth all day, as there were storms rolling through – you know exactly the kind I’m talking about. Afternoon summer thunderstorms, so typical for New England. Fast moving, but torrential and slightly terrifying to watch come through. The day was beyond hot and muggy, like breathing through a wet towel. The sky was looking ominous off in the distance, and the radar couldn’t keep up. Since they were driving to meet me from Reading, I didn’t want them to have to come all the way here just to have the skies open up. So we texted during the day, and finally made the call to go for it. I knew that the light immediately following a summer thunderstorm was a dream, so storm or no storm, we’d make it work.

Our session WAS super humid and sweaty, and Paula and Chris didn’t even blink. And they were the ones in jeans and long-sleeves! I made them come to about four different spots…I was totally taking advantage of a kid-less session. I can usually convince kids to go to about two locations, and then I start getting evil side-eyes. So we traveled to a few favorite spots and chased the sunset, and I loved every second. Their wedding in May is going to be amazing! Thanks for putting up with me Paula and Chris, you guys are the best! Some of my faves are below.

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I have slowly over the years built up a short list of favorite locations to take my clients. I always love their homes most, but meeting at other outdoor locations like parks is also a lot of fun. The kids have a chance to run around, we don’t have to worry about traffic, and I can almost always find new favorite spots. I have a very short list of places near my house that I know better than my own backyard (granted, we’ve only lived here for 6 months, but still). I know where the light is best at any time of day, and can steer us towards specific locations depending on my mood/the kids’ personalities/the parents’ overall visions for their session.

I met up with this adorable family last summer in the middle of the day. Typically mid-day sun isn’t the most ideal – it’s harsh and contrasty, and can be unflattering. But we met at a nearby park that I am super familiar with, so we were easily able to use that (hot!) sun to our advantage. The kids were so funny, I loved how they played together. They also showed me their best dance moves, which I can always appreciate. And it was a total coincidence that I chose the park where mom & dad were married! I had no idea when I suggested it, and they told me during our session – talk about fate! Scroll down for some of my favorites.

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At home lifestyle sessions with my clients are some of my favorite things to photograph, I love seeing where my clients live, seeing what their design taste is like, and using their actual home to help create new memories for them. And when I’m heading to a client’s home who I *know* has fab design taste, it’s all the more exciting. I reunited with this favorite family of mine a year ago (gulp) to photograph their younger daughter’s 6 month photos. They probably look familiar to you if you’ve visited my blog before. I’ve photographed them many times over the years, and it’s always a joy to see everyone again! I went to their home north of Boston for our session. We played in mom and dad’s room, big sister Kendall’s room, and in little Colette’s room, and had a ball. The girls are getting so big, and I loved seeing them interact. Mom and dad were laid back as usual, and let the girls make the decisions on where we went around their home, and what we did (see: jumping on the bed; but only while I was there!). Kendall loved showing me all of her toys and where they displayed the photos I took of her as a baby. It was a fun morning, perfect distraction from all of the snow  and freezing weather that was just beyond their walls.

Some of my favorites from their in-home family session (slash six month photos for Colette) are below. Enjoy!
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