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It’s October, so you know what that means – fall photo session time! You’ll see plenty of my annual favorite clients on here for the next few posts. This family has been with me for quite some time now. They put their faith in me almost 9 years ago, when I photographed their wedding reception. Then again when their oldest was born – her newborn images are some of my favorites, even to this day. Basically I make up reasons to need to see them each year, because now I am attached.

Given that we have done so many sessions together at this point, we weren’t sure where we wanted to go for these fall photos. We were also keeping one eye on the weather radar, as there were reports of rain showers popping up this afternoon. We chose to meet at Ward Reservation, a beautiful hiking spot. I had never been there before, and was very excited once I arrived! There are so many beautiful and scenic spots on our hike, we stayed until it actually got dark out.

The mom of this family has amazing personal taste. I’ve even bothered her with real life questions about home decor, because we have a similar style and I basically want to copy their entire house. So I knew going in to our session that her girls would have some stylish and fun outfits. I was right! So much so that I bought my daughter one of the dresses from this shoot (the pink one).

Not only did the rain hold off for our session, the sun peeked out through the haze at one point, and I about fell over with how pretty the light was. As I drove home through the predicted rain showers, I realized that we definitely had Mother Nature on our side. Below are a few favorites from our fall photo session!

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I met up with this lovely family early one morning for their Brookline photo session at a popular spot named Larz Anderson Park. This is a well-known favorite location for many photographers, for obvious reasons. The light is amazing pretty much any time of day. There are loads of beautiful places to use, so many that each session can easily look different from the next. I love coming to Larz Anderson because I find a new hidden gem each time I come! We stayed in the lower gardens this time, which are perfect for letting little kids run freely without worrying about traffic.

I first linked up with this family a few years ago, when their oldest was still in his mama’s belly. We connected at her beautiful baby shower, where I photographed all of the sweet details and moments from that event. We had a couple more sessions after the baby shower, including one at Boston College where mom and dad met. When mom contacted me for this session, I admit I shrieked a little when she said that they were adding to their family. Of course I wanted to meet up again!

The sun was bright and strong this morning, and we walked through the little pathways, letting little F throw leaves and make friends with the puppies out for their morning walk. As is typical with my sessions, I like letting the kids guide how we work. I don’t want to push them too much, and I always like to keep things fun and unstructured. As you can see, F had a lot of fun swinging and playing!

It was really great catching up with you all! Thank you all for being you, I wish you all the best with the new little one! Below are a few of my favorites from our Brookline photo session.

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Ah, annual photo session time with my sister’s family. You can find last year’s session here, and I’m sure if you dig far enough, you’ll find the older ones. My nieces are *mostly* used to this by now, so our sessions are pretty quick and painless. I hope! This session is among one of my most favorites, and I have to give credit to my (younger – yes, she’s younger, barely, but she is!) sister and her fantastic job of coordinating outfits. I loooove the colors in their clothes, and I am obsessed with the location we decided on.

In typical “me” fashion, this location sadly doesn’t exist any longer! I always manage to choose locations that are slated for development, or are mowed down to keep the fields healthy, or who even knows at this point. I am unsurprised anymore, although I’m devastated every time! This particular location is now mostly a housing complex. So I am on the hunt again for new fun spots for my clients.

As I mentioned above, Cait did a great job at choosing everyone’s outfits for their session. Cait doesn’t really need me anymore, as she’s used to my spiel and style suggestions. However, my clients often ask me for wardrobe help, and I LOVE helping style my sessions. I have some Pinterest boards for general reference, but I will oftentimes create a new private board with each client, and we can share ideas back and forth. This works better than emailing, because we’re able to see all of the ideas and options in one spot, and can easily add or subtract things as we finalize choices.

I’ll quit rambling now. Below are a few of my favorites from this annual photo session with my sister, brother-in-law, and beloved nieces. Love you all so much!

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Fall photos for these boys. Again. They love it. I’m still not sure how they are all this old already, because in my mind, they are still the newborns I first laid eyes on just last week. It is crazy unfair how quickly time moves when it comes to kids and their milestones. Things happen so fast – all of those cliches about time? They’re true. It’s heart-bursting and wonderful and heart-breaking all at the same time.

Oldest brother J once napped on me in the middle of the mall, 2 days before my daughter was born. The middle brother there, O? He slept like a CHAMPION for his newborn photos. For hours and hours. I told mom to go catch up on her DVR while I did his photos. And baby brother M can certainly hold his own with his big brothers – this kid’s hair was a marvel as a newborn. Dark at the roots, and bright blond at the tips. The random details that I remember!

We have probably done photos all over our little town at this point, but we managed to pick somewhere new this time. Somewhere covered in poison ivy, as their dad nicely pointed out. OOPS. Thankfully these were fall photos, and everyone was wearing boots and pants, so we just were extra careful where we walked. I wanted to bring them to this woodsy spot that I love, because I knew the trees would be a super fun (and new to them) background. We started off with photos of just the boys, because I knew I had limited time with their attention. I mean, have you ever asked 3 boys to sit still and look at you for more than like 10 minutes at a time?

Below are just a few of my favorites from this year’s fall photos. G fam, I love you guys. You’re never allowed to move away, you hear?

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A sunset family session is one of my favorite things, and I’m pretty sure you can tell if you’ve been here before. I have this obsession with the sun, which I never realized until I picked up a camera. (I’m a little crazy.) Speaking of crazy, I’m about to do something I can’t believe I’m doing…sharing a link to my First Ever Newborn Session. This was from eight years ago, so please be gentle, haha! Eight! I’m sharing because this hilarious, wonderful family below belongs to the squishy, sleepy baby in that blog post. She’s 8 now, and has a little sister AND brother. (I’m sure she loves me re-linking to her baby photos too. L, forgive me!) I’m in a nostalgic mood lately because of all the back to school stuff.

Little did I realize way back then, that stepping foot in their home to capture newborn photos of their oldest baby would mean they’re stuck with me for life now. Mom hired me on a recommendation from a mutual friend. Now we might text a lot and our kids are growing up together. Reading Harry Potter together. Perhaps (or someday soon) complaining about their moms together. It was meant to be!

For this session, we went to one of my favorite local spots at sunset, which sits at the top of a small (not small) hill. Tall grasses and wide open walking paths make for a variety of options for photos. We let the kids run around and take some breaks as needed, and we also didn’t have to worry about cars or anyone falling into any water. It happens! I made them stand in all of the golden hazy gorgeousness, it’s a requirement for sunset sessions. The kids hammed it up for me (on their own accord), and I completely love how much expression is in their photos as a result!

Below are a few of my favorites from their sunset family session. C fam, you know I love you all.

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