Seeing clients for a yearly family sessions is one of my favorite things about this job. I say job, but it's so much more than that. I mean there's the editing and blogging and business running stuffs, but I get to ACTUALLY freeze time. How many times have you looked at your kid (I mean really, this starts the minute you leave the hospital), looked at them and thought "how is time flying by so fast? And how can I stop it?!" And that's when you call me! I can't stop them from growing but I can help you relive your favorite parts of being a parent.. and some of the not so favorites too! (ahem.. meltdown city) The truth is, even though nobody don't want a meltdown to happen in the middle of the grocery store over cookies, how parents deal with these meltdowns helps shape your kiddo for being an adult who is compassionate and empathetic. . Every time you offer structure, expectations, comfort, and love, it is internalized and grows with them. So if your child is having a meltdown during our session, do what you gotta do girl, I'll wait!
For this family session, we met at Wallis Sands in Rye, NH. This beach has a special meaning for both me and for Amanda and Taras! It's where they got engaged, and where my great grandparents bought a house that was passed down from generation to generation and where I spent summers and holidays. The story of the family is that during WWII, there was a big fear of U-Boats coming ashore and so people started selling their beach houses cheaply. My grandfather scooped up their house and the rest is history! It's no longer in the family, but I love walking that beach and checking up on it anyway; like visiting an old friend. It's always a good idea to pick a location that has meaning to you and your family!
Happy Springtime y'all! I hope that all of you are enjoying it as much as I am (unless you've got allergies, in which case I hope you're enjoying it from inside??). I'm afraid I've been annoyingly ADD, sidetracking conversations to squack at every flowering tree I see.... Sorry pals and family. It's just, you know, New England winters make me feel like we've really earned spring! Anyway, here are some springy blooms and portraits!
Stay tuned for some more updates on some family sessions this spring!
As you might have been able to tell, I am totally obsessed with greenhouses lately. Maybe it's because I come from a long line of super awesome gardeners (like, they just look at the plant and it grows beautifully), but I've been trying to be better about taking care of my plant babies. My bedroom is slowly starting to look like a jungle after bringing in my plants for the winter, and I even bought a lemon tree... eek! I'm hoping that by sheer will (maybe singing to it? Do lemons like motown??), I will keep it alive long enough to get some lemons out of it because you better believe I'll be making some citrusy cocktail goodness! Maybe I'll even get around to blogging it... oh new years goals. Anyway, here are some portraits from this weekend's adventures, taken at the Wellesley Greenhouse! As I've learned, a friend who will hop in any sort of tree to get the perfect image is one you should keep for life, and photograph them whenever they let you!