When Elise of About Time Photography contacted me with the idea of this session, I visualized all of my Chip and Joanna Gaines Fixer Upper dreams coming true! And boy did this session live up to my expectations! Elise and Ryan are starting their home ownership with a bang by renovating their (new to them) two family house and filling it with light and laughter. These two wanted a session to document not only the layers of wallpaper reflecting decades of decorating faux pas, but also the layers of emotions bringing equal parts excitement and fear and ultimately a closeness in embarking on a journey together. Congrats you two! Be sure to head over to Elise's page to check out her story on their new move!
We'll just pretend these are in Boston now. Images available in my print shop if you're looking to hang some spring in your own home!
How adorable is this little family?! And Ollie! Man, he's got a great life. If you're on instagram, go follow his adventures on instagram @olliebeartheberner! For this session we started outside for some portraits and then warmed up with some coffee and snuggles!
How cute is this little face?!? I love in home Extended Lifestyle Sessions like this one because I get to stick around and actually get to know everyone's personalities! Especially with newborns, it can be tricky to get some smiles! Plus, you can stick around for fun stuff like snack time, because who doesn't love snack time! Enjoy these pictures of this new little squish, Kiefer.
This weekend, we got to exercise our right to speak and protest freely and non-violently, something many women and children around the world aren't allowed to do. I was so proud of how positive everyone around us in Boston was and how empowering that can be. We will walk with this power as we go about our daily lives by following our dreams and standing up for what we believe to be important. That's going to look different for each person which is part of what makes democracy beautiful. When we dig deep and discover what matters most to us and take action, we may find ourselves reaching out to a new community of people that we wouldn't have come in contact with before. Whether you participated in your local march this weekend or not, now is the time to fight for what matters to you! And because it's easy to write your opinions from behind a computer screen, I'm going to start showing and not telling! For every Extended Lifestyle Session booked, I will donate 15% to a non-profit of your choice! A win-win-win for everyone!
Here are some portraits I captured from the march this weekend in Boston:
Can you spot which image below is digital and which one is film?
I love shooting film for both professional and nostalgic reasons: because it transports me back to being at the wooden dining room table with my dad learning how to roll film and learning the physics of light and the chemistry of film.
It also reminds me to be present while shooting. You have to plan your shot, manually focus, and advance the film yourself; step by step. You become apart of each image you make. Shooting film in between digital shots just helps be bring that mindfulness and thoughtfulness back into photography. In fact I chose my digital based on the fact that it was modeled after the exact line of film camera I use. To me, the more thoughtful images are worth the price tag of a roll of film. As always, feel free to ask me any questions you might have about making the switch to film, being a hybrid photographer, or anything about film photography, ask away!
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 we don't want a meltdown to happen in the middle of the grocery store over cookies, how we 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 sistah, 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!
Kelly and Dania got married yesterday at Moraine Farm in Beverly, MA on a misty, foggy day. With a nod to Great Gatsby, the details of this wedding were right up my alley- rosé champagne, a dress to die for, hand crafted suits, and succulents in the bouquets... heart eyes for days. But even better than the thoughtful touches throughout the venue was how I left the night with my heart full because of how much each and every single guest was there in love and celebration of the continuation of Dania and Kelly's love story. Congratulations you two!!
Amanda and Nikolas got married the last weekend in August at Camp Robindel in Moultonborough, NH with the most beautiful lake and mountain backdrop. I've been taking my time combing through these images that have the most beautiful cabin light and full of people with so much love for the couple and their daughter, Willa. Congrats you two (or three really)!
I always remember my mom saying one of her favorite photos of me as a baby is one where you can only see my face and her hand in the frame, but I'm making eye contact with her. Even though you can't see her face, it's still powerful to her because it represents our connection even as a baby. It's this type of lasting photo I aim to create in each of my family sessions, to capture the fleeting moments each age holds. Enjoy some sweet moments with the Martland Family and new baby John. Congrats you guys on your adorable kiddo!