Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Last photoshoot of the decade

This morning I had my last photoshoot of the decade. It's been an amazing 7 1/2 years of baby photography, and where better to end the decade than with a beautiful four day old little lady? I was so happy to get to meet her this morning!

Here she is with her big brother T, who was so sweet and loving with her:

Such alert, beautiful eyes!

And Daddy gave big brother T a lift on his shoulders:

A little mommy/daddy/sweet girl time... I love her expression here!

I think this one has the nicest expressions between mama and her girl:

And a quick snooze mid-shoot always helps:

Family hug:

And a Pippi squeeze:

I like this with the whole family plus Pippi having a giggle:

Wonderful to see you guys today - thank you for having me over. I'll send all the rest of your photos ASAP for cards!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Article on The Small Story

What a lovely, lovely article by Cara Solomon at TheSmallStory.com about our Help Portrait event last Saturday.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Season of giving

You know what's funny? Location shooting with two kids in tow when it's 30 degrees out and you're losing the light. Well, actually, I don't know if funny is the right word. ;)

Normally I'd never bring my own kids on a photoshoot (actually, I've never brought either of them before - not likely to be repeated), but this one was a quickie, for my friend Amy at Chubbybum Cards. She had this cool idea of getting photos of her kids putting money into a Salvation Army bucket, so that she could make a card for herself with a giving theme. But I had visions of the yucky Stop & Shop parking lot, without any light... crowded with people... so I tried to dissuade her. But then the other day I was walking out of Macy's at the South Shore Plaza and I looked across the parking lot at the setting sun and called her. "Amy! I found the perfect bucket with the light I want! Meet me here at 3:30pm tomorrow and we can get photos for your card!" (I may have said it with not quite so many exclamation marks in my voice.) So I zipped over to the Plaza after preschool pickup today and met Amy and her two gorgeous kiddos. You'd never know I had a 4 yr old wrapped around my leg and a wailing six month old in her stroller behind me as we shot this, right?

Luckily it doesn't even matter - this shot makes me smile so much - the two guys walking into the frame in the back cracking up are the best part.

Can't wait to see what she comes up with for her card :)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Help-Portrait Boston

What an incredible day! Fourteen other photographers and I came together today to take some pictures just to make people feel good. And look at that. It made us feel good too.

The brainchild of celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart, Help-Portrait is "a community of photographers, coming together across the world, to use their photography skills to give back to their local community. On or around December 12th, photographers around the world will be grabbing their cameras, finding people in need, and taking their picture. When the prints are ready, the photographs get delivered. Yep. It really is that easy."

This Boston crew had an amazing shoot today at Germaine Lawrence, a residential treatment center for adolescent girls. We shot over 50 girls, aged 11-18, and though I don't want to put any of the girls' photos up here, here are a few I snapped of the crazy photographers and the setup there.

We set up four "stations" in the gym:

And the best part was the group of volunteer hair and makeup people (thanks to Empire School of Beauty in Warwick, RI) who came and did hair and makeup on all 50 girls! The aroma of hairspray wafted waaaaay down the hall :) But the girls really felt like rock stars. You could see it when they came for their photos - their eyes were twinkling.

Lisa grabbing some crazy shots of two of our fabulous volunteers (as we waited for hair and makeup on the girls... this stuff takes time, after all!):

See what I mean? You go there, hoping to make other people happy, and you just get happy yourself.

Meg getting a kick out of her subject:

A couple of the sweet photographers gave the girls a chance behind the lens, too - this girl has a future in fashion photography ahead of her...

Another switcheroo - photographer as subject:

It was not only an incredible day because the girls were so awesome, but it was also great to get to spend some time with like-minded photog peeps. This team of people has been meeting and planning this event for months now, and I can't thank them enough for letting me join them after I wasn't able to attend ANY of the planning meetings.

Great day, gorgeous photos - I'm so excited for the girls to get their prints (kindly donated by iPrintfromhome.com). I think they're really going to love them.

Friday, December 11, 2009

A one year old book loving monkey

As I was looking back through this photoshoot from Tuesday, trying to pick my favorite shots for the blog, two themes emerged with this big one year old girl. Before I get into themes and all that "I'm working on my homework for junior high" stuff, I have to show you my favorite shot from the session, which happened mere moments after I walked in the door.

As she peeks over at me, doing her crinkle-nose smile:

Where was I? Oh yes, themes. So the first theme that emerges was definitely this sweet girl's love of her monkey stuffed animal. Here she is, excited to see him as she crawls across the bed:

And this is my 2nd favorite shot from the day - as her dad and she enjoy a hug with monkey:

For her birthday party, she donned this fantastic monkey hat (found by her cool mom on etsy.com... what a fun site!):

And the other theme that emerged, by far, was the extraordinary love of books and reading for this little one. Here she is, piled in amongst her Sandra Boynton (and other) books.

Had to get a knuckle picture - the dimples kill me:

Bright-eyed after her morning nap :)

Reaching... reaching...

The Curious George balloon was no match for herself in the mirror:

Reading another book with mama - loving those toes:

It was wonderful spending some time with you guys, and fun to meet another Milton family!

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Help-Portrait on Saturday

Do you like to take pictures? If you haven't already heard about Help-Portrait, watch this video. And take some time on Saturday to do something. Anything. I'm so excited about it.

3 weeks old and grinning already?

I'm smack dab in the middle of editing a newborn session from this past weekend, and I had to quickly post this one because it's too perfect.

Doesn't baby S know she's not supposed to be grinning for a few more weeks? She's way ahead of the game...

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Four gorgeous profiles

I'm working on this shoot tonight - and I had to share this profile collage. It was their creative mom's idea, and I love it.

The rest of your pictures are coming tomorrow, Kim!

Three boys give a holler

I think Kathy (mom in this family) gets the prize for most patient waiting list family. She was on the waiting list for what felt like forever this fall, and kept trying to get appointments whenever I had a cancellation. She was always my 2nd or 3rd reply when I'd send out the "there's a spot available" emails... always just barely missed it. And then when we had a shoot booked back in November, her boys got sick the night before... it just felt like it wasn't in the cards this season.

But then the stars aligned and I was able to shoot their family this past weekend. This tree shot is making me smile - looks like everyone's giving a good holler:

And when you're the middle brother, your picture doesn't often come first - but this one is killing me...

And sweet baby B:

Handsome big brother P - who seems to have grown up overnight. I've known him since he was a wee one, and oh my gosh: huge. Not to mention the best cowlick ever.

Isn't O's expression (including dimple) as he looks over at P the best?

Mom and her baby:

Totally unprompted, O wanted to help give B his bottle.

I love this as a wall hanging, big... tootsies!

It was wonderful to see you guys again.
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Oh, and as I was headed to my next shoot, I had to jump out of the car and grab this shot. The road looked so incredible with the snow stuck to the tree branches as they made a little tunnel...

Monday, December 07, 2009

Highlighted on Mudroom Boston

Wow, I am honored and humbled by the sweet post from Paige at MudroomBoston.com.
I love love love her blog - you've got to bookmark it and check back... it's so full of great design ideas!

Star Wars and a bright xmas tree

This past Saturday was raining buckets, and I called these guys and said - I think we should do this after the holidays are over. It's just too gross out, and I know O will have a better time if we can go outside. We went back and forth, and his mom told me she had the tree up... and wanted to get some xmas cards done... we'd already rescheduled due to weather a bunch of times this fall... so we went for it.

(By the way, what has been UP with our weekend weather this fall? Nuts!)

So when I hear that someone has their tree up, I picture nice twinkley lights as a background, but not really that much of an impact on my ambient light for the photos. I was so excited when I saw their funky white artificial tree - complete with super lighting! Look at this - my top pic for their xmas card shot this year:

This handsome boy is four this year - his fourth photoshoot with me. Wow, so big!

I couldn't resist. Totally cheesy, I know. But I *LOVE* ;)

I love this, especially the glow from the tree on him:

Kooky kid :)

Han Solo's holiday card picture (complete with matching Star Wars shirt in the bkgrd):

And anyone who follows my blog knows what a sucker I am for eyelashes.

Great to see you guys!

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