Children details YOUR HOME Hula hoops, rusted old toy fire trucks, dripping popsicles, sprinklers...I love to capture the messy, fun freedom of being a kid. For some kids, we pull out my trunk of vintage clothes and toys, for others, I am chasing after little ones with band-aid knees, toddlers waddling along in their diapers. Some of my most fun shoots have been around a plastic wading pool with beach balls, slides, model sailboats. These shoots all are a dream come true for me. But, I'm happy also to work with families that prefer a more polished portrait. When we plan the session, we discuss the "look" and decide which toys would interest your children, including their own. In talking, we often discover something distinctive to your family-- dads have loved it when I've used their vintage car in the shoot as a prop for the kids to play around, for another family into gardening we pulled out the wheelbarrow, hoe, shovel and watering can. STUDIO The natural light studio is located in my 150-year old Victorian home-- with high ceilings, two massive barn doors made from salvaged wood and three floor-to-ceiling windows to flood the room with light. This space is ideal for newborn sessions, for young children when it's too cold outside, for vintage dress-up or a session with your favorite pet. I have had lizards, dogs and bunnies visit my studio. I love how children relax interacting with their pets. From Victorian tea parties with special guests including your child's favorite teddy and dolls to a cake-smashing party, my studio has seen it all. FARM Farm sessions take place at the bucolic Soule Homestead Education Center in Middleboro, MA. See the "Farm Gallery" for more information. BEACH Beach sessions offer so much more than postcard-pretty sand and sea...I scout beach locations with great craggy, textured rocks, rustic piers, vintage life saving boats. These features add visual interest to create a more distinctive, fine art portrait. Beach locations work well year-round, always at sunset when the light is softer. You will find me there starting in early spring and throughout the summer. There is also something charming about a fall or winter session at the beach with everyone bundled up in hats and coats against the coastal New England backdrop. Out-of-town clients schedule sessions when they are in New England for vacation. These images are such a special memory of their time here! For South Shore boat-loving families, sessions on the water are a great way to get everyone, husbands and teens included, on board with the shoot. Sometimes husbands have been more enthusiastic about capturing the boat than their children! Being out on the water at sunset with your family will be a memory to cherish long after your children have grown. AROUND TOWN I am always scouting new locations- recent finds include a fabulous Federal-style abandoned home in Newton, an atmospheric old stone church located about an hour west of Boston, and the Crane Estate in Ispwich. Every spring I hold a few days of mini sessions at Nona's homemade ice cream parlor. These ice cream shoots are where I began my career as a portraitist on the South Shore—it is hard to match the moments I capture of children eating ice cream—the absolute definition of cute. Both locations of Nona’s, in Hingham and Scituate- have their walls filled with my portraits of kids at their happiest—eating ice cream! FAMILY VACATIONS Clients have asked me to travel throughout New England, including Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, to Florida and the West Coast to photograph them at their vacation homes. I try to capture the essence/character/spirit of what makes these locations special to my clients. Whatever it takes to get the winning shot, I will do-- standing in lakes and oceans, chasing a jeep full of cousins heading down a dirt road to town or balancing on the edge of a sailboat to get that perfect angle. For Sara, a mother of three rambunctious boys, we wanted an active shoot, capturing something her boys loved to do. We decided on a bull frog hunt at a local pond and discussed beforehand what would be natural looking outfits, and collected nets and buckets for the adventure. At one point during the shoot, little Charlie fell in the mud trying to get his frog, which only added to the charm of the images [ I captured]. Vacation shoots allow me to capture families at their happiest and most relaxed!